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MPs say their smart motorway safety concerns are being ignored

MPs say their smart motorway safety concerns are being ignored

29 Sep 2016: The Department for Transport has been accused of riding roughshod over democracy and the people by ignoring the House of Commons transport select committee. more »

Scotland moves to project bank accounts

Scotland moves to project bank accounts

28 Sep 2016: The Scottish government has announced that project bank accounts (PBAs) will be used on all of its building projects over £4m in value from 31st October 2016. more »

Further consultation on £400m Harlow science hub

Further consultation on £400m Harlow science hub

29 Sep 2016: Public Health England is set to unveil further details next week of its plan to build a £400m science hub in Harlow, Essex. more »

Third client joins contractors’ body

Third client joins contractors’ body

29 Sep 2016: Almacantar has become the third client to join the contractors’ trade association Build UK. more »

18-year-old is youngest ever EngTech

18-year-old is youngest ever EngTech

28 Sep 2016: Aecom apprentice Dominik McCormick has become the youngest person ever to be awarded technician status by the Institution of Civil Engineers – EngTech MICE – at just 18 years of age. more »

Boost for offsite construction as architects get DfMA overlay

Boost for offsite construction as architects get DfMA overlay

28 Sep 2016: Today sees the launch of a potentially significant new tool for architects to promote the use of offsite prefabrication in their building designs. more »

Five design teams shortlisted for Ipswich bridges contest

Five design teams shortlisted for Ipswich bridges contest

27 Sep 2016: Five teams of architects have been shortlisted to enter to a design competition for new bridges in Ipswich. more »

Speed bump for Silvertown concrete supplier

Speed bump for Silvertown concrete supplier

27 Sep 2016: An East London concrete and aggregate supplier has been deemed unfit to hold a heavy goods vehicle operator’s licence. more »

Labour conference backs Ucatt pension motion

Labour conference backs Ucatt pension motion

27 Sep 2016: The Labour Party’s 2016 annual conference has supported a motion committing the party to develop policies that will introduce a flexible pension age. more »

B&K director moves to Wates

B&K director moves to Wates

26 Sep 2016: Wates Construction has appointed John Carlin as business unit director for the Midlands. more »

Plasterboard now available in the size house-builders actually want

Plasterboard now available in the size house-builders actually want

29 Sep 2016: After years of having to trim down plasterboard and chuck away all the offcuts, Britain’s biggest house-builders are finally able to buy plasterboard in the size that they actually require. more »

Corrupt contractors prosecuted for royal palace conspiracy

Corrupt contractors prosecuted for royal palace conspiracy

29 Sep 2016: Six people have been sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy centred on corrupt payments for mechanical and electrical contracts in London’s royal palaces. more »

Constructionline introduces VIP passes

Constructionline introduces VIP passes

29 Sep 2016: The biggest ever Constructionline ‘meet the buyer’ event is taking place at Twickenham Stadium in London on 18th October 2016. more »

U+I targets Kent and Surrey with £250m PRS developments

U+I targets Kent and Surrey with £250m PRS developments

28 Sep 2016: Developer U+I has unveiled plans to build £250m-worth of private rental sector housing in Kent and Surrey. more »

Wates teams up with Trafford Housing

Wates teams up with Trafford Housing

28 Sep 2016: Wates Living Space Homes has formed a joint venture with Trafford Housing Trust to build homes in the northwest. more »

Branches to close and jobs to go in Wolseley restructuring

Branches to close and jobs to go in Wolseley restructuring

27 Sep 2016: Builders’ merchant group Wolseley has announced plans for a £100m restructuring, involving the closure of 80 branches and the loss of 800 jobs. more »

Osborne adds two to board

Osborne adds two to board

27 Sep 2016: Construction contractor Osborne has appointed two new group board directors. more »

New chief exec for Morrison Utility

New chief exec for Morrison Utility

27 Sep 2016: Morrison Utility Services chief executive Charles Morrison has moved aside to become chairman, with chief operating officer Jim Arnold taking over as chief executive. more »

Gleeson closes in on house-building target

Gleeson closes in on house-building target

26 Sep 2016: House-builder and developer MJ Gleeson has reported a strong rise in turnover and profits for the past year. more »

Fugro nears conclusion in Moorside site investigation work

Fugro nears conclusion in Moorside site investigation work

26 Sep 2016: Site investigation work for a new nuclear power station near Sellafield is in its final stages, paving the way for full project design. more »

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