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PC Harrington board opts for administration

PC Harrington Contractors Ltd has filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators.

A document filed with the High Court of Justice in Leeds states Pat Harrington’s intent to appoint Howard Smith and Jonathan Marston of the Leeds office of KPMG as administrators for PC Harrington Contractors.

The notice was filed following a board meeting on the morning of Wednesday 8th April at which the company’s financial difficulties were …

Political uncertainty hits construction growth forecasts

Construction economists have downgraded their growth forecasts for 2016, citing political uncertainty, but the forecast for 2015 has been revised upwards and longer-term projections are unaffected.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) is forecasting construction output growth of 5.5% for 2015 and 4.0% for 2016. Two months ago the CPA was forecasting headline growth of 5.3% and 4.2%.

The revised forecast still amounts to a compound growth rate for construction output …

Hants merchant moves into Dorset

Hampshire builders’ merchant group Elliotts has expanded into neighbouring Dorset by opening a store in Christchurch.

The Christchurch store becomes Elliotts’ 13th branch.

Former football manager Harry Redknapp was brought in to cut the ribbon. “I have had a long friendship and association with Elliotts which was also a huge support to me and Bournemouth Football Club,” he said.

Founded in 1842, Elliotts is one of the oldest family …

New president for Institute of Concrete Technology

Concrete testing and repairs specialist Michael Grantham has been elected as the ninth president of the Institute of Concrete Technology.

He takes over from Peter Hewlett who has stood down after seven years.

Raman Mangabhai is now vice president, Steve Walton is honorary secretary and Norman Greig is honorary treasurer.

Professor Michael Grantham began his career in adhesives and plastics research but has been involved in non-destructive testing and the …

Start-ups now outstrip closures

An analysis of the number of construction businesses registered at Companies House shows that after four years of net closures, more were started in 2013 than shut down.

Figures show that there was an overall net gain of 5,445 construction businesses in 2013, the latest year for which data is available, compared to a net loss of 7,030 construction firms the previous year.

At the start of 2013 the UK …

AIS + FPDC = FIS

There’s a new name for a fit-out contractors’ trade association following a merger last year.

The Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) and the Federation of Plastering & Drywall Contractors (FPDC) came together last year and have now chosen FIS as their new name.

However, FIS does not stand for Federation of Interior Specialists. It stands for Finishes & Interiors Sector.

Chief executive David Frise said: “FIS will truly represent the …

New guidance for safety nets

New industry guidance has been published on the use of safety nets used as secondary protection to catch people falling off structures under construction.

FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment & Training), the trade body representing the fall arrest and safety net rigging industry, has teamed up with the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA), representing contractors to issue the joint guidance.

Safety nets are used to save lives and reduce injuries …

Record month for Clark Contracts

Scottish construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor Clark Contracts booked £11m of new orders in March, making it the most successful month ever in the company’s 37-year history.

Clark Contracts won 10 new contracts in March 2015, totalling £11m. Individual contracts ranged in value from £120,000 to £4.7m.

The largest was a contract from Falkirk Council to undertake the first phase of the regeneration of Denny town centre. This involves the …

Wates eyes northern growth B&K recruit

Surrey-based Wates Construction has appointed a new business unit director for Yorkshire and the Northeast with a brief to extend the company’s reach across the region.

Paul Dodsworth joins Wates from Bowmer & Kirkland, where he spent eight years as construction director overseeing projects in the North East and Scotland.

Wates is currently building the £100m Central Square office development in Leeds and wants to grow its presence in new …

Severfield strengthens university ties

Structural steelwork contractor Severfield has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nottingham Trent University, paving the way for closer cooperation.

The MOU provides a platform for learning and development both for Severfield staff and for students at the university, the company said.

It also offers the opportunity for both parties to collaborate on research and development projects and will give students the chance of work placements and careers with …