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McAleer & Rushe gets go-ahead for two Maldron hotels

McAleer & Rushe gets go-ahead for two Maldron hotels

20/02/19

Northern Ireland-based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has checked-in with planning to build hotels in Birmingham and Glasgow city centres. Representing an investment of £85m, the two hotels will deliver 630 bedrooms and will be operated by Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata, under its four-star Maldron brand. McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK will build […]

£5.5bn spent on HS2 before any construction started

£5.5bn spent on HS2 before any construction started

18/02/19

At least £5.5bn was spent on HS2 before construction work even started. Figures published in Parliament last week confirm £5.5bn of the £56bn budget was spent between 2009 and April 2018. The money has been spent on the purchase of land and property, design, legal fees, consultants, staffing and other overheads before any main construction […]

Balfour renews £220m London Tube track upkeep

Balfour renews £220m London Tube track upkeep

14/02/19

London Underground has selected Balfour Beatty to deliver £220m worth of track renewals over the next four years. Balfour will start delivering all aspects of track renewal work from April – including track, points and crossings, and trackside drainage. The contract will start in April 2019 and last for four years, with an option included […]

Fears grow over future of HS2

Fears grow over future of HS2

11/02/19

Rising costs are fuelling growing political opposition to the £56bn HS2 rail link. The project will come under the spotlight tonight in a Channel 4 Dispatches programme called The Great Train Robbery. Senior ministers have told the show that the link might only ever go as far as Birmingham as a poll revealed commuters want cash […]

£2.3bn London HS2 station contracts awarded

£2.3bn London HS2 station contracts awarded

06/02/19

HS2 has named its preferred construction partners to deliver its two major station projects in London. A joint venture between Mace and Dragados has beaten rival bidder Costain/Skanska to secure Euston station with a bid of around £1.3bn, which is below the original project estimate of £1.65bn. Eleven new platforms for HS2 will be built […]

Manchester building boom outstrips LA and Chicago

Manchester building boom outstrips LA and Chicago

05/02/19

England’s big three regional cities are shrugging off Brexit worries and enjoyed bumper construction growth last year driven by city centre residential and office schemes. Manchester’s construction boom is not only pushing the skyline to new heights but now outstrips construction project numbers in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to the latest Deloitte Crane Survey. […]

Two alliances set for £5bn railway work bonanza

Two alliances set for £5bn railway work bonanza

30/01/19

Network Rail has named its preferred alliances to deliver track and rail system renewals and improvements in Scotland and the South of England, worth an estimated £5bn. Colas Rail and AECOM will work with Network Rail across the south of England, while a three-way joint venture of Babcock Rail, Arup and Arcadis will deliver upgrades […]

Commercial and industrial activity stagnates

Commercial and industrial activity stagnates

24/01/19

Growth in workloads within the commercial and industrial segments has come to a standstill for the first time in six years. The latest RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey points to a broad-based slowdown in the pace of output growth as political uncertainty takes its toll. Results from the final quarter survey last year indicate workloads moderated […]

Galliard and O’Shea team up for £130m Nine Elms scheme

Galliard and O’Shea team up for £130m Nine Elms scheme

18/01/19

Galliard Homes has bought the third of seven plots on the former Royal Mail site in Vauxhall, South London. The house builder is paying £22.2m for the 0.9 acre Nine Elms Park plot, which it aims to develop in partnership with property and construction group  O’Shea. The £130m scheme will consist of around 262 flats, of which a quarter will be affordable housing. […]

Skanska Costain JV starts Euston Station HS2 demolition works

Skanska Costain JV starts Euston Station HS2 demolition works

15/01/19

A Skanska Costain joint venture is pressing ahead with demolition works to pave the way for the vast HS2 station project. Demoltion contractor McGee has just erected the first tower crane to start dismantling two multi-storey office buildings – One Euston Square and Grant Thornton House – which stand above the entrance and exit to Euston’s […]

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