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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 »

House-building surges but is still below 2007 peak

House-building surges but is still below 2007 peak

22 May 2015: House-building starts in the first quarter of 2015 increased by 31% on the previous quarter in England and by 11% compared to the same period last year, according to government figures. more »

Tender prices to rise 28%

Tender prices to rise 28%

21 May 2015: Construction tender prices are set to rise by 28% over the next five years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). more »

Construction's positive run notches up eighth straight quarter of growth

Construction's positive run notches up eighth straight quarter of growth

13 May 2015: The construction industry has now been growing for eight consecutive quarters, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey. more »

Skills shortage gets worse for specialist contractors

Skills shortage gets worse for specialist contractors

12 May 2015: Skills shortages are preventing 28% of construction firms from bidding for work they would have previously taken on. more »

Interserve tops monthly league thanks to Nine Elms win

Interserve tops monthly league thanks to Nine Elms win

7 May 2015: New work valued at £628.5m has put Interserve at the top of the league for contract wins in April. 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 »

New home registrations keep rising

 New home registrations keep rising

29 May 2015: The number of new homes registered with the National House-Building Council (NHBC) across the UK continues to run ahead of 2014 numbers. more »

European construction output falls

European construction output falls

21 May 2015: Output in Europe’s construction sector rose in March after February’s falls but was down on figures from 2014. more »

Construction industry is now in recession… allegedly

Construction industry is now in recession… allegedly

15 May 2015: The Office for National Statistics has published new figures that show the construction industry is now in recession, despite all industry surveys strongly indicating that the industry is in its best health for years. more »

Civils firms expect post-election lift off

Civils firms expect post-election lift off

13 May 2015: After a lull in work in in the run-up to the general election, civil engineering contractors are now expecting their sector to take off. more »

Irish construction growth regains momentum

Irish construction growth regains momentum

11 May 2015: Figures for April show signs of the Irish construction sector regaining growth momentum, with activity, new orders and employment all rising at sharper rates than in March. more »

Manufacturers plan 40% growth in floor space

Manufacturers plan 40% growth in floor space

7 May 2015: Planning applications for factory floor space are on track to increase by 40% this year on top of a 50% rise in 2014. more »

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