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Dyson to invest £1.5bn to create 3000 UK jobs


Sir James Dyson, the founder and chairman of the eponymous British vacuum cleaner and home appliances business, is investing £1.5bn in research and development, developing a new campus and creating 3,000 new jobs at Dyson's UK headquarters.

Dyson: the company has revolutionised vacuum cleaners with slick design and pioneering engineering

The revered British inventor said that the £1.5bn earmarked for investment would cover a £1bn fund for R&D, a £250m injection into its Malmesbury, Wiltshire campus, a £50m donation to UK universities and a further £200m investment into extending its manufacturing base in order to meet growing demand for its products in Asia.

Dyson plans to launch 100 new products in the next four years and development of its Malmesbury campus is underway, with Dyson already on the hunt to fill 300 newly-created roles. Meanwhile, in Asia, Dyson has built four new production lines at its factory in Singapore.

The firm, which made its name through pioneering technologies used in the design and manufacture of vacuum cleaners, already invests a third of its profits into new product development.

Dyson said: "Our growth is fuelled by technology and we are thinking long-term. 90% of our technology is sold abroad, we’re quickly growing across Asia, and it’s phenomenal to think that we are now number one in the home of technology - Japan.

"It is like selling coal to New­castle. But we must relentlessly invent. That’s why we are investing in our research footprint here in the UK and investing in our manufacturing capabilities in south-east Asia."



BAM bags £20m Sunderland College job


Sunderland vocational college

BAM Construction has scooped the Sunderland College Vocational Campus building contract with a bid of £20.5m.

The 120,000 sq ft campus will be built in Sunderland city centre on the land known as the Holmeside Triangle opposite Park Lane bus station.

It will be delivered in two phases and will accommodate up to 2,000 students on courses include engineering, manufacturing, construction trades, automotive skills, travel and tourism, catering and hospitality.

BAM is understood to have beaten rivals Bowmer & Kirkland, Sir Robert McAlpine, Shepherd and Willmott Dixon to the contract

The college was one of the big winners when the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced grants of £194m nationwide to improve further education colleges.

Sunderland is to receive £10m, which will be added to funding for the new development from the city council and college reserves.

Sunderland-based DESCO (Design & Consultancy) is the mechanical and electrical consultant on the project with Turner & Townsend acting as cost consultants.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Balfour Beatty to start Trafford Park tunnel drive


Trafford Park tunnelling

Balfour Beatty’s supply chain partner Murphy will now start tunnelling to create a 3.66m wide, 700m long tunnel as part of a scheme to improve water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal.

The machine is built for operation in soft ground conditions containing water under pressure.

Click here to Watch Gloria from the Sky Video 

It has now been lifted down into one of three 33m deep shafts constructed as part of a project to prevent undiluted sewage entering the ship canal for United Utilities.

The shafts will all be connected by the tunnel, which will be wide enough to drive a high roof van through. The whole system will work together to store 17,800 cubic metres of dirty water during storm conditions.

Nicknamed Gloria, the 140 tonne machine was transported to the Manchester site from a depot in Stoke, following refurbishment after building a sewer in Hull.

The Trafford Park sewer scheme is one of six similar projects worth more than £90m being carried out by United Utilities along the Salford and Eccles corridor, with the aim of improving water quality in the Manchester Ship Canal. The major investment works out at around £900 per household in Salford

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Anglo Holt builds Holiday Inn from sea containers


Shipping containers hotel holiday Inn London

Hotel begins to take shape at the Royal Albert Dock in London

Specialist hotel contractor Anglo Holt has started work on a £12.5m Holiday Inn Express hotel using converted shipping containers as bedrooms.

The West Bromwich contractor has teamed up with Chinese industrial and construction giant China International Marine Containers to deliver the London hotel.

Hotel modules are being produced in a Chinese factory and then shipped to the UK for assembly by Anglo Holt.

The first batch of modules, which come complete with decoration, furniture and all fittings, are being put in place as the hotel begins to take shape at the Royal Albert Dock in London.

The  204-bedroom hotel site is adjacent to City Airport and is in an area undergoing extensive regeneration.

CIMC Group is a diversified industrial group producing sea containers, modular building systems, energy, chemical and food equipment and offshore facilities.

Anglo Holt managing director Andy Elwell said it was the biggest project of its type yet undertaken in the UK by CIMC and the first time the two companies have worked together.

He said: “The CIMC modular system is a fantastic innovation and the quality of each container is very good.

“There is an enormous amount of interest in this system and other hotel operators are considering similar modular systems for the construction of new hotels of various brands in the UK.

“From a construction point of view, it reduces the amount of time on site, assist with quality control, and is considered to be safer, quieter and cleaner than traditional construction methods. Our experience so far would certainly support that.”

CIMC spokesman Paul Blackmore said: “This efficient process is based on flawless design co-operation from both sides, enabling our modules to fit well with the foundation functionally and technically.

“One of the most obvious advantages of parallel work is the enhancement of work efficiency and time saving. It is also an environmentally-friendly option, with on-site waste reduced by around 10% to 15%.”

The first shipping container hotel in the UK was pioneered by Travelodge at Uxbridge back in 2008 using a similar system. The group later built others at a Warminster and Heathrow but the new Holiday Inn Express is the biggest hotel so far.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Fitzgerald sees 75% surge in civils work


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MD Nick Coley believes annual turnover will top £33m

Civils specialist Fitzgerald Contractors enjoyed a near 75% jump in turnover during the first six months of the financial year powered by increased infrastructure work for house builders.

Mid-year results for the firm show turnover in the six month period to September 2014 of £19m with pre-tax profits doubled at £775,000.

Fitzgerald has landed significant awards from house builders including Cala Homes’ Wychbury Fields site in Hagley.

Other contracts include local authority work from Dudley, Telford and Wrekin, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Birmingham; Private Clients such as Jaguar Land Rover and Aldi; and main contractors including ISG, Sir Robert McAlpine, Eurovia and BAM.

Nick Coley, Managing Director and principle shareholder, said: “Our exceptional mid-year results exceed our budgeted targets by 30% and are an ongoing testament to the hard work and efforts of all our staff.

“We are forecasting a turnover in excess of £33m in 2014/15 which will be a growth of over 80% since the management buyout in May 2013.

“The service we offer to our clients remains the key to our success; we believe the service we offer in being a single point of delivery for highways works, delivered by directly employed labour, is unique.

“Our expertise is valued by our clients within the housing sector, Highways Agency, local authorities, private clients and main contractors and their support since the buyout has been outstanding”.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Anglian Water names five for final £200m framework



Anglian Water has revealed the final set of framework partners to deliver around £200m of work across the region during AMP6.

Five contractors will form the water company’s Integrated Maintenance and Repair alliance, one of four alliances that Anglian Water has now established.

The IMR alliance is divided into two specialist areas, covering water and water recycling projects. Partners will be encouraged to contribute ideas and experience across both areas of work.

Clancy Docwra and Kier MG have signed contracts to carry out the firm’s water infrastructure maintenance work.

This will include carrying out around 40,000 jobs a year such as repairing burst mains, finding and fixing leaks and replacing lead pipes.

The contract is expected to be worth around £140m between 2015 and 2020.

Anglian Water has also announced the four preferred bidders for its water recycling maintenance work, which includes fixing collapsed sewers and replacing damaged manholes.

This section of work is expected to be worth over £60m in the same period.

The four bidders – Clancy Docwra, Claret Civil Engineering, Danaher & Walsh and Public Sewer Services – will spend the next three months working on a joint business plan before signing contracts to form the final part of the IMR alliance, completing around 7,500 water recycling jobs every year.

Jason Tucker, Head of Capital Delivery and Supply Chain Management for Anglian Water, said: “Confirming our partners and preferred bidders for the final two alliances brings our tier one AMP6 procurement process near to its conclusion.”

“This announcement is the final step in confirming all of our tier one framework partners who will work with us to deliver between £6 and £9bn of investment over 15 years.

“Four alliances will collectively deliver every kind of work for Anglian Water, ranging from building large new water treatment works to repairing small leaks and connecting new properties to the network.

“The supply chain contracts begin next year and are expected to run until 2030, with a review every five years. We now look forward to running additional procurement processes to appoint our many tier two partners to service our four alliances.”

All the partners will work with Anglian Water in a collaborative commercial model, sharing risk and reward collectively within the alliance, working to outperform Anglian Water’s business plan.

To maximise collaborative working and efficiency, contracts may run for 15 years, with a review after each five-year AMP period.

This is one of the longest collaborations in the industry, and means these contracts could deliver around £600m of investment over 15 years.

Already this year, the company has confirmed its partners for its Integrated Main Works Capital which will retain the ‘@one Alliance’ brand, Integrated Metering and Developer Services  and Integrated Operational Solutions  alliances, representing almost £2bn of the company’s investment programme during AMP6.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Go-ahead for £2bn New Covent Garden Market scheme


Joint venture development partners Vinci and St Modwen have gained planning for the £2bn regeneration of the New Covent Garden Market site in central London.

The plans with the Covent Garden Market Authority will lead to the transformation of the 57-acre site situated next to Vauxhall Cross in the Nine Elms regeneration zone.

The multi-phase scheme will take 10 years to build and includes development of 550,000 sq ft of modern facilities to house the 200 businesses that make up the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market.

Construction work will be funded from the release of 20 acres of surplus land for a residential led mixed-use regeneration scheme.

Much of this will be built on a separate site joined by a 1km linear park. In total more than 3,000 new homes and 135,000 sq ft of new office space and 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure will be built.

Development work on the new market will commence in 2015 and on the first phase of the surplus land in 2017.

Vinci Construction UK has been earmarked to construct the new market, with other firms likely to be brought on board to build the later housing projects.

Project team

New Covent Garden Market

  • Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • Structural Consultant: Hyland Edgar Driver
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds
  • Mech & Elec Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Market contractor: Vinci Construction UK

Northern site new covent garden market
Separate northern site in Nine Elms integrates a mix of residential towers and low rise buildings and will be linked to the market by a 1km linear park

Northern site new covent garden market
Part of the main market site will also provide housing and residential

Work will start on phased market rebuilding next year

The developers have agreed to pump £91m into local infrastructure improvements.

The money will be spent on a series of local transport upgrades including the now approved Northern Line Extension.

Sarah McDermott, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “This project covers five distinct development plots, the largest being the new wholesale market itself which will be overhauled to provide a 21st Century trading space for the food and flower businesses.

“The current flower market site would make way for a series of new buildings including three towers which will form part of the Vauxhall tall building cluster.”


Source: Construction Enquirer 

Balfour knocks Kier from top of contracts league


Balfour Beatty is once again leading the 12-month contracts league after Kier enjoyed a brief two month spell at the top.

Now just £19m of orders separates the two contractors in a neck and neck race to be crowned 2014 contracts league champion.

Judged by work won over 12 months Kier currently ranks as the country’s most successful builder, followed by Mace and then Interserve.

Balfour Beatty leads the way on civils work, chased by Costain and then rival Carillion.

This month’s October league table was dominated by the formal signing of the £500m extension of the Northern Line in London.

Laing O’Rourke and joint venture Spanish partner Ferrovial share the honours at the top with the single civils award.

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Over the month, Willmott Dixon ranked as the most successful builder, helped by a £40m visitor centre at Hadlow College and a £34.5m school in Llandysul for Ceredigion County Council.

Among the other big building contracts Winvic raced off with a £50m deal for Sports Direct to build a distribution centre in Mansfield.

On the civils side Morgan Sindall also landed a £90m three-year cabling/excavation deal across the east Midlands for Western Power Distribution.

Source: Construction Enquirer 

Cameron plans £15bn “roads revolution”


M60, motorway, congestion, theme

Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a £15bn investment plan for Britain’s roads today.

Cameron is pledging to push ahead with over 100 projects between 2015 and 2021 under his first ever long-term Roads Investment Strategy.

The Prime Minister is expected to say: “Our long-term economic plan is turning Britain round. And nowhere is this better demonstrated than in what we are doing on infrastructure.”

The plans will be outlined in detail in the Autumn Statement in three weeks time.

Cameron said: “At its heart is the biggest, boldest and most far reaching road improvement programme in four decades: over 100 improvements to our major roads.

“Hundreds of extra lane miles on our motorways and trunk roads. The green light given to major projects that have been stalled for years. Action to improve some of the most important arteries in our country – like the A303 and the A1 – which for too long have held parts of our country back. And all underpinned by over £15bn worth of investment.

“This will be nothing less than a roads revolution – one which will lead to quicker journey times, more jobs, and businesses boosted right across the country.”

Plans to be announced will include improvements to the:

  • A303 to the south west
  • A1 north of Newcastle
  • A1 Newcastle-Gateshead western bypass
  • Trans-Pennine roads in the north of England
  • A47 in the east of England
  • A27 on the south coast


Source: Construction Enquirer 

Welsh firms call in Euro giants for £800m M4 bids



Welsh contractors have teamed up with Spanish and French contracting giants to bid for the £800m M4 Corridor extension around Newport.

The vast project is understood to have attracted Bouygues, Ferrovial and FCC into the fray.

Also Balfour Beatty and Carillion have put aside their failed merger talks to jointly bid the project, while Irish contractor Roadbridge is also in the chase.

The 14-mile motorway between Junctions 23 and 29 will include a new crossing of the River Usk.

This has prompted local Welsh firms to partner major European contractors with track records in major structures that are able to shoulder the bridge risk.

Five consortia have made the shortlist for the early contractor involvement scheme after a Skanska/BAM joint venture dropped out.


  • Bouygues/Alun Griffiths/Roadbridge
  • Balfour Beatty/Carillion
  • Costain/Vinci
  • FCC/Sir Robert McAlpine/Morgan Sindall
  • Ferrovial/Dawnus

Bids are due to be submitted within the next couple of weeks for what represents the largest capital investment programme in Wales since devolution.

But firms are privately concerned that full funding for the project could still be a major obstacle for the Welsh Government, which has been cleared to borrow £500m for the project by Whitehall but must make up the balance locally.

One source told the Enquirer: “The cost of bidding this job is really high and there is still a lot of concern about the Welsh Government’s commitment to the project given demands for infrastructure improvements elsewhere in Wales.”

“There have been noises that the increased borrowing could be used to fund road projects in the north of Wales.

“What’s needed is a clear unequivocal statement about funding the M4 extension.”

Friends of the Earth Cymru has called for a judicial review of the M4 plans after claiming the Government refused to reconsider the decision to build through the highly protected Gwent Levels wetlands.

Black route
The existing M4 motorway will be re-classified as a trunk road, once the new corridor is built
Site for River Usk motorway crossing

Originally proposed in 1991, the scheme was dropped by the Welsh Assembly in 2009 because of soaring costs.

Plans were resurrected in 2011 when the idea of a toll-motorway was floated but the Treasury indicated it would support a public funding approach last year.

The project is expected to completed by 2022 and is the most expensive of several route options considered.