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Hirer in administration

One of the UK’s biggest independent plant hirers has blamed the collapse of Carillion for forcing it into administration. Hawk has a fleet of around 2,000 machines and has supplied equipment for more than 40 years.

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Farrans at the junction

Farrans Construction has been awarded the construction contract for the £49.5m project to improve a north-east junction once described as the worst of its kind in Europe. And R J McLeod wins the Berriedale Braes job.

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Last chance for operators

The organisers of an event in Stirling to discuss the future of plant operator card schemes have issued a ‘last chance’ alert for those who want to attend.  Only a few spaces are left warns the CPA.

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GAP spending hits £58m

More than 900 excavators and 400 dumpers have been bought by GAP Group as spending in the first eight months of its trading year reaches £58m. And that doesn’t include investment in the commercial vehicle fleet.

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Road team wanted

The contractor for a £23m Lanarkshire road is urging plant hirers and groundworks companies to sign up for a ‘supplier engagement’ day. Wills Bros has the contract for the Greenhills Road scheme.

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Mulholland fills top hire post

A West Lothian plant boss has been elected chairman of the Construction Plant-hire Association. Steven Mulholland, the founder of Mulholland Plant Services, steps up from vice-chairman.

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17-year-old gets 220X

A 17-year-old operator has been given a £100,000 excavator to develop his skills. Blair Hughes works for Glasgow-based Clearwater Group and has been given responsibility for a new JCB 220X, one of the first in Scotland.

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What am I bid?

Bids are expected from around the world when auctioneer Ritchie Bros. holds its first-ever auction in Scotland next week. More than 250 items of equipment and trucks will be available.

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Highland boost for hirers

Plant hirers, quarry firms and haulage companies in the Highlands are in line for a windfall if a £158m wind farm gets the go-ahead. Simec Energy wants to build a 39-turbine scheme.

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‘Game changer’ waste site

The UK’s largest recycling plant for construction and demolition waste has opened in Livingston in what is described as “a game changer” for the industry. It can recycle 400,000 tonnes a year.

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