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Exclusive: Projects at early stages of development could add £60bn to the value of the government’s £119bn construction pipeline, according to research by data service Glenigan.
The Education Funding Agency has chosen an Interserve Kajima joint venture as selected bidder to deliver the Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading batch of priority schools, worth up to £150m.
The University of Cambridge has chosen Skanska as preferred contractor for the infrastructure work on the first phase of its £1bn North West Cambridge development.
Student accommodation developer Unite has announced plans to raise £100m through a share issue partly to fund new projects.
Kier has maintained its operating margins as the acquisition of May Gurney boosted its turnover and profit levels in the six months to December 2013.
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Construction output’s growth in 2013 is a step in the right direction, but the industry’s largest sectors are shrinking in share and output is still some way off peaks we have seen both pre-recession and during the downturn.
Bam Construction chose timber to hit BREEAM Excellent on an accommodation complex for students and doctors where the twin demands of healthcare and education meant time was of the essence.
Councillors are hoping Essex’s new college campus will help kick-start the regeneration of a town centre.
Without the use of offsite manufacturing, NG Bailey would not have been able to complete its project at Manchester Metropolitan University within the programme.
F&S Pipework was renamed Fascel last month – the first name change for the company since it was founded 25 years ago. MD Andy Carr explains the process of rebranding a well-established business.
The latest construction output forecast from Experian points to a stronger growth next year than previously expected, while it is hoped the Priority School Building Programme will revitalise the education sector.
Managing director Simon Morgan believes the industry has been permanently changed by the downturn – but also thinks useful lessons can be learned from it for all construction companies.
London refurbishment contractor ME Construction was founded in 2007 by two ex-employees of Bovis Lend Lease. The firm has grown rapidly since then by being strict on the kinds of projects it works on and the quality of staff it employs.
After two years of austerity cuts focusing primarily on capital investment, it is no surprise that education construction is almost a third lower than three years ago.
The Gloucester-based builder believes a return to pre-recession revenue is within sight. MD Simon Carey explains how it’s all down to exploring new markets, exploiting IT innovations and valuing reputation above all.
The latest progress report by the Cabinet Office on central government’s spend with SMEs does not reflect the reality of direct SME spend with smaller builders by the wider public sector - that is local authorities, housing associations, schools and NHS Trusts.
Contractor Longcross changed the structural design of student accommodation blocks in Oxford but managed to remain on programme and increase the sustainability of the project. Katie Barker finds out more.
Outwardly, one has to be pleased that the schools budget has been protected in this year’s spending review.
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Managing supply chain risks and inflation will be “by far the biggest challenges” for Galliford Try over the next four years, with construction margins expected to remain below 2 per cent until 2018, its construction chief executive has said.
Student accommodation developer Unite has acquired a site in Edinburgh for a £38m residential scheme.
The Education Funding Agency has started the search for a contractor to deliver the Yorkshire batch of privately financed priority schools worth up to £120m.
The Education Funding Agency’s survey of the condition of school buildings in England is running £6m over budget, the National Audit Office has found.
The Education Funding Agency has shortlisted four contractors to compete for two batches of capitally funded priority schools in Derby and the North-west.
Willmott Dixon has been awarded a design-and-build contract to construct the University of Bedfordshire’s new £46m library in Luton.
A Network Rail-backed university technical college that will train 550 students is one of six to have been given the green light by the Department of Education.
Bam Construct has been awarded the £29m contract to build a new veterinary school at the University of Surrey.