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Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

Next five-year £25bn roads spending plan delayed

10/03/20

The Government is understood to be delaying the publication of the £25bn next phase of its roads programme. The next five-year Road Investment Strategy, known as RIS2, is due to come into action on 1 April and was expected to be published alongside the Budget statement tomorrow. But now the Government is reported by the Times to […]

Heathrow third runway grounded by appeal court

Heathrow third runway grounded by appeal court

02/03/20

Environmental campaigners have successfully blocked plans for Heathrow’s third runway in the Court of Appeal. But today Heathrow Airport Limited vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court saying that environmental concerns could easily be rectified. Judges this morning ruled that ministers had not done enough to tackle climate concerns when they gave it […]

Work begins on £8m Glasgow cycleway scheme

Work begins on £8m Glasgow cycleway scheme

02/03/20

The Connecting Woodside initiative will create protected cycle routes through Charing Cross and along Garscube Road, Woodlands Road, and St George’s Road. It is considered to be the missing piece of a jigsaw and will connect to improvements on Sauchiehall Street, the Forth & Clyde Canal and regeneration work at Port Dundas and Sighthill. Public […]

Digital future for construction

Digital future for construction

06/02/20

Digital technology may be finding its place in certain parts of the construction industry, but for many, a fundamental change in mindset is needed before the benefits can be fully realised.   Helena Russell reports on two initiatives that are intended to help the industry modernise – rather than let it die   Skills shortages […]

Contractors set for extended “soft patch” in project starts

Contractors set for extended “soft patch” in project starts

05/11/19

Construction buyers reported another fall in work volumes in October making it six successive monthly drops. The rate of contraction was the slowest in three months. But authors of the bellwether Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index said the industry is now preparing for a longer term drop in demand. The index registered 44.2 in […]

Start signed off for £207m Edinburgh tram extension

Start signed off for £207m Edinburgh tram extension

14/10/19

Edinburgh City Council has signed off programme and project costs for the city’s tram extension to Newhaven. The first phase of work to take trams to Newhaven will now get underway in mid-November. A  joint venture between Farrans, and Spanish-owned Sacyr and its subsidiary Neopul will deliver the £90m main works contract to design and construct […]

Southern Water re-signs Galliford Try for AMP7

Southern Water re-signs Galliford Try for AMP7

10/10/19

Galliford Try has renewed two of its key water framework places for the AMP7 spending round, together worth around £340m. This morning the firm confirmed Southern Water had re-signed the contractor as a delivery partner for two of its design and build frameworks. The frameworks cover water and wastewater treatment works, upgrades in the western region […]

No summer in 2019 for construction recruiters

No summer in 2019 for construction recruiters

09/10/19

The three summer months of June, July, and August usually see approximately 30% of all permanent annual recruitment jobs filled in the construction sector – it was 29% in 2018, for example.  But in 2019, the summer accounted for just 16% of the previous 12 months’ recruitment placements, as projects were put on hold or […]

Amey/McAlpine green light for M6 junction 19 job

Amey/McAlpine green light for M6 junction 19 job

30/09/19

A joint venture between Amey and Sir Robert McAlpine has got the green light to transform a key motorway junction in Cheshire. Work will get underway next year after the JV signed off a £35.5m design and build contract to remodel junction 19 of the M6, near Knutsford. The project involves building a new bridge through […]

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £20m Crossrail stations upgrade

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £20m Crossrail stations upgrade

23/09/19

VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded the contract to complete Network Rail’s upgrade of east London stations for Crossrail. The deal worth almost £20m will deliver upgrades at Romford and Ilford stations including improved entrances and step free access. Ilford station will benefit from a new station building, replacing the existing entrance on Cranbrook Road. At Romford […]

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