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RICS survey shows materials shortages are starting to ease

RICS survey shows materials shortages are starting to ease

30 Jul 2015: Quantity surveyors believe the shortages of building materials blighting the construction industry is beginning to ease off. more »

Olympic tower to become a helter skelter

Olympic tower to become a helter skelter

30 Jul 2015: The ArcelorMittal Orbit, that strange red tower in London’s Olympic Park, is to be turned into a helter skelter. more »

Wembley developer approves £700m takeover offer

Wembley developer approves £700m takeover offer

29 Jul 2015: Wembley Park developer Quintain Estates & Development is seeking shareholder backing for a £700m takeover offer by private equity firm Lone Star. more »

Management restructure at Taylor Wimpey

Management restructure at Taylor Wimpey

29 Jul 2015: Prompted by the departure of Peter Truscott to Galliford Try, Taylor Wimpey is restructuring its southern operations. more »

Keltbray offers free asbestos training

Keltbray offers free asbestos training

29 Jul 2015: Engineering services contractor Keltbray is offering free asbestos safety training to tradespeople running small businesses. more »

Home planning permissions top 200,000

Home planning permissions top 200,000

28 Jul 2015: Planning permissions for 52,167 homes were granted in England during the first quarter of this year, a 19% increase on the 43,926 permissions in the corresponding quarter last year. more »

Persimmon chief gets PM's ear

Persimmon chief gets PM's ear

28 Jul 2015: Persimmon chief executive Jeff Fairburn has emerged as the construction industry’s most influential lobbyist after being given a place on the prime minister’s business advisory group. more »

Network Rail submits plans to bring Waterloo International back into use

Network Rail submits plans to bring Waterloo International back into use

27 Jul 2015: Network Rail is aiming to start work later this year on a multi-million pound expansion of London Waterloo station. more »

Government proposes small business czar

Government proposes small business czar

27 Jul 2015: The government has published proposals for a Small Business Commissioner to help tackle payment disputes and other supply chain abuses. more »

Mace man to chair Achilles scheme

Mace man to chair Achilles scheme

27 Jul 2015: Mace’s Brian Moone has been named as steering group chair of Achilles BuildingConfidence, a prequalification and verification programme for UK construction companies. more »

Kier brings Keller's Atkinson on board

Kier brings Keller's Atkinson on board

30 Jul 2015: Former Keller chief executive Justin Atkinson is joining the board of Kier Group in October as an independent non-executive director. more »

House-builders' kick-starter contest re-opens for bidding

House-builders' kick-starter contest re-opens for bidding

30 Jul 2015: Expressions of interest to bid for a share of the government’s £525m Builders Finance Fund has reopened. more »

Taylor Wimpey profits up 33%

Taylor Wimpey profits up 33%

29 Jul 2015: Taylor Wimpey saw its profits climb by a third in the first half of 2015 on 12% revenue growth. more »

Turner & Townsend to revert to partnership

Turner & Townsend to revert to partnership

29 Jul 2015: After growing by 75% in the past five years, international construction consultant Turner & Townsend is returning to a partnership structure. more »

Mace maintains forecasts for tender price rises

Mace maintains forecasts for tender price rises

29 Jul 2015: Some new-found stability in the UK construction industry has left the tender price forecasts of Mace Cost Consultancy unchanged. more »

£19k fine for illegal waste dump

£19k fine for illegal waste dump

28 Jul 2015: A Surrey skip hire firm has been ordered to pay a total of £19,000 in fines and costs for operating an illegal waste transfer station. more »

FMB survey highlights skills gap fears

FMB survey highlights skills gap fears

28 Jul 2015: SME building firms are continuing to see rising workloads but problems with skills shortages and recruitment are just getting worse. more »

Skimping on scaffolding led to builder's death

Skimping on scaffolding led to builder's death

27 Jul 2015: Insufficient scaffolding led to the death of a Lancashire builder, a court has heard. more »

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon recruits delivery director

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon recruits delivery director

27 Jul 2015: Tidal Lagoon Power has appointed Mike Unsworth as delivery director for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. more »

Builders to develop new apprenticeships

Builders to develop new apprenticeships

24 Jul 2015: The government has granted permission to members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to develop two new apprenticeship standards in bricklaying and plastering as part of its Trailblazer programme. more »

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