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Fairview, the housebuilder, is set to approve a £307m management buy-out.
Delancey Estates is to sell its Milner Estates property consultancy business to a new joint venture created with its management for £28m.
Hepworth, the heating and building products group, is to be acquired by Vaillant of Germany for £692m, and Vaillant is expected to dispose of the building products division for about £150m.
Trent Concrete has acquired Mouldform of Loughborough and Empire Moulds of Leicester, which will add 40 staff and £1m turnover to its pre-cast concrete products business.
Wilson Bowden has announced plans for a consortium of private and public interests to develop a 110-acre industrial park at Cambuslang near Glasgow, which could lead to the creation of up to 3,000 jobs.
CJ Pearce, the Telford-based civil engineering company, has been acquired by Jupiter II of Wolverhampton for £4m.
Savills is seeking acquisitions to expand its property consultancy business further into continental Europe and Asia.
Pilkington is forming a joint venture with Saint Gobain of France to build a £73m float glass plant in south-west Poland.
Pennon has sold TJ Brent, the Bodmin-based construction business, to a management buy-out.
RMC has sold its RMC Industrial Minerals lime business to Lhoist of Belgium, in order to focus on concrete, cement and aggregates.
Caradon is to acquire the fire and intrusion detection business of Chloride Group for £11m.
Brett Martin is planning a £40m expansion at its plastic building products business in Newtownabbey over the next four years, with the creation of 145 jobs.
The Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) is to relocate from Ilford to the Yarm Road Business Park in Darlington early next year, which will involve the transfer of a small number of staff.
Tilbury Douglas is to acquire Building & Property, the facilities management company that was previously part of the government's Property Services Agency, for £75m.
Kingspan is acquiring Tate Global, the US manufacturer of raised access flooring, for up to £83m.
Berkeley, the housebuilder, is planning to double the volume of work contracted out to other builders and include more pre-fabricated components in its homes.
Amey is expanding its facilities management business into Ireland with the acquisition of a 33% stake in Irish Facilities Management.
George Wimpey is to reorganise its housebuilding business by shedding up to 250 senior staff, relocating its head office from west London to a cheaper site and closing about five of its 29 regional operations.
Artisan is to acquire EC Ripon, the housebuilder, from Ennstone for £10m.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans for the £8.5m reclamation of the former Brymbo steelworks in Wrexham, clearing the way for the development of new housing and industrial units.
Balcas Timber is to invest £12m in advanced saw milling technology at its plant in Enniskillen.
Burford, the property company, is to be taken private in a £500m deal being agreed with a management team.
De Boer Structures, the supplier of temporary accommodation, has sold a stake in its business to venture capitalist 3i and is now planning to expand the business into other countries.
Redrow and Barratt Developments have announced plans for the £400m redevelopment of a former BAe Systems site near Chorley, including commercial, industrial and residential accommodation.
Hewden Stuart, the construction equipment hire group, is to be acquired by Finning International of Canada for £322m.
Haley Somerset, the quantity surveyor, has merged with Ventris Associates of Australia.
Ledwood Construction has been bought out of receivership by a management team, safeguarding more than 100 jobs, and the new company will be called Ledwood Mechanical Engineering.
City of Edinburgh Council is to consider plans from Edinburgh Gate, a Virgin Islands-based development group, for the construction of a 64-acre business park at the former Continental Tyre factory.
Pillar Property has launched a £373m takeover offer for Wates City of London.
Aram Resources, the quarry operator, has been acquired by Colas, a subsidiary of the French Bouyges group, for £13m.
Newmond has completed the acquisition of Baxi Holdings to create a combined building products business with 7,500 employees.
Urban Splash has pledged a further £100m to renovate old and historic properties in Liverpool, in a five-year expansion programme.
St Helens Glass is opening a new sales, service and installations centre in Stockport, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Regus is to set up franchises to expand its network of 300 serviced offices into smaller UK towns and other countries.
Hewetson Floors is creating 50 jobs at its new £7.5m raised access floors factory in Hull.
Amey has sold its Donelon tunnelling business to Amalgamated Construction for undisclosed terms, in order to focus on facilities management.
Nomad AED, the canopy installation subcontractor, has gone into voluntary liquidation.
CRH has acquired Jura Group, the Swiss producer of cement and ready-mix concrete, for £255m.
Epwin has acquired Swish Building Products, the Tamworth-based manufacturer of cellular foam products that employs over 200 people, from Newmond.
Selwood has acquired Pyramid Plant Hire in order to gain nine additional branches in the Midlands.
Connaught, the facilities management group, has acquired Retail Building Services of Somerset for £2m.
Ballast has acquired Homecare Contracts Scotland, the Edinburgh-based facilities management company with annual turnover of £3m.
Land Securities has acquired Trillium, the property outsourcing company, in a £330m deal, in order to improve its tenant-servicing capability.
C Spencer, the civil engineering contractor, has acquired Northern Electrical Systems of Sheffield for undisclosed terms.
Amec has acquired Ogden Environmental & Energy Services for £11m, which will expand its geotechnical engineering operations in the US.
Allen has acquired the assets of New Mills Tools Hire Company, through its Speedy Hire Centres division, for £0.2m, in order to increase coverage in the north west.
Regus is forming a joint venture with Milano Centrale to expand into the Italian market for serviced offices.
Timberweb is planning to raise £10m to expand its internet-based timber trading market, in preparation for an eventual flotation.
Pilkington is planning to build a new float glass plant in Brazil in partnership with Saint Gobain, and has also announced the acquisition of the remaining 20% stake in its Polish glass plant.
Stewart Milne, the Aberdeen-based housebuilder, has announced plans to build a £10m timber frame plant near Oxford with the creation of 200 jobs.
White Young Green is acquiring the business and certain assets of Cassells, the Leicester-based environmental management consultancy, for £0.8m.
WTS, the supplier of warranty and facilities management services, is planning to set up a new headquarters and call centre in Prestatyn, with the creation of up to 480 jobs.
S Harrison Construction is looking to recruit 50 extra site craftsmen to work on a range of major contracts in the Yorkshire region.
Miller Group has bought the land and work-in-progress of Crest Homes Northern for £30m, in order to expand its housebuilding activities in the north of England.
Alfred McAlpine is seeking acquisitions to expand its special projects business, and is particularly interested in property developers, contractors and facilities management firms.
Forest Fencing is to relocate a sawmill from Llangadog to Scotland in November, with the loss of 20 jobs.
Saxon Homes has bought the residential arm of Quintain Estates & Development for £5m, which will enable it to expand its housebuilding activities in Cornwall, Dorset and Oxfordshire.
Amey is to invest £2m in the development of a £10m City Academy in Middlesbrough, which will involve the creation of a centre for learning excellence for 1,200 students.
Redrow Homes is to relocate its Scottish headquarters from Glasgow to the Central Business Park in Larbert next year, where it will employ up to 40 staff.
Miller Group has acquired Birch, the Derby-based construction company, for about £60m, as part of a strategy to achieve national coverage in its housebuilding business.
Osprey Project Management has acquired Project Management International from BAe Systems for undisclosed terms, which will give it 40 new staff and offices in London, Edinburgh and Warsaw.
Interframe has sold its window retailing division, which includes Mod-Dec Windows and ALC-Interplas, to a subsidiary of Exeter-based Euroguard Windows for undisclosed terms.
Ashtead has acquired Response Rentals, the US environmental equipment hire company, for £4m.
Tilbury Douglas is selling its Rapid Hire tool-hire business to Speedy Hire Centres, the Allen subsidiary, for £3.9m.
Caradon is planning to sell its plumbing business to HSBC Private Equity for about £440m, and will change its name to Novar to reflect its focus on intelligent building systems, aluminium extrusions and printing.
Aggregate Industries is acquiring eight quarries, nine coated stone plants, five ready-mix concrete plants and a mortar plant from Anglo American for £29m.
Jarvis has sold its Laybond building products business to a management team for £20m, in order to focus on facilities management.
Linden, the housebuilder, is to undergo a £73m management buy-out, in a return to private ownership after five years as a quoted company.
De Boer Structures, the Banbury-based supplier of temporary structures, is to relocate to larger premises in Brackley next year.
Wolseley has acquired Atkinson Builders Merchants, and will merge the 11 north-east outlets with its Builder Center division.
Consteel, the Teesside-based designer of steelwork on buildings, is creating 30 new jobs following an expansion of its office in Saltburn.
Regus is planning to raise £250m in a flotation in order to fund the expansion of its serviced offices business.
Wolseley is looking to spend about £200m on acquisitions over the next year, in order to expand its building materials business in Europe and the US.
St Helens Glass is planning to relocate to new purpose-built premises in St Helens, and has shortlisted a number of potential sites.
Essex County Council is considering plans from Foster Yeoman to build a new coated stone and concrete plant in Old Harlow.
Leedale Plant Hire has acquired the assets of Derby Landfill of Ripley, in order to expand its contract earth moving business.
Moxon Traffic Management, the Huddersfield-based supplier of road marking and traffic management services, has been acquired by Stenoak for undisclosed terms.
The government has announced plans to set up the first three city academies in Liverpool, Brent and Lambeth, as part of a strategy to regenerate inner-city areas by creating new schools backed by business and charities.
Hanson has bought 14 UK operations from Tarmac for £33m, including limestone, sand and gravel quarries, a concrete plant and an asphalt plant.
Guardian Luxguard is said to be considering plans to build a new float glass manufacturing plant in Goole, and a decision is expected by the end of this year.
Swainston Partnership and Desmond Knudsen Partnership have merged to create a combined Teesside architect firm called DKS Architects, and plans to relocate to new offices in Stokesley by next March.
Speed Frame PVCU Windows is planning a £7m expansion at its double glazing factory in the Dearne Valley, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.
Travis Perkins is planning to expand its network of 466 builders' merchants to about 600 outlets, in a three-year programme that will strengthen its position in specialist markets such as plumbing and heating materials.
Marshalls is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions to expand its paving products business.
SIG is seeking acquisitions to expand its insulation and ceiling operations in the UK, Germany and France, having just spent £14m on five companies, including Formerton, the Southampton-based roofing distributor.
EBC Group has acquired FR Bartlett, the Yeovil-based building contractor, from Hunting Gate for a nominal sum.
Jarvis Newman, the building fit-out specialist, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Anglo American is to sell Tarmac America to Titan Cement of Greece for £430m.
Kvaerner is selling its building and civil engineering operations to Skanska of Sweden for £356m, and the deal will include about 5,000 employees in its UK construction business.
Anglian Water is to acquire Morrison Construction for £262m, in order to help it bid for the outsourcing of asset management contracts.
Galliford is planning to merge with Try Group to create a combined construction group called Galliford Try, which should make it easier for them to participate in private finance initiative projects.
NG Bailey is to set up a new £2m regional office for its building services business at the Wynyard Business Park in Hartlepool, where it will employ about 50 staff.
JCB has completed the development of a £25m construction equipment warehouse near Uttoxeter, which will employ more than 200 people.
James Jones & Son has started to relocate the 70-strong workforce from its two timber plants in Dumfries to new premises near Lockerbie.
Allen has sold its remaining housebuilding operations to Morris for £24m, in order to focus on tool hire.
Workspace is linking up with Copthorn Homes to develop a live-work residential scheme next to its Three Mills Film Studios site in east London.
Lavendon is planning to expand its powered access hire business into continental Europe by acquiring two French companies for £60m and by setting up new depots in Austria, Switzerland and Spain.
Dencora, the commercial and industrial property company, is being acquired by Sandy Lane, a subsidiary of Cargill of the US, for £75m.
Allenbuild is to open a new office in Spondon in October, to act as a regional headquarters for the East Midlands.
Aggregate Industries is planning to expand its US building materials business by spending up to £50m on four acquisitions over the next six months.
PPH Commercial has acquired DDM Commercial to create a combined commercial property group with 45 surveyors and offices throughout the Humber and parts of Yorkshire.
Keller Group, the ground engineering company, is acquiring two US companies - Foundation Services and TCDI - for £6.6m.
Hepworth is looking to spend up to £190m on acquisitions in continental Europe, in order to expand its heating and boiler products business.
Blue Circle has sold its 50% stake in Aalborg Portland, the Danish cement company, to its local partner for £120m.
Taylor Woodrow has sold Greenham Trading, the supplier of cleaning supplies, to Bunzl for £76m, and the proceeds will be invested in its property development business.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is to consider plans from Landmark Development Projects for the construction of a £100m business park on the site of the West Bowling Golf Club.
Reliance Security has set up a contract security office in Belfast, where it plans to create up to 200 jobs over the next two years.
The University of Wolverhampton has submitted plans for the £26m redevelopment of its campus, which will be completed by September 2002.
Liverpool City Council has announced plans for the £1.5bn redevelopment of the city over the next 10 years, in a project managed by the Liverpool Vision regeneration company.
Kier has bought the trading name of the James Longley construction group from the receivers for a nominal sum, in order to strengthen its presence in Sussex.
Swindon Borough Council is to consider plans from Dukeminster for the redevelopment of the former Princess Alexandra Hospital site in Wroughton into a conference centre, offices and about 100 homes.
Arnold Laver is planning to transform the recently-acquired Britannic Timber business in Manchester into a Timber World centre in a redevelopment of the 5-acre site.
CLS Holdings is to acquire Citadel, the property company that operates mainly in France, for £36m.
Stiell of Lanarkshire is planning to create about 200 jobs over the next year, due to a rapid expansion in its facilities management business.
North Midland Construction is looking to create 50 new jobs, having won cable-laying contracts worth £5.5m.
ROM is to set up a new £2.5m factory in Sheffield to manufacture steel reinforcements for the construction industry.
Waterman Partnership, the consulting engineer, has bought Moylan Engineering and its John Moylan & Associates division for £1.3m, in order to expand into Ireland.
Topcon, the Grimsby-based construction company, is seeking planning permission for a new head office complex in Cartergate, having outgrown its existing offices.
Industrial Building Components is creating 25 new jobs at its doors factory in Hartlepool, having just acquired the rights for the Bridgman Doors brand.
Locate in Scotland is in talks with an unnamed German timber company about plans to build a sawmill in North Ayrshire, which would create up to 150 jobs.
WSP Group has acquired Flack Kurtz Group, the international building services engineering consultancy, for up to £17m.
Hanson is to acquire Birchwood Concrete Products from YJL for £8.5m, and YJL is expected to use the proceeds to fund future acquisitions.
Eskmuir Properties is to go private in a £135m deal that will return ownership to the Laing family.
Raglan Properties is to undergo a £51m management buy-out, in response to the lack of interest shown by investors in small public property companies.
WSP Group has acquired Cantor Seinuk Group, the New York-based structural engineer, for £7.9m, in its first move into the US.
Berkeley is looking to expand its housebuilding operations in the Midlands, the West Country and the north of England, where it is seeking potential sites for brownfield developments.
Rentokil Initial is selling PTP Aerial Platforms to Loxam of France for £24m.
John Mowlem is to acquire Bower Group, the mechanical and electrical maintenance business, and the company will become part of Mowlem's Leeds-based Aqumen division.
CRH is to expand its US aggregates and building materials business by acquiring Dolomite Group and the Northern Ohio Paving Company for a total £114m.
Allen has sold its 82% stake in Sheet Piling (UK) to management for £1.2m, in order to focus on its core contracting business.
Balfour Beatty is to relocate its London headquarters to the Stockley House office complex in Victoria later this year.
High-Point Rendel has acquired Vantagepoint Management Consultancy for £1.7m.
Ward Holdings, the Kent-based housebuilder and plant hire company, is to undergo a £34m management buy-out.
Bell & Webster is to create 30 new jobs following a £1.6m extension at its precast concrete components factory in Grantham.
Heatsave, the building services and energy management company, has been acquired by Gaz de France's Cofathec subsidiary, and is recruiting new staff to meet rising demand.
Bonlea, the Teesside-based manufacturer of door frames, is relocating to larger premises in Stockton next month, and expects to double its 29-strong workforce in the next few years.
English Architectural Glazing is being bought out of receivership by its original founder, saving 62 of the 150 threatened jobs.
Interframe, the Paignton-based windows company, is expanding onto a new site near its existing factory, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Penicuik Home Improvements is to create 30 new jobs at its sites in Dundee and Perth, due to rising demand for conservatories, windows and doors.
Baldwins is to raise £5.7m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its heavy cranes business into the US.
WS Atkins is forming an alliance with the Royal Bank of Scotland to set up Total Solutions for Industry, a one-stop shop offering design, construction, maintenance and finance packages to industry.
City of Edinburgh Council is linking up with Midlothian Council and Miller Ventures to build 5,800 new homes to the south east of Edinburgh, but the £500m project is expected to be delayed for some years by the planning process.
Carillion has sold Stanger Science & Environment, the Wolverhampton-based environmental consultancy, to Casella Group for £3m, and Cimage Enterprise Systems of Bracknell to a management team for £1.7m.
Rotrax Engineering Services of Middlesbrough is merging with CJ Bartley and Total Environmental Maintenance Services to create a new mechanical and electrical contracting group called Mea.
Allen has sold Speedy Scaffolding to a management team for £2.1m.
Newcastle City Council is considering plans for a £400m redevelopment of the city's West End, which would involve demolishing 6,600 homes to make way for new housing, education, leisure and transport facilities.
Vibroplant has acquired Handi Hire, the Long Eaton-based plant hire company, for £2.6m, and is planning to expand the network of 25 depots.
BPB has acquired the US wallboard and ceiling tile business of Celotex for £230m, giving it five US plants to add to its six in Canada.
Newcastle City Council is to consider plans for the greenfield development of a new business park on the Newcastle Great Park site that could create of up to 8,000 jobs, as the government has decided not to intervene in the application.
MEPC, the property company, is to be taken private following a £3.5bn takeover offer from Leconport Estates.
Pilkington is planning to expand its glass business by making acquisitions, forming partnerships with regional groups, and moving into new markets such as eastern Europe.
Kvaerner has acquired Whessoe International of Darlington, in order to offer total capability in the design and construction of liquid natural gas facilities.
Kvaerner has sold Cleveland Bridge, its Darlington-based bridge building business, to a management buy-out for about £8m.
Stanley Cole is to create about 50 jobs at its timber-veneering factory near Skegness, having won a contract to supply a new range of doors for B&Q.
Parkman, the environmental consultant, has undergone a £10m management buy-out.
Elliott Workspace is planning to expand its network of 24 mobile building hire centres across the country, having just opened a new depot in Cambridge.
Taurus Design, the Horsham-based project engineer, has been acquired by Weeks Group to create a combined consultancy group with 450 staff.
Bowmer & Kirkland is looking to expand its construction business into the US, and is negotiating an alliance with an unidentified major engineering company in Milwaukee.
Stenoak Services is to acquire the road surfacing and highways maintenance division of Associated Holdings for about £9m.
YJL has acquired Lodge & Sons, the Essex-based building restoration company, for undisclosed terms.
Grafton Group has acquired Essex Heating Supplies for £13m, and will merge the business with its Plumbase building supplies division.
Hanson is to acquire two US concrete pipe manufacturers for £89m - Cincinnati Pipe and Joelson Taylor.
Richard Burbidge is to create 64 new jobs at its decorative timber products business in Oswestry, following a rise in demand for garden decking.
Derbyshire County Council is seeking government support for proposals to redevelop the former Bolsover and Markham Collieries, which could lead to the creation of up to 9,000 jobs.
Tulloch Civil Engineering is setting up a new utilities division in Inverness, in order to offer new techniques for replacing cables and pipes for gas, water and electricity companies.
Aggregate Industries is paying £19m for two US companies - Capitol Excavating & Paving and Klett Construction.
Hanson has agreed to sell off two quarries, 25 concrete plants, and three asphalt plants in return for regulatory approval for its acquisition of Pioneer of Australia.
MEPC is linking up with the Institute of Directors to set up small business centres in more than 20 cities, in order to provide office space to small companies that want to avoid the inflexibility of traditional leases.
Westbury, the housebuilder, is looking to expand its sales of home-related products in order to offer a one-stop shop for housebuyers.
Ashtead has bought part of Birse's BPH plant hire business for £1.6m, including the hire fleet, motor vehicles and trading contracts.
Costain has sold its Foundation Engineering geotechnical testing business to Fugro of the Netherlands.
Corus Building Systems is to relocate production of its Kalzip Integrated Facade System from Chesterfield to Haydock in July, with the loss of a number of jobs.
Speedy Hire is planning to open eight Speedy Power depots throughout the country by 2002, which will focus on the hire of specialist power tools.
Ennstone is to acquire Breedon for £50m, in order to create an enlarged quarrying group and sell off Breedon's housebuilding business.
Rodamco is to acquire Scottish Metropolitan Property for £152m, in order to increase its investment in the retail and industrial property markets.
Aggreko is planning to invest more than £90m on the expansion of its specialist hire business this year, including new products and marketing.
Caradon is planning to acquire Columbia, the US aluminium extruder company, for £75m, and has also announced plans to put its bathroom equipment and boilers division up for sale.
North Devon District Council is considering plans from Aggregate Industries to extend the Venn Quarry at Landkey by 39 acres over the next 20 years.
Wolseley is selling a number of manufacturing businesses to Cinven for up to £136m, including agricultural, industrial, motor, cable, and photographic operations.
Smith-Woolley is to merge with Smiths Gore to create a combined chartered surveying business with 370 staff and 25 offices.
Timtec International, the Somercotes-based interior contractor, has been bought by EuroTelecom Communications of Mexborough, Yorkshire, for £0.6m.
Rentokil is to sell its US plant hire business to Ashtead for £320m, and the proceeds will be used to fund a share buy-back programme.
Hewden Stuart is planning to open 10 tool hire outlets this year, and has restructured the business to make it more able to respond to national contracts.
HLM Architects and Osprey Communications are planning to merge to create a combined architectural and communications group called RockArchimedia.
Pure Asphalt of Bolton has bought the mastic asphalt division of TotalFina, in order to increase its UK market share to 25%.
Westbury is to set up a £10m factory in Castle Bromwich to manufacture 5,000 pre-built houses a year, with the creation of more than 120 jobs.
TeleCity is planning a flotation in order to raise funds for the expansion of its facilities management business, and aims to provide hi-tech storage space for computers at sites across Europe.
Biwater Industries, the pipeline manufacturing subsidiary of the Biwater group, has been acquired by Saint Gobain of France for undisclosed terms.
Tracey Concrete is planning to set up a new £3.7m concrete products factory in Enniskillen, with the creation of 33 jobs.
Speedy Hire is planning to expand its network of tool hire branches from 150 to 250, and has been selected as preferred supplier to both Carillion and Kier.
Gunn Bros, the Cumbrian chain of builders merchants, has been acquired by Builder Center.
The East of England Development Agency has announced plans to transform the docklands area of Ipswich, having bought the Cranfield flour mill site for the development of a new commercial and residential site.
Barkbury has acquired Crosbee & Atkins of Warwick for undisclosed terms, to create a combined construction group with 300 employees.
Lafarge of France has won European Commission approval for its £3.4bn bid for Blue Circle, but the UK cement maker is still trying to resist the deal.
Sellar Property Group is to seek planning permission to build Europe's tallest office building at London Bridge station.
Kronospan is planning to invest £40m at its chipboard factory in Chirk, with the creation of 40 new jobs.
Raymond Access, the Mansfield-based powered access hirer, is planning a major expansion of its operations, which will involve doubling its fleet size and the creation of new branches.
Hunting Gate has sold its construction division to a management buy-out, and the business has been renamed HG Construction.
William Wilson, the Aberdeen-based builders merchant, has acquired GL Headley, the Lancashire-based chain of six electrical wholesale branches, for undisclosed terms.
Aberdeen City Council is to consider revised plans from Fife-based JW Muir for the development of a £100m urban village at Loirston.
Wolseley is to acquire Anderson Lumber Company of the US for £108m, in order to expand its building materials business into seven new states.
Lloyds Equipment Hire, the specialist lifting company, has acquired Lloyds British Testing in a £5m deal, creating a combined group with 26 outlets and 300 staff.
The Welsh Development Agency is planning to redevelop the former Marconi-owned Hotpoint factory at Llandudno Junction in conjunction with Conwy County Council, and expects to create up to 400 jobs.
Pilkington is to sell its technical glass operations in Germany, Italy and the US to management for £50m, in order to focus on building and automotive glass.
BPB is to acquire Heidelberger Dammsysteme, the German manufacturer of expanded polystyrene insulation, for £22m.
Stiell Group of Lanarkshire has secured £9m of venture capital funding from 3i, in order to finance the expansion of its facilities management business across the country.
Webfell has acquired demolition contractor Loxley to create a combined group with 130 staff and £18m turnover.
Yule Catto is selling its rooflight business to CRH for £39m, in order to reduce debt and increase its focus on speciality chemicals.
Allied Mechanical Services, the Newmarket-based building services company, has been acquired by the Keller Group for £3.6m.
University of Ulster has announced plans to invest £200m in the improvement of buildings and facilities, in order to enhance its status as a leading regional university.
EC Harris is to merge with building surveyor Povall Flood Wilson, which will result in the amalgamation of offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Cardiff.
Allen has acquired Targett Power Equipment Services of Scunthorpe and Hire Easy of Kent for under £1m, in order to expand the geographical coverage of its tool hire business.
YJL, formerly known as YJ Lovell, is to acquire the Britannia construction company for £12m.
Alfred McAlpine is seeking potential partners that could help with the development of both its housebuilding and construction divisions into stand-alone operations.
Strutt & Parker has acquired the City of London property specialist Wright Oliphant from Countrywide Assured Group for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins is looking to expand its chain of builders merchants by adding a further 100 over the next three years, and plans to acquire regional and family-owned businesses.
Naylor Industries is planning to spend £10m on the expansion of its building materials business this year, and aims to double its turnover within four years.
Lavendon is to raise £19m in a share placing in order to set up new hire depots for its powered platforms in the UK and Germany.
Taylor Woodrow has sold Greenham Construction Materials to Robert Brett & Sons of Canterbury for £30m.
Jarvis is forming a joint venture with Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire to invest £43m in the upgrade of 20 schools.
Caradon is acquiring Brand-Rex, the UK supplier of cable systems, for £145m, and Eff-Eff Alarm, the German supplier of building alarms, for £114m.
Savills is acquiring First Pacific Davies, the Hong Kong property services company, for £35m.
Joseph Thompson, the Sunderland-based timber firm, has been acquired by North Yorkshire Timber.
Marshalls, the paving products group, is to set up about 15 service centres to hold stocks for builders merchants and contractors.
Ennstone is to sell its Blockleys Brick and New Acres divisions to Michelmersh Brick for £12m, in order to focus on aggregates.
CRH has acquired Shelley, the US aggregates group, for £226m, as part of a strategy to expand its building materials business in the Midwest.
Beazer is planning to set up two more factories to make timber wall and floor units, in response to rising demand for factory-built housing.
Tilbury Douglas has sold its Scottish house building business to Persimmon for £23m, in order to focus on service-related activities.
Penspen is acquiring Andrew Palmer & Associates, the offshore pipeline engineering specialist, for £1m.
Hull City Council has agreed plans from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside for the development of a new £48m campus on a nine-acre site at Island Wharf.
Border Construction has bought Finlaysons, the Galashiels-based roofing and joinery business, from the Lothian and Borders Co-operative Society.
Hanson has announced plans to expand its building materials business by spending £188m a year on acquisitions, and is particularly interested in the US, the UK, Germany, Poland, and south-east Asia.
AW Jenkinson Forest Products is to set up a timber factory in Lockerbie with the creation of 45 jobs.
The University of Plymouth is linking up with the Falmouth College of Arts and Exeter University to propose plans for the development of a new £50m university at Penryn in Cornwall.
Amec has launched an agreed £221m takeover bid for Agra, the Canadian environmental and engineering business.
Utilitec has sold its Kenton Utilities mechanical and civil engineering business to a management buy-out for £13m.
Morrison Construction is forming a £125m joint venture with Gainsborough Group to build a network of business centres throughout the country.
FairBriar is planning to develop a residential property investment portfolio in central London.
The University of Ulster is to build a new £70m campus in Belfast, called the Springvale Educational Village.
Bobcat has acquired Sambron, the French telescopic handling specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Drake & Scull, the electrical contractor, is to set up a specialist rail division, and negotiations are taking place with potential partners.
Bison, the concrete products manufacturer, is relocating its headquarters from Tamworth to the Centrum 100 Business Park in Burton in April, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
McKay Securities, the property company, has acquired Gibraltar-based Celina Holdings in a £10m deal.
Flintshire County Council has approved plans from Mold-based Castle Cement for the development of a new £48m kiln in North Wales.
Aggregate Industries is expanding its US aggregates business with the £23m acquisition of assets from Holst Excavating, Mobilcrete and Sioux Valley Ready Mix.
Hanson is merging its UK concrete blocks, pipes and precast operations into a new division called Hanson Concrete Products, and is looking to expand the business through acquisition.
MJ Gleeson is acquiring Mabey Construction for £6.3m, in order to strengthen its position in the rail contracting sector.
Meyer International, the builders merchant with 539 UK outlets, is to be acquired by Saint Gobain of France for £1.04bn.
Gloucestershire County Council has approved plans from Grundon for the development of a £4m lightweight aggregate plant at the Bishops Cleeve quarry near Cheltenham.
Artisan, the housebuilder, has acquired Bickerton in a £7.5m all-share deal.
Travis Perkins is expanding its network of builders merchants to 460 through the £25m acquisition of three more regional chains in Scotland, Devon and Cumbria.
MEPC is seeking planning permission for the £40m revamp of the 130-acre Babcock Park Estate in Renfrew, which could lead to the creation of up to 4,000 jobs.
Arnold Laver is planning to set up a national production and distribution centre for its timber business in Sheffield, with the creation of 65 new jobs, while its existing site in Heeley will be used for a B&Q Warehouse.
Charles Manson Group, the Nottinghamshire-based timber merchant, has been acquired by Brooks Group of Ireland for undisclosed terms, and the new company will be called Brooks Manson.
Babtie Group has acquired Allott & Lomax, the Manchester-based engineering consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Pilkington is linking up with Interpane of Germany to build a £100m float glass plant in France by 2002.
RW Buxton, the Birmingham-based contractor, has been acquired by Fifehead Group for undisclosed terms.
John Laing has acquired Beechcroft, the developer of retirement homes, for £9.6m.
Vibroplant has opened a Renter Center tool hire outlet in Bristol, and is planning to open a further 50 by the end of 2001.
HM Group, the construction equipment dealer, has undergone a £18m management buy-out.
Babtie has acquired Kensall, the chartered surveying and project management company, and the staff will join Babtie's quantity surveying division.
Ward Holdings is planning to build a series of retirement villages in south east England, and the first development will be in Berkhamstead.
Capita Property Services has acquired engineering company Edward Roscoe Associates for an initial £5m.
Hills Electrical is planning to create 500 jobs in an expansion of its mechanical and electrical contracting business over the next three years.
Heiton Holdings is seeking joint venture partners to set up a builders merchant business in Poland.
Grafton Group has expanded the Oxford-based headquarters of its Buildbase chain of builders merchants, following the acquisition of 12 Deben branches in London and two further companies in Ludlow and Stevenage.