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Engineers spread happiness: Video

Engineers spread happiness: Video

19/09/2014: The civil engineers behind some of London’s most iconic infrastructure projects have put on their dancing shoes to prove that they are not boring but are in fact full of joy and totally inspiring. more »

Accountants say major contractors are getting weaker

Accountants say major contractors are getting weaker

19/09/2014: An analysis of the largest UK construction contractors indicates that the financial position of many of them remains weak, with cash balances and margins down. more »

Helicopter called in for London lifting job

Helicopter called in for London lifting job

19/09/2014: A helicopter from Norway had to be brought in this week to lift four new air conditioning chiller units onto the roof of a Thames-side office block in London. more »

New York gets $1.9bn for storm protection

New York gets $1.9bn for storm protection

19/09/2014: New York State is expected to receive US$1.915bn (£1.7bn) in funding from the US federal government to help safeguard infrastructure against severe storms. more »

Housing minister calls for more prefabs

Housing minister calls for more prefabs

19/09/2014: Housing minister Brandon Lewis has called on house-builders to increase their use of prefabrication and off-site construction to speed up the supply of 'affordable' new homes. more »

Greece receives €815m for transport and energy schemes

Greece receives €815m for transport and energy schemes

19/09/2014: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed finance agreeements worth €815m (£643m) for motorways, the Thessaloniki metro and an improved electricity transmission network in Greece. more »

Balfour lands £39m student digs project

Balfour lands £39m student digs project

19/09/2014: Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £39m project by specialist developer Unite Students to construct a new student accommodation development in central London. more »

ISG starts Sunderland fire station

ISG starts Sunderland fire station

19/09/2014: ISG has begun construction of a new fire station in Sunderland for Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service. more »

John Holland team lands $650m Australian prison deal

John Holland team lands $650m Australian prison deal

19/09/2014: A consortium of John Holland, GEO, Honeywell and Capella Capital has won a contract to design and build Ravenhall Prison in west Melbourne, Australia. more »

Hong Kong to spend billions on seven new rail lines

Hong Kong to spend billions on seven new rail lines

18/09/2014: Hong Kong’s transport secretary has outlined plans for seven new railway projects with a total preliminary cost estimate of HK$110bn (£8.7bn). more »

Dumper truck injury costs Leadbitter £200k in fines and costs

Dumper truck injury costs Leadbitter £200k in fines and costs

20/09/2014: Contractor JB Leadbitter has been ordered to pay £200,000 in fines and costs for an incident in which a worker was critically injured when he was run over by a nine tonne dumper truck. more »

Business welcomes Scottish ‘No’ vote

Business welcomes Scottish ‘No’ vote

19/09/2014: The decision of the Scottish people to stay in the United Kingdom has been welcomed by business leaders. more »

Specialists sought for Co-op refurb programme

Specialists sought for Co-op refurb programme

19/09/2014: Specialist fit-out contractors are being sought for a four-year programme of works in more than 200 supermarkets across the UK. more »

L&T to build Oman airbase

L&T to build Oman airbase

19/09/2014: Oman’s Ministry of Defence has awarded Larsen & Toubro a contract to build a new airbase in Al Dakhiliya. more »

Suspended jail sentence for VAT fraudster

Suspended jail sentence for VAT fraudster

19/09/2014: A Belfast builder has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for VAT fraud. more »

Refinancing for Speedy

Refinancing for Speedy

19/09/2014: Plant and tool hire group Speedy has completed a refinancing of funding arrangements that were due to mature in August 2015. more »

Clugston to build Birmingham dogs home

Clugston to build Birmingham dogs home

19/09/2014: Clugston Construction has won a £5.5m contract to build a new dogs home in Birmingham. more »

Rototilt targets UK market

Rototilt targets UK market

19/09/2014: Swedish tiltrotator manufacturer Indexator Rototilt Systems is setting up in the UK and launching its full range of products and accessories for excavators. more »

Mott MacDonald takes over Bentley

Mott MacDonald takes over Bentley

18/09/2014: Consulting engineer Mott MacDonald has acquired Bentley Holdings, its UK water industry design and build joint venture partner. more »

European construction output stablises

European construction output stablises

18/09/2014: Production in Europe’s construction sector remained stable in July according to initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. more »

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