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Engineers spread happiness: Video

Engineers spread happiness: Video

19/09/2014: The civil engineers behind some of London’s most iconic infrastructure projects have put on their dancing shoes to prove that they are not boring but are in fact full of joy and totally inspiring. more »

Accountants say major contractors are getting weaker

Accountants say major contractors are getting weaker

19/09/2014: An analysis of the largest UK construction contractors indicates that the financial position of many of them remains weak, with cash balances and margins down. more »

Helicopter called in for London lifting job

Helicopter called in for London lifting job

19/09/2014: A helicopter from Norway had to be brought in this week to lift four new air conditioning chiller units onto the roof of a Thames-side office block in London. more »

Suspended jail sentence for VAT fraudster

Suspended jail sentence for VAT fraudster

19/09/2014: A Belfast builder has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, for VAT fraud. more »

European construction output stablises

European construction output stablises

18/09/2014: Production in Europe’s construction sector remained stable in July according to initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. more »

Kier reports 50% growth and seeks more

Kier reports 50% growth and seeks more

18/09/2014: The acquisition of May Gurney last summer helped boost Kier Group’s annual revenues and underlying profits by more than 50%. more »

Construction mentors required to help inspire next generation

Construction mentors required to help inspire next generation

17/09/2014: City & Guilds has put out the call for construction industry volunteers to mentor young people going through its new TechBac programme. more »

Bristol gets £45m Metrobus scheme

Bristol gets £45m Metrobus scheme

17/09/2014: Construction of a £45m rapid bus network in Bristol has secured government funding. more »

Osborne's Roehampton project approved

Osborne's Roehampton project approved

17/09/2014: Contractor Osborne remains on course to start work in January on a £40m contract to build a new library and accommodation buildings for the University of Roehampton in London. more »

Bullock and United House to merge

 Bullock and United House to merge

17/09/2014: Social housing contractors United House and Bullock Construction are merging. more »

Dumper truck injury costs Leadbitter £200k in fines and costs

Dumper truck injury costs Leadbitter £200k in fines and costs

20/09/2014: Contractor JB Leadbitter has been ordered to pay £200,000 in fines and costs for an incident in which a worker was critically injured when he was run over by a nine tonne dumper truck. more »

Business welcomes Scottish ‘No’ vote

Business welcomes Scottish ‘No’ vote

19/09/2014: The decision of the Scottish people to stay in the United Kingdom has been welcomed by business leaders. more »

Housing minister calls for more prefabs

Housing minister calls for more prefabs

19/09/2014: Housing minister Brandon Lewis has called on house-builders to increase their use of prefabrication and off-site construction to speed up the supply of 'affordable' new homes. more »

Mott MacDonald takes over Bentley

Mott MacDonald takes over Bentley

18/09/2014: Consulting engineer Mott MacDonald has acquired Bentley Holdings, its UK water industry design and build joint venture partner. more »

Timelapse video shows New Street station roof take shape

Timelapse video shows New Street station roof take shape

18/09/2014: The final piece of Birmingham New Street station’s new atrium roof covering was put into place this week, paving the way for demolition to begin beneath. more »

Go-ahead for Brighton's £100m Circus Street regeneration

Go-ahead for Brighton's £100m Circus Street regeneration

18/09/2014: Brighton councillors have given their approval to a £100m regeneration scheme in the city. more »

New chamber cover addresses fall risk

New chamber cover addresses fall risk

17/09/2014: Scottish Water has developed a new type of access cover that is designed to reduce the risk of falls into pump chambers. more »

Construction costs rise 6%

Construction costs rise 6%

17/09/2014: Government figures show that construction costs have risen by 6% in the past year. more »

New non-exec for Chandlers

New non-exec for Chandlers

17/09/2014: Sue Knight has joined the board of Chandlers Building Supplies as a non-executive director. more »

Waste management PFIs under fire

Waste management PFIs under fire

17/09/2014: The management of local authority private finance initiative waste schemes has come in for criticism from the House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC). more »

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