Skanska bans ‘swing-up’ lorry loaders after site death

Skanska bans ‘swing-up’ lorry loaders after site death

28/06/22

Lorry loaders fitted with hydraulic tilting and hydraulic deployment stabiliser legs which rotate across the position of the fixed controls are being banned from all Skanska UK sites. The move follows the involvement of this type of stabiliser in a fatal incident at a Skanska at Shirehampton, Bristol last September. Read more here.

Race for £1.3bn North West & Central railway works

Race for £1.3bn North West & Central railway works

16/06/22

Network Rail has started the hunt for firms to deliver a £1.3bn smaller works and renewal programme for control period 7 in its north west and central territory.   Procurement chiefs aim to let several frameworks covering the “Backbone of Britain” route. Read more here

Construction needs another 250,000 workers by 2026

Construction needs another 250,000 workers by 2026

14/06/22

At least a quarter of a million additional construction workers will be needed by 2026 to meet growing demand in the industry according to the latest Construction Skills Network report.   Authors of the report warn that with job vacancies at a record high, and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years, developing a highly-skilled […]

£350m London Bridge life sciences hub advance

£350m London Bridge life sciences hub advance

03/05/22

Developers Oxford Properties and Reef Estates are preferred development partners for the delivery of the 300,000 sq ft Snowsfields Quarter scheme. The developers will bring forward world-class lab facilities across three new buildings to create a health innovation cluster at a site adjacent to the Guy’s campus in SE1. Read more here.

Plans in for £150m Leeds private rental flats scheme

Plans in for £150m Leeds private rental flats scheme

21/04/22

The £150m scheme will regenerate a prominent, vacant site on the western fringe of Leeds City Centre. The firm will now look to appoint a contractor to deliver the brick-clad, warehouse-style project in the Summer, which should start on site in the Autumn subject to planning. Read more here

Weston Homes revamps £270m Anglia Square scheme

Weston Homes revamps £270m Anglia Square scheme

21/04/22

Initial proposals for the 11.5 acre site were passed by Norwich City Council but rejected by the Housing Secretary in November 2020 forcing Weston back to the drawing board. Read more here

Bidders day for £150m M25 improvements framework

Bidders day for £150m M25 improvements framework

23/02/22

Successful firms will be called off from the framework to deliver civil engineering and technology improvements to the orbital motorway over the next six years. Projects could include structures, junction improvements and roadside technology including combined civil engineering and technology renewals. Read more here.

Barhale boosts funds as it looks to rebuild turnover

Barhale boosts funds as it looks to rebuild turnover

20/01/22

Barhale has secured an £11m refinancing package as it looks to boost business as water companies ramp-up spending plans. Latest results at parent company Barhale Holdings show turnover dipped to £110m for the year to June 30 2021 from £142m last time in line with major clients’ spending plans. Read more here

London office starts rise as confidence returns

London office starts rise as confidence returns

23/11/21

London’s office market is seeing a significant improvement in confidence with the volume of new starts and speculative appetite rising. According to the London Office Crane Survey by Deloitte, the volume of new starts increased by 10% from the previous survey in May, to 3.4m sq ft between April and September 2021. This rise is […]

Go-ahead for 22,000-seat Southend FC stadium

Go-ahead for 22,000-seat Southend FC stadium

28/10/21

Southend United has got the planning green light for a new 22,000 capacity stadium with an enabling hotel and flats scheme. The decision on the club’s stadium will now go to the government for final consent. The club has said it hopes to start work on the project as soon as it obtains full approval […]