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House-building up 12% in second quarter

House-building up 12% in second quarter

31 Jul 2015: There was an 11.6% increase in new homes registered with the National House-Building Council (NHBC) in the second quarter of 2015. 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 »

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 »

Pay rises 5.7% in past year but job creation slows

Pay rises 5.7% in past year but job creation slows

16 Jul 2015: Construction’s rate of job creation slowed down in the year to ending March 2015, with the UK workforce rising a modest 1.3%. more »

Supermarkets not building two-thirds of planned new stores

Supermarkets not building two-thirds of planned new stores

16 Jul 2015: Only 32 per cent of projects submitted for planning permission from the big four supermarkets across the UK since 2010 have been built. more »

ONS: Construction output fell 1.3% in May

ONS: Construction output fell 1.3% in May

10 Jul 2015: Despite all other evidence to the contrary, government statisticians assert that construction output shrank in May 2015. more »

Construction fatalities drop 26%

Construction fatalities drop 26%

2 Jul 2015: Despite the upturn in construction activity, the industry’s fatal accident rate declined sharply last year. more »

Planning permissions rise but barriers remain, says FMB

Planning permissions rise but barriers remain, says FMB

1 Jul 2015: The latest planning permission figures from the government reveal a welcome increase in permissions being granted but do not equate to homes actually being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders. more »

Optimism soars to new high among Scottish builders

Optimism soars to new high among Scottish builders

22 Jun 2015: Latest quarterly survey of Scottish builders has revealed that their confidence has reached record heights. more »

Construction outlook remains rosy despite pre-election dip

Construction outlook remains rosy despite pre-election dip

15 Jun 2015: Latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output fell in April, compared to March, but new orders rose. more »

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 »

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 »

Big sheds booming, report says

Big sheds booming, report says

17 Jul 2015: There is a boom going on in big shed developments, according to a new market study. more »

Civils tender prices to rise 26% by 2020

Civils tender prices to rise 26% by 2020

16 Jul 2015: New data from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) show that civil engineering costs have fallen but are forecasted to rise by 20% over the next five years. more »

Demand for building products keeps on climbing

Demand for building products keeps on climbing

13 Jul 2015: The Construction Products Association’s state of trade survey for the second quarter of 2015 indicates that sales of construction product manufacturers have now risen for nine consecutive quarters. more »

Construction industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

Construction industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

2 Jul 2015: Construction sector output growth continued to rebound in June from its pre-election hiatus. more »

London closes on New York as priciest place to build

London closes on New York as priciest place to build

1 Jul 2015: London’s overall construction costs are now just 4% lower than those of New York, despite labour costs being far cheaper, Turner & Townsend has found. more »

New home registrations rose 9% in May

New home registrations rose 9% in May

26 Jun 2015: House-building output continues to show year-on-year growth with new home registrations continue rising strongly in May, according to new figures from the NHBC. more »

Scottish construction sees output rise but employment fall

Scottish construction sees output rise but employment fall

18 Jun 2015: Scotland’s construction industry is getting more efficient, official statistics suggest. more »

Construction sees post-election bounce

Construction sees post-election bounce

2 Jun 2015: UK construction companies recorded a slight rebound in output growth during May, according to the latest survey of purchasing managers. But this only partially reversed the loss of momentum seen in April ahead of the general election. more »

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