28 Aug 2014

Wates Construction is looking for suppliers to help with its £85m contract to build the Ministry of Justice’s new Secure College in Leicester.

Wates is hosting a Meet the Buyer event next week to give local small to medium enterprises tendering opportunities to become part of the project supply chain.

The event, which will be held at the Hilton Leicester Hotel and will be supported by Blaby District Council, will take place on Thursday 4 September between 8am and 4pm.

Those interested in attending are asked to register their details beforehand at securecollege@wates.co.uk

Project representatives from Wates will be on hand to discuss the new development and give details on how suppliers and subcontractors can become part of the contractor’s local supply chain.

Phil Harrison, Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands and North, said: “Procuring a local supply chain has a deep-seated effect on boosting and sustaining local employment and it is for this reason that all of our projects are delivered in collaboration with nearby suppliers and subcontractors.

”We have an established supply chain in the East Midlands that we are now looking to expand upon and we welcome those interested to attend our Meet the Buyer event in Blaby.”

Work on the new Secure College is expected to begin next year, with completion scheduled for 2017.

The full list of trades Wates would like to talk to is :

Acoustic Panelling




Secure doors

Secure Furniture

Ceramic Tiling

Curtain Walling & Windows


External Furniture

External Render


FF & E

Fire Protection

Folding Partitions

Glazed Screens (internal)


Kitchen Fit Out


Lift Installation



M & E Services

Metal Cladding

Metal Decking

Metal Doors

Painting & Decorating

PCC Stairs


Plasterboard/ Partitions/ Drylining

Raised Access Flooring

Resin Floor Coating

Road Marking

Roller Shutters




Single Ply

Soft Flooring

Steel Stairs & Balustrades


Tarmac & Asphalt Surfacing

WC Cubicles & IPS Panels

20 Aug 2014

The University of Nottingham has started the search for a contractor to build a new £27m sports centre.

The single stage design and build deal is scheduled to get under way next February ’15.

An OJEU notice stated: “The outline scope of works for the sports centre project will be: partial demolition of existing sports centre; the relocation of services supplying the existing sports hall and surrounding buildings, including the retained swimming pool which will remain in use throughout the project; the construction of a new building including but not limited to; a substantial new main sports hall, large fitness suite, clinical spaces and office accommodation.

“The project will also include the fit out of the whole building.”

Up to six firms will be invited to tender and expressions of interest must be made by September 17.

For further information contact Gardiner & Theobald E-mail: c.spalding@gardiner.com


18 Aug 2014


Activity rose across all areas of construction during the second quarter of 2014 – but future growth is being put at risk by rising costs.

The latest Construction Trade Survey highlighted rising activity for building contractors, SMEs, specialist contractors, civil engineers and product manufacturers.

Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said:  “Firms across construction reported rises in output during Q2 and the majority of the industry is expecting activity to rise over the next 12-18 months.

“Tender prices rose in Q2.  Many major contractors are still working on projects won in 2013 at relatively low prices but have been suffering from the key concerns of rising costs and skills availability, especially in specific sectors such as private new housing.

“Overall, 80% of building contractors reported, on balance, that costs rose over the past year; 95% reported that materials costs rose over the past year and 75% reported that labour costs rose over the past year.

‘In terms of skills, 47% of building contractors reported that bricklayers and carpenters were difficult to recruit.”

Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders, added:  “The good news is construction output is rising.

“However, higher tender prices, materials and labour costs and difficulty in securing skilled labour at reasonable cost all highlight the fragility of this recovery.”

06 Aug 2014
New rules are being proposed to offer Britain’s small firms better energy deals.

The rules, being devised by Ofgem, will require suppliers to make price comparisons easier by including the price of the customer’s current deal, as well the new rates that their supplier will charge after the end of the current contract

Suppliers must also tell each business how much energy it uses annually, so that they have all the information they need to compare their supplier’s prices with the rest of the market.

And all suppliers will have to use a standard 30 day notice period, so businesses know when to tell their supplier that they want to switch.

Suppliers will also have to acknowledge all notices given by businesses to say they want to terminate their contract when their deal ends, within five working days of receipt.

Ofgem will publish its final decision this autumn.