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April introduction for new drainage regime

19/12/2014: All new major commercial developments and housing developments of 10+ homes will have to have sustainable drainage systems installed unless demonstrated to be inappropriate. more »

HA launches contest to trial energy-generating noise barriers

19/12/2014: The Highways Agency has invited suppliers to come up with a noise barrier that doubles up as a solar panel. more »

EM tops Highways Agency rankings

18/12/2014: EM Highway Services (EM) has come out top of the latest Highways Agency’s rankings of its top 20 maintenance service providers. more »

Maintenance man died in scaffold fall

19/12/2014: Barnet Homes has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 in fines and costs after a building maintenance man apparently fell to his death from a dangerous mobile scaffold tower. more »

Government acts on holiday pay ruling

19/12/2014: The government has moved to cap the liability of companies impacted by a recent legal ruling on holiday pay. more »

Private sector continues to drive house-building growth

19/12/2014: Private sector house-building is up nearly 20% on the levels seen last year, latest figures reveal, but public sector output is in decline. more »

Acton to get development corporation

18/12/2014: Plans to transform Old Oak Common could be as significant for west London as the 2012 Olympic Park was for east London, the Mayor of London reckons. more »

Telford recruits former Galliford Try finance director

18/12/2014: Former Galliford Try finance director Frank Nelson has joined the board of Telford Homes as a non-executive director. more »

Balfour Beatty closes on second OFTO

18/12/2014: Balfour Beatty has reached financial close and completed the acquisition of the £164m Thanet offshore transmission project (OFTO). more »

Gong for Arup’s Dervilla Mitchell

18/12/2014: Arup engineer Dervilla Mitchell has been awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). more »

James Wates adds BRE Trust to roster

18/12/2014: Wates Group chairman James Wates has been appointed chairman of the BRE Trust to add to his list of extensive voluntary works, both within the construction industry and outside it. more »

Ideas emerge from Amey’s 'Dragons' Den'

18/12/2014: In the old days there were suggestion boxes; these days it’s Dragon’s Den. more »

Builders Finance Fund reopens

18/12/2014: The government has reopened bidding for loans from the Builders Finance Fund. more »

Road bridge jacked over live rail line (Video)

17/12/2014: A new road bridge was slowly jacked into place over south London railway tracks last week with no line closures and no disruption to passenger services. more »

Costain names new commercial director

17/12/2014: Costain Group has promoted David Taylor to group commercial director. more »

Fines handed down after tunneller’s death

17/12/2014: A dodgy dumper machine lies behind the death of a tunnelling worker at a site in Wakefield nearly four years ago. more »

UK cement market shake-up remains on course

17/12/2014: European Commission Clearance of the merger of global cement giants Holcim and Lafarge, reported yesterday, paves the way for the emergence of a fifth independent cement producer in the UK. more »

Thatchers make comeback to provide new take on modern methods of construction

17/12/2014: A project in Norwich could pave the way for the revival of a traditional craft for modern construction. more »

Babcock acquires MoD vehicle division

17/12/2014: Babcock has agreed a £140m deal with the Ministry of Defence to take over the Defence Support Group (DSG) and its associated service provision contract. more »

Berkeley remains most sustainable house-builder

16/12/2014: The Berkeley Group has once again been ranked number one among the UK’s 25 largest house-builders for its sustainability credentials, despite its deteriorating performance. more »

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