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Construction News Roundup

18th June 2019

The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Galliford Try Partnerships buys northern builder

Galliford Try Partnerships has struck a deal to buy north of England contracting and land-led developer Strategic Team Group. Based in Yorkshire and the North West, Strategic Team Group employs 120 staff and currently has 23 live sites. Last year the firm reported revenues of £62m and delivered over 500 new homes. The management team and staff at STG will remain in place, working within Partnerships to accelerate both businesses growth plans. It will begin to trade as Galliford Try Partnerships Yorkshire from 1 July 2019. Read more…

Buckingham bags relief road for HS2 village

Buckingham Group has won a package of traffic improvement schemes for one of HS2’s main construction site traffic routes. Work in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire includes the completion of Chipping Warden relief road. The A361, which runs through Chipping Warden, is the approved route for construction traffic to access one of HS2’s main construction sites in Northamptonshire. The relief road will remove the need for construction traffic and through traffic to travel through Chipping Warden. Read more…

Skills card scheme shuts safety test loophole

The CSCS skills card scheme is ending an exemption to the CITB health, safety and environment test. Applicants are normally required to achieve a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the CITB safety test within the last two years. But if an applicant has achieved an SVQ or NVQ within the last two years they currently do not have to sit the CITB Health, safety and environment test. Read more…

UK construction forecast lowered for 2020 due to Brexit delay

Mace’s latest UK tender cost update reveals how the extension of Brexit has resulted in continued uncertainty among construction firms and developers. The latest research from Mace’s cost consultancy experts explains how – following minimal output growth of 0.1% in the first quarter 2019 and a 1.9% decline in new orders numbers in the final quarter of 2018 – construction firms have been hoping for a Brexit outcome and a subsequent improvement in conditions over the summer. Read more…

Aecom, Balfour and Morgan Sindall bag spots on a public-private framework

Scape Group has unveiled the winners on its next generation of “Venture” frameworks, set up to deliver support public-private partnerships. Aecom, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall are among 10 contractors to have been named as delivery partners on the frameworks which cover consultancy, civil engineering and construction (see table below for full breakdown). Read more…

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