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A brief round-up of construction project and company news from throughout the UK; provided in partnership with Construction News.

Government to launch £30bn contractor framework The government is close to launching a new £30bn construction framework covering projects for a number of public bodies. The Crown Commercial Service confirmed it had begun developing what will be the biggest construction framework in the country, allowing public bodies such as government departments, NHS trusts and local authorities to appoint contractors for construction, refurbishment and demolition jobs. Read the full article on the Construction News website.

Laing O’Rourke signs £2bn offsite partnership with Stanhope Laing O’Rourke has signed a partnership with developer Stanhope that could see £2bn-worth of schemes developed using offsite methods over the next five years. The partnership, which also includes housing association Network Homes, plans to identify, develop and build out two major projects a year in London and the South-east in a bid to speed up housebuilding in the region. Read the full article on the Construction News website.

Heathrow wants HS2 to utilise offsite hubs Heathrow Airport has said it wants other national infrastructure projects to use its offsite construction hubs. Four logistics hubs will be built in different areas of the UK, enabling components to be assembled offsite before being transported to the airport’s third runway project. A spokesperson said Heathrow was now working with other infrastructure clients to look at using the hubs to help deliver their major projects. Read the full article on the Construction News website.

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