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September construction news round-up

This month has seen the government finally giving the go-ahead to Hinckley C, while the airport expansion debate has taken a new twist with Heathrow publishing revised plans. A major redevelopment of the area of central Birmingham featuring the HS2 hub station has been detailed, while the world’s largest offshore maintenance hub is set to be constructed in Grimsby.

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August construction news round-up

This month has seen the unveiling of a range of major new projects, from the road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield to a new bridge across the Menai Straits. However, the new prime minister appears to have doubts about the Hinkley C nuclear power station. Energy round-up Theresa May has been defended by two Tory […]

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Contractor being sought for Barking Riverside extension

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a contractor as it plans to build an extension to the London Overground line to serve the new Barking Riverside development.

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Thinktank calls for shift in transport investment to north

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called on the government to shift the bulk of its transport infrastructure investment northwards, after research showed a huge gap in spending with London.

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Contractors compete for Wigan bus station contract

The quest has started to find a contractor to carry out the construction of a new bus station for Wigan.

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Hearts submit planning application

Heart of Midlothian Football club has submitted a planning application for a new £12 million stand at its Tynecastle home.

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Hong Kong developer picked for Manchester residential project

A new residential project in central Manchester will be developed by Hong-Kong based Far East Consortium International (FEC), Manchester Place and The Co-op have announced.

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Contractors in race for £450 million Tottenham development

Haringey Council has shortlisted six possible contractors for a major redevelopment scheme in Tottenham, based around the new White Hart Lane Stadium.

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University student accommodation plan gets green light

Sussex University’s plan to build 2,100 new student places at its Hope Hill campus in Brighton has been backed by the city council.

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Smart bricks may provide energy for future green homes

UK construction could be revolutionised by the use of new ‘smart bricks’ that can recycle wastewater and generate energy from sunlight.

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Manchester apartments project contract awarded

Finance has been secured for a new apartment development in the Castlefield area of Manchester. Developer Glenbrook has signed an agreement with investment firm Moorfield to finance the £40 million development. Work will now start on the 200,000 sq ft private rental scheme (PRS) development, which will include £230 apartments in three buildings, ranging from […]

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PM ‘not anti-infrastructure’, insists Tory grandee

The prime minister is still keen on major infrastructure projects, despite the delay over a decision about the Hinkley C nuclear power plant, Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has said.

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