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The National Union of Students is to relocate its headquarters from London to Manchester in 2006, although an office will be retained in London.
Multiplex, the Australian construction company, is planning to set up a new headquarters for its property division at 40 Berkeley Square in London.
Warrington Slate, the builders' merchant, has been sold for £5.5m, with the Warrington site being acquired by Hendricks and the Bury site by Travis Perkins.
Jarvis has sold its European roads business to the Somaro subsidiary of Bouygues for £25m.
Homeserve has acquired Sergon BRM, the Nottingham-based home insurance repair network with 85 staff, from GAB Robins UK for £11m.
Invest NI has confirmed plans to relocate 550 staff to a new headquarters in central Belfast next October.
Bizspace is to acquire a portfolio of 22 managed workspace properties in the North East from UK Land Estates and One NorthEast for £28m.
JCB is to seek planning permission to relocate its heavy products division from Uttoxeter town centre to a new 50-acre site nearby.
Morgan Sindall has acquired three Benson operating divisions out of administration for £3m, including 175 staff in Reigate, Hatfield and Southampton.
Purcell Miller Tritton, the Norwich-based conservation architect firm with 120 staff, has acquired Martin Stancliffe Architects of York.
Travis Perkins has acquired JH Walker, the York-based builders' merchant with 17 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Low & Bonar has acquired LCM Construction Products, the polypropylene fibre manufacturer, for £13m.
Aggregate Industries has acquired the Allt-y-Garn quarry near Cross Hands in South Wales.
Lafarge has acquired the readymix operations of Riskend Aggregates, which includes four plants in Glasgow and a new site in Edinburgh.
Colliers CRE has acquired Campbell & Co, the Glasgow-based firm of surveyors, for £1.7m.
British Gypsum has won planning permission for the £50m expansion of its plasterboard factory at Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire, with the creation of 75 jobs.
CJ Pearce, the Telford-based contractor with 55 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Meade Corporation.
The Welsh Development Agency has submitted plans to build a £100m urban village on a 50-acre site in the Ely Bridge area of Cardiff.
Hewden is to reorganise its nationwide network of hire depots by setting up a hub and spoke system and by merging its tool hire, crane hire and plant hire operations.
Tribal Group has acquired Dereck Hicks & Thew, the Liverpool-based architect, for up to £3.4m.
M&M Plasline has acquired Metek Building Systems of Bristol for about £1m, and is relocating its own business to a larger site in Newton Aycliffe with the creation of 35 jobs next month.
One NorthEast is supporting plans for a £35m investment at the former Samsung site at Wynyard, which will involve the relocation of 500 jobs by a number of local companies and the creation of a new distribution centre.
Lambeth Council is planning to relocate 400 staff to its newly-acquired Sentinel Point building in Vauxhall.
Countryside Properties, the Essex-based housebuilder, has accepted a £218m takeover offer from Copthorn Holdings.
Jarvis is planning to sell its private finance initiative unit to Hochtief Projektentwicklung of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Greenfield Construction, the Nottingham-based groundworks company with 70 staff, is to be acquired by Hightower Construction for £0.7m.
Frank Haslam Milan is seeking 100 additional staff for its social housing contracting business on Teesside and elsewhere, including plasterers, joiners, fitters and floor layers.
Hanson Building Products has acquired Wilnecote Brick, the Tamworth-based brick supplier, from Tarmac for undisclosed terms.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is to provide a further £100m for the development of schools and other community facilities in the Thames Gateway.
The Scottish Executive is to relocate the eight jobs at the crofting building grants administration agency from Edinburgh to the island of Tiree, while the ten jobs at the central inquiry unit will move to Kinlochleven.
Brixton has acquired a portfolio of 163 industrial properties from Industrious Holdings for £675m.
Manor Kingdom, the Dunfermline-based luxury housebuilder, has been acquired by the owner of Bett Homes for undisclosed terms.
Brandon Hire has acquired AM Plant & Tool Hire of Luton for £0.2m, taking the total number of branches to 130.
Colliers CRE has acquired Fletcher King Manchester, the Manchester-based firm of chartered surveyors, for £0.4m.
The Prison Service has awarded a contract to Lambert Smith Hampton to advise on the £300m expansion of its estate, including the acquisition of new sites for prisons and offices.
Independent Access Supplies, the plant machinery rental company with 75 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management buy-in.
Frank Galliers, the Shropshire-based contractor with 100 staff, has been acquired by Pan Atlanta Developments for undisclosed terms.
Modern Art Stone, the manufacturer of artificial stone, is to relocate from Cambois to a larger site in Blyth, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Keller Group has sold its J Woods stone masonry business to Rattee & Kett, a division of Mowlem, for a nominal sum.
CA Roofing is to set up a new £1m industrial roofing factory near its existing site in County Durham, with the creation of 16 jobs.
The Tresham Institute in Kettering has secured a £6m grant to fund the development of a new further education college in Windmill Avenue by September 2006.
Vemco Brasscapri, the builders' merchant with annual turnover of £20m, has been acquired by Mueller Industries of the US.
Rok Property Solutions has acquired Team Building Maintenance, the Birmingham-based property maintenance company, for £0.2m.
NPS Property Consultants has announced plans to set up a second 13,000 sq ft office at the St Andrew's Business Park in Norwich.
Interlink, the Yorkshire-based supplier of modular buildings, has been acquired by Waco International of South Africa for £31m.
Donaldsons is to advise the Independent Police Complaints Commission on plans to open seven new regional headquarters across the country.
City of York Council is considering plans to relocate up to 1,000 staff from various sites across the city into one purpose-built headquarters, although a suitable location has not yet been found.
Hanson Aggregates is planning to shed 316 jobs and relocate a further 234 by next June, in order to consolidate its 23 sales offices into six and its 54 materials testing centres into one laboratory.
Speedy Hire has acquired the internal hire division of Simons Construction for £0.5m.
Carillion is to sell its French civil engineering contracting and building business to a local management team for £10m.
Brandon Hire has acquired Hiramix of Burton-on-Trent, Yorkshire Tool Hire of Halifax and Universal Tool Hire of Totnes, for a combined £0.8m.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is to build a new £80m headquarters in Edgbaston by 2007, as the city council has approved the plans in principle.
Brooke Smith Associates of Birmingham has merged with CSJ Planning Consultants of Bristol, creating a combined town planning consultancy with 20 planners.
Savills has acquired Smith-Woolley, the chartered surveyor with offices in Oxford, Bath and Newark, for £2.4m.
Wilkinson Special Projects of Warrington has been bought of administration by JHL Plant Hire, securing the future of 150 jobs.
Fenland District Council is planning to relocate 70 staff from March to the Exchange Tower in Wisbech.
Ultraframe has opened a new roof production facility at its factory in Clayton-le-Moors, and the 43-strong workforce could eventually double.
Hellens Group, the construction and landscaping company, is seeking permission from Sunderland City Council to relocate its headquarters to the new Pattinson Industrial Estate.
Tulloch has acquired Las Plant, the Inverness-based heavy plant supplier with 24 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Centrica has acquired Residential Services Group, the US home maintenance company with 2,000 staff, for £83m, in order to expand its Direct Energy subsidiary.
RMC, the building materials company, is set to be acquired by Cemex of Mexico for £2.3bn.
Thebrickbusiness, the brick manufacturer with 680 staff at nine sites, is to be acquired by Wienerberger of Austria for £100m.
Lloyds British Testing has acquired Rumney Crane, the Swansea-based lifting equipment company with £2m annual turnover.
Cumbrian Industrials, the Penrith-based construction company with 196 staff, has been acquired by Hanson Aggregates.
St Modwen Properties is to open two regional offices in Yorkshire and the South West by the end of the year.
Thorndyke, the construction services company, is planning to relocate its 100-strong workforce away from Leicester city centre, and East Goscote is a possible location.
Essex Police is to build a £20m centre to handle non-emergency calls in Chelmsford by 2007.
HSS is to sell its RentX tool hire operations in the US, and the proceeds will be invested in its UK operations.
Babcock International has acquired Turner & Partners, the provider of construction management services to mobile telecom network operators, for £4m.
Queen Margaret University College is to relocate 4,000 staff and students to a new 35-acre campus at Craighall in East Lothian in 2007, and work on the new site will start next year.
Miller has increased its bank facilities to £325m to fund the expansion of its housebuilding operations into south-east England, and at least two acquisitions are being considered.
Century Homes has acquired Timber Frame Solutions, the Northumberland-based timber frame maker, and plans to double its 40-strong workforce.
Highland Council is considering the possibility of relocating its Inverness headquarters to a new site on the edge of the city centre.
Bellway Homes, the housebuilder, is planning to create 200 apprenticeships in the Liverpool area over the next two years.
Stewart Milne of Aberdeen is seeking acquisitions to expand its housebuilding operations in England.
SIG, the insulation supplier, is planning to expand its branch network from 125 sites to almost 200 by 2008.
Alumasc has acquired Timloc Building Products of Goole from Expamet International for £3.3m.
Travis Perkins has outlined plans to expand its chain of builders' merchants from 740 to 1,200 over the next six years.
Evans Easyspace is planning to expand its network of flexible workspace sites from 25 to about 60 over the next few years, at a cost of £100m.
JT Dove has acquired Auckland Timber & Builders Merchants of Bishop Auckland, taking its chain to seven branches.
Barr Holdings is seeking permission to develop a new quarry to the south of Glasgow, in order to meet rising demand for aggregates.
Brandon Hire has acquired Delco, the chain of seven tool hire branches in London, Manchester and Southampton, for £4m.
Innisfree has raised £360m to invest in private finance initiative and public-private partnership projects, including new hospitals and schools.
Rok, the property company, is expanding its offices on Teesside and Tyneside with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Connaught has acquired Gas Care Central Heating and Building Services Training, two Caerphilly-based suppliers of services to the social housing sector, for £1.6m.
Spring Grove Property Maintenance is to be acquired by Park Street, the investment vehicle of Mount Street, for £5.4m.
Blair Plant & Civil Engineers of Norfolk has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 30 jobs.
Lark Construction, the Redruth-based social housing contractor with 78 staff, has been bought out of receivership by Rok for undisclosed terms.
Wolseley, the building materials company, has confirmed plans to relocate its head office from North Yorkshire to the Tachbrook estate near Leamington Spa next summer, and more than 600 staff will be based at the new £11m site.
CI Traders is to acquire ComProp for £51m, in order to expand its property development operations on the Channel Islands.
Gwynedd Council is to consider plans for a multi-million revamp of Bangor University's science site, including a new centre for ecology and hydrology for the Natural Environment Research Council.
Spice, the Leeds-based utilities support services company, has raised £11m in a share issue, and is now looking to expand the business through organic growth and acquisitions.
Lovell is planning to create 50 new jobs at its Leeds-based affordable housing business over the next 12 months.
Connaught has acquired Maginnis, the Glasgow-based maintenance services company with 162 staff, for £2.5m.
The South West Regional Development Agency has awarded funding of £1m to help build the region's first sustainable construction centre in Taunton, and work on the £2.5m project will start this autumn.
Speedy Hire has acquired Coates Rentair UK, the power generation equipment hire company, for £6.7m.
Bow has sold its Peterlee-based scaffolding operation out of receivership to a management team, securing the future of 65 jobs.
Amec has acquired Generale Maintenance Services, the French maintenance and mechanical engineering company with 40 staff, for £0.3m.
The Home Office is to set up a 41,000 sq ft office at Derby Square in Liverpool for the Immigration & Nationality Directorate, and up to 250 staff will work there from 2006.
Cavanna Group, the Torquay-based construction company with 70 staff, is to relocate to a new £2m office at The Willows in May 2005.
Molson Holdings, the Bristol-based construction equipment dealer, has closed its plant refurbishment operation with the loss of 20 jobs.
Chorus, the Barnet-based fit-out company with 60 staff and annual turnover of £30m, has been acquired by Byrne Group of Ireland.
Balfour Beatty is seeking acquisitions to expand its construction operations in the US.
Grafton is planning to acquire Heiton, the Irish building materials group, for £226m.
Barratt Developments is to sell its US housebuilding operations to Barratt Investments for £91m, and the proceeds will be invested in urban renewal projects in the UK.
Renfrewshire Council has unveiled proposals for a £500m development to regenerate the south bank of the River Clyde from Braehead to Renfrew, including 1m sq ft of business space, 2,000 new homes and leisure facilities.
North Midland Construction is to create about 40 new jobs in its utilities division, having won a £80m contract with Marconi to work on the BT network.
Vibro, the Preston-based civil engineer, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
VT Group has won a £70m contract to build and operate a fire-fighting training centre in Cardiff.
Jarvis has sold its entire stake in Ultramast, the developer of mobile telephone radio masts, to Shere Group, a joint venture company formed by Babcock & Brown and four Ultramast managers, for £0.3m.
Alumasc has acquired Roof-Pro, the Bedford-based building products company, for £3.7m.
Brandon Hire has acquired U Hire of Merseyside and Hire-It Northern of County Durham for £0.7m and £0.2m respectively, taking its chain of tool hire outlets to 114.
Speedy Hire has acquired the tool hire business of Multi Group for £7.2m, including ten tool hire depots and 23 temporary on-site facilities.
Northern Venture Managers is investing £1.5m in AFI Aerial Platforms, in order to fund the nationwide expansion of the Wakefield-based aerial platform company.
DJ Tool Hire has undergone a management buy-out, and is planning to expand its chain of six tool hire outlets to 30 over the next five years.
Wolseley is to acquire Brooks Group, the Irish builders' merchant with 18 branches, from UPM-Kymmene for £120m.
English Partnerships is to relocate 45 staff from central London to offices in Exeter, Allerton Bywater and Nottingham.
John Sisk, the construction contractor, is considering plans to open an office in the Cardiff area.
Regus has agreed to acquire HQ Global, the US serviced office company with 263 sites, for £163m.
Murston Plant, the Ashford-based hire company with 40 staff, has been acquired by GSE Plant.
Rok Property Solutions has acquired John Dickie Construction, which operates in the central belt of Scotland, from John Dickie Group for £0.8m.
Marwell, the Aberdeen-based construction company, is creating 70 new jobs to work on a number of new design and build projects.
Burks Green is seeking an additional 15 staff for its architecture and engineering business in Newark.
Wolseley UK is to create 30 jobs at a new building materials depot in Middlesbrough, the first of its new generation of Trade Park developments.
Peterborough Regional College is planning to build a new £10m university building on its campus by September 2006.
Rand Group has acquired the road planing operations of Associated Asphalt for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 32 Oxfordshire-based staff.
Hornagold & Hills is looking to recruit project managers and management consultants for its new office in Cardiff.
Thomas Armstrong is creating 30 jobs at a new concrete products factory in Workington.
Dean & Dyball has won a £5.2m contract to build a new head office in Eastleigh for the Swaythling Housing Association.
Nottingham City Council is to consider plans from Roxylight and Laing O'Rourke for a £700m mixed-use development in the city centre, including office space, homes, shops and leisure facilities.
Goodyear and St Modwen have unveiled plans for a major redevelopment of the 88-acre tyre factory site in Wolverhampton, including new shops, offices, homes and leisure facilities.
Allison Homes, the housebuilder, is planning to relocate its headquarters and 60 staff to the Enterprise Park industrial estate at Pinchbeck, near Spalding.
Laing O'Rourke and Roxylight have acquired the 55-acre former Vauxhall site in Luton, and are expected to submit plans for one of the country's largest urban redevelopment schemes later this year.
Cambridge Regional College is considering plans to close its city centre campus in 2007, in order to make way for a housing development and expand its King's Hedges site.
Boulton Construction Products of the West Midlands has been bought out of administration by a management buy-out.
Capita Symonds has acquired Percy Thomas Architects, creating one of the country's five leading architectural groups.
Pochin Plant has acquired Raynesway Concrete Plumbing, which has depots in Bellshill, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, for £2.4m.
Sunderland Council is to build a £6m 60,000 sq ft e-incubator centre at the Rainton Bridge Business Park by autumn 2005, in order to house new technology companies.
Pinnacle is planning to raise up to £15m in a share placing, in order to expand its property management business.
The Welsh Development Agency is considering plans to sell off its network of Technium business incubators, in order to set up a new venture capital-style investment fund.
Highland Council is to consider plans from Inverness Estates for a £320m business, retail, housing and industry development to the east of Inverness.
King Sturge, the property consultant, is to open a new regional office in Nottingham in August.
M&M Plasline is expanding its factory and offices in Bishop Auckland with the creation of 50 jobs, in order to create an off-site facility to manufacture lightweight steel framing systems.
Crossway Scaffolding, the Elland-based scaffolding contractor, is planning to double its 30-strong workforce over the next three years.
Eleco has acquired Prompt Profiles, the Norwich-based gutter and fascia supplier.
White Young Green has acquired DWP Consulting, the Leicester-based building services consultancy, for £0.8m.
Philip Quantrill, the Norfolk-based structural engineer, has been bought out of receivership by SCWS Holdings of Dereham, saving 46 jobs.
May Gurney has acquired TJ Brent, the Bodmin-based infrastructure services company with 18 regional offices, in a multi-million pound deal.
Erinaceous has acquired Jordans, the property management network with 60 staff at offices in Manchester, Altrincham, Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Warrington, Sandbach and Chester, for £2.8m.
Morgan Est has acquired AWG Rail Services, the Sheffield-based trackwork company, saving about half of the 60 jobs.
Bowater Building Products, the supplier of doors and windows, has undergone a £52m management buy-out backed by 3i.
White Young Green has acquired Hawthorne Kamm, the Hampshire-based town planning consultancy, for £1.5m.
Metropolitan Police Authority is to set up a 442,000 sq ft office at the Empress State building in London's Earls Court, but will not occupy the whole site for at least five years.
Komatsu UK, the excavator supplier, is creating 35 new jobs at its headquarters in Birtley.
Group 4 Falck has agreed to sell Global Solutions, its UK-based prison management business, to Electra Partners Europe and Englefield Capital for £207m.
White Young Green has acquired IMC Consulting and IMC Europe of Nottinghamshire for £10m, in order to expand its project management operations.
Nurton Developments has acquired the five-storey Priory & Cannon House office building in the centre of Birmingham for £44m, and is now planning a multi-million pound refurbishment of the site.
Ashe Construction is seeking additional staff for its regional office in Rugby, including senior project managers.
McInerney Holdings has acquired Alexander Developments, the Sedgefield-based housebuilder, for £8.8m.
Canary Wharf, the London-based property developer, is to be acquired by a consortium led by Morgan Stanley for £1.7bn.
Balfour Beatty is to sell Andover Controls, the US-based supplier of building management controls with subsidiaries in the UK, Germany, Poland and France, to Schneider Electric for £226m.
Loweth, the Romford-based refurbishment contractor with about 200 staff, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor.
Fitzpatrick, the Hertfordshire-based construction company with about 750 staff, is to be acquired by VolkerWessels of the Netherlands.
Michelmersh Brick is to raise £6m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Hampshire-based specialist brick making business.
Welsh Development Agency is considering plans to build a 150,000 sq ft North Wales headquarters at the former Hotpoint site in Llandudno Junction by 2007.
Carillion is to sell its Crown House mechanical and electrical engineering business to Laing O'Rourke for £17m, in order to focus on its Business Services and Private Finance activities.
Aggregate Industries is to acquire Frehner, the US-based construction company that supplies aggregates and asphalt from sites in Nevada and Utah, for £53m.
Bury Council is considering plans from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force to build a £4m training centre at Holcombe Army Training Camp.
Wolseley, the building materials group, is to relocate its corporate functions to an undisclosed location in Warwick, and up to 1,100 staff will be transferred from 11 regional offices over the next 18 months.
Cambridge University is seeking permission to build three new colleges in west Cambridge, which could result in the student population rising from 16,000 to 21,000 by 2025.
Erinaceous is to acquire ISG Occupancy, the property services company with offices in London, Manchester, Bradford and Bristol, from Interior Services Group for £10m.
University of York has submitted outline plans to double the size of the campus in Heslington, which could lead to the creation of 4,500 jobs over the next 15 years.
The Ministry of Defence is seeking a 70,000 sq ft office in Liverpool city centre, in order to relocate staff from Mersey House.
RPS Group is to acquire MRP, the Wolverhampton-based development consultancy, for up to £25m, as well as BBG, the Australian supplier of environmental planning services, for up to £2.9m.
Ennstone is to acquire GRS (South Witham), the operator of a limestone quarry in Lincolnshire, for £1.6m.
RMC Concrete Products has acquired Conway Concrete Products of Newport for £1.5m.
Clancy is to acquire TMP Parkover, the modular car parking installer, for undisclosed terms.
Safestore is to acquire Mentmore for £209m, creating the country's largest self-storage company with 68 sites.
Hanson Building Products is creating 14 new jobs at the Calder brick factory in Yorkshire, as Hanson's 14 sites across the country move to maximum output.
Halladale is to raise £15m in a share placing with Moscow Narodny Bank, in order to fund the expansion of its Glasgow-based property development business.
Brandon Hire has acquired four tool hire depots operated by Anvil Plant Hire in Kent, with the transfer of 37 staff.
CITB-Construction Skills is seeking permission for the £12m renovation of the National Construction College in Norfolk, in order to secure the future of 150 staff.
Unite Group is forming a joint venture with Lehman Brothers to build a £45m student village in Sheffield, and expects to launch similar projects in other cities.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Woodhall Spa Sand & Gravel, the Lincolnshire-based supplier of aggregates, for £10m.
Extrudawood International, the Isle of Wight-based licensor of wood replacement technology, has been acquired by CPI Plastics Group for £5m.
Copeland Council is expected to shed a number of jobs when it relocates to a new £6m headquarters in Whitehaven in September.
Tulloch of Inverness is looking to expand its housebuilding operation into England, and is in talks to acquire two unnamed building services companies for up to £10m.
Clee Hill Plant has expanded its network of plant hire depots to seven with the acquisition of Stoke-based Triangle Plant for undisclosed terms.
Eternit Building Materials is to invest £4m in the expansion and automation of its fibre cement slates factory in Widnes.
Trax Portable Access has acquired Rapid Response Barriers, the London-based supplier of roadway barriers, for undisclosed terms.
Meade Corporation has acquired CJ Pearce, the Telford-based contractor with annual turnover of £17m, for undisclosed terms.
Thomas Vale has acquired Collier & Catley, the Reading-based contractor with anticipated annual turnover of £15m.
Independent Access Supplies, the Norwich-based hirer with eight depots and 100 staff, has gone into administration through KPMG.
Slough Estates has formed a £150m joint venture with Helios Properties to develop a nationwide network of distribution parks, in order to meet rising demand from retailers for warehouse space.
Invest NI has confirmed plans to build a new £50m headquarters in the centre of Belfast, and up to 680 staff will relocate to the site by autumn 2005.
General Lighthouse Authority has awarded a £8.4m contract to Jackson Construction to build a new headquarters in Harwich.
Miller is looking to relocate the Edinburgh-based headquarters of its construction business to a 40,000 sq ft office elsewhere in the city.
Morris Homes, the Merseyside-based housebuilder, has undergone a £130m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Royal Institute of British Architects is to relocate its north west regional office and 22 staff from Knutsford to Liverpool city centre.
Oakdene is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim in order to expand its Surrey-based housebuilding business.
MJ Gleeson, the construction company, is recruiting 46 staff for three new offices in Leeds, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Miller is looking to expand its housebuilding activities in England with a £50m-£100m acquisition over the next 12 months.
ECHG, the English Churches Housing Group, is to relocate about 150 jobs from sites in Hendon, Ilford, Warwick, Leeds and Leicester to a new £5m head office at the Bede Island Business Park in Leicester later this year.
The Ministry of Defence is planning to relocate 6,000 staff from London to Bristol, as part of recently-announced government plans to relocate 20,000 jobs to places such as Yorkshire, Newcastle and Birmingham by 2010.
South West Regional Development Agency and developer Howsmoor have announced plans to build a £300m science park at Emersons Green in Bristol, and the first tenants could move on to the 35-acre site by 2006.
Gelder Construction is planning to double the size of its Lincolnshire headquarters, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next 18 months.
NG Bailey is creating 50 new jobs, having won a number of mechanical and electrical building services contracts in the North-East.
Swansea Council is to help fund the opening of a Job Shop on the site of the city's historic Norwegian Church, in order to fill hundreds of vacancies that are expected to be created at the £200m SA1 docklands development.
Quarmby has won a £4m contract from Leeds City Council to refurbish Leeds town hall.
The Housing Corporation has announced a £3.5bn plan to build 67,000 affordable homes across the country over the next three years, including 6,000 for key public sector workers.
Benson, the construction contractor, is seeking staff for a new regional office in Maidenhead.
Hewlett Group has acquired Portford Builders, the Wetherby-based housebuilder, for undisclosed terms.
Babcock International is to acquire Peterhouse, the rail and telecoms maintenance company, for £106m.
Eleco has acquired RB Fabrications, the Norwich-based building products company trading as Prompt Profiles, for £1.2m.
Glasgow City Council is to consider plans from Elphinstone to build a £100m 39-storey skyscraper in the city's office district, including apartments, leisure and retail space.
Parkview International is setting up a dedicated job centre to ensure that the 9,000 jobs being created at the Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London are won by local people.
H&B Heating & Plumbing is to expand its 120-strong workforce with 20 new jobs, having won a £20m contract from Tristar Homes to supply heating systems to council homes on Teesside.
Birmingham City Council is to consider plans to build a £80m business centre in Edgbaston by 2007, including a base for Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Peterhouse has sold Eve Shorco, its piling and trench support equipment rental business with sites in Glasgow, Andover and the Midlands, to Vp for £2.1m.
Pritchard Holdings has acquired Mellor Building Services of Hednesford, securing the future of almost 50 jobs.
Westbury is forming a joint venture with Bank of Scotland called Wescott Homes, in order to acquire plots of land for the development of "aspirational" houses and apartments.
National Assembly for Wales is to relocate hundreds of jobs to new regional offices in Conwy, Aberystwyth and Merthyr by the end of 2007.
PD Edenhall is planning to expand its concrete brick production facilities, having secured £0.5m of additional funding from Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
Charles Evans has acquired Stockport Joinery & Windows from AP Byrne for undisclosed terms.
McNicholas Construction is to create 200 new jobs in its Rail division and open new offices in York and Birmingham.
Travis Perkins is looking to expand its chain of 700 builders' merchants by spending at least £600m on acquisitions, and aims to open about 50 branches a year.
Peterhouse is to sell Jackson Civil Engineering, the Ipswich-based civil engineering contractor with 300 staff, to a management buy-out for £5.5m.
Celtic Technologies, the construction consultancy with 50 staff, is to relocate from Cardiff Bay to the Greenmeadow Springs Business Park, and is also looking to open offices in Manchester and London.
The University of Abertay has announced plans to build a £5m centre of excellence in environmental science at its campus in Dundee.
Aggregate Industries is looking to spend up to £150m on acquisitions to expand its building materials business this year.
Hanson has acquired Athens Brick, the US brick manufacturer with 90 staff, for £22m.
Vp has acquired the laser and survey rental business of Sokkia, including premises in Crawley, Crewe and Coleshill, for £1.2m.
David McLean has acquired Sharman Group, the Devon-based housebuilder, for £20m.
Multi Group is to sell its event hire subsidiary to Place Settings London for £0.3m, while its two software subsidiaries are being sold to Touchstone for £0.7m.
Capita Group has acquired Symonds Group, the provider of consultancy, project management and design services to the property market with 700 staff, for an initial £30m.
St Modwen is to regenerate a 600-acre site at the Corus steelworks in Llanwern, which will involve a £200m investment in new homes and offices and the creation of up to 7,000 jobs.
Telford Homes has raised £5m in a share placing to fund the development of new homes in north and east London.
Ashford Borough Council and English Partnerships are to devise plans for the redevelopment of Ashford town centre, in order to cope with the 31,000 new homes expected by 2031.
British Land is seeking permission to build a 48-storey office building at Leadenhall Street in the City of London.
Marshall Construction of Alloa has set up a housebuilding subsidiary called Marshall Homes, which will involve the creation of 50 new jobs.
Alfred McAlpine has acquired UK Power Construction, the electrical services company that specialises in overhead power lines, for £5.2m.
Hammerson is planning to relocate in London headquarters from Park Lane to a 34,000 sq ft office at Hanover Square.
Speedy Hire has acquired Petreavie Tools, the operator of tool hire sites in Livingston and Dunfermline, for £0.3m.
Omnico, the Eastleigh-based chain of builders' merchants, has undergone a management buy-out from Haymills Contracting for undisclosed terms.
Brandon Hire has acquired Higgins Hire Centre, the London-based tool hire company, for £0.4m.
Kier has acquired Tudor Homes, the Lincolnshire-based housebuilder, for £15m.
The Ministry of Defence is close to awarding a £2bn contract for the redevelopment of Colchester Garrison to a consortium of WS Atkins, Sodexho Alliance and Sir Robert McAlpine.
Dean & Dyball is looking to expand its regional contracting operations by opening offices in the south-east and the east Midlands.
Fairview New Homes is to acquire Rialto of Hertfordshire, creating a combined housebuilding group with an estimated value of £60m.
Liverpool City Council has unveiled plans for the £500m redevelopment of the 36-acre Kings Dock area, including two hotels, a conference centre, a 9,000-seat arena, offices and homes.
Ipswich Borough Council is planning to relocate its staff to a new headquarters at Ipswich Village, and the 14-storey Civic Centre is expected to be demolished by 2006.
Cheshire County Council is looking into the possibility of relocating its headquarters and up to 120 administrative staff from Chester to Winsford.
Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from Dunfermline-based Manor Kingdom for the £30m transformation of the former Kingseat Hospital near Newmachar into a 287-home village.
Rentokil has sold its industrial and commercial roofing business, which includes seven offices, to a management buy-out and the business will be renamed Four Seasons Roofing.
White Young Green has acquired Cetec Consultancy, the Southampton-based provider of structural engineering and project management services, for £0.7m.
Ashtead has sold its Irish chain of 15 plant hire outlets to McCormick Macnaughton for £12m.
The Centre for Alternative Technology has secured £4m to build a new education complex at its site near Machynlleth, and construction work will start in June.
The Platform Company has acquired Meek Group, the Bristol-based powered access hirer with three branches, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
John Sisk is looking to expand its construction business in the south-west with the creation of 40 jobs over the next three years, following the acquisition of the Bideem Group.
Northern Ireland Water Service is to invest £500m in a series of water and sewage infrastructure projects across the province over the next three years.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Aggregate Supplies, the Wembley-based operator of ten bagging plants for construction materials, for £7.3m, as well as a 51% stake in Concrete Developments, the flooring manufacturer with plants in Fairford and Newark.
Warmseal Windows, the Tyneside-based double glazing company with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers for undisclosed terms.
White Young Green has acquired Denis Rooney Associates, the Irish project management company with more than 40 staff in Dublin and Belfast, for £4.3m.
Chesterton, the commercial property company, is to be acquired by Resurge, an Aim-listed company that is exercising its right to acquire a stake from Phoenix Acquisitions.
Jewson has acquired Healey-Ward, the Huddersfield-based builders' merchant with 35 staff.
Milton Keynes Council and English Partnerships have announced proposals to almost double the size of Milton Keynes over the next 50 years, including 70,000 new homes over the next 20 years.
Wiltshire Police Authority has announced plans to build a new £25m headquarters in Swindon by August 2006, in a Private Finance Initiative deal with developer Vinci.
Brandon Hire has acquired Ilford Plant Hire & Sales, the operator of tool hire sites in Chelmsford and Rainham, for £0.5m.
FFDR is planning to create 20 new jobs in its fire and flood damage restoration business this year, having won contracts worth £1m in Scotland.
Neath Port Talbot Council has secured £2m of Objective One money to build a £9m Technium business support centre in Port Talbot, in partnership with Swansea University, the Welsh Development Agency and BP.