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HS2 gets Royal Assent

HS2 gets Royal Assent

23 Feb 2017: Legislation paving the way for construction of the London-Birmingham phase of the High Speed 2 railway has received Royal Assent, meaning that the real work can now start. more »

Arup sells head office for £98.5m

Arup sells head office for £98.5m

24 Feb 2017: Consulting engineer Arup has sold its London head office for £40m more than it paid for it just eight years ago. more »

Southwark flats to get upward extension

Southwark flats to get upward extension

24 Feb 2017: Apex Airspace, developer of 'airspace' above existing residential and commercial properties, has done a deal with Lambeth & Southwark Housing Association (LHSA) to develop up to 28 new flats at a site in the London Borough of Southwark. more »

£450k fine for platform collapse

£450k fine for platform collapse

24 Feb 2017: A London construction company has been fined £450,000 after work platform was overloaded and brought four workers to the ground when it collapsed. more »

Morgan Sindall returns to profit

Morgan Sindall returns to profit

23 Feb 2017: Morgan Sindall has reported a pre-tax profit of £43.9m for 2016 on revenue up 7% to £2,562m. more »

Redman named head of Motts northeast

Redman named head of Motts northeast

23 Feb 2017: Mott MacDonald has appointed Phil Redman as director of its Newcastle office, succeeding Alan Hymers who has retired after 13 years with the consultancy. more »

Barratt extends steel frame trials

Barratt extends steel frame trials

22 Feb 2017: House-builder Barratt Developments is planning further trials of building houses using prefabricated steel frames. more »

School repairs bill escalates

School repairs bill escalates

22 Feb 2017: The cost of school repairs is set to double over the next five years, according to a National Audit Office report. more »

Galliford Try board sets new targets

Galliford Try board sets new targets

21 Feb 2017: Galliford Try is looking to improve its construction operating margin to at least 2% by 2021 as part of a new strategy. more »

Turner & Townsend acquires asset consultant

Turner & Townsend acquires asset consultant

21 Feb 2017: Turner & Townsend has taken over consulting engineer AMCL, which specialises in asset management advice. more »

Plans go in for Waterbeach development

Plans go in for Waterbeach development

24 Feb 2017: A planning application has been lodged to build 6,500 new homes on a former RAF airfield five miles north of Cambridge. more »

Builders' merchants report 2016 growth

Builders' merchants report 2016 growth

24 Feb 2017: UK builders’ merchants saw their sales grow by 5.2% in 2016, with a mild winter lifting fourth quarter numbers. more »

Housing starts reach nine-year high

Housing starts reach nine-year high

24 Feb 2017: House-building activity has reached its highest level for nine years, government figures show. more »

Liverpool FC plans £50m training ground revamp

Liverpool FC plans £50m training ground revamp

23 Feb 2017: Liverpool Football Club and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council have launched a public consultation on their joint plans for a £50m redevelopment of the club’s youth training academy site in Kirkby. more »

Linden's Northstowe role approved

Linden's Northstowe role approved

23 Feb 2017: Cambridgeshire County Council has granted Linden Homes planning permission to build 271 of the proposed 10,000 properties at Northstowe, the biggest of the UK’s planned new town developments. more »

BIM4 Highways Group launched

BIM4 Highways Group launched

23 Feb 2017: A new industry group has been set up to promote the use of building information modelling (BIM) in road construction. more »

Ordsall Chord arches lifted into place

Ordsall Chord arches lifted into place

22 Feb 2017: Britain’s first asymmetrical network arch railway bridge has been installed in Manchester. more »

All change at the top for Shropshire contractor

All change at the top for Shropshire contractor

22 Feb 2017: Shropshire's McPhillips brothers are retiring and handing over the reins of their family construction business to the management team. more »

Balfour Beatty quits Middle East JVs

Balfour Beatty quits Middle East JVs

21 Feb 2017: Balfour Beatty is leaving the Middle East and selling up to its joint venture partner. more »

Hanson reopens Teesport plant

Hanson reopens Teesport plant

21 Feb 2017: Hanson has re-opened its ground granulated blast furnace slag grinding plant at Teesport Docks in Middlesbrough. more »

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