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Firms doubt key infrastructure clients have capacity to deliver

Firms doubt key infrastructure clients have capacity to deliver

04/11/16

Around three quarters of infrastructure providers doubt whether Network Rail and Highways England have the capacity to deliver their massive investment programmes. Growing concern about resources at the key transport clients emerged in a CBI/AECOM survey of businesses in the UK. The survey also revealed that most UK businesses were positive about the clear prioritisation of […]

Olympic Stadium conversion costs rise by another £51m

Olympic Stadium conversion costs rise by another £51m

02/11/16

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered an investigation into the cost of converting the Olympic Stadium into West Ham’s new home. The move comes as it was revealed the conversion costs have jumped by another £51m to £323m from £272m. Balfour Beatty was in charge of converting the stadium under a £190m contract. The Enquirer […]

Construction output falls 1.4% after Brexit vote

Construction output falls 1.4% after Brexit vote

28/10/16

Construction output fell by 1.4% in the third quarter in the first official GDP figures to be released since the EU referendum. The fall follows a 0.1% downward blip in the previous quarter and means that construction output against the same period a year ago is down by just 0.2%. Construction led falls at all […]

Murphy wins UK-Belgium 1GW interconnector project

Murphy wins UK-Belgium 1GW interconnector project

28/10/16

J. Murphy & Sons has secured the project to build a converter station in Kent for the Nemo Link connector between the UK and Belgium. The Nemo Link 140km electrical interconnector project is being developed by a joint venture between National Grid Interconnectors and Belgium’s Elia. Murphy is working in partnership with Siemens, having partnered successfully to deliver […]

European construction output slips

European construction output slips

28/10/16

Construction output fell by 1.3% in August across the 28 countries of the European Union, according to latest figures from the EU statistical office, Eurostat. Production in 19 countries of the Eurozone was down by 0.9% compared to July. In July 2016, output had grown by 1.5% in the Euro area and by 0.3% in […]

Construction industry welcomes £18.6bn boost

Construction industry welcomes £18.6bn boost

28/10/16

While Friends of the Earth dismissed it as just an expensive way to flog perfume, construction industry interests seem broadly unanimous in delighting at government support for an £18.6bn third runway at Heathrow. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the government will publish a consultation document outlining the benefits of Heathrow expansion in the […]

Planners approves £300m Chester Northgate scheme

Planners approves £300m Chester Northgate scheme

22/09/16

The Chester Northgate project will transform the northwest quarter of Chester City Centre with new shopping, leisure and residential development. Phase one – the development of two restaurants in the current library building is expected to start in autumn 2017.  A 167-bedroom 4 star hotel and conference centre and a large cinema are among the plans as well. The […]

Manchester University names partners for £10m projects

Manchester University names partners for £10m projects

21/09/16

Manchester University has picked the contractors it will use for new projects worth up to £10m. Among these we find Kier, Graham Construction and Willmott Dixon. With an ambitious programme of over £1bn over the next six years the University is planning improvements to its main campus. The construction works include refurbishment, landscaping, new build and demolition.

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Electricians – “Crossrail won’t be ready on time”

20/09/16

Electricians working on Crossrail are warning that the £14.8bn route will not be ready in time for its planned opening in 2018. Workers have also been in touch with the Enquirer to complain about site conditions including claims that on some parts of the job there is a one hour walk to the nearest toilets. […]

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