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Concern mounts over sub-standard PPE

11 Feb 2015: Construction workers across the country could be wearing hard hats and safety equipment that is not up to the job. more »

Saint-Gobain sells UK pipes business

10 Feb 2015: French building materials giant has sold its UK pipes and valves distribution business, Ashworth, to a private investment firm more »

Building product manufacturers see sales rise and fuel costs fall

9 Feb 2015: The Construction Products Association’s latest state of trade survey indicates that manufacturers of construction products ended 2014 with continued growth in sales. more »

New British Standard for fixing roofing tiles coming into force

6 Feb 2015: There are important changes coming up next month for roofers. more »

Bitumen book updated

5 Feb 2015: The 6th edition of The Shell Bitumen Handbook is now out. more »

CRH to pay £5bn for Lafarge Holcim assets

2 Feb 2015: Ireland’s CRH is set to become the world’s third biggest building material firm through a £5bn acquisition of assets being sold by Lafarge and Holcim. more »

CRH confirms interest in Lafarge Holcim assets

23 Jan 2015: Irish building materials giant CRH has confirmed that it is in discussions with Lafarge and Holcim about the possible purchase of some of their assets. more »

Dow rolls out new insulation board

20 Jan 2015: Dow Building Solutions has confirmed the launch of its Xenergy roof insulation product. more »

Approval for Ridgistorm-XL

20 Jan 2015: Polypipe has received WRc approval for its three largest diameter Ridgistorm-XL pipe sizes. more »

Steel producers warn on Chinese rebar

15 Jan 2015: Contractors are being warned that the use of Chinese reinforcing steel could be unsafe unless welders are specially trained in the specific techniques that it requires. more »

Kingspan warns against reusing flooring

13 Jan 2015: The growing trend of recycling access flooring carries a significant risk of failure, a leading manufacturer has warned. more »

Wienerberger's Innovation Park house to pilot new BRE standards

12 Jan 2015: Construction starts this month on the next home at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford. more »

Nori brick production restarts at Huncoat

9 Jan 2015: Hanson Building Products has re-opened its Nori brickworks in Accrington after seven years in mothballs. more »

Hope cement plant gets £14m upgrade

8 Jan 2015: Hope Construction Materials is investing £14m to increase production at its Hope Works cement plant. more »

Heidelberg sells Hanson Building Products

5 Jan 2015: HeidelbergCement has agreed a deal to sell its UK and North American building products business to a private equity firm more »

UK cement market shake-up remains on course

17 Dec 2014: European Commission Clearance of the merger of global cement giants Holcim and Lafarge, reported yesterday, paves the way for the emergence of a fifth independent cement producer in the UK. more »

Thatchers make comeback to provide new take on modern methods of construction

17 Dec 2014: A project in Norwich could pave the way for the revival of a traditional craft for modern construction. more »

CRH sells brickmaker Ibstock

15 Dec 2014: Irish building materials group CRH has agreed the sale of its UK clay and concrete businesses and its clay business in the USA to private equity firm Bain Capital for £414m. more »

Dutch materials producer moves to UK production

3 Dec 2014: Specialist drainage systems manufacturer Kijlstra is opening a UK production facility for precast offsite drainage products. more »

Researchers explore the potential for using fly ash in concrete

1 Dec 2014: The UK Quality Ash Association is sponsoring research into the recovery and use of stockpile fly ash for construction materials. more »

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