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Fall from roof lands two Kent firms in court

28/08/2014: Two construction companies have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured in a fall at a site near Canterbury in Kent. more »

Growing demand for student homes boosts Unite results

28/08/2014: Student accommodation developer and manager Unite has reported earnings up 34% in its half-year results for the six months to 30 June. more »

Capita explores options for redeveloping 100 acre Sheffield site

28/08/2014: Forest products company SCA has appointed Capita to advise on the potential for its 100 acre former paper mill site at Oughtibridge, Sheffield. more »

SMEs invited to network with hospital builders

28/08/2014: West Midlands SMEs are being invited to a networking event to meet construction teams who design, build and run hospitals across the globe. more »

Pickles calls for new homes to have more parking

27/08/2014: Local government secretary Eric Pickles is calling for new housing developments to be built with more parking spaces to end a “vicious cycle” where clogged up streets leave motorists to run a gauntlet of congestion, unfair fines and restrictions. more »

Value of Balfour Beatty’s PPPs jumps 46% under new rating method

27/08/2014: Balfour Beatty’s directors have used a new method to evaluate the company’s PPP portfolio, resulting in a value of £1.051bn - 46% higher than under the old approach. more »

Builders' merchant group sees jump in profitability

27/08/2014: Builders’ merchant Grafton Group, which includes the Plumbase, Selco and Jackson brands, has seen its profits and profit margin rise in the first half of this year. more »

Strong first quarter drives rise in Kingspan results

26/08/2014: Kingspan’s financial report for the first half of this year shows revenue up 4% to €889.3m (£708m) and a 24% increase in trading profit to €69.2m. more »

Revenue and pre-tax profit up at North Midland despite ongoing problems

26/08/2014: North Midland Construction (NMC) has reported group revenue of £90.98m for the first half of this year. more »

Lack of hot water brings fine for building firm director

26/08/2014: The director of a Stockport-based building firm has been fined after workers on a house refurbishment were put at risk by the lack of any hot water to wash off dust and contaminants. more »

HSE finds its new chief

22/08/2014: Richard Judge, currently chief executive of the Insolvency Service, has been chosen to head up the Health & Safety Executive. more »

Funding deal for Pentland Firth tidal array

22/08/2014: Construction of the world’s biggest tidal array could start before the end of the year after securing government grants. more »

Hyder swings back to Arcadis

22/08/2014: The board of Hyder Consulting has accepted an improved takeover offer from Dutch engineer Arcadis. more »

Miller doubles group profits despite construction losses

22/08/2014: Miller Construction made a loss of £6.2m in the first half of 2014 before being sold to Galliford Try. more »

Henry Boot enjoys market revival

22/08/2014: Henry Boot has seen a strong rise in profits in the first half of the year despite a decline in revenues. more »

New FD for Aukett Swanke

22/08/2014: Architecture practice Aukett Swanke has recruited Beverley Wright from CH2M Hill to be its new group finance director. more »

Second quarter housing starts up 18% on last year

22/08/2014: The level of England’s new housing construction activity in the April to June quarter of 2014 was unchanged on the first quarter but up 18% year-on-year. more »

Kier's Kings Lynn crew holds strike ballot

22/08/2014: The GMB union is organising a strike ballot of 45 members employed by Kier Refuse Services in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk in a pay dispute. more »

Wolseley’s utilities acquisitions cleared

21/08/2014: The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Wolseley UK’s purchase of Fusion Provida UK and Utility Power Systems. more »

Brothers jailed for asbestos negligence on refurbishment job

21/08/2014: Two brothers from Stoke-on-Trent, described as having little or no experience of building and construction work, have been sent to prison sentences after exposing site workers to asbestos. more »

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