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Canary Wharf expansion approved

Canary Wharf expansion approved

22/07/2014: Construction is set to start this year on the first of 30 more tower blocks that are to be built at London’s Canary Wharf. more »

Farmers not above construction law

Farmers not above construction law

22/07/2014: The dangers of farmers who think construction safety laws don’t apply to them was highlighted by a case at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday 21st July). more »

Sellafield plans chimney deconstruction

Sellafield plans chimney deconstruction

22/07/2014: Vinci subsidiary Nuvia has been handed the tricky tasks of taking down the tallest chimney stack at the Sellafield nuclear plant. more »

Hochtief to build €132m hydro tunnel

Hochtief to build €132m hydro tunnel

22/07/2014: Hochtief Solutions has won a a €132m (£105m) contract to build a tunnel for the Gemeinschaftkraftwerk Inn power station in Austria. more »

Miller Construction closes £50m school building deals

Miller Construction closes £50m school building deals

22/07/2014: Miller Construction has reached financial close on a pair of Scottish school building projects together worth more than £50m. more »

Survey suggests average builder is half a million in debt

Survey suggests average builder is half a million in debt

22/07/2014: The average small and medium sized construction company carried trade debt of £484,000 last year, according to a new survey. more »

SNC-Lavalin lands contract at Quebec diamond mine

SNC-Lavalin lands contract at Quebec diamond mine

22/07/2014: SNC-Lavalin has signed a contract with Stornoway Diamonds to build power, processing and other facilities at the Renard diamond mine in Quebec, Canada. more »

Piling specialist calls for more lead time

Piling specialist calls for more lead time

22/07/2014: A leading piling specialist has issued a warning to main contractors and clients that, with construction industry recovery under way, they need to factor in longer lead times to avoid project delays. more »

Matthews gets Highways Agency chair

Matthews gets Highways Agency chair

21/07/2014: Former Heathrow Airport chief executive Colin Matthews has been appointed non-executive chairman of the Highways Agency (HA). more »

Drop in civils output causes fall in European construction

Drop in civils output causes fall in European construction

21/07/2014: Construction output across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28) fell by 1.6% in May compared with April. more »

Brick shortages 'worst in living memory'

Brick shortages 'worst in living memory'

21/07/2014: The rising price of bricks helped producer Michelmersh Brick Holdings to increase its profits in the first half but there is little happening there to aid shortages in the construction industry. more »

ECI for £800m M4 Newport scheme

ECI for £800m M4 Newport scheme

22/07/2014: The Welsh government has put the call out for a contractor to design and build a new 23km motorway near Newport. more »

Contractors fined over back-breaking fall

Contractors fined over back-breaking fall

22/07/2014: A London construction company and the director of a Hertfordshire roofing firm must pay out close to £30,000 after a worker broke his back falling through a void for a roof light. more »

BAM wins Irish PPP schools package

BAM wins Irish PPP schools package

22/07/2014: BAM has been picked by Ireland’s Department of Education & Skills (DoES) and the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) to deliver four new schools in Counties Tipperary, Cork, Clare and Louth. more »

United House starts second phase of Feltham estate renewal

United House starts second phase of Feltham estate renewal

22/07/2014: United House has started work on a £6.6m contract to build 46 mixed tenure homes in the London Borough of Hounslow. more »

Labour adopts union policy proposals

Labour adopts union policy proposals

22/07/2014: If Labour wins next year’s general election, there will be an end to umbrella companies and a full public inquiry into construction’s blacklisting scandal. more »

Hinkley Point C labour deal agreed

Hinkley Point C labour deal agreed

22/07/2014: EDF Energy and trade unions have reached agreement on collective agreements for workers involved in building the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. more »

Training firm buys safety kit specialist

Training firm buys safety kit specialist

21/07/2014: Wellingborough-based construction training provider Citrus Training has acquired near neighbour Altitude Safety, which supplies safety equipment. more »

Rental firms team up to target €5.5bn Fehmarnbelt Tunnel

Rental firms team up to target €5.5bn Fehmarnbelt Tunnel

21/07/2014: Ramirent of Denmark and Germany’s Zeppelin Rental are forming a joint venture in preparation for the cross-border Fehmarnbelt construction project. more »

Hochtief sells property management company

Hochtief sells property management company

21/07/2014: Hochtief has concluded the sale of its property management and asset services businesses to Vincitag. more »

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