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Mayor vows to continue campaigning for estuary airport

Mayor vows to continue campaigning for estuary airport

02/09/2014: Mayor of London Boris Johnson is refusing to admit defeat in his campaign for the construction of a new airport in the Thames estuary. more »

US construction spending returns to 2008 levels

US construction spending returns to 2008 levels

03/09/2014: Construction spending in the USA in July reached the highest level since late 2008, with monthly and year-on-year gains in all major categories, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. more »

Management shake-up at Elliott Thomas

Management shake-up at Elliott Thomas

02/09/2014: Elliott Thomas Group chief executive John Self has reorganised the company’s management structure. more »

WSP recruits new retail chief

WSP recruits new retail chief

02/09/2014: Consulting engineer WSP has recruited Simon Harden from Waterman Group to head its activities for customers in the retail sector. more »

Steni launches wind barrier system

Steni launches wind barrier system

02/09/2014: A wind barrier system capable of sealing a building against the elements for up to 12 months before the final cladding can be fitted has been launched by specialist panels manufacturer Steni UK. more »

Asbestos firm fined £15k for working without licence

Asbestos firm fined £15k for working without licence

01/09/2014: A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work. more »

COINS buys into Fulcro Engineering

COINS buys into Fulcro Engineering

01/09/2014: Software company Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has made an unspecified investment in Warwickshire-based design house Fulcro Engineering Services. more »

Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

29/08/2014: The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water are piloting a scheme to enable approved contractors to report any high-risk plumbing work they come across. more »

Administrators called in at London fit-out business

Administrators called in at London fit-out business

29/08/2014: Specialist commercial fit-out business Corporate Interiors LLP has gone into administration. more »

Growing demand for student homes boosts Unite results

Growing demand for student homes boosts Unite results

28/08/2014: Student accommodation developer and manager Unite has reported earnings up 34% in its half-year results for the six months to 30 June. more »

Airports Commission bins Boris Island

Airports Commission bins Boris Island

02/09/2014: The Airports Commission has ruled out construction of a new airport in the Thames estuary to the east of London as a solution for future UK aviation needs. more »

Subcontractor rates reach new high

Subcontractor rates reach new high

02/09/2014: August saw another rapid upturn in construction output, according to the latest monthly survey of purchasing managers, with cost pressures mounting as a result. more »

Record results for Redrow

Record results for Redrow

02/09/2014: House-builder Redrow has reported group revenues for the year ending 30 June 2014 up 43% to a new record high of £864.5m. more »

SIG targets drainage

SIG targets drainage

02/09/2014: Construction products supplier SIG has launched a new division to serve contractors working in drainage. more »

Grafton bolts on Kent chain

Grafton bolts on Kent chain

01/09/2014: Grafton Group has acquired Kent-based Direct Builders Merchants Ltd. more »

Manchester man falls through ceiling during loft conversion

Manchester man falls through ceiling during loft conversion

01/09/2014: Tyrone Dobbs is not the only resident of Greater Manchester to have fallen through a ceiling during a loft conversion recently, it has emerged. more »

Associations seek feedback on new code for district heating

Associations seek feedback on new code for district heating

29/08/2014: Industry partners working with the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) and Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) have published a draft standard for the development of district heating. more »

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

29/08/2014: The number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year according to new figures from NHBC, but there were considerable regional differences. more »

Scaffolder faces jail over colleague's fractured skull

Scaffolder faces jail over colleague's fractured skull

29/08/2014: A West Midlands scaffolder has received a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and been ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after another worker suffered a fractured skull when a pulley wheel fell 7m. more »

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

28/08/2014: Construction employment increased in 223 metropolitan areas of the USA in the last year and 25% of contractors report turning down work because of labour shortages, according to new research. more »

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