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Operators in slimming regime

Plant operators will have to excavate narrower trenches under new rules launched by the Scottish Government. A national code of practice for road and utility works comes into effect this week.

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Civils slump continues

Workloads at Scotland’s civil engineering contractors have plunged for the sixth consecutive quarter and figures released today by trade body CECA Scotland show “little scope for optimism”.

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Dounreay demolishers ready

Some of the UK’s top demolition firms are involved in framework contracts worth a potential £400m at Scotland’s biggest decommissioning project.The six contracts bring together 28 companies.

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Geddes in Top 100

Geddes Group, the Arbroath business with interests ranging from heavy plant and muckshifting to aggregates and haulage, has been identified as one of the UK companies with the fastest-growing profits.

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Hawk fleet goes for £29m

A Caterpillar truck led the bidding as the equipment fleet of Hawk Plant UK raised nearly £29m at auction last week. The sale of all 2,000+ assets drew interest from around the world.

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£600,000 for bypass death

Balfour Beatty has been fined £600,000 following the death of an employee on the Aberdeen bypass project. The 58-year-old was struck by a wheeled excavator that was slewing after being refuelled.

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McLeod is having a blast

Contractor R J McLeod will carry out a series of blasts next week as it prepares to improve a notorious hairpin bend on the A9. It wants to determine the geotechnical properties of the rock at Berriedale Braes.

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At last: AWPR opens

Sixty five years after it was first proposed, nine years after it was given the go-ahead and five years after the construction contract was awarded, the Aberdeen Bypass is finally and fully open to traffic.

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Dates for Hawk auction

Dates have been confirmed for the auction of the fleet operated by Hawk Plant which went into administration last month. It will follow Euro Auctions’ biggest-ever sale where more than 5,000 lots were sold for £42m.

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Scottish civils in crisis

Workloads for Scotland’s civil engineering contractors have slumped to their lowest level for nine years. A survey issued today by CECA Scotland confirms that activity has fallen for the fifth consecutive quarter.

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