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Bogus builder gets five year stretch

24/10/2014: A conman who posed as a builder and duped people out of more than £1m has been sent to jail for five years. more »

Morgan Sindall falls victim to cost inflation

24/10/2014: Morgan Sindall has issued a profits warning to shareholders after contracts priced more than a year ago have since incurred cost inflation. more »

BIM, hire desks and piling to join construction's apprenticeship offer

24/10/2014: A construction industry initiative to develop three new apprenticeship schemes has won government support. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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