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M&A activity reaches new high

M&A activity reaches new high

23 May 2017: Merger and acquisition activity in the building products and services sector reached record levels in 2016, according to an analysis by accountancy firm BDO. more »

Office developer confidence remains high in the capital

Office developer confidence remains high in the capital

17 May 2017: There has been a surge of new office space developed in London over the past six months but the total now under construction is down. more »

Irish growth momentum picks up

Irish growth momentum picks up

15 May 2017: Growth in Ireland’s construction sector has accelerated for the third month running. more »

Construction output falls three months on the trot

Construction output falls three months on the trot

12 May 2017: Construction output in Great Britain fell for the third consecutive month in March 2017, decreasing by 0.7% compared with February 2017. more »

Rising costs mean mixed start to 2017

Rising costs mean mixed start to 2017

9 May 2017: The latest pan-industry state of trade survey shows generally healthy workloads in the first quarter of 2017 but it remains to be seen what profit can be eked out of the revenue being generated. more »

Outlook turns cloudy for civils contractors

Outlook turns cloudy for civils contractors

4 May 2017: Civil engineering contractors fear that the infrastructure sector is at risk of stagnating. more »

Number of new homes hits 10-year high

Number of new homes hits 10-year high

28 Apr 2017: New home registrations in the UK have reached a 10-year high. more »

Unite investigation identifies 25% cut in safety inspectors

Unite investigation identifies 25% cut in safety inspectors

27 Apr 2017: The Unite union has warned of risks to workers due to a cut in the number of frontline health and safety inspectors. more »

FMB survey shows confidence on the rise

FMB survey shows confidence on the rise

24 Apr 2017: Small construction firms saw their workloads continue to rise in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). more »

House-building pipeline hits new heights

House-building pipeline hits new heights

21 Apr 2017: Planning permission was granted for 293,127 new homes in 2016, suggesting continued growth ahead in the house-building sector. more »

Europe sees drop in construction output

Europe sees drop in construction output

18 May 2017: Construction output across the 28 countries of the European Union (EU28) fell by 0.8% in March compared with February and by 1.1% in the Eurozone. more »

London build costs continue to spiral

London build costs continue to spiral

16 May 2017: Construction costs in London have jumped 5% over the past 12 months, but the falling pound has knocked the UK capital down from third to fifth place in an international ranking of building costs. more »

Mace predicts tender prices to remain steady

Mace predicts tender prices to remain steady

15 May 2017: The latest quarterly tender price forecast from Mace shows an unchanged picture for the UK with only marginal increases ahead. more »

Barry Waterfront scheme propels Persimmon to top of the league

Barry Waterfront scheme propels Persimmon to top of the league

10 May 2017: The BCLive contracts league table topped the £4bn mark for April 2017 thanks to a £700m deal for Persimmon right at the end of the month. more »

Australian construction reports growth

Australian construction reports growth

8 May 2017: Australia’s construction industry reported a third consecutive month of growth in April, though commercial building work continued to decline. more »

Construction growth edges up again in April

Construction growth edges up again in April

3 May 2017: UK construction companies have reported a solid start to the second quarter of 2017, helped by faster rises in civil engineering and residential building activity. more »

Architects feel more confident

Architects feel more confident

28 Apr 2017: The latest survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) shows a rise in confidence about future workloads. more »

February sales see landscaping up but decorating down

February sales see landscaping up but decorating down

26 Apr 2017: Builders’ merchants’ daily sales were up again in February 2017, despite the wet weather. more »

European construction output grows as civil engineering picks up

European construction output grows as civil engineering picks up

21 Apr 2017: Production in the construction sector grew by 6.9% in the Euro area in February compared to January and by 4.4% across the wider EU (EU28). more »

Credit analysis indicates strong first quarter growth for construction

Credit analysis indicates strong first quarter growth for construction

19 Apr 2017: The UK’s construction sector grew by 38% in the first quarter of 2017, according to figures collected by business intelligence firm Creditsafe. more »

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