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Materials sales soften but confidence remains undimmed

3 Aug 2015: Sales of aggregates and ready mixed concrete softened slightly in the second quarter of the year but are still firmly ahead of last year’s levels. more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

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

Construction fatalities drop 26%

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Scottish construction sees output rise but employment fall

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

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 »

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