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Woodcote Building Services and WBS Mechanical Services of Long Eaton have been bought out of administration by a local businessman for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 50 jobs.
Warwick Business School is to invest £20m in the expansion of its teaching facilities by 2010.
Recomac Surfacing, the Manchester-based road surfacing firm with 15 staff, has been bought out of administration by Road Spraying.
Fletcher King has sold its Howard construction services division in Northampton to a management team, in order to focus on core activities such as fund management and investment.
KPMG has sold the London-based PCM property and construction consulting division of Pettifer Group out of administration to Confluence Property Management, saving 64 jobs.
Keltbray has bought Pectel, the Basildon-based asbestos removal firm with 250 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
James Donaldson & Sons has bought the Palgrave Brown timber processing site in Chorley out of administration, securing the future of 40 jobs.
Humberts is to merge with Chesterton to create a combined chain of 57 estate agency offices, following the acquisition of the remaining 50% in Chesterton by Humberts' parent company Mercantile Group.
Reading Borough Council is considering a number of existing office buildings for a new 125,000 sq ft headquarters, having dropped plans to build a new office for 1,050 staff.
Alcoa is planning to refurbish its 130-acre site at Waunarlwydd in Swansea into a new industrial park called Westfield, which could lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs in new offices, manufacturing units and a training centre.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Colledge Trundle & Hall, the Surrey-based supplier of energy control systems for buildings, for £2.8m.
Regus is to acquire Stonemartin Corporate Centres for up to £1.5m, in order to expand its serviced offices business.
British Gypsum is to set up a 210,000 sq ft building materials warehouse at UK Coal's Gascoigne Wood complex near Selby in North Yorkshire.
Leicester University is planning a £1bn redevelopment for its campus over the next 20 years, in order to increase the number of students from 10,000 to 15,000.
David McLean has sold its housebuilding division out of administration to a management buy-out operating under the name of Elan Homes.
MJ Gleeson is to relocate the head office of its urban regeneration business from Fleet in Hampshire to Sheffield by September 2009.
Northern Bear is to open a permanent office for its Jennings Roofing business at the Pilsworth Industrial Estate in Bury, and the workforce will rise from 26 to 35.
Kingmoor Park has unveiled plans for the £50m expansion of its industrial estate in Carlisle, including 1m sq ft of warehousing, 400,000 sq ft of office space and the creation of up to 3,500 jobs.
J&S Seddon is to create 30 new jobs in the South East, having won a four-year maintenance and painting contract from housing charity Carr-Gomm.
Keller Group has acquired Craig Olden, the US earth retention contractor, for £8.6m, as well as Boreta, the Czech foundations specialist, for £5.5m.
The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced funding of more than £130m to build new fire stations in Cleveland, County Durham, Darlington, Northumberland, Surrey, Staffordshire and London.
Parker Severn, the builders' merchant with branches in Nottingham and Somercotes, has been bought out of administration by Frank Key of Nottingham.
Elements Europe is to double the 100-strong workforce at its pre-fabricated buildings business in Oswestry over the next 12 months, and is also looking to set up a new factory with 200 staff by 2010.
Bibby Holdings has acquired Garic, the Bury-based plant and equipment hire firm with 95 staff, for £20m.
Bradshaw, Farnham & Lea has acquired the property management and auction operations of Liverpool-based Venmore Partnership for undisclosed terms.
North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans from the Grimsby Institute for the development of a £150m university centre, which will create 60 new teaching jobs.
Stride Treglown of Bristol has merged with Tektus Architects of Bath to create a combined architectural group trading as Stride Treglown Tektus.
Connect is to shed up to 40 of the 170 jobs at its Cardiff-based utilities installation business.
Rok is to shed 750 jobs at its building services operations across the country, following a fall in demand for construction and refurbishment of social housing.
Birmingham City Council is to submit plans for a new 180,000 sq ft office building in Aston, in order to relocate 1,800 staff in a property rationalisation scheme.
The University of Bedfordshire is to submit plans for the £70m redevelopment of its campus in Luton, including a new student centre, lecture theatre and exhibition space.
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Families & Schools are to relocate their Sheffield offices and up to 800 staff to an 80,000 sq ft unit at Wilson Bowden's Holly Street scheme in 2011.
Fowey Town Forum is looking into the possibility of building a marine science and technology park at Fowey in Cornwall, which could create 50 jobs.
Roy Hankinson Group, the Birkenhead-based painting contractor with 200 staff, is to open new offices in Flint, Leicester, Manchester and Sheffield.
DTZ is to close its 29,000 sq ft office at Curzon Street in London W1 in December, and the staff will relocate to Old Broad Street and Warwick Street.
Vp is to acquire Power Tool Supplies, the Brighton-based tool hire company, for £1.1m, in order to expand its Hill Station subsidiary.
Wrekin Construction has acquired Toft Johnson, the Staffordshire-based construction company with 35 staff.
The Scottish Prison Service is seeking suitable sites to build new prisons to replace HMP Greenock and HMP Inverness.
Yuill Homes, the Hartlepool-based housebuilder with 150 staff, has undergone a management buy-out following the appointment of administrators at parent company Taggart Holdings.
Laing O'Rourke has acquired most of the pre-cast concrete operations of Bison out of administration, including factories in Derbyshire and Glasgow.
JT Atkinson & Sons has acquired Hathaway & Hoyle Timber Merchants of Stockton-on-Tees, taking its chain to eight branches.
Trek Highway Services is to create 40 jobs at its new traffic management depot in Thetford.
Darnton Elgee has merged with Essex, Goodman & Suggitt to create a combined project management group with 87 staff at offices in North Yorkshire, London, Bristol and Warwickshire.
Applecross is looking to relocate the headquarters of its luxury housebuilding business from Edinburgh Park to a smaller office, having reduced its headcount to 45.
The University of the West of England (UWE) has acquired 70 acres of land next to its Frenchay campus in Bristol for £40m, in order to expand its research centres.
Centrica has acquired Building Management System Integrators, the supplier of building control systems with 69 staff in Slough, London, Hove, Banbury and Chester, for £7m.
Brown & Co is to relocate its Norwich-based property consultancy to a new 10,000 sq ft office at St Martin at Palace Plain by the end of next year.
SBV Fabrications & Site Services, the Teesside-based steel company with 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-in.
DGT Steel & Cladding has been bought out of administration by a consortium led by SPC Holdings, securing the future of more than 100 jobs at its Norfolk-based contracting business.
Watson Laurie has merged with Vinden Partnership, the Bolton-based provider of mediation services to the construction sector with 40 staff.
HOK International, the architecture firm, is to set up a 27,000 sq ft office at the Qube Development in central London.
K Home International is looking to recruit 100 new staff at its Teesside-based project management business.
The US Embassy in London is considering plans to relocate from Mayfair to Nine Elms in Vauxhall.
Carter & Co has merged with Towlers to create a combined commercial surveying and property consultancy in Leeds with 50 staff.
Melorio has acquired HB Group, the construction industry training provider, for £2.7m.
Spice has acquired Mono Services, the Eccles-based housing maintenance firm with 123 staff, from Mavinwood for £0.5m.
Toolstation is to set up a 140,000 sq ft tools and fixings distribution centre at Quintain Estates' Arrow Valley scheme in Redditch, and also plans to expand its nationwide chain of 40 trade counters to more than 100.
Humberside Police is to relocate its headquarters from Hull city centre to a new £28m building on Clough Road by 2011.
The University of Wales Institute (Uwic) has won planning permission to build a £20m management training centre at its campus in Llandaff by 2010.
Mott MacDonald is looking to expand the 20-strong workforce at its project management office in Reading.
Taylor Wimpey has sold its Taylor Woodrow construction division to Vinci for £74m, in order to focus on housebuilding.
Gladman Developments and United Business Centres are planning to set up seven new business centres across the country, including sites in Liverpool, Newark, Northumberland, Oldham, Stafford, Tewkesbury and Wakefield.
The Ministry of Justice is considering plans to build a new £400m Titan prison at the Omega business park development in Warrington by 2012.
Stroud Office Interiors, the Gloucestershire-based office fit-out firm with 19 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
North Ayrshire Council is in discussions with NPL Estates about proposals for the £500m regeneration of a 1,700-acre brownfield site on the Ardeer Peninsula, including 1,300 new homes, a business park, marina and golf course.
Bilfinger Berger is to recruit 50 construction staff to work on the development of Edinburgh's new £500m tram system.
Eastlake Group has announced a £8m merger with Work Inc to create a combined workplace interiors and property services group with 500 staff in East Kilbride, Leeds, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, London and Nottingham.
Southern Brick has been bought out of administration by Rayners Homes, but the Abingdon branch has closed with the loss of 12 jobs.
Six Town Housing is to set up a 20,000 sq ft office at the £80m 155,000 sq ft Townside Fields scheme in Bury, which is due for completion in 2010.
Regus, the provider of serviced offices, is to relocate its headquarters to Luxembourg in October, for tax reasons.
HOK, the architectural firm, is to sell its sports facilities division to a management buy-out.
The Government Office for the North West, the Highways Agency and the Training & Development Agency for Schools have confirmed plans to relocate about 800 staff to Piccadilly Gate in Manchester from early 2010.
Knowles Surfacing, the Ellesmere Port-based road surfacing firm with 32 staff, has undergone a management buy-in for undisclosed terms.
Countrywide Residential Lettings has acquired Specialist Lettings Management, the chain of nine letting agencies in Blackpool, Bolton, Brighouse, Doncaster, Hull, Lincoln, Southport, Stockton and Sunderland.
The UK Border Agency is to set up a new centre at Manchester Airport by 2010, with the creation of up to 250 jobs, in order to track movements of foreign nationals.
Galloway Group, the ventilation ductwork contractor with 300 staff in Dewsbury, Dundee and London, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Selwood has acquired Proplant, the plant hire firm with four depots in South Wales and South West England.
The Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) is to set up a 10,000 sq ft laboratory at the Liverpool Science Park next spring.
JSM Property has acquired Mitchells Residential of Norwich and now has almost 4,000 residential properties under management in East Anglia.
Southern Bear is to acquire Fenhams, the Newcastle-based building maintenance and central heating systems firm with 190 staff, for an initial £3.7m.
Baqus has acquired Sworn King, the High Wycombe-based quantity surveying firm, for £0.4m.
Ridge has acquired Walfords, the quantity surveyor with 30 staff in Liverpool, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes, for undisclosed terms.
Scott Wilson has acquired Benaim Enterprise, the civils and structural consultancy with offices in London and Bath, for £5.5m.
Streif of Germany is in preliminary talks with Sandwell Council about plans to set up a new flat-pack housing factory in the West Midlands, which could lead to the creation of up to 500 jobs at the plant and at local suppliers.
F&C Asset Management is to merge its property business with Reit Asset Management, creating a combined group with £8.5bn of assets under management.
Minerva, the London-based property developer, is in negotiations to be acquired by Limitless of Dubai for £260m.
Howarth Timber is to acquire Boise Building Products, which distributes timber products through Cirencester-based Crown Timber, for undisclosed terms.
Building Design Partnership has acquired Khandekar, the Dutch architectural design firm with 30 staff.
CB Richard Ellis has acquired Irving Rice, the Liverpool-based commercial property agency.
The Manchester Centre for Arts & Technology (MANCAT) is considering plans to relocate from 14 properties across Manchester to a new 200,000 sq ft building at the former Boddingtons Brewery site.
Jones Lang LaSalle is to acquire Churston Heard, the London-based retail property agency with 80 staff, for about £20m.
GK Raw & Co, the Harrogate-based joinery and building firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Castleoak, the Cardiff-based care home construction firm, is planning to expand the workforce at its newly-acquired timber frame manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale from 13 to at least 40.
Chase Norton Construction, the Warwickshire-based fit-out and refurbishment firm, has gone into administration through PricewaterhouseCoopers with the loss of 107 of the 123 jobs.
Barhale Construction of Walsall is to create about 50 new jobs, having won a contract to build a sewer system and pumping station for the Olympic Park development in London.
Space Architecture is looking to set up a nationwide network of offices by 2012, including new sites in the North West, South East and the Midlands.
MEPC is to build a £6m incubator unit to house up to 60 start-up companies at Milton Park in Abingdon, in partnership with Oxford Innovation.
Wealden District Council is planning to relocate up to 165 jobs from Crowborough to a new £12m council headquarters in Hailsham.
Enterprise, the maintenance support services company, is to submit plans to build a new 200,000 sq ft office at the Estuary Business Park in Liverpool by 2011, with the creation of up to 1,500 jobs.
Clyde Valley Housing Association is considering plans to relocate its Motherwell headquarters to a new office on Scott Street.
Toolstation is planning to develop a chain of 70 hardware supplies branches over the next five years, and has just sold a 30% stake in the business to Travis Perkins for £5m.
Hampshire Police Authority is to relocate its headquarters from Winchester to Alpha Park in Chandler's Ford in 2010, and the refurbishment cost is estimated at between £7m and £15m.
Southern & Redfern of Bradford has merged with Watsons Building Services of Keighley, creating a combined building services group called Novitas with more than 200 staff.
Derby City Council is to consider plans from Norseman Investments for a £150m office development on Traffic Street, including 400,000 sq ft in six buildings of between six and nine storeys.
Real Estate Opportunities has unveiled plans for the £4bn mixed-use redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station site in London, including flats, shops and a hotel.
Lakeland Timber Framed Homes is to sell its assets to Northumberland-based Zero Carbon Group, with the re-employment of most of the 15 staff at its housing components factory.
Balfour Beatty is relocating its Balfour Kilpatrick engineering services operations in Scotland to Hillingdon Park in Glasgow.
Rock Asphalte, the roofing and structural waterproofing contractor with sites in London and Bedfordshire, has undergone a £16m management buy-out backed by private equity firm NBGI.
Dyson Insulations of West Yorkshire is to increase its workforce from 200 to 350 over the next 12 months, having won a number of contracts from energy suppliers to install cavity and loft insulation.
Les Forshaw, the Liverpool-based building company, is planning to open new offices to service Cheshire, south Manchester, Shropshire and Staffordshire by the end of the year.
Salisbury District Council has approved plans for the development of a new science park at Porton Down, including laboratories, offices and the creation of up to 350 jobs.
Faber Maunsell has acquired Hamilton & McGregor, the Scottish environmental and building acoustics firm.
Humberts has sold Blenheim Bishop Estate Agents of London back to its original owner for £1m, while BTFL, the Kent-based rural and commercial estate agency, has been sold for a nominal sum.
Knight Frank has acquired Markham Vaughan Gillingham, the retail property agency with 12 staff in London, Bristol and Manchester.
Humberts has sold Richard Harding Estate Agents of Bristol back to its original owner for £1m.
One NorthEast has unveiled plans for the £700m redevelopment of the former Gallowgate brewery site in Newcastle-upon-Tyne into a science quarter, including offices, research facilities, homes and the creation of up to 5,000 jobs.
Gazeley, the industrial property developer, is to be sold by Asda Wal-Mart to Dubai World for more than £300m.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Douglas E Barnhart, the US construction management company with 450 staff, for £58m.
The College of West Anglia is planning to relocate to a new £80m campus in King's Lynn by 2011, having agreed a land deal with West Norfolk Borough Council and Morston Assets.
The Iraq Economic Development Group (IEDG) is planning to set up a £3m headquarters at an undisclosed former mill building in Bradford later this year, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Jones Lang LaSalle is to relocate its Manchester office and up to 65 staff from King Street to the Chancery Place development later this year.
McKean Group, the Glasgow-based construction firm with 250 staff, has undergone a £1m management buy-out.
Drivers Jonas is planning to recruit more than 70 new staff for its property business over the next year, including 25 graduates.
Humberts has sold Thomson Currie, the estate agency with offices in Islington and Clerkenwell, back to the original vendors for £1.8m, while Shrewsbury-based Halls Participations has been sold back to its original vendors for £1.9m.
Carillion is to create 400 jobs on South Tyneside to work on a £200m contract to refurbish schools and health centres.
Scott Wilson is to acquire Terence Lee Partnership, the London-based mechanical and electrical building services consultancy, for up to £1.3m.
Speedy Hire has acquired the portable and modular accommodation business of Carillion Asset Management for £11m, with the transfer of three depots and 23 staff.
Consarc Design Group is to create 20 jobs at its new £1m architecture and quantity surveying office in Londonderry over the next three years.
MD Pipeline Consultants is to expand the 16-strong workforce at its Bridgend-based pipeline survey business with 29 new jobs.
Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) is to relocate to a new £2m 7,000 sq ft headquarters at the White Moss Business Park in Skelmersdale by the end of the year.
Brasier Harris has merged with Freeth Melhuish to create a combined commercial property agency with 47 staff in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, London and Tunbridge Wells.
Finning UK is to create up to 60 financial and IT jobs at its construction equipment distribution business in Cannock over the next few weeks.
Manchester Metropolitan University is planning to close its 20-acre campus in Didsbury and relocate 2,740 students to a new £90m purpose-built site in Hulme by 2011.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from St Modwen for the development of a £50m industrial park on a 70-acre site in the Faverdale area, which could create 1,500 jobs over the next ten years.
Barr is planning to build a new £10m headquarters for its civil engineering business in Paisley, including space for up to 400 staff.
Aardvark Concrete has bought the ready-mix concrete division of Cheshire Concrete Products, including sites in Chester, Frodsham and Stoke.
Leicestershire County Council is considering plans to sell off more than 20 offices, in order to relocate hundreds of jobs to its Glenfield headquarters.
Gibbs & Dandy, the builders' merchant with 11 branches, is to be acquired by Saint Gobain of France for £43m.
Rok is planning to create 150 jobs at its construction operations in Warwickshire over the next 18 months, and is also considering proposals to set up a training centre at its depot in Warwick.
Bradfords Group has acquired Totem Timber, the St Austell-based builders' merchant with 27 staff.
Thomas Fish has been bought out of administration by Chek Whyte, securing the future of at least 60 jobs at the Nottingham-based construction firm.
Capita Symonds has acquired NRM Bobrowski, the structural and civil engineering consultancy with offices in London, Southampton and Sheffield.
Capita Symonds is planning to recruit about 25 staff in the North West over the next few years, having just opened a new multidisciplinary consultancy office in Chester.
The University of Exeter is to invest £80m in science, medicine and engineering over the next three years, including research and teaching infrastructure.
Peverel Group has submitted plans to build a new property services office in New Milton, Hampshire, and aims to create 300 jobs over the next year.
Ainscough Crane Hire has acquired James Jack Lifting Services, the crane hire, haulage and warehousing firm with depots in Aberdeen, Invergordon, Dundee and Grangemouth, for undisclosed terms.
Hurstwood Group, the property developer, is to relocate its headquarters and 100 staff from Haslingden to the new £2m Oceanic office development in Bolton in June.
Brent Council is in negotiations to relocate 1,250 Wembley-based staff to a new 250,000 sq ft headquarters at Quintain Estates' Arena Square office development.
Leach Rhodes Walker, the Manchester-based architectural firm with 125 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Erinaceous.
RE MAX Property Associates of the US is planning to open four estate agency offices in Plymouth over the next year, with the creation of about 60 jobs.
Everwhite has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing the future of 67 jobs at its plastic building products factory in Aberdare.
Hyde Housing Association is to relocate its headquarters and 80 staff from Lee Green to a 50,000 sq ft office at 30 Park Street near London Bridge by March 2009.
CRH is to acquire Ancon Building Products, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of stainless steel fixing systems, for £88m.
AW Lumb is to relocate its builders' merchant business from Ossett to a new £2.7m site in Dewsbury in June, and the 52-strong workforce will rise to 75 by the end of the year.
Owen Pugh has acquired Graydon Dawson, the Tyneside-based construction company with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
BWB, the structural engineering firm with 250 staff in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Eddisons, the chartered surveyor with offices in Leeds, Manchester, Bradford and Huddersfield, has undergone a management buy-out.
King Sturge has acquired Hamilton Glen, the Glasgow-based retail property agent.
Power On Connections, the Leicestershire-based company that connects buildings to the electricity grid, is planning to expand its 90-strong workforce with up to 45 new jobs by summer 2009.
Bullock, the Walsall-based contractor with offices in Altrincham, Bradford and Mansfield, has been acquired by Lloyds Development Capital for about £100m.
Longwood Joinery, the Wetherby-based joinery firm with 28 staff and annual turnover of £1.8m, has undergone a management buy-out.
Grontmij has acquired Roger Preston & Partners, the Maidenhead-based building services firm with 160 staff and annual turnover of £12m, for undisclosed terms.
Cyril Sweett has acquired Roger Richards Partnership, the Cardiff-based quantity surveying and project management firm, for £0.25m.
JD Plastics & Rooflines, the Bishop Auckland-based roofing contractor with 55 staff, has been acquired by Key Capital Partners for £3.2m.
Rok has acquired Richardson Projects Holdings, the construction and refurbishment firm with 350 staff and offices in Rochdale and Leeds, for up to £40m.
Vp has acquired Redding Hire, the Northamptonshire-based construction equipment rental firm, for £2.9m.
Kunskapsskolan of Sweden is planning to set up 30 school academies in the UK over the next ten years, and has already been selected by Richmond Council as preferred sponsor for two academies in London.
Humberts has sold the property management business of Farleys estate agents in South Kensington, London, to Peverel for £0.4m.
KDC Contractors, the Manchester-based demolition firm with about 100 staff, has been undergone a £12m management buy-out backed by Barclays Ventures and YFM Private Equity.
WSP Group has acquired Charterhouse Building Services, the environmental design engineering firm with offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, for £2.4m.
Patrick Parsons, the Tyneside-based consulting engineer with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by the Co-operative Bank and Evolve Finance.
QFSL is planning to create 100 new jobs at its Washington-based building maintenance business over the next year, having won a contract to clean 28 NHS surgeries nationwide.
Amec has acquired Rider Hunt International, the Surrey-based project services firm, for £25m.
Alumasc Group has acquired Blackdown Horticultural Consultants, the Somerset-based green roof supplier, for £2m.
Celtic Technologies, the land remediation company with offices in Cardiff, St Helens and London, has been acquired by EnGlobe of Canada for £7m.
Sage Group has acquired Tekton Group, the supplier of construction software, implementation and support services, for £21m.
The Scottish Government has announced plans to invest more than £5m in new and refurbished fire stations, as part of a £25m funding package for the next year.
Cluttons has sold its rural property business, including 49 staff and offices in Bath, Oxford, Maidstone and Sutton Scotney, to Smiths Gore, in order to focus on its residential and commercial operations.
RPS has acquired Koltasz Smith, the Australian town planning consultancy with 32 staff, for up to £3m.
E Bowman & Sons is planning to relocate the headquarters of its building restoration business and up to 75 staff to a larger site near Stamford.
Brewer Consulting, the London-based construction law consultancy, has been acquired by FTI Consulting of the US for undisclosed terms.
Cyril Sweett has acquired Nisbet, the quantity surveying and project management firm with 12 partners and 88 staff at offices in the Midlands and South, for £5.9m.
Lord Group, the Rochdale-based building refurbishment firm with 125 staff, has been acquired by Kinetics Group for undisclosed terms.
Bradford College has unveiled plans to build a new £120m campus in the city's Learning Quarter by 2011.
The University of Cumbria has unveiled plans to build a new £70m campus at the Viaduct Estate in Carlisle by autumn 2011, and will relocate from existing sites at Paternoster Row and Brampton Road.
Balfour Beatty has acquired Dean & Dyball, the construction company with offices in Ringwood, Exeter, Bristol, Maidstone, Birmingham, Swansea and Stevenage, for £45m.
Your Space is considering plans to relocate the head office of its property business from Manchester to Liverpool, and is also looking to open a further 30 serviced office centres over the next three years.
David Wilson Homes is to relocate its Warrington office and up to 60 staff from Cinnamon Park to a 12,000 sq ft unit at the Bridgewater Place scheme.
Sandvik is planning a multi-million-pound expansion at its recently-acquired Extec crushing and screening equipment business in Derbyshire, with the creation of 100 jobs.
T Jolly, the building services contractor with 188 staff in Preston, Blackpool, Bolton and Wigan, has sold a majority stake in the business to NBGI Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
Shaylor has acquired John Davies Interiors, the Oldbury-based design and refurbishment company with 50 staff.
Fairhursts Design is to merge with Cruickshank & Seward to create a combined Manchester-based architectural firm with 125 staff.
RPS has acquired RWG, the building engineering consultancy with 130 staff in Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff, for £10m.
Manchester Business School is to support government plans for the development of a £8m National Enterprise Academy at an undisclosed location in Greater Manchester, in order to offer new qualifications in enterprise.
Hertel has acquired McGill Services, the Billingham-based supplier of accommodation modules to the Royal Navy, and is now seeking further acquisitions in the North East.
Hyder Consulting has acquired Holford & Associates, the Dubai-based architectural and interior design consultancy with 220 staff, for an initial £9.2m.
Wolseley has acquired five bolt-on acquisitions for a total £33m, including PFC Corofil Firestops of Surrey, JC Plumbing, Precision Doors & Hardware and Mastercraft Cabinets of the US and Gama Myjava of Slovakia.
Strategic Team Group is planning to expand the 165-strong workforce at its Yorkshire-based contracting business by 10% a year, having agreed a £11m restructuring deal with Barclays Ventures.
Morrison Utility Services, the utility infrastructure firm with 3,500 staff, has been sold by AWG to Cognetas and Englefield Capital for £135m.
West Midlands Police is to set up an 84,500 sq ft office at the Forum building on Birmingham Business Park.
Bradfords Group has acquired WJ Handrahan & Son, the timber importer and processing firm with 120 staff at sites in Kingswinford and Huthwaite.
City of York Council has unveiled plans to build a new £40m council headquarters in Hungate for 1,400 staff.
Grontmij has acquired Whitelaw Turkington, the London-based landscape design firm with 70 staff and annual turnover of £3.6m.
Fleming Developments UK is seeking permission to build a new pre-fabricated homes factory on the Baglan estate at Neath Port Talbot, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Lavendon is to acquire The Platform Company, the Slough-based supplier of powered access equipment with ten hire depots, for up to £46m.
Travis Perkins is planning to expand its network of 1,166 building materials stores with up to 100 new outlets this year.
Driver Group has acquired Commercial Management Consultants, the construction consultancy with 40 fee-earning staff in Dartford, Ascot, Manchester and Glasgow, from CMC Group for £3m.
The Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS) is to invite proposals to open 20 more university campuses and higher education centres in towns across England over the next six years.
BSS Group has acquired Birchwood Products, the Nottingham-based building products supplier, for up to £22m.
Hyder Consulting has acquired Crescent PSS, the Australian project management consultancy, for an initial £1.7m.
Access 55 is looking to create up to 120 jobs at its scaffolding operations in the North East, and a new depot will open in the Newcastle area.
North Yorkshire Timber has acquired Tom Swan, the North Shields-based builders' merchant with 12 staff.
Pick Everard, the architectural firm, is planning to create 130 jobs at offices in Leicester, Nottingham, London, Bury St Edmonds and Taunton over the next few years.
Rotary Group, the Newtownabbey-based building services firm with 2,000 staff in eight countries, is to merge with Hastie Group of Australia to create a combined group with 6,000 staff and annual revenue of about £700m.
Goodman, the property developer, is to relocate its Solihull headquarters to a new £5m 18,000 sq ft office at Blythe Valley Park this summer, and aims to expand the 30 staff to 50.
Erinaceous is planning a management buy-out to create a new property services company with 150 staff in Manchester and London.
Europa Support Services has acquired United Utilities FM, the facilities management firm that has 280 staff mostly based in the North West of England.
Vinci is to acquire Gordon Durham, the Tyneside-based social housing contractor, for about £5m.
Southern Electric Contracting has acquired Hills Electrical & Mechanical, the contractor with 200 staff in Gatwick, Nottingham, Walsall, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London, for a nominal sum.
JT Dove is planning to expand the 200-strong workforce at its building materials business to 240 by the end of the year, and is also looking to relocate its Newcastle-based headquarters.
Welsh Slate, the Bethesda-based slate quarry with 250 staff, has been acquired by one of the owners of the Belfast-based Lagan Group for £31m.
Fork Rent of Ipswich has acquired the mechanical assets of Leicestershire-based Swift Plant Hire for undisclosed terms, including 20 delivery vehicles.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire GMH Military Housing, the US-based military accommodation business with 800 staff and 42 bases, from GMH Communities Trust for £180m.
Weatherwise UK, the Chester-based cladding contractor, has gone into administration through Begbies Traynor, and is now expected to undergo a management buy-out.
Atisreal has acquired Hill Woolhouse, the Leeds-based property agency with 13 staff and annual turnover of £2.5m.
RPS has acquired Kraan, the Dutch urban estate management and environmental consultancy with 65 staff, for £4.8m.
David McLean has sold its Deeside-based Bluegreen architectural and engineering operation to Calderpeel.
NSG, the Deeside-based scaffolding firm with 350 staff, has been acquired by MWB Associates for £4.3m.
Chess Group has acquired ESE Scotland, the Livingston-based property services firm, for undisclosed terms.
King Sturge is said to be considering plans to relocate its Birmingham office to a 15,000 sq ft unit at the 45 Church Street development.
Siteserv is to acquire Deborah Services, the Wakefield-based construction support services group with a nationwide chain of 32 depots, for an initial £43m.
North Devon College has secured £100m in funding to build a new campus at Seven Brethren in Barnstaple by 2011.
JCB has offered to acquire the former Indesit factory site at Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire, which could lead to the creation of a new construction equipment factory and hundreds of jobs.
CB Richard Ellis has acquired Paul Gee & Co, the Aberdeen-based property services firm.
Gardiner & Theobald is to acquire TP Associates, the Cambridge-based construction consultancy.
Persimmon is to close its Charles Church housebuilding office in Reigate, but some of the 40 jobs will relocate to Camberley.
Mansell, the construction firm, is to extend its office at Swaffham in Norfolk with a new 4,300 sq ft learning and development facility for the site's 180 staff.
RSK Group has acquired Stats, the environmental and building materials consultancy with 130 staff and offices in St Albans, Coventry and Swansea.
Atkins is to expand the workforce in its nuclear division from 600 to about 1,000 over the next two years, in order to benefit from the expected development of new power plants.
Esh Group has acquired David Wilkinson, the building contractor with 50 staff in Blyth and Ripon, for undisclosed terms.
Baris has bought the trade and assets of Steeltech Interiors, the Rotherham-based structural steel firm with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Jones Lang LaSalle has acquired Creevy, the Glasgow-based hotels, leisure and lettings consultancy with five staff.
RSK Group has acquired Building Sciences, the Oxfordshire-based building envelope design and testing consultancy.
GVA Grimley is considering plans to relocate its Bristol office to Ashfield Land's 31,000 sq ft St Catherine's Court scheme.
Atkinson Richards has merged with Hurst Warne to create a combined property agency with offices in Fleet and Leatherhead.
Insite Service Management has acquired the business and assets of Orbis, the provider of property protection services to councils throughout the country, for £49m.
Frank Haslam Milan is planning to create up to 40 jobs at its Sunderland-based regeneration business this year, having won a number of housing refurbishment contracts.
Ennstone has acquired the ready-mixed concrete operations of TSL Contractors in the west of Scotland for £1m, including three manufacturing plants in Oban and Fort William.
Vinci is to acquire Stradform, the contractor with offices in Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Reading, for undisclosed terms.
GVA Grimley has acquired Alan Watt Consulting, the Glasgow-based property agency, for about £0.7m.
Rok has acquired Pitkerro, the Tayside-based plumbing and heating services firm with more than 100 staff, for £3m.
Speedy Hire is to acquire LSS, the Darlington-based tool and equipment hire firm with 250 staff at ten depots, from Amec for £13m.
Williams Homes is seeking a suitable site in Bala to relocate its timber housing business, which currently has 12 staff.
Waring & Netts is planning to double the size of its Tyneside-based architectural firm over the next five years, including new regional offices in the Midlands, the South and the South West.
City College Norwich has unveiled plans for the £173m redevelopment of its college campus by 2015, providing space for up to 20,000 students.
John Shreeves Holdings, the London-based project management firm with annual turnover of £2.4m, has been acquired by Hill International of the US.
Hewden Stuart has sold its hoists business to HTC Plant for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 75 staff at three sites, including Glasgow.
John C Wilkins is to relocate its flooring business to the Waters Meeting Development in Bolton later this year, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Wadham & Isherwood has acquired Keene Farrer, the Hampshire-based property services firm.
King Sturge has acquired Leslie Furness, the retail property firm, for about £3m, and the 17 staff will relocate to King Sturge's Warwick Street office in London.
CB Richard Ellis has acquired GSD, the property services firm with 40 staff in Birmingham and Leeds.