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March contract awards up 25% on the year

March contract awards up 25% on the year

23/04/2014: After a rain-soaked February, construction’s recovery regained momentum in March, a new report out today suggests. more »

Construction output falls

Construction output falls

11/04/2014: The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in February 2014 fell by 2.8% (£270m) when compared with January, according to today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics. more »

Potholes ‘catch-up cost’ rises to £12bn

Potholes ‘catch-up cost’ rises to £12bn

03/04/2014: Over two million potholes were filled in England and Wales over last year but the “catch-up cost” has risen to £12bn, with each English authority facing a £90m spend. more »

Construction reports brightest outlook in seven years

Construction reports brightest outlook in seven years

03/04/2014: Improving underlying demand and more favourable business conditions have helped business optimism in construction reach its highest level since January 2007. more »

Rain dampens February's house-building numbers

Rain dampens February's house-building numbers

28/03/2014: There was a surprise dip in the number of new homes built in the UK in February, probably due to all the rain, but the overall trend remains upwards. more »

European construction rises 1.3%

European construction rises 1.3%

20/03/2014: Production in the construction sector in January was 1.5% up on December in the 18 countries of the Eurozone and rose by 1.3% across the whole of the EU. more »

Ireland’s growth in new orders accelerates

Ireland’s growth in new orders accelerates

11/03/2014: Activity in the Irish construction sector rose again during February as new order growth picked up pace. more »

Civil engineering overtakes housing as construction's biggest growth sector

Civil engineering overtakes housing as construction's biggest growth sector

04/03/2014: Civil engineering is now the construction industry’s strongest growth area, overtaking the house-building sector that has led industry revival to date. more »

New home registrations up 14% in January

New home registrations up 14% in January

28/02/2014: Latest data from the National House-Building Council (NHBC) shows a 14% year-on-year increase in January for the number of new homes registered in the UK. more »

Pickles hails ‘hardy builders’ as housing starts jump 23%

Pickles hails ‘hardy builders’ as housing starts jump 23%

21/02/2014: Government statistics show that construction started on 23% more new homes in 2013 in England than in 2012. more »

Europe continues to see rise in construction output

Europe continues to see rise in construction output

23/04/2014: Output in Europe’s construction sector rose by 0.1% in February compared with January. more »

RICS predicts higher wages and 24% hike in tender prices

RICS predicts higher wages and 24% hike in tender prices

08/04/2014: Rising labour and material costs are set to drive up the price of infrastructure as the UK emerges from recession, according to new data from RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS). more »

Construction workers suffer 13.4% drop in real wages

Construction workers suffer 13.4% drop in real wages

03/04/2014: Construction workers now get just 86p for every pound earned before the crash. more »

Scottish construction confidence reaches new high

Scottish construction confidence reaches new high

31/03/2014: Scotland’s construction industry employers are at their most confident since the beginning of the economic downturn. more »

House-building revival set to create more jobs

House-building revival set to create more jobs

21/03/2014: The amount of money spent on residential construction last month reach £1.83bn, a 72% increase on the February 2013 figure. more »

Construction output rose 5.4% in January

Construction output rose 5.4% in January

14/03/2014: Latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics indicate that construction industry output in January 2014 increased by 1.8% on the previous month and by 5.4% compared to January 2013. more »

Tender prices to rise 30%

Tender prices to rise 30%

11/03/2014: Tender prices will rise by nearly a third over the next five years, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is predicting. more »

USA sees biggest rise in construction since 2006

USA sees biggest rise in construction since 2006

04/03/2014: Total construction spending in the USA in January posted the steepest year-on-year increase since 2006. more »

CEOs say that they feel more confident

CEOs say that they feel more confident

28/02/2014: Engineering and construction CEOs have a much more positive outlook than last year, with 41% expecting growth over the next 12 months. more »

European construction rises 1%

European construction rises 1%

20/02/2014: Construction output in the Eurozone rose by 0.9% in December compared with November and by 1% across all 28 countries of the EU. more »

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