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Balfour Beatty gets extra £36m to solve Olympic Stadium roof problems

23/10/2014: Balfour Beatty has secured a 23% increase in contract value for converting the London Olympic Stadium. more »

House-builders at their busiest since 2007

23/10/2014: Registration statistics for new homes indicate that house-building is at its highest level since 2007. more »

High-tech truck tests trunk road surfaces

23/10/2014: Geotechnical specialist Fugro has been awarded a three-year contract by the Highways Agency to undertake traffic speed structural surveys (TRASS) of England’s strategic road network. more »

RIBA launches small works building contracts

23/10/2014: The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is launching two new building contracts next month. more »

Plans progress for 35ha scheme in York

22/10/2014: Network Rail and City of York Council have signed a partnership deal to develop a 36 hectare brownfield site in the city. more »

Apprentice rises to top of CH2M Hill

22/10/2014: Mark Thurston has taken over from Mark Fallon as European managing director of CH2M Hill in London. more »

NG Bailey launches schools outreach programme

22/10/2014: Building services contractor NG Bailey has launched an initiative to encourage young people into the construction industry. more »

Designers challenged to improve access

22/10/2014: The government is backing an initiative to encourage building designers and urban planners to ensure buildings, streets and public spaces are accessible to all, regardless of their physical capabilities. more »

Galliford chairman beats CEO to the door

21/10/2014: Galliford Try, already seeking a new chief executive, has added a chairman to its wanted list after the surprise resignation of Ian Coull. more »

Crossrail TBM Ellie breaks through in Docklands (with video)

21/10/2014: The £14.8bn Crossrail project has reached another milestone with the breakthrough by tunnel boring machine (TBM) Ellie at Victoria Dock Portal in east London. more »

Osborne picks purchasing chief

21/10/2014: Osborne has appointed John Robeson as its new supply chain director for construction. more »

Banner provides springboard for Cala growth

21/10/2014: House-builder Cala Homes says it is on course to treble its revenues by 2016 after a strong hike in sales and doubling its profits last year. more »

Birmingham seeks Centenary Square ideas

20/10/2014: Architects and designers have been invited to pitch their ideas for the regeneration of one of Birmingham’s main public spaces. more »

Prefab solution for Scottish social housing

20/10/2014: An estate of 32 prefabricated houses has gone up in Eyemouth for Berwickshire Housing Association. more »

CPA revises growth forecasts upwards

20/10/2014: The construction industry is expected to grow 23% by the end of 2018, according to the latest industry forecasts. more »

Scottish government wins winter maintenance action

20/10/2014: A supplier of de-icing salt has failed in its claim for damages from the Scottish government, which it said breached tendering rules. more »

Plumbers and plasterers join brickies and chippies on construction's most wanted list

17/10/2014: Latest state of trade survey by the Federation of Master Builders shows continuing growth in most sectors but almost half of firms are struggling to find the skilled labour they need. more »

EM strengthens management team

17/10/2014: EM Highway Services has appointed three new directors to strengthen its executive management team. more »

Labour promises support for small builders in house-building drive

17/10/2014: The Labour Party appears to have won some hearts in the construction industry with a plan to build 200,000 new homes a year if voted into government. more »

Pinewood aims to start expansion work in the next quarter

16/10/2014: Pinewood Shepperton is aiming to start construction early next year of a £200m expansion of its studios near Iver in Buckinghamshire. more »

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