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Hammerson is to acquire RT Group Developments, which includes a portfolio of city centre development opportunities previously owned by Railtrack, for £63m.
Bizspace has acquired Classdon, the operator of four flexible workspace centres in London Colney, Hove, Burgess Hill and Didcot, for £4.3m.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired the trade and assets of Inframan, the Cardiff-based infrastructure management company, for £5.2m.
Eleco is to acquire Consultec, the Swedish supplier of design and estimating software to the construction industry, for £3.8m.
A-Plant has acquired Avosdrive from Norwest Holst, in order to expand its tool hire business into London.
Keller has acquired McKinney Drilling, the US-based foundation drilling company, for up to £32m.
The Scottish Executive is looking to relocate more departments away from Edinburgh, and decisions will be taken next year concerning NHS Education, Inquiry Reporters Unit, the Accountant in Bankruptcy and VisitScotland.
Mears Group is to acquire M&T Group, the Southampton-based building maintenance company trading as FWA Southern, for up to £3.5m.
John Crowley, the road maintenance company with annual turnover of £30m, has been acquired by Volker Wessels Stevin of the Netherlands.
Maxwell Stewart has acquired One Media Communication, the domestic cabling company, for undisclosed terms.
Lafarge Aggregates is to relocate up to 400 staff to a new headquarters at the Watermead Business Park near Leicester by spring 2003.
Crest Nicholson is to sell its Pearce Group construction business to management for £9.2m.
Mentmore is looking to sell its £250m Serviced Business Space division, in order to reduce debt and expand its self-storage operations.
Exeter College is planning a £15m expansion project, involving the sale of four buildings and the relocation of courses to two of the remaining sites in Hele Road and Queen Street.
Ainscough is to acquire the mobile crane operations of Baldwins out of receivership for an estimated £35m.
Henry Boot is to sell its Henry Boot Management specialist construction business to Hedehjem for £5m.
Pennine Home Improvements is looking to recruit up to 50 additional staff on Tyneside, including plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, fabricators, surveyors, and inspectors.
RM Neilson and Johnstone Binnie-McKenzie have merged to create a combined Glasgow-based quantity surveying business with a staff of 20.
Hanson has paid £48m for five acquisitions, including Marshalls Flooring of Nottinghamshire, Small Lots bagged building materials of Kettering, the Red Bank soft mud brick factory in Leicestershire and aggregate operations in Spain.
Bovis Homes has confirmed plans to set up a new regional office in Cambourne, Cambridge, to expand its operations in East Anglia.
Kier has acquired Partnerships First from Belan, in order to create a new social housing division called Kier Partnership Homes with four offices in Dorking, Bristol, Aldridge and Southampton.
Spring Grove is to acquire Robert Hawkins, the building maintenance company, from Fairholme Estates for £0.9m.
Connaught is seeking acquisitions to expand its support services business into Scotland.
Mid Suffolk District Council is working with Lichfield Planning on proposals for the redevelopment of the former Blue Circle works in Great Blakenham, and possibilities include a £11m rail link, leisure facilities, housing and industrial space.
Scott Wilson has acquired KPL, the construction consultant with 150 staff at offices in Derby and Ashford.
Brandon Hire has acquired Loadtite, the lifting gear business with 40 staff at depots in Avonmouth, Cardiff, Hayes and Barking, from the receivers of Baldwins Industrial Services.
Amey has selected John Laing as preferred bidder for its portfolio of PFI investments, and negotiations are taking place for the development of a strategic partnership between the two companies.
Ultraframe has sold its Ultraspan commercial glazed enclosure operation to a management team for £0.2m.
Cardiff County Council and construction company JR Smart have announced plans for the development of a £100m business park at a 74-acre site in Wentloog, including up to 1m sq ft of office and industrial space.
Group 4 Falck GSL is to start recruiting 80 staff to manage the new Met Office headquarters in Exeter, and its responsibilities include maintenance, IT, catering, cleaning, logistics and leisure activities.
Saint Gobain is to invest £15m in a new magnetron coating facility at its float glass plant in Eggborough, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Alsford Timber has acquired Flint Timber, the Sussex-based timber merchant, for undisclosed terms.
WS Atkins is expected to receive proposals for a management buy-out at its Lambert Smith Hampton surveying advisory business, which has 33 offices and 1,200 staff.
Aggregate Industries has announced the £12m acquisition of five businesses - GFX Hartigan in the Midlands, Border Stone of Powys, Central Coated Stone of Nottinghamshire, Francis Flower and a 50% stake in Sewells Reservoir Construction of Essex.
SIG has acquired Kesteven Roofing Centre, the roofing distributor with 3 branches in Yorkshire and Humberside.
John Laing has sold its Holloway White Allom building restoration division to a management team for £5m.
Robertson Timber Products is building a £5m timber frame manufacturing facility at Seaham in County Durham, which is expected to lead to the creation of 40 jobs.
St Austell College is planning to relocate its five campuses to a single site at John Keay House, which is expected to lead to other developments in the town.
Building Design Partnership has announced plans to merge with Whicheloe Macfarlane, the architecture and design company with 80 staff at offices in Bristol and Southampton.
RMC Aggregates has acquired FB Gibbons & Sons, the operator of a sand and gravel pit near Peterborough, for undisclosed terms.
Bison has won outline planning permission to demolish its concrete factory in Lichfield, in order to build homes on the site and relocate production to a new plant in Swadlincote.
Prismo Product Services, the manufacturer of anti-skid road surfacing, is creating 40 jobs at a new £3.5m factory in Chorley.
Darlington Borough Council is considering plans from Darlington College of Technology for the creation of a £27m "learning park" at a new site in Morton Park.
Palgrave Brown, the Chorley-based timber supplier with 800 staff and 17 sites nationwide, has undergone a £30m management buy-out backed by Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity.
Westbury is planning to increase production at its Space4 prefabricated homes factory in Castle Bromwich from 700 to 2,000 panels by 2003, with the creation of 20 jobs.
The Ministry of Defence is preparing a major investment programme for its London sites, including the development of RAF Northolt and Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and the relocation of RAF Bentley's operations.
Wattinsulation is to create 100 new jobs at its domestic insulation call centre in Manchester, in preparation for a launch into markets in the south.
Watson Dallas, the Perth-based door manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by IG Doors of Cwmbran, saving 59 jobs.
Scott Wilson, the civil engineering consultancy, is to recruit up to 50 highway and traffic engineers over the next few months, to work at offices in Matlock, Chesterfield and Mansfield.
Telford College is planning to build a new £60m campus for 20,000 students and 600 staff at the former Granton gasworks site on the shores of the Firth of Forth, replacing its four existing sites in Edinburgh.
Lafarge is closing its sales office in Worksop, and up to 95 jobs will be relocated to its main office at Syston in Leicestershire.
BPB has acquired control of Gyproc Benelux, the supplier of plasterboard to the Dutch and Belgian markets, in a £52m deal, and will sell Gyproc's German and Polish operations to Lafarge for £33m.
Egerton Estates, the Cheshire-based luxury homes builder, has been acquired by David McLean Homes for £20m.
SIG has acquired Clydesdale Roofing Supplies, the roofing distributor with nine branches in the north of England, for £2m, taking its network to 105 sites.
Neal Soils has expanded its land reclamation business with the acquisition of two Cardiff-based companies - Cardiff Demolition and Acorn Environmental - and expects to create 50 new jobs to take the total to 180.
John Laing is to sell its housebuilding division to George Wimpey for £297m, as part of a strategy to focus on private finance initiative projects.
Hochtief, the German construction company, is to relocate its UK headquarters from Melksham to a larger site in Swindon in February.
Ballast is planning to double the size of its Wiltshier FM facilities management business, starting with new offices in Reading and Bristol.
Robertson of Elgin is seeking acquisitions to expand its housebuilding business into England.
Balfour Beatty has acquired UK-based distribution cable service provider Walgrave Contracting Services and US-based electronic access systems supplier Security International for £8m.
Halcrow is to create up to 100 engineering jobs at its international consulting business in the North-East over the next five years, to handle a number of transport, environment and construction projects.
UK Land is to raise £2.2m from the sale of Beadgem Properties, its joint venture property business, to Dovedale.
Esh Group has started work on the development of a new £2m corporate headquarters for its construction business at Bowburn in County Durham.
Stewart Milne Group is planning to double the size of its Scottish housebuilding business over the next five to eight years, while a further 90 jobs will be created at its timber frames factory in Oxfordshire next year.
The Construction Confederation is considering plans to relocate from its premises in east London to a smaller site, as part of a cost-cutting programme.
Speedy Hire is looking to expand its new lifting equipment hire division from an initial 24 outlets to a nationwide chain of between 55 and 100 sites.
Syncro is to expand its building services customer support centre in Newcastle, with the number of engineers linked up to the centre rising to more than 100.
PC Harrington has acquired Hewden Tower Cranes from Hewden Stuart for undisclosed terms, and the business will be relocated from Castleford to Sheffield.
Solaglas has acquired Windowcare UK, the operator of a nationwide door and window repair business.
Costain is to close its regional offices in Peterborough and Chandlers Ford, with the Peterborough staff relocating to a new regional base in Birmingham and the Chandlers Ford staff relocating to the head office in Maidenhead.
Land Securities has acquired Wordie Bon Accord, the property company with net assets of £13m and a stake in the Bon Accord shopping centre in Aberdeen.
Travis Perkins has acquired Commercial Ceiling Factors, the Reading-based supplier of ceilings and partitions with 20 distribution centres, for £46m.
Certex UK, the lifting gear company, is planning to expand its network of sales and service centres from 18 to 50 over the next three years.
Dean & Bowes, the Huntingdon-based contractor with 85 staff, has been acquired by Propencity for undisclosed terms.
Leicester University has unveiled plans for a £300m expansion programme, creating an enlarged campus and increasing student numbers from 18,500 to 25,000 within a decade.
Fountains, the forestry and landscaping company, is looking to recruit about 80 new staff nationwide, including managers, administrative staff and field staff.
Whetley Mills is planning to create a £4m business and leisure complex at its site in Bradford with the creation of up to 500 jobs, and Yorkshire Cottage Bakeries will take one of the units.
Parkfield Projects is relocating its construction business and 30 staff from Langley Mill to new premises at the Turnpike Business Park in Swanwick at the end of September.
Ashtead, the plant hire company, is to open a new head office in Warrington to replace sites in Haydock, Bootle, Leatherhead and Walsall Wood, as part of a cost-cutting programme.
Kier is planning to more than double the size of its support services division over the next two years, by setting up a stand-alone business unit and increasing turnover to £150m.
Horncastle Industries, the East Yorkshire-based manufacturer of modular buildings, has undergone a £13m management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers.
Denbighshire County Council has won approval from the Welsh Assembly to build a new £12m civic complex in Ruthin, in order to house 300 staff, a new council chamber and other facilities.
Aggregate Industries has acquired aggregate and ready-mixed concrete assets in the US from Wakefield Materials for £43m, in order to expand its East Coast business.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired Eastern Contracting, the electrical services company, for £13m, in order to strengthen its position in the provision of infrastructure services to the utility sector.
Taylor Woodrow is to relocate its headquarters from Staines to the Bryant Homes office in Solihull, as part of a reorganisation that will also involve 180 job losses and the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices being replaced by one in Livingston.
Taylor Woodrow has acquired Journey Homes of Phoenix, Arizona, for £29m, in order to expand its housebuilding operations in the US.
Carillion has announced the £9m sale of the hoists, accommodation and general plant operations of Maxxiom, its plant hire joint venture with P&O, to Hewden Stuart.
Travis Perkins is planning to expand its chain of builders' merchants from 575 to 800 by 2006.
Bovis Lend Lease is set to win a £1bn Ministry of Defence contract to refurbish British Army barracks over the next ten years.
Connaught has sold Connaught Parking Services, its multi-storey car park refurbishment business, to management for £1m.
Sanctuary Housing Association is to relocate its headquarters from Hertford to Worcester, with the creation of more than 70 jobs.
Schofield Lothian, the Hertfordshire-based project management consultancy with more than 200 staff, has been acquired by support services specialist Accord.
Grantchester, the property group, has agreed to a £168m management buy-out by a newly-formed company called Dundonald Holdings.
CA Blackwell has acquired CLC Construction, the Essex-based road maintenance company with turnover of £10m, for undisclosed terms.
Rok Property Solutions has acquired Llewellyn, the privately-owned construction group with 650 staff at offices in Eastbourne, Brighton, London and Milton Keynes, for £16m.
Wolseley Centers has acquired Brooks Group, the chain of 11 timber merchant branches in the Midlands and north of England.
Carillion is to acquire the management services business of Citex Professional Services for £12m, which will involve the transfer of about 200 staff.
RB Farquhar has sold its Scottish housebuilding arm to a management buy-out for £5.3m, creating a new company with 30 staff called Deveron Homes.
Travis Perkins has acquired the former FW Aylott site in Canvey for £1.4m, and will create 30 jobs and a new base for its south-eastern timber operations.
Peterhouse has acquired Hemingford Park, the Huntingdon-based shopfitter with 118 staff, for £0.3m.
Nationwide Site Services, the Mold-based scaffolding company, has been bought out of receivership by a former manager for undisclosed terms.
Falkirk Council is to consider plans from Morston Assets for the development of a new £150m village near Linlithgow, including new homes, shops, offices and industrial units.
The University of Essex and Carisbrooke Alliance are planning to build a 40-acre research park on the Wivenhoe Park campus in Colchester, including offices and laboratories.
Peterhouse has acquired AMT International, the Bedfordshire-based provider of management training in health and safety, for £1.7m.
South Staffordshire Group has acquired Middleton Maintenance Services, the nationwide supplier of infrastructure maintenance services with 374 staff, for £15m.
Meadowstone has acquired NBS Pennine, the cast stone manufacturer, securing the future of about 200 jobs.
SIG has expanded its insulation and roofing products business with the £5.9m acquisition of four companies, adding 16 new trading locations.
Altro Walls, the supplier of hygienic PVC wall-cladding, is to double the size of its Lowestoft site with new processing and warehousing facilities, and the 27-strong workforce is likely to rise.
Unite Group is to raise £57m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its student accommodation business.
Wolseley has acquired a number of plastic pipe distribution companies from Glynwed Pipe Systems for £23m.
GVA Grimley and Donaldsons are in preliminary merger negotiations, which could lead to the creation of a combined commercial property agency with 1,500 staff.
British Waterways is forming an alliance with Amec and the Igloo Regeneration Fund to develop canal and riverside properties across the country.
Caithness Slate Products is forming a £2m joint venture with International Slate Industries of Italy to open up new global markets, which will create almost 40 jobs.
May Gurney has acquired T Cartledge, the Chelmsford-based lighting contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Country & Metropolitan is to acquire NorthCountry Homes, the regional housebuilder, for up to £14m.
Allied Surveyors, the firm of independent chartered surveyors, is planning to open new satellite offices in Derby and Nottingham later this year.
Connaught has acquired Bluu International, the London-based interior design and project management company, for an initial £1m.
South Staffordshire Group has acquired Highway Emergency Services, the Norwich-based supplier of emergency repair services to household insurers with 43 depots and 853 staff, for £28m.
Seeda, the South East of England Development Agency has submitted plans to Gosport Borough Council for the development of a business park on a 7.2-acre site at Frater Gate, which could create up to 300 jobs.
Stenoak Associated Services, the infrastructure services group, has gone into administrative receivership, but the surfacing and contracting operations are being acquired by Aggregate Industries.
Wolseley has acquired Wasco Group, the Dutch heating equipment and spares distributor, for £38m.
East Sussex County Council is said to be looking at the possibility of relocating its headquarters from Lewes to a new site in Hailsham, Polegate or Eastbourne, which would affect 1,500 jobs.
DTZ, the international property group, has acquired the new homes business of Birmingham-based agent Robert Powell for £0.7m.
Charles Evans Group, the Liverpool-based shopfitting company with 80 staff, has undergone a multi-million pound management buy-out.
Green Property, the industrial property group with assets in the UK and Ireland, is to undergo a £670m management buy-out.
Travis Perkins has acquired City Plumbing Supplies, the nationwide network of 48 plumbing and heating branches, for £38m.
Thomas Vale has acquired Paul Adams, the Halesowen-based street lighting contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Wolseley has acquired four more building material distributors for £10m - Sumner & Dunbar and Tahoe Truckee Supply of the US, Brock Engineering of Canada and O'Rourke Plumbing Supplies of Northern Ireland.
The National Federation of Builders has announced proposals to train former Corus steel plant workers to help relieve the skills shortage affecting construction sites across Wales.
Timber Frame Solutions is planning to expand its timber-frame buildings business in Northumberland, with the creation of up to 25 jobs over the next two years.
GAP, the Glasgow-based plant hirer, is spending £3m on three new depots in Cardiff, Bristol and Reading, taking its network to 45, and is now looking to open more depots to the east and west of London.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans for the creation of the £200m Port Tawe Innovation Village in Swansea, which will involve the development of housing, offices, retail and leisure facilities on a 100-acre site around the Prince of Wales dock.
Mitie Group has sold a number of Mitie Access scaffolding subsidiaries to a management buy-out team operating under the name of Bow Scaffolding Group, in a £5m deal.
Wright Window Systems is relocating its sales staff and showroom from Lincoln's Allenby Industrial Estate to North Hykeham.
Swallow Construction is looking to open an office in the Birmingham area later this year, and has just opened an office in Weybridge.
Andrews Sykes has sold its Cox plant hire business to Paddico, a new company established by Close Brothers, for £9.3m.
Wirral Council has approved plans from Felton Construction and Mersey Docks & Harbour for two business park developments that will create up to 200 jobs, with Wallasey's Maritime park aimed at engineering companies and Birkenhead's Woodside park aimed at distribution companies.
Liberty Properties has announced plans to build a £26m office complex on a 12-acre site at the Enterprise Park in Swansea, which could provide up to 2,000 jobs.
Aerials for Industry is planning to expand its chain of four powered access depots into new locations, and aims to increase the size of its fleet five-fold over the next five years.
Babtie Group has acquired Rushbrook Consultants, the fire safety consultant, and will create a new business unit called Babtie Rushbrook at offices in Glasgow.
Babcock International has acquired Service Group International, the provider of support services to the Ministry of Defence, from Hg Capital for up to £27m.
Tribal Group has acquired MJP, the planning and property consultancy services company, for £3.2m.
JV Group has merged with Howells Group to create JVH Group, a combined Bridgend-based facilities management and business outsourcing group with 235 staff.
Hanson is to acquire Choctaw, the US concrete pipes company, from Amatek for £92m.
Metnor has acquired Keynor, the Newcastle-based commercial and leisure contractor with 60 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Country & Metropolitan is to undergo a £15m reverse takeover by an unnamed private house builder.
WS Atkins is to acquire Hanscomb, the US project management consultancy with 375 staff, for about £20m.
Everwhite has announced plans to invest a further £2.1m at its plastic building products factory in Aberdare, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Ennstone Thistle has acquired an asphalt and contracting operation at Daviot, Inverness, and a quarrying operation at Furnace in Argyll and Orrock in Fife from Tarmac Northern for £0.75m.
Saville Gordon, the industrial property company, is to undergo a £500m management buy-out.
Powermole of Sittingbourne has been acquired by Zoomlion, the Chinese company that is aiming to become a global force in the manufacture of construction plant.
Peterhouse is to acquire EPS Event, the German events infrastructure company, for £4m.
Westbury is to acquire Prowting for £141m, in order to expand its housebuilding activities in the south of England.
The Home Office has announced plans to build three accommodation centres for asylum seekers at Bicester, RAF Newton in Nottinghamshire and Throckmorton in Worcestershire.
Franklin & Andrews is to merge with Mott MacDonald, creating a combined project management group with 7,000 staff and annual turnover of £400m.
Eleco has acquired Downer Cladding Systems, the supplier of fixing systems for rain screen facade cladding, for £1m.
George Wimpey is to set up a new headquarters for its City Living operation at Yarm near Middlesbrough, where about 10 staff will co-ordinate the conversion of apartments in urban locations throughout the country.
Ensor Holdings has acquired CMS Tools, the supplier of tools to the roofing trade, for £2m.
North Tyne Glass is planning to create about 30 new jobs at its Longbenton-based glazing business, taking the total workforce to 50.
Cala is to expand its housebuilding activities in England through a £50m joint venture with Bank of Scotland, which will enable it to bid for larger plots of land.
FG Skerritt is creating 35 new jobs at its Nottingham-based building services business, following a rise in orders.
T Clarke has acquired Kestrel Electrical, the Midlands-based electrical contractor with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Bison has shortlisted four contractors - Galliford, Norwest Holst, Birse and Bowmer & Kirkland - to build a £15m precast concrete plant at Swadlincote in Derbyshire.
Bluestone is relocating the head office of its regional construction business, including a five-strong management team, from Tamworth to parent company Morgan Sindall's office in London.
Lafarge Gyvlon has acquired the remaining 51% of Isocrete Gyvlon from Sandbach-based Flowcrete, and will invest in the expansion of the company's synthetic anhydrite binder production and distribution.
CRH has acquired EHL Group, the German concrete paving company with 32 depots and 1,350 staff, for £93m.
Multi Group has acquired the London-based small tools division of Gilmac Building Services for £0.2m.
Case New Holland is to close its construction equipment site in Doncaster, with the sales team relocating to a new office nearby and technical support moving to Basildon.
Wrekin Construction has acquired Filcom for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its cable contracting business.
Ashfield District Council has set up a housing services company, or Arms Length Management Organisation, and will appoint construction partners to provide renovation services for the stock of 8,400 homes.
Enterprise has acquired Lloyd & Scotter Lighting, the Hull-based provider of street lighting services, for £1.5m.
Prowting, the housebuilder, is to close its Midlands division to raise up to £25m of capital to invest in the south.
Eurocell is creating 12 new jobs in Alfreton, following a £2m expansion at its conservatory roofing factory.
Hills Electrical is planning to create 200 new jobs in its West Midlands-based mechanical and electrical contracting business this year.
Wolseley is to acquire Clayton Acquisition, the US distributor of storm-drainage materials, for £77m, in order to gain a foothold in the Florida market.
John Laing has sold its property development business to a joint venture of Kier Group and Bank of Scotland for £40m, as part of a £120m disposal programme to reduce debt.
Bethell is to create a further 170 jobs at its Bolton-based construction business, having won another £30m contract to replace overhead power lines and sub-stations for United Utilities.
Bellway Homes is planning to invest £120m in two waterfront apartment schemes in Wales - at Cardiff Bay and on the banks of the River Usk in Newport.
Stafford Borough Council is to consider plans from Totty Developments for the construction of three call centres, each creating up to 400 jobs, and a health and fitness club on a 13-acre site at Creswell.
Van Elle is planning to create up to 40 new jobs at its construction engineering business in Pinxton over the next year.
Richard Burbidge has acquired Atkinson Marketing, the Ormskirk-based timber company with 70 staff and annual turnover of £9m, for undisclosed terms.
The South West Regional Development Agency and English Partnerships have acquired the former RAF Locking base in Weston-super-Mare in a £10m deal, and plan to redevelop the 210-acre site with residential and commercial space and the creation of up to 3,000 jobs.
Tyneside Economic Development Company has drawn up plans for the construction of a small business centre at the Boldon Business Park, which would include about 50 offices and create up to 150 jobs.
Unite Group has announced plans to set up a 180,000 sq ft pre-fabricated bedrooms and bathrooms factory at Stonehouse near Stroud, with the creation of 100 jobs.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced a £43m factory-building programme in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, in order to build 750,000 sq ft of manufacturing space across the Objective One areas of Wales over the next five years.
Artisan is to sell Speymill Contracts, the provider of property refurbishment services, to Wigmore Group for £4m.
Bouygues has won a £311m contract to build and maintain a new headquarters for the Home Office and Prison Service on the site of the old Department of the Environment in London's Westminster.
Bank of Scotland and Close Brothers are to support plans from Start Operations to develop a £20m chain of six innovation centres based on the St John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge.
Waterman is seeking acquisitions in western Europe and east Asia to expand its structural and mechanical engineering consultancy.
Sandwell Council is considering plans to privatise a number of functions, which could involve the transfer of housing stock to the private sector and setting up a trust for social services and leisure.
Hydrex, the construction equipment supplier, has undergone a £15m management buy-out funded by Bridgepoint Capital, and is now looking to expand into the North and Scotland.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Kentons, the Yorkshire-based utility services contractor, for £28m.
Belfast International Airport has won planning permission to develop the £30m Genesis Business Park next to the airport over the next five years.
Wolseley is looking to spend up to £300m on acquisitions to expand its builders' merchants business over the coming months.
Gainsborough is planning to invest £125m opening 32 serviced office centres in the US and UK over the next two years.
BPB is to acquire the US wallboard division of James Hardie Industries for £243m, partly funded by a £107m share placing.
Davis Langdon & Everest, the cost consultancy, is to relocate its central services department and up to 60 staff from London to new premises in Birmingham later this year.
Rok Property Solutions is to acquire City Estates, the Southampton-based commercial property developer, for £0.8m.
Moray Council is considering plans from James Jones & Sons for the £1m expansion of its timber construction components facility in Forres, which could lead to the creation of about 20 jobs over the next three years.
Bovis Homes is planning to open an eastern office later this year, as part of a strategy to benefit from high demand for housing by expanding its nationwide coverage.
Travis Perkins is planning to expand its chain of 502 builders' merchants by investing up to £30m in the acquisition of about 40 independent businesses a year.
Hercules Property Services has acquired Gross Fine, the London residential property management company, for up to £13m.
Propan Homes is to acquire Sitemaster, the residential property company with property assets valued at £19m.
Castle Cement has won approval from the Welsh Assembly to build a £48m cement kiln in Mold, securing the future of 200 jobs.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Essex-based Bradwell Aggregates and Chester-based Littler Readymix.
George Wimpey has sold Alfred McAlpine Homes Cumbria to Centaur Homes for £16m.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired Stiell, the facilities management company with 1,200 staff at offices in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Belfast, for £85m.
Hanson is to sell HBcE, its European brick manufacturing business, to Wienerberger for £39m.
Scottish Coal has announced plans to build a £35m urban village on the site of a former mine near Tranent in East Lothian, including 1,500 houses, a hotel, golf course and enterprise park.
Midas Homes is forming a partnership with Restormel Borough Council to build an urban village with 140 homes, shops and offices on a 10-acre site near the centre of St Austell.
Taylor Woodrow has sold the UK tower crane hire business of Taywood Plant to Kier Plant for £2.4m, in order to focus on housing, property, construction and engineering.
Cranesafe, the Guildford-based crane equipment supplier, has been acquired by SMIE of France.
Mitie Powered Access has undergone a £1.9m management buy-out, and its five branches are being rebranded as The Platform Company.
Concrete Company is seeking permission to build a £0.5m concrete storage and loading plant in Dereham, with the creation of 10 jobs.
EPL Access, the chain of eight powered access hire branches, has undergone a management buy-out from John Laing.
Wirral Metropolitan College has submitted plans to build a new £14m campus at Morpeth Dock in Birkenhead, which will house facilities for technology, engineering, construction, media and arts when open in 2004.
Bradfords Group has acquired the CE Curtis chain of five builders' merchants in the Plymouth area.
The Welsh Development Agency and BP have submitted outline plans for the development of a mixed commercial and residential scheme on a five hectare site at Llandarcy near Neath.
Amey is to set up a new Shared Resources Centre in Portsmouth, which will involve the relocation of up to 400 staff involved in accounts, payroll, procurement, human resources and IT.
Severfield-Rowen has acquired Tubemasters, the York-based structural fabricator, for £0.3m.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Kennedy Asphalt from Alfred McAlpine for about £5m, in order to expand its asphalt and contracting services in the North West and West Midlands.
Brandon Hire has acquired RJB Hire, the Kent-based tool hire business with five branches, and has also announced plans to open two new branches in Ashford and Wolverhampton to take its network to 93.
Inman & Partners is to merge with Summers of Newcastle upon Tyne to create a combined quantity surveying group with 10 offices and 180 employees.
Ambion Brick is to merge with Chelwood Brick to create a combined brick making business with 11 plants, 700 employees and turnover of £60m.
Liverpool City Council is considering plans for a multi-million expansion of the Municipal Buildings, in order to centralise council services onto one site.
Derby College is looking into the possibility of setting up a £30m campus in the city centre, and a number of possible sites are being considered.
Hampton Trust is to acquire Broadhall, the Chepstow-based commercial property developer, for £2.2m.
Berkeley has raised £47m in a share placing to fund the development of upmarket flats, offices and shops on brownfield sites.
McInerney Holdings has acquired Charlton Group, the Lancashire-based construction and property development company, for £8m.
Castle Cement has warned that its cement plant near Mold may close in 2005 with the loss of 200 jobs, unless it wins final approval to build a £48m kiln at the site.
Rugby College has announced plans to build a new £10m site on the town's cattle market by September 2004.
Halladale has formed a joint venture company with Bank of Scotland to invest £35m in property schemes.
Benlowe Group, which includes the Thomas Lowe staircase business and Bennett Windows, has undergone a £8m management buy-out.
T Clarke has acquired GDI Electrical, the Manchester-based electrical contractor with 30 staff, for £1.6m.
Park Lane Caledonian, the Glasgow-based property firm, has undergone a £10m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
Liverpool City Council has commissioned a report that predicts a total of 50,000 jobs will be created in the city over the next four years, with £3bn worth of construction work creating 40,000 temporary jobs.
Gibbs & Dandy has acquired Elliott & Co, the Oxfordshire-based builders merchant, for £2.1m.
Scholes Windows and sister firm Scholes Contracts have been bought out of receivership by an unnamed Huddersfield consortium, saving over 100 jobs.
Hanson has acquired Centennial Concrete Pipe & Products of Canada from Lafarge for £41m, in order to strengthen its position in Ontario.
Halcrow has acquired TME Torpy, the former building services subsidiary of Enron, for undisclosed terms.
Norwest Holst has acquired Crispin & Borst, the building contractor with 500 employees, for undisclosed terms, in order to improve its position in London.
Brandon Hire has expanded its tool hire branch network with two further acquisitions in Braintree and Saltash.
Molins is setting up a property subsidiary to develop 300,000 sq ft of offices on 17 acres of land at its Saunderton site near High Wycombe.
Hunting has acquired Moose Jaw Asphalt, the Canadian producer of asphaltic paving products, for £14m.
Speedy Hire is planning to buy Jewson's Hire Point network of 20 branches from Saint Gobain for £13m, increasing its chain of hire centres to more than 250.