We are delighted to announce 3 new members to our team this month. As our business continues to expand, we recognize the crucial importance of parallel workforce development to uphold the highest standard of service delivery.

Please Welcome:

Olivia Close – Marketing Executive

Shontal Cohen – Senior Recruitment Consultant

Emilia Perrin – Compliance Coordinator

Olivia joined our Guildford team at the start of the month as our Marketing Executive. Olivia will be focused on the candidate journey, driving marketing strategy to attract, convert, and retain candidate leads. Part of Olivia’s remit will include job board management, quality control best practices, and content creation aimed at the candidate audience. Olivia has 5 years of experience working in a variety of marketing roles.

When asked what excites her about joining Advance TRS,

“From when I came in for my interview, I immediately noticed the amazing work culture they have here, from being someone that worked from home in my previous job this really excited me”.

The wonderful Shontal has joined our London office as a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Shontal mostly recruits in the Admin, Document control, office secretary/office manager type roles specifically in the Rail Infrastructure market to start. With over 10 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Shontal is a great addition to the team.

When asking her what excites her about the job

“The variety in the work that I do, this means that not one day is the same”.

Lastly, Emilia is the latest member to join our Guildford team as a Compliance Coordinator. Emilia is responsible for booking training, D&A, and medicals, sending out PPE, and chasing compliant documents for all our rail workers. Emilia has just completed her A-levels in Economics, Business, and Geography.

When asked what made her choose Advance TRS,

“As someone who has just finished my A-levels, I saw the development of growth this company offers, and the job allows me to explore different potential career paths and gain new knowledge on an area I am unsure about”.

“Straight away meeting Millie I knew she would be a great fit for Advance, she is such an engaging person and is keen to get involved. I am excited to have Millie on the team”.

Katie Walker – Compliance & Administration Manager

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Are you seeking a new opportunity to advance your career with an established growing business? We provide quality recruitment solutions in the built environment and engineering markets; we are always looking for new talent to join our team.

Advance TRS are proud to announce the new office opening in central London. The new office, based in the Northern & Shell Building, near Monument was launched in September 2022. This new base is the third office for the recruitment business and marks an exciting chapter in the business’s growth. 

The new London office will be a permanent office for some of our Rail recruitment business and provide a base for other members of the team who have meetings in London. 

The new office is led by Specialist Consultant in the Rail & Civil Engineering Industry, Craig Outhwaite. Craig joined Advance TRS in autumn 2021 and after one year is stepping up into this new role. Craig focuses on the recruitment of freelance Quantity Surveyors and Commercial professionals across the UK. 

“I’m really proud and excited to open and grow a London Branch for the company. London excites me, you can’t help but feel invigorated heading into the city each morning. The market is really busy and we are now expertly positioned to meet all our clients and candidates as needed”

Shares Craig. 

Craig is joined by Victoria Bartram (nee. Satterley), who joined Advance TRS earlier this month after a few years out to grow her family, Victoria is a brilliant addition to the team and back with a bang! 

“I’m very excited to of joined Advance TRS and to be involved in the opening of our new London office with Craig Outhwaite. Extremely busy and exciting times ahead!”

Explains Victoria. 

If you are a QS, at any level, with Civil Engineering experience, and you are feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and just a bit meh about your role, then please get in contact with the team who has various roles with contractors, subcontractors and consultancies that may be your perfect job. Even if you are not ready to make the move just yet, they would love to meet you for a coffee and chat about the market, and what your perfect role would look like, so can contact you in the future about suitable opportunities.

Check out our latest roles and opportunities.

The new London office will specialise in the recruitment of Commercial (Quantity Surveyors’) Rail and Civil staff for “blue chip” clients across the UK. The team are currently recruiting Commercial Managers/Directors, Estimating Managers, Managing Quantity Surveyors and all other levels of Quantity Surveyors, Estimators as well as Risk Managers and procurement staff for major rail projects and frameworks including HS2. 

Join the Team

Are you working in London and looking for a new opportunity in engineering recruitment? We are looking to expand our team from our London office. Find out more about working life at Advance TRS or contact our Head of Talent Acquisition, Jessica Wells, to find out about our opportunities across all three offices and all built environment teams. 

On Tuesday 12th July, Advance TRS are taking on the Longest Day Golf Challenge to raise important funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. We have assembled 8 of our best golf players to take part in what will be a hard but fun day. Our team will be walking 24 miles (the equivalent of a marathon!).

A team of our Rail consultants are taking on the challenge including; Jake Rodger, Andy Ridout, Joe Moss, Craig Outhwaite, Josh Hill, Sam Blair, Mick Schruyers and Chris Spurdle.

72 holes. Four rounds. One fantastic cause.

Thank you to Blacknest Golf and Country Club for supporting us on the day and letting us use their course.

Fundraising can make a huge difference so we would appreciate any donations. Taking on this challenge will help Macmillan make a real difference to people living with cancer. Please support our team by donating here.

Fundraising can make a huge difference so please donate what you can. Taking on this challenge will help Macmillan make a real difference to people living with cancer. They’ll be able to give people going through a cancer experience practical, emotional and personal support

Advance TRS have a strong history of taking on personal challenges to raise money for causes important to the team. This is the latest challenge in a line of activities that has seen the team raise over £65,000 for charities in 10 years.

We’ve rounded up some top news stories from across the Built Environment

National Rail Christmas and New Year engineering works complete

Network Rail have completed hundreds of Christmas and New Year projects across Britain’s railway. Giving you better and more reliable journeys for the long term. Read more…

Leaves on the line: a thing of the past?

Poor adhesion is now in the news following the collision between two trains at Salisbury Tunnel Junction, on the evening of 31 October. Read more…

Construction project starts dip but contract awards soar in mixed picture for sector

The number of construction projects started at the back end of the year has dropped sharply. However, a spike in contract awards indicates that the sector remains on track as it recovers from the Covid-19 hit. Read more…

Kier wins 142 rental home job at BBC TV centre site

Joint venture developer Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan has picked Kier to build 142 affordable homes at its wider former BBC Television Centre development in West London. Read more…

Anglian Water CEO Peter Simpson says cross-sectoral collaboration crucial to tackle challenges and find solutions

It was a huge breakthrough to see water play a central role for the first time at any COP, with the first ever dedicated Water Pavilion and widespread acknowledgement that water is critical to the climate debate. Read more…

Water UK launches campaign to get the UK winter ready

Industry body Water UK is encouraging customers to take some immediate steps, such as lagging pipes and checking central heating, to ensure they stay safe and warm over the winter months. Read more…

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This weeks news from across the Built Environment

How storms and flooding affect the railway

Floods, high winds and landslips can destroy railway infrastructure and block lines. Network Rail teams repair damage and clear debris to ensure trains can continue to run. Read more…

Rail operator unveils first co-operative energy project on UK rail network

The new initiative is expected to save up to 50 tonnes of carbon a year, generating over 200,000 kW hours of electricity. Read more…

Government ‘collusion’ with construction sector allowed combustibles loophole

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has told that hundreds of high-rise buildings in the UK were clad with combustible materials because the government failed to crack down on a loophole after colluding with the construction industry. Read more…

Glow-in-the-dark concrete used on first commercial scheme

A glow in the dark paving system that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and radiates light at night has been used for the first time on a major commercial development in Derbyshire. Read more…

Initiatives boost opportunities for women in water

British Water’s unique Women on Water campaign continues to build momentum, with the renewal of a successful mentoring programme and the announcement of an in-person networking reception. Read more…

Water retailers opt for new United Utilities in-house meter reading service

United Utilities has seen a growing uptake by water retailers of its non-household meter reading service – more than 90 per cent of non-household meters in the North West are now being read by the water company. Read more…

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Recent news from the construction industry

Pandemic detonates workforce age timebomb

The pandemic has triggered an exodus of more than 100,000 skilled workers as they vanish from the industry’s core 45-55 years old age group. Read more…

Construction output shows the fastest rise in four months

HIS Markit and CIPS UK report that UK construction companies have indicated a sharp increase in business activity, and the fastest upturn in commercial work. Read more…

Government ‘collusion’ with construction sector allowed combustibles loophole

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has told that hundreds of high-rise buildings in the UK were clad with combustible materials because the government failed to crack down on a loophole after colluding with the construction industry. Read more…

Glow-in-the-dark concrete used on first commercial scheme

A glow in the dark paving system that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and radiates light at night has been used for the first time on a major commercial development in Derbyshire. Read more…

Regulator vows to increase scrutiny of National Highways investment plans

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has vowed to increase its scrutiny of future road funding for the strategic road network as plans are drawn up for the third road investment strategy (RIS3). Read more…

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Latest news across the Rail Industry

How storms and flooding affect the railway

Floods, high winds and landslips can destroy railway infrastructure and block lines, so Network Rail teams repair damage and clear debris to ensure trains can continue to run. Read more…

Rail operator unveils first co-operative energy project on UK rail network

The new initiative is expected to save up to 50 tonnes of carbon a year, generating over 200,000 kW hours of electricity. Read more…

Transport for Wales introduce more services to timetable

Transport for Wales (TfW) have announced there will be an increase in the number of services running on its network from December this year. Read more…

A sustainable new vision for the future of Scottish railways is on track

Scotland has huge ambition when it comes to greening rail travel. It has set a target date of 2035 for eliminating diesel across its 2820 kilometres of track. Read more…

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The latest news across the water industry

Initiatives boost opportunities for women in water

British Water’s unique Women on Water campaign continues to build momentum, with the renewal of a successful mentoring programme and the announcement of an in-person networking reception. Read more…

Water retailers opt for new United Utilities in-house meter reading service

United Utilities has seen a growing uptake by water retailers of its non-household meter reading service – more than 90 per cent of non-household meters in the North West are now being read by the water company. Read more…

Sewage discharges cost Severn Trent Water £1.5 million+ in court

Severn Trent Water was yesterday fined £1.5 million and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £58, 365 for sewage discharges from 4 sewage treatment works in Worcestershire between February and August 2018.. Read more…

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The latest news across the built environment

Arcadis, Colas and Costain teams to battle for £500M HS2 power contract

HS2 Ltd has revealed the shortlist of bidders for its £523M high voltage power supply systems contract. Read more…

Crossrail | Another West London station transformed ahead of Elizabeth line opening

The transformation of West Ealing station in West London has been completed ahead of the Elizabeth line opening. Read more…

Common prequal system launches to save £1bn in paperwork

Two of the country’s largest contractor trade bodies have launched a nationally recognised single prequalification system for construction with the promise of saving £1bn in industry paperwork. Read more…

Brownfield housing funding for 500 Manchester new-builds

Manchester has secured nearly £8m from the Brownfield Housing Fund to help deliver around 522 new homes. Read more…

New measures to cut water companies’ reliance on storm overflows to discharge sewage into rivers to become law

The government has confirmed that measures to reduce sewage discharges from storm overflows will be put into law. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Galliford Try tops contractors league table in October

Galliford Try took October’s top spot in the contractor league table after being appointed the contractor for eight major projects totalling just under £343m. Read more…

Kier Highways to complete motorway upgrade six months early

Kier Highways is set to finish construction of its Highways England project M6 13-15 motorway upgrade work six months early. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Construction to carry-on through latest lockdown

Construction sites will continue to operate during the latest lockdown which comes into force from Thursday. Read more…

HS2 launches first virtual ‘Meet the Contractor’ event

HS2 has switched its next major meet the contractor event online as the project gears up to appoint key subcontract packages and do deals with suppliers. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

BAM Construct names new H&S director

BAM Construct has promoted Mark Lockwood to director of health and safety. Read more…

BAM wins place on Birmingham Uni construction framework

BAM Construction has been appointed to a new 10-year construction framework by the University of Birmingham. Read more…

Galliford Try bags £65m haul of education work

Galliford Try’s Building business has secured contracts worth £65m and a major framework place in the education sector. Read more…

BAM confirmed for £350m Leeds Temple scheme

Developer CEG has confirmed a deal with BAM Construction to deliver the first phase of its £350m development at Globe Road in Leeds. Read more…

Morgan Sindall wins £29m Milton Keynes school

Morgan Sindall Construction’s Northern Home Counties office has been selected to deliver a new £29m ‘all-through’ school in Wavendon, Milton Keynes. Read more…

BAM wins £60m London mental health care centre

BAM Construction has secured the job to build a mental health inpatient facility in Highgate, North London. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Balfour Beatty wins £63m contract to upgrade the A19

Balfour Beatty has secured a £63m contract on behalf of Highways England to develop, design and deliver much-needed dual carriageway upgrades on the A19 between Norton and Wynyard. Read more…

Midlands contractor wins place on £500m higher education framework

G F Tomlinson has been selected as a key contractor on the new £500m 10-year construction framework, focusing on improving higher education facilities in the West Midlands. Read more…

Morgan Sindall gets go-ahead for Salford Uni science block

Morgan Sindall has got the planning green light for a new science block for Salford University. Read more…

Willmott Dixon secures £18m blue light contracts

Willmott Dixon has secured another blue light contract, as its interiors arm secures projects worth £18m to refurbish existing Metropolitan Police stations in Peckham, Ilford, Colindale and Brixton. Read more…

Budget delivers ‘largest ever’ strategic road investment worth £27bn

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a £27bn fund for the Strategic Road Network in this year’s Budget. He also confirmed that the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel will go ahead. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Balfour Beatty wins design for major M58 link road

Balfour Beatty has secured the job to provide key designs for a major link road in Wigan Borough. Read more…

Willmott Dixon confirmed for Stockport interchange

Willmott Dixon has been confirmed for the job to transform Stockport’s bus station into a modern transport interchange. Read more…

More women needed in construction

With the construction sector set to create almost two million new jobs by 2021, Inland Homes’ Group Procurement Assistant Manager, Lynsey Allen, explains why more needs to be done to encourage more women to consider this industry as an exciting career opportunity. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Balfour Beatty to complete Leeds highway expansion

Balfour Beatty will work on phases 3a and 3b of the East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR), which are expected to cost £80M. Read more…

Willmott Dixon on call for £21m fire station

Willmott Dixon is lined-up to build a new £21m fire service learning and development centre and 24-hour fire station at Highwood Mill, near Horsham. Read more…

Construction nearly double size of official figures

The construction industry is nearly double the scale and importance to the UK economy than recorded in official figures. Read more…

Siemens unveils design for £200 million Goole factory

Impressions of the £200 million Siemens factory at Goole have been released after more plans were submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment:

New minister for HS2 named

Lancashire MP Andrew Stephenson has been appointed as minister for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. Read more…

Winvic to construct £47.3m PRS scheme in Milton Keynes

Winvic Construction has been appointed by Packaged Living to construct a £47.3m Private Rented Sector (PRS) scheme in the heart of Milton Keynes. Read more…

Morgan Sindall profit jumps as revenue tops £3bn

Morgan Sindall is predicting another strong year of growth driven by construction and partnership housing after it unveiled a positive set of results for last year. Read more…

Anglian Water partners with WaterStart

Anglian Water has become the first water company in Europe to join US-based, water innovation organisation, WaterStart. Read more…

Summer start for 350-flat Nottingham scheme

Plans to build nearly 350 private rental flats on a car park next to Nottingham Railway Station have secured funding. Read more…

Network Rail launches £200M framework

Network Rail has begun the search for contractors to work on the rail network in southern England as part of a new £200M framework. Read more…

Martin appointed as new regulation director at South East Water

South East Water has appointed Oliver Martin as its new regulation and strategy director. Read more…

Skanska secures £240m commercial building contract in London

Skanska has secured a £240m commercial building contract to construct 20 Ropemaker Street in Central London for Great Elm Assets Limited. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Skanska secures £240m commercial building contract in London

Skanska has secured a £240m commercial building contract to construct 20 Ropemaker Street in Central London for Great Elm Assets Limited. Read more…

Winners revealed on £1bn Welsh regional framework

Kier, Willmott Dixon, Interserve, Bam, Vinci and Welsh construction firm Andrew Scott are among the firms to have landed a place on the £1bn South West Wales regional contractors framework. Read more…

Transport infrastructure dominates infrastructure construction

Transport infrastructure continues to dominate infrastructure sector construction with around 57% of total output for 2019. Read more…

Morgan Sindall profit jumps as revenue tops £3bn

Morgan Sindall is predicting another strong year of growth driven by construction and partnership housing after it unveiled a positive set of results for last year. Read more…

Laing O’Rourke to deliver Everton FC’s £550m new stadium

Laing O’Rourke has been chosen by Everton Football Club to deliver its new 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

£430M Cornwall road scheme approved

Planning permission has been granted for the £430M A30 Chiverton to Carland Crossroad scheme in Cornwall. Read more…

Kier confirmed for £15m Spen Valley leisure centre

Kier has been appointed by Kirklees Council to deliver a £15m leisure centre in Liversedge, West Yorkshire. Read more…

20th Serpentine Pavilion to be built from construction waste

Johannesburg-based architects Counterspace, directed by the all-woman team of Sumayya Vally, Sarah de Villiers and Amina Kaskar, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2020. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment:

Balfour Beatty unveils new southern construction boss

Balfour Beatty has confirmed the appointment of Beth West as Managing Director of its regional construction business in the South of England. Read more…

Anglian Water invests £8 million to improve resilience for Northampton

Anglian Water will start work this month on an £8 million scheme to install a new pumping station at its existing water treatment site in Pitsford, Northamptonshire. Read more…

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

Amey Consulting has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a trailblazing Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme to help attract new talent into the railway industry. Read more…

Barratt has built 793 homes in Bristol in 12 months

Barratt Developments has built 793 homes in the Bristol region in the last 12 months, and brought more than £47m to local communities. Read more…

Builders’ Conference reports 33% rise in monthly orders

The value of new UK construction contracts signed in January 2020 rose by a whopping 33% year-on-year, according to latest market intelligence. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Winners unveiled for £500m University of Birmingham deal

The University of Birmingham has confirmed winners of its framework deals to deliver at least £500m of investment over the next ten years. Read more…

Go-ahead for 15-storey City Quarters hotel in Leeds

Leeds City Council has given the go-ahead to Hammerson’s plans for a new 205-bed hotel at its City Quarters concept. Read more…

Balfour Beatty unveils new southern construction boss

Balfour Beatty has confirmed the appointment of Beth West as Managing Director of its regional construction business in the South of England. Read more…

Builders’ Conference reports 33% rise in monthly orders

The value of new UK construction contracts signed in January 2020 rose by a whopping 33% year-on-year, according to latest market intelligence. Read more…

£1.5bn A14 upgrade complete over half a year early

The £1.5bn A14 road scheme to improve journeys between the East of England and the Midlands has been completed more than half a year early. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment:

Kier bags £21m Bradford Markets project

Bradford Council has named Kier as its preferred bidder to deliver one of Bradford’s biggest regeneration projects. Read more…

Thames Water recognised for commitment to LGBT+ staff

Thames Water has rocketed more than 100 places up the charity Stonewall’s workplace equality index in recognition of its commitment to LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. Read more…

£500m promised by Government to restore historic rail lines

Remote communities across the country will see the benefit from better rail connections, set to advance regional economies and boost access to jobs and education, following a £500m fund to kickstart the restoration of lines closed over 50 years ago. Read more…

FBM Architects given go ahead for 30 homes in Lambeth

FBM Architects have secured planning consent for 30 homes across two sites within the Ashmole Estate in Lambeth, London, for housing association Metropolitan Thames Valley. Read more…

Low-carbon concrete used on M25 in UK first

“Ultra-low carbon concrete” has been used on a motorway project in the UK for the first time. Read more…

Amey appoints new Managing Director for Utilities

Leading public service provider Amey has announced the appointment of two new Managing Directors to its Executive Team, following the appointment of its new CEO, Amanda Fisher, in December 2019. Read more…

Avanti West Coast model train set to be auctioned for children’s charity

To raise money for children’s charity, Action for Children, the very first Hornby Avanti West Coast Pendolino is set to be auctioned off and expected to raise hundreds of pounds. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Plans submitted for £14m housing scheme in Durham

Proposals for a new £14m housing scheme on the outskirts of a county Durham village have been submitted for consent. Read more…

Kier secures network delivery works contract on ONSA framework

Kier has won a multi-million pound Openreach Network Services Agreement (ONSA) contract to carry out network delivery works across Hampshire and Berkshire. Read more…

Kier bags £21m Bradford Markets project

Bradford Council has named Kier as its preferred bidder to deliver one of Bradford’s biggest regeneration projects. Read more…

Low-carbon concrete used on M25 in UK first

“Ultra-low carbon concrete” has been used on a motorway project in the UK for the first time. Read more…

Wildgoose names new construction chief

Derbyshire-based Wildgoose Construction has promoted Andrew Tilford to become managing director of construction. Read more…

Birmingham’s £165m Soho Wharf scheme approved

Plans to build more than 750 homes on a derelict site on Birmingham’s Main Line Canal have been approved by Birmingham City Council. Read more…

First Birmingham City Quarters scheme gets the go-ahead

Developer Hammerson has been granted resolution on its outline planning application for a 7.5-acre mixed-use masterplan for Martineau Galleries in Birmingham. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Laing O’Rourke to build Gary Neville’s £200m tower scheme

Footballer turned property tycoon Gary Neville has named Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for his £200m St Michael’s hotel, flats and office scheme in Manchester. Read more…

Three contractors shortlisted for £135m Meridian Water infrastructure

BAM Nuttall, VINCI Construction UK, and VolkerFitzpatrick have been shortlisted to tender the infrastructure projects to support the construction of 10,000 homes at Enfield Council’s £6bn Meridian Water development. Read more…

Willmott Dixon wins £20m Humberside police force development

Willmott Dixon has been chosen by Humberside Police Force and developer Wykeland Group to construct a £20m operational support building to house a 500-strong police force. Read more…

Kier wins seven lots on Hyde’s main framework

Kier has been appointed to seven lots on the Hyde main framework development, which will see the construction of around 11,000 new homes. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment:

Willmott Dixon Interiors to transform listed building in Tunbridge Wells

Willmott Dixon Interiors has won the £13m contract to convert the Grade II listed former library and museum in Tunbridge Wells into the new Amelia Scott building. Read more…

Thames Water hits education milestone – 100,000 children learn about water sector

In the last five years more than 100,000 schoolchildren have been given a fascinating insight into how Thames Water deals with water and waste for millions of customers thanks to its pioneering education programme. Read more…

Balfour Beatty electrifies rail lines between Bristol and Cardiff

Balfour Beatty has completed the electrification of 77km of the Great Western Railway (GWR) rail lines between Bristol and Cardiff. Read more…

Amey wins £49m highways maintenance contract extension

North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) has extended Amey’s highways maintenance and management contract for a further three years until June 2024. Read more…

£17m Pembrokeshire wave energy project on track for summer 2020 deployment

Bombora has now contracted more than 70% of its ground breaking £17 million Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project – the wave energy project is currently on schedule for deployment in mid-2020. Read more…

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from possible landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Willmott Dixon Interiors to transform listed building in Tunbridge Wells

Willmott Dixon Interiors has won the £13m contract to convert the Grade II listed former library and museum in Tunbridge Wells into the new Amelia Scott building. Read more…

SEF joint venture wins facilities management contract extension

Interserve and the University of Sussex have won a contract extension worth £30m per annum to deliver facilities management services at the University of Sussex as part of joint venture Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF). Read more…

BAM Nuttall set for £19m Glasgow Sighthill bridge

BAM Nuttall is set to be confirmed preferred bidder for a £19m contract to build a vital link bridge for the Sighthill regeneration scheme in Glasgow. Read more…

Amey wins £49m highways maintenance contract extension

North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) has extended Amey’s highways maintenance and management contract for a further three years until June 2024. Read more…

Robo cone layers to make life safer on road jobs

Highways England is testing automated cone laying vehicles to make life safer for workers on major road jobs. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Rydon awarded £9.5m Kent medical innovation centre contract

Rydon has been awarded an innovation centre contract for Kent Medical Campus, this will bring together businesses and organisations involved in finding solutions to healthcare issues and scientific research. Read more…

Stevenage town centre regeneration takes step forward

Mace has submitted a major planning application to regenerate Stevenage town centre, following several months of consultation with local people and businesses. Read more…

Sisk seals pre-construction deal for £149m GOSH project

John Sisk has signed a pre-construction services agreement for the next phase of the Great Ormond Street Hospital redevelopment in central London. Read more…

Interserve wins place on CCS’s £8bn construction works framework

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has revealed the latest contractors to gain places on its construction works framework, including Interserve Construction, who have been appointed to 6 lots. Read more…

McLaren gets nod for 17-floor Leeds office project

McLaren Group’s property arm has been given the planning green light for a 300,000 sq ft office scheme in central Leeds. Read more…

World’s first recycled bricks go into production in Scotland

Scientists at Heriot Watt University in Scotland have developed the world’s first building brick that’s made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste. Read more…

Galliford Try starts 2020 with £3.2bn order book

Galliford Try enters the new year as an independent contractor with a £3.2bn order book. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry:

Kier names new chairman

Former Royal Mail finance director Matthew Lester will take up the role of chairman at Kier. Read more…

£15m Brandon Yard restoration development in Bristol complete

Galliard Homes and Acorn Property Group have revealed the final part of Bristol’s harbour regeneration project, the £15m Brandon Yard development. Read more…

Balfour lands £90m civils deal on Viking Link power project

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £90m contract to deliver the British onshore civils works for the Viking Link Interconnector Project for joint venture delivery partners National Grid and Energinet. Read more…

V&A confirms McLaughlin & Harvey to build £26m centre

The V&A has confirmed McLaughlin & Harvey as contractor for the museum’s new £26m collection and research centre in east London. Read more…

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Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. Read more…

Balfour Beatty extolled as Britain’s most admired contractor

Balfour Beatty has won top billing in this year’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies awards in the heavy construction sector. Read more…

Scottish Water – new £21m Nereda WwTW works has potential to halve energy used in treatment process

Scottish Water has officially opened its £21 million state-of-the-art waste water treatment works in Inverurie which has the potential to reduce the amount of energy used during the treatment process by half. Read more…

Northern Line Extension contractors prioritise workers’ mental health

Contractors working on the Northern Line Extension programme have revealed how they are attempting to improve mental health within the construction industry. Read more…

Kier secures £3.4m Primary School extension in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has appointed Kier to deliver the £3.4m extension of Hethersett Primary School through the Norfolk County Council Framework. Read more…

Scottish Water harnessing hydro power at water treatment works

A hydro power scheme which includes turbines that can generate enough power to run approximately 690 households a year has been upgraded by Scottish Water at a water treatment works in South Lanarkshire. Read more…

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Willmott Dixon wins £19m Birmingham school

Willmott Dixon has confirmed securing a £19m contract for a three-storey secondary academy school at Yardley Wood in Birmingham. Read more…

Gilbert-Ash wins £17m construction contract at Trinity College

Gilbert-Ash has secured a £17m design and build contract for Trinity College, which will see the construction of 45 new en-suite study bedrooms and five dedicated teaching rooms. Read more…

Balfour Beatty extolled as Britain’s most admired contractor

Balfour Beatty has won top billing in this year’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies awards in the heavy construction sector. Read more…

Balfour Beatty to exceed 2019 profit forecast

Balfour Beatty remained on track to deliver steady growth this year despite challenging market conditions as revenue rose 5% and construction margins held at 2-3%. Read more…

Kier secures £3.4m Primary School extension in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has appointed Kier to deliver the £3.4m extension of Hethersett Primary School through the Norfolk County Council Framework. Read more…

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Southern Water publishes 50-year water resources plan

Southern Water has published its Water Resources Management Plan which sets out the company’s 50-year plan for ensuring water resilience in the south east. Read more…

Housing coalition urges for VAT cut to encourage green home improvements

Organisations from across the property and construction sectors are campaigning for the next UK government to cut VAT on maintenance and improvement works to people’s homes. Read more…

‘Intelligent’ concrete used in London City Airport expansion set for wider roll out

The construction industry’s first artificial intelligence (AI) concrete strength prediction engine, used in the London City Airport expansion, is to be used across more live projects. Read more…

GWR confident of smooth December timetable change

Ahead of a major timetable change on December 15, Great Western Railway is confident it will not be affected by problems similar to those suffered by the industry in May 2018. Read more…

Water industry takes major step towards becoming carbon zero

Water companies in England have launched a plan that will help deliver their goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Read more…

Willmott Dixon wins £39m university refurb job

Willmott Dixon Interiors has won a £39m refurbishment deal for London South Bank University. Read more…

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‘Intelligent’ concrete used in London City Airport expansion set for wider roll out

The construction industry’s first artificial intelligence (AI) concrete strength prediction engine, used in the London City Airport expansion, is to be used across more live projects. Read more…

Balfour Beatty wins £217m highways maintenance contract

Balfour Beatty Living Places has been awarded a six-year, £217m contract by Lincolnshire County Council for the maintenance of highways assets. Read more…

Skanska chalks up £23m Bristol secondary school job

Skanska continues to build on its success in Bristol winning a £23.3m contract for the new 1,220-place Trinity Academy secondary school. Read more…

Willmott Dixon wins £39m university refurb job

Willmott Dixon Interiors has won a £39m refurbishment deal for London South Bank University. Read more…

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Out with the old: London Underground’s track renewal works

In February 2019, Balfour Beatty was awarded a four-year contract by TfL for the replacement of life-expired track assets across the London Underground network. Read more…

Thames Water to build first new sewage works since 2005

Thames Water’s new chief operating officer has announced the company will build its first sewage works since 2005, in Guildford, Surrey. Read more…

Government details new building safety regulator plan

The government has revealed its plan to create a new national regulator for building safety in response to the Grenfell disaster. Read more…

Fire and building safety – government launches two consultations today – IRPM

Today, government has launched two consultations for proposals for response by 31st July. Read more…

6 in 10 renters fear they will never afford to own a home

A majority of people renting in the UK say they will never be able to afford a home – although they would like to buy their own place, according to a new YouGov survey on behalf of the HomeOwners Alliance and BLP Insurance. Read more…

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Welsh Water to restore reservoir to natural state

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has begun a project to return a decommissioned reservoir to its natural state, in a move that will create walking opportunities and enhance the environment. Read more…

Reading between the lines

Today we might take the ability to read and write for granted – but not so long ago that wasn’t a given. In an industry like rail, so dependent on the written word, via rules, regulations and more, difficulties with reading, in particular, might have had real safety implications. Read more…

Plan for UK’s biggest plastics recycling plant

Waste specialist Viridor has unveiled plans to build what will be the UK’s biggest plastics recycling plant at Avonmouth. Read more…

Property transactions up in April – despite fall in demand

In April, the number of property sales agreed per estate agency branch increased to the highest level seen since October, according to the latest data from the NAEA. Read more…

Staffordshire Uni £40m skills hub approved

Staffordshire University has got the planning green light for its £40m Catalyst building. Read more…


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Meet the UK’s first Climate Change Teacher

Bec Wakefield becomes the first UK teacher to become accredited under the UN’s Climate Change Teacher pilot programme. Read more…

Downing starts £250m London student tower

Liverpool-based developer Downing has started work on its largest London project to date. Read more…

Thames saving 20 million litres a day after 250,000 home visits

Thames Water has now helped 250,000 homes save 20 million litres of water every day as part of its award-winning smarter home visit project. Read more…

Network Rail announces £136m contract winner to manage its road vehicle fleet

Network Rail has awarded a £136m contract to Hitachi Capital to manage its road vehicle fleet for the next four years. Read more…

Plan for 1,300-home led scheme near Harrow

Housing association Network Homes has bought land next to Northwick Park Hospital in Brent to kick-start a major regeneration project, bringing new homes and commercial space to the area. Read more…

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Buyer registrations jump 16% in February

The latest data and analysis from national estate agent, haart, has revealed that pent-up demand possibly fuelled by the Brexit waiting game has seen buyer registrations jump 16% on the month. Read more…

DfT’s £300m scheme to see disabled access at 73 railway stations improved

The DfT has announced a £300m investment to see disabled access improved at 73 UK rail stations. Read more…

No Deal Interim Environmental “Shadow Body” Announced

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced that an interim environmental “shadow body” is in place in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place. Read more…

British Water members not keen on water nationalisation

Companies across the water supply chain believe that the Labour Party’s plan to nationalise English water companies would negatively impact their businesses as well as customers, according to a survey by British Water. Read more…

Kier picked for £200m Camberley town centre revamp

The development arm of Kier has been named preferred bidder to deliver the £200m redevelopment of part of Camberley town centre in Surrey. Read more…

 

 

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Microplastics are most common waste found along Mediterranean coast, study says

Polyethylene used to make plastic shopping bags and cling film forms most of plastic found in coastal waters, according to marine scientists from University of Barcelona. Read more…

EU re-approves NI water protection plans

The EU has given its re-approval for plans to protect water quality in Northern Ireland. Read more…

Graham wins £18m Carlisle cancer centre

Graham has been awarded an £18.3m contract to design and construct the new cancer centre at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Read more…

Network Rail to spend £42bn on railway improvements to ‘restore public trust’

Network Rail is to spend £42bn on the railway over the next five years in a bid to improve poor punctuality in “the biggest modernisation of our rail network in over a century.” Read more…

Heathrow shortlists 18 construction hub sites

Heathrow Airport today revealed 18 sites left in the running to become construction hubs for the third runway project. Read more…

 

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‘Compelling case’ put forward for £4bn metro network for Cambridgeshire

There is a “compelling case” for a metro scheme for Greater Cambridge after a feasibility report has claimed it could create 100,000 jobs and 60,000 new homes, but could cost £4bn. Read more…

Vinci wins £100m UCL East student blocks deal

University College London has picked Vinci Construction as preferred contractor to deliver two high-rise student blocks for a planned new campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. Read more…

Thames Water launches interactive water calculator

Thames Water has launched an interactive online tool to help customers save money by gaining a better understanding of their water use. Read more…

Nestlé And Veolia Join Forces To Tackle Plastics Leakage

Nestlé and Veolia have announced a collaboration to work on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with a particular emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. Read more…

How a no deal Brexit will transform the construction industry

The UK is due to leave the European Union, yet talks between the government and the EU about the withdrawal deal remain deadlocked. Joanne Starkie of the Immigration Advice Service looks at what a “no deal” scenario could mean for the construction industry. Read more…

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Interserve to file for administration as rescue rejected

Interserve shareholders have rejected the proposed rescue plan leaving the board to file for administration today. Read more…

Brexit uncertainty causes further damage to UK housing, says RICS

Prolonged Brexit uncertainty will likely cause further damage to the UK housing market, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. Read more…

Network Rail reveals winner of final track works contract worth £1.5bn

Network Rail has announced Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder to carry out track upgrades across central England for the next decade in a contract worth an estimated £1.5bn. Read more…

New EnTrade scheme helps farmers protect Poole Harbour

A group of farmers in Dorset have been equally rewarded by Wessex Water for growing cover crops that brought reductions in the levels of nitrates that enter Poole Harbour. Read more…

Asda Removes 6,500 Tonnes Of Own Brand Plastic Packaging

Asda has announced it has removed 6500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging since February 2018. Read more…

 

 

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Llangollen railway: Funding bid to finish steam project

After 45 years of building a railway line between two Denbighshire towns, volunteers say they need £10,000 to finish the last stretch. Read more…

O’Rourke seals £70m Oxford Uni biochem project

Laing O’Rourke has finally signed a contract with the University of Oxford for phase two expansion of its acclaimed biochemistry building. Read more…

Thames Water turns up pressure on water thieves

Thames Water is ramping up the pressure on those who illegally tap into supplies and steal water after four separate offenders were heavily fined in court. Read more…

NatWest lifts DSS restrictions on BTL landlords following campaign

NatWest is lifting restrictions on buy-to-let landlords to allow them to let to tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Read more…

UK Collaboration Awarded £0.8m For Tech To Tackle Black Plastic

A unique project born from a collaboration between recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety, plastic innovations specialist Impact Solutions, recycling specialists Impact Recycling and plastics injection moulder company McLaren Plastics has been awarded £0.8 million by the Government’s Innovate UK grant scheme. Read more…

 

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New TfW director appointed for north Wales

Transport for Wales (TfW) has appointed Lee Robinson as its new development director for North Wales. Read more…

Buckingham confirmed for £120m Swansea arena

Buckingham Group Contracting has been confirmed by Swansea Council as the principal contractor under a pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) for the city’s new £120m digital arena. Read more…

Yorkshire Water starts smart analytics trial to help battle leakage

Yorkshire Water is trialling the use of smart analytics to find leaks in its network. Read more…

UK Recycling Rate Edges Up To 45.7%, New Figures Show

The UK recycling rate for waste from households was 45.7% in 2017, increasing slightly from 45.2% in 2016, according to new figures from Defra. Read more…

Where is currently the best place to buy a home in England?

A perfect balance of affordability and low crime rates surely has to be high up on the list of priorities for prospective homebuyers. And, it’s safe to assume that some areas will fare better than others with regards to this. But where are they? Read more…

 

 

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Race starts for record £30bn public works framework

The Government’s Crown Commercial Service has started the mega bid race for a recording-breaking Government works framework. Read more…

The holistic approach to construction’s productivity problem

After 20 years of stagnation, what will it take to kick-start productivity in construction? Martin Feakes, head of buildings London at Ramboll, believes the conditions are right for change. Read more…

Manchester building boom outstrips LA and Chicago

England’s big three regional cities are shrugging off Brexit worries and enjoyed bumper construction growth last year driven by city centre residential and office schemes. Read more…

Winvic Construction to develop 14-storey residential apartments

Winvic Construction Ltd has been appointed by Lionel House Developments Ltd and Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) to develop a new 14-storey build-to-rent (BTR) complex. Read more…

Galliard Homes plans next major Birmingham scheme

Galliard Homes has pushed forward plans for a residential-led, mixed-use scheme of 756 new homes and more than 10,000 sq ft of commercial space on a site opposite Birmingham City Hospital. Read more…

Kier lined-up for £30m Cheltenham school deal

Gloucestershire County Council has confirmed Kier as preferred contractor for a new £30m school in Leckhampton, south Cheltenham. Read more…

 

 

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Young civil engineers see tech as solution to skills shortage

Eight in 10 civil engineers believe that a skills shortage is the main challenge for the future of the industry, and 58 per cent of junior civil engineers believe that this challenge could be overcome by adopting new technology. Read more…

EU Proposal Submitted To Restrict “Intentionally Added” Microplastics

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted a restriction proposal for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers or professionals. Read more…

All Build UK contractors miss 30-day payment target again

No Build UK major contractor members are paying their bills within 30-days. Read more…

Is now the best time to buy a property in London?

It’s a gamble. Do I buy now or wait for a further possible drop in prices? Read more…

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as Gatwick Express trains trial due to start

MP Caroline Lucas has revealed that a trial for the Gatwick Express rail link will launch this month following months of reduced services, disruption and the May timetable chaos. Read more…

 

 

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Plans in for £130m Goole housing development

Regional house-builder Beal Homes has submitted a planning application for its largest development to date. Read more…

Micro-homes will help ease London’s housing crisis, says new report

Micro-homes could be a partial solution for cities like London to expand choice for young professionals and help combat the housing crisis, according to a new report. Read more…

Morgan Sindall in £300m housing alliance

Morgan Sindall has set up a new house-building joint venture with an initial target of delivering 1,500 shared ownership homes with a total value of up to £300m. Read more…

£100m Clydeside build-to-rent development gets green light

One of Scotland’s first major build-to-rent developments on the banks of the Clyde has got the planning green light. Read more…

Work begins on £18m Nottingham student accommodation development

Contractor nmcn has announced that works have commenced on the £18m Nottingham student accommodation development on Talbot Street. Read more…

 

 

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A week on the network – Network Rail

We cater for 4.5m rail journeys every single day, while simultaneously delivering an ambitious, multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan. We’re renewing and upgrading 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts, thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run), meaning our works have a wide-reaching impact. Read more…

New automatic braking system for London Trams

London is set to become the first in the UK to have an automatic braking system that will automatically apply the brakes, and bring a moving tram to a controlled stop, if it exceeds the speed limit at designated locations. Read more…

Station sleepout to raise funds for Railway Children

Fundraisers will be joined by Network Rail directors and so far unnamed politicians at a charitable station sleepout on January 31. Read more…

Waterloo and Derby stations heralded as exemplary rail projects

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) has championed the remodelling of Derby station and the redevelopment of London Waterloo station as exemplary projects to be learned from, in response to the government’s “root and branch” rail review. Read more…

Union launches campaign to save Glasgow rail depot

Representatives from union Unite are attempting to rally enough political support to save 180 jobs at Springburn rail depot in Glasgow. Read more…

 

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£50m stands approved for Lords cricket ground

The capacity of Lord’s cricket ground is set to increase to 31,000 after planning permission was granted to build new Edrich and Compton stands. Read more…

M&S launches plastic-free fruit and veg trial

Retailer to undertake three month trial to investigate how a switch to plastic-free and loose produce impacts waste levels. Read more…

The Ban on Tenant Fees Will Come Into Effect on 1st June

It feels like it’s been forever since the government announced that it was going to put an end to all the extra fees being charged by landlords and letting agents that somehow, miraculously, make the prospect of renting even more depressing. Read more…

Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £300,000 for projects that can help automate rail planning. Read more…

Union demands “period dignity” on construction sites

Construction union Unite has launched a campaign to ensure that female workers have period dignity on site. Read more…

 

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BAM Farrans JV wins £120m Great Yarmouth bridge

Norfolk County Council has awarded the contract for Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing to a BAM Farrans joint venture. Read more…

New official wet wipe standard to bolster fatberg fight

The fight against fatbergs has received a boost with the publication of a new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely. Read more…

Engineers able to predict and fix track faults before they develop using new Costain augmented reality tech

Engineers will be able to use augmented reality (AR) to predict failing components and faults on train tracks and in stations after engineering companies, in collaboration with a university, have developed a network of Internet of Things (IoT). Read more…

Abundance closes record £7m investment for Orbital Marine Power project

Green crowd-funding platform Abundance has this week celebrated its largest fund-raise to date, closing a record £7m investment round for Orbital Marine Power. Read more…

Solving the social housing conundrum

David Baybut, head of Real Estate at national law firm Stephensons, discusses the recent plunge in social housing figures and explores how ‘new thinking’ can grow the stock of homes for social rent. Read more…

 

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Plans for five resi towers at Leeds Bridge Street site

Plans have been submitted to build five blocks of flats at the Bridge Street site to the north of Leeds city centre. Read more…

Lendlease picked for £1.5bn Birmingham Smithfield revamp

Birmingham City Council has named Lendlease as its development partner to deliver the £1.5bn transformation of the 17ha Smithfield city centre site. Read more…

Almost half of all house sales failed in Q4 2018

Newly released data from independent home buyer, Quick Move Now, has revealed that almost half of all house sales in England and Wales fell through before completion in the final quarter of 2018. Read more…

Muse unveils £150m Bolton Church Wharf regen plan

Muse Developments has unveiled plans for a new £150m neighbourhood at Church Wharf in Bolton town centre. Read more…

Vinci go-ahead for £91m Exeter student campus

Student infrastructure specialist University Partnerships Programme has reached financial close with Exeter University for a major student accommodation development at East Park. Read more…

 

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Read the George Stephenson notebook online:

This Christmas, Network Rail is sharing one of the railway’s most historically important artefacts with the world. Read more…

Six tower plans to change City of London skyline by 2026

Skyline views of the main London City tower cluster have been released assuming six more major consented schemes are built. Read more…

HS2 project part of new East Midlands manufacturing zones scheme

A north Derbyshire HS2 project has been named as one of the locations of the UK’s first manufacturing zones in the East Midlands. Read more…

Yorkshire Water begins project to plant a million trees

Yorkshire Water has announced that it has begun work on its scheme to plant one million trees across its land within 10 years. Read more…

House price growth slows to six year low

The latest figures released from Nationwide have revealed that across the UK, annual house price growth has slowed to its weakest pace since February 2013. Read more…

 

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£196m Barking rail extension awarded

A joint venture between Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick has secured the London Overground rail extension from Barking to the planned 10,000 homes Riverside scheme. Read more…

House builders planning for further growth

Builders are continuing to invest in land as they look to deliver further increases in housing supply, according to a report from HBF and Glenigan. Read more…

Go-ahead for £350m Commonwealth Games village

Contractor Lendlease has got the planning green light to start work on Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games athletes village. Read more…

Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

Both passengers and operators in the rail industry are anxious to see how the new ombudsman will improve the railways following a largely chaotic 2018. What are your key priorities going into 2019? Read more…

Office For Environmental Protection Outlined In Draft Environment Bill

Days after the unveiling of the Resources and Waste Strategy for England, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has published draft clauses on environmental principles and governance to be included in an ambitious, broader Environment Bill set for introduction next year. Read more…

South East Water partners with Centrica Hive to cut leakage

South East Water and smart home technology provider Centrica Hive have announced the first domestic household water supplier partnership to reduce leakage and improve water use understanding. Read more…

 

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Scotframe Val-U-Therm PLUS® For PassivHaus: Probably the Best U-Value Wall in the World

Scotframe exclusively offers the Val-U-Therm PLUS® building system, which offers some best-in-class performance for PassivHaus construction. Read more…

Modular village to be built in Corby for London commuters

Groundworks will start this month on a new modular village in Corby, Northants targeted at London commuters. Read more…

Over 40,000 people sign Right to Build register to build their dream homes

New research by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has found that, since 1st April 2016, over 40,000 people have now signed up to Right to Build registers across England. Read more…

Where are the UK’s current fastest and slowest growing rents?

Landbay has released new data that has identified Edinburgh as having the UK’s fastest growing rents with the average annual rent rising by 4.63% in 2018. Read more…

New home registration sees ‘strong growth’ during November

According to new data from NHBC, the number of new homes registered in November totaled 15,155 – the second highest monthly total of 2018 and a 2% increase year-on-year. Read more…

 

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Technology to turn wastewater into energy wins £25K funding

A new type of technology that could turn wastewater into energy for households and local communities has secured one of the two top prizes of £25,000 in seed funding at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2018. Read more…

England and Wales performing better than Europe – report

Water companies in England and Wales perform better than their main European counterparts, according to a new report. Read more…

Steele named new Balfour Beatty MD for gas and water

Balfour Beatty has announced the appointment of Matthew Steele as managing director of its gas and water business. Read more…

Gove Unveils Long-Awaited Resources & Waste Strategy For England

Businesses and manufacturers will “pay the full cost” of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste, government says, under its long-awaited strategy for England’s resources and waste, which has been unveiled by the Environment Secretary today (18 December). Read more…

20% still put FOG from cooking down drains – study

One in five consumers still put leftover fat, oil and grease (FOG) from cooking down the kitchen sink or drain, according to a new study for the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater).

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Balfour Beatty delivers 2-3% construction margin goal

Balfour Beatty chief Leo Quinn has achieved his goal of returning the business to industry standard margins by the end of this year. Read more…

VolkerHighways to replace Skanska on Bath roads

Bath and North East Somerset Council has picked VolkerHighways to deliver its £49m highways maintenance services for the next seven years. Read more…

Modular village to be built in Corby for London commuters

Groundworks will start this month on a new modular village in Corby, Northants targeted at London commuters. Read more…

Big Yellow 20-floor flats and storage scheme approved

Big Yellow Group has gained planning for a 20-storey residential block and separate self storage building in South London. Read more…

RSK buys scaffolding and traffic specialists

Expanding consultant RSK Group has acquired another raft of companies after securing a new financing package. Read more…

 

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175 years of progress

Electrification of the Great Western main line (GWML) reached a new milestone at the end of October when, following the installation of overhead electrical equipment from Didcot Parkway, the first revenue service operating under electric power pulled into Swindon station. Read more…

Winner Announced in the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas  Competition

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended entry in the competition seeking new design ideas for footbridges. Read more…

The past, present and future: A look at electrification of the UK’s railways

Standing here on the platforms of the electrified York station, breathing in a fog of diesel fumes from five diesel trains awaiting departure, it is easy to wonder what went wrong. Read more…

New HQ for Auctus Management Group following significant growth

Specialist infrastructure services provider Auctus Management Group (AMG), as well as its subsidiaries INFRA Skills and RSS Infrastructure (RSSI), have relocated their headquarters to a new 10,000 sq ft premises in the heart of the West Midlands. Read more…

Passengers across London reminded to check before they travel this Christmas and New Year

Rail passengers preparing for their Christmas getaway this week are being issued a final reminder to plan their journeys. Read more…

 

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Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Read more…

Balfour Beatty delivers 2-3% construction margin goal

Balfour Beatty chief Leo Quinn has achieved his goal of returning the business to industry standard margins by the end of this year. Read more…

London millennial exodus fueling rental growth across UK

Across the UK’s regional hubs, rents are continuing to spiral upwards faster than both London and the UK average, driven by workers continuing to relocate from London amid rising living costs. Read more…

Scottish Water trials use of sniffer dogs to find leaks

Sniffer dogs are being used to help find leaking water mains for the first time in Scotland and have scored a big success with two discoveries in the past few days. Read more…

Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. Read more…

Northumbrian Water agrees ‘second life’ energy storage deal

Northumbrian Water is planning to pilot the use of large-scale battery storage at a number of sites across the North East, Essex and Suffolk. Read more…

 

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Top housing association hires Lendlease resi chief

Lendlease’s head of residential is leaving the firm to join the board of leading housing association Clarion Group.

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Law Commission consults on commonhold

The 13th Law Commission has published its Consultation Paper on commonhold reform, “Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership”. Read more…

Modular building specialist goes into administration

Timber modular building specialist Carbon Dynamic has fallen into administration with the loss of 40 jobs. Read more…

280,000 homes could be built above rail tracks in London, says WSP

Engineering firm WSP found that space above train, overground and tube lines could result in an additional 2,470 hectares of land available for residential buildings across London, the equivalent of 280,000 homes. Read more…

Which property type produces the best yields?

New data from specialist online buy-to-let agency, yieldit, has revealed some interesting insight into which properties might produce the highest yields for landlords looking to invest in the UK’s residential property market. Read more…

 

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Severn Trent saves £750K using drone inspections

Severn Trent has made savings of £750,000 in the last year through the use of drones for more efficient asset inspections, it has been reported. Read more…

England’s 2017 Recycling Figures Show 0.3% Increase

The official England waste from households recycling rate for 2017 was 45.2%, up 0.3 percentage points from 44.9% in 2016, according to the latest figures. Read more…

Yorkshire Water to open up water resources data

With the summer’s unusually dry weather continuing into the winter months, Yorkshire Water has announced it is to become the first water company to regularly publish its full data on the region’s water resources to allow customers to see for themselves how dry weather and increased demand are having an impact. Read more…

LondonEnergy Awarded NLWA Energy Recovery Facility Contract

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) members announced it has awarded LondonEnergy Ltd with a contract to manage the waste collected by the seven north London Boroughs and to operate the replacement Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Edmonton EcoPark. Read more…

Thames deploys hundreds of night-time leak detectors

Hundreds of Thames Water engineers are walking the streets at night to pinpoint leakage from the company’s 20,000-mile water pipe network. Read more…

Thames to help fund £60M green surface water management schemes

Thames Water will partner with stakeholders and local authorities to fund £60 million of surface water management (SWM) schemes including green spaces, removing hard, impermeable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt in areas most at risk of flooding. Read more…

 

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Kier selected to deliver £45m Northstowe Education Campus

Kier has been chosen by Cambridgeshire County Council to carry out the first phase of the design and construction of its brand new £45m Northstowe Education Campus. Read more…

£300m Blackpool leisure development plans announced

The Blackpool Central development is set to bring world-class attractions to the Golden Mile. Read more…

Kier scores November contracts league double

Kier has come top of the monthly contracts league for work won in November and continued to hold pole position in the 12-month rolling league table. Read more…

Forrest falls into administration

Contractor Herbert T Forrest Limited has lost its fight for survival after administrators were appointed to the company. Read more…

£2bn Elephant & Castle shopping centre scheme final go-ahead

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has rubber-stamped £2bn plans for the redevelopment of the Elephant & Castle shopping centre in South London. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Rail Industry

 

Trial service to help staff manage mental health conditions at work

RSSB has secured funding to trial an independent service on behalf of the industry to support staff whose employment is made more challenging due to mental health problems. Read more…

Consultation confirms public support for new rail link between Heathrow and the west

Plans for a new rail link between Heathrow and the west have been overwhelmingly supported in a new consultation published by Network Rail. Read more…

London mayor criticised after appointing former auditor and advisor to investigate Crossrail delays

Sadiq Khan has come under fire over a Crossrail probe after he appointed a former auditor and adviser for the Elizabeth Line project to investigate the delays and spiralling costs. Read more…

How a revised standard will change the way fatigue is managed

Being tired was never really considered a cause of safety incidents – at best its role was underestimated. Read more…

Rail Sector Deal: Three new Midlands pilots launched to help SMEs and share data

Given its position in the “heart of the rail industry,” the Midlands will play host to pilots on a new rail data platform, a scheme supporting high-potential SMEs, and a skills programme to stimulate apprenticeships. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment

 

Coca-Cola Invests In Supply Of 100% Recycled PET Plastic

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment from Loop Industries to purchase a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles. Read more…

ISG lands £70m refurb deal for Canary Wharf tower

ISG has been awarded a £70m contract to refurbish the former Canary Wharf offices of the Financial Conduct Authority. Read more…

Severn Trent creates machine learning to help tackle leakage

Severn Trent has started to use machine learning to help transform the way it approaches leaks. Read more…

Network Rail awards first CP6 contracts

Railway specialists Story Contracting and AmcoGiffen have bagged the first major contracts to be let by Network Rail for the CP6 control period from 2019 to 2024. Read more…

Cheaper digital signalling, more exports and better data-sharing: DfT launches the Rail Sector Deal

The government has today announced the new Rail Sector Deal in order to help the government work better with the rail industry, reduce the cost of infrastructure, encourage greater use of digital technologies, and double the UK’s rail industry exports by 2025. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Property Industry

 

TfL and Barratt get the green light for Blackhorse Point development

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it has been given the go-ahead to start building hundreds of new homes working with Barratt London as part of its Property Partnership Framework. Read more…

Lendlease tops sustainability index

An analysis of the sustainability performance of the UK’s 25 largest house-builders has put Lendlease on top. Read more…

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £20m National Maritime Systems Centre contract

VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded a £20m contract to construct a new National Maritime Systems Centre in Portsdown Technology Park. Read more…

Overcoming the Hurdles of Payments in the Affordable Housing Industry

Online payment adoption is rising steadily in conventional multifamily and leading to the expectation of more self-service opportunities for renters. Read more…

UK’s most sustainable homebuilders revealed

NextGeneration, the benchmark which assesses and ranks the UK’s 25 largest homebuilders on their sustainability performance has released its annual report which names Lendlease, Barratt Developments Plc and Redrow as the UK’s most sustainable homebuilders. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Water & Utilities Industry

 

Wastewater upgrade for Northumberland

Northumbrian Water is investing nearly £4 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment works in Northumberland. Read more…

£60m Funding For “Environmentally-Friendly” Plastic Alternatives

Household food scraps could be transformed into “environmentally-friendly” plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to £60m of new government funding, it has been announced today (5 December). Read more…

Severn Trent creates machine learning to help tackle leakage

Severn Trent has started to use machine learning to help transform the way it approaches leaks. Read more…

Gove Sets Out Proposals For Greener Developments

The government is consulting on mandating biodiversity net gain in development to ensure habitats are protected and enhanced for the future. Read more…

Scottish Water tests innovative wastewater treatment process

Scottish Water experts are testing a new technology that the company believes could “transform the way wastewater is treated”. Read more…

 

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Half-way point for UK’s biggest road upgrade scheme

The £1.5bn project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon has reached the half-way point. Read more…

£150m Bournemouth Winter Gardens scheme gets go-ahead

Plans by Bournemouth Development Company for the Winter Gardens scheme in Bournemouth have been approved by Bournemouth Council Planning Board. Read more…

Engie to buy Forrest housing and energy arms

French energy services giant Engie is set to buy the social housing refurbishment and energy operations of stricken North West contractor Forrest Group. Read more…

Bouygues wins £100m London Royal Mail scheme

House builder Taylor Wimpey has awarded Bouygues a £100m-plus contract to deliver the first phase of its redevelopment of an old Royal Mail and Post Office site in London. Read more…

Researchers at Cambridge Uni to develop self-healing concrete

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are using microencapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop self-healing building materials. Read more…

Go-ahead for £270m Swindon ski and cinema centre

Plans to build a 500,000 sq ft regional leisure scheme in Swindon featuring a big snow centre have been given the thumbs up. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Rail Industry

 

Shadow transport secretary McDonald considers extending control periods to 7 years

The shadow transport secretary has suggested increasing the current spending period length by an extra two years to give the supply industry greater time for planning. Read more…

Tree felling review: ‘Passenger safety is as vital as wildlife’

Review chair John Varley has called on Network Rail to be not only the safety railway in Europe but also the greenest as a report into the infrastructure manager’s tree-felling practices has been released. Read more…

HS2 work on injunction site halted by overnight protesters

Four environmental protestors managed to stop work on part of the HS2 rail link at a construction site, which was protected by an injunction ordered by Chris Grayling, chaining themselves to part of the site. Read more…

Colas Rail: Sense of identity

From rail grinding to freight, on-track plant to train maintenance, it’s difficult to know where to start with Colas Rail. A series of acquisitions and mergers over the last decade have given the UK subsidiary of the French construction giant Bouygues its own distinct identity. Read more…

‘Another kick in the teeth’: Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in New Year

Rail fares will rise by an average of 3.1% in January, the Rail Delivery Group has confirmed today. Read more…

Bombardier and Hitachi commit to high-speed rail learning programme if HS2 bid is successful

Hitachi and Bombardier are to work closely together in developing a high-speed rail learning programme as part of their joint bid to build trains for HS2. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment

 

New prompt payment initiative to crackdown on slow paying contractors

A new prompt payment initiative to ensure all Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from being paid on time has been announced. Read more…

Assurances Needed for a “World Leading” Environment Bill

Stakeholders from business sectors, environmental groups, academics and professional bodies have come together to establish common ground in shaping a world leading Environment Act. Read more…

Experts to discuss optimising networks with smart technology

How can water companies embrace the disruptive transformation of smart technology to revolutionise networks? Senior leaders from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, FCC Aqualia, Yorkshire Water, and other leading organisations, are meeting to share strategic expertise at this year’s Smart Water Networks Conference, taking place on 21st March 2019 at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre. Read more…

Go-ahead for £270m Swindon ski and cinema centre

Plans to build a 500,000 sq ft regional leisure scheme in Swindon featuring a big snow centre have been given the thumbs up. Read more…

Bombardier and Hitachi commit to high-speed rail learning programme if HS2 bid is successful

Hitachi and Bombardier are to work closely together in developing a high-speed rail learning programme as part of their joint bid to build trains for HS2. Read more…

 

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RICS Proud to be a leader: Helping to shape the future of our profession and lead RICS into the future.

See results for the vote on the Special Resolution to amend the RICS Royal Charter and Bye-Laws and WATCH the 2018 AGM. Read and watch more…

New RICS president takes office, focuses on the future

Chris Brooke FRICS has officially been inaugurated as RICS President at a ceremony in Hong Kong on 27 November 2018, beginning his term for the 2018-2019 year. Read more…

West Midlands sees massive increase in affordable home completions

The West Midlands saw a 33% rise in affordable homes completed during the last year, making it nearly three times ahead of the national average increase. Read more…

35% of UK landlords rely on brokers to guide their financial choices

The latest research by Market Financial Solutions, in which over 2000 UK adults who own three or more residential properties were quizzed, found that over a third are reliant on the advice of brokers when it comes to securing finance for their property purchases. Read more…

RICS 150th anniversary

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. In order to celebrate this milestone, we have two initiatives highlighting the achievements of the profession and demonstrating its importance to society, both in the past and in the future: Pride in the Profession and Cities of our Future. Read more…

New builds are driving the UK prime property market

New data and analysis from Investec Private Bank has revealed that prime new build developments contributed £5 billion (16%) to UK prime property sales in 2017. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Water & Utilities Industry

 

Wessex Water to pay record £975k after sewage spills

Wessex Water has offered to pay £975,000 to achieve equivalent environmental benefits following a series of sewage spills in Swanage Bay, Dorset. Read more…

Householders Face £400 Fine For Waste Duty Of Care Failure

Householders face new financial penalties of up to £400 in cases of fly-tipping where they have failed to properly exercise their duty of care, Defra has announced. Read more…

Water Plus and Waterwise partner to improve water efficiency

Water Plus, the UK’s largest water retailer business, has partnered with Waterwise a national independent advisory group to boost water efficiency for consumers and innovation across the UK market. Read more…

Ocean Pollution Campaign Receives £24,000 Boost From Enforcement Undertaking

A campaign aimed at reducing waste pollution in our oceans and on beaches has been given a boost of more than £24,000 after the Environment Agency accepted an enforcement undertaking from a group of companies for failing to comply with waste and recycling regulations. Read more…

WRAS names Hogan as new chairman

The Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has appointed Sean Hogan as its new chairman, replacing Stephen Kay. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry

Cheshire West Council invest millions into building new affordable homes

The Cheshire West and Chester Council has received grant funding of £14.68 million to produce 700 new affordable homes across the borough. Read more…

Lendlease wins Birmingham Commonwealth Games village

Birmingham City Council has appointed Lendlease to deliver the £350m Commonwealth Games athletes village. Read more…

Kier to deliver £56m flagship building at The Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has appointed Kier to construct a £56 million new academic studio and research building at its South Campus. Read more…

Four shortlisted for 725 homes at £6bn Meridian Water

Four major developers and housing associations have been shortlisted for the first housing site at the vast Meridian Water scheme in North London. Read more…

Crest to start £85m Gloucester Quays canal-side homes

Developer Crest Nicholson has purchased a 4.7-hectare site on the western bank of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal for redevelopment in an £85m project. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment

 

Thameslink director appointed as East West Rail’s first CEO

East West Rail has announced its first chief executive as Simon Blanchflower, the programme director for Thameslink. Read more…

Interserve to roll-out £650m debt reduction plan

Interserve chief Debbie White has pledged to unveil plans to tackle the group’s mountain of debt early next year. Read more…

Rail parliamentary roundup: Grayling denies ‘tin ear’ jibes on northern investment, investigation launched into SWR’s ‘Mayhem Monday’

The transport secretary has hit back against claims that the government has underinvested in transport in the north following new analysis from the IPPR this week. Read more…

Yorkshire Water announces £30M Saltend WWTW investment

Yorkshire Water is to invest £30M in its wastewater treatment works in Saltend, Hull to improve the site’s operation. Read more…

My life in rail: Caitlin Gent

For the first in a new series meeting rail staff at different stages of their careers, we sat down with rising rail apprentice Caitlin Gent. Read more…

Major Brands Sign “Waste To Wealth” Commitment

Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network will challenge business to reduce waste or turn “waste into wealth” to prevent catastrophic climate change during at the Waste to Wealth Summit, held today (22 November). Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Property Industry

 

Expanding Weston Homes invests in logistics division

South east volume house builder Weston Group is ramping up its fledgeling logistics arm as part of a big expansion drive. Read more…

Mears buys Mitie housing upkeep arm for £35m

Mears has agreed to pay £35m for Mitie’s social housing repairs and maintenance business. Read more…

Countryside completions up 27% against 2017

Housebuilder, Countryside, has announced that it has enjoyed “another year of strong growth” with total completions up 27% against 2017. Read more…

HUB gets go-ahead for 424-flats in Maidenhead

Developer HUB and landowner Smedvig have got the green light to redevelop The Landing site in Maidenhead town centre. Read more…

The state of the FM recruitment market in 2018

The FM industry certainly had a sobering start to 2018 with the collapse of Carillion, yet it remains a highly buoyant sector to be working in – and one that will always be a critical part to any business. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Water & Utilities Industry

 

MUS gets water network alliance deal with Welsh Water

Morrison Utility Services (MUS), the UK’s largest dedicated utility service provider and part of M Group Services, has been awarded a new four-year water network alliance contract with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Read more…

Tesco And WWF Join Forces To Make Food More Sustainable

Tesco and WWF today announced a ground-breaking, long-term partnership2 with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket by 50%, improving the sustainability of food while ensuring it remains affordable for all. Read more…

South Staffs and Cambridge Water make new board appointments

South Staffs Water has welcomed three new independent non-executive directors to its board. Read more…

Co-op Rolls Out Compostable Carrier Bags In 1,000 Stores

The Co-op has this week rolled out its scheme to offer compostable carrier bags to customers from 1,000 stores across the country, replacing an estimated 60m single-use plastic bags. Read more…

Yorkshire Water announces £30M Saltend WWTW investment

Yorkshire Water is to invest £30M in its wastewater treatment works in Saltend, Hull to improve the site’s operation. Read more…

“Refundable” Levy On All Packaging Recommended In New Report

Policy measures to deliver increased use of post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) in the UK economy are outlined in a new report from Eunomia Research and Consulting, released today (20 November). Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry

 

UK and Ireland’s most considerate construction companies revealed

The highest-performing construction companies and suppliers in the UK and Ireland have been announced at the 2018 National Considerate Constructors Scheme Company and Supplier Awards. Read more…

Plans go in for tallest tower in the City of London

The team behind the Gherkin at 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London have lodged a planning application for a new tower next door. Read more…

Union demands “toilet dignity” for construction workers

Unite leaders are demanding that construction employers take action to ensure that workers are granted “toilet dignity in the workplace.” Read more…

Bid race starts for £435m HS2 Birmingham station

HS2 has given the signal for bid prequalification to start for Birmingham Curzon Street station. Read more…

GRAHAM completes £35m student accommodation in Surrey

GRAHAM has completed the design and build of Magna Carta Park, a new build student accommodation scheme in Runnymede. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Rail Industry

 

Jones in as rail minister following Johnson’s resignation over Brexit plans

Andrew Jones has been announced as the new rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation. Read more…

Grayling ‘sees no reason’ to follow European standards in post-Brexit rolling stock regulation

The transport secretary has categorically opposed the following of European Union rail standards when Britain leaves the EU, arguing he can see ‘absolutely no reason’ to follow the regulations. Read more…

Branson exports Virgin Trains brand to US

Last year Richard Branson visited Brightline, the USA’s first privately-owned passenger train service since the 1980s, and following discussions, is set to make a minority investment in the company. Read more…

HS2 kicks off the bid race to build Curzon Street station

HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. Read more…

Network Rail: Preventing suicides on the railway

Gillian, from Hertfordshire, intervened when she saw a man in distress while walking her dog with her husband. Read more…

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Property Industry

 

Housing market in limbo due to Brexit uncertainties

The latest statistics released by ONS on the UK housing market continue to paint a picture of a stagnant market that is feeling the impact of uncertainties surrounding Brexit, a disappointing budget and a continuing lack of stock. Read more…

Bristol housing project to provide affordable housing for young homeless

Bristol City Council has approved plans to restore an empty property into much-needed affordable housing for young homeless people. Read more…

Robot bricklayer builds house in under three days

A construction robot has built a house in less than three days. Australian tech company FBR hailed the achievement as a “quantum leap for the construction industry.” Read more…

Future Generation to build luxury student accommodation in Guildford

Future Generation, a Southern Grove company, has secured planning permission for a state-of-the-art luxury student accommodation scheme in Guildford. Read more…

Green light for 335 PRS flats in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has granted planning consent for a new mixed-use development that will create 335 new build-to-rent homes in the south west of the city centre. Read more…

 

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Architect appointed for Western Village in Ebbsfleet Garden City

PRP Architects has been appointed as lead architect and masterplanner on The Western Village in North Kent, by joint venture development partners, Clarion Housing Group and Countryside. Read more…

Stamp duty reforms prompt FTB mortgage uptake

The latest research by MoneySuperMarket has shown that first-time buyers are taking full advantage of the changes made to stamp duty laws in the 2017 Budget. Read more…

Grainger teams up with Lewisham council for 300-home scheme

Residential property business Grainger is teaming up with Lewisham Council to build a 300 private rented homes scheme at New Cross Gate. Read more…

Chinese contractor starts first Liverpool major project

Chinese builder Beijing Construction & Engineering Group International has started work on a 34-storey build-to-rent project for developer Moda on the Liverpool Waterfront. Read more…

Brexit continues to dominate top property industry concerns

As Brexit looms, a new survey commissioned by Crowe UK identifies the biggest concerns facing the UK property industry and provides a unique snapshot of views across the sector. Read more…

Contractor hunt starts for £50m Leicester mixed-use scheme

Developer LCL has launched plans for a £50m mixed-use scheme to transform the St George’s North area of Leicester city centre. Read more…

 

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Why is the construction industry behind on technological changes?

Leading building materials suppliers MIDFIX explore the importance of technological changes in the construction industry. Read more…

Steven A. Hunt Associates to build cancer care centre in Liverpool

The mechanical and electrical engineering specialists have secured a six figure contract to build an advanced medical diagnostics centre in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter next year. Read more…

Telford Homes snaps up 270-home site near Wembley

Telford Homes has bought part of a resi-led mixed-use development site near Wembley in London for £28m. Read more…

Willmott Dixon launches pre-design facilities for healthcare

Willmott Dixon is bringing its pre-design concepts to the healthcare market following the success of Sunesis and CODE which have secured the company over £200m in orders in the last five years. Read more…

New chairman named for Sir Robert McAlpine

Sir Robert McAlpine has announced that Edward McAlpine will take over as new chairman of the construction group from January next year. Read more…

Winvic bags £50m Leicester build to rent scheme

Winvic Construction is preparing to start work on a £50m project to build rental flats at the Waterside regeneration area in Leicester. Read more…

M&E specialist VVB bought out of administration by owners

Tunnel M&E specialist VVB Engineering has been bought out of administration by its existing investment fund owners in a pre-pack deal. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Rail Industry

 

ORR approves Network Rail’s £35bn CP6 plans

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has set out its final determination on Network Rail’s plans for CP6. Read more…

Eye on safety

Eye protection worn by Network Rail staff must conform to the EN 166 standard. It is the basic requirement all safety glasses must meet and the first thing you should check before carrying out any work. Read more…

Network Rail urge businesses to join innovation project to improve passenger journeys

Network Rail has launched a project with Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) to build live demonstrators of innovative technologies which could improve passenger journeys, and are seeking partners to help. Read more…

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

Network Rail has announced winter plans for an £8.2m upgrade to Battersea Pier, one of the UK’s busiest railway junctions, which will cause disruption to passengers across Sussex, Surrey and South London this Christmas. Read more…

Heathrow Express recruits new director and head of operations

Airport rail link Heathrow Express (HEx) has made two key senior appointments. Read more…

London Underground MD joins Crossrail

Mark Wild is set to become the new chief executive of Crossrail Ltd. Since June 2016, Mark has been the managing director of London Underground, a role he will return to once the Elizabeth line has opened through central London. Read more…

 

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment

 

Crossrail chief executive stands down as London Underground boss takes up role

Transport for London announced today that Simon Wright, the chief executive of the £15.4bn project, will step down from the role “as planned,” and on 19 November will be replaced by Mark Wild, who is currently the managing director of London Underground. Read more…

ISG appointed to deliver £200m Waterloo development

ISG is set to transform 135,000 sq ft at the former Waterloo International Eurostar Terminal into a new retail, leisure and cultural development. Read more…

Civils skills shortage worst on record

Civils contractors are warning they now face a serious skills gap with dissatisfaction about finding sufficiently skilled staff in England running at record levels. Read more…

Travertine pavements could cut flooding by 50% – study

Changing the material used in pavements could reduce flooding by 50 percent and purify stormwater at the same time, according to researchers from Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University (XJTLU). Read more…

Colgate Launches Oral Care Products Recycling Solution

Dental hygiene brand Colgate is partnering with TerraCycle to launch the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Programme, a free Nationwide recycling solution for oral care products and packaging in the UK. Read more…

 

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Stamp duty reduction for first time buyers now covers shared ownership options

Stamp duty reductions are being introduced for people in England and Northern Ireland buying their first home through a shared ownership scheme. Read more…

Homes England reveals strategic plan to tackle housing challenges

Homes England has outlined how it will improve housing affordability through a new five-year Strategic Plan, in the hopes of helping more people access better homes in areas where they are needed most. Read more…

New home registrations reach highest levels since 2007

The latest figures released by NHBC have revealed that new home registrations for Q3 have resulted in the strongest quarter in 11 years. Read more…

Wates JV 1,500-home Bicester plan gets green light

Joint developers Wates Developments and Redrow Homes have gained revised planning for a  1,500-home scheme at Wretchwick Green in Bicester. Read more…

Annual house price growth crashes to 5 year low

The latest data and analysis from Nationwide has revealed that during October annual house price growth slowed to 1.6% – a drop of 0.4% on the month and the lowest level since May 2013. Read more…

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 The latest news this week in the Water & Utilities Industry

Irish Water to upgrade nine water treatment plants in Mayo

Irish Water has announced that it will spend €8.75 million on upgrading nine water treatment plants across County Mayo. Read more…

Unilever & Veolia Sign Collaboration Agreement On Sustainable Packaging

Unilever and Veolia have announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly work on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia. Read more…

Severn Trent customers offered video calling service to report leaks

Severn Trent is now offering a video calling service that allows its customers to speak ‘face-to-face’ with an engineer when they report a leak. Read more…

United Utilities signs AI deal in UK first

United Utilities has become the first water company in the UK to introduce large-scale artificial intelligence into its operational systems. Read more…

Work begins on Glasgow’s groundbreaking ‘smart canal’

Construction of Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ scheme, which will use the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal and 21st century technology to mitigate flood risk as well as enable significant regeneration, is now underway in Glasgow. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Construction Industry

 

Wates site leader is Construction Manager of the Year

Neil Lock of Wates was named Construction Manager of the Year last night at the CIOB’s annual celebration of industry professionals. Read more…

BAM Nuttall wins first stage of £60m Lowestoft bridge

BAM Nuttall has won the contract for the first stage of completing the £60m Lake Lothing Third Crossing in Lowestoft. Read more…

Colmore Tang wins £18m Slough resi scheme

Colmore Tang has won the contract to convert the former Intel Security office building in Slough into a luxury apartment complex for developer SevenCapital. Read more…

Wates JV 1,500-home Bicester plan gets green light

Joint developers Wates Developments and Redrow Homes have gained revised planning for a  1,500-home scheme at Wretchwick Green in Bicester. Read more…

Government abolishes PFI and PF2 for future projects

Chancellor Philip Hammond has called time on the private finance initiative vowing in his Budget speech today to never sign another deal. Read more…

ISG wins lead role on £200m Waterloo Eurostar station revival

Developer LCR has appointed ISG as lead contractor on its £200m retail, leisure and cultural development at Waterloo. Read more…

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The latest news this week in the Built Environment

 

Colmore Tang has won the contract to convert the former Intel Security office building in Slough into a luxury apartment complex for developer SevenCapital.

Work will see the building converted into 58 one and two-bedroom boutique apartments. Read more…

Network Rail supplier spend table revealed

Network’s Rail’s investment in signalling and train control systems saw Siemens Rail Automation unseat Costain as the infrastructure group’s biggest supplier by spend. Read more…

London council picks Countryside for big estate rebuild

The London Borough of Kingston has selected Countryside Properties to redevelop a major housing estate. Read more…

BAM Nuttall wins first stage of £60m Lowestoft bridge

BAM Nuttall has won the contract for the first stage of completing the £60m Lake Lothing Third Crossing in Lowestoft. Read more…

New framework announced for measuring the impact UK rail has on society and sustainability

The RSSB has developed a new framework which can measure the social value of the UK’s railway. Read more…

DERAGGER demonstrates benefits in independent trial

Clearwater Controls’ DERAGGER device cuts energy consumption by up to 80 per cent, significantly reduces maintenance requirements and helps to extend asset life, according to a new independent trial. Read more…

Thames Water publishes environmental, social and governance statement

Thames Water has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance Statement today (25 October) and been recognised for its commitment to sustainability in a global review. Read more…

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Engie secures £195m student accommodation deal in London

ENGIE has been announced as the winner of a new £195 million student accommodation refurbishment and maintenance scheme for Kingston University in London.

Affordable housing development launched on former West Ham stadium

Upton Gardens, an 842 unit mixed-tenure development of private sale and affordable housing has been launched on the site of West Ham’s former Upton Park stadium in East London.

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Khan boosts council housebuilding teams with new £10m fund

Sadiq Khan has launched a new £10m fund to improve London councils’ housing and planning teams and help boost their role in building new homes in the capital. Read more…

Planning permission granted for more than 350,000 new homes

Planning permission was granted for more than 350,000 new homes across 20,076 sites in the year up to June 2018. Read more…

Rental payments recognised in credit reports for the first time

Rental payment information will now on the Experian credit reports of more than 1.2 million tenants from across the UK. Read more…

Latest ARLA report shows rent hikes continue to rise year-on-year

The latest PRS data and analysis from ARLA Propertymark has revealed that the number of tenants experiencing rent hikes remained high in September. Read more…

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UU building floating solar farm on Langthwaite Reservoir

United Utilities is building a floating solar farm on the surface of Langthwaite Reservoir. Read more…

Former Kier MD Fletcher to lead Anglian’s @one Alliance

Anglian Water has appointed former Kier MD Paul Fletcher as director of its @one Alliance – a 15-year partnership of engineering and construction partners. Read more…

Anglian gets permission for solar installation at Grafham Water

Grafham Water is to become the latest part of Anglian Water’s carbon neutral journey as the installation of a solar array has been permitted on operational land at the site. Read more…

Nissan Leaf gets green light for vehicle-to-grid use in Germany

Electric car is first to win regulatory approval from German authorities to supply energy from battery back to the grid. Read more…

Aluminium Drink Cans Recycling Hits Record High in Ireland

The official recycling rate for aluminium drink cans consumed in Ireland has jumped from 54% in 2016 to 73% in 2017. Read more…

Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

Uber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric cars. Read more…

 

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Traditional vs modular: Deconstructing building methods

Traditional and modular construction are very different from one another. Premier Guarantee examines the pros and cons. Read more…

Hill bags £300m Aldershot and Farnborough town centre revamps

House builder Hill’s investment partnerships arm has signed off a development deal with Rushmoor Borough Council to transform both Aldershot and Farnborough town centres. Read more…

Atkins wins Wylfa nuclear power station civils design

Atkins has been signed up to deliver civils design for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on the Isle of Anglesey. Read more…

Despite slowing growth, construction’s profits continue to rise

An analysis of the accounts of more than 1700 construction companies has shown that average annual profit before tax has grown from 11.5% to 17.1% over the last three years. Read more…

Civils specialist Nexus sees orders surge 45% to £290m

Publicly-listed civils specialist, Nexus Infrastructure, has enjoyed a sharp uplift in orders driven by both its civils and house building utility connection businesses.

London boroughs get £1bn council homes construction boost

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed more than £1bn in funding for 26 boroughs in the capital to ramp up the construction of council homes. Read more…

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Bristol Water supporting growth of innovative entrepreneurs

Bristol Water has launched its business incubator to boost innovation and help support the local economy. The Workshop encourages small, start-up businesses to help solve business challenges. Read more…

Severn Trent set to expand trial with leak-finding robot

Following trials earlier this year, Severn Trent is working with US-based WatchTower Robotics on creating and trialling a UK-specific leak-finding robot in the company’s pipes. Read more…

UK’s Biggest Collaborative Push To Improve Recycling On-The-Go Launches

Bubble-blowing bins, recycling reward machines, a huge art installation and ‘Re-Cycler’ recycling collection bikes will appear across Leeds city centre from today [Tuesday 9 October] as part of #LeedsByExample – the UK’s biggest push, to date, to trial innovative ways to improve rates of recycling on the go. Read more…

Thames’ ‘micro-machine’ to cut roadworks disruption

Thames Water is bringing an innovative new micro-machine to London to cut down travel disruption caused by essential roadworks. Read more…

Ofwat not ambitious enough on ‘shocking’ leakage levels – MPs

Ofwat’s 15 per cent leakage target is “not ambitious enough” while more must be done to incentivise water transfers, MPs have said in a report on the regulation of the water industry. Read more…

Walkers To Create UK’s First Nationwide Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme

Walkers is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. Read more…

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VolkerHighways wins £70m Wokingham roads upkeep

Wokingham Borough Council has selected VolkerHighways to deliver its highways and transport maintenance and construction programmes. Read more…

Mace tops September contracts league

Mace nosed ahead to rank top of the September contracts league after securing a £200m job for over 500 flats at the London Olympic Park for joint clients Qatari Diar and Delancy Estates. Read more…

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £14m Thames Valley spec office job

The property investment arm of JP Morgan has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £14m contract to build a 70,000 sq ft office project in Maidenhead. Read more…

Morgan Sindall wins sixth Southampton port car park

Morgan Sindall has secured the latest stage in the Port of Southampton’s £50m expansion of car storage facilities. Read more…

Kier wins £40m Gloucestershire hospitals revamp

Kier has secured projects to modernised the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals through the Procure 22 framework. Read more…

Striking HS2 Midlands stations designs revealed

HS2 has unveiled detailed designs for landmark stations at Curzon Street in Birmingham and the Solihull Interchange. Read more…