Archive for January, 2018

Manchester building boom hits new heights

Manchester building boom hits new heights

30/01/18

Manchester is leading a regional city building boom driven by ambitious residential and commercial projects. The latest Deloitte Crane Survey shows bumper growth for a second year in Manchester with 20 major residential projects and six major office schemes starting in 2017. Sustained strong growth means Manchester is enjoying a 60% jump in residential and […]

Rail specialist Story targets Scottish civil engineering

Rail specialist Story targets Scottish civil engineering

26/01/18

Story Scotland plans to expand beyond rail work into mainstream civil engineering in a five-year plan to double its turnover north of the border to £40m. The Uddingston-based firm has worked on several rail projects, including the £5m Queen Street tunnel track slab replacement in Glasgow for Morgan Sindall and the £2.5m Stirling station canopy […]

Scotland to Northern Ireland bridge ‘feasible’ and has ‘exceptional’ business potential, says top architect

Scotland to Northern Ireland bridge ‘feasible’ and has ‘exceptional’ business potential, says top architect

24/01/18

One of Scotland’s leading architects has claimed that a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland is not only “feasible” but could create a “Celtic powerhouse” and cost a fraction of the one proposed by Boris Johnson between England and France. Professor Alan Dunlop, who is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland(RIAS) and a visiting professor […]

8 construction trends to watch in 2018

8 construction trends to watch in 2018

23/01/18

After a robust 2017, commercial construction companies are anticipating an even stronger 2018, with the majority reporting they plan to expand their staffs, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. As professionals seek to map out 2018 and beyond, there are a number of trends shaping the construction industry. Some are evolutions of past years, such as offsite […]

Kier saves 200 Carillion staff jobs to complete JVs

Kier saves 200 Carillion staff jobs to complete JVs

22/01/18

Up to 200 Carillion civil engineering staff are to switch to Kier to help deliver joint venture smart motorway projects and two high speed rail contracts. Kier said it had offered Carillion staff jobs as it confirmed it would take on Carillion stakes on smart motorway projects and its two major joint venture HS2 projects […]

Network Rail to pay Carillion workers for next three months

Network Rail to pay Carillion workers for next three months

22/01/18

Network Rail has agreed to guarantee wages for Carillion Construction employees working on rail projects through to at least mid-April. The Official Receiver’s special managers PwC and Network Rail have come to an agreement which ensures that PwC can pay employees’ wages for work done on transport projects until after Easter. Rail employees will also […]

Race starts for £8.7bn Highways England framework

Race starts for £8.7bn Highways England framework

16/01/18

Highways England has started the long-awaited bid race to select a fresh line-up of contractors to replace its present Collaborative Delivery Framework. Under the new Regional Delivery Partnership arrangement, contractors will become delivery integration partners, designing and constructing motorway and major A-road projects across England under NEC4 standard terms, with suitable amendments. Procurement chiefs estimate that […]

Carillion goes into liquidation

Carillion goes into liquidation

15/01/18

Carillion has lost its fight for survival as the contractor went into compulsory liquidation this morning. The government will step in with funding to ensure Carillion’s 450 public services contracts continue. Philip Green, Chairman of Carillion, said:“This is a very sad day for Carillion, for our colleagues, suppliers and customers that we have been proud to […]

Tarmac buys Welsh civils contractor Alun Griffiths

Tarmac buys Welsh civils contractor Alun Griffiths

11/01/18

Materials giant Tarmac has bought £160m turnover regional civil engineering contractor Alun Griffiths (Contractors). Griffiths, which delivered a £2.3m pre-tax profit in 2016 and operates across Wales, the Midlands and South West England, will join Tarmac’s Contracting arm. The respected civil engineering firm, set up by Alun Griffiths in 1968, will continue to operate under […]

Morgan Sindall/BAM smart motorway double confirmed

Morgan Sindall/BAM smart motorway double confirmed

09/01/18

Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall joint venture has confirmed the value of two contracts at £322m to deliver part of Highways England’s smart motorway programme. The first contract, a two-stage design and build contract worth £104m, is to upgrade 10 miles of the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12). BMJV, supported by design partners […]

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