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Construction - 1996
Amec is acquiring a 48.6% stake in Spie Batignolles of France for up to £23m, in a deal which will create one the UK's biggest construction groups.
Higgs & Hill is selling its construction division to Hollandsche Beton Groep, the Dutch construction company, for £28.5m, and changing its name to Swan Hill.
Wolseley, the builders merchant, is acquiring Bandt's Brown & Tawse business, for £15.6m.
Kingspan, the building materials group, is to buy Ward Building Systems from Rugby for £26m.
Wellstream of the US is planning a £55m factory to make offshore pipes at Walker Riverside Park, Newcastle, creating over 200 jobs.
Blue Circle Industries has bought Venesta Cubicle Systems, the manufacturer of washroom products, for £5.5m.
Tarmac and ARC are merging their Midlands quarrying operations into a joint venture called Midland Quarry Products, a move which will result in the mothballing of ARC's Nuneaton and Whitwick quarries.
Amec Developments is to build a £56m business park, called Castle Gate, for Dudley council in a project that will create 2,000 jobs.
English Partnership, the urban regeneration agency, is assuming responsibility for over 5,000 acres of former British Coal sites, and with the backing of almost £400m of government money it is hoped that 55,000 jobs can be created over the next decade.
Hewden Stuart, the construction equipment company, is acquiring Agent Plant from Kvaerner Construction for £9.4m.
Case of the US has acquired Fermec, the Manchester-based maker of construction equipment, for undisclosed terms.
Camas is acquiring Model Stone, the Minnesota-based ready-mix concrete business, for £19m.
BP Chemicals is linking up with Neath Port Talbot Council and the Welsh Development Agency to launch a £230m redevelopment of Port Talbot, which will include an Energy Park that should create 2,800 jobs.
Bryant is acquiring Admiral Homes, the south-east based housebuilder, for £62m as part of a strategy to increase output to 4,000 homes a year.
Costain has sold its Land & Marine pipeline operation to Smit International of the Netherlands for £11m.
Heywood Williams is acquiring Mila Beslag, the Danish distributor of components to UK makers of windows and doors, for £34m.
Lafarge of France is to buy Ennemix, the quarry company, following a £8.8m recommended bid.
CRH of Dublin has bought Allied Building Products, the US roofing and cladding supplier, for $121m.
Blue Circle is planning a £180m cement plant in Kent as part of a £330m investment programme aimed at improving productivity.
Beazer Homes has bought Charles Church, the housebuilder, from the Royal Bank of Scotland for £36m.
Arlington Securities and Manchester city council are planning a £100m business park at Manchester airport, which will create 4,000 jobs.
CRH has expanded its US building materials business with a number of acquisitions - Ritangela of NY state, Brooks Products, and Foster and Southeastern of Massachusetts.
Ibstock has bought Redland's UK bricks business for £160m, giving it 35% of the market.
BPB Industries, the plasterboard maker, is buying the remaining 80% of Borgardts, the German maker of gypsum plasters, for £21m.
Rugby Group has appointed Amec to start work on the building of its £100m cement plant in Warwickshire, and Amec expects to create 200 new jobs from its involvement.
ARC, the Hanson subsidiary, has bought Boral Edenhall, the Cumbrian-based concrete blocks company, from Boral of Australia for £24m.
Redland has sold its European roof tiles operation to Braas, its German subsidiary, for £220m cash and at the same time increases its stake in Braas from 50.76% to 56.5%.
Magnet has bought Allerton Glass, the double glazing concern, from Polypipe for £7m.
Readymix has bought RMC Catherwood, which operates in Scotland, the north of Ireland and the Isle of Man, for £23m.
CRH of Dublin is buying The Jack B Parson Companies, the quarry business with operations in Utah, Nevada and Idaho, for $87m.
SIG is buying two German insulation product distributors - WKT for £39m, and a 50% stake in Golinski Group for £7.5m with an option to buy the remaining 50%.
Pilkington's Tiles, the wall tiles and durable floors company, has been bought from BTR by management for £21m, and has plans to expand in the US, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and the Netherlands.
Wimpey and Tarmac have completed a deal to swap Wimpey's quarrying and contracting operations for Tarmac's housebuilding.
Ashtead Group, the plant hire concern, is acquiring Leada Acrow, which rents construction equipment in the UK and Ireland, for £16m and McLean of the US for £20m.
Blue Circle Industries is planning to build a new town at Ebbsfleet, Kent, with 3,200 homes, creating up to 20,000 permanent jobs.
WS Atkins is acquiring Faithful & Gould, the Cleveland quantity surveyors, for £21m.
John Fyfe, Bardon Group's Scottish concrete products maker, has acquired about £1m of assets from Robert Paterson Precast of Airdrie.
CRH is expanding its US masonry products business and has also bought Grillo Bausysteme, the German rooflight maker, and Vebofoam, the Belgian polystyrene insulation concern.
Vibroplant is selling its American Hi-Lift business to Primeco for $69m.
Allen has bought the Rentall tool-hire company for £1.5m.
Grafton Group of Dublin has bought RJ Johnson & Co, the Oxford builders merchant, and PPS Structural Services, the Scottish mortar business.