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Brick sales up for Michelmersh but losses widen

02/09/2013: Michelmersh Brick sold 9% more bricks in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012. more »

Recovering market boosts Marshalls

30/08/2013: A restructuring at paving block producer Marshalls appears to be paying dividends with profits on the rise. more »

FM Conway’s Heathrow asphalt plant approved

29/08/2013: FM Conway has got planning permission to build a £10m asphalt plant near Heathrow airport. more »

Painless delivery for hospital built offsite

19/08/2013: The largest ever off-site building project for the health sector is nearing completion. Emma Crates reports more »

Towering ambitions for timber

19/08/2013: Move over steel and concrete. Could timber be the radical new material for the tall buildings of the future? Emma Crates reports more »

Laying asphalt hot on hot

19/08/2013: There is a method of laying asphalt used in mainland Europe that has been shown to save time, save money, use less material and produce better longer-lasting surfaces. But, as Phil Bishop reports, UK contractors are finding reasons not to embrace it more »

New standard addresses unsafe low-level work platforms

15/08/2013: PASMA, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched a a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms. more »

Amphibious dredger clears canal for horse-drawn boats

14/08/2013: An amphibious dredging vehicle and three of Shorflo’s 6” Super diesel pumps have enabled specialist contractor Ebsford Environmental to clear over 2km of the Cromford Canal near Matlock. more »

Eurovia and Aggregate Industries set up Isle of Wight JV

13/08/2013: Eurovia and Aggregate Industries have announced the formation of a new joint venture company that will operate on the Isle of Wight. more »

Bell & Webster to supply units for Newcastle halls

06/08/2013: A Newcastle student accommodation scheme is going to be built from precast concrete units made 170 miles away in Grantham. more »

Insulation firm eliminates landfill waste

31/07/2013: Building materials producer Knauf Insulation reports that it has reached its target of eliminating waste sent to landfill at all four of its UK manufacturing plants. more »

Export drive for building products sector

30/07/2013: The government is funding a programme to help UK suppliers of building products to increase their exports. more »

Ready-mixed concrete sales up 18%

29/07/2013: Rising sales of aggregates provide further evidence that UK construction activity may be turning a corner and looking at recovery. more »

Lafarge Tarmac takes a hit on reduced prices

26/07/2013: The new Lafarge Tarmac building materials joint venture made a £20m operating loss for its shareholders in the first half of 2013. more »

Milestone for Tilbury cement works

26/07/2013: The new Cemex cement plant at Tilbury docks in Essex has produced its millionth tonne of cement. more »

Brick prices likely to rise soon

22/07/2013: There are early indications that the price of bricks will soon be going up for the first time in years. more »

BBA approval for Jablite FRI

19/07/2013: Jablite has secured British Board of Agrément (BBA) certification for its Flat Roof Insulation (FRI) for use on zero fall flat roofs, balconies, terraces and green roofs. more »

Sustained recovery under way says Breedon

18/07/2013: Quarrying group Breedon Aggregates has reported growing sales and profits for the first half of 2013 amid an improving outlook for the construction industry. more »

CRH names next CEO

18/07/2013: Irish building materials group CRH has named chief operating officer Albert Manifold as its chief executive designate, to take over in January 2014 on the retirement of Myles Lee. more »

Hope seeks contractors for approved network

17/07/2013: Hope Construction Materials, the company formed from the bits that Lafarge and Tarmac were not allowed to keep when they merged their UK operations, is looking for firm to join its network of approved contractors. more »

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