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Copeland Council is planning to set up a new £6.3m headquarters in Whitehaven.
WSP Group has acquired LT Consultants, the Finnish infrastructure and transport consultancy with 100 staff.
Morgan Sindall has acquired Pipeline Constructors of Corby for £16m, in order to expand its utility services business.
Taylor Woodrow is seeking planning permission to build a £130m urban village at the headquarters of its construction division in west London, which will include new and refurbished offices for its 700 staff.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Accredited Land Developments for a £150m development at Tradeston on the south bank of the Clyde, including about 100,000sq ft of offices, flats, shops, bars and restaurants.
Plymouth City Council is considering plans from the Land Registry to build a three-storey office building at the International Business Park in Derriford, which would involve the relocation of 300 staff and the creation of up to 200 new jobs.
Mayfayre Window Systems, the Barnsley-based architectural products company with annual turnover of £2.3m, has undergone a management buy-out.
Keller is to raise £8m in a share placing to fund acquisitions for the expansion of its building foundations business.
RPS has acquired ELS, the Dutch asbestos surveying company with 80 staff, for £3.6m.
RPS is to acquire McHugh, the Irish development planning consultancy, for £2.6m, and has also announced the disposal of a 78% stake in its LabDIRECT e-commerce business to Emulous and the purchase of a 36% stake in Emulous.
Matthew Charlton & Sons, the Hexham-based chain of builders' merchants with 210 staff, has been acquired by Jewson for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins has acquired the Brikenden builders' merchant in North Lincolnshire for undisclosed terms, and will invest £0.3m in the expansion of the site.
Fountains has acquired Beaver Utility Services, the grounds maintenance company, for £0.1m.
Severfield-Rowen has acquired Watson Steel, the Bolton-based supplier of structural steelwork with 300 staff, from Amec Capital Projects for £2.5m.
Interior Services Group is to acquire Square Mile Real Estate Services, the London-based property management company, from Pillar Property for £0.8m.
Redrow is to acquire Tay Homes for £30m, in order to expand its housebuilding business in Yorkshire and Scotland.
Blue Circle has won government approval to build a new cement works at Snodland, Kent, to replace the existing Northfleet operation, with the creation of 180 jobs.
Gibbons Refractories, the brick manufacturer, is being bought out of administration by Seagoe Technologies, saving up to 60 of the 120 jobs.
May Gurney, the Norwich-based construction group with 1,400 employees, is to undergo a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Ravenstock Tam, the provider of site accommodation, has been acquired by Mobile Storage Group of the US for undisclosed terms, and the new owner is setting up a European headquarters in Middlesbrough.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired Ryan Utility Services of Preston from Speedy Hire for £5.6m.
Hercules Property Services has acquired Wood Management, the London-based property management company, for £1.7m and Michael Courcier & Partners, the Bolton-based town planning partnership, for £1.3m.
Barratt Construction is to recruit about 100 tradesmen, office staff and managers in the Aberdeen area to work on 14 developments.
Havelock Europa, the shopfitter, is to create 90 jobs in Fife by transferring its timber processing machines to Dalgety Bay, but a plant in Nottingham will close with the loss of 200 jobs.
The National Assembly for Wales is looking into the possibility of relocating a number of offices and hundreds of civil service jobs from Cardiff to North Wales.
Manthorpe is to consolidate its building products business and the 240-strong workforce at its Ripley headquarters, which will involve the closure of sites at Long Eaton and Heanor Gate and the creation of 25 new jobs.
Cuttle McLeod Construction has been acquired by Broadwell Holdings of the West Midlands for £5.5m.
Liverpool City Council has approved a plan by London-based Rumford Investments for a £60m waterfront development on the River Mersey, which could create 2,500 jobs.
McCarthy & Stone, the retirement homes builder, is to relocate its Midlands division to larger premises at the Binley Business Park in Coventry in December.
Bett Brothers of Dundee is planning to expand its housebuilding business further into northern England, and has already acquired sites in Manchester, Liverpool, Durham and Newcastle.
Enterprise has acquired Brophy, the provider of ground maintenance and street care services to local authorities, from Thames Water for £4m.
Costain is planning to create 400 new jobs, in order to support its projects in the London area, re-establish a presence in the Midlands and tender for substantial projects in Scotland.
White Young Green has acquired H&ES, the Belfast-based environmental consultancy, for £0.2m.
Westbury is planning to expand production at its prefabricated houses plant in Castle Bromwich, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Ennstone has acquired Tarmac Northern's West Coast quarrying and asphalt operations at Furness, Fort William, Aviemore and Elgin for £2.8m.
Healey & Baker, the property company, is to set up a new headquarters at Portman Square in London from March 2002, consolidating staff from four existing West End sites.
McAvoy Group, the supplier of timber and steel-framed portable buildings, is to create 20 jobs in Tyrone, having won a five-year government contract.
Wolseley is to relocate its building materials headquarters and up to 20 staff from Droitwich to Reading in January.
John Mowlem has acquired Daubney, the Lincoln-based mechanical and electrical contractor, for up to £5.5m.
Vp, the equipment outsourcing specialist, has acquired the assets and goodwill of the shoring business of Mechplant from the Shepherd Building Group for £3.1m.
The Welsh Development Agency is to receive a further £13m of funding from the National Assembly for job creation projects throughout Wales.
The University of Kent and the University of Greenwich have announced plans to build a joint campus for 6,000 students at Chatham Marine.
Countryside Properties has announced plans to develop a six-acre site next to Anglia Polytechnic University in Chelmsford, including homes, shops and offices.
RMC Concrete Products has acquired Russell Concrete Products in order to gain three additional manufacturing plants in Scotland.
Oscar Faber, the engineering and facilities management consultancy, has been acquired by Maunsell for undisclosed terms, creating a new group called Faber Maunsell.
The Health & Safety Executive has begun a recruitment process for 40 new specialist inspectors, and is also planning to relocate about 40 London-based staff to its Rose Court office.
Seeda, the regional development agency, has announced proposals for the £100m regeneration of Hastings and Bexhill, including the installation of broadband digital access in every building, improved rail links and a university campus.
Jarvis and Kier have won private finance initiative contracts worth £358m to build and refurbish 30 schools, with the Jarvis contract covering Liverpool and Kier's covering Essex.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire John Kennedy Holdings, the Manchester-based utilities service company, for £43m.
Marley has sold its waterproofing business to a new company called The Waterproofing Group for undisclosed terms.
Weeks Group has acquired Colin Wykes Associates, the Dorking-based building and hydrographic surveyor, for £0.2m.
Hull University has announced plans to invest £4m redeveloping its George Street and Queen's Gardens city centre buildings.
The Welsh Development Agency is to expand the concept of Swansea's Technium innovation centre across Wales, which will create a networked series of up to 20 centres offering facilities for new media and technology enterprises.
Kvaerner is to relocate its management from London to Oslo, following the recent reorganisation of its UK-based building and civil engineering operations.
South Cambridgeshire District Council is planning to relocate its headquarters to the Cambourne Business Park in 2003, at a cost of £8m.
Gateshead Council and the Terrace Hill Group have announced plans to build a £250m business park at Gateshead Quays on Tyneside, with the creation of up to 5,000 jobs.
Alfred McAlpine is planning to build rail terminals at Blaenau Ffestiniog and Penrhyn to transport waste slate from its Welsh quarries, in response to the introduction of a new tax on newly quarried aggregates.
John Laing has sold its contracting business to O'Rourke for a nominal sum, and has also announced plans to raise £73m in a rights issue.
Solitaire Group, the property management company, is planning to set up a base in the Midlands later this year to meet rising demand from national housebuilders.
White Young Green has acquired Gemica, the Irish environmental consultancy, for £3.8m, and Fisher Wilson Planning of London for £0.9m.
Edinburgh University is forming a partnership with Grosvenor Estates to build a £100m science park in the grounds of Bush House near Penicuik, which will include a hotel, conference centre and space for start-up companies.
Jarvis Newman has acquired TCL Granby, the property maintenance company with 110 staff in Mitcham and the City of London.
White Young Green has acquired MCD Consult, the Irish civil engineering consultancy, for £1.3m.
Kier has acquired Allison Homes, the housebuilder that trades as Swallow Homes in eastern England, for £17m.
City of Edinburgh Council is planning to build a new £40m headquarters on a Railtrack site at Waverley Station, which will house 1,800 staff.
BPB is to acquire Dogan Alci, the Turkish producer of building plasters, for £4.8m.
Minerva is seeking planning permission for a 36-storey office development in the City of London.
Havelock Europa has acquired McIntosh 88, the supplier of educational science laboratories, for an initial £3m.
Keller Group has acquired Suncoast, the US manufacturer of steel cabling, for £62m.
HBG Construction has been selected as preferred bidder to build a new £32m headquarters and training centre for the Cheshire Police Authority at the Woodford Business Park, Winsford.
Arnold Laver has awarded a £5.7m contract to Thyssen to build a new saw mill and production unit at Holbrook, Derbyshire.
Brandon Hire is planning to expand its chain of tool hire shops from 85 to almost 200 over the next three years, and will continue to buy small independent operators.
SIG has acquired Capco, the distributor of insulation products, for £27m.
Bethell is creating 30 jobs in a new security division, while 100 jobs are being created to work on a £25m waste water maintenance contract in Greater Manchester for United Utilities.
Scott Wilson is setting up an urban regeneration office in Liverpool to provide consultancy services in transport, land development, urban planning and industry.
Urban Splash has announced that The Accident Group is to set up a 3,412 sq ft office at the new Match Works complex in Garston, Merseyside, and more companies are expected to sign leases soon leading to the creation of up to 1,000 jobs.
Fife Council is linking up with Evans Easyspace to build a £3m business centre at Pitreavie in Dunfermline, which will house up to 50 companies.
Aggregate Industries is seeking permission from Essex County Council to relocate its stone processing business from Bishop's Stortford to Harlow.
Peel Holdings has submitted outline plans for a 3.3m sq ft extension to the Estuary Commerce Park at Speke, which will include offices, light-industrial factories and warehousing, and lead to the creation of up to 9,600 jobs.
RPS has acquired Town Planning Consultancy for £7.8m, in order to expand its town planning and transport division.
Jarvis has won a £54m contract under the private finance initiative to build and maintain a community learning centre at Sandhill View in Sunderland.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire National Engineering & Contracting, the Ohio-based civil engineering company, for £12m, in order to expand its coverage of the US market.
City of York Council is to consider plans from the Oakgate consortium for the development of a £50m science park on a 26-acre site near Monks Cross, which would include 450,000 sq ft of office space for new technology ventures.
SIG has raised £83m in a share placing in order to refinance borrowings and expand its insulation products business with bolt-on acquisitions.
The government has approved plans for the installation of 250 new closed-circuit TV systems in high streets, transport systems and hospitals throughout the country, at a cost of £79m.
Jarvis has announced plans to build a £60m student village to provide accommodation for up to 1,000 people in south-east London.
Travis Perkins is planning to expand its chain of builders merchants from less than 500 to 800 over the next five years.
The Welsh Development Agency is seeking larger premises in Cardiff due to an expansion in its activities, and the former Bank of Wales building is a possibility.
Asda Property is being acquired by a management buy-out backed by British Land for £232m.
Mace Limited, the construction management company with 700 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
George Wimpey has reached agreement to acquire Alfred McAlpine's housebuilding business for £461m, which will lead to the loss of about 450 administrative jobs.
Lake District National Park Authority is to consider plans from Burlington Slate for the extraction of 20,000 tonnes of slate block at a quarry in Coniston over the next 10 years.
Kingfisher Construction Services, the East Midlands retail refurbishment specialist, is to undergo a £3m management buy-out.
Fitzpatrick has acquired TSS, the Denbighshire-based specialist subcontractor, for undisclosed terms.
CRH has acquired Hallet Materials and Des Moines Asphalt & Paving in the US for £53m, as well as a 25% stake in the Mashav cement business in Israel.
Rok Property Solutions is to acquire Retail Maintenance Services, the Glasgow-based repair group, for £4.6m.
Morgan Sindall has completed the acquisition of Carillion Housing from Carillion for £6.2m, in order to expand its Lovell affordable housing business.
Southwark Council and the Corporation of London have granted planning permission to the Jubilee Bridge Trust for the construction of a £14m footbridge across the Thames.
Tripod Crest, the Northampton-based road builder, has undergone a £20m management buy-out.
John Mowlem has acquired Pall Mall Holdings, the property support services company, in a £42m deal.
Concept Project Management is opening an office in Birmingham to add to its centres in Leicester and Nottingham, with the creation of five jobs.
Brighton & Hove Council is to consider plans from the New England Consortium, which includes QED of Sussex, for a £100m scheme to provide 261 new homes, shops and offices on a 15-acre site next to Brighton station.
Galliford Try has acquired Knapp Group for £4m, in order to expand its Midas Homes housebuilding business in the south west of England.
Leeds City Council has given outline planning permission to Town Centre Securities for a £150m housing and retail complex on a 6.5-acre waterfront site on Whitehall Road.
Castlemore Securities is planning to spend £45m on the refurbishment of Edinburgh's former GPO building into an upmarket office development.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Housing is to relocate its headquarters to the Kingsley building in Brampton Road, Newcastle, and refurbishment work will start in the autumn.
RMC is to sell the Ytong aerated concrete products business in Germany to Franz Haniel for £169m.
South Hams District Council is considering plans from the Lee Mill Partnership for the development of a new self-contained town with 2,500 houses between Plymouth and Ivybridge.
Newcastle Borough Council has approved plans from Gladman Developments to build new offices and six industrial units on the Lymedale Business Park in Chesterton.
Cakebread Robey, the London-based builders merchant, has been acquired by Jewson for £7.4m.
Angus College in Arbroath is to receive £3.1m from the Scottish further education funding college to set up a new community access and learning centre.
SGB Rovacabin, the cabin hire company, is planning to expand its branch network and double the size of its fleet of modular buildings.
Telford College is planning to build a £40m campus on the waterfront in Edinburgh, with money being raised from the sale of its four existing sites.
North Somerset Council is considering plans from Bristol & England Properties for the development of a 3.5-acre business park in Portishead, which could bring about 200 jobs.
Ashquay, the property company, is to undergo a reverse takeover by Stonemartin Corporate Centres, the provider of serviced offices.
Ambex Group has acquired SGB Manufacturing, the West Midlands-based manufacturer of scaffolding products, for £3.5m.
RMC is to set up a new administration centre for its ready-mixed concrete business in Stockton, with the creation of up to 130 jobs.
Persimmon is planning to sell its Beazer Partnerships social housing and timber construction business to management for £5m.
City of Edinburgh Council and Miller Group have won provisional approval from the Scottish Executive to extend Edinburgh Park, which could lead to the creation of a further 20,000 service jobs at the business park.
Borras has acquired T&B, the St Albans-based contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Ensor has sold Clarcon, the Worcester-based manufacturer of building products, to management for £0.6m.
Carillion has won a £60m contract to build a campus for the University of Hertfordshire, and outline planning permission has been granted by Welwyn Hatfield District Council.
Aggregate Industries is acquiring Quarrypak, the Derbyshire-based asphalt and aggregates company with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Xtralite, the Blyth-based manufacturer of roof lights, has been bought out of administration by a management team, saving 50 jobs.
Deeley Properties and Barwood Developments have announced plans to build a £20m 16-acre business park at Southam in Warwickshire.
Taylor Woodrow is to sell its Australian housebuilding business to Stockland for £31m, in order to focus on the UK and North America.
Hanson is looking to sell its bricks division, which could raise up to £500m for the expansion of its aggregates business.
The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association is seeking government approval for its members to dredge for high quality sand and gravel in the English Channel 20 miles south of Beachy Head.
T Clarke has acquired JJ Cross, the Preston-based electrical and mechanical contractor, for £2m.
Congleton Borough Council is to consider plans from Halfmoon Investments of Newton-Le-Willows for the development of a new business park and hotel on a 13-hectare site at Old Mill Road in Sandbach.
WS Atkins is to set up a central services facility at King's Court near Worcester, where up to 350 staff will provide group accounting services, IT, human resources, payroll and marketing.
Allen is planning to open about 20 new tool hire outlets this year.
George Wimpey, the housebuilder, is planning to relocate its west London head office to sites in High Wycombe and central London.
Ultraframe is to acquire Four Seasons, the US glazed roofing supplier, for £89m, and is also taking control of its Royal Ultraframe joint venture in Canada in a £1.3m deal with Royal Technologies.
John Turner & Sons is devising plans for the £18m redevelopment of the former Cottam Hall Brickworks in Preston, which would involve shops, houses, offices and leisure facilities.
Wilson Bowden has announced plans to build a £1bn new town at the former Ravenscraig steelworks near Motherwell, including 3,500 homes, shops and light industrial space.
London Borough of Barnet is to consider plans from Railtrack and Pillar for the £3bn mixed-use redevelopment of a site in Cricklewood, including offices, residential units and the relocation of a train station.
PC Harrington has acquired the slipform operation of RMD Kwikform for undisclosed terms, and the new Aldridge-based business will be known as Slipform International.
Artisan has sold three regional contractors - Drivers Construction, Gryphon Estates and Bickerton Construction - to Mea Corporation for £2.8m.
Marshalls has acquired Stancliffe Stone, the natural stone and paving supplier, for £10m.
South East England Development Agency has bought the 7.3 acre Southmoor Park site in Havant, which is expected to lead to the development of a £15m business park.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Blacktop, the North Yorkshire-based asphalt contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins has acquired Lawford & Sons, the London-based builders merchant, for undisclosed terms.
Rolland, the Edinburgh-based specialist construction contractor, is to create a further 50 jobs in central Scotland by the end of the year, taking its workforce to 400.
Timbmet is to invest a further £1m in the expansion of its hardwood merchant site in Glasgow over the next 12 months.
Knauf is to expand production at its plasterboard factory in Immingham, which will involve round-the-clock working and 10 new jobs.
Rexam is selling its MiTek building products business in the US, which manufactures steel connectors for roofing timbers, to Berkshire Hathaway for £275m.
Davis Service is to acquire RentX, the US chain of 74 tool hire shops, for £34m.
Grafton Group has announced the recent acquisition of a further four builders merchants, including GA Day of Portsmouth, BSG of East London, Norman Rhead of Stoke and Hawkesford of Market Drayton.
Lavendon has announced plans to expand its access equipment fleet in the UK and Germany this year, and is also looking to expand in France, Austria, Spain and Switzerland.
Lynch McQueen, the office interiors company, is to relocate its Galashiels branch to larger premises in Tweedbank, with the possible creation of further jobs.
Finlay Block Making Equipment is to open a new concrete equipment production facility in County Tyrone, as part of a £5m expansion plan that will create 45 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans to invest £22m in the regeneration of Swansea docks, which will involve the creation of an "innovation village" for new high-tech companies.
Regus is to open a new serviced office complex at the Pegasus Business Park near East Midlands Airport in August, which will provide space for up to 25 companies and 150 jobs.
Wyre Borough Council is to consider plans from NPL Estates for the £800m redevelopment of a 350-acre industrial site at Hillhouse, Thornton Cleveleys, including offices, houses, shops and a school.
Wirral Metropolitan College is planning to build a £10m campus in Birkenhead to house its technology, construction and performing arts departments.
Starglaze Windows is planning a £2m expansion at its windows, doors and conservatories factory in Lincoln, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Solitaire Group is to acquire Moss Kaye & Roy Frank, the London-based property management company, for £1m.
Newport Holdings is buying a 135,000 sq ft industrial building at Brymawr in Gwent for £1m, and will refurbish the site.
Pilkington is to invest £15m this year converting three production lines to manufacture a new self-cleaning glass called Activ.
Stewart Milne Group has won planning permission to build a £10m timber frame systems factory at Witney near Oxford, with the creation of about 150 jobs.
Bon Accord Glass is to expand its sales, architectural design and quantity surveying departments in Aberdeen with the creation of about eight jobs.
Wolseley is to acquire Westburne Group, the Canadian supplier of plumbing equipment, for £250m, as part of a strategy to expand its presence in the North American construction industry.
Barlows, the Chester-based property developer, is to undergo a £37m management buy-out.
Construct & Build is to invest more than £1.5m in the development of its construction industry software business in Londonderry over the next three years, with the creation of about 30 jobs.
Stenoak Associated Services has acquired three Manchester-based road surfacing and maintenance companies for a total £3.6m - Allen Surfacing, Allen Civil Engineering and FJ McGregor Plant Hire.
Griffin Windows is planning a £2.6m expansion at its windows factory in Treorchy, with the creation of 130 jobs.
St Helens Glass is looking into the possibility of relocating its glass business to a new site in the St Helens area, in a cost-cutting move by new parent company the Latium Group.
Morgan Sindall is creating 25 jobs at a new Snape Roberts contracting office in Preston.
North Midland Construction is to expand its Huthwaite head office and open a new regional office in Warrington, having won a number of new contracts.
Dewsbury Civil Engineering has been acquired by Enterprise, the Preston-based support services company, for £5m.
Coldshield is planning to expand its Stockport-based conservatories business by recruiting 30 sales staff and 30 fitters over the next two years.
Eternit Building Materials is planning a multi-million pound expansion at its roof tile factory in Madeley Heath near Keele, with the creation of 17 jobs.
Morgan Sindall has expanded its civil engineering business with the acquisition of Miller Water, Miller Tunnelling and Miller Civils from Miller Group for £20m.
Heiton Holdings has bought Willis Builders Merchants of Braintree for £1.6m and a 30% stake in Betor Sklady Budowlane of Poland for £1.7m.
Bellway, the housebuilder, is to set up a new regional headquarters in Liverpool with the creation of about 265 construction jobs and 35 administration jobs.
St Helens Glass has been bought by the Latium Group for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 400 jobs.
Bett Homes is creating 50 jobs at a new division on Tyneside, and will start work next month on building 100 homes in two developments in County Durham.
Ninth Floor is to acquire Applied Infrastructure Management Services for £3.6m, as part of a strategy to become a provider of services for "intelligent buildings".
Mastclimbers is to merge with SGB Powerlift to create a combined Glasgow-based business with 50 staff and a fleet of 500 mast climbing work platforms.
John Mowlem has acquired UK Fastrack, the Kent-based rail training company with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Stockton Council is linking up with English Partnerships, the University of Durham and One NorthEast to develop a £20m business park, hotel and student accommodation on the north bank of the River Tees.
The Ministry of Defence is conducting a review of military accommodation, which could lead to the development of new garrison towns in areas of high recruitment such as the north-east.
PEL, the shopfitter and refurbishment specialist, has undergone a £40m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB Development Capital.
Jermyn Investments, the property company, is to be acquired by Treasury Holdings of Ireland for £100m.
Ambion Brick is planning to invest £15m in a new factory at the Wealden Brickworks in Horsham, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Dew Pitchmastic has sold S&J Whitehead, the Oldham-based restoration contractor with a turnover of £4m, to Linford for undisclosed terms.
White Young Green has acquired town planning practice MVM Planning and Belfast-based civil engineer Barr McCormick in deals worth £2.4m.
Weeks Group has acquired Irvine Associates, the independent asbestos removal consultancy.
CRH has acquired Mount Hope Rock Products of New Jersey for up to £100m, in order to expand its aggregates and asphalt business in the US.
Greenberg Glass has acquired EG Glass, the Huddersfield-based glazing company with 120 employees, for undisclosed terms.
Junckers is to relocate its hardwood flooring business and 30 staff from the Freebournes Industrial Estate in Witham to the nearby Eastways estate.
Bethell, the Manchester-based contractor, is planning to add a further 250 staff to its 700-strong workforce.
Cornwall Fire Brigade has announced a £40m private finance initiative project to build ten new fire stations and upgrade a further 21.
RJB Mining has announced plans to build a 64-acre business park at the former Denby Hall colliery near Ripley, which could create 500 jobs.
Nottingham City Council is linking up with British Waterways and the East Midlands Development Agency to propose a £1.4bn redevelopment project on the river Trent, including 4,000 new homes and 4m sq ft of employment space.
Anglian is planning to invest up to £50m in its Norfolk-based window manufacturing business over the next five years, following its recent change of ownership.
J Mould, the demolition and haulage firm, has been acquired by Hanson Recycling for £7.2m.
John Laing is to build a £55m gun training camp in Gravesend for the Metropolitan Police, which will include urban landscapes and accommodation for 302 officers.
HE Services is setting up a new hire depot for diggers and dumper trucks at Langley Park in County Durham, with the creation of 25 jobs, and the site will also include a Diggerland theme park.
Leiths has acquired Joss Aberdeen, the sand and gravel contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Alfred McAlpine is to open four new offices in Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester and Cambridge, in order to expand its Special Projects business.
Robert Brett & Sons is acquiring Virginia-based West Sand & Gravel and Stuarts Draft for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its building materials business in the US.
Wilson Connolly is to acquire Wainhomes, the housebuilder, for £132m, in order to strengthen its business in the north-west and the Midlands.
Selwood has acquired Crowthorne Pump & Plant, in order to expand its nationwide plant and pump hire business.
Hercules Property Services is spending £15m on three acquisitions, including London-based property consultancy Baker Lorenz, Cadogan Insurance Services and Kounnis Brokers.
Delancey Estates, the property company, is to undergo a £264m management buy-out.
RMC is to acquire Alexander Russell, the quarrying and concrete products group, for about £60m.
YJL is acquiring the contracting and property development business of Allen for £1m, and has also announced plans to change its name to Montpellier Group.
Techrete is planning a £1m expansion at its precast concrete cladding plant in North Lincolnshire with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Miller Group is seeking acquisitions to expand its housebuilding business into south-east England, and is expected to spend about £60m.
Essex University is planning to build a research park in Colchester to attract 40 new businesses and create 2,000 jobs.
Galliford Try has acquired Gerald Wood Homes, the builder of luxury houses in the south-west, for £1.2m.
Ashtenne is acquiring the property division of Enterprise, the business support services group, for £15m.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired Kennedy, the Manchester-based construction services group, for £52m.
The Ministry of Defence has announced plans for a £40m refurbishment of the Bovington Army barracks in Dorset, which will create civilian jobs in catering, cleaning and contract work.
Pilkington is planning to build a float glass plant in Iran, in partnership with Ghazvin Glass Company.
Peterhouse is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its building services business.
BPT, the residential property group, is to be acquired by Grainger Trust in a £477m deal backed by Deutsche Bank.
Morgan Sindall is to merge its Snape and Roberts contracting businesses in the North West and Yorkshire to form Snape Roberts, which will lead to the creation of 40 new jobs.
Taylor Woodrow, the housebuilder, is considering plans to expand the range of services offered to customers by introducing kitchen fittings and mortgages.
Lavendon is raising £28m in a rights issue to help fund a £78m expansion of its plant hire business in continental Europe, which will be focused on Spain, France, Switzerland and Austria.
Anglian, the double glazing company, is to undergo a £161m management buy-out with the backing of Alchemy Partners.
CRH is planning to acquire Addtek International, the Finnish cement company, for about £260m.
Moorfield, the property company, is to undergo a £69m management buy-out in a deal backed by Bank of Scotland.
Hyder has sold Phoenix Electrical, the specialist contractor to the construction industry, to a management team.
Berkeley is selling the Scottish operations of its Crosby Homes division to Manor Kingdom Developments for £22m.
Stiell is in negotiations with a potential partner that would expand its facilities management business into 21 European cities.
Balfour Beatty has acquired the US rail systems business of ABC-NACO for £14m.
Merivale Moore is to acquire Dunsterville Allen, the London-based property investment company, for £21m.
Geze of Chelmsford has bought Universal Door Services, the installation specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Vibroplant has acquired four small plant hire companies for a total of £1m, including businesses in north London, Bath, Derbyshire and Runcorn.
Palgrave Brown has acquired Hill Leigh Timber Products, the Avonmouth-based supplier of wooden roof supports, for undisclosed terms.
MKM Building Supplies is planning to expand its chain of seven building supplies outlets throughout East and North Yorkshire over the next three years.
Arnold Laver is planning to reorganise its Sheffield-based timber business at a cost of £12m, which will include the development of a new £7m production site in Halfway, creating 76 jobs, and a £3.5m group head office at Bramall Lane.
Hartington Conway is to acquire Wolverhampton-based Xtralite Industrial Rooflights to become the country's largest rooflight manufacturer.
Alexander Russell has sold Russell Minerals, its US quarry division, to Ennstone for £2.7m.
Wolseley is selling off its boiler and burner manufacturing operations, which employ 2,000 people in Europe, in order to focus on builders' merchants.
St Helens Glass is to open a window sales, service and installation centre in Queensferry, North Wales, with the creation of dozens of new jobs.
John Laing is to acquire Hyder Investments for £90m, which includes a portfolio of road projects, a stake in the Docklands Light Railway and the company rebuilding the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.
BPB is to acquire Rawlplug, the manufacturer of wall fixings, from Baxi Group for £27m, and will combine the business with its Artex-Blue Hawk decorative products division.
CB Hillier Parker, the property company, is planning to relocate about 500 staff to a new headquarters at Paternoster Square in the City of London in 2003.
Vibroplant is creating a nationwide chain of small tool hire centres under the Hire Station brand, and plans to expand the current 73 depots to 180 over the next three years.
Ashtead is to expand its equipment hire business in the US by opening six more depots and will also set up separate scaffolding centres.
Taylor Woodrow has reached agreement for the £535m acquisition of Bryant to create a new group building 6,000 UK homes a year.
Pirelli is planning to set up a London-based property company called Pirelli & C Real Estate, in order to expand its Italian property interests on an international basis.
SASH UK has started work on a £2.4m expansion at its conservatory factory in Grimethorpe, which should increase the workforce to more than 200.
JBS Industries, the manufacturer of doors and windows, has undergone a £8m management buy-out, and the deal includes five businesses throughout the country employing 570 staff.
Caradon Bathrooms has been sold by HSBC Private Equity to Sanitec of Finland for £82m, creating a new group with about 20% of the UK bathroom ceramics market.
Lidbury is to merge with Mobex UK to create a combined Swindon-based electrical contracting business called LidburyMobex.
St Helens Glass is to open a new regional headquarters in Nottingham with the creation of more than 50 jobs, including about 10 installation teams and a 20-strong salesforce.
Pierse of Ireland has bought Christiani & Nielsen's Inverness-based process division out of receivership for undisclosed terms.
Edmund Nuttall has bought Finchpalm, the rail signalling company with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bovis Lend Lease has acquired IRW, the German project management company, for £9m.
Swift Services is planning to expand its insulation and plumbing business in Derby with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Blue Circle Industries, the cement maker, is to be acquired by Lafarge of France for £3.1bn, which will lead to about 500 job losses at Blue Circle's UK headquarters and at research centres in Greenhithe and France.
Hyder Consulting, the civil engineering company, has undergone a £20m management buy-out.
James & Lister Lea is to merge with Bruton Knowles to create a combined Birmingham-based property business with almost 300 staff.
CB Hillier Parker, the property company, is to relocate its Manchester office to larger premises at the Chancery, Spring Gardens.
Hanson has acquired Davon, the US aggregates and ready-mix concrete maker, for £66m, in order to expand its operations in Ohio.
Lex Service has sold its powered access division to Lavendon for £3.9m, in order to focus on support services.