Wates targets Midlands with new appointment

Wates Construction has appointed a new business unit director for the Midlands in a move to strengthen the senior team in the region.

The appointment of Richard Scarrott comes as the business prepares to grow its presence in sectors including commercial, industrial and manufacturing, and education.

Scarrott, who has been with Wates Construction as operations director since July 2013, will now oversee the current portfolio for the region. Current projects …

Output up with strong rises in housing

UK construction output has continued to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics.

New housing was at its highest monthly level since the series began in 2010. In particular, public new housing was at its highest monthly level since 2010, and its quarterly level was the highest since the series began in 1997.

The latest figures estimate that in Q3 2014 output grew by 0.8% compared with Q2 2014. …

Margins remain strong at Mitie

Mitie’s half-yearly financial report shows revenue up 4.8% and operating profits rising 3%, with an operating profit margin of 5.9%.

The results for the six months ended 30 September 2014 reported strong organic growth in the facilities management (FM) business, with organic revenue growth of 6.3% and a contract retention rate above 90%.

Successes included retaining its integrated FM contract with Vodafone for a further five years, valued at £250m. …

Unsafe roof work brings trouble for Tameside builder

A Tameside builder has been fined after allowing workers to carry out unsafe roofing work in Stalybridge, despite previously receiving a formal warning about the activity.

Gerard Hurst, who trades as Ashton Roofing & Building Construction, was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after the building work on Brushes Road was spotted by a passing inspector on 20 May 2014.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told that four men …

Builder fined £10,000 for dangerous bricks

A construction firm has been fined after it ignored repeated warnings about the safety of stacks of bricks at a building site for a row of terraced houses in Manchester.

Waterloo Construction (Manchester) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after it continued to stack bricks on scaffolding without measures in place to stop them falling and injuring people below.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday that …

Crossrail contractors seek Welsh subbies

Major Crossrail contractors looking to extend their supply chain are holding a meeting in Wales next week to meet construction and manufacturing SMEs.

The event will take place at the Village Hotel in Ewloe on the 25 November with speakers lined up from Crossrail and Laing O’Rourke, Costain Skanska, Bam Ferrovial Kier JV, NG Bailey and Alstom Costain JV .

The aim is to develop the Welsh supply chain, provide …

Campaign warns of misuse of Z clauses in NEC contracts

A campaign has been launched to educate the industry in the perils of adding Z clauses to NEC contracts as misuse is said to be increasing ambiguity and costs.

Z clauses can be inserted into NEC contracts to enable parties to agree additional conditions of contracts, in order to cater for specific needs relating to the project and the terms of its delivery.

Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, said: …

No change at Balfour Beatty as trading remains static

Balfour Beatty’s latest trading update says that there has been no material change since the previous report in late September when it issued a profit warning.

The trading up date for the period to yesterday said that the UK construction business continues to prioritise actions incluing further overhead reductions and additional supply-chain savings. The regional business continues to reduce both its exposure to smaller contracts and its number of delivery …

Civils contractors call for action on training

Civil engineering contractors are calling for immediate action to ensure industry has the skills needed to meet increasing demand.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) workload trends survey for the third quarter of the year found that workload and employment expectations in the next 12 months were at their highest levels since 2008 across Great Britain. As 90% of infrastructure contractors reported growth in workloads on balance, the survey also …

Scotland gets £200m boost for housebuilding

The Scottish government is providing £200m in additional funding to stimulate the housing industry and safeguard construction jobs.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess will meet housing leaders today, when she will urge them to work with the Scottish government and each other to help shape a five-year joint delivery plan for housing in Scotland.

The increase in funding is expected to deliver thousands of new affordable homes. According to new Scottish …