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HS2 minister position vacant amid reshuffle

Andrew Stephenson

The role of High Speed 2 minister is vacant this morning after Andrew Stephenson was removed from the post. Stephenson (pictured) was minister of state at the Department of Transport – with responsibility for the £100bn rapid rail megaproject – for two and a half years until this week’s dramatic…

Modular specialists named on £50m housing framework

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A major housing association has appointed two modular building specialists on a £50m deal. Bromford named Hadley Offsite Modular Engineering and Ilke Homes on its Offsite Volumetric Category 1 Housing Construction Framework. The pair will deliver up to 250 homes for the body, which manages nearly 45,000 residences across central…

Construction ‘at mercy’ of government disarray as Johnson quits

Boris Johnson accused of leaving london 'mayorless'

Construction leaders have demanded a swift return to stable government as Boris Johnson this lunchtime announced an end to his premiership, following a string of key ministerial resignations. Leading figures from across the sector told Construction News that it was critical to get a strong leadership team in place quickly to…

Government apologises for disturbance at Grenfell Tower

Grenfell Tower. Picture: Alamy

The government has apologised for “disturbance” to residents from activities related to the ongoing project work at Grenfell Tower. Matt Hogan, a civil servant at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), said works were attempted outside normal hours on two occasions in the past month. Last year,…

Inflation hampers efforts to finalise deal for groundbreaking school

Currie Community High School

Edinburgh Council insists its ambitions to build Scotland’s first Passivhaus school will not be watered down, despite “market conditions” hampering attempts to agree a final price for the flagship project. Councillors at the Scottish authority passed a motion agreeing to ensure the scheme at Currie Community High School retained its…

South coast underground rail line proposed amid £45bn spree

Rail crash investigation launched after workers injured

Regional transport chiefs have set out plans for an underground rail line connecting Portsmouth and Southampton as part of a £45bn spending spree. Transport for the South East’s (TfSE) draft strategic investment plan outlined proposals for the new link between the two coastal cities. Despite being less than 30km apart,…

Labour inflation warning amid slow recovery forecast

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Staff shortages and wage inflation are set to become bigger problems than material supplies in 2023, a key figure has warned contractors, as data firm Glenigan predicted a “challenging” period for the sector. Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) chief executive John Newcomb, who co-chairs the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) product availability…

Private equity giant buys Manchester utilities contractor

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Investment giant Triton Partners has bought Manchester-based contractor O’Connor Utilities. The private equity firm, which has offices in London and around the world, announced that it had exchanged contracts on the acquisition of O’Connor’s parent company, OCU Group. The deal will also see Triton take ownership of OCU subsidiary Instalcom,…