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Market grows for Portakabin reuse

4 Mar 2016: Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has invested £1.5m in new stock to meet growing demand for refurbished Portakabin buildings. more »

Rebar body joins scheme for responsible sourcing

3 Mar 2016: The UK’s Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (CARES) has joined BRE’s scheme for responsible sourcing. more »

Kawneer lands Sunesis supply deal

26 Feb 2016: Architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has secured a contract to supply glazing systems to Sunesis, the school-building joint venture between Willmott Dixon and local authority-owned Scape Group. more »

Serbian flies in to head Sika UK

22 Feb 2016: Building product manufacturer Sika has appointed Dragan Maksimović as general manager of its UK operations. more »

Buildings could be constructed by swarms of flying robots

18 Feb 2016: Scientists and engineers are collaborating on a project to develop flying robots that can make buildings in remote areas using 3D printing technology. more »

New guide for deep foundation concrete

18 Feb 2016: Foundations contractors on both sides of the Atlantic have joined forces to produce new best practice guidance on using the tremie method of piping concrete. more »

Fermacell ramps up production

17 Feb 2016: Building board manufacturer Fermacell is increasing its production capacity, in part to meet unprecedented demand from the UK. more »

Declining aggregate reserves still causing concern

12 Feb 2016: Aggregate reserves continue to be consumed quicker than new quarrying capacity is being permitted, the quarrying industry warns. more »

Facial recognition technology ‘saves Dunne £3,000 a week’

11 Feb 2016: Contractor Dunne Group estimates that it is saving £150,000 a year in wrongly paid wages after installing facial recognition technology on its construction sites. more »

Hope plans bagged cement launch

11 Feb 2016: Despite being on the verge of being taken over, Hope Construction Materials continues to invest in expanding and strengthening a brand with an uncertain future. more »

Brick shortage officially over

10 Feb 2016: Brick production in 2015 reached its highest level since 2007, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Innovation & Skills (BIS). more »

Sika’s fast-set screed

9 Feb 2016: Materials firm Sika has a new screed system that it says makes it easier and quicker to finish floors. more »

UV pipe relining first for Lanes

5 Feb 2016: Lanes Group's Reline Division has carried out its first project to rehabilitate a pipe using a chemically-resistant UV liner. more »

New video game tackles ageing infrastructure

4 Feb 2016: A Finnish company has developed a video game that involves the investigation of structural problems in abandoned factories, forgotten tunnels and unsafe buildings. more »

Bricks thrown back at purchasers’ institute

4 Feb 2016: The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply stands accused of damaging the UK building materials sector with a ‘highly misleading and unhelpful’ commentary on the state of the industry. more »

Michelmersh launches bimbricks

3 Feb 2016: Brick manufacturer Michelmersh has made all building information modelling (BIM) data relating to its products available on a new website, bimbricks.com. more »

Growth in construction product sales starts to slow

25 Jan 2016: Sales of construction products have now been rising for 11 consecutive quarter, but the growth rate has now begun to slow down. more »

Smart windows could cut cleaning and energy bills

21 Jan 2016: Scientists in London have come up with a potentially revolutionary type of glass that they say could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings and also reduce heating bills. more »

Hope invests in rail-linked facilities

7 Jan 2016: Cement firm Hope Construction Materials has revealed plans for three new distribution depots as part of a wider investment in rail freight. more »

Hanson fined £750,000

18 Dec 2015: Building materials firm Hanson has been up in court on safety charges for the second time in two weeks. more »

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