25 firms win spots on £290m construction framework

Some 25 contractors and consultants have won places on a £290m framework to provide refurbishments and new buildings, including some using modular techniques, for up to 300 youth centres. Fusion 21 has named 25 firms, including E.W. Beard, Wernick Buildings and Pick Everard. The Department backs the framework for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. Open to … Read more

Ex-council highways worker jailed for £1m fraud

A former council highways worker has been jailed for stealing £1m meant for contractors. Tyler Evans, 42, was handed a sentence of four years and eight months after carrying out fraud while working for Birmingham City Council from 2010-14. His role was to control the refund of payment bonds to contractors that carried out work … Read more

Willmott Dixon sues Aecom and Prater over high-rise cladding

Willmott Dixon is suing five subcontractors and consultants as it attempts to recover the cost of fixing defective cladding on a residential scheme in Woolwich, south London. The original external wall system (EWS) of the 17-storey building, completed in 2014, was defective and did not comply with the Building Regulations or Centre for Window and … Read more

Support Deal for British Steel and Tata Steel

British Steel and Tata Steel have been told that a six-month moratorium on redundancies is among the conditions of a £600m aid package being prepared by the government, Sky News learns. Britain’s two biggest steelmakers would be required to guarantee thousands of jobs for a decade in return for £600m of government support to help … Read more

Supply chain warning over building safety deadline

A trade body has warned that the government’s deadline for developers to commit to fixing unsafe towers could lead to “conflict and costs” as pressures are passed down the construction supply chain. In a letter to developers, levelling up secretary Michael Gove has given a six-week ultimatum to sign up to a new contract to fix historic … Read more

HS2 awards £310m station lifts and escalators deal

In total, Birmingham Curzon Street, Interchange, Old Oak Common and the new HS2 platforms at London Euston will need more than 160 lifts and 130 escalators. TK Elevator, which employs around 400 people across the UK, has signed a framework agreement, expected to be worth between £207m and £316m depending on the number of lifts … Read more

Green light for nuclear fusion

Green light for nuclear fusion demonstration plant. South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee approves fusion energy project; construction to start this year at UKAEA’s Culham Campus. The fusion demonstration will be built to a 70 per cent scale of a commercial power plant at UKAEA’s Culham Campus. The fusion machine is expected to be commissioned … Read more

Piletec adds new piling hammers to its hire fleet

A Side-Grip Hammer and Impact Hammer are the latest excavator attachments from Piletec. Two new piling attachments that save civil engineering contractors time and money have been added to its UK hire offering by piling equipment specialist Piletec. These are an ICE Side-Grip Hammer by Dieseko Group and a DX20 Excavator-Mounted Impact Hammer, which are … Read more

England’s biggest wind turbine

Work to build England’s biggest wind turbine started in February 2023. The 150-metre structure will dwarf the other turbines already in Avonmouth, Bristol, when it is finished. Around 100 tonnes of steel and 1,000 tonnes of concrete will be needed to build it. Project development manager David Tudgey said the turbine would be a “real … Read more