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Queen speaks, industry reacts

28 May 2015: Plans to devolve more powers to city councils and to promote home ownership were cornerstones of the new Conservative government’s legislative programme unveiled in the Queen’s Speech yesterday. more »

HS2 aims for new standards in safety

27 May 2015: If you work on the £50bn HS2 project, your instructions from the top are to challenge anything that you think might be unsafe. more »

Telford Homes ousts MD

27 May 2015: London-focused house-builder Telford Homes has made one of its joint managing directors redundant. more »

Wardell Armstrong acquires Croydon firm

27 May 2015: Engineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong has acquired the business and assets of RJ Witt Associates, a civil and structural engineering consultancy firm based in Croydon. more »

Celcon blocks made lighter

27 May 2015: Aircrete block manufacturer H+H has lowered the density of its high strength and super strength grade Celcon blocks from 750 kg/m3 to 700 kg/m3. more »

RICS launches diversity initiative

26 May 2015: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is launching a scheme to promote diversity among employers. more »

Lend Lease becomes Lendlease

26 May 2015: Lend Lease has changed its name to Landlease and has a new-look logo, described as “a design for the future”. more »

Building bosses struggle to give money away

26 May 2015: Northern building firms have education grants worth thousands of pounds going begging, but are struggling to find any takers. more »

Approval given to Berkeley's £615m White City development

22 May 2015: The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has approved plans for a 10-acre housing development in White City. more »

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 »

Mersey bridge project reaches landmark with temporary structure completed

22 May 2015: The first bridge over the Mersey for 54 years has been completed as part of the construction of the new Mersey Gateway crossing. more »

Developer fined after ignoring warnings

22 May 2015: House-builder Landrose Developments Ltd has been fined for repeated height safety breaches. more »

Wates to buy Shepherd businesses

21 May 2015: Wates has agreed a deal to buy Shepherd Group’s facilities management and building services divisions, and also take over much of its construction business. more »

Jailed for ignoring site safety

21 May 2015: A man has been sent to jail after an immigrant labourer was killed in a fall on his building site. more »

Government urged to promote photocatalysis in clean air strategy

21 May 2015: The government should offer grants and incentives to promote the use of pollution-busting photocatalytic technology, a leading building products firm has said. 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 »

Study seeks to improve energy forecasts

21 May 2015: Funding has been secured for an academic research project that is expected to result in architects being better able to predict the energy consumption of the buildings they design. more »

Karters dodge death in failed lifting operation

21 May 2015: A construction company has been fined after heavy metal sheets crashed through a karting track roof, narrowly missing members of the public. more »

Bellway fined again for another temporary works failure

20 May 2015: Repeat offender Bellway Homes has been ordered to pay nearly £50,000 after a bricklayer was badly hurt when a temporary platform collapsed. more »

CITB picks uni to lead on training in Wales

20 May 2015: A consortium led by the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) has been selected to develop training for the construction industry in Wales. more »

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