Balfour Beatty set for £20m music college halls

Balfour Beatty is believed to be preferred contractor to build student halls for the Royal College of Music in west London. The project is due to get underway in July, once the current academic year is over and will see demolition of the existing student residence comprising 168 rooms. The builder will replace the four-storey …

Buried worker rescued from 18ft trench collapse

A construction worker was rescued from an 18ft deep trench in the West Midlands yesterday when one of the sides collapsed. Emergency services could only see the man’s head when they arrived at the site in Smethwick and had to dig out the earth around him. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were …

Cameron pledges £100m for flood repairs and defences

The Prime Minister has paved the way for a surge in emergency civils works by pledging to release £100m to repair battered flood defences and improve drainage channels. Around £75m will be spent on repairs, £15m on maintenance and £10m on specific flood measures for the Somerset Levels. Taking charge of the COBRA emergency committee, …

400,000 workers set to change skills cards

More than 400,000 construction workers are expected to change skills cards under the imminent shake-up to the CSCS scheme. The new Labourers’ Green Card will replace the current Construction Site Operative (CSO) cards from July. CSCS chiefs said around 600,000 of the scheme’s 2m cardholders currently hold the CSO card. But the real number of …

Fire rips through demolition site in Bedford

Firefighters battled through the night to bring a major blaze on a demolition site in Bedford under control on Saturday. Fire broke out at Bedford’s former town hall where work started on a six-month demolition programme  three weeks ago. The building is being brought down in stages to pave the way for a new leisure …

Construction to start on £250m Mitre Square

Developer Helical Bar has confirmed construction will start this year on its £250m Mitre Square office complex in the City of London. The 273,000 sq ft scheme has been in the pipeline for more than ten years. The site has been cleared and Helical Bar said construction will now start in 2014 after a financial …

Wind blown lorry damages M6 bridge

Highways Agency engineers are waiting for gales to die down to assess damage to a motorway link road bridge in Lancashire. The structure was damaged by an overturning lorry leaving a section of concrete hanging over the motorway. The route was closed following the incident last night. The Agency said: “The closure has resulted from …