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Grafton bolts on Kent chain

01/09/2014: Grafton Group has acquired Kent-based Direct Builders Merchants Ltd. more »

Asbestos firm fined £15k for working without licence

01/09/2014: A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work. more »

Manchester man falls through ceiling during loft conversion

01/09/2014: Tyrone Dobbs is not the only resident of Greater Manchester to have fallen through a ceiling during a loft conversion recently, it has emerged. more »

COINS buys into Fulcro Engineering

01/09/2014: Software company Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has made an unspecified investment in Warwickshire-based design house Fulcro Engineering Services. more »

Associations seek feedback on new code for district heating

29/08/2014: Industry partners working with the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) and Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) have published a draft standard for the development of district heating. more »

Pilot scheme launched for reporting defective plumbing

29/08/2014: The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water are piloting a scheme to enable approved contractors to report any high-risk plumbing work they come across. more »

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

29/08/2014: The number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year according to new figures from NHBC, but there were considerable regional differences. more »

Administrators called in at London fit-out business

29/08/2014: Specialist commercial fit-out business Corporate Interiors LLP has gone into administration. more »

Scaffolder faces jail over colleague's fractured skull

29/08/2014: A West Midlands scaffolder has received a four-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and been ordered to pay £2,500 in compensation after another worker suffered a fractured skull when a pulley wheel fell 7m. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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