Issue : 05 November 2009
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Non-housing public works were the only area of construction in which workloads did not fall in the third quarter, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said today, describing the sector as “an important crutch” for the industry.
UK cities pledge emission cutsSubscription
Britain’s biggest cities have pledged to cut their green house gas emissions over the next two years, beginning by making buildings more energy efficient.
Galliford Try is pressing ahead with plans to deliver significant growth in its housebuilding business over the next three years after raising £119 million through its rights issue and adding 800 units to its land bank since the start it its financial year.
Construction Parliamentary Update - 6 Nov 2009Subscription
A round up of all the construction news from Westminster this week brought to you by the Madano Partnership.
Do you care for the good name of your company?Subscription
This week’s Construction Products Association’s third quarter trade survey found that 86 per cent of heavyside manufacturers reported significant falls in trade, with three quarters of lightside manufacturers also reporting falls.
New 12/150 compressor from DoosanSubscription
New model is firm’s largest single axle portable compressor
Liebherr wheeled loader worth its saltSubscription
Cobra Middlesbrough has been operating Liebherr wheeled loaders at its rock salt processing facilities in North Road for a number of years and these highly specialised materials handlers are fully equipped and protected for what is an extremely corrosive working environment.
A bricklayer believed to have been killed in a car crash shocked mourners by turning up at his own funeral alive, according to reports from the BBC.
Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps today declared the Conservatives will be a “pro-development Government” if they are elected next summer.
Contractor sought for £80m Chelsea redvelopmentSubscription
Kensington Housing Trust is seeking a contractor to carry out an £80 million redevelopment of the Wornington Green Estate in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Late paying councils revealedSubscription
Some councils are failing to pay any of their suppliers within 10 days, a major study has revealed.
New Bristol City FC stadium closer to approvalSubscription
Bristol City Football Club is a step closer to the construction of a new stadium after the local council last night agreed a “minded to approve” decision.
Brookfield wins £500m Glasgow hospital contractSubscription
Brookfield Europe is understood to have beaten Balfour Beatty and Laing O’Rourke to the £500 million contract to rebuild Glasgow Southern General Hospital.
London £2.7m commercialSubscription
London £3m commercialSubscription
Dalkeith £2.4m infrastructureSubscription
Edinborough £1.3bn educationSubscription
Loughborough £4.3m commercialSubscription
Wellingborough £22m infrastructureSubscription
Manchester £29.8m commercialSubscription
Manchester £83m residential & commercialSubscription
Aldershot £31.2m residential & commercialSubscription
Milton Keynes £40m residentialSubscription
Salisbury £4.5m healthSubscription
Torrington £12m commercialSubscription
Birmingham £65m commercialSubscription
Coventry £500m educationSubscription
Hope Valley £8m commercialSubscription
Leeds £10m educationSubscription
Green light for market redesignSubscription
Ambitious proposals to redevelop a Sheffield market have been approved by the city council.
Olympic deal 'will help UK firms'Subscription
British construction companies could be set for an edge on rivals when bidding for sporting contracts if building work on the new London 2012 venues goes well, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has predicted.
Editor's pick of the weekSubscription
A Laing O’Rourke-led consortium has launched a £20 million law suit against the Department of Health, Construction News revealed this week.
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne £24m residentialSubscription
Egrement £30m commercialSubscription
New construction orders for the three months to September totalled £8.5 billion, exactly the same as the previous three months, according to figures out today.
Cambridge £3.7m educationSubscription
Newmarket £9m residentialSubscription
Haverfordwest £2m retailSubscription
Aberdare £3.4m residentialSubscription
Rok has secured £700 million so far this year after securing 48 new contracts since January, the firm revealed today.
Only 18 firms remain for ProCure 21+Subscription
Less than a third of the 59 contractors that expressed an interest in the £4 billion ProCure 21+ framework returned prequalification questionnaires, it has emerged.
The CBI Construction Council’s chairman has named pressuring the Government to bring forward £3 billion of work and fund a £2bn PFI bailout as its top achievements in its inaugural year.
A host of international firms are lining up to battle for a package of decommissioning works at Sellafield that could be worth as much as £1.5 billion.
Westfield faces White City legal battleSubscription
Westfield is facing a multi-million pound legal battle with a major US entertainment group that claims it was forced to pull out of a deal at the £1.7 billion White City development because the cinema complex was not built to agreed specifications.
Highways chief predicts quality bidsSubscription
Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton has told MPs he anticipates more competition for its Managing Agent Contractor schemes during the recession.
A host of regeneration specialists is lining up to bid for a 10-year, £200 million framework covering Decent Homes and planned improvement works to housing in South-west London.
Morrison eyes up acquisition targetsSubscription
Morrison Utility Services is targeting a significant acquisition after a year in which its turnover passed the £500 million mark.
Government backs move to standardise safety PQQsSubscription
Contractors are being urged to get involved in an industry-led scheme to standardise safety pre-qualification questionnaires, with smaller firms in particular being told the initiative could open the door for them to tender for a much wider range of work.
Network Rail could throw the UK’s busiest rail corridor into “total chaos” as it plans to axe nearly 1,500 maintenance jobs, according to rail union RMT.
Wakefield-based modular building manufacturer Thurston Building Systems has secured a deal to purchase the assets and intellectual property of rival company Ultra Secure Products, which fell into administration.