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John McKenna

  • AECOM named Glasgow 2014 transport adviser

    20-Jan-2012

    Consultant AECOM’s UK transportation practice has been hired by Glasgow City Council to advise on the transport strategy for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Environment Agency launches £40m waterways framework

    20-Jan-2012

    The Environment Agency is seeking contractors to join a framework covering small civil works and maintenance of waterways with a potential £40 million of work up for grabs.
  • Highways Agency invites bids for £11m A14 viaduct

    20-Jan-2012

    The Highways Agency is inviting contractors to bid for the £11 million replacement of structural steelwork on the A14 railway viaduct in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
  • Contractors fear FiT clear-out

    20-Jan-2012

    A High Court defeat for the Government over its cutting of feed-in tariff (FiT) prices paid for solar power could create a mad dash that wipes out all remaining cash available under the scheme, electrical contractors have warned.
  • Bidders sought for Bath Uni £15m refurb job

    20-Jan-2012

    Bath University today issued a contract notice seeking a main contractor for the refurbishment and extension of its main campus 1 West building.
  • Cambridge University tenders £48m biotech building

    20-Jan-2012

    Cambridge University is seeking contractors to bid for a £48 million design & build project to create a new home for its Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
  • Olympic construction lessons given to foreign clients

    28-Nov-2011

    The government today used the London 2012 Olympics to promote UK construction to international clients.
  • Autumn Statement: Doubt cast over pension backing for £50bn of infrastructure work

    23-Nov-2011

    Government plans to use private sources of money such as pension funds to finance £50 billion of infrastructure development will only be successful if the public purse takes all the risk on investments, it has been claimed.
  • CBI forecasts construction export growth

    21-Nov-2011

    Construction has the greatest potential for export growth among the service sectors, a report from the CBI says.
  • OFT told to pay contractors £350k in costs

    18-Nov-2011

    The Office of Fair Trading has agreed to pay a further five contractors for legal costs they incurred during the watchdog’s cover pricing investigation.
  • Housing starts remain static

    18-Nov-2011

    The number of housing schemes where building began in the three months to September barely changed from those in the previous quarter year, the latest government figures reveal.
  • Atkins eyes water and rail for UK growth

    17-Nov-2011

    Consultant Atkins is aiming for growth across several sectors in the UK, including the water and rail market.
  • Nuclear wins boost Amec order book

    17-Nov-2011

    Two nuclear decommissioning deals are among the contract wins helping Amec maintain a strong order book, the firm reported today.
  • Government launches £250m apprentice fund

    17-Nov-2011

    The government has launched a £250 million fund to help firms set up training and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Atkins UK profits fall 20%

    17-Nov-2011

    Atkins operating profits in the UK fell by more than 20 per cent and its staff numbers fell by 878, according to the consultant’s latest half year results.
  • Morrison wins £98m housing repairs job

    14-Nov-2011

    Affordable housing provider Home Group has awarded Morrison a £98 million contract to provide repairs and maintenance for 14,000 of its properties in North East England.
  • Data centre construction to grow in 2012

    14-Nov-2011

    The government’s planned consolidation of its data centres and the need to improve energy efficiency across the sector is expected to drive growth in data centre construction next year, according to a new report.
  • Network Rail devolves O&M to route managers

    14-Nov-2011

    Network Rail today announced it had devolved the operation, maintenance and renewals of track infrastructure to 10 regional businesses aligned to strategic routes.
  • Government plans £50bn construction boost

    14-Nov-2011

    The government is planning to make housing and infrastructure the centrepiece of a £50 billion growth plan that it will unveil later this month.
  • Tesco subsidiary to regenerate Dartford

    14-Nov-2011

    Tesco’s regeneration firm Spenhill has been granted planning consent to develop a mixed use scheme on a 2.9 hectare site in the centre of Dartford.
  • Nuclear build moves closer to the all-clear

    20-Oct-2011

    Last week saw the publication of the final report on the safety of both the UK’s existing and proposed nuclear facilities by Mike Weightman, chief nuclear inspector and director of the Health and Safety Executive’s nuclear directorate.
  • United House secures place on £500m framework

    14-Oct-2011

    Social housing contractor and developer United House has won a place on a framework contract worth a total of £500 million with housing provider A2Dominion Group.
  • Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering restructures

    14-Oct-2011

    Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has appointed a new management team and restructured the business into five divisions.
  • Linford Group ceases trading

    13-Oct-2011

    Midlands contractor The Linford Group yesterday announced it would cease trading immediately and all of its 240 staff be made redundant.
  • Engineers investigate Holyrood roof fixings

    11-Oct-2011

    The Scottish Parliament has called in structural engineers to investigate potential failures of the fixings used for its Holyrood headquarter’s roof access system.
  • First Choice Homes appoints contractors to £90m framework

    10-Oct-2011

    First Choice Homes Oldham today announced the list of 14 contractors that will undertake £90 million of improvements to its housing portfolio over the next four years. 
  • Scottish confidence in future work falls

    10-Oct-2011

    Scottish construction firms’ confidence in business prospects over the next 12 months has fallen for the first time this year, according to a report published today.
  • MoD shake-up aims to add value

    26-Sep-2011

    The Government believes major efficiencies can be made in the management of the armed forces’ estate
  • PPP “essential” for infrastructure

    23-Jun-2011

    Public-private partnerships must continue to play an essential role in infrastructural investment despite government cutbacks, according to a report by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
  • FSA delays mortgage review

    23-Jun-2011

    The Financial Services Authority has pushed back its key review of the mortgage market to the autumn, the regulator’s chairman Adair Turner revealed today.
  • Site waste clampdown targets procurement

    23-Jun-2011

    Failings at the procurement and design stages of projects are proving major obstacles to the industry’s ambition to halve the amount of construction and demolition waste sent to landfill by 2012, according to a key report published yesterday.
  • Industry backs Wolstenholme to lead Crossrail

    26-May-2011

    Balfour Beatty director Andrew Wolstenholme has been backed as the right person to lead the £15.9 billion Crossrail scheme through its critical construction phase.
  • Apollo wins £22m in Welsh housing contracts

    23-May-2011

    Property services group Apollo has won contracts worth a combined £22 million for refurbishment and upgrade work on two Welsh housing schemes.
  • Kier sells PFI schemes for £9.2m

    23-May-2011

    Kier has sold its interest in two schools PFIs for £9.2 million, making a £4.3m profit on its investment.
  • Interim schools chief appointed

    20-May-2011

    Ruth Thompson, the former director-general of higher education at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, has been appointed interim chief executive of Partneship for Schools.
  • National Grid boss to head Lend Lease UK

    20-May-2011

    Lend Lease has appointed National Grid’s construction director Michael Dyke to lead the part of its business formerly known as Bovis across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • First London Bridge deal due this year

    28-Apr-2011

    The first in a series of contracts for the £800 million upgrade of London Bridge station will be tendered this year, Network Rail has confirmed.
  • Construction fails to spring back from harsh winter

    26-Apr-2011

    The anticipated bounce back from winter’s low levels of construction has failed to materialise, business intelligence unit Glenigan claimed today.
  • London Bridge £800m revamp unveiled

    21-Apr-2011

    London Bridge station is to undergo an £800 million revamp of concourse, track and signalling in a scheme that Network Rail has described as its largest station job in a decade.
  • Balfour Beatty wins West Sussex job

    21-Apr-2011

    Balfour Beatty this week won the £315 million West Sussex highways maintenance contract as several other key roads jobs progressed.
  • Balfour Beatty wins £315m West Sussex maintenance job

    18-Apr-2011

    Balfour Beatty is set to be named preferred bidder for West Sussex County Council’s £315 million highways maintenance contract.
  • Travelodge clubs together with pubs for £100m scheme

    18-Apr-2011

    Hotel firm Travelodge today announced a £100 million expansion programme where it will work with pub companies to co-locate premises.
  • OFT FINES: Nine more firms’ fines slashed

    15-Apr-2011

    The bulk of the remaining contractors appealing their OFT fines for cover pricing today had their penalties slashed, meaning that 22 out of the 25 firms that appealed have now escaped with more lenient punishments.
  • Final Crossrail tunnelling deals done

    14-Apr-2011

    The line-up of contractors carrying out tunnelling work on Crossrail is complete after the final packages were awarded last week.
  • Three contractors line up for £60m Manchester office job

    12-Apr-2011

    Bam, Carillion and Kier have been shortlisted for a £60 million office development in Manchester city centre.
  • Roads top poll of spending priorities

    12-Apr-2011

    The majority of the public rank roads as either their top or second-highest priority for more investment, according to a poll run by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
  • CBI calls for a strategic vision for roads

    11-Apr-2011

    The CBI has slammed the government for failing to deliver a coherent plan for maintaining and improving the UK’s roads.
  • Crossrail to pass down site safety duties in major efficiency drive

    7-Apr-2011

    Crossrail is devolving site safety responsibilities to contractors as it reduces the size of the client team for the £15.9 billion project, Construction News has learnt.
  • Lorne Stewart turnover drops by £10m

    5-Apr-2011

    Building services contractor Lorne Stewart said it has managed to maintain its profit levels in 2010 despite turnover falling by £10 million to £173m.
  • Construction activity up again in March

    4-Apr-2011

    Activity across all sectors of the construction industry continued to grow in March, maintaining the bounce back from the winter downturn.
  • Road repairs backlog up by £1bn

    1-Apr-2011

    The amount of cash needed to repair local roads in England and Wales rose by £1.15 billion over the past year, according to a survey published yesterday.
  • London office shortage sees rents soar

    1-Apr-2011

    A shortage of office space in London is forcing up commercial rent rates and attracting international investors to the capital’s property market, a report published by Capita Symonds today revealed.
  • Hopes for commercial property boost

    31-Mar-2011

    UK property development could receive a huge cash injection under plans announced in last week’s Budget to make it easier for offshore investors and pension funds to invest in real estate here.
  • Project pipeline too short industry tells Prisk

    30-Mar-2011

    Industry leaders have met construction minister Mark Prisk to press for an extension of the infrastructure projects pipeline promised alongside last week’s Budget.
  • Cardiff University £30m building gains planning permission

    29-Mar-2011

    A proposed £30 million scientific research facility at Cardiff University has gained planning permission.
  • Mansell fined for asbestos exposure

    29-Mar-2011

    Mansell and its subcontractor Woodlands Plant Hire were yesterday fined £100,000 for exposing employees and members of the public to asbestos on a project in east London.
  • Four transport PFIs progress after saving £209m

    25-Mar-2011

    Four local authority Private Finance Initiative transport projects moved a step closer to Government approval yesterday after it was revealed that over 21 per cent of cost savings had been identified.
  • Network Rail opens £6bn work to early contractor involvement

    25-Mar-2011

    Network Rail today said it would work with designers and contractors earlier in the development of £6 billion-worth of projects, in what the track operator describes as a radical overhaul of the way it works with suppliers.
  • Rail and office sectors defy the gloom

    24-Mar-2011

    The rail and commercial sectors will offer a ray of hope during a difficult 2011, according to business intelligence unit Glenigan.
  • Tariff cuts prompt legal threats on jeopardised solar energy schemes

    24-Mar-2011

    Local authorities, schools and community projects are likely to be hardest hit by the government’s planned reduction of feed-in tariffs for solar energy, clients and developers warned this week.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: East of England

    23-Mar-2011

    Investment in East Coast Mainline rolling stock, sustainable transport and science parks were among the highlights for the East of England in today’s budget.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: Wales

    23-Mar-2011

    Confirmation of the £704 million plan to electrify the Great Western Main Line was the chief highlight for Wales in today’s budget, which has little direct impact on the country’s construction industry.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: Scotland

    23-Mar-2011

    Money for East Coast Main Line rolling stock was one of the few highlights for Scotland in today’s budget, which has little direct impact on the country’s construction industry.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: Northern Ireland

    23-Mar-2011

    Northern Ireland could benefit from a lower corporation tax than the rest of UK, today’s budget revealed.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: Yorkshire and Humber

    23-Mar-2011

    Funding for the Sheffield retail quarter regeneration scheme and two Enterprise Zones were among the highlights of the budget for Yorkshire and Humber region.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: North East

    23-Mar-2011

    Two Enterprise Zones and money for East Coast Main Line rolling stock were among the highlights for the North East of England in today’s budget.
  • BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: North West

    23-Mar-2011

    Two Enterprise Zones and funding for key infrastructure were among the highlights for the North-west of England in today’s budget.
  • BUDGET 2011: Rail funding paves way for Northern Hub

    23-Mar-2011

    The announcement in today’s budget of a further £200 million for regional rail schemes has been hailed as a major step towards the realisation of a “Northern Hub” of rail routes.
  • BUDGET 2011: Long view needed on roads maintenance

    23-Mar-2011

    Road builders today welcomed a further £100 million to hep repair potholes on local routes, but urged the government to take a longer term view on highways maintenance.
  • BUDGET 2011: Regional rail gets £200m boost

    23-Mar-2011

    Regional rail projects including the linking of Manchester’s main stations received an extra £200 million in funding in today’s budget.
  • BUDGET 2011: Extra £100m for potholes

    23-Mar-2011

    Local authorities will receive a further £100 million to repair damaged roads, Chancellor George Osborne announced today.
  • BUDGET 2011: £100m for science centres

    23-Mar-2011

    Chancellor George Osborne has promised £100 million for four new science centres, paving the way for further construction and fit-out work on these schemes.
  • Third hard-shoulder running scheme opens

    22-Mar-2011

    England’s third hard-shoulder running scheme, between junctions 8 and 10a of the M6 near Birmingham, officially opened yesterday.
  • OFT 'fails to prove' cover pricing in latest appeal

    22-Mar-2011

    One of the firms to receive the largest fines from the OFT’s cover pricing investigation has succeeded in its appeal that there was insufficient proof of its alleged illegal activity.
  • Korean giant to set up Scottish wind base

    22-Mar-2011

    Korean engineering giant Doosan yesterday announced it was investing £170 million in a wind power R&D centre and potential manufacturing facilities in Scotland.
  • Government slashes solar incentives

    18-Mar-2011

    The Government today unveiled plans to slash the level of incentives paid to medium-scale solar schemes.
  • London cable car approved

    18-Mar-2011

    London Mayor Boris Johnson’s proposed cable car across the Thames yesterday received its final planning approval.
  • T. Clarke profits down 21pc

    18-Mar-2011

    Building services contractor T. Clarke’s pre-tax profits fell by 21 per cent in 2010, despite its turnover increasing to £179 million from £175.5m in 2009.
  • OFT cover-price fines slashed by 90pc

    17-Mar-2011

    Nineteen contractors are expecting to see their fines for cover pricing slashed, after six initial appeals saw penalties reduced by nearly 90 per cent last week.
  • Contractors see 'excessive' OFT fines slashed

    11-Mar-2011

    The first six contractors to appeal against the size of their fines for cover pricing have seen their penalties slashed.
  • Miller/Cyril Sweett close £435m Scottish hub deal

    11-Mar-2011

    A joint venture of Cyrill Sweett and Miller has closed a £435 million deal to deliver projects through the Northern Hub of the Scottish Futures Trust, paving the way for construction to start later this year.
  • Leadbitter wins first phase of £100m regen scheme

    11-Mar-2011

    Leadbitter has been awarded the contract for the first phase of a £100 million regeneration scheme in Aldershot.
  • Carbon tax 'insufficient' for nuclear investors

    11-Mar-2011

    Current government proposals for a carbon floor price will fail to make investment in nuclear and renewable energy attractive because it is subject to the whims of politicians, a report published today has revealed.
  • Scottish construction jobs up 14pc

    10-Mar-2011

    Construction jobs in Scotland rose by 14 per cent to 187,000 over the year to September 2010, the Scottish government announced yesterday.
  • Boris group calls for Estuary plan

    13-Jan-2011

    An influential committee convened by London Mayor Boris Johnson to support his plans for a Thames Estuary airport has urged the government to back a “serious evaluation” of the region that could unlock private investment into transport links and flood defences.
  • Costain takes Mouchel bid on the road to ramp up pressure on board

    13-Jan-2011

    Costain’s directors are seeking to pressure Mouchel’s board into accepting its latest acquisition offer by touring the country and speaking to the consultancy’s shareholders.
  • Margins squeezed as input costs rise

    13-Jan-2011

    Rising materials prices are threatening to squeeze contractors’ profit margins as an uncertain outlook for the year ahead makes it difficult to increase tender prices, contractors and economists have warned.
  • Primus buys up Rok London & South-east

    11-Jan-2011

    The company set up by the former directors of Multiplex has acquired the remainder of Rok’s London and South-east construction business.
  • Builder merchant's sales up year on year

    7-Jan-2011

    UK and Ireland builders merchants Grafton Group has reported a €2 billion (£1.68bn) turnover for 2010, up from €1.98 billion in 2009.
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