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Detached homes make a comeback for house-builders

Detached homes make a comeback for house-builders

30/01/2015: More detached homes are now being built across the UK than at the peak of the last property boom in 2007. more »

House-builders launch online recruitment drive

House-builders launch online recruitment drive

30/01/2015: The house-building industry has set up a jobs website to help it find the new recruits it needs. more »

Arup Associates recruits new leader

Arup Associates recruits new leader

29/01/2015: Architect Jo Wright is leaving Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios to take over in April as practice leader of Arup Associates, Arup’s architectural practice. more »

Roof landed 50 metres away

Roof landed 50 metres away

29/01/2015: It may have just been a temporary lean-to made of scaffolding and sheeting but it still should have built to withstand the weather. more »

Regal takes on Limehouse development

Regal takes on Limehouse development

29/01/2015: Property developer Regal Homes has acquired a series of historic canal-side warehouse buildings in London’s Limehouse district. more »

Parkstone Group collapses

Parkstone Group collapses

28/01/2015: Birmingham-based civil engineering contractor Parkstone Group has ceased trading after going into administration. more »

Watchdog tells Treasury to tighten infrastructure guarantee scheme

Watchdog tells Treasury to tighten infrastructure guarantee scheme

28/01/2015: The National Audit Office has told the Treasury that it may no longer be necessary to give government guarantees for UK infrastructure projects now that the market has improved. more »

McAlpine's Corrigan joins Keltbray

McAlpine's Corrigan joins Keltbray

28/01/2015: Keltbray, the demolition to environmental services group, has strengthened its executive board with a promotion and a new recruit from McAlpine. more »

Crossrail exhibition at London Transport Museum

Crossrail exhibition at London Transport Museum

28/01/2015: A new exhibition on the construction of the £16bn Crossrail project opens next month at the London Transport Museum. more »

Soft skills training push at Crest Nicholson

Soft skills training push at Crest Nicholson

27/01/2015: House-builder Crest Nicholson is investing in training and coaching programmes specifically to help its managers persuade local authorities to grant planning permission. more »

Highways Agency boss moves on

Highways Agency boss moves on

30/01/2015: Highways Agency chief executive Graham Dalton has handed in his resignation. more »

Lack of planning and training lay behind roofworkers' fall

Lack of planning and training lay behind roofworkers' fall

30/01/2015: Fines totalling £20,000 have been handed down after two men fell through a fragile roof they were stripping out. more »

Major contractors and specialists discuss joining forces

Major contractors and specialists discuss joining forces

29/01/2015: The soap opera world of construction industry trade associations has taken an interesting turn with the possibility of two representative organisations somehow coming together. more »

Developers welcome brownfield land proposals

Developers welcome brownfield land proposals

29/01/2015: Government proposals to ease the way to get planning permission for building on brownfield sites have been welcomed by property developers. more »

Capita buys Constructionline for £35m

Capita buys Constructionline for £35m

29/01/2015: The government has sold its construction database service to Capita for £35m. more »

Qataris win Canary Wharf takeover battle

Qataris win Canary Wharf takeover battle

28/01/2015: London’s Canary Wharf district is set to be taken over by the rulers of Qatar after winning the support of shareholders for its £2.6bn offer. more »

Kier faces Somerset strike

Kier faces Somerset strike

28/01/2015: Construction contractor Kier is finding that when you diversify into municipal services, it can bring not just a new revenue stream but also new industrial relations challenges. more »

House-builder in the dock

House-builder in the dock

28/01/2015: Dangerous excavation work and unsanitary site conditions have landed a 74-year-old house-building boss in the dock more »

Berkeley opens £2m ‘bright ideas’ contest

Berkeley opens £2m ‘bright ideas’ contest

27/01/2015: House-builder Berkeley Group is offering grants of up to £250,000 to anyone with a bright idea on how to improve health and safety on construction sites. more »

New safety manager for Aarsleff

New safety manager for Aarsleff

27/01/2015: Foundation contractor Aarsleff has appointed Bob Speakman as safety, training, environment and quality (STEQ) manager. more »

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