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RICS launches diversity initiative

RICS launches diversity initiative

26 May 2015: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is launching a scheme to promote diversity among employers. more »

Building bosses struggle to give money away

Building bosses struggle to give money away

26 May 2015: Northern building firms have education grants worth thousands of pounds going begging, but are struggling to find any takers. more »

House-building surges but is still below 2007 peak

House-building surges but is still below 2007 peak

22 May 2015: House-building starts in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 31% on the previous quarter in England and by 11% compared to the same period last year, according to government figures. more »

Developer fined after ignoring warnings

Developer fined after ignoring warnings

22 May 2015: House-builder Landrose Developments Ltd has been fined for repeated height safety breaches. more »

European construction output falls

European construction output falls

21 May 2015: Output in Europe’s construction sector rose in March after February’s falls but was down on figures from 2014. more »

Government urged to promote photocatalysis in clean air strategy

Government urged to promote photocatalysis in clean air strategy

21 May 2015: The government should offer grants and incentives to promote the use of pollution-busting photocatalytic technology, a leading building products firm has said. more »

Study seeks to improve energy forecasts

Study seeks to improve energy forecasts

21 May 2015: Funding has been secured for an academic research project that is expected to result in architects being better able to predict the energy consumption of the buildings they design. more »

Bellway fined again for another temporary works failure

Bellway fined again for another temporary works failure

20 May 2015: Repeat offender Bellway Homes has been ordered to pay nearly £50,000 after a bricklayer was badly hurt when a temporary platform collapsed. more »

New MD for Allison Homes

New MD for Allison Homes

20 May 2015: Lincolnshire house-builder Allison Homes has recruited a new managing director from Persimmon. more »

Waste feeders installed at Hope Works

Waste feeders installed at Hope Works

20 May 2015: The UK’s largest cement plant has been adapted to take more waste material as fuel. more »

Lend Lease becomes Lendlease

Lend Lease becomes Lendlease

26 May 2015: Lend Lease has changed its name to Landlease and has a new-look logo, described as “a design for the future”. more »

Approval given to Berkeley's £615m White City development

Approval given to Berkeley's £615m White City development

22 May 2015: The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has approved plans for a 10-acre housing development in White City. more »

Mersey bridge project reaches landmark with temporary structure completed

Mersey bridge project reaches landmark with temporary structure completed

22 May 2015: The first bridge over the Mersey for 54 years has been completed as part of the construction of the new Mersey Gateway crossing. more »

Wates to buy Shepherd businesses

Wates to buy Shepherd businesses

21 May 2015: Wates has agreed a deal to buy Shepherd Group’s facilities management and building services divisions, and also take over much of its construction business. more »

Jailed for ignoring site safety

Jailed for ignoring site safety

21 May 2015: A man has been sent to jail after an immigrant labourer was killed in a fall on his building site. more »

Tender prices to rise 28%

Tender prices to rise 28%

21 May 2015: Construction tender prices are set to rise by 28% over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). more »

Karters dodge death in failed lifting operation

Karters dodge death in failed lifting operation

21 May 2015: A construction company has been fined after heavy metal sheets crashed through a karting track roof, narrowly missing members of the public. more »

CITB picks uni to lead on training in Wales

CITB picks uni to lead on training in Wales

20 May 2015: A consortium led by the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) has been selected to develop training for the construction industry in Wales. more »

Strong growth for Oldham contractor

Strong growth for Oldham contractor

20 May 2015: Oldham-based construction and fit-out firm Medlock FRB has reported revenue growth of 69% for 2014. more »

Snowhill plans revised again

Snowhill plans revised again

20 May 2015: Revised plans for an £80m office development in Birmingham have been submitted for local authority approval. more »

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