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Winners revealed for Highways England work bonanza

Winners revealed for Highways England work bonanza

11/10/18

Highways England has chosen the winners for one of its biggest ever framework deals. The Enquirer understands the names will be officially confirmed shortly of contractors who have bagged places on the programme worth up to £8.7bn over the next six years. It is understood the winners are: North West/North East/Yorks/Humber: Costain, Balfour Beatty, Kier South West: Vinci, Galliford […]

Construction buyers see slowdown in growth

Construction buyers see slowdown in growth

03/10/18

Construction buyers reported the weakest rise in output for six months in September. The bellwether Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 52.1 in September from 52.9 in August. Civil engineering suffered an accelerating decline in workloads while house building and commercial construction increased at a solid pace. New business volumes hit their highest […]

Bam and Sisk win £90m Leeds transport scheme

Bam and Sisk win £90m Leeds transport scheme

27/09/18

Leeds City Council has named BAM Nuttall and John Sisk as construction partners to deliver the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme. The Connecting Leeds transport programme will overhaul the transport networks in the city increasing the space and efficiency of the road network for all users, with improved cycling and walking provision. BAM Nuttall will provide the design […]

Murphy lands £57m Yorkshire Water plant

Murphy lands £57m Yorkshire Water plant

13/09/18

Murphy & Sons Ltd has been awarded a £57m contract by Yorkshire Water to build a new energy and recycling facility in Huddersfield. The design and build job includes new anaerobic digesters, a new sludge reception plant, sludge thickening plant and storage;,CHP and dual fuel boilers, sludge dewatering and lime treatment, cake storage and a […]

HS2 firms gearing up to create 15,000 jobs by 2020

HS2 firms gearing up to create 15,000 jobs by 2020

13/09/18

Contractors and consultants working on HS2 are gearing up to employ a 15,000-strong workforce by 2020. Over 7,000 roles are already supported by the project, and over 2,000 business have already won work with HS2, ahead of the main construction start next year. According to a new HS2 project skills strategy document published today a whole […]

Construction output up but new orders falling fast

Construction output up but new orders falling fast

11/09/18

Construction output continued its steady recovery following a relatively weak start to the year, increasing by 3.3% in the three months to July. The industry has now enjoyed three months of steady growth, rising 2.9% in May and 1.4% in June, and 0.5% in the latest July returns. But this could be shortlived with separately […]

Cost of Yorkshire potash mine tunnel soars 70% to £1.5bn

Cost of Yorkshire potash mine tunnel soars 70% to £1.5bn

06/09/18

Yorkshire potash mine developer Sirius Mineral this morning confirmed Austrian civil engineering giant Strabag will deliver all three big tunnel drives to transport excavated polyhalite mineral underground to the coast. The mine developer also revealed it would be raising a further £460m for construction after expected tunnel drive costs skyrocketed 70% from an estimated £858m […]

Construction jobs market holds up despite slowing growth

Construction jobs market holds up despite slowing growth

06/09/18

Commercial building was the best performing area of construction output in August 2018, followed closely by residential work, the latest monthly survey of industry purchasing managers reveals. The latest expansion of housing activity was the weakest since March, though, and civil engineering workload decreased for the first time in five months. A number of survey […]

Crossrail admits job is nine months late

Crossrail admits job is nine months late

03/09/18

Crossrail bosses have admitted the new line won’t be ready on time and have pushed back the opening date by at least nine months. The Elizabeth line was due to start taking passengers this December. But the opening through central London has now been pushed back to “autumn 2019”. The Enquirer first reported about Crosssrail’s problems during the […]

Balfour Beatty wins £96m Scottish A9 dualling job

Balfour Beatty wins £96m Scottish A9 dualling job

29/08/18

Transport Scotland will award Balfour Beatty the next major section of the £3bn A9 dualling programme between Perth and Inverness. Balfour Beatty will dual a 9.5km stretch of the A9 between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam. It will be the second construction contract to be awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme to upgrade […]

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