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Dunne Group collapses

UCATT said clients should have carried out checks on the stability of the Bathgate business that went into administration today (Tuesday). UPDATE: Bank blamed for collapse.

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£420m for flood schemes

Civil engineering contractors and plant hirers will benefit from a £42m-a-year windfall for flood protection schemes. The cash will fund 40 new protection projects and around 10,000 families will benefit.

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Doosan backs Troon Open

The Doosan brand is well to the fore in Scotland this week as the South Korean manufacturer continues its role as an official patron of The Open Championship.

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Europe cleans up with Stage V

Europe’s construction equipment will become the least-polluting in the world following this week’s adoption by the European Parliament of the new Stage V emissions regulation.

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More cuts at Terex Trucks

Terex Trucks has announced a further 65 redundancies at its Newhouse plant. Management at the Volvo-owned business blamed market conditions and a downturn in global demand for their articulated and rigid trucks.

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Civils in top gear

Progress on the country’s transport network has accelerated again with civil engineers reaching milestones on major road and rail schemes. One of the biggest cranes in Europe has been involved at a motorway job. VIDEOS

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Plant thieves target rollers

Plant thieves are switching their attention to smaller equipment such as rollers, dumpers and mini excavators as larger machines become increasingly difficult to steal and transport.

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Surge in Highland plant theft

One of the Highlands’ top civil engineering companies has signed up for a campaign to help tackle plant and equipment theft. It has been set up following a huge rise in thefts from building sites in the north.

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Cameras to protect bypass team

Average speed cameras are being installed on a major trunk road this week to protect workers building the Aberdeen Bypass. Contractor Aberdeen Roads Ltd is fitting the cameras on the A90.

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Brain’s trust in Yarwood

It’s a new company but the face remains the same…for now. Peter Yarwood, one of Scotland’s longest-established breaker and attachments specialists, is paving the way for a gradual exit from the business.

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Queensferry: The big push

The 5,600-tonne north approach viaduct of the Queensferry Crossing has been fully launched in what has been called “one of the most technically challenging operations of its type ever performed”. VIDEO

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A life of demolition

Jim Caldwell of Glasgow company JCJ Demolition and Construction Ltd has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his “outstanding and ongoing commitment” to improving training.

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SPOA in good form

As most football coaches will tell you, the best squads are a combination of experience and youth and Scotland’s plant owners believe they have the right mix as they prepare for a challenging season ahead.

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Liebherr’s record year

Liebherr Group pulled in the biggest revenue in its history last year in spite of a static market in Western Europe, its most important sales region. And it’s hoping for a “positive impetus” from Bauma in April.

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Blackwell buy is ‘exciting’

Hargreaves Services believes its £11.85m acquisition of a contractor involved in the Aberdeen Bypass will create ‘new and exciting’ opportunities for one of Europe’s biggest heavy plant fleets.

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Bridie Young: 1925-2015

Bridie Young, a doyenne of Scotland’s plant industry, died suddenly but peacefully at her home in Dunblane last month. She and her husband Tom founded Young Plant Sales in 1978.

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Two share £55m road job

The contract worth up to £55m to surface Scotland’s biggest road job has been won by Breedon Aggregates and Whitemountain. The 50/50 joint venture will supply and lay more than 500,000 tonnes of material.

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Access firm changes hands

A Lanarkshire platform business has been acquired as part of a rental company’s expansion into Scotland. The new owner will broaden the range of equipment available to customers north of the border.

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Hands-on approach

Two heavyweights of the rental sector faced up to each other at a recent plant theft conference and exhibition. The event was attended by more than 200 construction industry representatives and150 police officers.

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Here’s a boring story

Factory tests have been completed in Germany on the giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM) that will carve out the biggest waste water tunnel ever built in Scotland.

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A-Plant looks north

A-Plant is continuing to widen its presence in Scotland following last year’s acquisition of two firms on this side of the border. The latest move is another shared location, this time in Inverness.

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The best of civil-isation

Projects from across Scotland’s infrastructure spectrum have been recognised in this year’s Saltire Awards for Civil Engineering. See the projects and some of the plant that helped build them.

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Boom time for rail plant

Suppliers of plant to the rail network in Scotland are poised for years of work as BAM lands a £170m upgrade and the EGIP scheme continues to make progress.

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Loch team lands award

McLaughlin & Harvey, the Belfast contractor that cleared a Scottish trunk road bottleneck after 30 years, has won an award from the Northern Ireland construction industry.

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Reaching up at Red Road

Safedem boss William Sinclair has confirmed that high-reach equipment will begin taking down the final remains of Glasgow’s Red Road flats in the next few days.

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AB2000 in Highland fling

Plant hirer AB2000 is continuing to expand its operations in the north with completion of a move to a larger Highlands depot and the acquisition of new equipment.

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Bardell backs Banks

Banks Mining has been praised by an MSP for prioritising local firms in the supply chain for its operations at the Rusha surface mine in West Lothian. It’s spending £4m a year with central belt companies.

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Rockbreakers in Volvo utility deal

EXCLUSIVE  Rockbreakers UK, the West Lothian hydraulic hammer and attachment specialist, has moved into the machine business with its appointment as a dealer for Volvo’s utility equipment.

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Minister orders roads review

One of the country’s most prominent road engineers has stepped in as interim Scottish Road Works Commissioner while a wide-ranging review is carried out into the functions of the office.

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Three minutes to build a bridge

VIDEO  Footage showing construction of the first major structure as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 improvements project has been released by Transport Scotland.

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Winchburgh back on track

Stringent health and safety procedures were in place for the workers involved in the improvements programme at Winchburgh Tunnel which has now reopened on schedule after a 44-day closure.

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Ewing’s yes and no for wind

Plans for a 19-turbine wind farm in South Lanarkshire have been given the green light but contractors and suppliers hoping to win work from a Caithness development will be disappointed.

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Blast-off at Aberdeen bypass

A “complex” programme of rock drilling and blasting will begin on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route route next week to help lower the ground to the new road level.

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Bids due on £150m water

Applications to tender will close next week for Scottish Water contracts worth up to £150m. The company is expected to appoint four Tier 1 framework partners for work until 2021.

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Stevie’s a star…again

The spotlight has been shining on the young people who will help shape the plant industry of the future and honours continue to roll in for a Highlands apprentice.

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Life on the road

The road engineer who led many of Scotland’s landmark schemes has been recognised for a Lifetime Contribution to Transport and BAM Nuttall has won a top award for “outstanding” work on the rail network.

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Book now for Komatsu IQ test

Book now, places limited. That’s the message from Marubeni-Komatsu as it prepares to put its ‘intelligent’ earthmoving equipment on show in Scotland for three days of demonstrations next week.

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Scot-JCB withdraws from truck deal

EXCLUSIVE Scot-JCB has withdrawn from a deal to distribute Hydrema dumptrucks in Scotland. It announced the news just days after a tie-up to sell the Denmark-built vehicles had been revealed.

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M-way team faces public

The joint venture building a £500m motorway project has told residents of three towns how they’ll be affected in the coming months. Improvements at Raith Junction will require “complex” traffic management.

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Lights out on Loch Lomond

Could this be the most expensive stretch of road in the country? Originally awarded at a cost of £9.2m, the contract for a 400-metre section on the banks of Loch Lomond has been completed...a year behind schedule.

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Hunter is casualty No. 2

An award-winning Glasgow firm has become the second Scottish demolition contractor to bite the dust this year. A liquidator has been appointed at Hunter Demolition following a lengthy battle with HMRC.

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Ye dancin’ ? Ye askin’ ?

The man who choreographed the opening ceremony for London’s 2012 Paralympic Games is coming to Scotland to go dancing with two Glasgow plant companies at a city festival.

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GAP’s £82m shopping list

EXCLUSIVE: GAP Group this week confirmed it will spend a record £82.5m on new equipment in the next year to satisfy “unprecedented” demand. The investment is up nearly 20% on the 2014/2015 figure.

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AWPR offices arrive

The buildings that will become the operational nerve centre for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project have started arriving on site. They're being supplied by a local firm to house 200 office staff.

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Welder was crushed by excavator

An engineering boss has been sentenced after an employee was crushed to death in an excavator accident in Orkney. The welder died after being caught between the bucket and a water cabinet.

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The world is Blue

Austin Carey, managing director of Blue Machinery Scotland, has returned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the trophy for Powerscreen World Dealer of the Year. 'A huge achievement,' he says.

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Hirer has high hopes

A Borders plant hirer and builder is supporting plans by a renewable energy company to build a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick. Contracts worth “several millions” will be available.

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Father and son are top men

Two generations of a Scots demolition family were honoured at an industry awards ceremony last week while an employee of a Bonnybridge firm won the Operative of the Year title.

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Disruption looms on M-way job

Road and rail contractors are about to become unpopular with the country’s drivers and train passengers as major civil engineering projects in the central belt reach a critical stage.

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New move on £800m thefts

Eight of the UK’s top hirers have met in Glasgow to explore new ways of tackling the industry’s £800m theft problem. The exchange of information is vital if we’re going to reduce theft said a spokesman.

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Lagan lands ‘crucial’ job

Lagan Construction Group expects to begin work in the spring on a “crucial” project for a 1,000-space park-and-ride facility and dual carriageway link road on the A96 in Dyce.

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Geddes fined £200,000 for quarry death

A family-owned quarry business has been fined £200,000 after the elderly driver of a dump truck died when his vehicle reversed over a stop block and plunged to the quarry floor below.

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Dumper double at Scot-JCB

Scotland’s JCB dealer has said it will sell the company’s new dumpers in due course. JCB entered the market with Terex-built machines but Scot-JCB is already a player through a sister company that handles the Thwaites range.

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Quarry firms climb the table

The changing fortunes of Scotland’s construction industry are reflected in the latest listings by a business magazine that reveals improved performances from quarry firms and plant companies but a mixed bag for civil engineers.

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…and I’ll take the slow road

Transport Scotland and its contractors continue to face problems on two trunk road projects just 15 miles apart. One is 35 weeks behind schedule and the other is still having landslide problems after £9m worth of investment.

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AWPR army on the march

The construction army that will build Aberdeen’s Western Peripheral Route is on the move. Activity will be seen across the north east as earthworks begin and preparations are made for the first sections of tarmac.

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A bridge so far

Contractors working on the Queensferry Crossing have moved into 2015 after a year in which they achieved their most visual progress since going on site. VIDEO

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‘Well advanced’… a year late

Scotland’s new transport minister has reported that work is “well advanced” on a road contract on Loch Lomondside…that was programmed for completion last spring.

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OK, take it from the top

Scotland’s highest residential tower blocks are to be demolished floor by floor in an operation that will see workers operate from a platform on top of the structures.  

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Double dinner dates

The Aberdeen branch of the CMPE attracted a record turnout for its 50th anniversary dinner dance and the Scotland West Lighthouse Club brought its year to a close with its dinner in Glasgow.

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Operator dodges 11,000 volts

Plant operator Raymond Harper stayed put when his excavator brought down an overhead power line carrying 11,000 volts. If he’d left the cab he could have died a Scottish court has heard.

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Scots hirers spend £8.5m on JCBs

Two of Scotland’s biggest plant hirers have invested a total of £8.5m in their JCB fleets. Lomond has spent £6m on a package including new generation midis while Blackwood has taken on 35 machines at a cost of £2.5m.

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£20m plant hire for AWPR

A plant hire contract worth £20m will be awarded in the next few weeks for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route as procurement enters a crucial phase. Earthworks and aggregates jobs are also up for grabs.

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Milestones at EGIP and Borders

Scotland's new-look railway system is taking shape with a £250m package of works on the EGIP project and an important milestone reached on the Borders Railway scheme.

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Scots demolishers miss out

Scotland’s demolition fraternity failed to repeat last year’s success at tonight’s World Demolition Awards in Amsterdam. Central Demolition of Bonnybridge and Glasgow’s Hunter Demolition were both edged out.  

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Wind blows fair on energy

Nearly half of all infrastructure projects currently in the British planning pipeline are for renewable energy. A total of £81 billion is expected to to be invested in 405 schemes currently being planned.

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Hyundai breaks 1,000 barrier

Scottish dealer Young Plant has pitched in with a 130% sales increase as Hyundai claims the title of fastest growing construction equipment supplier in the UK.

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‘Landslide is winter warning’

Scotland’s road maintenance squads and plant hirers have been called into action to tackle the effects of the high winds and heavy rain that have swept across the country.

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Four bid for A9 dualling

Four contractors will fight it out for the first phase of the £3 billion programme to dual the A9. Contract award is expected next summer and the successful bidder will widen the stretch to full dual carriageway.

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Let’s get this show on the road

Transport Scotland's head of construction Michelle Rennie is one of the high-profile speakers lined up for next month's Road Expo conference and exhibition in Edinburgh.

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Oi! Mind your language…

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched a campaign to tackle “inappropriate and offensive language” on Britain’s construction sites. Some say it's banter, others disagree.

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Sturgeon’s backing for new centre

The industry’s new ‘think tank’ has been given the seal of approval by  Nicola Sturgeon. The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre will give 30,000 businesses access to a team of academic experts. VIDEO

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Morris Leslie spending to hit £80m

Morris Leslie Plant Hire, which has invested £35m on 850 machines this year, has confirmed the spending spree is to continue with plans for a further £45m boost for suppliers in 2015.

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Central in bid for demolition glory

A Scots demolition company has reached the final stages of a worldwide awards scheme at the first time of asking. Central Demolition is shortlisted in two categories for the awards in Amsterdam in November. VIDEO

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Nine-day deadline for rail team

Work started at the weekend on an “intensive” nine-day period” of major bridge works in North Lanarkshire that will allow construction of a new section of dual carriageway to be constructed.

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Mike’s the man for Scotland

Jones Bros., the Welsh civil engineering group, has appointed one of its most experienced managers to lead operations in Scotland just weeks after it declared it was “extremely optimistic” about its future here.

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News round-up

A demolition project slows down after asbestos discovery, SMEs are encouraged to bid for contracts at the Dounreay site and a £100m transformation is planned for a city rail station. VIDEO

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