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East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

29/08/2014: The number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year according to new figures from NHBC, but there were considerable regional differences. more »

Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

29/08/2014: The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water are piloting a scheme to enable approved contractors to report any high-risk plumbing work they come across. more »

Scaffolder faces jail over colleague's fractured skull

Scaffolder faces jail over colleague's fractured skull

29/08/2014: A West Midlands scaffolder has received a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and been ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after another worker suffered a fractured skull when a pulley wheel fell 7m. more »

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

28/08/2014: Construction employment increased in 223 metropolitan areas of the USA in the last year and 25% of contractors report turning down work because of labour shortages, according to new research. more »

Capita explores options for redeveloping 100 acre Sheffield site

Capita explores options for redeveloping 100 acre Sheffield site

28/08/2014: Forest products company SCA has appointed Capita to advise on the potential for its 100 acre former paper mill site at Oughtibridge, Sheffield. more »

Pickles calls for new homes to have more parking

Pickles calls for new homes to have more parking

27/08/2014: Local government secretary Eric Pickles is calling for new housing developments to be built with more parking spaces to end a “vicious cycle” where clogged up streets leave motorists to run a gauntlet of congestion, unfair fines and restrictions. more »

Builders' merchant group sees jump in profitability

Builders' merchant group sees jump in profitability

27/08/2014: Builders’ merchant Grafton Group, which includes the Plumbase, Selco and Jackson brands, has seen its profits and profit margin rise in the first half of this year. more »

Revenue and pre-tax profit up at North Midland despite ongoing problems

Revenue and pre-tax profit up at North Midland despite ongoing problems

26/08/2014: North Midland Construction (NMC) has reported group revenue of £90.98m for the first half of this year. more »

HSE finds its new chief

HSE finds its new chief

22/08/2014: Richard Judge, currently chief executive of the Insolvency Service, has been chosen to head up the Health & Safety Executive. more »

Hyder swings back to Arcadis

Hyder swings back to Arcadis

22/08/2014: The board of Hyder Consulting has accepted an improved takeover offer from Dutch engineer Arcadis. more »

Associations seek feedback on new code for district heating

Associations seek feedback on new code for district heating

29/08/2014: Industry partners working with the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) and Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) have published a draft standard for the development of district heating. more »

Administrators called in at London fit-out business

Administrators called in at London fit-out business

29/08/2014: Specialist commercial fit-out business Corporate Interiors LLP has gone into administration. more »

Growing demand for student homes boosts Unite results

Growing demand for student homes boosts Unite results

28/08/2014: Student accommodation developer and manager Unite has reported earnings up 34% in its half-year results for the six months to 30 June. more »

Fall from roof lands two Kent firms in court

Fall from roof lands two Kent firms in court

28/08/2014: Two construction companies have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured in a fall at a site near Canterbury in Kent. more »

SMEs invited to network with hospital builders

SMEs invited to network with hospital builders

28/08/2014: West Midlands SMEs are being invited to a networking event to meet construction teams who design, build and run hospitals across the globe. more »

Value of Balfour Beatty’s PPPs jumps 46% under new rating method

Value of Balfour Beatty’s PPPs jumps 46% under new rating method

27/08/2014: Balfour Beatty’s directors have used a new method to evaluate the company’s PPP portfolio, resulting in a value of £1.051bn - 46% higher than under the old approach. more »

Strong first quarter drives rise in Kingspan results

Strong first quarter drives rise in Kingspan results

26/08/2014: Kingspan’s financial report for the first half of this year shows revenue up 4% to €889.3m (£708m) and a 24% increase in trading profit to €69.2m. more »

Lack of hot water brings fine for building firm director

Lack of hot water brings fine for building firm director

26/08/2014: The director of a Stockport-based building firm has been fined after workers on a house refurbishment were put at risk by the lack of any hot water to wash off dust and contaminants. more »

Funding deal for Pentland Firth tidal array

Funding deal for Pentland Firth tidal array

22/08/2014: Construction of the world’s biggest tidal array could start before the end of the year after securing government grants. more »

Miller doubles group profits despite construction losses

Miller doubles group profits despite construction losses

22/08/2014: Miller Construction made a loss of £6.2m in the first half of 2014 before being sold to Galliford Try. more »

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