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Hanson is to create 28 jobs at a new £50m brick factory due to open in Measham this summer.

Hanson has acquired Structherm, the West Yorkshire-based supplier of concrete building systems.

Hanson, the building materials group, has accepted a £7.8bn takeover offer from HeidelbergCement of Germany, which is expected to lead to office closures in the UK and US.

Hanson has acquired Irvine-Whitlock, the Bedford-based brickwork subcontractor with almost 600 staff and annual turnover of £53m, for undisclosed terms.

Hanson Aggregates has acquired an asphalt plant in Runcorn from Aram Resources for undisclosed terms.

Hanson Building Products is to submit plans to centralise its sales and administration operations at its Stewartby brickworks in Bedfordshire by 2009, with the relocation of up to 200 jobs.

Hanson has acquired Formpave, the Gloucestershire-based concrete block paving manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.

Hanson is to acquire Civil & Marine, the producer of cement substitutes with five grinding plants and four distribution depots, for £245m, as well as Material Service Corporation, the US aggregates producer, for £170m.

Hanson Building Products is to acquire Red Bank Manufacturing, the Derbyshire-based terracotta clay and concrete company, for undisclosed terms.

Hanson has acquired Thermalite, the manufacturer of aerated concrete blocks with 390 staff at production sites in Newbury, West Thurrock and Sutton Coldfield, for £120m.

Hanson has acquired Marshalls Clay Products, the clay bricks division of Marshalls with sites in Yorkshire and Lancashire, for £65m.

Hanson Aggregates is planning to shed 316 jobs and relocate a further 234 by next June, in order to consolidate its 23 sales offices into six and its 54 materials testing centres into one laboratory.

Hanson has acquired Athens Brick, the US brick manufacturer with 90 staff, for £22m.

Hanson is to acquire Better Materials Corporation, the US aggregates company, for £97m.

Hanson has paid £48m for five acquisitions, including Marshalls Flooring of Nottinghamshire, Small Lots bagged building materials of Kettering, the Red Bank soft mud brick factory in Leicestershire and aggregate operations in Spain.

Hanson is to acquire Choctaw, the US concrete pipes company, from Amatek for £92m.

Hanson is to sell HBcE, its European brick manufacturing business, to Wienerberger for £39m.

Hanson has acquired Centennial Concrete Pipe & Products of Canada from Lafarge for £41m, in order to strengthen its position in Ontario.

Hanson is looking to sell its bricks division, which could raise up to £500m for the expansion of its aggregates business.

Hanson has acquired Davon, the US aggregates and ready-mix concrete maker, for £66m, in order to expand its operations in Ohio.

Hanson has sold its waste management business to Waste Recycling Group for £185m.

Hanson has bought 14 UK operations from Tarmac for £33m, including limestone, sand and gravel quarries, a concrete plant and an asphalt plant.

Hanson is to acquire Birchwood Concrete Products from YJL for £8.5m, and YJL is expected to use the proceeds to fund future acquisitions.

Hanson is to acquire two US concrete pipe manufacturers for £89m - Cincinnati Pipe and Joelson Taylor.

Hanson has agreed to sell off two quarries, 25 concrete plants, and three asphalt plants in return for regulatory approval for its acquisition of Pioneer of Australia.

Hanson has announced plans to expand its building materials business by spending £188m a year on acquisitions, and is particularly interested in the US, the UK, Germany, Poland, and south-east Asia.

Hanson is merging its UK concrete blocks, pipes and precast operations into a new division called Hanson Concrete Products, and is looking to expand the business through acquisition.

Hanson has acquired two US companies - aggregates producer Olin Jones Sand and sand producer Brewer - for a total £34m.

Hanson is planning to acquire Pioneer International, the Australian aggregates group, for about £1.5bn.

Hanson is acquiring two US companies for £45m - aggregates producer BR DeWitt and concrete producer Superior.

Hanson is to acquire the European brick operations of Boral for £59m, in order to strengthen its business in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Hanson is acquiring Tidewater Sand & Gravel, the US sea dredger, for £30m.

Hanson has acquired FC Precast Concrete from Wilshaw for £3.7m, and plans to expand the concrete box culverts factory in Derby.

Hanson is acquiring North American Brick Group from Jannock of Canada for £160m.

Hanson has acquired Tanah Raya Group, the Malaysian aggregates company, for £16m.

Hanson has acquired Nelson & Sloan, the Californian cement and aggregates company, for £23m, as part of an ongoing acquisitions programme in the US.

Hanson is acquiring Condux, the US concrete products maker, for $77m.

Hanson is selling its US road paving operation to Colas of France for £55m and will use the proceeds to invest in its core activities.

Hanson has agreed to sell its US road building business to Colas of France for up to $95m, and is close to selling its heavy construction business to Skanska of Sweden for $55m.

Hanson has sold Grove Worldwide, its US crane making business, to Keystone for £380m.

Hanson is acquiring HG Fenton, the US aggregates company, for £50m, as part of a strategy to benefit from the consolidation currently taking place in the US aggregates market.

Hanson is negotiating the sale of its Spectrum heavy construction and civil engineering businesses in the US to Skanska of Sweden, and also plans to sell the Spectrum roadbuilding business to Bouygues of France.

Hanson is acquiring Concrete Pipe & Products, the US concrete pipe maker, for £78m.

Hanson has sold its Seven Seas vitamin supplements business to Merck of Germany for £150m.

ARC, the Hanson subsidiary, has bought Boral Edenhall, the Cumbrian-based concrete blocks company, from Boral of Australia for £24m.

Hanson is buying the Powerhouse electrical retailing business from Southern Electric, Eastern Group and Midlands Electricity.