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National Grid’s £2.8bn tunnel plans make progress

17 Jan 2017: Plans for a £2.8bn cable tunnel under Morecambe Bay are nearly ready to go to the Planning Inspectorate following completion of public consultation. more »

CITB proposes levy cut

16 Jan 2017: The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to begin its consultation with industry on a proposed reduction in the levy and a reformed grants scheme. more »

US sales lift Ibstock

16 Jan 2017: Brick and block maker Ibstock saw its group revenue rise 5% in 2016, mainly because of a lift in its US operations. more »

Brick maker sells landfill site

16 Jan 2017: Michelmersh Brick Holdings has exchanged contracts for the £2.68m sale of the 25-acre former Dunton Brothers brickworks at Chesham in Buckinghamshire to London Green Resources. more »

New recruits boost Murphy management

16 Jan 2017: Murphy Group has begun 2017 with a raft of new senior appointments, including the recruitment of a new managing director from Balfour Beatty. more »

Balfour JV names new HS2 leader

16 Jan 2017: Balfour Beatty Vinci has appointed Mark Cutler managing director of its HS2 joint venture. more »

Fixed price contracts sink Hull contractor

16 Jan 2017: A buyer is being sought to rescue Hall Construction Group Ltd from administration. more »

HBF makes case for SME house-builders

16 Jan 2017: A new report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) details the barriers that smaller building companies face in developing housing. more »

Aarsleff recruits sheet piling ops manager

16 Jan 2017: Foundations contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering has appointed Chris Pantling as operations manager for its sheet piling division. more »

Lords amendments to HS2 Bill

13 Jan 2017: Enabling legislation for the £56bn High Speed 2 rail project is working its way through the House of Lords. Richard Flenley, senior associate of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, reports. more »

Pothole detectors fitted to waste trucks

13 Jan 2017: A pothole detector fitted beneath bin lorries is being trialled in Thurrock and York. more »

SIG disappoints in 2016

13 Jan 2017: Building products distributor SIG saw flat like-for-like sales in 2016, in what chief executive Mel Ewell described as a disappointing year. more »

Manchester’s Factory clears planning

13 Jan 2017: Plans to build a £110m arts venue on the site of the old Granada Television studios have been formally approved by Manchester City Council. more »

Bouygues quits Bristol arena project

13 Jan 2017: Bouygues UK will not now be building the proposed £95m Bristol Arena after failing to agree a contract price with Bristol City Council. more »

Report calls for contractors to merge

13 Jan 2017: The UK construction industry needs some of its biggest contractors to merge, a new report says, and prime candidates include Costain and Interserve. more »

Independent review backs tidal lagoon plans

12 Jan 2017: The independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK has come down firmly in support of the concept. more »

Housing up but infrastructure work slows

12 Jan 2017: Construction output in Great Britain fell by 0.2% in November 2016 compared with October 2016, largely due to a contraction in non-housing repair and maintenance, but it was up 1.5% year-on year. more »

Barratt buoyed by booming regions

12 Jan 2017: House-builder Barratt says that outside of London it is busier than it has been for nine years. more »

Architect firm blames Brexit for shrinking profits

12 Jan 2017: Publicly quoted architect Aukett Swanke Group is blaming the EU referendum for a 22% fall in UK revenues between April and September 2016. more »

Lord Prior given construction brief

12 Jan 2017: Lord Prior of Brampton has taken over responsibility for the construction portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. more »

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