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Alfred McAlpine has sold its slate quarry operations in North Wales to Rigcycle for £31m, including sites in Penrhyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Cwt-y-Bugail and Pen-yr-Orsedd.
Barratt North Scotland is planning to invest about £100m in new housing sites over the next year, including sites in Kemnay, Stonehaven, Rothienorman and Aberdeen.
Willmott Dixon has agreed to acquire Inspace, the property services company, for £148m.
Linley & Simpson has acquired the York-based residential letting and management business of Lawton Letting for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins is looking to sell up to 90 builders' merchants and DIY stores into a joint venture property fund, in order to finance the development of new stores.
Mark Group, the domestic insulation firm, is to double the staff at its Leicester head office to 700, while the national workforce will rise from 800 to about 1,500 over the next 18 months.
Bond Bryan, the Sheffield-based architectural firm with annual turnover of about £11m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Yorkshire Bank.
Bouygues Construction has acquired Warings, the Portsmouth-based contractor with 240 staff and annual turnover of £130m.
Turner & Townsend is planning to raise up to £80m in a flotation on the London Stock Exchange, with some of the proceeds being used to fund the expansion of its project management business.
Wise Property Care is planning to expand its chain of seven Scottish property maintenance branches with new sites in the Borders and Inverness in 2008.
BTWShiells is to merge with the Eric Cairns Partnership to create a combined Belfast-based property consultancy group with 150 staff.
John Turner & Sons, the construction firm with 240 staff in Preston and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
HML Holdings is to acquire The Avenue Agency, the Barnet-based residential property management business, for £0.7m.
Arnold Laver, the Sheffield-based timber supplier with 800 staff in 16 branches, has undergone a management buy-in.
Johnson Fellows has merged with Silk Rowson Plant of Shrewsbury to form a combined Midlands-based retail property group with 45 staff.
Veris has acquired Orange Environmental Building Services and Orange Support Services, the Hampshire-based facilities management companies, for £10m.
Spice is to acquire Redbridge Management Services, the Chepstow-based infrastructure support company with 68 staff, for an initial £3.1m.
Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired Group Tetris, the French office design and site management company with 75 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Essex Insulation has acquired Castle Point, the insulation distributor with branches in Witham and Amersham, for undisclosed terms.
Helical Bar and UK Coal are planning to develop a £140m office campus for government civil servants at the Waverley and Orgreave site near Sheffield.
North Yorkshire Timber has acquired Edmund Robson & Company, the South Shields-based timber merchant with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Readymix has acquired Denis Tarrant & Sons, the Irish aggregate and ready-mixed concrete firm, for about £8m.
Kirkman & Jourdain, the Essex-based building maintenance contractor, has undergone a £3m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
Sutton Kersh has acquired Thomson & Moulton, the Liverpool-based property agency, creating a combined network of nine branches across the city.
Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired Upstream, the London-based property consultancy with 30 staff.
Advantage West Midlands has awarded funding of £4.3m for the development of a £250m university quarter in Stoke-on-Trent, providing space for Staffordshire University, Stoke Further Education College and Sixth Form College.
Southampton City Council is to consider plans from Kier Property for a £200m mixed-use development at the 25-acre Ordnance Survey site in Romsey Road, including housing, shops and offices.
EH Smith is to set up a new 20,000 sq ft building materials branch in Longbridge next spring, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Vp has acquired Underground Safety Services and Pipe Testing Accessories of Ireland for £0.6m, as well as Able Safety Yorkshire for £0.7m.
Galliford Try has acquired Kendall Cross Holdings, the Tyneside-based affordable housing contractor, for £9.3m.
Eleco is to acquire Milbury Systems, the concrete products manufacturer with 53 staff at sites in Bristol and Lydney, for £7m.
Ennstone Johnston has acquired Waveney Asphalt, the Suffolk-based surfacing contractor, for up to £3.2m.
Northern Bear has acquired Jennings Properties, the Leeds-based roofing contractor, for up to £5.1m.
Interior Services Group has acquired Pearce Group, the Bristol-based construction firm with 350 staff, for an initial £13m.
Lavendon has acquired the DK Rental powered lifting equipment business in Spain, Belgium and France for £61m, including 2,700 vehicles and seven depots.
Trust Property Management Group has acquired the residential management division of Middlesex-based Paige & Petrook for under £0.1m.
Hickman Industries is to open a 42,000 sq ft timber products facility in Wolverhampton in January, as part of a £5m expansion programme that will create dozens of jobs.
DTZ is planning to relocate its London-based property services business to a 100,000 sq ft office at 125 Old Broad Street next year.
Wolseley has announced five bolt-on acquisitions for a total £84m, including Architectural Building Supply Company, Jacobi Hardware, KBC Construction and JD's Wholesale Plumbing in the US and Sofiparts in France.
Ennstone Thistle has acquired The Boyne Bay Lime Company, the owner of the Portsoy limestone quarry in North East Scotland, as well as DW Gordon Blocks, the Aberdeen-based concrete block manufacturer, for a total £4.6m.
Horbury Group has acquired GBW Tool Hire of Worksop for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Magna plant and tool hire division.
Parkwood Holdings has acquired DPL Holdings and its Silvanus and LSW subsidiaries for up to £1.1m, in order to expand its landscaping and maintenance operations in the South West.
Alfred McAlpine is to sell six PFI concessions to Infrastructure Investors Limited Partnership for £52m, including road, healthcare and school projects.
Carillion has agreed terms to acquire Alfred McAlpine, the construction and support services group, for about £600m.
Eaga has acquired wall insulation and heating companies Horrocks Group of Liverpool, George Howe of Durham and AF Ring of Welwyn Garden City for a total £18m, with the transfer of 300 staff.
Tower Surveys has acquired 3Di International, the West Sussex-based aerial surveys specialist.
Bovis Lend Lease is to set up a 100,000 sq ft headquarters at Chiswick Park in London, while Starbucks will take 40,000 sq ft at the same site.
WSP Group has acquired SEi Group, the US infrastructure design engineering company with 150 staff, for £11m.
Blackburn College has unveiled plans to build a £13m five-storey higher education centre on a one-acre site in Barbara Castle Way by summer 2009.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Covion, the Reading-based integrated facilities infrastructure services business with 600 staff, for £33m.
Clegg Construction, the Nottingham-based construction company with about 140 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Construction Learning World, the Nottinghamshire-based construction industry training company, has been acquired by Melorio in a multi-million-pound deal.
May Gurney has acquired Willows Plant, the Warrington-based gas utility maintenance contractor with about 400 staff, for £4.6m.
Prestigious Retirement Villages of Warrington is planning to raise almost £6m in a flotation on the Plus Market to fund its expansion programme, and is currently in negotiations on ten potential sites.
Bovis Homes has acquired Elite Homes, the housebuilder with sites across the North West and Yorkshire, for £26m.
Riverside College has unveiled plans to build a new £45m campus in Widnes by 2011, and will seek funding from the Learning & Skills Council.
Knight Frank, the commercial property agent, is to relocate its Liverpool office from the Tower Building to a 4,500 sq ft unit at Exchange Flags in December.
Alfred Bagnall & Sons has acquired James Hodgins & Sons, the Glasgow-based painting and decorating firm with 13 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Dexter Brown, the Milton Keynes-based property management firm, is to be acquired by Trust Property Management for about £1.5m.
Hilti, the Manchester-based supplier of construction equipment, is planning to expand its nationwide chain of 26 outlets with a rise in the sales force from 180 to 280.
Unison, the public services trade union, is planning to build a new headquarters at King's Cross in London, having shortlisted Wates, HBG and Galliford Try for the £41m construction contract.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans from Dandara to build a 50-storey V-Building at the £500m Arena Central development, including 706 luxury apartments, bars and shops.
Circle Anglia, the housing association, is to relocate its central services team from London to St Andrew's Business Park in Norwich, with the creation of 45 jobs by January 2008.
Tobermore is to invest £10m in the expansion of its concrete products factory in County Londonderry, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next two years.
Edwin Hill, the property services company with six offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Potters Bar, Heathrow and Dartford, has been acquired by Altus Group of Canada for £27m.
Ainscough, the Lancashire-based crane hire group with 1,000 staff and 25 depots, has undergone a £255m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.
Silverdell has acquired Swift, the Southampton-based asbestos remediation contractor, for £1.5m.
Keller Group has acquired HJ Foundation, the US piling contractor, for an initial £24m.
Rok has acquired Avonside Services, the plumbing, heating and electrical services group with 450 staff at four offices in the North of England and Scotland, for £16m.
Interior Services Group has acquired Interior Alpha, the provider of fit out services with offices in France, Italy and Germany, for £13m.
MWB Business Exchange is to acquire Stanhope Business Centres, the operator of two serviced office buildings in London's Covent Garden, for £12m.
Scottish Enterprise is considering plans to relocate 550 staff from its Atlantic Quay site in Glasgow to local offices, as part of a reorganisation aimed at improving frontline services.
WSP has acquired Sells, the US infrastructure engineer, for an initial £5.5m, as well as CBP, the German project manager, for £8.6m.
The University of Cumbria has secured a £10m donation from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to build a new campus and faculty of technology, engineering and construction in Workington.
CA Blackwell has acquired a majority stake in JR Masterton, the demolition contractor with offices in Falkirk and Billingham.
Martin Reynolds Construction, the modular buildings firm with 26 staff, is seeking permission from West Norfolk Council to set up a new site at a former seed research centre in Downham Market.
EC Harris, the property consultancy, is to relocate its Birmingham office to a 14,000 sq ft unit at Targetspace's redeveloped Baskerville House in the city centre.
Mavinwood is to acquire Peter Cox, the damp proofing and timber preservation firm with a network of 14 branches and 210 staff, for an initial £6m.
Scott Group has acquired Fas-Co, the Grangemouth-based tools and equipment business with about 60 staff, for undisclosed terms, as well as parent company ROK Holdings.
Killby & Gayford, the London-based refurbishment contractor with about 280 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Hollis Hockley of Farnborough has merged with Oliffe Newman, the Basingstoke-based property agency.
Mears Group is to acquire the majority of the social housing business assets of Makers UK for a nominal sum, including 100 staff and a number of social housing maintenance contracts in the London area.
Stoke-on-Trent College has unveiled plans to invest £75m in improvements to campuses in Burslem and Cauldon, including a number of new teaching and leisure buildings.
Dundee City Council is to relocate about 1,000 staff to a new £30m headquarters to be built in North Lindsay Street by 2010.
Checkatrade is planning to expand its Selsey headquarters with a new office building, and the 40-strong workforce could eventually reach 150.
Weston & Bolton has been sold out of administration by Cranfield Recovery to an undisclosed firm, securing the future of ten jobs at its Leicester-based timber supplies business.
Rok has acquired the trade and certain assets of Aquilo Inspection & Reinstatement Services out of administration for £2.1m, in order to expand its property inspections and claims management operation.
Bridgend Hire has acquired Leggat Plant, the Barrhead-based plant hire firm with 47 staff, for an estimated £2m.
Kimber Engineering, the Essex-based steelwork contractor with 50 staff, has gone into administration through Menzies Corporate Restructuring.
DGT Steel & Cladding, the Norwich-based structural steelwork company with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Renew Tees Valley and Redcar & Cleveland Council are planning to build an Eco-Park on a 53-hectare former steelworks site in South Bank, providing space for about 20 companies and 500 jobs.
Wolseley has acquired five companies for a total £87m, including T&R Electrical Wholesalers of London, ProSource Building Supply of Texas, Western Air Systems & Controls of California, Davidson Pipe Company of New York and PBS of Sweden.
Gerald Eve has acquired Moseley & Webb, the London-based property firm, for undisclosed terms.
Candy & Candy has won planning permission from Westminster City Council for the £1bn transformation of the former Middlesex Hospital into luxury homes, offices and shops.
Kenmore Homes, the residential property developer, is to be acquired by Highcross for about £20m, allowing parent company Kenmore Property to focus on commercial and industrial property.
English Partnerships is planning to build the country's first carbon-neutral village with 150 energy-efficient houses at the Hanham Hall site near Bristol.
Acheson & Glover is to acquire some of the precast concrete operations of Readymix for £33m, including 300 staff at sites in Co Tyrone, Co Down, Somerset and Glasgow.
CCF has acquired SLBM Systems, the Leeds-based distributor of drywall systems, insulation and under-floor heating products with 60 staff.
CNP, the Surrey-based project consultancy, has been acquired by LandAmerica of the US for £12m.
Rok has acquired S Harrison Construction, the Yorkshire-based building services firm with 80 staff, from S Harrison Group for £3.2m.
Gardiner & Theobald, the construction and property consultancy, is to relocate its London headquarters to Tottenham Court Road in early 2009, and the site will provide space for up to 700 staff.
Kilmartin Property has acquired industrial property firm Amerdale Group, and the two companies plan to combine their London offices and open new offices in Manchester and Germany.
Costain, the construction company, is to relocate its Maidenhead-based headquarters to a 36,000 sq ft unit at Vanwall Business Park.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Cowlin Group, the regional building firm with 300 staff in Bristol, Cardiff, Plymouth and Yeovil, for £52m.
GRS Roadstone is to relocate the headquarters of its aggregates business and 40 staff from Hinckley to the Eliot Business Park in Nuneaton in December, with the creation of ten new jobs.
JCB is seeking permission to redevelop its 21-acre Uttoxeter factory into offices, shops and housing, in order to relocate excavator production to a new £26m factory near the A50 by summer 2008.
Heywood Williams is to acquire Avenco, the Irish building products supplier, for £16m.
The Department for Environment is considering plans to build a new £20bn Thames Barrier to protect London from flooding.
Home Group, the affordable housing provider, is to seek permission to build a new £4m regional office in Cockermouth by 2009, with the relocation of about 100 staff from other sites in Cumbria.
Hemcore is to open a new £3.6m hemp processing plant at Halesworth in Suffolk early next year, which will employ up to 35 staff.
Severfield-Rowen is to acquire Action Merchants, the holding company of Enniskillen-based structural steel fabricator Fisher Engineering, for £90m.
Rok is expanding the 4,200-strong workforce in its contracting and property maintenance business with about 120 new jobs a month, and expects to reach 10,000 by 2011.
Keller is looking to sell or close its Makers concrete repair and building refurbishment operations over the next six months, at a cost of up to £10m.
Keepmoat, the Doncaster-based housebuilder with more than 3,000 staff, has undergone a £783m management buy-out backed by HBOS.
Boxall Sayer is to merge with Denley King and Fletcher McNeill to create a combined quantity surveying group call Baqus with more than 100 staff, and £3m will be raised in a flotation on Aim this autumn.
Speymill is forming a joint venture with Goodman Group of the US to develop about ten retirement villages in the UK.
Weldlag, the Preston-based asbestos removal firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland and Jackson Stephen Corporate Finance.
Barrett Steel Buildings, the Bradford-based structural steel company, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate.
SLR is to create 12 new jobs at its recently-acquired Insite Environments environmental consultancy business in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
APS, the project management company with 70 staff and offices in London, Bristol and Edinburgh, has been acquired by Arcadis of the Netherlands.
HML Holdings has acquired WA Ellis Property Management for £1.3m, in order to expand its property services business in London.
Pectel Group, the hazardous waste removal firm, is to set up an operation at Devonshire Meadows in Plymouth in September, and the 15-strong workforce is expected to grow to 40.
Carron Energy has bought NEL Power, the Stokesley-based power station builder, out of administration for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 54 jobs.
CDE Ireland is building a new 25,000 sq ft quarrying equipment factory at Cookstown in County Tyrone, which will lead to the expansion of the 50-strong workforce.
Lavendon Group has acquired Higher Platforms, the Cannock-based platform rental company with four depots, for £7.6m.
Vp has acquired ET Hire's tool hire operations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Livingston for £1.1m, in order to expand its Hire Station subsidiary.
Apollo Group, the social housing company with offices in Waltham Abbey, Sevenoaks, Peterborough and Waltham Cross, has undergone a £410m management buy-out backed by HBOS.
Space Decks, the Somerset-based glass cladding company with 50 staff, has been bought out of administration by a new company called Artguide.
West Kent College has won planning permission to build a new £63m campus in Tonbridge.
Silverdell has acquired Kitsons Group, the asbestos contracting firm with 270 staff in Warrington, Glasgow, Birmingham, Teesside, Aldermaston and Pembroke, for £14m.
Balfour Beatty has acquired NAP Partnership, the Middlesbrough-based contract consultancy, as well as Chris Britton Consultancy and Carillion's Swedish rail contracting business, for a total £9m.
Speedy Hire has acquired Waterford Hire Services of Ireland for up to £4.4m, with the transfer of two hire depots and 31 staff.
Combisafe of Sweden has acquired Advanced Scaffold Products, the St Neots-based supplier of temporary roof systems.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Bucbricks, the Essex-based sand and gravel quarrying firm with 14 staff.
May Gurney has acquired FDT, the Manchester-based telecoms infrastructure maintenance firm with 90 staff, for £3.5m.
Renew has acquired Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors, the Hartlepool-based water services company, for £6.8m.
Enterprise is to acquire Accord, the provider of maintenance services to local authorities and housing associations with annual sales of £300m, for undisclosed terms.
Oxford Metrics Group has acquired Data Collection, the highways surveying firm with 68 staff in Bognor Regis and Leicester, for up to £5m.
Vinci has acquired Weaver, the Bromsgrove-based construction contractor with 140 staff, for undisclosed terms.
CJ Thorne has acquired Hobart Paving, the Crawley-based surfacing company with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Foreman Roberts, the building services consultancy with sites in London, Oxford, Manchester and the Isle of Man, has undergone a £15m management buy-out.
Yorkshire Building Services, the nationwide provider of mechanical and electrical engineering services with about 60 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Gladedale is to acquire Ben Bailey, the Yorkshire-based housebuilder, for £84m.
Brickability of Bridgend has expanded its brick merchanting business with the acquisition of Matching Brick Company sites in Bristol and Swindon, as well as Charterhouse Construction Materials sites in Mitcham and Tamworth.
Amec is to sell its Project Investments business to Land Securities Trillium for £163m, with the transfer of nine PPP projects focused on transport, healthcare and education.
Scott Wilson is to acquire McLay Collier, the Glasgow-based property consultancy with 34 staff, for £2.7m.
Durham University has unveiled proposals to expand its Stockton campus to the North Shore of the River Tees, which could include a new college or research centre.
DTZ has acquired Donaldsons, the London-based property consultancy with 910 staff, for an initial £40m.
BGC, the Burslem-based building services company with 70 staff, has been acquired by Southern Bear for £6.5m.
Chess Group has sold Space Solutions, the Aberdeen-based architecture firm with 100 staff, to management.
Lacy Roofing, the Liverpool-based roofing contractor, has undergone a £15m management buy-out.
The University of Warwick has announced plans for a £400m expansion programme that will increase the size of its campus by 40% and the number of staff and students by 4,500.
Alpha Construction, the Derbyshire-based civil engineering contractor with 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Scottish Enterprise Grampian is to start work on the development of a £4.7m Energy Development Centre at the Aberdeen Science & Energy Park this autumn, including 27 individual business units.
Loughborough University has announced proposals for the development of a 23-acre science and enterprise park on a 23-acre site near Holywell Park, which could lead to the creation of up to 2,500 jobs.
Amec has sold its Midwest Pipelines business in Canada to a subsidiary of Willbros Group of Panama for £12m.
C&D Industrial Services, the offshore and marine architectural fit-out contractor with 700 staff, has sold a majority stake in the business to Kaefer Group of Germany.
Newham Council is to relocate 2,000 back-office staff from 24 existing buildings to a 160,000 sq ft office at the Royal Docks in London next April.
Esh Group is looking to expand its construction business and create up to 400 jobs across the North East and Yorkshire over the next three years.
Parkwood Holdings has acquired Landscape Construction, the Falkirk-based landscaping company, for about £0.1m.
Gibbs & Dandy has acquired Carson Fletcher, the Market Harborough-based timber merchant, for an initial £1m.
Grant & Partners has acquired Mills & Wood to create a combined London-based industrial property agency with more than 20 staff.
F Jones Cleveland is to expand the 35-strong workforce at its Middlesbrough-based marble and granite business with 15 new jobs over the next 12 months.
RB Farquhar, the Aberdeenshire-based accommodation hire supplier, is planning to build a new £2m headquarters for 60 staff in Huntly.
The University of Central England is planning to build a new 370,000 sq ft campus at the £6bn Eastside regeneration zone in Birmingham, in order to relocate from 16 existing sites.
Her Majesty's Court Service has announced plans for a £400m investment to build six new court complexes in Sunderland, Aylesbury, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bolton and Salford by 2012.
Acheson & Glover is to invest £7m in the expansion of its Northern Ireland-based building materials business, in order to double turnover to £100m by 2012.
Lambert Smith Hampton, the commercial property agency, is to undergo a £46m management buy-out from WS Atkins, with backing from Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Southwark Council is to relocate about 2,100 staff to a 200,000 sq ft office at 160 Tooley Street by London Bridge in 2009.
RR Richardson has acquired SGMS, the Solihull-based building repair and maintenance company, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with more than 350 staff.
Holleran Group has acquired G&J Engineering, the Cardiff-based pipeline contractor with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Oaklands College is to submit plans to St Albans District Council to invest £100m in the development of a new college, performing arts studio and sports centre.
Chalcroft, the construction company with 172 staff in Stirling, Cambridge, Pershore and King's Lynn, has undergone a management buy-out.
Wrekin Construction, the Shropshire-based building company with 600 staff and seven depots, has been acquired by London & Middle Eastern Group for undisclosed terms.
RMJM is to acquire Hillier, the US architectural design firm, for £15m.
GSH Group has raised £3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its facilities and energy management operations.
Bristol City Council is to consider plans from the University of the West of England for the £8m revamp of its Fishponds campus, including a new teaching block and student accommodation.
Speedy Hire is to acquire the tool hire division of Hewden Stuart for £115m, including 188 depots and 1,200 staff.
HSS, the chain of 300 tool hire centres with 2,500 staff, is to be acquired by Aurigo Management for £310m.
Strutt & Parker is in negotiations to acquire Lane Fox for an estimated £25m, in order to create a combined estate agency group with 54 offices and about 900 staff.
Nightingale Chancellors, the London-based property services company, has been acquired by Trust Property Management Group for £0.7m.
SLR has acquired Insite Environments, the Newcastle-based landscape architecture firm, for £2m.
Parkstone Group, the Birmingham-based contractor and aggregates supplier with 200 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Bovis Lend Lease is considering plans to relocate its Harrow head office, and consultation with staff will last until the end of summer.
Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired KHK Group, the project and cost manager with 54 staff in London and Leeds.
Morgan Sindall is to acquire two businesses from Amec for £26m - ADL, the Manchester-based urban regeneration unit with 65 staff, and DPS, the construction company with 2,800 staff.
Colliers CRE has acquired Dodson Jones, the Cambridge-based surveying firm, for £0.3m.
Lavendon Group has acquired Wizard Workspace, the Norwich-based network of nine tool hire depots, for £1.7m.
Northern Bear is to acquire Hastie D Burton, the North Shields-based building contractor with 40 staff, for £1.1m.
Hanson has acquired Structherm, the West Yorkshire-based supplier of concrete building systems.
Abnormal Load Engineering has acquired John Gibson Projects, the Middlesbrough-based offshore construction contractor, for undisclosed terms.
Formica, the US-based building materials company with 500 staff in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and County Durham, has been acquired by Fletcher of New Zealand for £352m.
Falcon Steel is to build a steel roofing and cladding factory in Newport, South Wales, with the creation of 180 new jobs over the next three years.
Formation Group is to acquire Columbia Design & Build, the London-based property development management company with 16 staff, for £19m.
Bolton Council has selected Ask Developments and Bluemantle for the £196m redevelopment of the 13-acre Church Wharf site by 2014, including 340,000 sq ft of new office space, a hotel and 700 apartments.
BSS Group is planning to expand its chain of 319 builders' merchants with up to 30 new outlets this year.
McLaughlin & Harvey has acquired Barr Holdings, the Scottish construction firm with almost 1,000 staff, for undisclosed terms.
SIG is to acquire Lariviere SAS, the French distributor of roofing products with 770 staff, for £202m.
Gloucestershire County Council is planning to build three new fire stations around Gloucester and Cheltenham by 2009, and is seeking private funding.
Commercial Group Properties has agreed a 10-year lease on a 1m sq ft development at the Manston International Business Park in Thanet, in order to attract a number of Chinese companies and up to 1,000 jobs to the site.
Foxtons, the London-based estate agency, is to be acquired by private equity firm BC Partners for an estimated £400m.
Erinaceous has acquired Chappel & Co of Doncaster and Black's Property Consultants of York, in order to expand its Yorkshire-based PPH Commercial subsidiary.
HM Plant, the Tyneside-based construction machinery distributor with a nationwide chain of 11 depots, is to be acquired by Hitachi for £20m.
BES Consulting has acquired E-Labs Environmental, the Warrington-based asbestos inspection firm, for an estimated £0.3m.
Hanson, the building materials group, has accepted a £7.8bn takeover offer from HeidelbergCement of Germany, which is expected to lead to office closures in the UK and US.
GVA Grimley is to relocate its City of London office to an 11,500 sq ft site at 80 Cheapside, and 60 staff will transfer from Stratton Street.
Roger Bullivant has acquired Cheshire-based Buchan Concrete Solutions for £4m, securing the future of 170 jobs.
Colliers CRE has acquired Huthwaite, the Bristol-based building surveying and architectural consultancy with eight staff, for £1.1m.
Northern Bear has acquired Chirmarn Holdings, the Tyneside-based asbestos removal company, for £3.7m.
Sandvik has acquired Extec, the Derbyshire-based supplier of crushing and screening equipment with annual turnover of £134m.
Rok has acquired SOL Construction, the building company with 413 staff and offices in Nottingham and Warwick, for up to £21m.
HML Holdings has acquired Harrisons, the Aldershot-based residential management and lettings company, for £0.3m.
UBC Group has acquired Urquhart & Co, the Inverness-based plumbing and heating company with 42 staff, for undisclosed terms, in order to create a new building services division.
Ennstone is to raise £51m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its building materials business in Scotland and the US.
Wolseley is to set up a new £17m regional distribution facility at the former Royal Ordnance site in Chorley, and Pochin Contractors will complete work on the 310,000 sq ft building by November.
City of Edinburgh Council is seeking a 200,000 sq ft office to relocate a further 1,500 staff, having just transferred 1,800 staff to its new headquarters at Waverley Court.
Mouchel Parkman, the support services firm, is setting up a new office at Morton Palms in Darlington, with the relocation of ten jobs from Northallerton and the creation of 20 new jobs.
Harris & Harris Construction, the Bridgwater-based civil engineering firm, has undergone a £1.3m management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
WA Hills, the Colchester-based construction company with 75 staff, has been acquired by S Walsh & Sons of Brentwood.
Lavendon has acquired Rise Hire, the Cambridgeshire-based powered access equipment hire company, for £1.7m.
Hyder Consulting is to acquire RPA Quantity Surveyors, the project management company with offices in Cardiff, Bristol and Clwyd, for an initial £2.8m.
CB Richard Ellis has acquired DGI Davis George, the Warrington-based industrial property agency, for an estimated £3m.
Foxtons is seeking a suitable 200,000 sq ft site for a new headquarters for its London-based estate agency business, and expects the 260 staff to grow to 680 over the next two years.
Davis Langdon is in negotiations to relocate its Birmingham-based quantity surveying business to a 23,000 sq ft office at the Colmore Plaza development.
Hannah-Reed has acquired JC Sturrock, the civil engineer with offices in Glasgow and Chipping Norton.
Keller Group is to acquire Systems Geotechnique, the drilling contractor with 100 staff in Lancashire and Hampshire, for an initial £7m.
Cemex is to create ten jobs at a new £5m concrete block factory due to open in West Calder, West Lothian, in September.
Interior Services Group has acquired Cathedral Contracts, the shopfitting and refurbishment company with 102 staff in Whitstable and Chorley, for £12m.
The Treasury is considering plans to relocate a further four government offices out of London over the next five years, due to lease breaks on buildings occupied by the Cabinet Office, Department of Communities, Home Office and Office of Government Commerce.
The East Midlands Development Agency has agreed a deal with developer Ingleby to build a £60m science park in Abbey Park Lane, Leicester, which will create more than 1,000 jobs.
Amec is to sell Buchan Concrete Solutions, the Cheshire-based precast concrete company with 170 staff, to the Roger Bullivant Group of Companies for undisclosed terms.
Motherwell College has secured planning permission from North Lanarkshire Council to build a new £70m campus at the Ravenscraig steelworks site by 2009.
Rosemound, the Solihull-based industrial property developer with 30 staff, is to be acquired by Macquarie Goodman for £336m.
Wilky Foundations Systems, the Farnborough-based piling contractor with 25 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Loughborough College is planning to invest £30m in the redevelopment of its campus over the next six years.
DBK Back has acquired Goyne Adams, the property agency with 55 staff in London, Bournemouth and Manchester, for undisclosed terms.
Connaught has acquired AE Williams & Son, the London-based social housing asset management company, for £6.5m.
Baggaley & Jenkins, the Mansfield-based contractor with annual turnover of £30m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
North Tyneside Council is to set up a new 100,000 sq ft office at the Cobalt 16 business park this October.
Spicerhaart of Colchester is planning to create 50 new call centre jobs, in order to become a leading provider of the new home information packs.
Macquarie Goodman and Stoford Developments are planning to build a new 100-acre office and warehousing park at the former Jaguar plant at Browns Lane in Coventry.
Opus Land is seeking permission to build a new four-storey office complex in Oldbury to house the Chamber of Commerce in the Black Country, Business Link and other organisations.
George Wimpey is planning to merge with Taylor Woodrow to create a £5bn housebuilding group with 14,000 staff.
Enterprise, the maintenance and cleaning company, is to undergo a £486m management buy-out backed by 3i.
North Yorkshire Timber has acquired Ward & Naylor, the County Durham-based builders' merchant, for undisclosed terms.
Freeport, the property company that develops retail and leisure facilities across Europe, is to be acquired by private equity firm Carlyle for £155m.
Spice has acquired Atlanta Facilities, the Aylesbury-based facilities management company with 26 staff, for £0.8m, as well as Optimal Utility Services of the North West for £0.3m.
NG Bailey has acquired Integrated Control Systems, the Wokingham-based supplier of building management systems with 100 staff.
Thomas Armstrong has acquired Stocks Bros, the Leeds-based manufacturer of concrete blocks with 80 staff, as well as Collier & Henry, the Manchester-based manufacturer of pre-cast house floors with 47 staff.
JV Strong, the Devizes-based landscaping company with 260 staff throughout the South West, has been acquired by ISS UK, and the company name will change to ISS Waterers & Landscape.
Mott MacDonald is planning to acquire Euroconsult, the development aid firm with 125 staff, from Arcadis for undisclosed terms.
Connaught has acquired Baldwins, the social housing asset management company with 500 staff in Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Teesside, for £8.7m.
Mission Marketing Group has acquired Bastin Day Westley, the property and real estate marketing agency with 68 staff at offices in Colchester and London, for an initial £6m.
Erinaceous has acquired Dearle & Henderson, the property services consultancy with offices in London, Worthing, Maidstone, Birmingham, Dundee, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
May Gurney has acquired AC Chesters, the Staffordshire-based mechanical and electrical engineering specialist with 30 staff, for £5.1m.
Ainscough has acquired Nationwide Crane Hire, the Leeds-based company with 35 cranes and 62 staff, for undisclosed terms.
MESL, the Maidenhead-based building contractor with 95 staff, has been acquired by Vinci Energies.
Hanson has acquired Irvine-Whitlock, the Bedford-based brickwork subcontractor with almost 600 staff and annual turnover of £53m, for undisclosed terms.
Notting Hill Housing Trust is considering plans to relocate up to 430 staff to a 65,000 sq ft office at the Metro Building in London's Hammersmith, while its Grove House headquarters is being refurbished.
Land Securities Trillium has acquired 285 properties from Royal Mail for £70m, and up to 108 of the sites will be refurbished for new occupiers.
Crest Nicholson, the Surrey-based housebuilder, is to be acquired by newly-formed Castle Bidco for £715m.
The Ministry of Defence is planning to build a new multi-million pound Army headquarters for the 250 staff at its Craigiehall site near South Queensferry.
Readymix is to invest £2.7m at three of its Cemex concrete plants in Northern Ireland this year.
Direct Drains, the Birmingham-based drainage services company with 42 staff, has been acquired by UK Drainage Network in a £7m deal that will consolidate four companies into a nationwide group.
Tulloch Homes has acquired Aviemore & Highland Developments, the housebuilder with sites in Golspie, Balintore, Inverness, Aviemore and Carrbridge, for undisclosed terms.
Leicester City Council is looking to set up a new headquarters of up to 200,000 sq ft by 2010, and is considering a number of potential sites in the city centre.
Countrywide, the chain of estate agents, has accepted a £1bn takeover offer from US private equity firm Apollo.
Rok has acquired EMB Services, the Yorkshire-based building services company with 100 staff.
McInerney has acquired Lancing, the Tyneside-based housebuilder, for £16m.
EMCOR Group has acquired Rosser & Russell Building Services, the mechanical and engineering business with annual turnover of about £43m, from Vinci for undisclosed terms.
Ennstone Thistle has acquired seven ready mixed concrete plants in Aberdeenshire, Inverness, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline from Cemex UK and Tarmac for £1.8m.
EDSR, the land decontamination specialist with 25 staff in Whitstable and Wetherby, has undergone a management buy-out from Euro Dismantling Services for undisclosed terms.
Estate Graphics is to create 30 jobs for home energy assessors in Lancaster, in preparation for the introduction of the Home Information Pack for property buyers.
Reading Borough Council is to consider plans from Sackville Developments for the £500m Station Hill development, including offices, residential towers, shops and an arts centre.
Ennstone Johnston has acquired the trade and assets of Mansfield Asphalt Company for up to £7.1m, including a plant that supplies 135,000 tonnes of asphalt per year to the construction industry in the East Midlands.
Helical Bar is planning to build 12 office campuses around the country to house staff from government departments being moved out of London, and the first will be on a 75-acre site at Newport in South Wales.
The Home Office is planning to build two new prisons at Maghull on Merseyside and Belmarsh in London, as part of a strategy to provide an extra 8,000 cells over the next five years.
Trak Group has acquired Claydon of Aylesbury for undisclosed terms, creating a combined building contractor with annual sales of more than £60m.
Clements Plant & Tool Hire of Coventry has been acquired by Alljay Holdings for undisclosed terms.
GHI Contracts is to relocate its commercial fit-out business and 120 staff to a new 16,500 sq ft headquarters in Rosehall Road, Bellshill, by autumn 2007.
East Surrey College has submitted plans to build a new £30m campus on one site in Redhill.
Galliford Try is to acquire Linden Holdings, the housebuilder with offices in Caterham, Harefield, Southampton and Bristol, for £108m.
Halladale, the property development company with offices in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, is to be acquired by Stockland of Australia for £171m.
Greater Manchester Police Authority is seeking planning permission to set up a 100,000 sq ft office for its crime operations division at Ashton Moss, and up to 600 staff will relocate from sites throughout Greater Manchester.
Parkridge, the industrial property company with more than 100 staff, is to be acquired by ProLogis of the US for about £500m.
Northern Bear is to acquire MGM, the provider of property refurbishment services in the North East, for £2m.
Highlands & Islands Enterprise has announced a £7.5m government funding package for the expansion of ten business parks in the area.
White Young Green has acquired Turner Holden, the Somerset-based town planning consultancy, for an initial £0.9m.
Barratt Developments is to acquire Wilson Bowden, the Leicester-based housebuilder, for £2.2bn.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire Centex Construction, the US-based construction company, for £184m.
Alfred McAlpine is to acquire Enviros Group, the environmental company with 300 consultants in ten offices, for £30m.
Elphinstone has sold Macdonald Fraser, its rural property and chartered surveying business, to CKD Galbraith for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins has acquired Passmore Drywall & Insulation, the supplier of insulation products with depots in East London, Basildon, Cannock, Christchurch and West London, for £13m.
One Call Hire is planning to expand its chain of plant hire depots from five to ten over the next five years.
Rok is looking to expand its directly employed workforce from 2,200 to 10,000 over the next five years, in order to reduce the number of subcontractors in its contracting and property maintenance business.
West Notts College in Mansfield has unveiled plans to build a new £70m campus next to its existing site by 2010.
White Young Green has acquired Malachi Cullen & Partners, the Irish civil engineering consultancy with 19 staff, for up to £1.2m.
Pinewood Structures, the Bedfordshire-based timber frames manufacturer, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners.
Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired Hargreaves Goswell, the London-based property agency, for undisclosed terms.
The Ministry of Defence has announced plans to build a new defence training academy at St Athan in South Wales, with the creation of 4,000 jobs, having awarded a £16bn contract to the Metrix consortium.
Colchester Institute is planning a £62m college redevelopment project, having secured financial backing from the Learning & Skills Council.
Southampton City College has submitted plans for a £35m redevelopment project, which would regenerate the St Mary's area of Southampton.
Frudd Construction has sold its maintenance division out of administration to SOL Construction of Nottingham for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 54 jobs.
The Scottish Executive is planning to develop a £40m crime supercampus at Gartcosh in Lanarkshire by 2010, bringing together the Scottish Crime & Drugs Enforcement Agency, Customs and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Shepherd Group is planning to sell its York-based Portasilo Bulk Handling Systems Division to a management buy-in, with the transfer of about 130 staff.
Shield Environmental Services, the asbestos removal specialist with offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Taunton, Redruth, Falmouth and Southampton, has undergone a management buy-out.
Cleveland Police is to set up more than 100,000 sq ft of office space at Wynyard Park on Teesside, with the relocation of staff from a number of sites in Middlesbrough.
The Scottish Executive has approved plans from the Scottish Prison Service to build a new £100m prison at the Low Moss site in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow.
Oakdene has acquired Chequer Homes, the Kent-based housebuilder, for £3m.
Hanson Aggregates has acquired an asphalt plant in Runcorn from Aram Resources for undisclosed terms.