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Construction needs 217,000 new workers to bounce back

Construction needs 217,000 new workers to bounce back

10/06/21

Construction will need an extra 217,000 workers by 2025 to meet the demand from a faster than predicted bounce-back from the Covid-19 pandemic. Forecasts by the CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) have been dramatically revised as the industry recovery picks-up pace. CSN now believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022 – […]

Hammersmith & Fulham brings in Kier for £75m fire safety works

Hammersmith & Fulham brings in Kier for £75m fire safety works

26/05/21

Kier Places has secured a five-year contract for a programme of capital works across Hammersmith & Fulham’s stock of approximately 17,000 council homes. There is also the opportunity to extend the contract by an additional two years. Work to be delivered includes remedial fire-works including risers, sprinklers and external façade remediation, as well as high-value, […]

Self-employed trade rates 20% up on a year ago

Self-employed trade rates 20% up on a year ago

19/05/21

According to the industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors, Hudson Contract, all regions in England have seen double-digit earnings growth year on year taking average CIS weekly wages to £878. Leading the way are the South West (+29%), the North East (+27%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (+27%) Month on month, earnings slipped by 4.6%, as expected […]

Lonsdale Rail brought in for Paddington Square hook-up

Lonsdale Rail brought in for Paddington Square hook-up

10/05/21

Lonsdale Rail, part of the Michael Lonsdale Group, has the MEPFC fit-out to integrate London Underground’s existing Bakerloo Line tube station at Paddington with a new entrance underneath the Paddington Cube building. The new tube entrance is part of a £65m investment in transport and public realm on the £825m Paddington Square development. The 360,000 […]

Materials crisis strikes Midlands as sites placed on ‘tick over’

Materials crisis strikes Midlands as sites placed on ‘tick over’

03/05/21

In the West Midlands some projects are now on ‘tick over’ because materials are being creamed off by HS2. The deepening problems are being reported by employment contract services group Hudson Contract, which said its clients are now running into serious supply problems. The firm said contractors in the West Midlands were suffering most, caught […]

£270m Ealing civic centre and flats scheme approved

£270m Ealing civic centre and flats scheme approved

27/04/21

The scheme, which sparked controversy because of the associated 26-storey block of flats, will now be referred to the Mayor of London. Under the plans, the council’s existing offices and car park at Perceval House will be redeveloped to create a new civic hub on Uxbridge Road. This will include smaller council offices, a new […]

No competition for Thames Crossing tunnel spoil contract

No competition for Thames Crossing tunnel spoil contract

26/04/21

Ingrebourne Valley will be responsible for getting rid of two million cubic metres of spoil from the excavation of the twin bore tunnels that Highways England hopes to build under the Thames to the east of London. The scope of works will require Essex-based Ingrebourne Valley to take delivery of spoil from the working area on the […]

BAM to build Ayr leisure centre

BAM to build Ayr leisure centre

23/04/21

South Ayrshire Council has appointed Hub South West, BAM and its design team to develop the proposals and deliver the centre. Hub South West is a development partner that works alongside local authorities and the private sector to design, deliver, construct and maintain community facilities in the region. The new leisure complex, which is expected […]

McAleer & Rushe predicts record revenue this year

McAleer & Rushe predicts record revenue this year

21/04/21

Building contractor McAleer & Rushe is forecasting a strong rebound in revenue this year to £400m. The firm revealed the upbeat outlook after reporting a 15% fall in turnover last year to £290m, with pre-tax profit down 40% to £8.7m. The return to 2018 record sales levels will be aided by around £50m of revenue […]

Five winners for £800m London road framework

Five winners for £800m London road framework

22/02/21

Transport for London has confirmed the winning contractors on its latest £800m Surface Transport Infrastructure Construction Framework deal. The framework runs for six years from April until March 2027 for use by TfL, London Boroughs and other authorities whose developments impact on the capital’s road network. The five winners will deliver and support the construction, […]

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