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Road maintenance deal propels Kier to top of contracts league

Road maintenance deal propels Kier to top of contracts league

12 Dec 2017: Total value of new construction contracts registered by the Builders' Conference in November 2017 was £4.2bn, a 12.5% fall on the £4.8bn registered in the previous month. more »

Balfour Beatty turnaround continues to plan

Balfour Beatty turnaround continues to plan

12 Dec 2017: Balfour Beatty has issued a reassuring trading update to shareholders confirming that the transformation of the business is continuing to go according to plan. more »

McCarthy & Stone names divisional MDs

McCarthy & Stone names divisional MDs

12 Dec 2017: Retirement house-builder McCarthy & Stone has appointed Brendon O’Neill and Ian Wilkins as divisional managing directors as part of the company’s new operational structure. more »

Interserve recruits transformation director

Interserve recruits transformation director

11 Dec 2017: Interserve has recruited United Utilities director Sally Cabrini to help leads its turnaround. more »

New tower blocks planned for Woking

New tower blocks planned for Woking

11 Dec 2017: The Surrey town of Woking is set to have its centre enhanced by the construction of three high-rise tower blocks. more »

Unions table pay claim for local government craftworkers

Unions table pay claim for local government craftworkers

11 Dec 2017: Trades unions Unite and GMB have tabled a pay claim on behalf of local government craftworkers that they hope will start to make up for wages lost to austerity cuts. more »

Industry groups press for SME voice in picking CITB chair

Industry groups press for SME voice in picking CITB chair

11 Dec 2017: Trade associations representing small and medium sized construction firms have voiced their disapproval of the selection process for the next chair of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). more »

CITB hands in notice to CSCS

CITB hands in notice to CSCS

8 Dec 2017: The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has handed in its notice to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. more »

Berkeley plans prefab factory

Berkeley plans prefab factory

8 Dec 2017: House-builder Berkeley Group is planning to build modular housing components in a factory in Kent. more »

Video: Break through for London gas tunnel

Video: Break through for London gas tunnel

8 Dec 2017: Gas distribution company Cadent has released a time lapse video showing progress on its Tunnel Under the River Thames project. more »

Expansion in Irish construction hits five-month high

Expansion in Irish construction hits five-month high

12 Dec 2017: Activity in Ireland’s construction sector has expanded at its fastest pace in five months. more »

Cardiff expansion for Willmott Dixon

Cardiff expansion for Willmott Dixon

12 Dec 2017: With ambitions to grow its presence in South Wales, Willmott Dixon has moved to bigger offices at Celtic Gateway Business Park in Cardiff Bay. more »

Leadership change at Galliford Try Partnerships

Leadership change at Galliford Try Partnerships

12 Dec 2017: Housing and regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships has appointed Jonathan Peasant as its new director of development. more »

Van Elle needs me back, Ellis insists

Van Elle needs me back, Ellis insists

11 Dec 2017: Van Elle founder Michael Ellis has fired back in his bid to win shareholder support to return him to the board of the piling contractor. more »

Builders’ merchants' sales hold firm

Builders’ merchants' sales hold firm

11 Dec 2017: Builders’ merchants saw the value of their sales rise 10% year-on-year in October 2017, aided by having an additional trading day this time. more »

HSE launches construction advisory network

HSE launches construction advisory network

11 Dec 2017: The Health & Safety Executive has set up an advisory network to help work with the construction industry to improve workplace safety. more »

Output falls again

Output falls again

11 Dec 2017: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output is continuing to shrink but new orders for the third quarter reached a record high. more »

Berkeley expects profits to fall 50% next year

Berkeley expects profits to fall 50% next year

8 Dec 2017: House-builder Berkeley Group is on course for ever greater profits this year but is braced for a 50% fall next year as its business returns to what it calls more normal levels. more »

Berkeley promotes duo to main board

Berkeley promotes duo to main board

8 Dec 2017: Berkeley Group has promoted Justin Tibaldi and Paul Vallone to its main board as executive directors. more »

Welsh government mandates project bank accounts

Welsh government mandates project bank accounts

8 Dec 2017: The devolved government of Wales has decided to use project bank accounts (PBAs) from 1st January 2018 on all building projects over £2m procured by government bodies. more »

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