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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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Annual brick output set to pass 2 billion mark

7 May 2015: UK brick manufacturing is continuing to grow to meet the increased demands from housebuilders. more »

UK construction growth drops sharply

6 May 2015: Growth in the British construction industry fell to a 22-month low in April, with businesses blaming the election for a delay in clients' spending decisions. more »

Rise in quarry product sales throws doubt on government's numbers

1 May 2015: According to Office for National Statistics, construction is in decline but sales of construction's most basic ingredients are rising. more »

Slowdown in Scottish company failures

30 Apr 2015: There has been a strong slowing in the rate of collapse of construction companies in Scotland, but it is the larger firms that are disappearing. more »

No revision in Mace forecasts

29 Apr 2015: Construction management firm Mace has maintained its forecast for 2015 UK tender cost inflation at 4.5%. more »

Construction slows GDP growth

29 Apr 2015: A fall in construction output was a key factor in economic growth slowing in the first quarter of 2105, according to official statistics. more »

Construction product manufacturers brimming with confidence

27 Apr 2015: UK manufacturers of construction products report continued rising sales in the first quarter of 2015 and there is strong confidence that growth will continue or the next 12 months. more »

Two-thirds of surveyors hit by skills shortages

23 Apr 2015: Labour shortages appear to have overtaken materials shortages as the biggest constraint to construction industry growth. more »

UK spends £55bn a year on building maintenance

23 Apr 2015: New estimates from the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) puts the value of the building maintenance market at more than a billion pounds a week. more »

Start-ups now outstrip closures

13 Apr 2015: An analysis of the number of construction businesses registered at Companies House shows that after four years of net closures, more were started in 2013 than shut down. more »

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