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Robertson Group is planning to create 100 new jobs at its construction operations throughout Scotland in 2006.
Wraith has acquired Office Space, the provider of office accommodation services in Monmouthshire, Hertfordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire, for £0.2m.
Wates is planning to recruit 350 new staff to its construction business over the next 12 months, and up to 1,000 over the next five years.
BSS Group has acquired A Warren & Sons, the supplier of industrial products to the construction industry with branches in Oldham, Birmingham, Leeds and East London, for £14m.
Boxwood has sold Certainty Group, the Leeds-based support services and facilities management company with annual turnover of £20m, to a management buy-out.
Homeserve has acquired Improveline, the Chiswick-based chain of six property repair branches with 320 staff, for an initial £14m.
Persimmon is to acquire Senator Homes, the Carlisle-based housebuilder with sites in Dumfries, Lockerbie and Cumbria, for £25m.
JT Atkinson & Sons has acquired Littlefairs Builders Merchants & Ironmongers, the operator of three branches in Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and Hawes, for undisclosed terms.
Herefordshire College of Technology has received approval from the Learning & Skills Council for the £28m redevelopment of its Folly Lane campus into a "learning village" to transform vocational training in the area.
Prestoplan is to set up a £6m 94,000 sq ft timber frame buildings factory at Quedgeley West in Gloucester, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
One17 Design is to relocate its Huddersfield-based architectural practice and 30 staff to a new site at Armitage Bridge by the end of next year.
NBA Quantum is to acquire Taylor Rumford Consulting, the construction industry consultancy operating under the name of Dearden Associates, for up to £1.5m.
Colchester Council is to consider plans from the Carisbrooke-Essex Partnership for the development of a £50m University of Essex Research Park on the eastern side of Colchester.
Selwood has sold its Hampshire-based cabin and event hire business to Wernick Hire of Wickford for £1m.
Rand Group has acquired Oliver Construction, the Immingham-based construction company with annual sales of about £10m.
Lightly & Lightly is to merge with Hawley & Partners to create LHL Group, a combined Yorkshire-based building surveying and architectural practice with 40 staff.
Carillion is to acquire Mowlem for £291m, creating a combined construction and support services group with 40,000 staff and annual sales of £4.1bn.
May Gurney has acquired Hawthorn, the Bedford-based project management company, for undisclosed terms.
WS Atkins is looking to recruit an extra 5,000 staff to handle rising demand from China and to benefit from UK-based opportunities offered by the Olympics and higher transport spending.
Knight Frank, the property agency, is planning to open five new offices in the UK over the next 12 months, and is in negotiations to set up a 60,000 sq ft head office at Berkeley Square House in London.
Metalrax has acquired Stackright Building Systems, the supplier of storage and container units to the construction industry with 130 staff at sites in the Midlands and the North West, for an initial £4m.
Mitie is looking to spend up to £60m on acquisitions to expand its support services and facilities management business.
Nottingham City Council is considering plans to set up a new 300,000 sq ft headquarters, which would involve the relocation of 12,500 staff from 14 existing offices.
The University of Worcester has shortlisted four proposals for the development of a new £90m city campus.
Homeserve, the property maintenance company, is seeking funding from Advantage West Midlands for a £10m office extension in Walsall, which would create 400 new jobs over the next five years.
Vp has acquired Dudley Vale, the supplier of piling equipment with sites in Croydon and Oldham, from GE Equipment Services for £3.5m.
British Land is planning to relocate its London headquarters from Regents Park to a larger site north of Oxford Street over the next 18 months.
GSH Group has acquired De Jongh Groep, the Dutch installation and renovation company with 37 staff, for £0.8m.
Persimmon has agreed to acquire Westbury, the Cheltenham-based housebuilder, for £643m.
Tulloch, the construction company, is seeking permission to set up a new £4m headquarters at the Cradlehall Business Park in Inverness by spring 2007, with the relocation of 170 jobs and the creation of up to 40 new jobs.
Medway Council has announced plans for the development of a £40m innovation centre and science park on a 10-acre site in Rochester by 2007.
Erinaceous has acquired Mount Street Holdings, the property services company with 700 staff, from Regis Capital for up to £56m.
Scottish Enterprise Glasgow is seeking partners for the creation of a new centre of excellence for the Scottish construction industry, and will tender a contract to service the development of the centre.
Lochaber Enterprise is looking to set up a £1.4m call centre for about 100 Highland Council planners at the Glen Nevis Business Park in Fort William.
Inverness College is seeking permission to build a new £30m campus on the edge of the city by 2009.
JCB is seeking acquisitions to expand its product range into heavier construction machines and earth-moving equipment.
Unite is to raise £30m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its student accommodation business.
Cemex is to invest a further £6.5m at its cement production plant in Rugby, in order to improve its environmental performance.
Systems Geotechnique has acquired Fondedile Foundations from Sir Robert McAlpine for undisclosed terms, and the business will move from Hemel Hempstead to a new office in Alton, Hampshire.
VolkerWessels has acquired Laser Holdings, the civil engineering contractor with 250 staff, for undisclosed terms.
BPB, the plasterboard company, has accepted a £3.9bn takeover offer from Saint Gobain of France.
Newark & Sherwood District Council has secured a £2.9m grant from the East Midlands Development Agency to build a Business Innovation Centre at the new Beacon Hill Business Park in Newark, which will create up to 120 jobs.
Andy Thornton, the West Yorkshire-based interior design and architectural salvage company with 190 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Homeserve Emergency Services has confirmed plans to relocate 250 staff from Norwich city centre to a new 30,000 sq ft site on the Broadland Business Park.
Wolseley is looking to set up a new building materials distribution centre near Manchester, while its West Horndon site in Essex will focus on winning work for the 2012 Olympics.
Vp has acquired Trax Portable Access, the Worksop-based supplier of portable roads and barriers, for an initial £11m.
Quantica has sold the goodwill of its Construction People Recruitment Solutions business to management for a nominal sum.
Oakdene Homes is to raise £7m in a share issue to fund the expansion of its residential development business in the south-east.
Humberts, the nationwide firm of estate agents and chartered surveyors with 39 offices, is to be acquired by London-based Farley Group in a £1.8m reverse takeover.
Salisbury College is to seek permission for a £20m rebuilding and refurbishment project at its Southampton Road site.
White Young Green is to acquire Doy Webster, the London-based mechanical and electrical consultancy, for up to £2.5m.
Lafarge has acquired Port Land Cement, the Sittingbourne-based cement importer, for undisclosed terms.
Brandon Hire has acquired the tool hire business of Light Hire for £0.5m, including branches in Exeter, Exmouth and Okehampton.
Erinaceous, the property group, is planning to set up a call centre in Lincoln, with the creation of up to 400 jobs over the next two years.
SMC Group is to acquire DTR:UK, the architecture and design company with offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, for an initial £1.2m.
Dalgleish, the property agent with 93 staff, is set to be acquired by CB Richard Ellis for £27m.
ERM, the environmental consultancy, is to be acquired by Bridgepoint for £302m.
Cemex is to submit plans to Cambridgeshire County Council to expand production at its Barrington cement works by up to four times.
Wolseley has acquired Encon, the insulation products distributor with 22 branches and 550 staff, for £140m.
Ashtead Group has acquired Northridge Equipment Services, the US-based equipment rental company with five depots in California, for £40m.
Wales & West Utilities, the gas pipeline infrastructure company, is to set up a £50m headquarters for up to 350 staff at the Celtic Springs Business Park in Newport by next summer.
Erinaceous has acquired PPH Commercial, the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire-based property agent with 53 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Homeserve, the provider of property response services, is to create 200 new jobs at its call centre in Walsall by the end of the year.
Rydon, the contractor and housebuilder, is said to be planning a management buy-out backed by HBOS.
Ennstone has acquired J&H Parry & Sons, the West Midlands-based surfacing contractor, for up to £2.1m.
Johnson Service has acquired SGP Property Services, the Leicester-based property management company, for up to £29m.
H&C Dickie has acquired Sheba Plant, the Newark-based plant hire company, for undisclosed terms.
Savills is planning to acquire SY Moorhouse Wright, the Manchester-based retail property agency, and has also just bought industrial agent Brown Harknett International.
WSP Group, the construction consultant, is to relocate its regional office in Birmingham to a 22,000 sq ft site at the Queens Drive phase of the Bullring development.
Brandon Tool Hire has acquired Lynwood Hire & Sales of King's Lynn for £0.3m.
Wessex Park Homes is seeking permission to build a larger mobile home factory on its site in North Dorset, which would increase the workforce from 160 to 220.
Basepoint, the developer of enterprise centres, is to be acquired by ACG Rented Properties for £21m.
Alfred McAlpine has sold its 50% stake in Core Utility Solutions to Scottish Power for £10m.
SGB has sold its Youngman access equipment business to a new management team.
Galliford Try has acquired Pentland, the chartered surveying firm with offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Gloucester, for an initial £1.1m.
Speedy Hire is to acquire Delyn Hire Centres, the chain of four tool hire centres in North Wales, for £1.2m.
Driver Group is planning to raise £2m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its construction consultancy.
Richardson, the Kent-based social housing contractor with almost 100 staff, has been acquired by investment company Chaldean.
Interior Services Group is to acquire Propencity Group, the regional construction services company that includes Jackson, Totty and Dean & Bowes, for an initial £12m.
Charles Evans Group is to relocate its shopfitting business from Liverpool to a new £2m headquarters in Speke at the end of the year.
Science City York is planning to invest £2.8m over the next four years, in an attempt to attract 50 new science and technology companies and up to 800 jobs to the city.
The University of Lincoln has announced plans for a £30m city centre expansion, including a new students' union, an extension to the central warehouse library and a new business and law building.
Helmsley Group, the York-based property developer, is planning to relocate its headquarters and 15 staff to the Monks Cross development.
Controlled Demolition Group of Wakefield has been bought out of administration by Linkway Manufacturing of Driffield for £1.9m, securing the future of 140 jobs.
Newcastle Borough Council and Advantage West Midlands are planning to transform a 49-acre site in Chatterley Valley into a business park, which could lead to the creation of up to 1,000 manufacturing and distribution jobs.
Finnish Living Homes UK is planning to create 35 new jobs in North Yorkshire over the next 12 months, due to rising demand for its made-to-measure log cabins.
Miller Group is to acquire Fairclough Homes, the Woking-based housebuilder, from Centex Corporation for £264m.
Speedy Hire is to raise £15m in a share placing to fund acquisitions and the expansion of its network of more than 300 hire centres.
Lignacite is to build a new £6.5m concrete blocks factory next to its existing site in Brandon by next May.
The London Development Agency has acquired a 187,000 sq ft shed at ProLogis Park, east London, for £19m, in order to relocate companies away from the Olympics site.
Marshalls is planning to open two more £0.3m garden and driveway transformation centres by the end of the year, and the network could eventually expand to 20 sites.
South Yorkshire Fire Service is to build a new headquarters and fire station at Eyre Street in Sheffield.
Erinaceous has acquired Leach Rhodes Walker, the Manchester-based architectural design firm with 90 staff, for £9m, as well as Francis Graves & Naismiths, the Birmingham-based quantity surveyor with 85 staff, for £7m.
Cumbria Fire Service has announced proposals to spend £12m building six new fire stations in Carlisle, Penrith, Workington, Alston and Patterdale.
Sandhurst Equipment Rental has acquired JL Plant Services, the Fife-based construction equipment hire company, for undisclosed terms.
Spice Holdings has acquired Circle Britannia and ServiceLine for £15m, in order to expand its commercial facilities management business.
Serviced Office Group has acquired Willowbank Office Centres, the operator of three leasehold business centres in Uxbridge and Marlow, for £0.2m.
MJM Group, the County Down-based fit-out contractor, is to relocate from Rathfriland to a £6.9m factory and office complex in Newry, with the creation of up to 75 new jobs.
CET Group, the Maidstone-based housing subsidence specialist with 228 staff at seven sites, has undergone a £15m management buy-out backed by Sand Aire Private Equity.
Taylor Woodrow is planning to recruit 40 new staff this year and 40 next year, as its infrastructure division has won a number of new rail contracts in London.
Montpellier has agreed to sell its Bullock social housing division to management for £42m.
Priority Sites, the business unit developer, is looking to set up an office in Liverpool in January, and three potential sites are being considered.
The Royal Berkshire Fire Service is looking to relocate to a new building, having applied for outline planning permission to build homes on its existing headquarters in Tilehurst.
Partnership Housing is planning to set up a £2.2m 14,000 sq ft headquarters and multi-resource centre at the Beach Boulevard in Aberdeen by 2007.
Integral UK, the facilities maintenance company with 2,000 staff at 14 sites across the country, has undergone a £20m management buy-out from Guinness Peat.
AB2000 has acquired the plant hire division of MB Engineering Services for £1.1m, and the 18 staff will transfer to its Cambuslang depot in Glasgow.
Back Group, the Birmingham-based construction and property consultancy with 70 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and will change its name to DBK Back.
Heywood Williams is to sell its plastic window systems division, including 600 staff at sites in Macclesfield, North Lincolnshire and Trentham, to Latium Plastics for £3m, in order to focus on door hardware and panels.
Project Scaffolding of Middlesbrough is looking to relocate to a larger site, and is planning to expand the 150-strong workforce with 20 new staff over the next two years.
The National Assembly for Wales has unveiled the site for a new office for 500 staff at Parc-y-Llyn in Aberystwyth, with about 200 staff relocating from Cardiff in 2008.
Metsec has acquired Stratford Joists from Joy Construction for undisclosed terms, in order to create the country's largest manufacturer of proprietary steel lattice joists.
Wraith is to acquire the portable accommodation assets of Bowood Event Hire for £4.4m.
K Home International of Teesside is to create up to 200 jobs for construction managers, quantity surveyors, safety staff and engineers, in order to work on projects in Dubai.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Pennine Group, the Lancashire-based ground engineering company, for £8m, as well as German signalling contractor SBB for £10m.
Holland Mitchell of Southampton has merged with Young & Butt of Fareham to create a combined property agency with 22 staff.
The London Fire Brigade is to relocate its headquarters from Albert Embankment to the 130,000 sq ft 169 Union Street, SE1.
Enterprise has acquired CRW Maintenance, the provider of property maintenance services to local authorities in the North East and Midlands, for £6.3m.
Gibbs & Dandy has acquired Timber Force, the Kettering-based builders' merchant, for up to £1.7m.
NG Bailey has acquired Johnson Brothers, the Leeds-based ceiling and plasterwork contractor with more than 100 staff, for undisclosed terms.
WSP has acquired Integrated Building Services Design Partnership of Cambridge.
Tarmac has acquired Encore Environmental Aggregates of Lanarkshire from Alfred McAlpine.
JCB is to acquire Vibromax, the German construction equipment company with 170 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Vertase, the contaminated land specialist with offices in Bristol and Sheffield, has been acquired by FLI International.
Foster Yeoman is expected to submit plans for the expansion of its Glensanda quarry on the shores of Loch Linnhe in Lochaber.
Colliers CRE has acquired Lipfriend Dawson, the Bristol-based surveyor, for £1.2m.
Eurocentral has won approval for the £300m expansion of its 650-acre business park between Glasgow and Edinburgh, including new office, industrial and warehouse space.
Alan Dines Partnership, the Reading-based quantity surveyor, has been acquired by Ridge for undisclosed terms.
Supporta is to acquire Roger P Dudley, the Bromsgrove-based architectural firm, for £6m.
Brandon Hire has acquired three hire companies for a total £0.9m, including A1 Tool Hire of Norwich, Hire & Sales of Sheffield and Spa Plant of London, and will open new branches in Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh over the next 12 months.
Oregon Timber Frame is planning to relocate its headquarters and 81 staff from Jedburgh to Selkirk by the end of the year.
Rok Property Solutions has acquired Topcon, the Grimsby-based construction company with 62 staff, for £3.2m, as well as Lemmeleg Building & Contracting, the Wakefield company with 107 staff, for £1.7m.
Spice Holdings is to acquire Lamva, the provider of civil and electrical services to the electricity utility sector with 215 staff, for £5.9m.
Speedy Hire is to acquire the internal plant hire operations of MJ Gleeson for £8.2m.
Drivers Jonas, the commercial property consultancy, is looking to relocate up to 45 London-based staff to a new 15,000 sq ft site in the City this year, and the office will expand to 120 staff over the next few years.
Berkeley Group is to sell Crosby Group, the residential property developer with offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, to Lend Lease for £236m.
The Corporation of London is to consider plans from German fund manager DIFA to build a 64-storey office skyscraper in Bishopsgate.
North Glasgow College is seeking permission to build a new £33m campus by 2007.
The Scottish Executive has announced plans to relocate about 100 jobs at its Communities Scotland housing and regeneration agency from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
Lafarge has acquired Castle Cement's import terminal in West Thurrock, Essex, for undisclosed terms.
Land Securities has acquired LXB Properties, the owner of two retail parks and ten supermarket sites, from Baugur for £360m.
Kier has acquired Ashwood Homes, the housebuilder operating in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, for £24m.
Seeda, the South East of England Development Agency, has submitted plans for the development of a £350m project of boat building sheds and offices at the 36-acre Woolston Riverside site in Southampton.
David Webster has sold its Hertfordshire-based street lighting and project management business to the ETDE subsidiary of Bouygues.
Hodkin & Jones, the building products company with two sites in Sheffield and one in Dronfield, has undergone a management buy-out.
Herefordshire County Council is said to be considering plans to set up a new headquarters for 1,000 staff at a former HP Bulmer site in Hereford.
Warwickshire County Council is to relocate up to 350 staff from Warwick to a new 35,000 sq ft office at the Saltisford Office Park development next March.
Arnold Laver is to invest £3m in a new building materials depot on the site of the Hebburn Shipyard on South Tyneside, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Wernick Group has acquired Accommodation Hire of Wolverhampton and CDC of the West Country, taking its network of modular building hire depots to 30.
Montpellier is considering a management buy-out bid for its Bullock social housing division, which does refurbishment work in the Midlands and the north.
GAP Group is planning to expand its network of tool hire depots from 50 to 55 this year, and there will be three new sites in London.
Davis Service is to sell its Elliott modular buildings business to a management buy-out backed by TDR Capital for £166m.
Advantage West Midlands has awarded a £3.6m grant for the development of a £5.8m Centre for Constructing Excellence at Wolverhampton University School of Engineering later this year.
JCB has secured planning permission to set up a new heavy construction equipment factory near Uttoxeter by next spring, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Met Surveys has acquired JSM Designs, the Leeds-based civil and structural engineering and transport consultancy, creating a combined group with 70 staff.
David McLean has acquired Jennings, the Midlands-based housebuilder, for £38m, and is now looking to expand into Yorkshire and the north-east.
Vail Williams has acquired Woudman Consultancy, the East Sussex-based building surveyor.
Savills has acquired Mansfield Elstob Main, the Bristol-based chain of 12 retail property agents, for undisclosed terms.
Palmaris Capital is to sell its plant hire and services business to Patersons Quarries for an initial £1.2m.
A-Plant has acquired Howard Plant, the Poole-based plant and tool hirer, for £0.4m.
GVA Grimley has acquired Wright & Co, the Edinburgh-based building surveyor.
Quadriga Concepts has acquired Metropolitan Stone, the Wokingham-based stone restoration company, for undisclosed terms.
Scottish Enterprise, HBG Properties and Highbridge Properties are to set up two new offices on Dundee's waterfront to house up to 150 civil service jobs that are being relocated from elsewhere.
Andrews Sykes has sold Accommodation Hire, the supplier of temporary accommodation units to the event hire and construction markets, to Wernick Hire for £10m.
Birchwood Products is planning to double the size of its new £2.2m building products warehouse in Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire, by developing a 60,000 sq ft building by late 2006.
Land Securities is to acquire Tops Estates, the property developer, for £517m.
Minimix, the aggregates and ready-mixed concrete company with 67 staff at four sites in South Wales, has been acquired by Lafarge Aggregates for undisclosed terms.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to relocate its Cardiff office to the Eastern Business Park with the creation of up to 60 jobs.
Ennstone Thistle has acquired the readymix concrete and contracting business of Aberdeen-based JH Connon for £1.1m, which will involve the transfer of 54 staff.
Yuill Homes, the housebuilder, is considering plans to relocate its Hartlepool headquarters over the next few years.
Rok Property Solutions has acquired Durose & Gourlay, the provider of maintenance services to local authorities and housing associations in the North West with 150 staff, for £11m.
Tees Valley Regeneration is said to have held talks with an unnamed US building products group about plans to set up a 400,000 sq ft manufacturing and distribution site on Teesside.
Richmondshire District Council is considering plans to build a new £4.5m headquarters in Colburn.
Rock Asphalte, the Hammersmith-based roofing specialist, has been bought out of receivership by Elliott-Thomas, securing the future of more than 50 jobs.
Westbury, the Cheltenham-based housebuilder, is to increase its number of regional divisions from nine to at least 12, as part of a strategy to expand production of new homes by 60% over the next five years.
Merebrook has acquired Barkonsult, the Cardiff-based civil and structural engineering consultant with about 20 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Speedy Hire has acquired The Cabin Company, the owner of 950 portable units for construction sites, from Birse for £6.3m.
McCarthy & Stone, the retirement homes builder, is to relocate its regional headquarters in York and up to 90 staff to a new £1.4m office in Upper Poppleton by next March.
Halladale is planning to raise £13m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its property business.
Goodwins Timber Frame of Ireland is to set up an 80,000 sq ft manufacturing base near Risca, Newport, in June, with the creation of 45 jobs.
Bentley Forbes, the US property company, is to set up an office in London with the aim of investing £500m in the acquisition of UK buildings.
English Architectural Glazing, the Mildenhall-based glazing company with 110 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Cowlin Construction is to expand its network of regional offices with new sites in Hampshire and Cornwall.
Homeserve has acquired Chem-Dry UK, the Beverley-based fire and flood disaster restoration company with 120 staff and 230 franchisees, for £19m.
Congleton Borough Council is to proceed with plans to build a new £4.9m headquarters on Middlewich Road.
BuildStore is to open a new self-build housing and renovating centre in Swindon next year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Registers of Scotland, the land registration agency, is planning to relocate some of its 1,400 staff away from Edinburgh and Glasgow over the next ten years, and sites are being considered in Fife, North Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and West Lothian.
Woodkirk Stone, the Yorkshire-based stone quarrying company with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-in backed by City Invoice Finance of Leeds.
Quickfall Construction of Grimsby has been acquired by Hanson Support Services, securing the future of 50 jobs.
Tulloch has acquired Umax Crane & Haulage of Inverness, in order to expand its fleet of mobile cranes.
George Wimpey North East is to relocate its 50 Stockton-based staff to Lockheed Court, Preston Farm, this summer.
Hewlett, the Leeds-based civil engineering company, is to relocate its headquarters to a larger site at Thorpe Park later this year.
Ashtenne, the industrial property company, has been acquired by Warner Estate and Anglo Irish Bank for £170m.
Linden Homes North West, the Wilmslow-based housebuilder with 65 staff, has been acquired by a newly-formed enterprise called Arley Homes for £17m.
Enterprise has acquired JJ McGinley, the provider of contracting services in London and the south-east, for £5.3m.
Country & Metropolitan, the housebuilder with 300 staff, has received a £72m recommended takeover bid from Gladedale.
TD Bingham has acquired Roy Billington Associates for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Liverpool-based structural engineering business with 18 staff.
MJ Gleeson is planning to sell its building division to a management buy-out.
HSS is seeking acquisitions to expand its network of 335 tool hire depots, and has also identified 14 potential sites for new depots.
Aggregate Industries has acquired a 75% stake in Bespoke Precast, the Sheffield-based concrete staircase manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.
Rok Property Solutions is planning to expand its network of 27 construction branches to more than 75 over the next five years.
The Prison Service has confirmed plans to set up an administration centre in Newport, South Wales, by 2006, with the creation of 500 jobs.
Swiftwood, the Wisbech-based timber importer and manufacturer with 46 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Century Homes, the Irish-owned manufacturer of timber frame houses, has been acquired by Kingspan Group for £68m.
West Midlands Fire Service is considering plans to relocate its headquarters out of the centre of Birmingham over the next three years.
Aukett, the provider of design services to the property and construction sectors, is planning to merge with London-based architect Fitzroy Robinson in a reverse takeover.
Smith Melzack Pepper Angliss, the London-based property services firm with 32 staff, has been acquired by Mercury Group for up to £2m.
DTZ has acquired Hodnett Martin Smith, the London-based property advisory firm with 36 staff, for an initial £4.3m.
Lafarge is to build a new £31m plasterboard factory in Nottinghamshire by early 2007.
Speedy Hire has acquired the lifting and tool equipment rental business of Lloyds British Testing, including six depots, for up to £3.1m.
Walsall Council and Urban Splash have announced plans for the £180m redevelopment of a 17-acre canal side site over the next few years, in order to provide new offices, homes and leisure facilities.
Goadsby & Harding has acquired Palmer Fry, the Southampton-based property agent, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with 55 staff.
Bristol Water has sold its Bath-based Walter Lawrence civil engineering business to Daniel Contractors of Warrington for an initial £0.5m.
Bamford Roofing, the Liverpool-based roofing contractor, has been sold by Kelpie Properties to Apex of Birmingham for undisclosed terms.
Ernst & Young has sold the eight remaining Cox Plant hire depots out of administration to its former directors.
Consafe, the manufacturer of industrial buildings with 160 staff in Aberdeen and Edzell, has been bought out of receivership by McNulty Offshore Contractors of South Shields.
Wraith Accommodation, the supplier of portable accommodation units, is to be acquired by Seashell for £9m.
Tulloch has acquired Fibreglo Insulations, the Glasgow-based supplier of cavity wall and loft insulation with 20 staff, for an estimated £1m.
Lafarge is to invest £15m in the expansion of its cement factory at Hope in Derbyshire over the next five years.
GVA Grimley is to set up a Liverpool office with ten staff following the acquisition of the David Sayer surveying firm.
Wolseley has spent a further £33m on acquisitions, including a French roofing materials company, an Italian plumbing and heating company and two US-based suppliers of plumbing products.
NAP Partnership has merged with Hyams and Brownlee of Teesside to create a combined quantity surveying and cost management firm with 130 staff.
City Lofts Group is to raise £2.5m in a share placing to help fund the expansion of its urban mixed-use property schemes.
Speedy Hire has acquired DAD Hire Services, the Cheshire-based tool hire company, for £0.3m, while its Toilet Hire UK business has been sold to a management buy-in for £1.1m.
Brixton is looking to build the UK's first multi-storey industrial sheds, having selected Hatton Cross in west London as a suitable trial site, and the free space created will be developed with a housebuilder partner.
Capita Symonds has acquired Buchanan Consulting Engineers, the development and transport consultancy with 55 staff in London and Newbury.
Brandon Hire has acquired the tool hire operations of Harborough Hire Centre in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire for £1m.
ChandlerKBS has acquired Corderoy, the Edinburgh-based project management consultant, for undisclosed terms.
Enterprise has acquired Heating & Building Maintenance, the provider of mechanical and electrical services in the North West, for up to £0.3m.
London Development Agency is considering plans to relocate its headquarters from St Katherine's Way to the 300,000 sq ft Palestra scheme in Southwark, which is due for completion next year.
Severfield-Rowen is planning to acquire Atlas Ward, the North Yorkshire-based structural steelwork company, for £1.2m, and is expected to invest a further £3m in the business.
The Prison Service is looking to set up a new administrative and call centre operation with 500 staff, and sites are being considered in Newport, Peterborough and Solihull.
Sirius is to increase the workforce at its Durham-based ground engineering services business from 40 to 50, and is looking to expand into South Yorkshire, Nottingham and Scotland.
Christie Group has acquired West London Estates, the Reading-based firm of chartered building surveyors with net assets of £0.3m, in order to expand its Pinders subsidiary.
Alumet Systems has acquired Avon Manufacturing, the building envelope supplier, taking its total turnover to £12m.
Ringway has acquired TE Beach, the Dartford-based road maintenance company, for undisclosed terms.
Birmingham City Council is to set up an office at an undisclosed location in London, in order to help attract inward investment.
Gabriel Contractors, the Enfield-based civil engineering firm, has merged with Volker Wessels-owned highways contractor Crowley.
Consort Homes has acquired Helmsdale Homes, in order to expand its housebuilding business into the west coast of Scotland.
Dawnus Construction has bought the Welsh operations of Butterley Construction out of administration, including 39 staff in Bangor and Llanelli.
Wolseley is to invest £100m in the expansion of its plumbing and heating network, including a new national distribution centre in Leamington Spa.
Donaldsons has acquired Jonathan Edwards Consulting, the property management consultant with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
Piling Solutions, the Suffolk-based piling contractor with 45 staff, has been acquired by Spie Batignolles of France.
ABR Solutions, the Leamington-based construction labour agency with 30 staff, has been bought out of administration by former management and is now trading as In-Site Solutions.
Hanson has acquired Marshalls Clay Products, the clay bricks division of Marshalls with sites in Yorkshire and Lancashire, for £65m.