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Construction industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

Construction industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

2 Jul 2015: Construction sector output growth continued to rebound in June from its pre-election hiatus. more »

Airports Commission recommends third runway for Heathrow

Airports Commission recommends third runway for Heathrow

1 Jul 2015: The Airports Commission has unanimously recommended that a third runway is built at Heathrow Airport. more »

Turner & Townsend hires raft of directors

Turner & Townsend hires raft of directors

2 Jul 2015: Quantity surveying firm Turner & Townsend has hired seven new directors across its UK business. more »

Highways England sets out northwest spending plans

Highways England sets out northwest spending plans

1 Jul 2015: Highways England has produced details of its plans to invest £1.5bn in the northwest’s roads over the next five years. more »

Planning permissions rise but barriers remain, says FMB

Planning permissions rise but barriers remain, says FMB

1 Jul 2015: The latest planning permission figures from the government reveal a welcome increase in permissions being granted but do not equate to homes actually being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders. more »

BIM confidence is thin on the ground

BIM confidence is thin on the ground

1 Jul 2015: The vast majority of construction professionals think the industry is not ready to meet mandatory BIM Level 2 requirements by 2016, according to a new survey. more »

Kirklees Council bans umbrella companies

Kirklees Council bans umbrella companies

1 Jul 2015: In response to lobbying by union activists, Kirklees Council has voted to ban the use of umbrella companies on any of its construction contracts. more »

Nine Elms development provides boost for St Modwen

Nine Elms development provides boost for St Modwen

30 Jun 2015: Property developer St Modwen has seen nearly fourfold profits growth in the first half of the year. more »

Mountfield strategy switch pays off

Mountfield strategy switch pays off

30 Jun 2015: The recent decision by the directors of Mountfield to stop taking on subcontracting work for larger construction businesses is already producing the desired results, it seems. more »

Larkfleet aims for east and west growth

Larkfleet aims for east and west growth

30 Jun 2015: Lincolnshire-based house-builder Larkfleet Group has set up two new subsidiaries to extend its regional reach. more »

Construction fatalities drop 26%

Construction fatalities drop 26%

2 Jul 2015: Despite the upturn in construction activity, the industry’s fatal accident rate declined sharply last year. more »

Private equity investor takes fleet division off Kier's hands

Private equity investor takes fleet division off Kier's hands

2 Jul 2015: Kier has finally sold its last unwanted bit of May Gurney, its fleet and passenger services business. more »

Wates acts to improve purchasing

Wates acts to improve purchasing

2 Jul 2015: Wates Group has adopted Constructionline and PAS 91 in a bid to improve its procurement processes. more »

London closes on New York as priciest place to build

London closes on New York as priciest place to build

1 Jul 2015: London’s overall construction costs are now just 4% lower than those of New York, despite labour costs being far cheaper, Turner & Townsend has found. more »

Online trading for surplus building materials

Online trading for surplus building materials

1 Jul 2015: Builders with leftover materials might normally just chuck them in the skip but now there is a specialist website where they can sell them. more »

ICE in building control quality push

ICE in building control quality push

1 Jul 2015: The Institution of Civil Engineers is urging building control officers to ensure they do not give approval to any submissions with sub-standard structural engineering. more »

Carpenter saws off finger

Carpenter saws off finger

1 Jul 2015: A Dorset building firm has been fined after a worker lost a finger to a flipover saw. more »

Fraud inquiry proves costly for Sweett

Fraud inquiry proves costly for Sweett

30 Jun 2015: Construction consultant Sweett Group has reported a loss for what proved to be an eventful year for the business. more »

Kier puts UK mining division up for sale

Kier puts UK mining division up for sale

30 Jun 2015: Kier is in talks with a potential buyer for its mining operations in Scotland. more »

Profits down at Clugston

Profits down at Clugston

30 Jun 2015: Construction of waste to energy plants has helped Clugston Group to its third successive year of record turnover. more »

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