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Contractors are now turning down London work

29/07/2014: Construction industry capacity shortages have prompted Mace to increase its forecast for tender cost inflation in London as contractors become increasingly picky about projects they take on. more »

Noise-cancelling fences in development

29/07/2014: Scientists have come up with a way of using noise cancelling technology for acoustic barriers alongside roads and railway lines. more »

Persimmon fined for scaffold collapse

29/07/2014: Leading house-building Persimmon Homes and one of its scaffolding contractors have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold. more »

Nimbys in retreat

29/07/2014: The number of people who do not want new homes being built in their neighbourhood appears to be in decline. more »

Balfour lands £24m RCM student housing

29/07/2014: Balfour Beatty has won a £24m contract to build accommodation for more than 400 students of the Royal College of Music in London. more »

Wates takes youth trust chair

29/07/2014: Wates Group director Andy Wates has taken over as chairman of the Construction Youth Trust. more »

Electricians reject 5% pay offer

29/07/2014: Unite shop stewards are to decide next week on possible industrial action after electricians and labourers in the union rejected a 5% two-year pay deal in a consultative ballot. more »

New rules to promote fracking

28/07/2014: Companies wanting to drill for natural gas deep under the UK have been invited to apply for licences under a new planning regime designed to promote fracking. more »

Didcot towers come down

28/07/2014: Three 100m-high cooling towers at Didcot power station were brought down in a controlled explosion yesterday. more »

AI workers join glow-in-the-dark brigade

28/07/2014: Latest construction company to buy into glow-in-the-dark hi-viz gear is Aggregate Industries. more »

Planned spending on infrastructure reaches £383bn

25/07/2014: The latest update of the government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline says that planned investment has now increased to £383bn up to 2020 and beyond. more »

Multiple fines issued for unsafe work on chicken shed roof

25/07/2014: Multiple safety failings have resulted in fines for a Lincolnshire poultry firm and four of its contractors after workers were caught on a roof without taking proper safety precautions. more »

Overwhelming demand prompts early closure of Green Deal fund

25/07/2014: The government has announced that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been closed for applications with immediate effect following overwhelming demand. more »

Highways Agency pilots wooden barriers to improve air quality

25/07/2014: The Highways Agency is piloting the use of wooden barriers to tackle the impact of poor air quality around motorways. more »

Balfour Beatty and Carillion hold merger talks

25/07/2014: Carillion and Balfour Beatty have made a shock annoucement that they are engaged in preliminary discussions about a possible merger. more »

Housing associations set out spending plans

24/07/2014: Housing associations have been setting out their plans to spend funding allocations published this week by the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and Greater London Authority (GLA). more »

Unsafe bridge forces closure of M6 near Sandbach

24/07/2014: The police have closed the M6 southbound near Sandbach services because of a possibly unsafe bridge. more »

Costain ordered to pay £615,000 over telehandler death

24/07/2014: Costain Limited has been issued with fines and costs totalling more than £615,000 following the death of a worker when a telehandler overturned during the construction of the Parkway development in Newbury. more »

Former MD of Skanska UK joins PC Harrington

24/07/2014: PC Harrington as appointed former Skanska UK managing director Dave Shadwell into the role of business development director. more »

MPs give gold star to ‘textbook’ Crossrail

23/07/2014: The £15.8bn Crossrail project is a ‘textbook example’ of how to deliver a major construction project on time and on budget, says the House of Commons public accounts committee. more »

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