Eiffage Group subsidiaries, Eiffage Benelux and Eiffage Construction, have secured a contract valued at €190m from BNP Paribas Fortis to construct new headquarters in Brussels.
Robert Bosch, a Germany-based auto component maker, has unveiled its plans to build a new semiconductor fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany.
Germany-based luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has begun construction on its new engine plant in Jawor, Poland that will entail an investment of €500m.
Developer Newby has secured the green light from the City of York Council to redevelop the former Nestle factory on Haxby Road in York.
There is a great deal of uncertainty in the UK construction industry following the June 8th General Election. Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center maintains its current modest outlook for the industry, which we have held since the outcome of the 2016 referendum to leave the EU, and we expect to see a slight contraction in real terms over the year. We caution that risks to this outlook remain firmly to the downside, as the industry faces a period of uncertainty given the weakened position of the Conservative government to implement its domestic agenda, the beginning of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), and rising costs due to ongoing currency weakness.
Westminster Council has approved amended plans for the £1bn redevelopment of Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.
Construction has been completed on Bristol Business School (BBS) and Bristol Law School (BLS) at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
UK-based property investor M&G Real Estate has secured planning permission from the Glasgow City Council for its £100m office redevelopment in central Glasgow, Scotland.
McLaren Group has launched McLaren Parking Ltd, a new business within the group, which will specialise in car parks.
A partnership of education providers has been awarded £400,000 to address skills shortage in the construction industry.
The UK construction product manufacturing industry registered an increase in sales and activity in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017, according to a survey.
The UK construction industry could fail to keep nearly 200,000 jobs if the UK loses access to the EU single market, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Infrastructure work in London is set to grow by 54% in the next three years, according to a new construction forecast.
Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) has sharply revised down its outlook for construction output in Poland as EU financial assistance is at a standstill. Nathan Hayes, economist at CIC, discusses the situation.
The Costain Skanska joint venture (CSJV) environmental team working on the Crossrail Bond Street station in Central London has won one of the programme’s sustainability awards.
UK-based construction and engineering company Costain highlighted the importance of preserving the environment and biodiversity in an initiative last month.
Costain’s London Bridge redevelopment project team has won a gold Green Apple Award due to its positive contribution to the built environment.
The UK construction industry will converge in Birmingham next month, as the UK Construction Week event combines nine shows at the NEC venue from 18–20 October.
Ian Anfield, managing director for leading construction audit, contract and payroll provider Hudson Contract, comments on recent talk of a UK recession in light of the Brexit vote.Whether we’re entering a recession or not is a big talking point at the moment. Certainly, we at Hudson Contract have seen that the number of operatives averaged per client has dipped by 4.5% in the last three months, but it’s unclear if that means an output dip or the beginning of a long downturn. There are so many factors to be considered but I have an impression that any downturn may be relatively short-lived. I read a piece written by HSBC’s chief economist who commented that the government has done a number of credible things since the vote. These included ensuring new leadership headed by Theresa May, ruling out an early General Election, and ruling out an emergency budget. Taking time to speak with European leaders and not triggering Article 50 this year all seems to make economic common sense. It’s certainly not all doom and gloom. The latest reports from the Purchasing Managers’ Index reveals that construction output also recovered last month following a seven-year low in July. It appears that business confidence is stabilising and the feared short-term effects of the referendum have been short-lived to a certain extent. Overall I’m definitely one for seeing the glass being half-full for the construction industry. Private business can and will build if the government act in a decisive and positive way to minimise the uncertainty the Brexit vote created. We’ve all seen how Team GB performed recently — it’s time the whole country took on the ‘Believe’ mantra.
Sheffield City Council has announced a 60-year partnership agreement with Chinese firm Sichuan Guodong Construction to develop the UK city. The £1bn deal is set to be the biggest Chinese investment of its kind to be made outside of London. The first investment, worth about £220M, will fund four or five Sheffield city centre projects over the next three years.Councillor Julie Dore, Sheffield City Council leader, said: “This is the biggest Chinese investment deal to be made by a UK city outside of London. And perhaps more importantly it is first deal of its kind to be made by a UK city. This is a real partnership.“The projects funded by this investment will be determined by Sheffield City Council, and the 60-year commitment secures a stream of investment into our city for the next generation, and means a whole range of projects become viable because of the long-term nature of the relationship.”Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We are clear that this will create hundreds, if not thousands, of additional jobs for the people of Sheffield. The investment comes from China, but the workforce on these projects will be British.”Sheffield has also signed, recently, co-operation trade agreements with the cities of Daqing and Nanchang.