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Construction - 1999
Jarvis is acquiring Trafiroad, the Belgian road marking and maintenance company, for up to £8.5m, as part of a strategy to expand its facilities management business into continental Europe.
WS Atkins has acquired Benham, the Oklahoma-based architectural company, for £32m, which will increase its US headcount from 60 to 800.
Hanson has acquired two US companies - aggregates producer Olin Jones Sand and sand producer Brewer - for a total £34m.
Peterhouse, the construction services company, is to acquire Eve, the access systems hirer, for £40m.
Plymouth City Council has approved a £2.8m plan to expand the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at the Tamar Science Park, with the creation of 175 scientific jobs.
Thomas Vale Construction of Stourport is recruiting 100 extra workers, having won contracts worth more than £8m.
White Young Green has bought the consulting engineering business of Irish company Gibson O'Connor, and will create a new subsidiary called White Young Green Ireland.
Evans Concrete, the Derbyshire-based concrete company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and expects to create 10 new jobs.
Barlows, the Chester-based property developer, is acquiring Hallamshire Investments for £12m.
Hanson is planning to acquire Pioneer International, the Australian aggregates group, for about £1.5bn.
Benchmark Building Supplies has acquired Bolton-based Crompton Building Supplies, in order to expand its business in the Greater Manchester area.
Clugston Construction has acquired Ferro Monk Systems, the Yorkshire-based drainage specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Finlay Block Making Equipment is planning a £2.9m expansion at its factory in Tyrone with the creation of about 40 jobs.
Caradon is to sell its 94% stake in Weru, the German doors and windows business, to management for £78m, in order to focus on plumbing, aluminium extrusions, electrical products and cheque printing.
Pascon, the Hampshire-based plant hire company, has undergone a £17m management buy-out and is changing its name to Selwood Group.
Interframe is to expand its windows and doors factory in Paignton with the creation of 20 new jobs, and has just undergone a management buy-out.
MEPC is planning a £70m joint venture with local developer Intercity JIS to build two industrial parks in Liverpool, with the creation of about 4,000 jobs, and it will target motor component and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Hanson is acquiring two US companies for £45m - aggregates producer BR DeWitt and concrete producer Superior.
WS Atkins has acquired Yeoman & Edwards, the quantity surveying practice, for £1.3m.
RMC has launched a £896m takeover bid for the Rugby cement group, which will strengthen its position in the UK and Poland and add a presence in Australia.
Tarmac has agreed a £1.2bn takeover bid from Anglo American, the South African mining company, and the combined group will seek acquisitions in continental Europe.
Kingspan has sold Ratby-based Bennett Windows and Cannock-based Thomas Lowe Joinery to a management buy-out for £4m.
Hartington Conway of Coventry has acquired Ritchlight, the manufacturer of architectural rooflights, for undisclosed terms.
Birse has sold the Aberdeen-based engine refurbishment division of its plant hire subsidiary to Rentair for £2.5m.
Palgrave Brown has acquired the Allan Brothers joinery business in Berwick from Rugby Group for £2.7m.
Aggregate Industries has reorganised its US aggregates business by acquiring Golden's of Colorado for £37m and by selling Commercial Products of North and South Carolina to RMC for £7m.
Tamdown, the Braintree-based groundworks contractor with 300 employees, has undergone a management buy-out.
Tilbury Douglas has sold its Hevilifts jacking and propping business to Hydratight Sweeney for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins is acquiring Sharpe & Fisher for £76m, in order to strengthen its chain of builders merchants in the west of England and south Wales.
Tarmac has acquired Moffatts, the operator of quarries in the west of Northern Ireland, for £6m.
Withey Group of Borehamwood has acquired contractor CJ Smith in order to complement its construction and shopfitting business.
Rugby Group is to merge its US building materials supplies business with Huttig, a subsidiary of Crane, and the new company will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
James Latham is to sell its timber and building supplies operation to Grafton for £8m, in order to focus on timber importing and distribution.
White Young Green has acquired Tilney Simmons for £2.3m, in order to expand its mechanical and electrical consulting business in the south of England.
Blue Circle is selling its heating division to Baxi Partnership for £480m, and has also announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in Heracles Cement of Greece for £388m.
Delancey Estates, the property company, is planning a £150m joint venture with the JER International investment fund in order to clear the way for its takeover of Milner Estates.
GAP Group has acquired Munro Tool Hire of Elgin for undisclosed terms.
WS Atkins has acquired Ventron Technology, the Stockport-based process engineer, for £2.3m.
Aggregate Industries has acquired Concrete Services, the US concrete supplier, for £12m.
Norcros, the building materials and chemicals supplier, has agreed a £171m management buy-out.
Miller Group is to acquire Cussins Property Group for £23m, as part of the Edinburgh-based company's strategy to expand its housebuilding business throughout the country.
Wragge & Co has acquired the Neil F Jones firm of Birmingham to create one of the country's largest construction law practices.
P&O is selling its Bovis construction business to Lend Lease of Australia for £285m, having decided not to proceed with plans for a flotation.
Tarmac has acquired Situsec, the Greenwich-based asphalt company, for £9.5m.
SLD Genlite, the Leeds-based plant hire company, has merged with SLD Pumps and Chiller Rental Services in a £80m management buy-in deal backed by NatWest Equity Partners.
Ennstone's Natural Building Materials subsidiary is to acquire Burford Quarrying of Oxfordshire for £4m.
Haslam Homes is relocating its East Midlands headquarters from Alfreton to Kegworth with the creation of up to 30 jobs, as part of a strategy to expand its housebuilding business in the region.
Pascon has sold its Palmers scaffolding division to Thyssen UK for up to £30m.
Ainscough has acquired Plant Installations, the Glasgow-based machinery removal company, for undisclosed terms.
Tarmac has bought Marley Paving, the concrete block and paving business, from Brussels-based Etex for £26m.
Hewden Stuart has acquired Elmore Plant Services, the Mitcham-based subsidiary of Wates Construction, for £7.4m.
Interior Services Group has acquired Care Services, the facilities management company, for up to £12m.
Baldwins Industrial Services is to acquire Phillips Crane & Rigging of the US for £7.8m.
Whitecroft has sold Leaderflush & Shapland, the Nottingham-based safety doors business, to management for £14m.
Heywood Williams has acquired BCE Cellular Extrusions, the supplier of PVCu building products, from Rugby Group for £11m.
Bett Brothers has sold its precast concrete division to the Hillhead Quarry Company for £1.1m.
Hanson is to acquire the European brick operations of Boral for £59m, in order to strengthen its business in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Kean Kennedy, the Scottish quantity surveyor, has been acquired by Corderoy.
Red Bank, the Derbyshire-based clay tile manufacturer, has acquired Weatherwell Roof Tile for undisclosed terms.
White Young Green has acquired Mason Pittendrigh, the Teesside-based consulting engineer, and expects to create up to 30 jobs in order to deal with highways, environmental and rail projects.
Weatherseal Windows is to create 200 jobs at its headquarters in Winsford, Cheshire, and there will be vacancies in the factory, office and a new call centre.
P&O is selling Laing Property of Canada to Cambridge Shopping Centres for £206m, and is now looking to float its Bovis construction business and sell its Earl's Court Olympia exhibitions business.
RMC is spending £63m on a series of acquisitions to expand its concrete and aggregates business in the US, Malaysia and Northern Ireland, as well as two sand and gravel operations in Leicestershire.
Mears is acquiring Haydon, the building maintenance company, from Johnson Controls of the US for up to £6m.
Meyer International is to acquire Graham Group, the builders' merchant, for £269m, which will lead to the loss of about 150 administrative jobs.
Building & Property Group is selling its Unicorn Consultancy Services division to management for £37m.
S Harrison Construction of Yorkshire is seeking an additional 150 employees over the next six months, as it prepares to double its turnover to £25m this year.
Bovis is acquiring Tanvec, a Surrey-based consultancy that designs building work for the pharmaceutical industry.
Meyer International has acquired Tudor, the tile distribution company, in a £12m deal.
Bovis Construction has acquired WR Adams, the US healthcare facilities group, for undisclosed terms.
Pisani Natural Stone is re-opening the Westhill Granite Works in Aberdeenshire with the creation of 30 jobs.
Caradon is set to acquire Easco, the US aluminium extrusions company, for about £100m.
Birkby is to merge with Mentmore Abbey, the storage space company, in order to benefit from the growing trend among European companies to outsource property-related activities.
William T Eden, the Kent-based panel products distributor, has been acquired by Sylvan International of Doncaster for about £15m.
Wolseley has bought four companies for a combined £46m in order to expand its building and plumbing products business, including two in the US, one in Italy and one in the UK.
Blue Circle is acquiring Iligan Cement of the Philippines for £32m, as part of an ongoing expansion in east Asia.
Mitie, the building services group, is to create up to 500 jobs on Merseyside over the next two years by expanding its cleaning and air conditioning businesses.
Rugby Group is to sell its joinery operations in the UK and Australia to Jeld-Wen of the US for £86m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt and expand its cement business.
WS Atkins has acquired Richard Long Associates, the water industry consultancy.
Meek Group, the Bristol-based plant hirer, has undergone a £21m management buy-in with the backing of 3i and Barclays Bank.
Clugston Construction has acquired GL Quine, the Doncaster-based civil engineer, for undisclosed terms.
Alba Windows is building a double glazing factory in Inverness, which will create an additional 25 jobs.
CRH is acquiring Thompson-McCully, the US aggregates and asphalt supplier, for £218m, in order to gain a base in the mid-west.
Peterhouse is acquiring ESS, the Wellingborough-based safety equipment and training company, for £3m, in order to build up its services division.
Tilbury Douglas is to acquire Bandt, the scaffolding and industrial services company, for £75m, as part of a strategy to diversify away from contracting.
Hanson is acquiring Tidewater Sand & Gravel, the US sea dredger, for £30m.
CRH has acquired two US aggregate companies - Millington Quarry and Dell Contractors - for £91m, and hopes to benefit from an increase in federal highway funding in New Jersey.
Hepworth is selling its bricks business to Ibstock Building Products for about £10m.
Amey is acquiring Comax, the support services business spun off from the government's defence research agency, for £86m, as part of a strategy to move away from its traditional construction activities.
Gateshead Council and the Employment Service have teamed up to recruit the 900 construction workers required for the £400m regeneration of East Gateshead.
Ulster Fireclays, the Northern Ireland-based producer of clay pipes for the building industry, has been acquired by Schiedel of Germany.
Spring Ram, the kitchens and bathrooms company, has recommended a £82m takeover bid from US Industries, as part of a strategy by the US company to expand into the UK building products market.
Artisan is acquiring Joseph Driver, the Tring-based contractor, for about £1.7m.
Robinson Low Francis, the construction consultant, has merged with Hart Gilmore Associates and is now seeking further acquisitions.
Prowting Homes is relocating its regional headquarters from Surrey to the Crossways business park in Kent, where it will employ 60 people.
WS Atkins is to acquire Lambert Smith Hampton, the property consultant, for £50m, as part of a strategy to offer an integrated property service covering everything from land acquisition to demolition.
Camstruction, the Aberdeen-based building contractor, has acquired the granite building works specialist George Simpson & Co, for undisclosed terms.
Baldwins Industrial Services is to create about 40 jobs at its Middlesbrough depot over the next year due to growth in its heavy cranes business.
Henry Boot has acquired Quicklift, the Rotherham-based equipment hire company, for £2.7m.
Meyer International has acquired RentX Industries, the US tool hire company, for £61m, and has also announced plans to launch a catalogue in the UK in October in order to reach new customers.
Rugby Group has sold its Abbseal glass business to a management team for £11m.
Cala, the housebuilding and property group, is to be sold to a management buy-out for £95m, as Miller Group has now withdrawn from the bidding.
Blue Circle has acquired Calcemento International for £401m, which gives it a controlling stake in two Greek cement companies - Heracles General Cement and Halkis Cement.
Modern Engineering is to merge with sister company Billington Structures in order to create a combined structural steel company called Billington Modern Structures, and 50 jobs will be created as it improves facilities at its Bristol site.
Swan Hill is to sell Carter Commercial Developments, which specialises in obtaining planning consent for food retail developments, to management in a £8m deal, and the proceeds will be invested in its housing division.
YJ Lovell is selling Lovell Partnerships to Morgan Sindall for £15m in order to invest the proceeds in its construction business, and it will also change its name to YJL.
Quintain Estates & Development is acquiring Chesterfield Properties for £139m, and has also announced the sale of the Curzon cinema chain and a number of theatres to the chairman of Chesterfield.
JP Corry of Belfast has acquired RK Timber, the timber distributor, from Raab Karcher Shareholdings of Germany for undisclosed terms.
Capita Group has acquired MPM Adams, the project management company, for £4m.
CRH has acquired two Finnish cement and aggregates businesses from Scancem of Sweden for £273m, and is now looking to expand into the Baltic states and eastern Europe.
Scientifics, the Derby-based research company, has acquired the Glasgow-based bridge monitoring division of Stanger Science, which is owned by Tarmac.
Wolseley, the building materials company, is to acquire British Fittings for £40m, in order to expand its distribution business.
Property Asset Holdings is acquiring Northacre, the London-based residential property developer, for £14m, and will adopt the Northacre name.
SGB is selling Comabi, its French manufacturing operation, to Zarges Tubesca for £5.5m in order to focus on the development of a European branch network for the rental of access products.
Hewden Stuart has acquired PW Plant, the Middlesex-based plant hirer, for £0.5m.
Ainscough has acquired Cardon Crane Hire of London for undisclosed terms.
Travis Perkins is to acquire Keyline, the builders' merchant, from CRH for £181m, in order to expand its business in Scotland and the north of England.
Milner has acquired the Professional Construction Management group of companies in order to expand its corporate building consultancy division.
Quintain Estates & Development is to acquire English & Overseas Properties for £33m, and plans to close the E&O head office and press ahead with its property development plans.
Amec has completed the sale of its Fairclough Homes division to Centex of the US for £109m.
Sharpe & Fisher has acquired Malvern Building Supplies for £2m, as part of a strategy to expand its regional network of branches.
Hills Electrical is opening an office in the centre of London, as part of an expansion plan that will create 500 jobs by 2003.
IMI is to acquire Polypipe, the building materials concern, for £337m, which will enable it to sell Polypipe's products into continental Europe.
British Ceramic Tiles is seeking 200 workers for its new factory in Newton Abbot, which is due to open later this month.
Avonside, the building services company, is to be sold to its managing director and Alchemy Partners in a £22m deal.
Cardiff Bay Development Corporation has appointed Denvale Trade Parks to develop a £5m trade park with 11 trade counters for the building industry, and 100 jobs will be created.
BICC is to sell its energy cables division to General Cable of the US for £275m, in order to focus on its Balfour Beatty construction business.
Caradon is to sell its three remaining North American doors and windows operations to Nortek for £41m.
Baldwins Industrial Services has bought Loadtite, the Bristol-based crane equipment hire company, in a £1m deal.
Hanson has acquired FC Precast Concrete from Wilshaw for £3.7m, and plans to expand the concrete box culverts factory in Derby.
Hanson is acquiring North American Brick Group from Jannock of Canada for £160m.
Cleveland Trust, the property company, has recommended a £33m takeover bid from Ashtenne Holdings.
M Holleran has bought Eade Pipelines, the utilities contractor, out of receivership, and about 275 jobs have been saved.
RMC is acquiring two US concrete companies - Jobe Concrete Products and Reno Sparks Ready Mix - for a total of £72m.
WSP Group is acquiring HJT, the structural consulting engineer, for £1.6m.
The government has announced plans to set up two multi-million pound science parks at Magee and Coleraine Universities creating up to 700 jobs, as part of a £30m science park package.
Highland Window Company is opening a sales office and showroom in Nairn, with the creation of 10 jobs.
Wernick Hire, the building hire company, has acquired UK Cabins for £2.4m.
Charter has sold its Wirth tunnelling and drilling business in Germany to management for £7m.
Hepworth has sold its door parts business Henderson Hardware for £4.2m.
Meadowstone is expanding its building stone factory in Somercotes and expects the workforce to rise from 110 to 140 over the next three years.
Caradon is to acquire an 85% stake in Termo Teknik, the Turkish radiator company, for £30m, and is selling its UK windows and doors business to Bardox Group for £40m.
Everwhite Plastics is investing £2m in an extension at its building products factory in Aberdare, South Wales, and 65 jobs are being created.
Huntingdonshire District Council has approved plans from Marshall's Mono Limited for the construction of a concrete factory in St Ives, which will create 80 jobs.
Ruberoid has acquired Kingsnorth Bitumen Products for £1.2m, and has also announced the closure of its roofing felt factory in Dundee.
Wainhomes, the housebuilder, is to undergo a management buyout for £88m.
The government has selected London Bridge City in Southwark as the site for the headquarters of the Greater London Authority, and the project will include retail, restaurant and recreational facilities and create about 10,000 jobs.
Ashtead, the industrial hire company, has acquired UK Plant for £20m.
Pemberstone, the residential property company, is to undergo a £32m management buyout.
Corby Windows has bought Janus Windows of the West Midlands out of receivership, and the 48 workers will be re-employed to make windows and doors.
Wolseley has acquired five businesses for a total £38m, including heating and plumbing products in Ireland, wall panels in the US, and a sanitary ware distributor in Lancashire.
Ibstock is selling its 76% stake in Caima Ceramica e Servicos, the Portuguese building products company, to two CGS directors for £22m.
Interior Services Group has acquired the H Waters property management company for an initial £3.5m.
Blue Circle is to sell Brotje, its German wholesale heating business with 27 outlets, to GC Group for £41m.
ABB Steward, the building services company, is planning to create more than 200 jobs in the East Midlands over the next three years, and has opened a new regional office in Derby.
Chesterfelt, the Chesterfield-based roofing felt company, has been sold to a management buy-in team assembled by venture capital group 3i, for undisclosed terms.
HE Services of Kent has bought the BCP Plant Hire business from Finning for undisclosed terms.
Southern Electric Contracting has acquired Connect South West, the Exeter-based street lighting contractor.
Ennstone has acquired Cooper Sand & Gravel, the US quarry business, for £1.6m.
Aggregate Industries has acquired the aggregate and trucking operations of Hammer Group of the US for £11m.
Shepherd Consulting is acquiring GRC Consultants, the Hampshire-based process engineering company, for undisclosed terms.
Blue Circle has sold its bathrooms division, which includes nine UK factories employing 2,200 people, to American Standard for £253m.
Caradon has sold Terrain, a plastic pipes subsidiary, to Geberit of Switzerland for £27m, and a number of other disposals are expected soon.
Solmek of Middlesbrough has merged with Leeds-based Pro-Soils Surveys in order to offer land reclamation services nationwide.
Stadium Group has acquired Dextroplast, the Sutton-on-Trent building materials company, for £0.4m.
Kemp Stroud, the Aldershot builder, has been acquired by Leonard Field of Southampton.
Polypipe has acquired Rickmans, the Essex-based manufacturer of conservatory roofing, for £0.75m.
The Prison Service has applied for planning permission to expand Hull Prison, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.
Tarmac's Bilston-based Crown House Engineering division is planning to increase its workforce from 80 to 200 by the end of the year, and is seeking new premises.
GAP is to invest £5m in the opening of new plant and tool hire depots in Leicester, Coventry and Doncaster, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Industrial Contract Services has merged with Thomas Vale, the design and build contractor, to form ICS-Vale.
The Lewis Harris Group has acquired Niwel, the Manchester-based builder with annual sales of £12m.
Regus is to set up 30 business centres in the UK this year, which will help to create 1,000 jobs, and a further 100 centres will be set up in other countries.
Tecroc has acquired Appleby Building Products and will set up a southern distribution centre at Appleby's site in Ditton, Kent.
VHE has acquired West Cumberland Engineering, the steel fabricator and insulation contractor, for up to £2m.
Abbey Hanson Rowe, the architectural firm, is to merge with Holford Associates, and will then seek to expand into building surveying and environmental consultancy.
Wolseley is acquiring Brossette, the French plumbing distributor, and four US companies, bringing its total spending on acquisitions to £178m in the first five months of the financial year.
EBC has acquired NR Humphreys, the Reading-based building maintenance company, for undisclosed terms.
Ainscough Group has acquired Peterhead Crane Hire for undisclosed terms, and opened a new depot in Hertfordshire.
Meyer International has sold Pont Meyer, its Dutch building materials division, to William Pont of the Netherlands for £56m.
Hanson has acquired Tanah Raya Group, the Malaysian aggregates company, for £16m.
WSP Group, the consulting engineer, is undergoing a £1m management buyout to split off the project management side of the business.
Lavendon, the powered-access hire operator, has acquired Furg Arbeitsbuhnenservice und Vermietung of Germany for £6m.
Strutt & Parker has acquired William Hillary Leisure & Hotels, the chartered surveyor, in order to benefit from growth in the leisure property sector.