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Scottish Water sets out £3.5bn programme

30/09/2014: Scottish Water has announced a £3.5bn investment programme for the next six years. more »

Yet another profits warning from Balfour Beatty and the chairman’s had enough

29/09/2014: Balfour Beatty has launched an investigation after finding a further £75m shortfall in profits in its Construction Services UK business. And now the boss wants to bail out as soon as possible. more »

Mears faces Rotherham strike ballot

30/09/2014: Construction trades unions are balloting members for industrial action at Morrison Facilities Services Ltd in Rotherham. more »

2018 to be Year of the Engineer

30/09/2014: The government is looking to mark the opening of the £15bn Crossrail project by declaring 2018 the official ‘Year of the Engineer’. more »

Bovis Homes seeks new FD

30/09/2014: The financial director Bovis Homes Group is on the move. more »

Profits up for Inland Home

29/09/2014: Inland Homes, the specialist housebuilder and brownfield land developer, has reported 28% growth in revenues and 66% growth in pre-tax profits. more »

Test bed opens for construction materials

29/09/2014: Low carbon construction materials and systems can now be tested in realistic open-air conditions thanks to a new test facility set up by the University of Bath. more »

Upgrade planned for London rail junctions

29/09/2014: Network Rail has appointed consulting engineer CH2M Hill (formerly Halcrow) to advise on an upgrade to the Angerstein and Charlton interchange in southeast London. more »

Scottish optimism declines

29/09/2014: Scottish construction bosses remain moderately optimistic about business prospects but not as much as they were three months ago. more »

Expansion for Campbell & Kennedy

29/09/2014: Glasgow-based electrical contractor Campbell & Kennedy has opened a new office in Banchory, Aberdeenshire. more »

Early retirement for Keller chief

26/09/2014: After nearly 25 years with the business and 10 as chief executive, the slog of airports and hotels has finally taken its toll on Keller’s Justin Atkinson. more »

BAM lodges plans for £100m Glasgow office development

26/09/2014: BAM Properties and Taylor Clark Properties have unveiled plans for a £100m development in Glasgow. more »

Improvement for Styles & Wood

26/09/2014: Half-year results for fit-out contractor Styles & Wood show a 17% fall in turnover but a 40% fall in pre-tax losses. more »

MPs call for local highway budgets to be protected

25/09/2014: Government’s plan to fix Highways Agency budgets for five years at a time needs to be replicated across local authority highway maintenance, MPs say today. more »

Esh sets out growth plan

25/09/2014: Esh Group has set out plans to expand from its Durham and Yorkshire strongholds across the north of England and into Scotland. more »

Exeter Living Systems Institute to showcase ventilation innovation

25/09/2014: The University of Exeter is to be the first organisation in the country to benefit from a new type of ventilation system, according to building services contractor NG Bailey. more »

Keepmoat prepares for growth in Scotland

25/09/2014: Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat is preparing for expansion in Scotland as it starts to add new build to its maintenance workload. more »

Labour elects Ucatt man to chair NEC

24/09/2014: Construction union Ucatt’s national political officer Jim Kennedy has been elected chair of the Labour Party’s national executive committee (NEC). more »

New home registrations up 10% last month

24/09/2014: This summer saw a 6% rise in new home registrations over last year, latest data reveals, with August numbers up 10%. more »

Report links office design to health

24/09/2014: A new report from the World Green Building Council claims that there is ‘overwhelming evidence’ that office design significantly impacts upon the health and productivity of staff. more »

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