Council gives go-ahead for Heatherwick and BIG’s £600m Google HQ at King’s Cross

Camden Council has backed plans for a 300m-long headquarters for internet giant Google at King’s Cross designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio Occupying a ‘long, tapering plot’ just north of the mainline station, the project, known as the Zone A Building, will provide 80,819m² of space for the company on developer Argent’s flagship King’s Cross […]

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McLaren confirmed on £73m Essex shopping mall extension

Construction is to start this month on the scheme McLaren Construction has been confirmed by retail developer Intu as the main contractor on Lakeside shopping centre’s £73m extension. Construction will start this month on the 175,000ft2 extension, which is set to open next year and will be anchored by a family entertainment centre themed on […]

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Saved for the future

Saved for the future:London cabbies’ shelter and ‘hobbit house’ among five buildings to gain Grade II status in new National Heritage list A London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station and an earth-sheltered “hobbit house” in Yorkshire are among five quirky new listings to be given Grade II status today to mark 70 […]

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Families hit by Grenfell Tower disaster taken on seaside day trip by London charity

A group of families hit by the Grenfell Tower tragedy were taken on a trip to the coast organised by a London charity. The small group of 15 adults and children, including several who survived the blaze, visited Felpham Sailing Club, on the West Sussexcoast, on Saturday and went sailing and played on the beach. The day out was […]

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Gatwick picks 18 consultants to help deliver investment plans

Gatwick Airport has picked 18 consultants to help deliver its £1bn+ five-year Capital Investment Programme. The battle for places saw 130 consultancy firms apply for a space on The Design and Engineering Services Framework and the Professional Services Resource Framework. Gatwick’s Director of Construction Raymond Melee said: “It’s an exciting time at Gatwick as we […]

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Construction boss jailed for tax fraud

An accountant and construction company director who cheated HMRC out of £350,000 in VAT payments has been jailed. Stephen Love, 63, of Somerset, admitted pocketing the VAT he charged his clients. He used the money as cash flow for his business. Love was a director of construction company J B A Martin Ltd, of Aldershot, […]

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Crossrail confirms £1bn extra cost of major contracts

Crossrail has revealed cost overruns of £1bn on completed major contracts on the job. A Freedom of Information request on behalf of the Sunday Times produced the spreadsheet below detailing the initial costs and final price of 43 completed tier one contracts on the project. Crossrail has awarded 65 tier 1 contracts to deliver the new £14.8bn […]

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Green light for KPF’s ‘Jenga’ tower

Eleventh-hour decision by communities secretary Eric Pickles not to call the scheme in Lambeth council has approved KPF’s proposal for a 50-storey block of 450 flats in Vauxhall after an eleventh-hour decision by the communities secretary not to call it in. The New Bondway scheme on the southern side of the gyratory was referred to […]

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Grenfell Tower: shocking tests results revealed

The polyethylene filling in cladding panels used at Grenfell Tower and at least 60 other tower blocks has been given the lowest fire-safety rating during tests carried by the Building Research Establishment The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has released results from the first of six tests aimed at testing different cladding systems. […]

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London’s Leading Construction Show Goes Live!

London Build is back on October 25th & 26th with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today. More than just your standard exhibition, London Build features over 100 hours of CPD accredited content, to allow you to develop your own skills, including […]

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Construction contracts up 12% with London leading the way

London led the country with 26% of construction contracts agreed in June, driven by the North Quay Poplar and Heron Quays West developments. After a torrid month in May for construction, figures began to move in the right direction across June, with contract awards increasing by 12%, as a number of high-profile projects got the […]

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