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PMI: Carillion collapse hits activity in JanuarySubscription

Activity was subdued or declining across the main construction sectors in January as new orders also dipped, according to the latest PMI figures.

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Manchester leads offices and residential boomSubscription

The residential sector is fuelling strong growth in the development pipelines of major UK cities, according to Deloitte’s latest crane survey.

Lidl ramps up £1.45bn UK investment with new centre

Lidl ramps up £1.45bn UK investment with new centreSubscription

Lidl will build a 1m sq ft regional distribution centre in Hertfordshire as the discount retailer continues its £1.45bn UK investment plan. 

McLaren wins £90m Kent shopping centre expansion_Ashford Designer Outlet

McLaren wins £90m Kent shopping centre expansionSubscription

McLaren Construction has been confirmed as main contractor for the £90m extension of Ashford Designer Outlet in Kent.

Carillion sells stake in £150m Durham JV scheme_Arlington Real Estate

Carillion sells stake in £150m Durham JV schemeSubscription

Carillion has offloaded its stake in a joint venture that is developing a £150m mixed-use scheme in Durham, just weeks before construction on the project is set to begin. 

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McLaren to be kept on £58m retail job despite developer exit

McLaren to be kept on £58m retail job despite developer exitSubscription

McLaren will be retained as the main contractor for a £58m project to expand an Oxfordshire shopping centre, despite the scheme’s original developer deciding to pull out. 

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Westfield agrees £18.5bn takeover by French property giantSubscription

French property group Unibail-Rodamco has agreed a $24.7bn (£18.5bn) deal to acquire shopping centre operator Westfield, with the firms eyeing a major development pipeline. 

Hammerson’s Intu takeover to kick-start '£2bn-plus' pipeline_Brent Cross

Hammerson’s Intu takeover to kick-start '£2bn-plus' pipelineSubscription

Shopping centre owner Hammerson will embark on a “£2bn-plus” development programme following the acquisition of rival Intu, it said today. 

Fresh plans revealed under £130m Barnsley redevelopment_Barnsley town centre Henry Boot New central library

Fresh plans revealed under £130m Barnsley redevelopmentSubscription

New work as part of a £130m redevelopment of Barnsley city centre to create a retail and leisure destination has been unveiled.

Croydon approves £1.4bn shopping centre after four-year delay

Croydon approves £1.4bn shopping centre after four-year delaySubscription

Westfield and Hammerson’s £1.4bn scheme to redevelop a shopping centre in central Croydon has been approved after four years of delays.

Travelodge targets council land in expansion plan

Travelodge targets council land in expansion plan Subscription

Travelodge is targeting local authorities with a range of development deals that would see new hotels built on council land.

Castlebrooke Belfast city centre regeneration plans Aerial

Castlebrooke submits fresh plans for £400m Belfast schemeSubscription

A £400m development to transform Belfast’s north-eastern quarter has been resubmitted for planning approval following public consultation.

Laing O'Rourke wins £700m Brent Cross expansion_Shopping Centre_Hammerson

Laing O'Rourke wins £700m Brent Cross expansionSubscription

Laing O’Rourke has beaten rivals Sir Robert McAlpine and Multiplex to be named preferred contractor for a £700m deal to expand Brent Cross.