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Ray O’Rourke can only spend part of the year in UK

Ray O’Rourke can only spend part of the year in UK

04/01/17

Laing O’Rourke chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke can only spend a limited number of days in the UK due to his tax exile status in Jersey. The restrictions come at a time the O’Rourke leader is taking a more hands-on role in a bid to turn around the fortunes of the country’s largest private […]

2017 will be a year of “feast and famine” for contractors

2017 will be a year of “feast and famine” for contractors

04/01/17

The year ahead will be one of “feast and famine” for contractors – depending on what sector of the industry you specialise in. KPMG head of infrastructure, building and construction Richard Threlfall is predicting very different 2017s for many contractors. He said: “2017 will divide the construction sector into winners and losers. “Contractors in infrastructure […]

US investor snaps up Dyer & Butler in latest UK deal

US investor snaps up Dyer & Butler in latest UK deal

20/12/16

The big US investor that bought Morrison Utility Services earlier this year has swooped on another UK construction business. Private equity investor First Reserve revealed today it has sealed a deal to buy £200m regional contractor Dyer & Butler. The Southampton-based firm delivers civil engineering and building services across southern England. In September First Serve acquired […]

Laing O’Rourke wins £150m ‘Crick of the North’

Laing O’Rourke wins £150m ‘Crick of the North’

13/12/16

Laing O’Rourke is finalising details for construction of the Sir Henry Royce Institute For Advanced Materials in Manchester. The firm has been working with Manchester University under a pre-construction agreement and is now set to sign a contract for construction to start in March, subject to planning. Manchester University submitted plans for the new materials research centre last week. The 46m […]

Winners named for £350m London Underground civils

Winners named for £350m London Underground civils

13/12/16

London Underground has named its preferred contractor teams for its £350m Future Stations’ Civils and Tunnelling Works framework. Joint ventures between Morgan Sindall/BeMo and Taylor Woodrow/Bam Nuttall have won places on all three lots covering civils, tunnelling and combined civils and tunnelling. Hochtief was also successful but only secured a place on the third combined […]

O’Rourke calls for construction GCSEs and A-levels

O’Rourke calls for construction GCSEs and A-levels

28/11/16

Laing O’Rourke is calling for the introduction of construction GCSEs and A-levels in a bid to solve the industry’s skills crisis. The suggestion is part of a ten-point plan put forward by the contractor in a report launched today. O’Rourke wants to see the introduction of GCSEs and A-levels in Design, Engineer and Construct (DEC). […]

Irish firm plans first English motorway service stations

Irish firm plans first English motorway service stations

28/11/16

Irish petrol forecourt firm Applegreen is planning major motorway service stations on the M42 near Birmingham and M3 near Basingstoke. Subject to planning, the largest scheme will be built at junction 4 of the M42 near Shirley and will boast a rolling ‘green roof’ on the main amenity building. The location of the 21.5-acre site means […]

Buckingham Palace to get £369m M&E refit

Buckingham Palace to get £369m M&E refit

21/11/16

Government funding has been agreed for a £369m overhaul of Buckingham Palace. The ten-year programme of work will start next April to completely revamp the building’s antiquated M&E system. Much of the Palace’s plumbing, electrical, cabling and heating system has not been upgraded since the Second World War. Royal officials fear the current system could […]

Chancellor to pump extra £1.3bn into local roads

Chancellor to pump extra £1.3bn into local roads

21/11/16

Chancellor Phillip Hammond will unveil a £1.3bn programme of local road and pinpoint improvements in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday. His modest road spending pledge falls short of industry hopes for a grandiose post-Brexit vote spending boost for infrastructure to combat slowing economic growth. Instead the Government is looking to leverage more by supporting smaller, […]

£900m HS2 enabling works contracts awarded

£900m HS2 enabling works contracts awarded

15/11/16

The first major works contracts for HS2 worth around £900m have been awarded to three consortia. Joint ventures including seven firms have picked up the first enabling packages covering three sections of the first phase route from London to Birmingham. Preparations will now start immediately and will involve negotiating to agree demolition, diversion of major utilities and […]

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