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Contractors are now turning down London work

29/07/2014: Construction industry capacity shortages have prompted Mace to increase its forecast for tender cost inflation in London as contractors become increasingly picky about projects they take on. more »

Planned spending on infrastructure reaches £383bn

25/07/2014: The latest update of the government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline says that planned investment has now increased to £383bn up to 2020 and beyond. more »

Drop in civils output causes fall in European construction

21/07/2014: Construction output across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28) fell by 1.6% in May compared with April. more »

Surveyors warn on worsening shortages

16/07/2014: Skills shortages and increasing delivery times for certain materials have become substantial constraints on construction activity, surveyors are warning. more »

Report predicts 22% surge in Gulf construction

16/07/2014: The total value of construction projects awarded in the Gulf region is likely to increase 22% this year to more than US$195bn (£114bn), according to a new report. more »

Irish construction sees further sharp rise

14/07/2014: Irish construction activity continued to expand in June, extending the current sequence of growth to 10 months. more »

Industry output fell back in May

14/07/2014: Construction industry output fell by 1.1% in May 2014 but remains around 3.5% higher than in May 2013, according to latest official estimates. more »

Steel prices stay steady

08/07/2014: Steelwork contractors are hoping for a pick-up in business by being able to offer developers reasonable lead times and competitive pricing. more »

Downturn in German construction intensifies

07/07/2014: The downturn in Germany’s construction sector intensified further last month. more »

Construction’s fatality rate gets worse

03/07/2014: The construction industry’s fatal injury rate deteriorated slightly last year and deaths from long-term asbestos-related disease also increased. more »

Tender prices are rising

03/07/2014: Tender prices rose by 3% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter, and by 6.7% year-on-year, according to the UK construction Tender Price Index compiled by RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS). more »

Construction pipeline is updated

03/07/2014: The government has updated its construction pipeline, setting out £116bn of planned public sector projects. more »

Purchasers' survey shows growth rate picking up again

02/07/2014: The monthly survey of construction’s purchasing managers shows a strong rebound in growth momentum in June, with house-building and commercial building accelerating. more »

Global infrastructure spending set to reach $9 trillion by 2025

23/06/2014: Global capital project and infrastructure spending will more than double to US$9 trillion (£5.3tn) annually by 2025, with a rise of 60% in the UK according to a new report from PwC. more »

European construction bounces back

20/06/2014: Production in the construction sector grew by 0.8% in the 18 countries of the Eurozone (EA18) and by 0.6% across all 28 EU countries (EU28) in April compared to March, according to first estimates from the statistical office of the European Union. more »

April output up 4.6% year-on-year

13/06/2014: The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in April 2014 rose by 1.2% on March, growing by £113m. more »

Ireland sees further sharp rise in construction activity

10/06/2014: The recovery in the Irish construction sector continued in May. more »

Germany’s construction downturn intensifies

08/06/2014: May’s data on the German construction industry signalled a second successive fall in activity, with the rate of the dip accelerating since April. more »

Research predicts surge in Australian housing construction

04/06/2014: New research by Timetric predicts that residential construction is set to become the fastest-growing construction market in Australia in the next few years. more »

PMI indicates further softening in construction’s strong growth rate

03/06/2014: Last month saw another sharp rise in UK construction output, although once again the rate of increase was slower than the previous month. more »

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