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CPA revises growth forecasts upwards

CPA revises growth forecasts upwards

20/10/2014: The construction industry is expected to grow 23% by the end of 2018, according to the latest industry forecasts. more »

Prefab solution for Scottish social housing

Prefab solution for Scottish social housing

20/10/2014: An estate of 32 prefabricated houses has gone up in Eyemouth for Berwickshire Housing Association. more »

Plumbers and plasterers join brickies and chippies on construction's most wanted list

Plumbers and plasterers join brickies and chippies on construction's most wanted list

17/10/2014: Latest state of trade survey by the Federation of Master Builders shows continuing growth in most sectors but almost half of firms are struggling to find the skilled labour they need. more »

Labour promises support for small builders in house-building drive

Labour promises support for small builders in house-building drive

17/10/2014: The Labour Party appears to have won some hearts in the construction industry with a plan to build 200,000 new homes a year if voted into government. more »

Skanska sells Bath housing plot

Skanska sells Bath housing plot

16/10/2014: Following its swift withdrawal from the UK house-building market last year, Skanska has sold the third plot of its UK residential development land bank to Kersfield Developments for £8m. more »

Cuddy moves into waste recycling

Cuddy moves into waste recycling

15/10/2014: Latest venture of Cuddy Group in South Wales is a recycling centre for processing construction waste. more »

Mass redundancies as shop fitting contractor is wound up

Mass redundancies as shop fitting contractor is wound up

15/10/2014: The administrators of failed shop fitting specialist New Store Europe UK have made 231 of the 307 employees redundant after failing to find a buyer. more »

Old boy Quinn returns on mission to rescue Balfour Beatty

Old boy Quinn returns on mission to rescue Balfour Beatty

15/10/2014: Leo Quinn, who began his career at Balfour Beatty in 1979 as a graduate civil engineer, will return in January 2015 as chief executive officer. more »

Bancon recruits CEO from Stewart Milne

Bancon recruits CEO from Stewart Milne

15/10/2014: Stewart Milne Group is losing its finance director to northeast house-builder Bancon. more »

Quarter of UK commercial property is now foreign owned

Quarter of UK commercial property is now foreign owned

15/10/2014: Overseas investors have for the first time overtaken UK institutions to become the largest owners of UK commercial property, new data from the Property Industry Alliance reveals. more »

Birmingham seeks Centenary Square ideas

Birmingham seeks Centenary Square ideas

20/10/2014: Architects and designers have been invited to pitch their ideas for the regeneration of one of Birmingham’s main public spaces. more »

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

20/10/2014: A supplier of de-icing salt has failed in its claim for damages from the Scottish government, which it said breached tendering rules. more »

EM strengthens management team

EM strengthens management team

17/10/2014: EM Highway Services has appointed three new directors to strengthen its executive management team. more »

Pinewood aims to start expansion work in the next quarter

Pinewood aims to start expansion work in the next quarter

16/10/2014: Pinewood Shepperton is aiming to start construction early next year of a £200m expansion of its studios near Iver in Buckinghamshire. more »

Blacklisting personnel managers to be individually targeted

Blacklisting personnel managers to be individually targeted

16/10/2014: The individual personnel managers involved in using the construction industry blacklist are to be targeted by banner-waving union activists, who will compare them to Nazis. more »

BRE wins housing appeal

BRE wins housing appeal

15/10/2014: The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has won its appeal for planning permission for construction of a housing development on part of its headquarters site in Watford. more »

Wates opens Hull office

Wates opens Hull office

15/10/2014: Wates Living Space, the affordable housing division of the Wates group, has opened an office in Hull with a team of six people. more »

Mears extends social housing offer

Mears extends social housing offer

15/10/2014: The transition of Mears Group from a building maintenance contractor into social services continues with the acquisition of a property lettings firm. more »

New design manager for Stepnell

New design manager for Stepnell

15/10/2014: Rugby-based contractor Stepnell has recruited a new design manager from Willmott Dixon. more »

Silvertown tunnel plans move to next stage

Silvertown tunnel plans move to next stage

15/10/2014: London’s planners are hoping to start construction in 2017 of a 1km tunnel under the river Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks in London. more »

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