Construction News
June 2000

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  • £10m Balfour

    BALFOUR Beatty has landed a £10.2 million contract to build a three-storey office block at Chineham Business Park in Basingstoke, Hampshire, for developer MEPC.
  • £16m 'art tunnel' managers sought

    BOVIS Lend Lease is seeking expressions of interest from management contractors for a £16 million deal to manage construction of an underground link between two of Scotland's top art galleries.
  • £170m Countryside

    HOUSE builder Countryside is developing a £90 million mixed project at Upper Clapton in east London and an £80 million housing scheme at Merton Abbey Mills in Colliers Wood, south London.
  • £1bn merger

    TWO OF the world's biggest quarrying equipment companies are set to merge in a deal worth more than £1 billion. Metso, the Finnish parent of crushing giant Nordberg, is to buy Swedish screening-to-compaction company Svedala. Metso will pay £690 million in cash and take on Svedala's debt of £346 million. The move will create a quarrying equipment division with an annual turnover of £1.3 billion.
  • £22m Sisk centre

    JOHN Sisk has bagged a £22 million design-and-build deal for a 14,000 sq m retail and leisure centre in Islington, London. The client is a joint initiative between the local council and retail developer Centros Miller.
  • £25m boost for Berkeley

    HOUSE builder Berkeley is expected to post a £25 million hike in pre-tax profits for the past year.
  • £64m Wrekin call

    WREKIN, in alliance with Filcom, has been awarded a £64 million four-year civils maintenance contract covering Wales for BT.
  • £7bn Tube talks

    TUBE bosses will spend the next month talking to the bidders on London Underground's £7 billion Public Private Partnership scheme after evaluating the bids. Two firms will be shortlisted early next month.
  • 10-year Kier deal

    KIER'S facilities management division has won a £120 million contract from the London Borough of Islington to provide housing refurbishment and maintenance over the next 10 years. Under the deal, the firm will take on 530 council workers.
  • A brief encounter can sometimes back fire. . .

    Adjudication should provide a quick and efficient way of resolving disputes. But it is not always the best solution, as Andrew Rawstron explains
  • A bumpy path for smooth operators

    Term maintenance procurement is changing in favour of partnering and one-stop shop Managing Agent Contracts. Jon Masters talks to the Highways Agency's group manager for procurement policy, Joe Burns
  • A contractor's response

    AMEY Highways is one of the Highways Agency's leading term maintenance suppliers, with five of the current Super Agency term maintenance contracts. It also operates in Area 19 in Cumbria as managing agent in joint venture with Mouchel.
  • A guide to adjudication

    WHEN the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (the Construction Act) came into force in May 1998, it introduced the ability to refer any dispute under a construction contract to an adjudicator before it escalates into a fullblown legal battle.
  • A question of funding

    RAIL regulator Tom Winsor this week published a consultation document inviting responses from the rail industry and financiers as to how phase 2 of the West Coast project might be funded.
  • ABB on the Grid

    ABB has won a £53.3 million turnkey order to build an indoor, high-voltage substation in London for National Grid.
  • Adapting to a changing environment

    Concern for the environment is increasingly important to the industry. Ty Byrd meets a woman who has made sustainability the focus of her career path
  • Adjudication costs row ends in defeat for subcontractor

    A MAIN contractor is claiming victory in a legal battle with a subbie over who pays adjudication costs.
  • Admixtures report

    THE BUILDING Research Centre has published a new information paper providing an introduction to the benefits ofwater-reducing admixtures in concrete. It includes information on good practice, relevant standards and admixture benefits. To obtain a copy call: 020 7505 6622.
  • Aggregates lobby

    THE BRITISH Aggregates Association has sent a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a scrapping of the government's proposed aggregates tax.
  • Aggregates tax ' will cost jobs '

    Scottish contractors facing a 50 per cent increase in costs
  • Agreement on pay

    EMPLOYERS and unions finally reached an agreement on the industry's pay and conditions negotiations on Tuesday following the latest six-hour meeting. Workers will receive a 20.6 per cent increase over the next three years, kicking off with a five per cent rise this year. Full details in Construction News next week.
  • Ainscough leads way to Internet hire site

    ELECTRONIC trading is set to take off in the plant industry with the launch of a range of e-commerce sites.
  • Airfield dog fight starts as firms chase MoD deal

    FOUR firms are challenging for a Ministry of Defence new build and reconstruction deal in East Anglia, worth £30 million plus.
  • Airport link road nears tender stage

    FIVE teams are chasing one of the biggest roads jobs to come up for grabs this year - an £80 million scheme linking Stansted Airport to Braintree in Essex.
  • Alf McAlpine ducks rail bids

    ALFRED McAlpine is sitting out the latest round of bidding for Railtrack's lucrative maintenance contracts.
  • Allen drops housing to focus on services

    Shot in arm for hire and utility divisions after review gives thumbs down to building
  • Allen piling sell-off

    ALLEN, the Wigan-based contracting group, has sold its 82.5 per cent stake in Sheet Piling (UK) to a management team for £1.2 million. Allen chief executive Ken Fox said the business was a non-core activity.
  • Allen sells Speedy

    ALLEN Group has sold its Speedy Scaffolding subsidiary to a management team for £2.1 million.
  • Amec berths

    AMEC has beaten Costain, Nuttall and Harbour & General to a £20 million deal to provide a container berth at Tilbury, Kent, for TCS.
  • Amec top of class

    KENT County Council has chosen Amec as preferred bidder for its £30 million Private Finance Initiative deal to provide two schools in Swanscombe.
  • Amey snubs Bingley road to focuson PFI

    AMEY has rebuffed the chance to bid for the £53.8 million A650 Bingley relief road in West Yorkshire so that it can concentrate on winning more Private Finance Initiative work.
  • Another Planet

    ACCESS specialist Planet Platforms has launched a new division based in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
  • Anti-bribery drive

    TRADE minister Richard Caborn has launched a drive to crack down on bribery in overseas contracts involving UK contractors.
  • Apartment deal

    G&J BUILDING Services will start work in August on a £3.6 million contract to build 34 apartments in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, for Adamson Developments and Cala Finance. The first flats are due for completion in nine months.
  • A-plant spends

    A-Plant has placed £26.6 million of orders with a swathe of manufacturers at its supplier exhibition Ashtex.
  • ARROWING IN

    Kvaerner is working on an £8 million 'bowstring'-design replacement bridge for Railtrack on the East Coast Main Line at Newark, Nottinghamshire. Over the August bank holiday, the two existing 100-year-old steel bridges over the River Trent will be pulled out in a nine-hour operation. The new 2,500-tonne structure will then be pushed into position by hydraulic rams.
  • Arup stumped by bouncing bridge

    AN OVE ARUP report out tomorrow (Friday) is unlikely to shed any light on why the £18 million Millennium Bridge in London had to close just days after it opened.
  • Ashtead orders £26m worth of new equipment from JLG

    US/UK plant hirer Ashtead has placed a massive order for powered access equipment with manufacturer JLG as it seeks to increase its access offering in the two markets.
  • At a glance

    The bar chart (right), which compares monthly contract awards with the level of awards in the corresponding month a year earlier, shows the value of contract awards stabilising around the £2 billion£2.5 billion mark.
  • Atkins eyes 50,000-plus workforce

    WS ATKINS has said it aims to quadruple its staff through acquisitions in order to service an increasingly international roster of clients.
  • Atkins for Shell

    WS ATKINS has been appointed Shell's programme manager for five years as the oil company builds 3,500 retail outlets across Europe.
  • Auction success

    PLANT auction giant Ritchie Bros has announced sales of £19.2 million from its recent European auction in Rotterdam.
  • Bagging a brace

    LONDON-based Edenway Contractors has bought two Schaeff mini excavators. The 3.5tonne HR16 and the 5-tonne HR18 were bought for their engineering quality and high equipment spec, said a spokesman.
  • Baldwins goes for growth in the US with £5.7m cash call

    CRANE HIRER Baldwins Industrial Services aims to raise £5.7 million through the issue of new shares to fund the group's expansion in the US.
  • Balfour cops it

    BALFOUR Beatty has an £8.2 million divisional police station scheme in Holborn, London, for the Metropolitan Police and a £4.2 million job to revamp Grange School in Bradford for the city council.
  • Balfour double

    A BALFOUR Beatty-led group has a won £100 million tunnelling job at Lotschberg, Switzerland, from SBB-Swiss Railways. The firm is also tipped to land a £20 million Hilton Hotel deal in Gateshead for developer Collingwood.
  • Balfour HQ move

    BALFOUR Beatty is to move into new corporate headquarters in London later in the autumn. The firm has taken a 10-year lease on two floors of the Stockley House office complex in Victoria, central London.
  • Ballymore seeks suppliers for jobs spree

    EXPANDING Irish property group Ballymore wants to hear from hundreds of subbies to share more than £500 million-worth of work it has in the pipeline.
  • Banks failing

    TWO THIRDS of construction managers think banks are failing them, according to a survey by on-line debt prevention service Creditsafe. com. The research also found that 65 per cent of construction bosses believe Prime Minister Tony Blair is not doing enough to help the industry.
  • Barr nets £24m stadium

    SCOTTISH outfit Barr has signed its biggest-ever contract south of Hadrian's Wall - a £24 million stadium project for Southampton Football Club.
  • BARROW BOYS

    Balfour Beatty Construction has started work on the civils contract for a new gas compression station at Barrow-inFurness for British Gas. The £1 million job is part of the South Morecambe Onshore Compression Project, managed by Brown & Root. Work involves installing 300 piles to a depth of 15 m and is due for completion in October.
  • Bathrooms Sleek looks

    FC Frost has redesigned its combination warm air hand dryer, paper towel dispenser and waste bin to make it slimmer, sleeker and better looking. The stainless steel unit can be recessed into walls to a depth of just 125 mm and, if surface mounted, protrudes to a maximum of 141 mm. The warm air dryer is fully automatic and designed to prevent abuse and overheating.
  • Beazer ahead of the prefabrication pack

    Letters
  • Berkeley is set to grow nationwide

    BERKELEY is planning a major expansion on the back of a 30 per cent increase in profits.
  • Bickerton change

    BICKERTON is to change its name to reflect the firm's shift towards Internet-based operations. The move comes as the company bought a 73 per cent stake in net-based commercial property service Propertytrade from owner Safeland for £2.835 million.
  • Big five in web launch

    FIVE leading UK contractors have joined forces to float off an independent dot. com company for the construction industry.
  • Big moves on high street

    HSS to offer operated plant nationwide, but insists it is not 'throwing down the gauntlet' to rivals
  • Billionaire HBG

    A FIVE-strong consortium led by HBG has secured a land reclamation deal worth more than £1 billion in Singapore for Jurong Town Corporation.
  • Birse crunch talks to settle theatre bust-up

    Contractor and Royal Exchange seek to resolve payment row on renovation job
  • Birse tops list for water works

    BIRSE is tipped as the front-runner in the chase for a £17 million deal to revamp a water treatment works in Worthing, West Sussex.
  • Block paving jump

    THE PRECAST and Concrete Paving and Kerb Association, Interpave, says that sales of concrete block paving have risen by 12.5 per cent over the past year.
  • Blue Circle blazes trail with old tyre initiative

    BLUE Circle is pushing ahead with plans to burn scrap tyres as an alternative fuel.
  • BNRR offers jams tomorrow

    Letters
  • Bobcat and A-Plant in £4.2m deal

    COMPACT specialist Bobcat closed a huge order during SED with A-Plant, although the deal was signed 100 miles away at the hirer's Ashtex exhibition in Manchester.
  • Bobcat scraper

    BOBCAT has added a new attachment to its skid steer line, aimed at soft demolition and refurb applications. The Super Scraper is a rotary disk which lifts carpet and vinyl flooring and cuts floor tiles.
  • Bogged down

    LOCKERBIE hirer W Turnbull Excavator Hire has bought the UK's first low ground pressure Komatsu excavator for work in boggy conditions. The 16-tonne PC150LGP-6 features 1,000 mm-wide tracks to give a ground pressure of 0.22 kg per sq cm. 'It causes less damage in a boggy site than I do, ' said md Willie Turnbull.
  • Bomag boost

    COMPACTION specialist Bomag reported strong business at SED, with contractors joining hirers in buying their own machines.
  • Boot blocks

    HENRY Boot has secured a £7.5 million contract to build four accommodation blocks at RAF Halton, near Aylesbury, Bucks, for Defence Estates.
  • Boot refurbs dairy

    HENRY Boot has scooped a £5.9 million deal to refurbish and extend a dairy at the Eden Vale Foods plant in Shrewsbury for Convenience Foods.
  • Bovis and Amec run for office

    TWO firms have locked horns in the final run-in for a £17 million highprofile office complex deal in the City of London.
  • Bovis for Prague

    BOVIS Lend Lease has taken a £20 million construction management deal on a retail and commercial complex in Prague for Czech developer PKSC.
  • Bovis loses out

    BOVIS Lend Lease has failed in the first round of a dispute over alleged non-payment with its client on the £285 million Braehead shopping centre in Glasgow. An initial High Court ruling on two Bovis claims of non-payment totalling £8.8 million went in favour of Capital Shopping Centres.
  • Bovis new deal

    BOVIS Lend Lease has taken on 13 local trainees at its Calderdale Hospital site in Halifax under the government's New Deal employment initiative.
  • BPB enjoys a rise

    PLASTERBOARD giant BPB has reported a 23 per cent increase in pre-tax profits, before exceptionals, to £224.1 million for the year ending March, compared with last time. The firm's worldwide plasterboard volumes rose 10 per cent.
  • BRACING WORK

    Jim Bearman, civils foreman with Nottingham-based Sol Civil Engineering, keeps a watchful eye on the fitting of manhole braces to the city's Victorian sewer system. The work in the Radford area of the city is part of Sol's £1.25 million preparatory works contract on the £179 million Nottingham Express Transit system being constructed by the Carillion-led Arrow consortium. The manholes must be moved from the middle of the road to make way for the system's guide rails.
  • Bricks & Blocks Clay pavers

    Ibstock has extended its range of clay pavers with the introduction of the Atlas Range. This wire-cut paver is available in six colour options: Chestnut Brown, Flame Red, Slate Blue, Autumn Russet, Bronze and Barley. The range is available in either 65 mm thickness for flexible paving, or 33 mm thicknesses for rigid paving.
  • Bricks & Blocks Wisley Red

    Chelwood Brick has extended its Double Diamond range with the new Wisley Red brick. The new brick has the random texture and gently formed arrises typical of all Double Diamond stocks. However, it is also very hard, fully frostresistant and has the rich colour and texture of a traditional stock.
  • Bridge bonuses

    PUBLIC money is being used to pay contractors performance bonuses in a move believed to be the first of its kind in Europe. Firms working on the Oresund Bridge project linking Sweden and Denmark will share about £8.6 million for completing their contracts on time. The cash comes from the European Union which has agreed to subsidise the project by a further £21 million, bringing its total funding of the link to £124 million.
  • Bridging the divide

    For the first time since the last ice age Sweden and Denmark are joined together. Claire Symes reports on the engineering highlights of the construction of the Oresund crossing
  • Brit influx could lead to Irish housing camps

    Contractors taking work on £15bn programme face huge bills for accommodation
  • British Consultants Bureau

    BELOW is a selection of major commissions won by member firms of the British Consultants Bureau, mainly based on information supplied to the bureau ( 0171 222 3651, Internet http://www.bcbforum.demon.co.uk), and also members of the Association of Consulting Engineers ( 0171 222 6557, Internet http: //www.acenet.co.uk). International consultants round-up is a regular feature in Construction News, appearing monthly. Consultants which have recently won work overseas are also invited to send deta
  • Brits on parade for MoD's rock drill

    FOUR FIRMS are pricing a £4 million job to extend a medical and dental centre in Gibraltar.
  • BROADCAST NEWS

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Supplies (PICS) has introduced a 'broadcast' version of its PICSBond paving surface system. PICSBond can be laid directly on concrete or asphalt base material and accept traffic within 48 hours. The system includes a range of natural aggregate and coloured stone.
  • Brokering the New Deal

    Carillion chief executive Sir Neville Simms tells Richard Thompson how he plans to persuade a previously reluctant construction industry to commit itself to the government's New Deal initiative
  • Bromsgrove plan

    BETT Properties and Maclan Developments are planning a £20 million industrial development in Bromsgrove after buying a 9 ha site at Buntsford Hill from house builder Westbury.
  • Bronze shoe helps kick old segments into touch

    TYPICAL bridge slides involve constructing a complete bridge on land, launching it into a position next to the structure it will replace and sliding it across after the old structure has been demolished.
  • Brum deals

    PERSIMMON will start work later this year on three citycentre projects in Birmingham worth £30 million in total.
  • BT calls on McNicholas

    MCNICHOLAS Construction is set to land a £40 million-a-year, eight-year contract from British Telecom.
  • BT disconnects supply partners

    It's 'all change' for BT suppliers, as McNicholas is expected to be replaced by Morrison after 50 years
  • Builders' trugs

    Go Direct has a range of builders' trugs available via mail-order. The trugs are ideal for carrying rubble, mixing mortar and other materials or for washing tools. They are made of recycled polyethylene and, says Go Direct, are 'as tough as old boots'. They come in three sizes: 14 litres, 26 litres and 42 litres, costing £6.95, £7.50 and £7.95 respectively.
  • Building a defence of your realm

    Nic Woods reports on how to increase the security of your computer system and protect the information stored on it
  • Bullivant piling setbacks mount

    Checks reveal problems at Fairview Homes' development but specialist stands by pre-cast system
  • BVP picks Birse

    BIRSE has taken a £12 million contract to design and build an office complex for BVP Developments at Blythe Valley Industrial Park in Solihull, West Midlands. It is due for completion next spring.
  • Cabin with all mod cons

    SITE CABIN manufacturer Elliott Workspace came up with its design for a self-contained cabin following a call from contractor Kier.
  • Cable boss acquitted in £300k 'bungs' trial

    Jury in bribery case hears character reference from soccer legend Pat Jennings
  • Cable clients face £60m bill

    Poor reinstatement work by contractors leaves telecoms giants C&W and NTL with a huge backlog
  • Call milestone

    THE CONSTRUCTION Best Practice Programme has received its 5,000th call to the helpdesk from companies looking to get involved in revolutionising the industry.
  • Can concrete ever gain the sex appeal of steel?

    In the past few years Britain's concrete industry has lost ground to the steel sector. But the past few weeks have seen the start of concrete's fightback. Kristina Smith reports
  • CANDID CAMERA

    Hirer Vibroplant's new safety division - Safeforce - has launched a closed-circuit TV camera system for the inspection of pipelines and culverts. The Telespec cameras can travel up to 250 m and the lens rotates through 360 deg.
  • Care centre PFIs

    CONTRACTORS are being asked to prequalify for a £50 million PFI concession to build and operate three day care centres in Enfield, north London, for Enfield council.
  • Carillion all-clear

    CARILLION has been given the green light to start its £330 million, three-year contract to design, build, fund and operate the new GCHQ building at Cheltenham. Along with partners BT and Group 4, the contractor will also be responsible for maintenance work over the 30-year life of the concession.
  • Carillion in dock

    A CARILLION-led team is preferred bidder on a £30 million PFI magistrates court scheme in Manchester for the city council.
  • Carillion loses out to Balfour for £15m job

    BALFOUR Beatty has held off a pitch from Carillion to become preferred bidder on a £15 million regeneration deal in Coventry.
  • Carillion selloffs

    CARILLION has sold two noncore businesses in deals worth nearly £5 million.
  • Cash hitch on Fujtsu job sends Digginwell to wall

    LONDON-BASED streetworks contractor Digginwell Plant & Construction has collapsed with debts of about £1 million.
  • Cause for alarm

    LEEDS-BASED Sound Alert Technology has launched what it claims is a 'quieter and less disturbing' reversing alarm using directional sound. The company says the Localizer also eliminates confusion as to where the sound is coming from. The HSE is working with the company on research into directional sound alarms.
  • CBL expands

    SOUTH-Western compact equipment dealer CBL has extended its territory for Thwaites site dumpers from Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire to include Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. The new territories will be served by CBL's Saltash depot.
  • Cement cheer

    THE EUROPEAN cement sector's poor performance is nearing an end, according to a report from Credit Lyonnais Securities Europe, which predicts positive sales volume and prices in 2000 and 2001.
  • Churchfield fit-out

    CHURCHFIELD has scooped a £2.5 million contract to fit out the European headquarters of US telecoms company GTS in central London.
  • CIB chief in queen's honours

    CHRIS Vickers, chairman of the Construction Industry Board, was one of just a handful of industry figures recognised in this year's Queen's birthday honours list.
  • CIB 'should become industr y think-tank'

    Review presses board to reinvent itself to build links with clients and end duplication
  • CITB must justify its price hike for cards

    Letters
  • Citric solution

    WASTE management firm Shanks has won a £1 million contract to treat 2,000 tonnes of heavily contaminated soil in Jersey. The contract involves washing the soil using a biodegradable solution derived from orange skins.
  • Civils firms to boost recruitment

    CIVIL engineering contractors want to recruit 40 per cent more graduates this year, according to a survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.
  • Cladding code brought up to date

    THE METAL Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association has published the latest in its series of guides for the cladding and roofing industry.
  • Clause 12: Keep it out of the court

    The importance of the arbitrator was underlined in a recent claim over groundworks, writes Jeremy Winter
  • Cleveland Bridge wins £9m jobs

    CLEVELAND Bridge has secured its first deals following its recent management buyout from Kvaerner with £9 million worth of contract wins across the globe.
  • Closing the careers gap

    Why should women seek to make their careers in construction when there still appears to be a glass ceiling keeping them out of the boardroom? Kristina Smith talks to Birse director Louise Williamson on why she came into the industry and how she was able t
  • CNH cash call

    PLANT conglomerate CNH is to make a rights offering in a bid to raise £1.3 billion in investment capital. The company said it had decided not to make the public offering it planned in the light of current market conditions and share price levels.
  • Colliery makeover

    JMP Consultants is supervising the £7 million conversion of a redundant colliery at Doncaster into a country park for Yorkshire Forward.
  • Combi trio

    MAKITA has introduced three Combi machines in its Marathon cordless drill range, in 12v, 14.4v, and 18v versions.
  • Comment

    ALL THE rumours suggest that John Prescott will be the proud recipient of huge amounts of Treasury largesse when the Chancellor finally doles out some of the extra money he's been taking in from you and me.
  • Comment

    THE SILLY season has arrived early in the rarefied environment of the construction press with an earnest feature, in one of the architectural glossies, about an inflatable meeting room.
  • Common sense used at last

    AT LAST a real breakthrough. The government intends to pay out £5 million to cover the bid costs of failed bidders for London Underground private partnership contracts. This may not rank alongside the cracking the code of life in terms of its importance to humanity but it is a step in the right direction for common sense.
  • Compact and on-line at SED

    The plant industry was in confident mood at SED last week, with continued construction work and low interest rates fuelling ambitions. Over three pages, Andrew Gaved and Aaron Morby report from the show
  • Compact dumpers

    AUSA has launched two new compact dumpers, including the first 1-tonne payload machine to incorporate a 180degree power swivel skip for side discharge. The 108DG is 1.07m wide and is available in either two- or four-wheel drive, while the 120DA has a 1.2-tonne payload, is 1.19 m wide and also offers optional power swivel.
  • Compact Spider

    MAX ACCESS has launched the Spider TST/29, a platform with a working height of 29 m and featuring an articulating telescopic boom with a reach of 6 m.
  • Computer control for bitumen emulsion mix

    HIGHWAY maintenance contractor Ringway Highway Services and bitumen specialist Nynas have launched Gripdress, a new surface dressing system.
  • Concrete fire tests

    CONCRETE containing polypropylene fibres can resist fire as well as normal grade concrete, according to tests by the Building Research Establishment. The fire tests were carried out because of fears that the growing use of high-grade concrete containing the fibres could affect fire performance.
  • Concrete sector starts fightback

    THE BRITISH concrete industry has announced a series of seminars to promote the latest advances in concrete technology.
  • Concrete wizarrds from Oz

    Britain has become used to Australians teaching the natives how to play cricket and rugby. Now they're teaching us how to build. Diarmaid Fleming discovers how Antipodean concrete technology know-how has enabled one West London site to progress at the pac
  • Congestion, delays, log-jams - and that's just the planning

    LEGAL battles with Friends of the Earth and the statutory processes dragged on for so long that most people have forgotten just how big the Birmingham Northern Relief Road is. Drivers in the Midlands, however, suffer daily reminders of how badly it is needed.
  • Consortia picked for council estate repair

    THREE consortia have been short-listed for a £20 million-plus Private Finance Initiative 'pathfinder' scheme to repair council estates in Derbyshire.
  • Consortium takes initiative

    A CHRISTIANI & Nielsen and Teesland Development consortium has beaten off a challenge from Jarvis to win a £27 million Private Finance Initiative education scheme in Newbury, Berkshire.
  • Consultancy j-v

    OXFORD Consultant Roberts and Partners has launched the first in a series of joint venture companies. Eclipse Design and Management has been set up with Halsall Electrical.
  • Cont ractors facing new Mugabe th reat

    UK companies express concern at embittered president's pre-election outburst
  • Contract hitches put dampener on Tolent

    Amco spin-off stalls as chairman stresses importance of beefing up management
  • Contractor calls for glass card 'answered'

    A NEW on-site skills card for lifting glass at height has been launched with backing from the Road Transport Industry Train-ing Board.
  • Contractor sues Dome

    DOME operator the New Millennium Experience Company is being sued for £208,000 by specialist contractor BNW Enterprises.
  • Contracts May

    KVAERNER has marched to the front rank of the monthly contractors' top 40, scooping work worth £340.8 million in May.
  • Contracts ride the storm

    A BIT LIKE the British weather, the pattern of contract awards can be a tad unpredictable month by month. May proved to be a prime example.
  • Cordless cutter

    Rapid Hire has introduced a handheld cordless stud cutter designed especially for the fast shearing of threaded studs. The variable speed reverse action stud cutter is capable of cutting mild steel studs in diameters from M6 to M10. The stud cutter comes with its own automatic cut-off one-hour charger.
  • Council repairs

    BIRMINGHAM City Council is about to invite expressions of interest to repair the city's 92,000 council homes. Firms are being asked to take over the council's £74 million-ayear housing repair organisation.
  • Cowboys initiative looks a non-starter

    Letters
  • Crane considers future offers

    ALAN Crane has vowed to continue his 37year career in the construction industry, writes David Rogers.
  • CRANE FOR HIRE

    Former Christiani & Nielsen managing director Alan Crane is to stay on in his unpaid role as chairman of the government research body the Movement for Innovation, backed with a vote of confidence from construction minister Nick Raynsford. Mr Crane is looking at other opportunities in the industry (see page 2).
  • Crane makers focus on optimising access

    Time saving and ease of set-up fuel thinking behind latest swathe of launches
  • Crane paperwork missing

    Investigation into Canary Wharf tragedy is hampered by mystery over Hewden Stuart documents
  • Crane tragedy probed

    Investigators to hold reconstruction of events leading up to deaths of three workers at Canary Wharf
  • CRH tightlipped

    IRISH building materials giant CRH has refused to comment on press reports about plans to link with Australia's CSR in a joint £500 million bid for the US assets of Tarmac.
  • CRS in US move

    AIRCON-to-cooler hire company CRS (Chiller Rental Services) has bought Atlanta air conditioning and chilling equipment firm Servidyne, giving the company an entry into the US rental market. CRS has also acquired the generator hire division of Warringtonbased Daniel Contractors.
  • CTRL favours Murphy

    MURPHY is emerging as favourite to take a massive utilities diversion scheme on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Current practices are 'unappetising'

    BALFOUR Beatty and Interior look to be setting a good example in terms of the catering service they provide their workforce. But are these companies pioneers in providing good service, or are they following a growing trend for good on-site catering facilities?
  • Daewoo aims for supremacy in world excavators market

    PLANT manufacturer Daewoo Heavy Industries (DHI) is set to ramp up its excavator sales worldwide as it breaks clear of its troubled Korean parent company.
  • David Taylor

    APOLOGIES for a somewhat lacklustre report this week, but I've had a visit from Big Brother and it's taken the wind out of my sails.
  • Death trial starts

    THE TRIAL of two men charged with the unlawful killing of Jarvis rail worker Peter White began yesterday (Wednesday) at Liverpool Crown Court. Gerard Russell, 46, and Philip Goulding, 42, also Jarvis employees, have both pleaded not guilty. Mr White, 52, died last May after he was struck by a slowmoving works train near Edge Hill station on Merseyside.
  • Debts recovered

    THE ELECTRICAL Contractors' Association's debt recovery service has clawed back more than £1 million of bad debts owed to members since it was set up 18 month ago. The service advises members on a number of issues including how to take action up to High Court level.
  • Decision soon on £15m water deal

    TWO FIRMS are sweating it out for a £15 million water main deal in the West Midlands.
  • Demand a revolution

    MAJOR construction plans are subject to increasing planning delays. The Wembley football stadium is being held up by constant bureaucratic intervention by the London Borough of Brent; John Prescott has ordered a full environmental assessment before permission can even be considered for the Kvaerner/Swiss Re proposals for the Baltic Exchange; and Ken Livingstone is likely to hold up Chelsfield's White City development.
  • Design awards

    THE SECOND annual Design Sense Award is being launched to encourage innovative construction design and set a benchmark for the industry. The competition has a prize fund of £40,000, donated by the Rufford Foundation for sustainable design solutions that are commercially viable.
  • Developer in car park jv

    DEVELOPER Thornfield Properties has formed a joint venture with National Car Parks to develop 14 of NCP's city-centre sites into schemes worth a total of £400 million.
  • Directors face jail for safety offences

    Government gets tough on breaches of safety as the industry's death toll rises
  • DIY PIONEER

    Workers carry out a pour using Pioneer readymixed concrete on a self-build underground house at Bridge Lake at Chacombe near Banbury. The owner, Len Roberts, is co-ordinating construction, including excavating 7.5 m into an embankment to accommodate his 396 sq m house.
  • Dock reclamation

    HARBOUR & General has started an £18 million decontamination and reclamation project at Middlehaven Dock in Middlesbrough for regeneration agency English Partnerships.
  • Doing the business in Styles

    In 1995 Styles & Wood chief executive Gerard Quiligotti bought the firm from parent Wembley. Now he is brokering ground-breaking partnering deals with some of biggest names in retailing. Kristina Smith finds out about the man behind the success of the spe
  • Don't end up a fall guy

    Government plans to introduce the crime of corporate killing have increased the chances of senior managers going to prison after a fatal accident. Richard Thompson hears the views of top criminal lawyer Anthony Scrivener QC on what construction companies
  • Doors & windows

    Looks and security
  • Doors & Windows Fast framer

    HW Systems has extended its Frame-Fast range of cavity closers and window acceptors to include a system designed especially to accommodate the construction of 135 degree splayed windows. Like the rest of the Frame-Fast range, the new model provides a window former which acts as the template around which to build the window.
  • Double drill

    SPALDINGS has added two new cordless Ryobi drills to its range - a 14.4 V and an 18 V 13 mm chuck hammer drill. The keyless chuck features a quick-lock collar and both are fitted with the Ryobi Power Grip.
  • Drivers moves out

    DRIVERS Jonas's facilities management arm has outgrown the firm's west London head office and has moved to new headquarters in Slough.
  • Drum roll

    INGERSOLL-RAND has launched a range of doubledrum vibratory asphalt rollers. The Dura-Pac range comprises rollers from 1.3 to 3 tonnes, offering centrifugal forces from 15 to 33 kN.
  • Dry cutter

    Nimbus has launched a new dry diamond blade to cut difficult materials such as concrete roofing tiles and paviors. The new comet Laser Plus C28 has special segments with top-grade high concentration diamond to increase abrasion resistance. The new blade is suitable for cutting a range of products from concrete lintels to soft facing bricks, says Nimbus.
  • Dual rotary drill

    Drilling equipment manufacturers Skelair and Klemm have collaborated on the development of a new rotary head design with two independently rotating drive shafts.
  • Ductwork spec

    A NEW specification for plastic ductwork has been published by the Heating and Ventilation Contractors' Association to replace the 1974 edition, which is still used. A new guide for ductwork air leakage testing outlining best practice has also been released.
  • Dumigan elected

    JOHN Dumigan has been elected as the new president of the Association of Building Engineers, taking over from Stephen Barker.
  • Duo tipped for the Tube

    A COSTAIN/Taylor Woodrow joint venture is emerging as the favourite for the £50 million refurbishment of a ticket hall at King's Cross underground station in London.
  • Dyer factory plan

    STEEL manufacturer Dyer (Securities) is to create 168 new jobs in the Wolverhampton area if its plans to open a new factory there are approved. However, the location of the proposed factory next to an historic viaduct has raised doubts about the development.
  • EAR PROTECTION

    The new Centurion S42 Aegean eardefender is the latest addition to the Centurion range of PPE equipment. The helmet-mounted device is compatible with the Centurion 1100 and 1125 hard hats and is designed to provide a high degree of sound attenuation across a wide frequency range.
  • EARLY FINISH

    An Alfred McAlpine/Amec joint venture is on target for the early completion of its £80 million contract for the Fawkham Junction to River Medway section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link for client Rail Link Engineering. The contract involves building 15 km of high-speed railway, modifications to 34 structures and about 15 km of local road improvements. The project is expected to finish in February, four months early.
  • Earth force buys Fermec backhoes

    Compact specialist fights off stiff competition from Volvo to seal major deal coup
  • EARTH MOVER

    Dozer driver Peter Gooding, from Luton subbie Levelcroft Construction, moves topsoil as part of a 12-month project to build a £4 million headquarters for traffic information provider Trafficmaster in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
  • Earthmoving aid

    SPECTRA Precision has unveiled the GPS 3D, a satellite-guided machine control system that promises to do away with banksmen and profile setting for earthmoving. The system is designed to save time during rough formation and cut-andfill, providing 30 mm accuracy at a distance of 10 km from a single base station.
  • Earthquake consortium reports on disaster zone

    AN INTERIM report from the British Earthquake Consortium for Turkey has identified urgent infrastructure work that needs to be carried out in the devastated Yalova province.
  • EASY CONNECTION

    Talbot's new Pushfit range of plastic water pipe connections provides a quick and easy way of connecting two pipes. To make a connection, the pipe is simply pushed into the fitting and the joint is made. There are no moving parts such as nuts or clamps, says Talbot.
  • Economic cistern

    The Mosaik WC from ecological materials supplier Construction Resources has a close-coupled cistern with a two-way watersaving push button for maximum or minimum flushing. The toilet bowl is designed to give a full flush using just 4 litres of water - just 2.5 litres for urine only. Construction Resources claims that a fourperson family could save up to 50,000 litres of water per year if they replace their traditional toilet with the Mosaik.
  • Efficiencies propel Totty to record

    TOTTY Construction continued its rapid rise last year as pre-tax profits leaped by a record 56 per cent to £2.34 million.
  • Embrace the future at Taywood, or go

    Letters
  • Equipment Crane weigher

    Crane Care now stocks Piab's mechanical crane-weigher. This is an all-weather instrument suitable for use in or out of doors, and is available with a remote-reading option.
  • Equipment Pipe inspection

    Pearpoint has launched a new portable pipeline inspection system. The P371 ELS CCTV system is a very compact portable all-in-one system for the inspection of laterals, house connection and other pipelines. It features a highresolution colour LCD monitor, an electronic meter counter; heavyduty aluminium frame and goldplated, spring-loaded pogo and slip-ring connections.
  • Euro alliance

    BUILDING materials systems specialist Owens Corning and the Swiss foam insulation manufacturer Alcopor have launched a new joint venture to target European markets.
  • Expanding minis

    MANCHESTER mini excavator distributor Hanix Europe is set to expand its European dealer network following the purchase of the company by Nagano, which manufactures the Hanix brand in Japan.
  • Fairbriar drops

    FAIRBRIAR, the London-based house builder, has reported a dip in interim pre-tax profits to £2 million for the half ending March, down from £2.6 million last time.
  • Family homes evacuated as tunnel problems continue

    RAILTRACK has had to move eight families out of their homes in Strood, Kent, following further problems with a nearby railway tunnel.
  • Fast-track justice and expert duty

    When an expert witness oversteps his remit the consequences can be severe, writes Andrew Rawstron
  • Fermec rev ival pledge

    New owner plans to bring back good times to backhoe manufacturer and give factories different roles
  • FINAL LIFT

    The last deck section on the £16 million Millennium Bridge spanning the River Thames in London has been lifted into place. The bridge is due to open in nine days. Designed by architect Foster and Partners, engineer Ove Arup and sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, the 350 m-long structure has been built by Sir Robert McAlpine and Danish contractor Monsberg Thorsen.
  • Fire protection

    Glass barrier
  • Firm s bid to unlock £60m Gate

    A SHORT LIST of contractors has been drawn up to price a £60 million contract to redevelop part of Newcastle upon Tyne's city centre.
  • Firm's iron resolve

    Cleveland Bridge is the best bridge builder in the world, and under new ownership has a fabulous future. So claims its new owner, reports Ty Byrd
  • Five go with £100m flow

    FIVE consortia have tapped into one of Scotland's biggest water treatment deals - the £100 million Loch Katrine scheme near Glasgow.
  • Fixings

    Hangers
  • Fixings Support brackets

    Halfen's new range of seven 'offthe-shelf ' brickwork support bracket angles are designed to suit standard 100 mm cavity wall constructions. The new fixings comprise one-, two-, three-, four- and six-brick brackets and left/right corner brackets. The new designs incorporate Halfen's HK4 bracket made from 4 mm stainless steel to support a 4 m height of brickwork.
  • Float puts Stenoak on road to riches

    STENOAK Associated Services, the acquisitive barrier and road services group which was floated on the stock market last June, has reported a jump in pretax profits to £442, 000 for the half ending March up from £145,000 last time.
  • Flood dispute

    CARILLION and the Environment Agency have started talks to settle a dispute over flood defences at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. The Agency claims the defences are dangerous and says Carillion must restore them, as the firm is developing houses at the site.
  • Flooring

    Car park solution
  • Flooring Stone effect

    Polyflor Elementa is a rubber floor tile available in two decorative styles, called Fortress Stone and Slate. Elementa Fortress Stone has a multi-tone-on-tone non-directional pattern in eight different colours, all resembling real stone.
  • Focused members

    MEMBERS of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are now entitled to join up to four of 16 new specialist faculties as part of their subscription. The structural changes are designed to provide members with a service more tailored to individual career requirements.
  • Forward together

    DEVELOPMENT agency Yorkshire Forward has provided £2.2 million to kickstart the £88 million redevelopment of the Norfolk Park Estate in Sheffield. The money will go towards the cost of reclaiming land for developer Norfolk Park, a joint venture between Miller and Gleeson.
  • Founder buys glazing firm from receiver

    THE ROW surrounding the collapse of glass and cladding specialist English Architectural Glazing took another turn this week as the original founder of the firm bought it back from the receiver.
  • Four eye power supply foothold

    ALFRED McAlpine, Amec, Kier and Kvaerner are chasing a £25 million contract to build a power station at Newark, Nottinghamshire.
  • Four in hat for 20 km Grid tunnel

    FOUR firms have been shortlisted for the UK's longest tunnel project, running 20 km from Elstree, in Hertfordshire, to St John's Wood in north London.
  • Four square up

    DEAN & Dyball, Mansell, Tilbury Douglas and Warings are pitching for a £3 million Ministry of Defence deal to design and build a two-storey office block at Shrivenham, Wiltshire. Work is expected to start on site next month.
  • Fresh hope for weak bridges

    WEIGHT restrictions on rural masonry bridges can be lifted thanks to a new strengthening system developed in the UK.
  • Funding agreed

    RETAIL developer Centros Miller has agreed to fund the £180 million Castle Quays retail complex in Swansea after previous financiers MEPC Investments dropped out of the scheme. The complex could now be in place by 2005.
  • G&J books in

    G&J SEDDON has an £8.2 million contract to build a hotel at Waterfold Park Estate, Manchester, for De Vere.
  • Gains sets out his stall as confederation chief

    NEW CONSTRUCTION Confederation president John Gains has vowed to raise the industry's profile and boost levels of expertise.
  • Gammon double

    KVAERNER subsidiary Gammon has taken two project management contracts worth £20 million in Shanghai, China, for Lucent Technologies.
  • GAP double

    SCOTTISH compact plant hirer GAP finalised two major deals at SED as it sought machinery to fit out new sites in the Midlands. GAP spent £500,000 on compaction machinery with Bomag, then followed it with a deal for 44 dumpers with Thwaites.
  • Get in line for pathfinder

    EXPRESSIONS of interest are being sought to take on the first 'pathfinder' housing regeneration scheme for London.
  • Get onto this site

    Construction News parent company Emap Construct is launching a new online tool to speed up the process of getting hold of plant and labour for a job.
  • Gibb tower

    GIBB is to design a water tower and maintenance unit at Pickering station in Yorkshire for North York Moor Railway.
  • Glasgow decision

    A DECISION on who will build a £10 million medical school for Glasgow University is due within two weeks.
  • GLASS ACT

    Pilkington has launched a clear glass for display applications such as showroom windows and display cabinets. The firm claims the extremely low iron content it is able to achieve through a new process it has developed means the new Optiwhite glass, shown here in BMW's new Milan headquarters, displays none of the faint tint found in standard 'clear' glasses.
  • GLASS CEILING

    A worker surveys progress on the Eden Project from a different angle. The botanical garden and information centre, near St Austell in Cornwall, comprises two greenhouses, one humid tropical and one warm temperate.
  • Going with the green flow

    The innovative approach to procurement taken by Gosport Borough Council during its replacement of a harbour bridge is being singled out by M4I. Claire Symes reports
  • Golden firm

    MIDLANDS-based Hills Electrical & Mechanical has won this year's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents gold award and the British Safety Council Safety Award for 1999.
  • Government attacked for failing UK firm's abroad

    THE BRITISH Consultants Bureau is renewing its attack on the government for not doing enough to help UK firms working abroad.
  • Grand Prix boost

    KENT County Council's planning applications subcommittee has applauded Brands Hatch Leisure Group's proposals for an £18 million revamp of the motor racing circuit. The group plans to host the British Grand Prix at the venue from 2002. The council's views will now go to Sevenoaks District Council.
  • GRAVEYARD SHIFT

    Contractor Kennedy is carrying out restoration work at St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham.
  • GREEN LEAVES

    Mark Maydell, who works for Tilbury-based subbie SLS Systems, carries out work on the roof of Coventry University's new £16 million library. The university claims it will be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the country. Its design exploits natural light and ventilation to reduce energy bills. The job began in September 1998 and is due for completion this August year. Totty Construction is the main contractor.
  • Green Mac challenges tax ruling

    McNICHOLAS Construction is to appeal against a High Court tax assessment ruling.
  • Greenshields HQ

    JCB dealer Greenshields JCB has expanded its operations by moving into new, purposebuilt headquarters on Forestry Commission land in Farnham, Surrey.
  • Grid kit agreed

    NATIONWIDE Access has signed a three-year deal with electricity operator National Grid to supply powered access equipment to its sites. The booms, scissors and truck-mounted platforms are being provided with a high level of safety specification, including earthing, to protect operators on live sites.
  • Grove taxi sales

    GROVE sold the first of its new 100-tonne 'taxi cranes', the GMK5100, to Flint crane hirer Bryn Thomas. Mr Thomas said he chose the five-axle machine because he thought it had better lifting duties throughout the range than the competition.
  • GTRM 'will strike'

    THE RESULT of a strike ballot of nearly 500 GTRM track maintenance workers is due early next week. The Rail Maritime and Transport union claims GTRM has reneged on an agreement it struck with Amey, the then incumbent contractor for the south Wales region in a row over pensions.
  • Haki cuts platform cost

    ACCESS specialist Haki has unveiled a new transportation platform for materials and workers.
  • Hanson owns up to green failings

    IN A BOLD move building materials producer Hanson has published a report recording a 64 per cent rise in breaches of environmental regulations by the company in the past year.
  • Harsco wins SGB

    HARSCO Corporation, the US industrial services group, has declared its offer for scaffolding group SGB unconditional. The group has received acceptances for its £190 million offer from shareholders owning 56.41 per cent of the scaffolder.
  • Haworth chosen

    CHRIS HAWORTH has been appointed the new managing director of Dean & Dyball Construction. He succeeds Adrian Dyball who has become group chief executive.
  • Haymills sues in glass

    Specialist issues claim over breach of warranty against previous owners of glazing subsidiary AGC
  • HBG office deal

    HBG has a £3.2 million office project at Powderhall in Edinburgh for Kilmartin Properties.
  • HBG prescribed

    HBG has landed a £6 million deal to build a 38-bed health unit in Hull for Nuffield Hospitals.
  • Health & Safety Fall arrest

    Safesite's Railbloc vertical fall arrest system has been designed for ease of use and to allow work on masts, gantries, ladders and silos to be carried out safely and effectively. Railbloc is based on a CE-approved track system, says Safesite.
  • Health kick for Shepherd

    A GROUP led by Shepherd and consultant McBains is preferred bidder on a £17 million Private Finance Initiative hospital redevelopment in Willesden, northwest London.
  • Healthy Totty

    TOTTY has landed an £8 million deal to build a hospital at Darlington for Woodlands Healthcare.
  • Heathrow offices

    LEEDS-based firm Holmes Building has won a £4 million office fit-out contract at Airport Gate, Heathrow, for in-flight catering specialist Alpha Flight.
  • Heavy weight beauty parade

    Plant manufacturers will gather near Milton Keynes for the SED show on June 6-9 to display their latest equipment for applications from roads to construction to demolition. CN previews its pick of the crop
  • Heery college job

    HEERY has secured the post of project manager from North Hertfordshire College on its £12 million redevelopment of an education centre in Stevenage.
  • Helsham at helm

    VOLVO has announced Anthony Helsham as new president of the construction equipment division. Mr Helsham was previously head of Volvo Korea.
  • Hescorp Italia at law

    Letters
  • Hewden alert

    LAST WEEK'S profit warning from Hewden Stuart will not have helped Baldwins Industrial Services as it seeks investor support for the £5.7 million share placing which it announced with results this week.
  • Hewden Stuart to act on rates slump

    PLANT HIRER Hewden Stuart is being forced to rein back spending on equipment this year because of falling hire rates, writes Aaron Morby.
  • Higgins housing

    HIGGINS has a £39 million deal with Pollards Hill Housing Association to regenerate a housing estate at Mitcham, south London.
  • Higgins revamp

    HIGGINS has a £2.5 million contract from the Peabody Trust to modernise Strawberry Vale housing estate in East Finchley, London.
  • High hopes and fat order books at Carillion and Try

    THE HEADS of Carillion and Try Group last week issued upbeat agm statements to shareholders pointing to improving order books and prospects for the rest of the year.
  • HIGH LIFE

    Balfour Beatty has started work on the first phase of the £100 million Martineau Place retail development in Birmingham for Birmingham Alliance - the same client carrying out the £400 million redevelopment of the nearby Bull Ring shopping complex. A 68 m-high tower crane has moved on to the 17,000 sq m city centre site and will remain there until next June. Work on the entire scheme is due to finish by autumn 2001.
  • High-Point deal

    CONSULTANT High-Point Rendel has acquired Vantagepoint Management Consultancy for £1.7 million.
  • Highways Agency to test ex situ recycling on M6 contract

    EX SITU cold recycling of pavement will be trialled on hard shoulder strengthening on the M6 this autumn.
  • HOLED-UP

    National Grid project team leader Scott Sadler is lowered into Shaft 1 to inspect work on its £50 million London Connection Cable Tunnel. Murphy was awarded the contract to sink this shaft early in the programme so that work could start on a new substation at St John's Wood. Amec, Amey, Costain and Murphy are battling it out for the main contract.
  • Holiday pay win

    LONDON-based subbie Buildstone has been found guilty of failing to pay holiday pay to an ex-employee by an employment tribunal in Bristol. The firm has been ordered to pay the unnamed carpenter a total of £821 in holiday pay and deductions.
  • HOLIDAY WORK

    Two construction workers strip out chalets at a former Pontin's holiday camp in Christchurch, Dorset. The chalets, dining areas and ballroom at the Wick Ferry site are being demolished to make way for a Prowting Homes development of 12 flats and 45 three- and four-bedroom terraced houses.
  • Holmes conversion

    HOLMES Building has bagged a £5 million deal to convert a hospital into offices in Stafford for Madford Developments.
  • Holzmann upbeat

    HOLZMANN expects to make a net profit this year as it expands abroad to counter last year's loss, which put the German firm on the brink of insolvency, said the firm's international business director, Herbert Luetkestratkoetter. He added that overseas orders rose 50 per cent last year to £2.6 billion, partly due to acquisitions.
  • Homes setback

    APPLICATIONS to build new homes fell by 6 per cent in April to 11,670, according to latest figures from the National House Building Council. Completions also fell by 12 per cent in the same period, from 13,510 to 11,910.
  • House starts rise

    HOUSE building applications have risen by 6 per cent compared with a year ago, according to the latest National House Building Council figures. Private companies and housing associations sent in a total of 12,675 start applications in May compared with 11,910 in May 1999. Greater London clocked up the biggest increase with a 70 per cent rise.
  • Housing fires 5pc rise in output

    CONSTRUCTION output jumped by 5 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 1999.
  • Housing survey

    CONSTRUCTION minister Nick Raynsford launched the first national housing customer satisfaction survey today (Thursday). It is expected to result in a league table of house builders rated according to performance.
  • How the law is changing

    THE GOVERNMENT consultation paper, Reforming the Law on Involuntary Manslaughter: The Government's Proposals, puts forward four offences to replace the current law on involuntary manslaughter.
  • HSE is failing to get its act together

    Letters
  • HSE summit to hear Avonmouth lessons

    THE HEALTH and Safety Executive is drawing up proposals for a conference on the lessons learnt from the Avonmouth Bridge gantry collapse.
  • HSS to offer plant

    HIGH street tool hire giant HSS is to offer operated plant for the first time via its One Call service. The move means that customers can now hire a mobile crane with operator from the 390-outlet hirer. HSS is also understood to be contemplating offering earth moving plant as well.
  • Hull in push for local firms to en joy boom

    LOCAL contractors were urged this week to look at ways of tapping into an upcoming £1.5 billion building boom in the city of Hull.
  • HUTTE STUFF

    Contractor May Gurney has bought two Hutte mini piling rigs to meet demand for piling in restricted areas.
  • Hybrid released

    FRENCH manufacturer Telescopelle is launching its 9-tonne hybrid excavator in the UK, featuring excavator and telehandler arms. It features the excavator arm on a 360-degree rotating turret and a 4.7 m-reach telehandler.
  • Hyder takeover battle heats up

    HYDER bosses are bracing themselves for a drawn-out bidding war as two firms battle it out to seize control of the group.
  • Hymix for Reich

    HYMIX of Telford has been appointed as UK and Ireland dealer for stationary and truck-mounted concrete pumps from German manufacturer Reich. The pumps range from 24 m to 53 m and have been successful in the US, among other markets.
  • If the Construct ion Act ain't broke, don't fix it

    Adjudication under the Construction Act has been a great success, but the government's promise to review the Act could do more harm than good, writes Guy Cottam
  • Ikea's £300m plan

    SWEDISH furniture giant Ikea is to build 20 new stores throughout the UK. Eight stores and two distribution centres will be built in the next five years at a cost of £300 million with a further 12 stores to follow in a second phase. Areas being considered for the new stores Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and south Wales.
  • Impact drills

    Spaldings has introduced four new impact drills to its range of Ryobi tools. The drills are designed for professional use and carry a full 12month warranty. Two of the new drills come in 230V and 110V versions, have a 13 mm chuck and heavy-duty 710W motor. The other two drills have 600W motors and have a 13 mm keyless chuck.
  • Imperial range

    Levermore Workshop World now distributes the Imperial range of air-conditioning pipe tools and service equipment throughout the UK.
  • In Stock

    Every week In Stock brings you news of the latest developments in products, plant, tools, materials and equipment. Contact names and numbers are listed to put you directly in touch with the appropriate sales and marketing departments
  • In Stock

    Every week In Stock brings you news of the latest developments in products, plant, tools, materials and equipment. Contact names and numbers are listed to put you directly in touch with the appropriate sales and marketing departments
  • In the blink of an eye the Tyne is spanned

    In the week that saw the opening of London's highly publicised £18 million Millennium footbridge over the Thames, Nigel Green reports on work at another Millennium Bridge over the river Tyne, that is progressing full steam ahead
  • In the chair

    MORRISON has launched a chair in construction innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Industry set for vibration law shake-up

    Proposed EC legislation on vibration looks likely to have serious consequences for plant, warns David Monk
  • Inland Revenue is failing to do its job

    Letters
  • Insulation Green insulation

    'Vital' is a new, cellulose-based thermal insulation product from ecological materials distributor Construction Resources. The company claims Vital allows healthy, breathable structures to be built without vapour barriers. It is made of bacteria-free wood pulp, viscose fibres, a food-grade, cellulose-based CMC adhesive as a binder and a pHneutral boron mineral liquid that crystallises in the hollow fibres to provide permanent protection against mould and fire. It produces very low emissions i
  • Interchange to herald integrated transport

    Construction News's parent company Emap is launching an exciting new event promoting integrated transport.
  • International consultants round-up (April 27-May 26 2 2000)

    BINNIE BLACK & VEATCH India: The company is investigating potential arsenic contamination of groundwater for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
  • Investing to win City appeal

    THE MAJOR publicly-quoted contracting groups are stepping up their efforts to improve investor sentiment.
  • Invisible fastener

    Turners Trading has introduced an Australian device designed for the invisible fixing of timber decking.
  • Invitations out to move Met Office

    CONTRACTORS and developers are being asked to send in proposals to move the Meteorological Office from its headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire.
  • I-R piles on power with new division

    Generators added in effort to increase market share
  • Irish crackdown

    THE IRISH government has pledged to double the number of building site inspections in response to an increased number of deaths and injuries. An extra 20 inspectors will also be recruited by the Health and Safety Authority, nine of whom will be assigned exclusively to the construction sector.
  • Irish housing crisis

    THE IRISH government is ready to draft in contractors from Britain, Germany, Denmark and Eastern Europe to ensure desperately needed new homes are built quickly.
  • Ironmonger threat

    JOHN Planck, newly-elected president of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, has warned that poor management within GAI member-companies threatens their sector's stability.
  • Ironmongery

    Metal cover
  • Ironmongery As if by magic

    Abloy's Magic Switch system is designed to allow doors in hospitals and other hygiene-sensitive environments to be opened without physical contact by the person using the door.
  • Italian skid steer

    A NEW Italian-built skid steer will be introduced to the UK market at SED.
  • Italians owe us £2m, say subbies

    BRITISH subbies are claiming they are owed around £2 million by an Italian firm following completion of the £65 million Saint-Gobain float glass plant, near Goole, east Yorkshire.
  • It's PPP or bust for Kvaerner rail team

    Winner of £30 million rail project awaits green light from Scottish Executive
  • Iveco business

    IVECO has unveiled new engines from its newlyformed Engine Business Unit for construction application.
  • Jackson double

    JACKSON has secured a £4.2 million contract to build a telecommunications centre in Beckton, east London, for mobile phone company One 2 One; and a £4 million warehouse job in Chelmsford, for Churchmanor Estates.
  • Jackson scores

    JACKSON has secured a £3.8 million contract to design and build a 4,500-seat stand at Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road ground.
  • Jackson spree

    JACKSON has won a £6.8 million retail warehouse scheme in Colchester from developer GHP.
  • James Longley collapses

    Kier eyes 140-year-old contractor's assets and contracts after management attempt to find buyer fails
  • Jarvis pitches for Estonia's railways

    International bidders gather for sell-off of Baltic state's national freight network
  • Jarvis seals Railtrack jv

    JARVIS has confirmed a £520 million joint venture deal with Railtrack to carry out the track renewal programme on the West Coast Main Line upgrade.
  • Jaw crusher

    NPK HAS launched a bucket containing a jaw crusher for on-site reclamation. The GAL-200G is attached to the excavator and loaded like a conventional bucket, but uses the auxiliary hydraulic circuit to crush the material. It is operated via a foot pedal.
  • Jobs go off the rails

    Union anger as Corus moves Railtrack work from Workington to France with the loss of 168 jobs
  • Keep out of jail in eight easy steps

    AS BOARDROOMS argue over who is to be the director responsible for going to prison top criminal lawyer Anthony Scrivener QC sets out a list of steps companies can take to ensure their company is running a safe system.
  • Keller flats refurb

    KELLER has picked up a £5.57 million contract to refurbish two high-rise blocks of flats for the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
  • Kier port of call

    KIER has taken a £10 million deal to build a passenger terminal at the Port of Hull on the River Humber for Associated British Ports.
  • Knives out for Blade

    LESS silly, but every bit as puzzling, is the saga of the Millennium Footbridge or The Wobbly Walkway Mystery.
  • Komatsu recruit

    MARUBENI Komatsu's new commercial director, John Tull, who joined from Vibroplant last week, told CN he was hoping to bringing his hire experience to bear at the distributor. 'It's a great opportunity and I am looking forward to getting to understand the business from the other side. I relish the opportunity to go forward with the company, ' he said.
  • Kvaerner gas deal

    KVAERNER has acquired Darlington-based liquid natural gas specialist Whessoe International.
  • Kvaerner keys in for prison series

    KVAERNER has secured a £40 million contract to build a series of prison blocks for the Scottish Prison Service.
  • Kvaerner package

    KVAERNER Rashleigh Weatherfoil has a £13 millionplus M&E package from developer Grosvenor on The Walks shopping centre project in Basingstoke.
  • Kvaerner study

    KVAERNER Cementation has started a feasibility study for a proposed £170 million nickel and copper mine in Ontario, Canada, for mining company Falconbridge.
  • Laing chemistry

    LAING has a £40 million design-and-build contract to construct a chemistry research building at Oxford University.
  • Laing pulls out of Ulster

    LAING is winding down its Northern Ireland operation with the closure of its Belfast office after nearly 40 years in the province.
  • Laing saves oak

    ENGINEERS from Laing Hyder have saved a 500-yearold oak tree from being felled on the 15 km-long A130 bypass being built between Chelmsford and Southend in Essex. Engineers have reshaped an embankment at Curry Hill, Rettendon, to spare the tree.
  • Landscaping

    Grass seed
  • Latchways boost

    SAFETY systems group Latchways has reported a 21 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £2.78 million for the half ending March, comapred with last time. Turnover rose 30 per cent to £8.66 million.
  • Law poster

    Focal Signs has produced a new health and safety law poster to replace the old statutory black-andwhite poster next month. Focal Signs' new posters comply with the new legislation, reflecting changes in the law which have taken place over the past 10 years. Three versions of the poster are offered: in rigid plastic; 22SWG aluminium; and encapsulated paper.
  • LD on the Case

    CASE has appointed its UK trencher dealer LD Bourgein as the sole UK distributor of its new horizontal directional drills.
  • Learn from the PFI healthcare mistakes

    IS THERE a remedy for deja vu? If so, contractors bidding for Private Finance Initiative healthcare schemes will need treating soon.
  • LET IT ROLL

    Swedish Steel subsidiary SSAB Oxelosund says competitors will be hard-pressed to match the pushing power of its new 10,000-tonne four-high rolling mill - with two rolls connecting directly with the plate and two rolls supporting. The steelmaker claims the mill, at Oxelosund, is the most powerful in the world, allowing it to produce plates to a thickness tolerance of +/- 0.2 mm, one-third that specified by European standards.
  • Liebherr debut

    CRANE manufacturer Liebherr chose SED for the UK debut of its 100-tonner, the LTM1100/2. By the second day it had been sold to hirer William White, one of 11 crane sales by Liebherr at SED. The crane is claimed to have the shortest road length in its class, with a 1.9 m overhang and 2.75 m carrier width. The 52 m, six-section main boom, together with swing-away fly jib, gives a maximum working radius of 72 m with a 0.8tonne load.
  • LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

    Construction on the 3.2 km-long North Downs tunnel through Kent reached a major milestone this week when tunnellers broke through, two months ahead of schedule. The 13 m-diameter tunnel is the UK's first high-speed rail tunnel. It is also the largest mainline train tunnel in the country. The primary lining used 4 m-long rockbolts radially and more than 40,000 cu m of shotcrete along its length.
  • Light skidsteer

    LEWIS Equipment has launched a new stand-behind skidsteer for landscaping, building and hire applications weighing under one tonne.
  • Light work

    RAYNESWAY Construction, the term maintenance arm of Balfour Beatty, has won two contracts worth a total of £3 million from Surrey County Council. They cover the maintenance of highway lighting in the borough of Elmbridge and the west of the county running for four and two years respectively.
  • Lighting Modular system

    Abacus Lighting has introduced a range of exterior luminaires designed for town, country and city centre locations. The Harmony lights are built on a modular principle, allowing components to be combined in a manner to suit the client or designer. The components include mountings, canopies, bowls, reflectors, lamps and control gear. All mountings are die-cast aluminium and the enclosures are made to IP65 standard.
  • LITTLE AND LARGE

    Although demand for equipment at the heavy end of the construction spectrum is currently being outpaced by compact equipment, most of the major manufacturers displayed their full range of large machinery at SED. While the lack of major civil engineering projects is hitting demand for the biggest machines, the need to build on brownfield sites is putting a premium on high-traction and low ground pressure, as was demonstrated by the Hyundai 130 LC3.
  • Long lead-in for RAF hangar refurb

    AMEC, Balfour Beatty, Mowlem and Kier are bidding for a £15 million deal to refurbish seven aircraft hangars at RAF Wattisham in Suffolk.
  • Looking after the past

    THE IMAGE of roadbuilders bulldozing their way across the countryside, ignoring whatever lies in their path, has proved a hard one to shake, no matter how mistaken.
  • Lorne's BT call

    LORNE Stewart has won a £5.5 million mechanical and electrical package from Amec for work at BT's offices in Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, Suffolk.
  • Losing Tube bidders to share £5m payout

    BIDDERS who lose out in the race to run London Underground will be paid £5 million in compensation.
  • Loxam enters UK

    FRENCH plant hirer Loxam has plunged into the UK hire market with the £23.8 million acquisition of powered access hirer PTP Aerial Platforms from Rentokil Initial.
  • M27 resurfacing

    THE HIGHWAYS Agency has announced major resurfacing work worth £9.5 million on an 8 km stretch of the M27 between Southampton and Portsmouth. Costain is main contractor on the six-month job which starts next month.
  • M4I backs chairman Crane

    THE MOVEMENT for Innovation board this week gave its full backing to chairman Alan Crane.
  • M4I to drop off CIB brief

    THE FUTURE of the Construction Industry Board was finalised this week after bosses thrashed out the remaining details of its fundamental review.
  • M6 upgrade award

    FITZPATRICK has landed a £3.1 million contract to upgrade the M6 between junctions 3 and 4 in the West Midlands for the Highways Agency.
  • Machining fluids

    Nickerson Lubricants has assembled a range of metal cutting fluids developed to produce superior machining characteristic, prolonging tool life. The lubricants include Akwesol, a range of conventional soluble oils; Maxsyn, a new general purpose fluid; Maxcut AC, a neat cutting fluid for difficult machining operations; Maxcut IN, another range of neat fluids for general machining; Maxcut EDM, a pair of high performance spark-erosion fluids; and Adsol, a range of corrosion preventatives.
  • Majors shun design and build

    THREE firms are working up bids for a £27 million mixed development in east London.
  • Make the Gradall

    ACCESS company JLG has launched a machine from subsidiary Gradall that combines a telescopic boom with 360 deg rotation. The XL2210 industrial maintenance machine can direct a hammer attachment in any direction for demolition work and can also use shear attachments for light demolition. The 12tonne machine features a radio transmitter for remote-controlled operation at a distance up to 100 m from the machine.
  • Marine development sparks heavy interest

    A RAFT of contractors are bidding for three packages of marine work, worth £18 million, at Mostyn harbour, north Wales.
  • Marriott offices

    MARRIOTT has bagged a £3.4 million design and build deal for a two-storey office block in Cambridge for Capital & Counties.
  • Marwood depots

    NON-MECHANICAL plant specialist Marwood is to open two depots next month as part of its drive to improve customer service.
  • Materials first

    BRICKS and lintels became the first building materials to be ordered online over the Internet and delivered to site the next day in a pioneering move last week. Buyers from Francis Jackson Homes ordered the products via the Construction Intelligence service offered by Construction Plus and the Builder Center.
  • Maxxiom tie-ups spawn hoists and site facilities

    HIRER Maxxiom is drawing on its links with contractors and manufacturers to develop entirely new hire products, offering big savings.
  • May I un-quote you on that?

    QUOTED house builders are increasingly responding to the stock market's lack of enthusiasm for the sector by walking away from it.
  • McArdle JCBs

    JCB HAS struck a £500,000 deal with Wembley contractor McArdle Group for six tracked excavators, the contractor's first JCBs.
  • McLean hotel

    DAVID McLean is building a £25 million hotel near Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre for Bass.
  • McLeod in black

    SCOTTISH contractor R J McLeod has returned to profit after posting a pre-tax loss of £639,000 last time. The firm had pre-tax profits of £592,000 on turnover of £9 million for the year ending October 1999.
  • Mean prices taking December 1995 UK average as 100

    EC HARRIS is an international capital projects and facilities consultancy committed to delivering better-value projects to clients through the continuous development and innovative application of traditional professional skills.
  • Mecalac's 'memorable' launch

    FRENCH three-section boom excavator manufacturer Mecalac is ramping up its UK promotion with the launch of a machine promising greater ease of operation.
  • Medics' school list cut to three

    THREE firms are on the final short list for a £10 million contract to build a medical school for Glasgow university.
  • Membranes Double-sided tape

    Klober Tacto is a new double-sided adhesive tape designed for bonding roof membranes and diffusion sheets. The tape is made to ensure an efficient windtight and watertight finish to underlays, says Klober. Another new tape, called Flecto, is designed for making joins and repairing splits and tears in breather membranes. It is a singlesided net-reinforced polyester tape.
  • Midas to grow through divisions

    MIDAS, the fast-growing Devonbased contractor, has created five new divisions in a bid to raise market share and increase its level of negotiated work and long-term relationships.
  • Midlands trial for road deal

    UP TO 40 contractors have applied to participate in a £40 million framework deal in the Midlands for the Highways Agency.
  • Miller bypass

    MILLER has landed a £17.2 million contract to build the 2.9 km Polegate bypass in East Sussex for the Highways Agency.
  • Mint with a hole

    A BUILDING collapse at South Quay, east London, closed part of the Docklands Light Railway for nearly 11 hours last week. The former Franklin Mint building, which was badly damaged by an IRA bomb four years ago, was being demolished by Croydonbased Kennedy Demolition when the incident happened.
  • Mission to Kosovo

    TRADE minister Richard Caborn flew to Kosovo on Tuesday to assess the rebuilding of the region a year after the end of the war. Mr Caborn met UK businessmen who won major contracts that are helping to revive Kosovo's damaged economy. He also saw officials from the Kosovo Taskforce, a Public Private Partnership set up by government export body British Trade International to identify business opportunities for British firms.
  • Mivan fortunes lift despite closure of Philippines arm

    MIVAN, the Belfast-based privately-owned contractor, has reported a sharp increase in profits despite facing closure costs on a business in the Philippines.
  • Mixing pumps

    PFT Systems has developed a range of electric and diesel mixing pumps and dry pneumatic conveyors for the application of floor screeds, projection plaster, renders, grout and fire protection materials.
  • MoD to publish performance results

    THE MINISTRY of Defence is to publish for the first time annual reports on how it performs as a client.
  • Modular bricks

    Optiroc has launched a range of metric modular bricks which it says is ideal for fast-track construction programmes. The larger brick allows workingmicro to grid patterns of 200 mm or 300 mm, hence building more quickly than with ordinary-sized bricks. The Modular range is available in two sizes:
  • MORDEN GLORY

    Mabey Construction has installed a 30 m-long bridge at Morden tube station, south London, in a 52-hour possession. The next stage for the contractor, which is part of M J Gleeson, is to build accommodation for train crews on top of the bridge. The £3.2 million job at the southern end of the Northern Line is due to finish in the autumn. The client is JNP Infraco.
  • Morrison looks to increase rail maitenance

    MORRISON wants to increase its £10 milliona-year workload with Railtrack by breaking into the lucrative rail maintenance market.
  • Morrison park

    MORRISON, in joint venture with developer Broadhall, is preferred bidder on a £75 million business park scheme next to the M4 at Newport, for Gwent County Council.
  • Morrison trio

    MORRISON has won three contracts in Aberdeen, worth £7 million in total, for office and retail space for Lidl, the Co-Op and oil company Schlumberger.
  • Morrison's leap of faith

    TWO WOMEN flung themselves from the top of Manchester's Piccadilly Hotel. But don't worry - they were safely harnessed and doing it for a good cause.
  • Mortar sales

    THE CONCRETE Repair Association says sales of sprayed mortars increased by up to 60 per cent in the six months to December 1999.
  • Mowlem could seal SGB's fate

    THE BATTLE for control of SGB is hotting up. The directors of the scaffolding group are touring City institutions this week to lay out their case against the £190 million hostile bid from the US industrial services group Harsco.
  • Mowlem to grow with fm alliance

    JOHN Mowlem is expanding in the building services sector with a £7.5 million acquisition of the Bower Group.
  • MP lambasts Barratt

    Construction minister and NHBC lobbied as row with house builder over build quality gets MP's support
  • Multidrive goes modular to take on tipper rivals

    MULTIDRIVE has launched a multipurpose trailer attachment and ejector body targeted at quarrying, waste and earthmoving firms.
  • Name change vote

    SHAREHOLDERS in Bickerton Group will be asked to approve a name change to Envesta at an egm next month. The firm became an investment vehicle after transferring its contracting interests to the Bickerton Construction arm of Artisan.
  • Net an extra week on VAT

    CONTRACTORS which pay their VAT via the internet or by e-mail will be given an extra week's grace to pay their tax bills.
  • Net findings

    BLUE Circle is publishing data on the environmental performance of its UK works on the Internet.
  • Network launch to shake up tool hire

    Independent tool hirers join forces to provide competitive national service
  • New body must end do-gooding overkill

    THE LATHAM and Egan reviews have had many desirable effects. New legislation and a mood to improve relations are just a few. But there has been a downside.
  • New CIC chief

    MICHAEL Dickson was appointed chairman of the Construction Industry Council at its recent Annual General Meeting. He takes over from Robin Nicholson and will serve as chairman until June 2002. Mr Dickson is a founding partner of consulting engineer Buro Happold.
  • New climbdown on skills scheme

    Rules change yet again after CSCS chiefs admit only 15,000 link cards have been issued in past year
  • New Holland lightens up

    CNH SUBSIDIARY New Holland is launching a light construction equipment range for Europe, with new wheeled loaders and mini excavators set to be added to its recently launched skid steers and more familiar backhoes and telehandlers.
  • New Labour accused of 'crony ism' over M4I job

    Tory front-bencher in attack on government Former Christiani chief to stay on at think tank
  • New orders slip

    NEW ORDERS in construction during the three months to April have fallen 3 per cent on the same quarter in 1999.
  • New quality target in frame for timber

    A NEW drive to 'Eganise' the timber frame building sector and root out bad practice has been launched by the Timber and Brick Consortium.
  • New set of key indicators will be used as design quality tool

    THE CONSTRUCTION Industry Council has set up a group to produce a set of Key Performance Indicators for building design.
  • New union law

    CONSTRUCTION companies could be forced to recognise unions under new legislation, which came into force on Tuesday. Under the law, firms must enter into collective agreements where 50 per cent plus one of eligible workers want union recognition.
  • NEW VEIN

    Wimpey Homes regional director Ronnie Baird with a model showing plans for the former Westoe Colliery in South Shields.
  • NHS trust re-opens contest

    WHITTINGTON Hospital NHS Trust is re-tendering a £25 million Private Finance Initiative deal to redevelop its site in north London.
  • NIGHT TRAIN

    A lone May Gurney worker on night duty during a rail possession on a bridge refurbishment project at Manningtree, Essex. The firm is revamping a bridge across the River Stour and another over Catawade Creek in a £1 million scheme for Railtrack. Both bridges are in a nature reserve which is home to swans and waders so May Gurney must work to strict environmental procedures to ensure the surrounding salt marshes are not polluted.
  • No-Loss caps it all

    CB Developments has introduced an earthmover version of its NoLoss tyre valve cap. The No-Loss cap is a fully machined brass cap with integral rubber pressure seal and a strong flexible plastic strap which attaches the cap to the valve stem. CB Development says the valve cap is the primary air seal for the valve, not the core.
  • Not a bridge too far. . .

    OVE ARUP must feel like the Kevin Keegan of the engineering world after the media battering it has faced over the Millennium Bridge's much publicised troubles.
  • Not all it's cracked up to be?

    The recent spate of unexplained glass breakages at several high-profile building developments has once again highlighted the dangers of working with state-of-the-art materials. Sean Cronin searches for solutions to the problem and finds out what contracto
  • Nottingham first

    A £7 MILLION mixed commercial and residential scheme in Nottingham is the first job to use the Construction Industry Council's multi-partnering way of working. Work began last week for Metropolitan Housing Trust in Raleigh Square and is being carried out by local contractor Thomas Fish over a 48week period.
  • Nuttall factory job

    EDMUND Nuttall has won a £3 million deal to build a plant at a Proctor & Gamble factory at Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • On the move

    KIER
  • On the move

    KIER
  • On the move

    JACKSON CIVIL ENGINEERING
  • ON THE UP

    Shepherd Construction's British Standard registration has been upgraded to ISO 9001 (management of design and construction activities) from ISO 9002 (construction activities) following official assessment of more than £100 million-worth of current design and build projects in Great Britain. Shepherd's regional director, Mike Webber (left), and quality assurance manager Stuart Jessop display the certificate on site at Livingston, Scotland.
  • One hundred souls

    Letters
  • One-stop-shop plan for RMC concrete

    CONCRETE giant RMC is planning a major restructuring of its UK operations this summer to offer a 'one-stop shop' for concrete supplies.
  • Online bids in the offing at Ritchie's

    RITCHIE BROS is in talks with software companies with the aim of introducing real-time bidding for its auctions over the Internet within the next 12 months.
  • Online dealers

    NEW HOLLAND Construction is looking to build an online dealer network in the UK, following the formation of the division out of the CNH subsidiary at Intermat in May. The dealers will link with the manufacturer over the Internet for parts and diagnostics.
  • Online services

    Waterproofing
  • Only the under-performers need fear Constructionline

    Letters
  • Osprey HK swoop

    OSPREY is project manager on a £15 million education scheme at Kowloon Tong in Hong Kong for the Australian International School.
  • Ove Arup plaque

    A COMMEMORATIVE plaque has been fixed to the birthplace of Sir Ove Arup in Jesmond Vale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne. The 93-year-old engineer, who founded Ove Arup & Partners in 1946, died in 1988.
  • Palgrave on target

    TIMBER specialist Palgrave Brown is set to hit its £50 million turnover target outlined at the start of its acquisition and expansion programme two years ago.
  • Part L review

    THE GOVERNMENT has published proposals to change the energy conservation requirements in Part L of the building regulations. A consultation period on the draft recommendations is under way and will end on September 29.
  • Partnering guide

    A NEW guide to promote partnering in the industry has been launched by the Construction Industry Council.
  • Partnerships' flagship projects

    Barts & London NHS Trust; Bristol & South Gloucestershire Rapid Transit; British Waterways Water Grid; Docklands Light Railway and London City Airport extension; Forensic Science Service Public Private Partnership; Glasgow Primary Schools; various PFI primary health care projects; Prisons at Peterborough and Ashford, Surrey; East Lothian Schools; Midlothian SchoolsCommunity Campus; Scottish Tourist Board e-business; Staffordshire street lighting.
  • Pay rise of 20pc buys three-year peace deal

    Unions and bosses hail era of harmony to reflect construction industry's move towards partnerships
  • PAYE is not an option

    Letters
  • Pension row strike is off

    A STRIKE by 500 GTRM track maintenance workers has been averted at the 11th hour.
  • Peri Irish agent

    FORMWORK specialist Peri has appointed Dublin-based Easy Access as its distributor for Ireland for its range of products for sale and hire.
  • Permo system

    Klober's new Permo system comprises a choice of three vapour permeable membranes for use in pitched roofs, timber-framed walls, metal clad roofs and a variety of wall constructions. The new material is supported with a full range of complementary professional building tapes and ancillary products, says Klober.
  • PFI helps to double Jarvis workload

    JARVIS has revealed a doubling in its order book to £2.2 billion fuelled by recent successes with the Private Finance Initiative.
  • PFI hospital scheme incurs council's wrath

    A £95 MILLION Private Finance Initiative hospital being built in Worcester by Bovis Lend Lease is under threat from councillors.
  • PFI school award

    A GROUP led by local firm Macob has signed a £7.5 million Private Finance Initiative deal to build a primary school and office in Pembroke Dock for Pembrokeshire County Council.
  • PIER DOWN

    Birse has founded the first pier for a complex £1.2 million cable-stayed pedestrian bridge spanning the River Tees at Stockton. The circular pier is formed from flat-section piles driven into the riverbed. The design-and-build project, for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, is due for completion in the autumn. Designed by Ove Arup, the 220 m bridge will feature a steel A-frame mast, angled slightly towards the river's east bank on the Teesdale side.
  • PILE ON THE TYNE

    Birse staff install raking anchor beam piles on a £3.5 million reconstruction of Walker Public Quay at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • Piling federation acts on cowboys

    Members failing to pass quality test face being axed from register, warns FPS
  • Pilkington

    GLASSMAKER Pilkington isto build a £16 million glasscoating line in the CzechRepublic in a venture with theBelgian Glaverbel group. Thenew plant, at Retenice, will bethe first in central Europe toproduce vacuum-coated, low-emissivity, high-insulationglass.
  • Pioneers of 'slides'

    Letters
  • Pipelines

    Plastic lining
  • Pipelines Anchored gasket

    Stanton has developed a new way of anchoring ductile iron pipes at points where the pipeline changes direction. The new push-fit anchored gasket replaces the practice of using concrete blocks and is cheaper and easier to use, says Stanton. The gaskets are easily fitted and the joints are made in exactly the same way as any other push-fit ductile iron joint. The gaskets can also be used in soft ground, where concrete anchor blocks cannot.
  • Pipelines Cable chamber

    Milton Pipes has introduced a ducted cable chamber that can be installed rapidly, directly into the ground. As there is no requirement for special brickwork or concrete surrounds, the new chamber will allow cable-laying contractors to cut installation times and labour costs, says Milton. The Highways Agency Type A chamber is 1,300 mm long and 850 mm wide.
  • Plant & tools

    Attachment fitter
  • Plant & Tools Light screwdrivers

    Atlas Copco has launched a new range of small, lightweight electric screwdrivers. The LUM12 and LUM13 models have been designed to combine ergonomics with maximum productivity in a lightweight tool, says Atlas. Both models have a two-stage trigger and one-hand reverse capability.
  • Plant & Tools LPG generator

    Edge Technology, the company appointed by Calor Gas as its gas converter, has launched a generator powered solely by liquefied petroleum gas. The generator uses a gas powered Honda GX200 6.5PS engine to provide 2.5 kW of power.
  • Plasma cutter

    The Plasma-Hydron B1.4 is a mobile, hand-held tool suitable for cutting metal, aluminium and a wide range of non-conductive materials including plastics, ceramics glass and glass fibre. The tool uses advanced plasma technology and requires only a 230 V AC 50/60Hertz power supply and water. It operates by creating a plasma core and feeding this through a cutting nozzle at a temperature of about 8,000 deg C.
  • Plate compactors

    BOMAG has launched new plate compactors, creating a 12 machine range.
  • Politicians keep your noses out

    Letters
  • 'Pool' call gets cool reply

    Railtrack asks West Coast Main Line contractors to transfer staff around jobs to beat skills shortage
  • Poor payment record puts the construction industry to shame

    ONLY manufacturing has a worse payment record than construction, according to the latest league of bad payers published by the Federation of Small Businesses.
  • POUR BOYS

    Two workers from Leeds-based subbie B&K Systems pour Isocrete Gyvlon floor screed for a £151 million Private Finance Initiative hospital project in Norwich. Laing is building the Norwich & Norfolk Hospital and its workers are laying 26,000 sq m of 40 mm Isocrete Gyvlon on the ground floors of all of the buildings at the site in Colney. Isocrete Gyvlon floor screed has also been specified on three other major PFI hospital projects - in Amersham, High Wycombe and Woolwich, south-east Londo
  • Power adds JCB

    POWER Plant Hire has bought its eighth JCB machine in 18 months. The hirer, which has depots in Halesowen, Bolton, Hereford and Pontypool, has spent £1.7 milion with dealer Watling JCB over that period.
  • PPP masterplan is given fresh impetus

    PARTNERSHIPS UK or 'PUK', as it is known in civil servant circles, is finally open for business.
  • Precast battle for hearts and m inds

    HOUSE BUYERS, contractors and clients must be convinced of the merits of precast concrete if the material is to gain market share in low-rise housing.
  • Prescott approves £600m Great Park

    A BEAZER-Bryant consortium will start work on one of northeast England's biggest building projects later this year.
  • Prescott turns up heat on industry

    DURING last week's launch of the government's 10-year strategy to improve health and safety in the workplace, the name of one industry cropped up time and again, writes David Rogers.
  • PRIME MOVER

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott casts his eye over work to convert the disused Stella B power station and Anglo Great Lakes graphite plant on Tyneside into a riverside industry park. Earth moving specialist Webfell has begun a £10 million contract at the 93 ha site at Newburn, which is being regenerated by a joint partnership involving Taylor Woodrow, Webfell and development agency One NorthEast.
  • Private buyers move in on house builders

    Moves afoot to take quoted house builders with low share prices into private hands
  • Procurement move

    FROM today (Thursday) government departments will have to limit their procurement methods for new build work to design and build, prime contracting or the Private Finance Initiative.
  • Profits slide

    NORTH Midland Construction, the Nottinghamshirebased contractor, has reported a slide in pre-tax profits to £252,000 for the year ending December, down from £1.33 million in the previous year.
  • Profits warning

    CNH has warned that due to poor market conditions in North and South America it will be 'moderately unprofitable' for the year to December 31, 2000. CNH said high interest rates and low construction activity in North America meant production on some of its construction equipment lines would be reduced.
  • Project details

    Phase One value: £45 million.
  • PUK eyes state sites

    Partnerships UK kicks off by trawling National Assets Register and offering advice on blue-chip jobs
  • Pukka tucker

    IF INVITED, City bankers would probably pass up the chance to dine at the Woolgate Exchange construction site at Coleman Street in London's Square Mile, assuming, no doubt, it would involve a grubby canteen serving unhealthy food.
  • PVC green code

    EUROPEAN PVC producers have produced a voluntary code for sustainable development. Four leading industry associations say the charter commits them to sustainable use of materials during manufacture and waste control over the next 10 years.
  • Quality Mark: 'No flop'

    Head of government's anti-cowboy scheme dismisses criticisms despite signing up only one builder
  • Quality pilot hits a spot of turbulence

    WHATEVER way you look at it, the government's anti-cowboy initiative is running into trouble. The trials being planned for Birmingham and Somerset have, so far, failed to attract the numbers first envisaged.
  • Quarry products a drag on Hanson

    TRADING conditions at Hanson's European quarry products business were disappointing in the first half, the firm said last week.
  • Race circuit OK

    SEVENOAKS District Council in Kent has given a conditional thumbs-up to a £20 million plan by Brands Hatch Leisure Group to upgrade the motor racing circuit. A start on site must begin this autumn to host the British Grand Prix there in 2002. But the final decision on the scheme rests with environment secretary John Prescott.
  • Rail death trial

    THE TRIAL of two men charged with the unlawful killing of Jarvis rail worker Peter White will begin on June 26 at Liverpool Crown Court. Gerard Russell, 46, and Philip Goulding, 42, also Jarvis employees, have both pleaded not guilty.
  • Rail views sought

    MPS WANT contractors to blow the whistle on what they think of Railtrack's performance in maintaining and renewing the country's rail network. The all-party House of Commons transport subcommittee, chaired by Labour MP Gwyneth Dunwoody, wants to hear opinions by June 16.
  • Rail, phones and PFI set to prove fruitful for Eve

    INITIAL indications of trading at Eve Group are showing very positive signs for the future, David Jackson, chairman of the support services group, said last week.
  • Rapid growth

    TOOL hirer Rapid Hire has relocated its Merseyside depot to a building two-and-ahalf times bigger than its current depot. The Knowsley sale and hire centre will stock 8,000 items for hire and a trade sales counter. The company has opened nine depots in the past year.
  • Reach higher

    POWERED access manufacturer PinguelyHaulotte has launched a new range of electric scissor lifts for industrial use, with platform heights up to 6.3m.
  • Read all about it

    THE CONCRETE Bookshop, a shop providing information for the concrete industry, has been launched by the British Cement Association and the Concrete Society. The bookshop offers a single source for more 360 titles from both organisations. For a copy of the bookshop's new catalogue, call 01344 725704.
  • Regalian rockets

    REGALIAN, the Londonbased housing developer, has reported a leap in pre-tax profits to £6.9 million for the year ending March, up from £1.9 million last time.
  • Rejig at Midas

    MIDAS Group has split its organisation into five separate divisions. The Devon-based group now operates under the construction, property services, environmental, developments and restoration banners.
  • Remove the stain of poor facilities

    Growing pressure for better work conditions means contractors can no longer get away with substandard site facilities. Over the next five pages Construction News examines how the industry is changing to meet this trend. First, Robert Nurden reports on how
  • Repairs led to Strood tunnel fall

    TUNNEL strengthening work is to blame for last month's chalk fall in Railtrack's Strood tunnel in Kent, according to a report into the incident by consultant Scott Wilson.
  • Report on tragedy

    THE HEALTH and Safety Executive is understood to be close to releasing initial findings from its investigation into the Canary Wharf tower crane collapse on May 21, in which three men died.
  • Research cash

    THE BUILDING Services Research and Information Association has won more than £1 million of funding from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to carry out nine research projects under the 2000 Partners in Innovation Programme.
  • RESTORING FAITH

    Walter Lilly is due to complete its £5.8 million restoration contract at Southwark Cathedral in October. The 1,000-year-old London cathedral is being cleaned and extended with the construction of a new east wing.
  • Retail leaves Pearce seeing red

    PEARCE Group, the construction division of Crest Nicholson, swung into the red in the first half with an operating loss of £100,000 in the six months ending April compared with a profit of £400,000 last time.
  • Retail refurb

    STYLES & Wood has picked up a £6 million retail refurbishment job in Liverpool city centre for Littlewoods.
  • Retaining Walls Timber system

    Timbalok is a new timber crib retaining wall system comprising a series of interlocking timber components which can be built up and backfilled with a suitable material to provide a low-cost long-lasting wall. Timbalok is made from stress-graded European timber and is guaranteed for 30 years, according to the manufacturer, Ruthin Precast Concrete.
  • Riddell client hunt

    RIDDELL Project Management, of Fife, is looking to expand its client base throughout the UK. The firm has continued to grow and last year managed projects worth more than £13 million, including a new hotel at Grangemouth and offices at Dounreay for atomic energy authority UKAEA. The firm is moving to new premises and has started a staff training programme.
  • RMD/Kwikform merge

    FORMWORK and scaffolding firms RMD and Kwikform are to merge to form a single worldwide business, RMD Kwikform.
  • Road bills unearthed

    Contractors may face hefty bills for archaeological work in line with new Highways Agency guidelines
  • Roads cash plea

    CONSTRUCTION Products Association president Roy Harrison has written to Chancellor Gordon Brown demanding more money be spent on the country's road network. The letter is part of the CPA's submission to the government's comprehensive spending review.
  • Roadworks ahead

    TENDERS are expected to go out at the end of this month for a £25 million road construction and maintenance job on the A500 in Staffordshire for the Highways Agency.
  • Roofing

    Ventilation units
  • Roofing Ballast membrane

    Stevens Roofing Systems has developed a new grade of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membrane for ballasted roofs. The new Stevens EP-B membrane combines the qualities of the firm's EP brand TPO with the characteristics and low price of a ballasted singleply membrane. The membrane is available in 1.94 m widths or in panels of 5.7 m and all material is rolled into 30.5 m lengths.
  • ROVING EYE

    The Trans-Cam II colour mobile CCTV system from Vision Techniques is designed for use in mining, quarrying, site and other offroad applications.
  • Royal Hotel award

    LOCAL firm Stradform has a £2.5 million enabling works deal from Bass Leisure Retail on the Royal Hotel refurb project in Cardiff.
  • Ruddy on the tiles

    RUDDY has a £2.5 million bathroom fit-out job on a hotel at Buckingham Gate in central London for the St James Court Hotel.
  • Russell hope

    QUARRYING group Alexander Russell said 2000 had started well, despite bad weather in England and a shut-down in the US. Chairman Donald Sutherland said consolidation in the industry would produce opportunities to acquire quarries in Scotland.
  • Safety fines

    JARVIS and groundwork contractor Walters UK have been fined a total of £17,619 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety regulations. The fine follows an incident last June when a subcontractor working for Walters, Jeffery Davies, suffered serious internal injuries after being thrown from a road roller while carrying out work at the Gwent Wetlands Wildlife Park in Wales.
  • Safety force

    HIRER Vibroplant has relaunched its safety services arm to offer expanded equipment ranges as well as sales of the equipment. The Safeforce division offers gas detectors, fall protection equipment, breathing apparatus and has added personal protective equipment, CCTV kit for remote pipeline inspections and surveying equipment.
  • Safety spectacle

    Protector has launched a new type of safety spectacle called the Explorer. It is moulded in one piece while maintaining 'perfect' optical performance, says the manufacturer. Costing only £2 per pair, the Explorer is being marketed as 'semi-disposable' and is ideal for site use by visitors, according to Protector.
  • Safety standard-bearer

    A course has been developed in the Midlands to provide a range of construction industry professionals with greater overall understanding of safety and environmental management. Jon Masters reports
  • Safety targets

    TARGETS to cut work-related deaths and accidents were due to be revealed by deputy Prime Minister John Prescott yesterday. The targets are part of a strategy set out in the government's Revitalising Health and Safety document.
  • Sales up 6.6pc

    BUILDERS' merchants' sales showed growth of 6.6 per cent over the three months to March, compared with the same period in 1999. The Builders' Merchants Federation says some areas saw growth of 12 per cent, with London and the South-East, the West Midlands and East Anglia the strongest. Worst were Scotland and the North, where sales rose only 2 per cent. BMF expects 6 per cent national growth over the year.
  • Scheme milestone

    THE Construction Best Practice Programme has received its 2,000th visitor - R G Cater managing director Tom Atkins who checked on Morrison's £7.3 million Prospect Tower project in the City of London.
  • Schools PFI date

    CONTRACTORS must prequalify by July 3 for a £62 million Private Finance Initiative concession to build and operate four primary and three secondary schools in Lincolnshire for the county council.
  • Scotland-bound

    LIEBHERR has sold eight excavators from its compact range to Scottish hirer Pennant Plant.
  • Scottish initiative

    SCOTTISH Heritage minister Rhona Brankin has launched the Scottish Stone Liaison Group. The partnership of relevant bodies aims to ensure suitable skills, materials and technologies are available to safeguard Scotland's architectural heritage.
  • Screen debut

    SCREENING specialist Finlay has launched two new machines - a trommel for recycling use and a large tracked screen.
  • Screening bucket

    CONSETT-BASED Anross has introduced the Segregator Bucket, which uses the excavator breaker circuit for screening material in wet and dry conditions.
  • Sealants Abrasion-resistant

    Fosroc has launched Nitoseal MS 300, a one-part damp-tolerant flooring sealant. MS 300 has been designed specifically for sealing saw-cut joints and perimeter joints in internal floors where abrasion resistance is a key requirement.
  • Secret to the big sell: Education, education, education

    THE REINFORCED Concrete Council believes that in order to promote the use of the material, it needs to get in early and educate people in how to use it.
  • SED and done before

    A LITERALLY flying visit to SED last week (yes, that was me in the helicopter) halfconvinced me to make it my last. I say I was only halfconvinced because, if someone pays me to go, I'll bloody go.
  • Services

    Flue inspection
  • SGB and O'Rourke sign 10-year partnering deal

    FORMWORK and scaffolding supplier SGB has signed a 10-year partnering agreement with concrete building frame contractor O'Rourke.
  • SGB screen test

    SGB HIRE Plus has won a £50,000 hire contract to provide its Boss aluminium access towers for a mixed development at Gun Wharf Quays, Portsmouth. The towers were specified because it was felt they had the speed of use and versatility to meet the short timescale on the job to partition a 14-screen cinema complex.
  • SGB share sell-off

    MOWLEM shareholders accepted a £50 million offer for the firm's stake in SGB from hostile bidder Harsco at an extraordinary general meeting last week. Mowlem is the largest shareholder at SGB but directors of the scaffolding group are fighting Harsco's bid, which they say undervalues the firm.
  • SHAKEN UP

    A team of engineers from Ove Arup is looking into excessive movement on the Millennium Bridge after it was closed to the public for the rest of the month after just three days on Monday. The team has already installed mass dampers at the southern end of the bridge to act as shock absorbers and is examining the southern span where it believed any problems lie.
  • Shares out of synch with trading

    THE CURRENT crop of agm statements from the major quoted groups suggests the industry has made a good start to the year and the trading outlook for the major contractors remains positive. Yet share prices in the sector remain depressed.
  • Shepherd's wares

    SHEPHERD has a £12 million non-food retail warehouse project at Doncaster for Ikea.
  • Show of support

    TILBURY Douglas is reclassifying as a support services company on the London stock market from June 19. The move from the construction and building sector follows services companies, including Amey and Jarvis.
  • Sibbald training

    SCOTTISH construction training company Sibbald has created a confined space training facility next to the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The site includes a 27 cu m chamber and a 25 m-long tunnel.
  • Site safety - only occasionally

    Letters
  • Skills register must strike r ight balance

    ONE OF THE great merits of registering the competence of workers is that it helps to remove some of the uncertainties in construction. But registration will only do this if it means something.
  • Smell of success

    'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' So true isn't it?
  • Software

    Heating design
  • South-West force

    TWO LEADING contractors in the South-West have merged. J & E Regan and Treven Teg Decor have joined forces and will now employ more than 100 people under the Regan name.
  • Sparks' roll-call

    A FULL list of members of the Electrical Contractors' Association is now available on CD-Rom and in print. The free register can be obtained by calling 020 7313 4800.
  • Specialist contract

    Allmass
  • Specialist contracts

    British Geotechnical
  • Specialist contracts

    Carson Piling Contract
  • Specialist contracts

    Alliance Piling
  • Specialist contracts

    ARL Demolition
  • Sporting chance

    JAMES Longley has secured a £7 million contract to revamp Westway Sports Centre in west London for North Kensington Amenity Trust.
  • Sporty Riddell

    RIDDELL has been appointed project manager on a £5 million scheme to build a sports village and football academy in Edinburgh for Heriot Watt University and Heart of Midlothian FC.
  • Spotlight on paint

    BRE IS to carry out a major study to develop new paints and coatings.
  • St George nod

    DEVELOPER St George has the government go-ahead to redevelop a 16-storey office block in Putney, south London, into 67 flats, restaurants and offices.
  • Stadium contractor in shootout against clock

    Kit supplied by Finning is helping save penalties at the demolition of a stand at Villa Park. Andrew Gaved reports
  • Staffs woos groups for lighting job

    STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is to invite four consortia to pitch for a £135 million privately financed street lighting deal.
  • STAR QUALITY

    The lights go on at StarCity, a new £90 million leisure complex in Birmingham as Crown House technician Darren O'Leary completes final checks on the battery of 2,000 lights and illuminations.
  • Station rebuild

    LONDON Underground has unveiled its plans for a £72 million revamp of Wembley Park station. It follows Brent Council's goahead for the £475 million new Wembley Stadium. The 100-year-old station will be reconstructed in phases so that it can remain open. Work will start on site next spring.
  • Steel balustrading

    Neaco has launched the Spectrum range of stainless steel balustrading. Based on the versatile modular design of Neaco's aluminium systems, Spectrum stainless steel balustrading offers an adaptable architectural solution for staircases, corridors and walkways, says Neaco. It is suitable for use both indoors and outside.
  • Stiff task to stop bridge 'wobbling'

    THE £18 million Millennium Bridge in London will have to be made four times more rigid before it can be reopened to the public.
  • Stoke opening

    THYSSEN has opened an office in Stoke as part of its regional expansion plans following a number of civil engineering contract awards in the area.
  • Strange but true: Barcelona, Spain

    Somerset builder Acker Bowditch suddenly lost his appetite when he looked at the menu displayed in a restaurant window in the city where he was taking a short holiday. The dishes of the day included Stuffed Apprentice, Thing of Spiked Athenian, Bespattering of Bird and Forced Meatballs. On the dessert menu was Chef 's Pyjamas. What these delicacies turned out to be, Acker never found out. He just took to his heels.
  • Strange but true: Berlin, Germany

    Scaffolder Karl Schmidt didn't realise he had shot himself in the head with a nail gun until he went to the site canteen and found he couldn't take his hat off.
  • Strange but true: Miami, US

    Contractors were pressure-washing the outside walls of the Bradenton church when they saw lines appearing. They turned up the pressure and tried to wash the marks away until they saw what it was - the face of Jesus. True to form, he appeared bearded, long-haired and surrounded by a halo. Ganger Gene Miner said: 'We were powerwashing like crazy but the image didn't budge.' It seems the miracle only happens when the wall is wet. The image disappears when the wall dries out but rematerialises wh
  • Structural steel price increase

    Contractors warn hikes of 4 per cent could be on way. Steel producer Corus to roll out third price rise in 10 months
  • Subbie wins in payments row

    A KENT-based subbie which called in an adjudicator to settle a wrangle with Carillion over an unpaid bill has won its battle.
  • Summer

    The latest figures from cost consultant EC Harris show a continued gentle rise in contractors' input costs, the modest increases attributable to a slowdown in the rise of labour costs.
  • Summer roadshow

    FEIN Industrial Power Tools is launching a roadshow to demonstrate its pipe milling machines, taking a purposebuilt demonstration van around the UK this month.
  • Supply chain boss

    LES MOSCO has been appointed to the newly created position of director of Railtrack's supply chain.
  • Support is the key to success

    SIR NEVILLE Simms blames lack of awareness for the failure of the New Deal initiative in the construction industry. But companies that have tried to get involved say lack of awareness within the government's own Employment Service is as much to blame.
  • Surveyors team up

    CHARTERED surveyors Peter Day and Jonathan Youens have joined forces to form Day Montague Youens based in Chislehurt, Kent. Both men are former chairmen of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Kent branch.
  • Surveys trial

    THE HIGHWAYS Agency has launched a two-year trial looking at the use of aerial surveys to assess the safety of earthworks foundations alongside England's trunk roads and motorways.
  • Swift rescue fails over £20m debts

    Remaining staff made redundant as consortium turns back on troubled firm
  • TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF

    Crane hirer Baldwins has performed its heaviest lift yet, moving a 950tonne vacuum column for the Sincor refinery in Jose, Venezuela. The 14.5 m diameter, 65 m high column was tandem lifted by the 1,200-tonne capacity Gottwald AK912 and Liebherr LR1800 cranes. Baldwins used an electronic inclinometer to ensure the load level was balanced to within 1.5 degrees, thus sharing the weight equally.
  • Talk gets lighter o on the pocket

    A new generation of lightweight walkie-talkies promises to replace the bulky site radio we have become used to. We sent David Stokes to see how they perform in the field
  • Tamper rollout

    ATLAS COPCO has launched a new tie tamper for rail maintenance use, based on its Cobra breaker range. The Cobra TT is motor driven and features an increased stroke frequency over its conventional stablemate to work the ballast into place, combined with tuned-down power to help reduce the problem of pulverising the material. According to Atlas Copco, although customdesigned for tamping, the TT can also be used for conventional breaking, digging or driving ground rods along the tracks.
  • TANKED UP

    This storm attenuation tank is about to be floated across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Bute where it will be installed as part of the Rothesay Sewerage Scheme.
  • Tarmac cull at head office

    Aggregates firm axes 200 central administrative staff and restructures operations across four regions
  • Tarmac sues Pilkington

    THE ROW over the glass at the Waterloo International Terminal took a new twist this week as it emerged that Tarmac is suing glass manufacturer Pilkington.
  • Taywood FM deal

    TAYLOR Woodrow has a three-year facilities management deal with motor group Lex Service to manage 450 of its UK properties.
  • Taywood: 100 jobs reprieved

    ONE HUNDRED Taylor Woodrow workers are being spared the axe as the first round of a major redundancy drive swings into action this month.
  • Teamwork order of day for homes plan

    AQUARTET of contractors have teamed up with housing associations to price a flagship housing regeneration scheme at Sandwell, West Midlands.
  • TEARING DOWN THE WING

    Aston Villa FC's Trinity Road stand is being demolished by Stechford contractor Coleman & Co and rebuilt by main contractor Christiani & Nielsen in time for the new football season in August. The £12 million, 12-week contract features a liquidated damages clause, which could cost C&N £120,000 a match if any seats in the stand are unavailable.
  • Terex claims an online first for new equipment

    DIVERSIFIED manufacturer Terex is developing an Internet site for the plant industry, which will include sales of new construction equipment.
  • Terex to sell CTs

    TEREX has struck a licensing agreement with Compact Truck to manufacture and sell the German company's CT line ofcompact all-terrain cranes from 2001. The two-, threeand four-axle cranes range in lifting capacity from 40-110 tonnes. 'The CT designs put us on the leading edge of new technology, ' said Terex lifting president Fil Filipov.
  • Tests get go ahead

    A SCHEME to compare the thermal efficiencies of masonry with those of timber has been given the green light by Southampton City Council.
  • Thameslink prequalifiers

    RAILTRACK has announced a short list of four pre-qualified contractors for the penultimate Thameslink 2000 contract.
  • Thameslink probe

    THE PLANNING inquiry into Railtrack's £800 million Thameslink upgrade began this week. The inquiry, held by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is expected to last until the end of the year and will focus on plans for central London, including proposals to build a £65 million viaduct at Borough.
  • The £3.5 billion carrot

    NEW DEAL was launched in April 1998 as a government initiative to get the long-term unemployed back to work. The government has committed £3.5 billion of subsidy to companies willing to give the young and the long-term unemployed work experience.
  • The Contaminated Land

    WITH all the attention currently being given to 'sustainable' construction, and with the government clearly indicating its desire for our society to make efficient use of 'brownfield' sites, the redevelopment of contaminated land is a hot topic.
  • The curse of the Dome

    WHAT on earth is the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions up to - or to be precise - not up to?
  • The EC Harris/Construction News Contractors' Input Cost Index

    CONTRACTORS' costs continue to increase at a relatively modest rate with a rise of 5.2 per cent nationally over the past year, according to the EC Harris/ Construction News Contractors' Input Cost Index.
  • The Mitie seven

    MITIE Powered Access has opened its seventh branch, at Haydock, to serve the northwest of England. The branch will have a fleet of 100 machines with working heights from 6 m to 27 m.
  • The new team

    INCOMING chief executive Andrew Pearson has moved swiftly to review Christiani & Nielsen's UK operations.
  • The price of variations

    The Appeal Court has overturned a decision made by the Technology and Construction Court in a case that has implications for ICE contracts. Guy Cottam reports
  • The proof is in the pudding

    Jack Alford: 'The food is the best I have ever eaten on any site and it's a pleasure to eat here.'
  • The right steps for survival

    Letters
  • The role of the expert witness

    Expert witnesses live in a changing world. Singled out for special treatment in last year's overhaul of the civil justice system, they are now subject to considerable scrutiny by the courts.
  • The slab team

    FEW SITES can boast a project manager and engineer who started life as a labourer. 'I was working for a computer firm 12 years ago which then went bust, and a friend who I drink with offered me some labouring work with O'Rourke to tide me over.
  • THE WINNER BY A NOSE

    The Southwark Land Regeneration consortium has won the £600 million contract for the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle in south London.
  • There can be no slip-ups in this heavyweight operation

    Work on the East Coast Main Line's first bridge designed to cope with the next generation of high speed trains is right on track. Claire Symes reports
  • THIN IS IN

    Diamond tools specialist Tyrolit has launched what it claims to be the first super-thin diamond cut-off wheel. The Secur Extra Fastcut blades have been developed using high-density sintering technology to achieve a segment width of 1.2 mm, as opposed to the conventional 2.2 mm width. Tyrolit claims this enables the blade to cut at twice the speed of conventional blades, and creates less dust with a straight-edged finish.
  • Three M&E specialists join forces

    THREE medium-sized mechanical and electrical specialists are merging to create a new company.
  • Three study college move

    ERNEST Ireland, Kier subsidiary Moss and Feltham Construction are pricing a £15 million contract to move two parts of a college in Cheltenham.
  • Tilbury considers pulling out of MCG

    TILBURY Douglas looks set to be the next big name contractor to follow Amey and Jarvis out of the Major Contractors Group (MCG).
  • Tilbury schools

    TILBURY Douglas has reached financial close on a £240 million Private Finance Initiative concession to build and operate four secondary and two primary schools in Sheffield for the city council.
  • Tilbury scoops HQ

    TILBURY Douglas has won a £12 million contract from Procter & Gamble to build a new headquarters at Cobalt Business Park, Tyneside.
  • Timber choice

    THE NORTH British Housing Association has adopted a policy of installing timber windows exclusively. The association is the largest single social housing provider outside of the UK's major city councils.
  • Timber custody

    BM TRADA's timbercertification system has beenaccredited by the ForestStewardship Council. TheTRADA-Trak 'chain ofcustody' scheme allowstimber to be traced from forestto finished product.
  • Timber no match for masonry

    Letters
  • Tolls payday nearer

    Start of work on the Birmingham Northern Relief Road means the end is in sight to one of the longest-running sagas in UK road building history. But where does it leave the future for toll roads? Nick Barrett reports
  • Top builders fume as Serplan digs in

    HOUSE builders have slammed a decision by local authorities to reject government proposals to build 43,000 homes a year in the South-East.
  • Top security at 'fortress' fit-out

    Cloak of secrecy surrounds Fleet Street office refit Workforce set to increase to 1,000 by next week
  • TOP SUPPORT

    Contractor John Mowlem is using A-Plant's new heavy duty support system to strengthen the M62 Kirklees Viaduct in West Yorkshire for the Highways Agency. The system is assembled at ground level and raised incrementally using hydraulic jacks. Work involved replacing bearings on each of the viaduct's 30 concrete columns, which are up to 21 m high.
  • Toro attachment

    TORO has added new backhoe and breaker attachments to its compact skidsteer.
  • Touch and go on-screen test

    CONSTRUCTION operatives can renew the health and safety parts of their skills cards on touchsensitive computer screens at driving test centres.
  • Tower deadline

    PORTSMOUTH City Council has extended the tender deadline for a second time on its £17.5 million Millennium Tower project. Amec, Mowlem and Sir Robert McAlpine now have until tomorrow to return bids.
  • TRADA guide

    A NEW guidance leaflet on timber structural design has been published by TRADA.
  • Traffic news

    TELEMATICS company Trafficmaster has launched a fleet management product called Fleetstar, which combines a global positioning system and mobile phone data technology to provide vehicle location information, along with its optional Oracle traffic information product. Each car is fitted with an electronic module which communicates with PC-based software installed in the client's office.
  • Training on the net

    The Internet is becoming a key training tool for construction, with ever more firms and individuals logging on to reap the benefits that this flexible approach to learning offers. Mike Walter reports
  • Transco appoints

    DEWSBURY Civil Engineering has landed a £50 million, five-year contract for mains replacement, service laying and repairs, and maintenance on low- and medium-pressure pipelines in Transco's northern region.
  • Transco vows to speed contractor payments

    TRANSCO is promising 'on account payments' to contractors within 10 days of starting a job in an effort to improve relations.
  • Travel habits study

    CONSULTANT Thorborn Colquhoun has been appointed by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to study the ways people travel in towns and in the country.
  • Travis diesel fine

    BUILDERS' merchant Travis Perkins has been fined £5,000 by East Lancashire magistrates for causing diesel oil to enter a brook in Oswaldtwistle. It was also ordered to pay £840 costs to the Environment Agency, which brought the prosecution.
  • Treasury faces £2m Kazakstan headache

    Export Credits Guarantee Department set for hospital bill as contractor crashes
  • Trust picks French

    FRENCH Kier Anglia has clinched a £10 million deal to design and construct a 2,000 sq m ward block for Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Tube bidders face delay

    LONDON Underground is delaying narrowing the short list of bidders for the two deepline packages on its £7 billion Public Private Partnership scheme.
  • Tunnel collapse costs soar

    Railtrack warns that £4m bill for stabilisation work could double in wake of ground failures at Strood
  • TUNNEL VISION

    Birse Rail pulled out all the stops on its £1.4 million contract to repair the 1860s-built Manton Tunnel in Rutland, part of the firm's structures framework contract with Railtrack Midlands Zone. The deal, to rectify track heave and spalling brickwork, was completed in six weeks. The repairs were carried out using reinforced concrete sections and a sprayed concrete system.
  • Turner in charge

    TURNER & Townsend is project manager on a £2 million science block project at Sandiacre in Nottingham for Friesland School. Main contractor is Mowlem.
  • TV sets a bad example

    Letters
  • Two eye £11m job

    HENRY Boot and Chesterbased Varla have started work on a £11 million job to reclad St Mary's Hospital in Newport, Isle of Wight. Its stainless steel cladding started rusting in 1994 - just three years after being completed.
  • Tyne and tide

    THERE is a long and fascinating history of the bridges that have spanned the River Tyne.
  • Ucatt's levy up

    UCATT reported a rise in levy income of £245,000 last year, according to its latest filed accounts for the year to December 31, 1999. The union also enjoyed a surplus of £867,000 following a 10 per cent rise in membership.
  • UK firms cited in bribes trial

    BRITISH construction companies are among more than a dozen firms facing bribery allegations in a court case centring on one of the world's biggest water projects.
  • UK's world reputation is at risk

    Letters
  • Underwater pump

    SELWOOD has unveiled a six-inch hydraulic submersible pump, featuring a 35 hp power pack. The aluminium Hydrosub MT provides flows up to 445 cu m an hour and heads of up to 25 m.
  • United front bids to save steel plant jobs

    Councils and steelworkers' union in plea to Corus as it prepares to axe 168 staff
  • UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE

    Tilbury-based SLS Systems employee Mark Maydell works to install and check a windowcleaning gantry over an atrium on the roof of Totty Construction's £16 million Coventry University library job. The 'green' building will make full use of natural light and ventilation - towers on the roof house air-intakes and are interspersed with light-well structures. The library will offer 1,200 study spaces.
  • UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE

    Crown House project manager Peter Spencer checks plans for the firm's contract to install mechanical and electrical services at Cambridge University's chemistry laboratories. The contractor has more than £4 million-worth of contracts from main contractor Amec to fit new services, including ventilation systems, fume extractor hoods and work benches in the teaching and research laboratories in Lensfield Road. Work is due to finish at the end of October.
  • Unlucky-in-work brickie hit by further woe

    LUCKLESS Leonard Roscoe is still suffering at the hands of subbies - at the age of 64.
  • Upat Plus

    READING tool manufacturer Upat has introduced a range of new power tools. The Upat Plus range comprises a cordless hammer drill, a heavy duty power drill, a cordless screwdriver and a power drill/chisel hammer.
  • UPHILL TASK

    Powered access specialist Upright is offering its SL26 and SL30 10 m and 11 m rough-terrain scissor lifts with Speed Level automatic self-levelling as standard. The feature uses a two-directional gimbal and hydraulic cylinders to level on inclines up to 13 deg. Speed Level is claimed to allow use on inclines up to four times steeper than with other platforms.
  • UPLIFTING MOMENTS

    Forticrete Roofing Products' technical department has launched a new service, providing site-specific wind uplift specifications for each of its tile and slate products, based on the complex calculations needed to ensure the prevention of wind uplift. The new service uses computer software to cross-refer site, topographical, building design and roof detailing information with specific tile or slate data and external pressure coefficients.
  • US steel wheels

    TYRE distributor Southam Tyres has launched a new series of US-built steel wheels for off-road vehicles. The Unique Wheel range offers models for most 4x4s, including black steel, and with a load rating of 1 tonne a wheel are claimed to be stronger than comparable wheels from Asia
  • Value drive at Wates lifts profits past £7m

    Contractor's mission to develop client relationships pays off as turnover rockets
  • Ventilation

    Plate fans
  • Ventilation Low-noise AC unit

    Panasonic Air Conditioning has produces a range of 'installerfriendly' and space-saving cassette split air conditioning units featuring very low outdoor unit noise levels. The new system has a new design of noise-suppressing fan with a curved blade shape. This achieves noise reductions or up to 20 per cent, says Panasonic.
  • VHE tumbles

    LAND remediation specialist VHE suffered a pre-tax loss of £7.82 million for the year to March compared with a profit of £135,000 in 1999. Group turnover also fell to £45.7 million from £59.4 million.
  • Ward management seek buyout

    THE MANAGEMENT of stock market quoted Kent-based house builder and hirer Ward has launched a bid to take the firm private.
  • Warm welcome

    NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME events heating and airconditioning specialist J Verhoeven has joined forces with Finning's power hire division, Cat Rental Power, to offer a full construction package to UK companies.
  • Waterproofing

    Roof protection
  • Watson lands Chicago giant

    WATSON Steel has won its largest ever contract for work in the US.
  • Way is paved for asbestos register

    Health and safety chiefs draw up plan to force owners to record the presence of asbestos in workplaces
  • Weaver swoops

    WEAVER Construction has clinched a £2.5 million deal to refurbish accommodation at RAF College Cranwell, near Lincoln, for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Welsh water deal

    GALLIFORD has landed a £90 million deal to carry out water and sewerage infrastructure work in North Wales over a five-year period for Hyder.
  • Wembley approval

    BRENT Council is due to grant planning approval for the £475 million redevelopment of Wembley Stadium today (Thursday).
  • Wharf tragedy site is cleared after fortnight

    Safety inspectors say they are 'baffled' over crane collapse
  • What's the score?

    THE MOVEMENT for Innovation has launched a site conditions scorecard which allows workers to rate site conditions on a standard form.
  • Why academia is construction's ally

    It is often said education is not keeping up with industry innovations. Here we give leading universities a chance to answer back. Compiled by Claire Symes
  • Why Atkins can do little wrong

    THE PRESSURE on margins at WS Atkins's core property division caused by rising PFI tendering costs seems to have done nothing to dent the stock market's enthusiaism for the support services group.
  • Why the pressure is on for precast piles

    Our cover story this week reveals that piling specialist Roger Bullivant is facing a series of claims arising from misuse of its precast pile. Diarmaid Fleming looks at the issues
  • Wickes support

    THE MANAGEMENT at Wickes, the DIY group defending a hostile bid from FDIA, has won the support of institutional shareholder Royal and Sun Alliance, which has rejected FDIA's 430p-a-share offer.
  • Window experts write guide to 'glass cancer'

    EXPERTS from the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) are preparing a guide to preventing 'glass cancer' in toughened glazing.
  • Wrek in alliance talks

    WREKIN Construction is in talks with Australian rail specialist MVM Rail to form an alliance to bid for UK track-laying contracts.
  • WSP air corps

    ENGINEERING consultant WSP is setting up an aviation division to bid for the £14 billion worth of airport building work up for grabs in Europe. The new outfit will be launched officially in the autumn to developers, airport operators and contractors.
  • YJL eyes specialists in bid for expansion

    Sharp upturn in profits fuels group's strategy to grow in niche contracting sectors
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