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Roll-out for tidal power plans

Roll-out for tidal power plans

02/03/2015: The developers of the £850m Swansea tidal lagoon power project is now working up plans for a further five similar projects around the UK. more »

Union Jack plan for public works

Union Jack plan for public works

02/03/2015: The coalition government has decided that publicly-funded infrastructure works should have a union flag displayed on project hoardings. more »

DevSec partners with TfL for Blackfriars Road scheme

DevSec partners with TfL for Blackfriars Road scheme

02/03/2015: Transport for London has formed a joint venture with Development Securities to build a mixed-use redevelopment at Southwark Underground station. more »

Quarry firm fined £50k for badly planned blast

Quarry firm fined £50k for badly planned blast

02/03/2015: A Somerset company must pay £50,000 in fines and costs after a quarry blast sent rocks of up to 15kg flying outside a danger zone across a public road. more »

WSP's Naysmith heads Parsons too

WSP's Naysmith heads Parsons too

27/02/2015: Mark Naysmith has been named chief operating officer of the combined WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff business in the UK. more »

Government backs Laing O’Rourke manufacturing project

Government backs Laing O’Rourke manufacturing project

27/02/2015: A Laing O’Rourke consortium has been handed a £22.1m government grant to develop modular construction technology. more »

High Court dismisses challenge to £1bn Shell Centre scheme

High Court dismisses challenge to £1bn Shell Centre scheme

27/02/2015: The £1bn plans to redevelop the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank remain on course after the failure of a last-ditch legal challenge. more »

ACE proposes Whitehall reform to create Department for Infrastructure

ACE proposes Whitehall reform to create Department for Infrastructure

26/02/2015: A report out today calls for Whitehall reorganisation to make way for the creation of a new Department for Infrastructure. more »

Former Crossrail director joins HS2

Former Crossrail director joins HS2

26/02/2015: HS2 Ltd has recruited Stuart Westgate to be programme development director (internal sponsor). more »

Interserve nears £3bn revenues

Interserve nears £3bn revenues

26/02/2015: Interserve saw its group revenues grow 33% in 2014 to reach £2.9bn in 2014. more »

Balfour Beatty moves into house-building with Olympic Park neighbourhoods

Balfour Beatty moves into house-building with Olympic Park neighbourhoods

02/03/2015: Balfour Beatty has signed a development agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation to develop 1500 new homes on the Olympic Park. more »

British Land progresses £2bn Surrey Quays plans

British Land progresses £2bn Surrey Quays plans

02/03/2015: British Land has acquired the final piece of land that it needs to move forward on a £2bn regeneration project at Surrey Quays in southeast London. more »

Battersea crane collapse case moves to crown court

Battersea crane collapse case moves to crown court

02/03/2015: The prosecution of Falcon Crane Hire Ltd and its managing director over a tower crane collapse nine years ago moves to Southward Crown Court next week. more »

Loft builders blocked pregnant neighbour's flue

Loft builders blocked pregnant neighbour's flue

02/03/2015: A heavily pregnant woman and her husband were left exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning after builders bodged a loft conversion at the house next door. more »

Slow public sector drags January new home registrations

Slow public sector drags January new home registrations

27/02/2015: Latest figures show a 2% fall in new home registrations in January, although the rolling quarter saw continuing strong growth. more »

End of the road for Chinese Crystal Palace

End of the road for Chinese Crystal Palace

27/02/2015: Plans for a £500m reconstruction of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace appear to have come to a full stop after the local council failed to reach a deal with the Chinese developer. more »

Network Rail makes ballast cleaning investment

Network Rail makes ballast cleaning investment

27/02/2015: Network Rail has ordered a new £50m ballast cleaning machine and is bringing 500 contracting staff in house. more »

More Doncaster home improvement works for Wates

More Doncaster home improvement works for Wates

26/02/2015: Wates Living Space has landed a £5.6m insulation contract for Doncaster housing association St Leger Homes. more »

Bovis Homes appoints finance director

Bovis Homes appoints finance director

26/02/2015: Bovis Homes Group has named Earl Sibley as its new group finance director. more »

Forrest targets new build

Forrest targets new build

26/02/2015: Forrest, best known as a housing maintenance contractor, is targeting growth in new build market. more »

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