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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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SPOA: A family affair

When Mark Anderson rose to address the 360-strong audience at the Scottish Plant Owners’ Association annual dinner last night (Friday) he was carrying on a family tradition.

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Low show at card school

The organisers of an event in Stirling to help shape the future of operator card schemes said they were “disappointed” at the turnout. Delegates were mainly from contractors and training providers.

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Good news Story

The Plant Division of Story Contracting is to make a major investment in equipment and staff to support a series of new contract wins. The company has also appointed a managing director for its Scotland division.

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