Issue : 14 May 2009
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IMAGES: Stratford station gets revampedVideoSubscription
The Olympic Delivery Authority is pushing ahead with work at Stratford Regional Station in preparation for the hundreds of thousands of spectators that will use it everyday during the London 2012 Games.
MPs offered ray of light in expenses controversySubscription
Electrical parts firm RS Components has shed light on how MPs can illuminate their homes without billing taxpayers.
Mace is aiming to be a £1 billion company by 2012 and will continue to spread its global footprint to achieve its aim.
Mace has set its sights on securing two more major contracts in a bid to become Europe’s leading tall building construction firm.
Fire protection subcontractor Supershield has been found liable for the flooded basement of an international law firm’s London office eight years ago after a tangled legal battle involving seven parties.
Mace enjoyed a 38 per cent rise in pre-tax profit helped by a diversification strategy implemented five years ago.
Network Rail chief forgoes annual bonusSubscription
Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher has today announced he will be forgoing his annual bonus for 2008/09.
Strong cash and order book keeps Kier in lineSubscription
Kier today said its cash position and order books are healthy putting the firm on course for trading in line with management expectations.
Volker wins 2012 pathSubscription
A new 2012 contract to improve the 2.3 km Greenway cycle and walking route from Olympic Park to Victoria Park and West Ham station has been awarded to Volker Fitzpatrick.
Bovis Homes looks to buy land later this yearSubscription
Bovis Homes is targeting a spending spree on strategic land at the end of this year.
Balfour Beatty reported that its trading performance for 2009 was in line with expectations boosted by public sector infrastructure projects.
Balfour Beatty closes £200m Southwark contractSubscription
Balfour Beatty has reached financial close on the £200 million Southwark Building Schools for the Future contract.
Head for heightsSubscription
The final piece of a prominent 20 metres-high sculpture in St Helen’s has been put into place.
Willmott Dixon’s social housing arm Inspace has been named preferred bidder for two major phases of the £39 million Bermondsey Spa regeneration project.
Carillion back in ring on Welsh towerSubscription
Contractor may be looking to patch up its relationship with developer of Meridian Quay
Ucatt gathers forces in blacklist battleSubscription
Union holding discussions with solicitors over a civil suit as government plans to outlaw practice
Kier chief says worst of recession yet to comeSubscription
Kier director Paul Sheffield has warned that the worst of the construction recession could be to come – and revealed a new focus on civils work.
Housing restart adds 6,000 to home forecastsSubscription
Fewer than 70,000 extra new homes will be built this year despite housebuilders announcing they are looking to start building again.
Seven tender for £150m TfL Bond Street projectSubscription
Four contractors set to be shortlisted in July for £150m overhaul of Central London tube station
Output set to rise from 2010 - but very slowlySubscription
Construction output will remain subdued until the first quarter of 2011, according to the latest Glenigan Index.
McLaren’s bid to take on construction contracts left by failed firm William Verry has been hit by a rejection by client Prospects College.
Battle for Budget housing cash beginsSubscription
The Homes and Communities Agency has published details of how £420 million housing kickstart funding can be won – as it came in for criticism over past allocations.
Wembley judge calls for reforms to legal systemSubscription
Former head of the Technology and Construction Court Lord Justice Jackson has called for reforms to curb the “explosion” of litigation over costs issues.
Sir Robert in lead for Royal Welsh jobSubscription
Sir Robert McAlpine is believed to be in the lead to win the prestigious contract to revamp and expand the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Skills still in short supply despite recessionSubscription
Recruiting staff is still difficult in spite of the recession, according to new research by the CIOB. By Lucy Handley
Willmott Dixon and May Gurney are set for a head-to-head battle for a London education contract worth up to £400 million, Construction News understands.
Housing refurbishment specialists have received a boost with the Homes and Communities Agency publishing details of how social landlords can bid for a slice of £84 million to insulate homes.
Consumer fears hit ‘fun’ sectorSubscription
Despite investment by budget hoteliers, the sector has been hit by consumer confidence and falls in tourism
Public sector stalls for Northern IrelandSubscription
Starts on site will fall until the middle of next year, though housing offers some optimism
Construction set for further financial woesSubscription
High profile construction firms expected to run Into financial difficulties as the number of firms going under continues to reach record highs
The worst is yet to come…Subscription
Despite reports of increased turnover, profits and record order books we are not through the downturn yet. By Jonathan Hook
London £16m education and commercialSubscription
London £20m transportSubscription
Edinburgh £4.7m leisureSubscription
Bathgate £5.7m retailSubscription
Jetty float test for Morgan Est and AMECSubscription
A new £150 million submarine jetty constructed for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Morgan Est and joint venture partner AMEC has been successfully floated ahead of its launch.
Derby £5.5m commercialSubscription
Nottingham £53m residential & commercialSubscription
Lancaster £15m residentialSubscription
Bolton £30.6m educationSubscription
Bognor Regis £9.2m educationSubscription
Fareham £20m retailSubscription
Exeter £9.5m educationSubscription
Bodmin £9.7m residentialSubscription
The government has pumped £324 million into the Olympic Athletes Village, rejecting an private sector offer of £150m by Lend Lease.
Leamington Spa £15m commercialSubscription
Birmingham £16.4m commercialSubscription
Richmond £4m energySubscription
Leeds £4.7m retailSubscription