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Loan helps pave way for £750m Knottingley power station

Loan helps pave way for £750m Knottingley power station

17/04/2014: St Paul’s Developments has been awarded £2.45m of funding from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for remediation and infrastructure works at its 110 acre former chemical works site in Knottingley, Wakefield. more »

Polypipe rejoins London Stock Exchange

Polypipe rejoins London Stock Exchange

17/04/2014: Plastic piping manufacturer Polypipe Group has been admitted to full trading on the London Stock Exchange main market. more »

Cambridge development passes another planning milestone

Cambridge development passes another planning milestone

17/04/2014: Proposals for University of Cambridge key worker homes at the North West Cambridge Development have been approved today by the local planning authorities. more »

Live cable explosion rocks strip-out job

Live cable explosion rocks strip-out job

17/04/2014: A North London labourer was nearly killed in an explosion he caused by severing a 415-volt electrical cable, a court has heard. more »

Persimmon’s forward sales up a third

Persimmon’s forward sales up a third

16/04/2014: The government’s Help to Buy shared equity scheme continues to boost the bank balances of major housebuilders with Persimmon reporting a 35% leap on forward sales revenue on the back of the policy. more »

Grosvenor Square fatality a result of demolition gone wrong

Grosvenor Square fatality a result of demolition gone wrong

16/04/2014: Further details of the death of a construction worker in London’s Grosvenor Square this week have been revealed by his employer. more »

BAM Nuttall faces new battle over Cambridge busway defects

BAM Nuttall faces new battle over Cambridge busway defects

16/04/2014: Cambridgeshire County Council's cabinet has approved measures to reopen legal action against construction contractor BAM Nuttall to recover further costs for repairing its guided busway system. more »

Forrest takes solar panels drive to commercial market

Forrest takes solar panels drive to commercial market

16/04/2014: Building maintenance contract Forrest is targeting the commercial sector with its solar panels installation business after getting financial backing from Australian bank Macquarie. more »

WSP adds three directors

WSP adds three directors

16/04/2014: Consulting engineer WSP’s recruitment drive continues apace with the appointment of three new directors in the UK, two in its building services business in Scotland. more »

New role for Costain director

New role for Costain director

16/04/2014: Costain’s Alan Kay has started a new role as chief executive of ABC Electrification, the Alstom-Babcock-Costain joint venture working on Network Rail’s £2bn electrification programme. more »

Temporary hoist shaft led to back-breaking fall

Temporary hoist shaft led to back-breaking fall

16/04/2014: Two construction firms have been fined a total of £75,000 after a worker broke his back falling 4m through a hole in the first floor of a hotel in Aberdeen. more »

Leeds City Council and HCA join forces for £80m regeneration scheme

Leeds City Council and HCA join forces for £80m regeneration scheme

15/04/2014: Leeds City Council and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) have joined forces for the next stage of the redevelopment of an old industrial site in the city centre. more »

Boost for engineering technicians campaign

Boost for engineering technicians campaign

15/04/2014: A campaign to increase the number of accredited engineering technicians has been lifted by a further £2m grant from Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation. more »

Construction worker killed in Mayfair building collapse

Construction worker killed in Mayfair building collapse

15/04/2014: One man has been killed and another injured in a partial collapse at a London building site. more »

Garden cities prospectus is 'call to arms for visionaries'

Garden cities prospectus is 'call to arms for visionaries'

15/04/2014: The government has published plans for a new generation of garden cities, setting out a framework for the production of local development plans. more »

Twitter symposium for height safety

Twitter symposium for height safety

14/04/2014: The Access Industry Forum (AIF) is gearing up to hold its first Twitter Q&A this week at 11am on Wednesday 16th April. more »

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services appoints COO

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services appoints COO

14/04/2014: Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has recruited Uma Shanker from Network Rail to take on the new role of chief operating officer. more »

Beard profits up 21%

Beard profits up 21%

14/04/2014: South of England regional contractor Beard has reported revenue and profit growth for 2013. more »

Balfour Beatty starts work on £11.6 million mixed-use residential project

Balfour Beatty starts work on £11.6 million mixed-use residential project

14/04/2014: The project involves the demolition of existing temporary residential accommodation to be replaced with a four-storey building fronting Willow Walk and Alscot Way, for Southwark Council. more »

Quintain enters JV for 475 new Wembley homes

Quintain enters JV for 475 new Wembley homes

14/04/2014: Quintain has established a 50:50 JV with Keystone developers, a subsidiary of Keystone Group Holding, to deliver the next 306,000 sq ft phase of residential development at Wembley Park. more »

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