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Bridge plant at auction

Several thousand items of plant and equipment used on the construction of the Forth Crossing are up for auction. Telehandlers, generators, work platforms and small plant are among more than 1,000 lots.

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QTS in £80m deal

QTS Group, the Lanarkshire rail contractor, has been acquired in an £80m deal. The company is headed by Alan McLeish who started the company in 1992 with a £300 loan from his mother.

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Supply chains at risk

There could be more casualties among smaller supply chain companies as Scotland’s construction industry continues to wrestle with “an unprecedented sequence of problems” warns a business recovery expert.

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Who’s the best operator?

A trip to Malaga is on the cards for the country’s top plant operators as Caterpillar brings back its Operator Challenge after a four-year break. Scottish heats will be held April 27-28.

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Plant sales surge

Sales of construction equipment in Western Europe surged by 13% in 2017 to return to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis. However, the market is expected to level off this year.

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AWPR six months late

In the week that a search is launched for Scotland’s best engineering and construction projects, economy secretary Keith Brown has confirmed the country’s most expensive road scheme is six months behind schedule.

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TDL takes Mecalac

TDL Equipment has been confirmed as central and southern Scotland dealer for Mecalac equipment and is celebrating with a 0% finance deal running until May 31.

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Rail tenders start

Procurement has started in Scotland for Network Rail’s multi-billion pound investment programme. Thousands of companies UK-wide will benefit as  advanced tender procurement gets underway for 2019-2024..

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£100,000 for cartel tip-offs

The construction industry is one of the main targets in a crackdown on cartels by the Competition and Markets Authority. And whistle blowers could be in line for a £100,000 reward.

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AWPR duo count cost

Galliford Try is to raise £150m to help meet its additional financial obligations on the Aberdeen bypass in the wake of the Carillion collapse. Balfour Beatty has already estimated its cost at £35-£45m.

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