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JR Smart has acquired the 43,000 sq ft Meridian Gate office building in Cardiff from Axa Insurance, and a refurbishment programme will start early next year.
McAvoy Group is to invest £5m in the development of a factory for modular buildings in Lisburn, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Redrose Property Services is planning to expand its building restoration business by seeking a new office in Hertfordshire and by recruiting about 15 additional staff.
Armatile is to expand its Armagh-based tile business with the creation of 25 jobs.
Nolan Associates, the Birmingham-based structural engineer, is creating eight jobs at a new office in Leicester.
The North West Development Agency has announced plans for the development of a £5m customer service centre in Barrow-in-Furness, which could create up to 800 jobs.
Gateway College has announced plans to relocate its Leicester college to a new £18m site near Soar Valley College in north Leicester by 2006.
Leicester Regeneration Company has unveiled plans to develop a £300m science park at Abbey Meadows, in order to add to Leicester's growing reputation for research in genetics and space science.
Speedy Hire is planning to expand its chain of plant hire centres from 279 to 400 over the next four years, at a cost of £10m a year.
Benson, the construction contractor, is looking to open offices in Reading, Bournemouth and Manchester.
Pipeway, the Sussex-based utility contractor with 450 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Bouygues.
Workspace, the London-based provider of space to small businesses, is planning to double the size of its property portfolio to £1bn over the next five years.
Gateshead College has secured £35m of government funding to relocate up to 26,000 students from Low Fell to a new site on the Quayside.
North East Wales Institute is looking to raise £20m to build new schools of business and art and design, as well as a conference centre and art gallery, by 2008.
BPB is to increase its annual capital expenditure from £100m to £150m, in order to expand its plasterboard operations in Europe, North America and a number of emerging markets.
GVA Grimley has acquired Second London Wall, the London-based project management firm with 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Sellar Property has won government permission to build a 66-storey office building next to London Bridge station by 2009, including a hotel, health club and apartments.
Erinaceous is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its facilities management business.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire Mansell, the Croydon-based construction services company with 2,430 staff at 29 locations, for £42m.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Southern Nevada Paving Company, the US-based limestone and asphalt producer with 140 staff, for £38m.
Advantage West Midlands and St Modwen Developments are submitting plans to build a £100m business park on a 40-acre site at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge.
Wilson Bowden has acquired Ward Homes Group for £29m, in order to expand its housebuilding operations in the south-east.
Swan Hill, the builder of luxury homes, has received a £47m takeover approach from a bid vehicle called Raven Mount.
Tulloch is setting up a new headquarters for Corrie Building Services in Inverness, with the creation of 35 jobs, while Tulloch Homes will relocate to the east of the city.
Canford Construction, the Bournemouth-based refurbishment contractor, is going into voluntary liquidation.
Brett Group has acquired Wilding Group, the Suffolk-based sand and gravel producer with 76 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Cordell Group has acquired the site construction operations of Hartlepool Fabrications out of administration, saving 25 jobs.
Exeter City Council is considering plans from Exeter College for a £23m expansion programme for its arts and construction departments, including new teaching centres and other facilities.
The Conservative Party is planning to sell its Central Office in Westminster and relocate to a new headquarters, in order to raise about £6m.
Wilson Bowden has acquired Frenchay Developments, the owner of a 26-acre development site at Siston Common near Bristol, for £24m.
Wraith Accommodation has received a £2.8m investment from NBGI Private Equity to fund the expansion of its Lincolnshire-based portable accommodation business.
Caledonian Building Systems, the Nottinghamshire-based manufacturer of steel-frame building modules with 230 staff, has undergone a £37m management buy-out backed by Dunedin Capital Partners.
Rugby, the cement manufacturer, is to seek permission to extend its Southam quarry in Warwickshire, which will secure work at the site for the next 30 years.
Mitie has acquired Executive Holdings, the security and cleaning company, for £10m, in order to expand its client base across the south-east.
Mansfield District Council is to announce plans for the £7m redevelopment of part of the town centre, including new entertainment, retail, residential and business facilities.
Stirling Stone, the Stirling-based quarry and masonry company with 100 staff, has been sold out of receivership by KPMG Corporate Recovery to Wallace Group.
Rok Property Solutions is to acquire the Manchester, Glasgow, Teesside, Cardiff and Ellesmere Port assets from the administrators of Ballast for up to £2m, expanding its network of regional offices to 20.
Development Planning Partnership, the town planning consultant, is relocating its Cardiff office to Windsor Place.
Avonside Roofing, the Sandbach-based roofing contractor with 15 regional offices and 210 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by AIB Commercial Finance.
George Leslie, the Scottish civil engineering company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
PH Jones is planning to expand its plumbing and heating maintenance service across the country, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Derby City Council has awarded outline planning permission to Nottingham-based Metro Holst for the £83m Riverlights scheme on the banks of the River Derwent, including bars, offices, apartments and a bus station.
Montpellier is to sell three construction subsidiaries - Cornhill Interiors, Lodge & Sons and YJL Facilities - to a former executive for a nominal sum.
National Height Specialists has bought Pendrich, the steeplejack company with 30 staff, from the receivers of Bierrum.
Speedy Survey has acquired the Watts Optronics branch network from survey equipment supplier Leica Geosystems for £1.3m.
SecureMove Property Services has acquired Douglas Duff, the surveying practice with offices in Milton Keynes and Bedford, taking its nationwide network to 44 sites.
Derwent Housing, the housing association, is to relocate its three regional offices to a new site in Pride Park, Derby, in December.
Jarvis has won a £339m contract to build and maintain student accommodation for the University of Lancaster.
Wellcome Trust is to help fund the development of a £25m centre in York to improve the teaching of science in schools, in partnership with a consortium of Yorkshire-based universities.
Bellway, the housebuilder, is planning to open new divisions in the Thames Gateway and eastern Scotland.
Johnson Service is to acquire Workplace Management, the property management company, from Chesterton International for £20m.
Hyder Consulting has acquired Jeff Moulsdale & Associates, the Australian property consultancy with 15 staff, for up to £1m.
Brett Landscaping has acquired a Loughborough-based concrete products business from Lafarge for undisclosed terms.
Grafton Group has acquired Plumbline Supplies, the Scottish chain of 17 plumbing merchants, as well as the Telfords chain of three branches in Ireland.
Trustseal, the Worksop-based highway maintenance company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Marlows of Bury St Edmunds, the timber company with 200 staff, has been bought out of receivership by a newly-formed company owned by the Howarth Timber Group.
South Devon College is to relocate its campus to the former Nortel site at Vantage Point in Paignton, having bought the property for about £10m.
Amec has acquired certain assets of Lauren Kamtech, the US provider of construction and maintenance services for pulp, paper and power plants, for £4m.
John Porter is to relocate its joinery business from Newcastle to the former Federal Mogul site in Sunderland by the end of year, with the creation of 40 jobs.
RW Gregory has sold its Maxim facilities management business to the Macro division of Mace.
Brandon Hire has acquired tool hire depots in Mansfield and Alfreton from Cox Plant for £0.5m.
Travis Perkins has acquired B&G, the operator of 12 plumbing and heating branches in London and Surrey, for £23m.
The Welsh Development Agency is looking at the possibility of relocating its main headquarters and up to 468 staff away from Cardiff.
High-Point Rendel, the construction engineering consulting group, has undergone a management buy-out.
John Laing has sold its John Laing Partnership homes businesses to management for £16m, and has also announced that it has been appointed preferred bidder for the Greater Nottingham NHS LIFT project.
Solitaire Group has acquired Freehold Managers for £6m, in order to expand its property management services business.
Ceredigion County Council is to consider plans from the Welsh Development Agency to build a new business park on a 35-acre site at Capel Bangor near Aberystwyth.
Wolseley has acquired three US plumbing, heating and building materials companies for £14m - Liberty Equipment & Supply, Nuroc and JM Lumber.
Ipswich Borough Council has outlined plans for the development of a new £160m university for 7,400 students, and talks are taking place with Essex and East Anglia universities.
The Welsh Development Agency has announced plans to build 27 business units in rural areas across Mid Wales, having received a £8m funding package from the National Assembly and the EU.
Weatherall Green & Smith is to merge with Sanderson Townend & Gilbert to create a combined building consultancy called Sanderson Weatheralls with 250 staff.
JS Millington, the Leicester-based builders' merchant with 107 staff, has been acquired by Jewson for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins is looking to expand its chain of builders' merchants from 686 to 800 by the end of 2004, as part of an ongoing acquisition and new store opening programme.
MSS Clean Technology, the supplier of controlled environments for scientific laboratories and pharmaceutical production, has undergone a management buy-out from Shepherd Building Group for undisclosed terms.
Fifehead is looking to expand its Welsh contracting business into the Thames Valley, and is prepared to spend £12m on a suitable acquisition.
WS Atkins has sold its US architecture and engineering consultancy business to management for £11m.
Meade Corporation has acquired the UK construction business of Thyssen Schachtbau, which has annual turnover of £60m and offices in Pontefract, Swansea and Stoke.
Newcastle College in Staffordshire is planning to spend £25m building a new campus by 2007, in order to sell its existing site to developers and provide improved facilities to students.
Bovis Homes is considering plans to set up a Welsh operation and expand its Midlands and retirement homes divisions.
Dee Water is planning to invest £30m upgrading water treatment plants, reservoirs and pumping stations.
Sefton Council is to relocate more than 50 staff from the planning and rent collection departments at Vernon House to Balliol House in Bootle in 2004.
Dundee City Council is planning to build a new £20m headquarters for 850 staff in North Lindsay Street.
Hull City Council is planning to expand its household waste recycling programme, and is seeking suitable sites for recycling centres.
DTE Midlands is planning to double production at its roof trusses factory in Ilkeston by the end of next year, with the creation of up to 30 jobs.
Taylor Woodrow is planning to acquire Wilson Connolly, the Northampton-based housebuilder, for £480m, which is expected to lead to the closure of ten offices and the loss of 300 jobs.
Thames Water has sold Subterra, the provider of utility maintenance services, to Enterprise for an initial £19m.
Quarmby Construction has won a £8.7m contract to build a new headquarters and data centre in Knaresborough for Total Systems Services.
Henry Boot has sold its Dronfield-based construction industry training division, which includes 81 staff, to management.
Berkeley Group is to sell its Crosby Homes division to management for about £450m, as part of a strategy to focus on large urban regeneration projects.
Liverpool City Council has approved plans from Rumford Investments for a £50m homes, offices and leisure development on the waterfront site of Richmond House, with the creation of 2,000 jobs.
Balfour Beatty has won a £6.5m contract to refurbish the headquarters of Stratford-upon-Avon District Council.
Speedy Space is expanding its chain of accommodation hire depots to 14 with new outlets in London, Scotland and South Wales.
Meica, the Ashford-based building maintenance company with 220 staff, has been acquired by Imtech of the Netherlands.
Heywood Williams has sold Coldseal, its Nottingham-based double glazing subsidiary with 500 staff, to newly-formed Coldseal Group in exchange for a 19.9% stake in Coldseal Group.
Mears has acquired Scion Group, the Newbury-based building maintenance company, for up to £6m.
The Home Office has been advised by property consultancy Donaldsons to move some of its London-based staff to Docklands or Southwark, as part of a plan to relocate 4,900 employees currently in temporary offices.
Severn Trent Water has announced plans to invest £9m revamping the sewer system in Kenilworth, with work starting next January.
Mouchel has acquired Parkman Group, the Sutton Coldfield-based support services and consulting engineering company, for £78m, and the combined group will focus on road maintenance contracts.
Dykes Naylor, the Nottingham-based architect, has undergone a management buy-out and the new company will be named DNA.
Murus is planning to open panel house factories in south Wales and Lancashire with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Barkbury Interiors, the Leamington Spa-based fit-out and joinery company, has undergone a management buy-out.
Rok Property Solutions is looking to open new offices across the country, and is seeking acquisitions to expand into the Midlands and the north.
Martindales has sold its building services and Alphingdale Controls divisions to Integral for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 170 jobs.
Protector Security of Gateshead is planning to double its workforce to 500 by 2006, and new offices will soon open in Edinburgh and London.
Carmarthenshire County Council is to consider plans from Llandeilo Building Supplies to set up a builders' merchants at the former Betws Colliery, as part of the expected regeneration of the 170-acre site.
Bethell Building Services has undergone a management buy-out, creating a new group with 325 staff called White Building Services.
Travis Perkins has acquired Jayhard, the Southampton-based chain of 53 plumbing and heating branches, for £26m.
CRH is to acquire Cementbouw, the Dutch building materials and DIY group, for £488m.
Ashtead has raised £6m from the disposal of certain non-core businesses, including the sale of the rental assets of its Big Air division to Speedy Power and its mast climbing work platforms to Mastclimbers.
Groundforce has acquired Trench Shore, the Tring-based equipment rental firm, for undisclosed terms.
Reading Borough Council has unveiled outline plans for the £175m redevelopment of the Chatham Street area, including houses, offices, shops, leisure facilities and a hotel.
Black & Veatch has acquired Lewin Fryer & Partners, the Hampton-based consulting engineering firm, for undisclosed terms.
Vp has acquired Trench Shore, the supplier of shoring products to the construction industry, for £2.7m.
Grampian Fire Brigade is planning to build a new £2m fire station in Aberdeen, and a number of potential sites are being considered.
Omar Woodbury is setting up a new £3m log cabins factory in Sheffield with the creation of 100 jobs, having outgrown its existing site in Dronfield.
Timbmet has acquired the Vincent Murphy timber business in Liverpool for undisclosed terms, including its Severn Plywood subsidiary in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
Mentmore has sold its Serviced Business Space division to Ashtenne Holdings for £182m, in order to focus on personal storage and paper archiving.
Mitie has acquired Eagle Pest Control Services, the provider of pest control services to offices, shops and factories, for an initial £2.8m.
Lilley Construction, the Glasgow-based builder with 266 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from troubled parent Sunley Turriff.
The Scottish Executive is to provide funding of £64m for the development of Business Improvement Districts in Glasgow and Edinburgh, which will include training centres, regeneration schemes and transport improvements.
Speedy Hire has acquired Kingfisher Hire & Sales, the South Wales-based tool hire company with six depots, for £1.4m.
Mitie has acquired Trident Safeguards, the provider of property security services, for an initial £8.2m.
WS Atkins has sold its Lambert Smith Hampton commercial property operation in Northern Ireland to management for undisclosed terms, creating a new company called BTWShiells with 50 staff.
David McLean has won a contract worth up to £45m from the Department for Work & Pensions to refurbish 35 job centres in the north-east.
Liebherr, the plant manufacturer, has awarded a £11m contract to Kier to build new offices and workshops in Biggleswade.
The National Assembly for Wales has approved plans for work to re-start on the construction of its new £55m headquarters at Cardiff Bay.
Wigmore is to acquire DF Blanchard, the Salisbury-based building maintenance company with 43 staff, for up to £2m.
Ashwell Property Group is to relocate its Cambridge headquarters and 40 staff to Hills Road in July.
Stafford College is seeking permission to build a new art college on its town centre campus, as part of a £2.5m investment programme.
Tribal Group is to acquire Hacas, the social housing consultancy, for £45m.
McInerney Holdings of Ireland is planning a £15m expansion of its UK housebuilding operations this year, including Charlton Homes, Space and Hargreaves Homes.
Ennstone has acquired T&T, the Doncaster-based limestone quarry operator, for £2m.
Tarmac Precast is to build a concrete partition walling factory in Kirkby-in-Ashfield this year, as part of a £2.5m investment in its Speediwall system.
Wates, the construction company, is in the process of relocating its head office from south London to Leatherhead.
SectorGuard has acquired First Response Security Services, the provider of manned guarding services at buildings in London and the Midlands, for an initial £0.2m.
The University of Wales has submitted plans to build a £10m business training centre in Bangor.
The National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) is to relocate its office from east London to a site near the Barbican.
Bank of Scotland is planning to acquire Compco, the London property company, for £147m.
Speedy Hire is planning to expand its chain of 257 hire depots to 400 over the next few years.
Carillion has acquired Swedish Rail Systems Entreprenad, the Swedish rail maintenance company with 250 staff and net assets of £6.2m.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired AIMS Group Services, the technical services company that focuses on workplace compliance issues, for £7.2m.
Oxfam is to relocate its headquarters and 700 staff from Summertown, Oxford, to the Oxford Business Park in Cowley in 2005, and work will start on the new building in December.
Persimmon has acquired Merewood Group, the regional housebuilder operating in Cumbria and Lancashire, for £23m.
Imerys is to invest up to £80m in new projects over the next two years, in order to ensure the future of the Cornish china clay industry for at least 40 years.
Fife Council has approved plans from Kingdom Park to build a £100m business and leisure park on a 130-acre site in Kirkcaldy, including shops and a hotel, but the project depends on the completion of an open-cast coal development.
Hayley Somerset Consulting has acquired RAP Consulting Engineers, the Nottingham-based mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy.
Total Bitumen has sold its road surface dressing contracting division to Road Maintenance Services for undisclosed terms.
Carillion has sold The Expanded Piling Company, the Grimsby-based piling contractor, to Laing O'Rourke for £6.3m.
Mears, the provider of social housing building maintenance repairs, is opening a Stockton branch with the creation of 100 jobs.
Hydrex has acquired Hughes Rail, the Fareham-based rail plant hirer, for undisclosed terms.
Amey has sold its Amey Vectra technical and environmental consulting business to Volvere for £2m.
Persimmon is planning to create 200 jobs at 20 new housebuilding projects from Northumberland to Yorkshire this year.
GVA Grimley is to acquire Saxon Law, the London-based property company, which will involve the relocation of 35 staff from Bruton Street to GVA's base in Stratton Street.
Acheson & Glover is investing £5m in a new construction materials plant at Belcoo in Co Fermanagh and a further £5m on a paving factory in Fivemiletown.
Knauf Drywall is to invest £20m in the expansion of its plasterboard manufacturing operations in the UK.
Sunderland Housing Group is seeking 75 additional staff to start work on the construction of 4,000 homes on Wearside.
Omnico has acquired PL Plastics, the supplier of plastic building products with branches in Preston and Wigan, for undisclosed terms.
Grant Thornton has sold CLM Building Services of Warrington out of receivership to Middlesex-based Atlas Securities, securing the future of 120 jobs.
DSSR has acquired Malcolm Lamb Associates, the West Midlands-based building services consultancy.
Advantage West Midlands is planning to invest £64m transforming a 90-hectare site between Wolverhampton and south Staffordshire into a new industrial location for a single major employer.
UCS Construction, the Lincoln-based construction group with 350 staff, has undergone a £7.5m management buy-in.
Rok has sold the plant hire business of recently-acquired Llewellyn to Cox Plant for £4.5m.
John Laing has sold Beechcroft Developments, its retirement home construction business, to a management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland for £34m.
Fforest Timber Engineering is to create 20 new jobs following its move to a new £1m factory at the Garngoch Industrial Estate near Swansea.
Speedy Hire is planning to open four more Speedy Survey depots, including sites in Cardiff, Exeter, East Anglia and the north-east.
SectorGuard has acquired the manned guarding business of London Alliance Contract Services for an initial £0.5m.
Corus is to expand its fully-fitted housing units manufacturing plant at Shotton in Flintshire, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.
Everest, the double glazing company, has undergone a £63m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
Solitaire is considering plans to open a new property management office on the south coast.
Lafarge Aggregates has won government approval to proceed with plans to build a waste recycling plant at Harrycroft Quarry near Rotherham.
Wolseley is planning to acquire Pinault Bois & Materiaux, the French distributor of building materials with 5,300 staff, for £390m.
Deceuninck, the supplier of door and window systems, has started work on the £7m expansion of its factory in Calne, Wiltshire.
Sir Robert McAlpine is to relocate its Cardiff office from West Bute Street to a new building at the Cardiff Gate Business Park in July.
Otley College in Suffolk has announced plans to invest £8m in new facilities over the next five years, including new teaching accommodation, a library and an IT centre.
Westbury has raised £150m in a private share placing to fund the expansion of its housebuilding business.
Coventry City Council has revealed plans for the £250m redevelopment of a 50-acre site in lower Foleshill, including new offices, industrial space and up to 1,200 flats and houses.
Cordell Group has acquired Structures (Teesside), the steel-working company with 30 staff, and 30 additional jobs will be created within two years.
Amey, the support services group with 9,000 staff, is to be acquired by Grupo Ferrovial of Spain for £81m, which will enable Amey to resume its place in the Tube Lines consortium.
Chesterton International, the commercial property company, is expected to accept a £10m takeover offer from Phoenix Acquisitions, a vehicle set up by one of its largest shareholders.
Linden has acquired the Fairfield housebuilding joint venture between Wiggins and Galliford Try for £7.2m.
Hanson is to acquire Better Materials Corporation, the US aggregates company, for £97m.
Colvin Smith Logistics expects to double its workforce to 80 over the next 12 months, and has just secured funding of £0.5m to expand its pipework fabrication and insulation services into London.
Propan Homes has acquired Honeygrove Holdings, the housebuilder with operations in Kent and Sussex, for £2m, and the enlarged group will change its name to Honeygrove Group.
London Remade has opened a new plant in Charlton to recycle waste from the construction industry, and the site will be operated by Day Aggregates and could lead to the creation of 350 jobs over the next few years.
Mouchel is looking to expand its support services business into the management of some of the UK's 25,000 secondary schools.
Bett is to be acquired by Gladedale of Surrey in a deal that values the Scottish housebuilder at £95m.
Mears is seeking small acquisitions to expand its new painting and decorating division across the country.
Cowlin Construction is recruiting staff at offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter and Wincanton following the recent expansion of its tender list.
Lancaster City Council is to consider plans from a consortium of private investors for the construction of a 12-mile bridge between Heysham and Barrow, in order to help regenerate the area and produce power through tide and wind turbines.
David McLean is to create dozens of new jobs at the Deeside Industrial Park, as part of the ongoing expansion of its property development and construction business.
Wilson Bowden is to acquire the homes division of Henry Boot for £48m, gaining access to 1,800 plots of land.
Eaga Partnership is to expand the headquarters of its home heating business in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Reading Borough Council is considering plans to relocate to an unidentified site elsewhere in the town within four years, and the existing Civic Centre site could be redeveloped for either housing, shops, offices or leisure.
McCormick Macnaughton has acquired the Northern Ireland construction equipment rental business of Hewden Stuart.
The National Assembly for Wales has announced plans for the £30m regeneration of Newport, and has set up a new company called Newport Unlimited to co-ordinate the development of houses, offices and parks.
Strathclyde Homes has bought Novaside Timber Frames out of receivership for an estimated £1m, securing the future of 25 jobs in Cumbernauld.
The Commonwealth Institute is in negotiations to form a joint venture with Cambridge University, which would involve relocating from its existing headquarters in London.
Rockwool is to set up a £5m sandwich panel insulation production facility at its site in Bridgend.
Building Design Partnership is to relocate its London office to Clerkenwell in May, and Crisp Interiors is fitting out the new site.
Propan Homes has acquired Pinemount Trading and Latchfield Investments, in order to expand its residential property and land development operations in the south-east.
Kelsey, the roofing contractor, is to close its Glasgow office in May and some of the 27 staff will relocate to offices in Yorkshire and Worcestershire.
Sunderland Council is to consider plans from Rivergreen Development for the construction of a £5m industry centre at the Pallion Industrial Estate, which would create eight manufacturing units.
G&B Plumbing & Heating, the Dorset-based operator of six plumbing outlets, has been acquired by Jewson for undisclosed terms.
Hydrex has acquired Lindsay Plant, the operator of hire depots in Kilmarnock and Edinburgh, for undisclosed terms.
Readymix has acquired Breton Precast, Breton Roecrete and Breton Scotland from Farrans Group for £4.7m, in order to expand its concrete operations in Ireland and Scotland.
Mapei UK is to relocate its building products business from Brierley Hill to a new £4m factory at the Coombs Wood Business Park in Halesowen, with the creation of 20 jobs.
JBG Building Services, the Pontypridd-based provider of residential property services, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Aggregate Industries is planning to spend £100m on acquisitions in 2003, in order to expand its building materials business.
Bucknall Austin has acquired the Citex construction management business out of administration, securing about 300 jobs.
Novar has acquired Alterton Technologies, the US supplier of electronic building controls, for £38m, and has also announced plans to shed 500 jobs in its building materials business in 2003.
Esh Group is planning to create up to 80 new jobs at its construction and property business in County Durham this year.
Fitzhardinge is to acquire Gooch Webster, the London-based property consultancy with 240 staff, for £8.1m, and Fisher Wilson, the Scottish retail property specialist with 14 staff, for £2.5m.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is to consider plans from Sussex-based Bannertown for the £19m construction of three 50,000 sq ft call centres at the Shadsworth Industrial Estate in Blackburn.
CB Richard Ellis is planning a £259m merger with Insignia Financial to create a worldwide commercial property group with 16,000 staff, prompting speculation about the future of some of the 750 UK-based jobs at CB Hillier Parker.
The Prison Service has awarded a £68m contract to Peterborough Prison Services to build a new private jail in Peterborough for 840 inmates.
Advantage West Midlands and Calthorpe Estates have announced plans to set up a technology and science park at the Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham, in preparation for when the BBC staff vacate the site next year.
Costain has been selected as preferred bidder to build the £60m Diamond Synchrotron Light Source in Oxfordshire.
Leadbitter, the construction company with 330 staff, has been acquired by Heijmans of the Netherlands for undisclosed terms.
Lafarge has acquired Premier Readymix Concrete of Staffordshire for undisclosed terms.
BCQS Group, the chartered surveyor, is setting up a UK headquarters in Nottingham to offer a range of general practice surveying services to both commercial and residential customers.
Amec is expected to win a £20m contract to build a new headquarters for 400 staff of the Government Office for the North East in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The North West Development Agency is linking up with Liverpool's two universities to transform the former MTL base on Edge Lane into the Liverpool Science Park, in order to develop scientific talent, new businesses and jobs.
Grafton is to acquire Jackson Building Centres, the Lincoln-based chain of 18 builders' merchants, for £87m.
Peterhouse has acquired Digital Surveys, the Newcastle-based provider of survey and data services to the rail and water sectors, for £0.4m.
Wolseley has acquired four companies in the US and Canada for £37m, including three heating, plumbing and valve businesses and a lumber business.
City College Coventry is looking at the possibility of setting up a new inner-city educational village in the Swanswell area, at a cost of between £25m and £100m.
Nicholls & Clarke, the Shoreditch-based building materials company, has awarded a £7m contract to Trak to build a new headquarters.
Aston Science Park is planning a £100m expansion programme to double the size of its Birmingham business park and create hundreds of jobs.
Corrie Group has acquired I&M Sinclair, the Thurso-based heating and plumbing company, for an estimated £1m.
Birmingham City Council has unveiled proposals for the £900m transformation of the Paradise Circus area, in order to provide modern head office facilities for multinational businesses.
Rok Property Solutions is selling Llewellyn Timber Engineering, the roof truss manufacturer with 30 staff, to Pace Timber Systems of Milton Keynes for undisclosed terms.
Speedy Hire is planning to open 30 hire depots this year, taking its total network to over 280.
Willmott Dixon has acquired the UK property services division of Shimizu Europe.
RMC Group is to sell its concrete product operations in the Netherlands and Belgium, as part of a debt-reduction programme.
The National Assembly for Wales has launched the Llandarcy Urban Village Project, which aims to transform a former oil refinery near Neath into an urban village with the creation of 3,500 jobs over a 25-year period.
The Hawkhills Emergency Planning College near York is to undergo a £7m refurbishment, including a modern accommodation block and training centre.
MJ Gleeson is considering plans to separate off its property division, in order to raise about £25m to invest in its housebuilding and construction operations.
British Gypsum is planning a £21m expansion at its plasterboard production facility in Leicestershire.
SectorGuard has acquired Gainsborough Events & Security Services of Essex for an initial £0.1m.
Hacas Group is to acquire Stratford Development Partnership, the provider of regeneration consultancy services to London local authorities, which will involve the transfer of 58 staff.
Peterhouse has sold its Propencity division, which includes Jackson, Totty and Dean & Bowes, to a management team backed by Bank of Scotland for £23m.
Sunderland Council has announced proposals to build a £5m science park at St Peter's Riverside, in partnership with Sunderland University and the Business & Innovation Centre.
Meadgate Homes, the Cardiff-based luxury housebuilder, has undergone a management buy-out from the Lexington Group for undisclosed terms.