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Construction News
October 1995

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  • 400m Pembroke plant beats court challenge

    WORK is set to start early next year on a controversial 400 million conversion of National Powers Pembroke Dock power station.
  • 40m theatrical boost

    TWO London theatres are due for a revamp in the next couple of years which could provide the construction industry with more than 40 million worth of work.
  • 6m hospital new-build for Wimpey

    WIMPEY has clinched a 6 million-plus new build contract at the Royal Albert Edward Hospital, Wigan.
  • 80m revamp for Brent X

    HAMMERSON and Standard Life, joint owners of the Brent Cross shopping complex in north London, have unveiled an 80 million plan to extend it further.
  • 8pc fall deepens work gloom

    ORDERS figures from the government this week confirmed fears that the construction industry recession is deepening and widening.
  • A can of worms?

    As the dust settles after the battle over sinking the Brent Spar, Andrew Cavenagh assesses the options available for disposing of the large North Sea oil platforms
  • A golden set of rules

    AS THE dust settled over the tracks leading to St Johns station in south-east London, the British Rail cameraman quietly flicked his video camera from record to standby. What he had expected to be a routine piece of video footage had suddenly become something quite different.
  • A station easy enough for all to use

    THE instrument manufacturers are constantly trying to find out exactly what their users want in terms of software on total stations. And they are having to respond to a dramatic change in the way their products are used.
  • Abroad horizons for UK firms

    There are opportunities on the Continent for specialists
  • Airport bids due before plan OK

    BIDS will be returned on November 20 for a 70 million job to build a second runway at Manchester Airport, but a planning decision on the project is not expected until the middle of next year at the earliest.
  • All we are saying . . . is give PFI a chance

    Private Finance Panel head Douglas Hogg is convinced the PFI will deliver. John D Allen reports
  • Amec clinches major partnering contracts

    AMEC has pulled off a partnering coup by landing multi-million pound deals with the British Airports Authority (BAA) and oil giant Mobil.
  • Amec joins hunt for MoD submarine deal

    AMEC is in the hunt for a slice of a possible 2.5 billion contract to build nuclear submarines for the British Navy.
  • Amec signs up for 370m BOO pipeline project

    AMEC is among a group of companies which has signed a memorandum of understanding to build, own and operate (BOO) a massive pipeline project in Pakistan.
  • Amecs lone bid gets the PFI nod

    Approval for hospital tender despite lack of competition
  • Amey finds partner to chase IMU

    AMEY is among contenders bidding for one of seven British Rail infrastructure units which will be up for grabs into the run-up to privatisation.
  • Amey flies in Manchester

    MANCHESTER Airport is proving a happy-hunting ground for Amey, which has landed two contracts there totalling 12.6 million.
  • Another year written off

    WE ARE back in the results season and the latest round of announcements from the big contractors paints a bleak picture of the state of the construction industry.
  • Architects let down over CDM training

    SAFETY training for architects is still not up to scratch.
  • Army set to spend 70m on facilities

    THE Army plans to spend 70 million over the next five years on improving its main training areas in the UK.
  • Ashford council appoints five consultants

    ASHFORD council has appointed five consultants to identify development opportunities in the Kent town which are expected to be generated by its international rail station.
  • Ashtead seeks firm supply ties

    FAST expanding plant hire group Ashtead has radically changed the way it deals with its suppliers in a bid to boost growth.
  • Avery Berkel weighs in with Axis

    AXIS, a dynamic weigher from Avery Berkel, provides both axle and Department of Transport-approved gross vehicle weights of vehicles as they pass over it at speeds up to 5 kph.
  • B&CE set to offer accident cover to self-employed

    SELF-EMPLOYED construction workers are being offered a new personal accident insurance scheme.
  • Balance tips towards cowboys

    Demolition contractors fear the proposed landfill tax to encourage recycling will merely make the legitimate disposal of waste too expensive. Stephen Hoare looks at the possible consequences

    limited impact on Ballast Nedams financial resources, whereas considerable efficiency benefits can be expected from the integration.
  • Ballast goes for Wiltshier

    DUTCH construction giant Ballast Nedam is taking over British contractor Wiltshier.
  • Beaming down on civils

    The market for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) has taken off over the past two years, with the technology being used on some of Europes largest civil engineering projects, as Stephen Hoare reports

    Late payment and bad debt are the biggest bugbears for most plant hire companies. But Stephen Hoare finds that many have decided to fight back
  • BEC campaigns for reform

    IN ITS Budget submission, the Building Employers Confederation set out its ideas about a programme for recovery. A key issue was reform of the Private Finance Initiative.
  • BEC plan to revive the PFI

    BUILDERS will this week present the government with an action plan to breathe new life into the widely-criticised Private Finance Initiative.
  • Benford dealership benefits Nationwide

    DISTRIBUTOR Nationwide Plant has seen sales boom since it took over a Benford dealership earlier this year.
  • Benton campus team comes together

    THE University of Northumbria is forming its team of consultants for the 20 million-plus development of the Benton campus at Newcastle.
  • BG seeks Greenwich OK

    BRITISH Gas has submitted plans to Greenwich council for a
  • Bidders must spin out Eastbourne link

    SEVEN contractors are tendering for a 16.5 million road scheme in Eastbourne, East Sussex, knowing that if they win the job they will have to spin the work out for three years.
  • Big bang theory rewritten

    Over the past 10 years, the spectacle of multi-storey blocks being brought down by explosives has regularly enthralled the public. But according to the specialist explosive engineers who stage these popular events, the show has only just begun. By Nick Barrett
  • Blackburn sludge deal is signed

    MILLER has won North West Waters sludge treatment works contract at Blackburn, Lancashire.
  • Blacktop ahead in new noise test

    A NEW method of measuring road surface noise, developed with funds from the concrete roads body Britpave, has shown that the UKs quietest surface isblacktop, not concrete.
  • Blair calls for an end to public versus private finance debate

    LABOUR leader Tony Blair this week committed his party to a new relationship between the public and private sectors.
  • Boss builds capacity

    FORKLIFT truck maker Boss is to start a 10 million expansion of its factories at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
  • Boss jailed for road surfacing swindle

    A ROAD building boss was jailed for 21 months last week for his part in a long-running racket in the North-East.
  • Bosses warn of fading interest in PFI schemes

    THE GOVERNMENT has six months to sort out the Private Finance Initiative or contractors will completely lose interest in the scheme.
  • Botes cleared of fraud in Lambeth legal battle

    A TWO-YEAR legal battle ended last week with two
  • Bovis scoops 150m shopping centre deal

    BOVIS has been confirmed as management contractor for 150 million worth of construction work at the Trafford Centre to be built for the Manchester Ship Canal Company at Dump-lington on the outskirts of Manchester.
  • Bovis set to win 300m Bluewater Park

    BOVIS is set to clinch the largest construction award made so far this year the 300 million Bluewater Park retail and leisure development in Dartford, Kent.
  • Bovis team wins 45m China deal

    A CONSORTIUM of Thames Water and Bovis has been confirmed winner of a 45 million contract for a build, operate and tranfer water treatment plant in Shanghai, China.
  • BP to sink 3bn into N Sea work

    PROJECTS worth an estimated 3 billion have been drawn up by BP to boost its North Sea oil and gas operations over the next 25 years.
  • Brits to cash in on 7.5bn HK spending spree

  • Brown & Root firm gains md

    DR DICK Harris, 53, (below)
  • BT purges cable layers

    Telecom giant selects elite corps for multi-million pound contracts in move away from hole diggers
  • B-Trac moles dig in

    B-TRAC Equipment has announced an extension to the Vermeer range of Hammerhead Mole pneumatic boring tools for underground installation applications. There is a lightweight 100 mm model and four other new models, with diameters of 65, 130, 190 and 300 mm.
  • B-Tracs Hammer house of hire

    HYDRAULIC breaker distributor B-Trac, part of the Barcom Group, is setting up a hire division called Hammer Rental to run in parallel with its Rammer sales business.
  • Builders shocked by connection fee hikes

    BUILDERS are being stung by rampant fee rises from power firms to connect new developments to gas and electricity supplies.
  • Camas starts on M4 maintenance

    CAMAS Associated Asphalt starts a 10.1 million contract on October 19 for Berkshire County Council to carry out major maintenance work on the M4.
  • Camlok clamp takes the load

    Safety Equipment
  • Canary sale boosts work hopes

    HOPES that construction work will restart on the troubled Canary Wharf site in Londons docklands have risen following the announcement of a sale agreement for the development.
  • Catnic bid to increase profiles share

    CARADON Catnic, best known for its steel lintels, is launching a campaign to win a larger share of the UK market for plasterers profiles and wall ties.
  • Caxtongate work start imminent

    WATES will start work this month on an 8.8 million office contract at Birmingham.
  • China first for BOT water plant

    BOVIS and Thames Water are set to sign a deal for a 70 million build-operate-transfer (BOT) water treatment plant in Shanghai the first in China.
  • Chunnel rail link winner must fund 170m changes

    THE winning bidder for the 2.7 billion Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) will face an extra bill of up to 170 million to fund changes to the project.
  • CITB severs training ties

    COUNCIL construction workers will lose out as the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) severs its ties with local authorities.
  • City building boom gets boost from US

    THE prospect of a new City building boom in two to three years time was signalled last week by the announcement that US giant Citibank is looking for a new headquarters.
  • City planners give green light to 200m office plan

    CORPORATION of London planners have given the go-ahead to a 200 million redevelopment project the biggest office scheme to get consent within the Square Mile for the past two years.
  • City slickers

    Few people would choose to have a major demolition job next door, but contractors are increasingly able to plan their work to minimise disruption on sensitive sites,as Jon Reeds discovers
  • Client partners vital for dream team survival

    CONTRACTORS will have to forge long-term links with clients if they are to survive into the next century.
  • College body sets up 650m PFI register

    A REGISTER of 500 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects at further education colleges up and down the country has been launched by the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC).

    12m Ford heads

    Miller set to clinch 10m sludge deal
  • Compair grabs a tow-hold

    COMPAIR Holman has developed an additional towable compressor for the European market.
  • Congratulations pour in from all sides

    POLITICIANS: Once LG is here it will be easier to bring other firms to Wales
  • Construction engineers work harder but earn less than their colleagues

    ENGINEERS in the construction industry are the hardest worked in the profession, grafting for an average of 47.5 hours a week.
  • Construction first on the web

    TODAY sees the launch of the construction industrys first major worldwide web site.
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  • Contractor signs kids clothes deal

    MANCHESTER contractor Styles & Wood has struck a 30 million partnership deal with childrens wear retailer Childrens World.
  • Contractors fear a lack of CDM checks

    JUST 10 formal warnings were issued to firms in the first three months of the Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations.
  • Contractors to quit lobbying and turn to prayer

    The message from the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool last week makes depressing reading for the industry, writes Mark Court
  • Contracts: the steps to peace?

    KEY points of the declaration of commitment to fair construction contracts include:
  • Costain nets 26m in Emirates

    COSTAIN Middle East has secured office construction contracts worth 26 million in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Crac-Vac cuts out the dust

    THE Crac-Vac grinder attachment is now available from PWM (Sales) for dust-free floor cutting, joint cleaning and cutting out spalled concrete.
  • Crooked builders target OAPs

    DETECTIVES in the West Midlands are launching a major operation to catch a 10- strong team of bogus builders which has conned local pensioners out of more than 100,000.
  • Cut planning permission red tape, urges Wimpey

    BRITAINS largest house builder has called on Labours planning policy makers to cut the red tape involved in getting permission to build homes.
  • Davenham bypass gets the go-ahead

    THE 12 million Davenham Bypass in Cheshire has finally got the go-ahead from the councils finance committee.
  • Decay behind Hong Kongs glamour

    Hong Kong may look impressive, but it is blighted by problems associated with concrete construction. By John McGarrett
  • Dismantling a legal edifice

    The law covering demolition is far from simple. Tony Kitson explains the principles of recent changes to the legislation
  • Dorrell all set to dish out first PFI hospital projects

    HEALTH secretary Stephen Dorrell is shortly to give the go-ahead for construction of the first major new hospital projects to be built under the Private Finance Initiative.
  • Dramatic rise in road prices

    TENDER prices for roads soared by a staggering 30 per cent last year, according to a senior Department of Transport source at the Conservative conference in Blackpool last week.
  • DTI fraud probe puts agency pair in prison

    TWO partners at a London agency supplying engineers and labour to contractors have been jailed for fraud.
  • Dudley OKs huge shopping centre plan

    DUDLEY Metropolitan Borough Council has approved outline plans by Chesterfield to build a 100 million extension to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre. The developer claims it will be the largest in the UK.
  • Dutch bank eyes Spitalfields site

    DUTCH bank Amro has announced plans to build a 100 million office complex in Spitalfields, on the edge of the City of London.
  • Dutco gains Dubai project

    BALFOUR Beattys United Arab Emirates subsidiary, Dutco, has scooped a 13.6 million contract to construct the Oud Metha interchange for Dubai municipality.
  • Economical with the juice

    Mike Woof reports on the Komastsu Dash 6 excavators has many new features

    but never this much. Im owed more than 2,000.
  • Fire sheeting firms jump gun

    UNSCRUPULOUS dealers are already trying to pass off protective sheeting as being tested to LPS1207 even though the industry standard, for flame retardant protective coverings, was published only this week.
  • Firm denies death charge

    A SCAFFOLDING firm and its managing director are denying they failed to ensure the safety of workers following the electrocution of a building worker on a site in West Hampstead, London.
  • First signs of pressure

    UCC International now offers a digital bar graph indicator which works with its PTD range of pressure transducers to provide simple indication and set point configuration.
  • Fitting work to careers

    HSS Hire Shops has taken the unusual step of developing a career structure for the often forgotten heroes of plant hire its fitters. Phil Wolff, national technical services manager, says: HSS has set up a three year in-house training scheme, so that we have a supply of fitters trained to the high standards we require.

    PLANT hire is a fixed-cost business; if you buy well you sell well. That is a maxim espoused by Ted Forshaw, marketing director of Ashtead, and it is a view that runs through the rapidly expanding publicly-quoted group.
  • For holes of all sizes

    ROBERT Bosch offers a range of rugged 40 HSS-Bimetal holesaws with diameters from 16-152 mm and tough tooth strips made from hardened steel.
  • Former Fitzroy Robinson directors to fight dismissal

    TWO former directors of architect Fitzroy Robinson are to take legal action against their old firm, following their abrupt departure two weeks ago.
  • Four chase London tunnel prize

    FOUR firms are competing for an estimated 10 million tunnelling job in north London.
  • Four on Millennium Exhibition shortlist

    THE Millennium Commission has announced its shortlist of four companies to operate the Millennium Exhibition.
  • Four on Tramlink shortlist

    FOUR consortia have been shortlisted to bid for the contract to finance, build and run the 150 million Croydon Tramlink in south London.
  • Fowler lambasts Tories over housing market

    FORMER Conservative Party chairman Sir Norman Fowler has added his voice to the growing list of government critics, with a bleak warning on the state of the housing market.
  • G-700 is launched as stand-alone machine

    THE G-700 mobile generator, which has provided the power for Sandhurst Manufacturings (SMC) Telelight lighting tower, is now available as a stand- alone generator set.
  • Galliford PACT roadshow

    MIDLANDS contractor Galliford is taking to the road to convince big clients about the benefits of partnering.
  • Galliford perks up with 1.2m profit

    GALLIFORD returned to the black in the year to June, helped by improved results from its materials business. Losses at its construction division were also reduced.
  • Gillingham link road gets the thumbs-up from govt

    THE government has finally given the go-ahead for the delayed 17 million Gillingham northern link road in Kent 30 months after the public inquiry into the scheme ended.
  • Glaxo is judges choice in industry oscars

    METICULOUS pre-planning and an outstanding safety record have rewarded the construction team behind Glaxo Wellcomes 700 million Stevenage Medicines Research Centre with the top accolade in the industrys 1995 oscars ceremony.
  • Gleeson pins hopes on fall in capacity

    TOUGH trading conditions and losses at its environmental construction business were behind a 5 per cent dip in

    A LEADING barrister is being sued for nearly 2.5 million by former staff of failed house builder and developer Egerton Trust.
  • Going it alone with robotics

    IN ADDITION to software developments, most manufacturers are also looking at automating their machines in one form or another. Geotronics was the first company to fit servo-drive motors to total stations, and has since moved on to creating a fully robotic instrument which can be operated by one person.
  • Govt white paper promotes affordable rural housing

    LOW COST housing schemes could spring up across the countryside thanks to new ideas published in a government white paper this week.
  • Green site heads Millennium list

    FLYOVER AND OUT: Demolition worker Paul Garside looks on at the last remaining piece of the Conway Park flyover in Merseyside. The bridge will be replaced by two roundabouts in a bid to improve the centre of Birkenhead. The job is part of a wider redevelopment scheme to transform the area by building a leisure complex and an international business centre, and will be finished next month.

    Competition is picking up in the market for machine control systems. Mike Woof reports
  • Growing strong

    Dan Gilkes reports on HSS Hire Shops
  • Guidelines for choosing consultants

    PUBLIC sector clients will soon have a formal set of guidelines for appointing consultants on quality as well as price.

    Hatz has launched a new range of engines . . . from scratch. Dan Gilkes reports
  • Hewden in crackdown on credit

    PLANT hire giant Hewden Stuart is to tighten up on the credit it extends to cabling, tunnelling and pipe-laying firms after being hit by a spate of company failures.
  • Hewden warns on over-capacity

    HEWDEN Stuart, Britains largest plant hirer, has seen a marked downturn in demand in the past two months and has warned that hire rates may come under pressure soon.
  • Hibernia field boosts UK jobs

    THREE Scotland-based groups have been shortlisted for a massive operations and engineering support contract on one of the worlds biggest oilfield projects.
  • Higgs & Hill blamed for black-out at Guys Hospital

    A BLUNDER by workers checking electrical equipment at Guys Hospital in London resulted in a 25-minute power black-out when a back-up generator failed.
  • High Court puts block on urban superstore

    A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build an urban superstore worth more than 5 million within a new housing development in Essex has been blocked by the High Court in London.
  • High speed production

    Korean electronics firm Samsung this week opens the first phase of an ambitious development on Teesside just 10 months after construction started. Margo Cole reports
  • Hire Guard protection

    HIRE Guard is a new plant hire insurance policy from Malyon Lestrange Insurance Services.
  • HK airport plans approved

    DEVELOPMENT deals for two commercial building projects worth 300 million have been approved by the Provisional Airport Authority in Hong Kong.
  • Hochtief completes biggest bridge slide

    LAST weekend saw the biggest sideways bridge slide in the world part of the 12.25 million A38 Marsh Mills viaduct replacement contract in Plymouth.
  • Hochtief key to McAlpine deal

    SIR Robert McAlpine, in joint venture with German firm Hochtief, has clinched the design and manage contract for the 1.1 billion Siemens microchip plant to be built at Wallsend, Tyneside.
  • Hoist up for Komet

    INDUSTRADE Services is offering the Komet hoist, which features a 400 kg payload and 40 m lift height, for sale or hire. The aluminium hoist is made by German firm, Albert Bocker, and is powered by a standard 110 V winch. The rope-lifted cage is secured to the vertical track by four locating wheels and side loading bearings.
  • Hot tippers

    IF a civil engineering concern in 1995 bought a fleet of tippers on what used to be called hire purchase but is now more commonly known as lease purchase many eyebrows would be raised. It would imply a level of confidence in providing continuous work for those vehicles until the turn of the century.
  • Housing chief tears into Labour homes programme

    LABOURs housing policies were under fire this week from experts who said they would do little to ease the current crisis in the sector.
  • Housing return

    THE Walker Group Scotland has won planning permission for a 6 million offices-to-housing project in Edinburgh.
  • How green is your valley?

    EVERYBODYs turning green these days. You only have to visit the local supermarket to see overflowing bottle banks and paper skips.
  • Huge deal for motorways awarded

    OWEN Williams has taken what it claims to be the largest motorway maintenance contract ever awarded to a private consultant in the UK.
  • Ibstock faces cut in brick production

    BRICKMAKER Ibstock may have to cut production this winter if, as expected, the housing market remains weak.
  • Impartial cost analysis backs pitched roof claims


    Pensions manager backs PFI fund

    PFI hospital approval

    Calvert appointed as Beazer restructures

    Botes cleared of fraud

    Peter Fitzpatrick dies aged 45

    BMSS profits up

    Perkins agrees

    Tarmac plant sale

    Balfour wins 150m Turkey metro deal

    Bramblewood Homes in trouble

    Road rage attack

    Bardon merges stone operations

    Hepworth edges

    Terex delivery

    Pay-when-paid law hits drafting snag

    CITB cuts training places targets

    Morrison shares edge up on debut

    CBI chief joins

    CPS investigates workers death

    Partnering promoted

    McAlpine benefits from takeover talk

    Mission to promote UK profile in Russia

    Forums promote LPG engines
  • Increased margins and Euro success lift Redland profits

    HIGHER margins at its UK aggregate and brick businesses and improved results from France and Germany helped the materials giant Redland lift pre-tax profits by 12 per cent to 165 million in the first half.
  • Industry agrees on what it wants in fair contracts law

    MINISTERS have been told the construction industry has agreed on everything it wants to see in the planned fair contracts legislation except on insolvency protection.
  • Instruments to meet your needs totally

    WHEN total stations hit the construction industry in the early 1980s they were the answer to every
  • Italians aiming to cash in on Notts PFI prison

    ITALIAN contractor Impregilo is among the firms hoping to tender for the next prison project to emerge under the governments Private Finance Initiative.
  • Its spend, spend, spend

    THE UKs crane market has been slow to recover from recession but in the past 12 months there has been a flurry of activity as the four big crane hirers have started buying new machines.

    IF YOU cant do it, teach it was the phrase that came to mind as the quango responsible for technical colleges spelt out its capital investment policy last week.

    IF identifying niche markets is the key to success, then an organisation called SALT (it stands for Stress and Life Trust) is surely on the right track.
  • JCB celebrates 50 years of tackling Goliaths

    Both JCB and its boss Sir Anthony Bamford are 50 on Monday. Graham Anderson talked to Sir Anthony about where the firm has been and where it is going.
  • Jobs go as Ibstock cuts production

    IBSTOCK Building Products, the UKs second largest brickmaker, has joined the market leader, Hanson Brick, and the industry number three, Redland, in announcing production cuts and kiln closures to cope with falling demand.
  • Joint failures blamed for

    THE failure of a waterproof membrane in expansion joints is the root cause of corrosion problems on the elevated M4 motorway in west London.
  • Jubilee chiefs in 190m cash plea

    LONDON Underground chiefs are begging the government for an extra 190 million to combat the rocketing price of the Jubilee Line Extension (JLE).
  • Kintore bypass gets go-ahead

    SCOTTISH secretary Michael Forsyth has approved the A96 Kintore bypass in Grampian, although the Scottish Office said it had no firm start date.
  • Knockingem down with a long reach

    Fitting a demolition attachment to a long-reach excavator can increase site safety and productivity while cutting contract costs.
  • Kvaerner scoops up 7m North Sea deal

    ABERDEEN-based Kvaerner National has won its biggest contract since it was taken over by Norwegian firm Kvaerner in February 1994.
  • L&C in rail link hunt

    LONDON & Continental, one of two consortia bidding for the 2.8 billion Channel Tunnel Rail Link, has advertised for contractors in the European Unions Official Journal.
  • Labours stance on CCT highlights policy difference

  • Laing scoops Egyptian tower block

    LAING, working with local outfit CRC Hassan Dorra, is understood to have netted an important contract in Egypt, despite being only the third lowest bidder.
  • Landfill problems dead and buried?

    Can the removal of toxic substances from contaminated soil ever be carried out under factory conditions? Kristina Smith visits a new Soil Recycling Centre in Belgium to find out
  • Late payers dent profits at Boot

    PRESSURE on margins and late payments by clients have left Henry Boots construction division nursing a loss in the first half.

    Safety conscious fan heaters

    Tremcos new sealant good for 20 years

    Berol makes its marks on site
  • Lease of life for old skills

    THE traditional skills of stonemasonry and fine joinery have been brought back to life on Mowlems 25 million refurbishment of Londons Westminster Abbey.

    Settling the 4 argument
  • Local cold-shoulder forces Waterman to quit Berlin

    WATERMAN Partnership, the quoted London-based consulting engineer, is winding down its Berlin operation in the face of
  • Lofty ambitions

    The new Thelwall Viaduct on the M6 widening contract has diverted attention from another complex engineering job on the same site the renovation of the original Thelwall Viaduct. Kristina Smith visited the site.
  • Lottery bid for pool

    SOUTHAMPTON council is preparing a bid for National Lottery funding to build a major swimming pool complex.
  • LU solution to Brunel problem

    LONDON Underground has come up with a shotcreting proposal to break the deadlock preventing strengthening work going ahead on the listed Thames Tunnel in east London.
  • M4

    The M4 will be closed briefly while temporary bridging is installed over the works.
  • M4 crippled by steel corrosion

    Highways Agency engineers battle to save M4 from traffic chaos
  • M4 section to close for repairs

    THE troubled elevated section of the M4 in west London is to be closed over a weekend next spring to allow the replacement of faulty bridge bearings.
  • Majorca villas build starts

    TAYLOR Woodrow is to build a 3 million residential development at Dalt de sa Rapita on the south coast of Majorca.
  • Making tracks

    IN A darkened room on an American university campus, postgraduate students sit at the controls of a simulator, driving a wheeled loader around a test track. But these students are not just playing a complicated video game; this is work.
  • Manchester poised for spring revamp

    WORK is expected to start in April on a 145 million redevelopment site in Manchester.
  • Manns wheels in tyre manipulator

    MANNS Mechanical Handling supplies a purpose-made tyre manipulator (right) for fitting to forklift trucks.
  • Market analysts predict fall in pipe sales

    THE MARKET for underground pipes and fittings will grow only marginally next year and will then decline, according to research just published.
  • McAlpine tipped for Siemens plant job

    SIR Robert McAlpine is favourite to win a design and manage contract for a
  • Meacher reveals transport vision

    Sean Cronin reports on the Labour Partys conference held in Brighton
  • Miller dismisses Skye Bridge crack rumour

    SCOTTISH/German joint venture Miller-Dywidag collected its first tolls this week on the 25 million Skye Bridge after its official opening on Monday by Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth.
  • Miller pips rival to win MEPAS scheme

    MILLER has shaken off a strong challenge from Amec, to win stage 4 of the Mersey Estuary Pollution Alleviation Scheme (MEPAS), a year after tenders were first called.
  • Model site hit by angry demo

    ANGRY electricians stormed a London building site, held up as a model for the industry, after their monthly pay cheques bounced.
  • Modular blasters

    PWM (Sales) is importing German-made Contec modular mobile blast machines. The basic unit, called Modul 200, has a 200 mm blast width, but this can be increased to 414 or 630 mm by the addition of extension units (called 200/2 and 200/3) respectively.
  • More power to its arm?

    Caterpillar dealer Leverton has stirred up a storm by launching its own plant hire wing. Are hirers right to protest, or are they upset about nothing? Nick Barrett reports
  • Morrison does pick its moments

    IT IS difficult to think of a less propitious moment for Morrison Group to seek a listing on the stock exchange.

    The new range of graders from Caterpillar replace a series which remained virtually unchanged for two decades. Dan Gilkes reports
  • Mowlem at Granadas service

    MOWLEM has scooped a 9.5 million management contract for the construction of a Granada motorway services area on the M6 in Staffordshire.
  • Mowlems fourth university challenge

    MOWLEM has taken its fourth contract for Liverpool John Moores University with a 5.3 million construction management deal.
  • Mustang rides into UK

    US skid steer manufacturer Mustang is making a fresh attack on the UK market with its latest model. Mike Woof reports
  • Negative equity pledge from McLean

    HOUSE builder David McLean is hoping to boost sales with a new scheme to protect buyers from the threat of negative equity.
  • New threads to Ridge range

    RIDGE Tool Division has added two threading machines to its product range.
  • Newarthill back in black

    NEWARTHILL, the parent company of Sir Robert Mc- Alpine, returned to the black in the first half with a pre-tax profit of 245,000 for the half ending April (1994: 1.36 million, loss).
  • No job for life in the boardroom

    THE DEPARTURE of chief executives at John Mowlem, Lovell and Costain in recent weeks would seem to confirm that job insecurity now extends to the boardroom.
  • Oman gas pipe backed

    THE Oman to India subsea gas pipeline project, which would be the worlds longest and deepest, has passed feasibility studies and could be under way by 1998.
  • On site at the Motor Show

    The glitz and glamour of an international Motor Show arrived at Earls Court last week. And among the hatchbacks, saloons and sports cars were a number of new and revised light commercial vehicles, many of which will find their way on to construction sites next year. Dan Gilkes and Mike Woof look at the highlights
  • One objection halts 10m road

    A LEGAL wrangle is holding up a 10 million road contract at Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
  • Otis shows some restraint

    OTIS Handling has introduced a ground-mounted vehicle restraint, designed to prevent accidental movement of a vehicle from a loading dock.
  • Out of pocket electrician faces eviction

    A DISTRAUGHT electrician is facing eviction after his pay cheques bounced on one of Londons most prestigious sites.
  • Overseas groups shrug off UK shares gloom

    THE UK stock market may be in the throes of a takeover boom but for owners of construction and building materials shares, bid fever appears to be passing them by.

    ALFRED MCALPINE: Mike Freshney has been appointed to the board of Alfred McAlpine Homes and managing director of Alfred McAlpine Homes (East), based in Epping. He starts work on November 15.

    SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY: Dr Alan Griffith has become professor of building in the universitys school of construction. He was previously head of research and head of construction management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • PFI hospital call-up

    CONTRACTORS have been asked to pre-qualify for one of the governments biggest private finance hospital schemes.
  • Picking up the pieces after the boom

    In the first of a ??-page feature, Stephen Hoare talks to the NFDC president about the big issues in demolition
  • Pipeline team seal MBO deal

    UTILITIES contractor Pipeline Constructors Group has been sold to its management in a 9.5 million buy-out.
  • Plant downturn signals restructuring

    THE plant sector last week provided a good barometer for the current state of the construction industry.
  • Plant makers tackle a taxing problem

    ON-SITE crushing and screening machines are well proven in Germany and Holland, where greater emphasis is put on recycling demolition materials than in the UK.
  • Plant merger called off

    WESTMINSTER Scaffolding, the ailing plant contractor, has pulled out of a 7 million reverse takeover it was negotiating with Middlesbrough- based plant specialist John Gibson Agencies.
  • PLEA

    risks that the project could face between now and completion. Consequently some further contingency funding is being sought.
  • Pochins dented by interest charge rise

    A HIGHER interest charge was behind a dip in pre-tax profits at Cheshire-based contractor Pochins to 2.1 million in the year ending May against
  • Police to investigate HK site wages fraud

    HONG Kong police and Thai labour officials have launched separate probes into an alleged wages fraud involving Thai craftsmen working on one of the key airport-related projects.
  • Power duo cagey over Port Talbot CHP plans

    POWERGEN and British Steel have asked the Department of the Environment to approve a 400MW combined heat and power station at Port Talbot in south Wales.
  • Powerscreen swoops on rival Pegson in 14m deal

    POWERSCREEN International, the Northern Irish-based crushing equipment manufacturer, has bought out rival firm Pegson, in a deal worth around 14 million.
  • Premier league

    TRADING conditions have remained tough for Britains plant hirers in recent years and the industry has continued to suffer a high level of corporate asualties. But for the survivors, particularly larger plant hirers, rationalisation has proved beneficial.
  • Pressure takes toll on Higgs

    PRESSURE on margins and the tough housing market have kept profits at Higgs & Hill depressed in the first half.
  • Price war threatens door manufacturing industry

    DOOR manufacturers could be dragged into a dangerous price war as market conditions deteriorate next year.
  • Prodescon swoops on 340m airport

    PRODESCON has been appointed project manager for a massive 340 million industrial and distribution centre planned for Teesside International Airport in the North East.
  • PVC-u sewer pipes come under pressure

    TWO water companies have outlawed the use of structured-wall PVC- u pipes for sewer applications because of fears that they are easily perforated by water pressures used by contractors to clear blockages.
  • Recovery postponed again as orders dip

    CONSTRUCTION is set for a recession extending into 1997, say leading industry forecasters.
  • Recycling duo replies to govt call

    FOSTER Yeoman, the UKs biggest private quarrying company, has teamed up with civil engineering firm Raymond L Brown to form a building materials recycling company.
  • Redrow braced for lack of spending confidence

    REDROW has seen consumer confidence fade since June and pressure on margins which will hit this years results, chairman Steve Morgan warned in the groups annual report published this week.
  • Regions lift Tarmac as civils find it tough

    TARMAC is detecting some improvement in margins across its regional building network, although competition remains intense in civils work, the company said last week.
  • Report favours CrossRail

    A LONG-awaited report from consultant Ove Arup has come down in favour of building the 2 billion CrossRail scheme in London.
  • Reservations dip at Beazer Homes

    NEW house reservations at Beazer Homes, the second largest UK house builder, have fallen 15 per cent since the end of June.
  • RICS warns of 20,000 job cuts

    RUMOURED plans to cut 1 billion from public infrastructure spending in next months budget would put 20,000 more construction workers on the dole on top of the 100,000 jobs already expected to go over the next three years, it is feared.
  • Rivals waiting on Siemens deal

    THE biggest building contract award of the year the 1.1 billion Siemens microchip factory at Wallsend on Tyneside will be announced in mid-October.
  • Robison & Davison buy again

    FEWER than three years after staging a successful management buyout from the collapsed Lilley Group, directors of Scottish builder Robison & Davison have hit the take-over trail.
  • ROOF

    People are looking at how the roof was lifted and its design. There is a possibility it may have needed more bracing, but we cant say any more until the investigations are completed.
  • Roof lift ends in disaster

    This was supposed to be the big showpiece lift, but it all went bent, literally witness

    Wates scoops Royal hotel

    Creston plans Glasgow park

    UAE double nets 25m for Costain

    Merlin spells out Manchester hopes

    Mowlem goes to Texan schools

    Three left in UAE power chase
  • Sales slump prompts Ennemix pay cuts

    PAY cuts are looming for the chairman and chief executive of East Midlands aggregates group Ennemix after the company fell into the red in the first half.
  • Saw is easy to start

    ANDREAS Stihls TS 400 cut-off saw, cuts a range of materials, including concrete, granite, ceramic, steel, iron and asphalt.
  • Scotland goes solo on craft training

    THE Scottish building industry has launched its own craft register for builders and decorators.
  • Scottish PFI bid in doubt

    THE use of private finance in the Scottish water sector has hit serious trouble with a major merchant bank claiming that it costs far more than traditional procurement.
  • Securing a position in the global market

    GLOBAL Positioning Systems (GPS) are still relatively new to the UK (see pp24-25). But they are about to take off in a big way as more players enter the market among them the worlds leading survey instrument firms which see GPS as a natural extension of developments in total station technology.
  • Security for whistleblowers

    LABOUR has pledged to protect construction workers who blow the whistle on malpractice in the companies where they work.
  • Sellafield strike is averted

    A THREATENED walk-out of up to 250 electricians working at the Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria has been called off at the eleventh hour.
  • Sell-offs to follow TH losses

    FURTHER disposals and job cuts loom at Trafalgar House following a shock profit warning from the company last week. The shares slid 5p to 22p.
  • SGB forms columns

    SGB Youngman is offering a choice of prefabricated steel columns as part of its formwork and falsework range. The steel column boxes are made to order for each project and are available in square or rectangular forms to suit any shape required. For the top of square or circular columns, the company supplies tapered heads or cone forms.
  • Sheffield leads 200m stadium race

    SHEFFIELD has edged ahead of Wembley in the 200 million race to capture the new national sports stadium.
  • Shorco pipes up with laser

    A SELF powered pipe-laying laser that is claimed to work for a week without being recharged is now available from Shorco Surveying.
  • Short shifts into shadow transport

    CLARE SHORT has joined Labours shadow cabinet as shadow transport secretary after a reshuffle which saw her predecessor, Michael Meacher, demoted to second in command at education and employment.
  • Simms to defend initiatives record

    TARMAC group chief executive Neville Simms is today (Thursday) expected to hit back at contractors that claim the private finance initiative (PFI) has failed to get off the ground.
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  • Site start set for Samsung 30m HQ job

    WORK is expected to start next year in London on a European headquarters for Samsung, South Koreas largest engineering group. Construction costs are expected to be around 30 million.
  • Six in hunt for 10m A472 route

    SIX firms are in the hunt for the 10 million A472 Pontymoil MidValleys Strategic Route contract in Gwent.
  • Six line up for biggest City scheme for two years

    CORPORATION of London planners are expected to give the go-ahead this week to the biggest office development to get consent within the Square Mile for the past two years.
  • Slate battle developer slaps writ on Tarmac

    THE LEGAL battle over the crumbling Spanish slates on a 94 million Kent shopping centre has moved up a gear with the developer issuing a writ against builder Tarmac.
  • Slump hits plant hire spending

    A PLUNGE in workload and a squeeze on profit margins has led plant hire firms to cut spending on new machinery.
  • Small firms victims of legalised theft

  • Still no date for Bristol MoD fit-out

    A 40 MILLION contract has still not been signed for the fitting out of the troubled Ministry of Defence headquarters building at Abbey Wood, Bristol, even though likely contractor Amec/ James Scott was promised a deal would be done by October 3.
  • Surrey Quays projects set for go-ahead

    PLANNING permission for two major developments worth 13 million in Surrey Quays in Londons docklands is expected this week.
  • Surveyors see work fall by 2pc

    CHARTERED surveyors workload dropped by 2 per cent in the last quarter to the end of September, while feasibility work has fallen by 4 per cent.
  • Sweeping changes as Costain stays in red

    COSTAIN failed to stem its losses in the first half in spite of a return to the black at its US coal business and an 11 per cent increase in its order book.
  • Sykes helps put modules out to sea

    Dan Gilkes finds out what type of job requires more than 150 pumps to be hired in
  • Talking shop in harmony

    The European Demolition Association is more than a pressure group to influence European legislation, as Stephen Hoare found out
  • Tarmac to pay up quicker

    TARMAC is speeding up payments to smaller subcontractors.
  • Tarmac to start on 4m PFI hospital

    TARMAC is due to start work this month on its first private finance hospital the 4 million Bournemouth Derwent complex which is due for completion by July 1996.
  • Tarmac weighs up Castle Plant sell-off option

    TARMAC is considering selling its entire plant fleet, including its specialist external hire business Castle Plant.
  • Tay brightens the house building gloom

    TAY Homes struck a rare note of optimism among house builders last week when it claimed its performance since June had been encouraging, compared with the period a year ago.
  • TBV swoops on India power job

    TARMAC Black & Veatch has beaten three international groups to clinch a turnkey contract for a 650 million coal-fired power station at Mangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka.
  • Telelight tower low on energy

    SANDHURST Manufacturing Company has announced an improved version of its Telelight mobile lighting tower.
  • Tender prices remain static

    CONSTRUCTION tender prices in the third quarter of this year were at the same level as 12 months previously, according to cost consultants at quantity surveyor Davis Langdon & Everest (DLE).
  • Testing time for underpass scheme

    COMMUTERS making their way into London from the west are usually resigned to the fact that there will be delays on their journey at some stage. The M4 and its surrounding arterial roads are notorious for constant roadworks while the carriageways are resurfaced, rebuilt or widened.
  • Thais in walkout at HK airport

    HONG Kongs 13 billion airport project was hit by its most serious labour dispute so far last week when 1,000 Thai construction workers staged walkouts (right).

    Caterpillar saves considerable time and money through the use of the latest technology
  • The clean machine

    THE first step is to remove larger elements like concrete, rubble and metal, using wet and dry sieving and magnets.
  • Three groups to bid for Norwich PFI hospital job

    THREE consortia have been shortlisted to bid for one of the UKs biggest Private Finance Initiative projects a 100 million-plus hospital in Norwich.
  • Top chiefs step down in Costain shake-up

    Peter Costain is now non-executive deputy chairman and Wob Gerretsen quits
  • Top dogs continue to bite executive dust

    THE AXE continues to swing in construction company boardrooms with the departures of two high-profile bosses.
  • Top players launch code to stop disputes

    Clients launch contract code of practice, but reject legislation. Graham Anderson reports

    The top management from Japanese surveying instrument manufacturer Topcon were in London last week to sign an exclusive agency agreement with a UK distributor. Margo Cole spoke to them about their plans for the British market
  • Tramtrack inches ahead in South Leeds race

    TRAMTRACK, a consortium of Sir Robert McAlpine, Bombardier Eurorail and Serco, appears to be inching ahead in the race to land the South Leeds Supertram project.
  • Treasury blocking 1995-96 road plans

    THE TREASURY has slapped what amounts to a moratorium on road schemes in England.
  • TURN

    The M4 will be closed briefly while temporary bridging is installed over the works.
  • UK firms set out on the road to Ghana

    UK contractors are among a line-up of international contractors vying for a massive road project in Ghana.
  • Union wants some of the proceeds to go on safety

    UNION chiefs are calling on B&CE to pump some of its reserves into funding accident prevention programmes.
  • Volvo returns to the big time with launch of L330C

    VOLVO Construction Equipment is aiming to get back into the 45- 50 tonne wheeled loader class in a big way with the introduction of the L330C. The company has been out of that size range since the Michigan name was dropped, and the L330C represents the first big loader to combine the best of both marques.
  • Water firms to cut leaks by 40 per cent

    THE water industry is pledging to cut leakage from its distribution systems by up to 40 per cent over the next 10 years.
  • Waterman boosts staff as London work picks up

    WATERMAN Partnership, the quoted consulting engineer, has seen a swift upturn in its workload in London and has increased staffing levels by a quarter recently to cope with the extra work.

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  • Wimpey/Uhde bid to build Indian fertilizer plant

    WIMPEY Environmental has teamed up with Uhde of Germany to bid for a 500 million fertilizer plant in India.
  • Wolseley sees little sign of improvement

    WOLSELEY, the builders and plumbers merchant, last week warned that it saw little prospect of any significant improvement in its major markets over the coming year.
  • Work pressure led to painters death

    A PAINTER fell to his death from a makeshift scaffold while rushing to get a refurbishment job finished.
  • Work starts on old market site

    ERIC Wright, part of Maple Grove Developments, has started work on a 6 million mixed development on the site of the former Blackburn Wholesale Market, Lancashire.
  • Workers to get new say on site safety

    CONTRACTORS will have to consult with all site workers over health and safety standards when new European laws are introduced.
  • Working together to achieve higher goals

    WE MUST all accept that the construction industry in the UK is nowhere near as efficient as it should be and that, although there have been important changes and improvements in the past few years, these must be continued and accelerated.
  • Yemen oil scheme goes to Babcock

    BABCOCK King-Wilkinson has won a turnkey contract for an oil-processing plant at the Halewah field, Yemen.
  • Young signals move away from roads

    TRANSPORT secretary Sir George Young brought the great transport debate back to life in Blackpool last week.

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