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Three out of four construction firms have no apprentices

03/03/2015: There has been a 30% increase in the number of construction companies taking on apprentices but more than three-quarters make no room for them. more »

Roll-out for tidal power plans

02/03/2015: The developers of the £850m Swansea tidal lagoon power project is now working up plans for a further five similar projects around the UK. more »

Breedon doubles its profits

03/03/2015: Acquisitions and improving market conditions helped Breedon Aggregates to 20% sales growth in 2014 and doubled profits. more »

Ucatt seeks answers on police infiltration

03/03/2015: Construction union Ucatt is trying to find out why undercover police targeted the union and chose to infiltrate it. more »

Purchasing index moves back above 60

03/03/2015: February saw the sharpest expansion of construction activity for four months, pushing the purchasing manager’s index back above the 60 mark. more »

Taylor Wimpey fears nothing as profits soar

03/03/2015: House-builder Taylor Wimpey saw its profits rise more than 50% last year and is confident of more jam tomorrow. more »

Construction problems blight ISG results

03/03/2015: ISG has reported a half-year loss of nearly £21m, despite a 20% leap in like-for-like revenues to £819m. more »

Travis Perkins grows 8%

03/03/2015: Builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins saw its revenues rise by more than 8% in 2014 to £5.58bn and pre-tax profits climb 3% to £321.4m. more »

Costain turnover tops a billion

03/03/2015: Costain has reported a 17% rise in revenues for 2014 and a 75% lift in pre-tax profits. more »

Construction needs immigrants, says CIOB

03/03/2015: The UK construction industry needs immigrant workers. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Chartered Institute of Building. more »

Saxon named as JCT chair

03/03/2015: Former BDP director Richard Saxon is the new chair of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT). more »

AMI tracks down the thieves

03/03/2015: Plant tracking firm AMI was instrumental in the recovery of stolen construction machinery in two separate thefts last week. more »

British Land progresses £2bn Surrey Quays plans

02/03/2015: British Land has acquired the final piece of land that it needs to move forward on a £2bn regeneration project at Surrey Quays in southeast London. more »

DevSec partners with TfL for Blackfriars Road scheme

02/03/2015: Transport for London has formed a joint venture with Development Securities to build a mixed-use redevelopment at Southwark Underground station. more »

Balfour Beatty moves into house-building with Olympic Park neighbourhoods

02/03/2015: Balfour Beatty has signed a development agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation to develop 1500 new homes on the Olympic Park. more »

Union Jack plan for public works

02/03/2015: The coalition government has decided that publicly-funded infrastructure works should have a union flag displayed on project hoardings. more »

Battersea crane collapse case moves to crown court

02/03/2015: The prosecution of Falcon Crane Hire Ltd and its managing director over a tower crane collapse nine years ago moves to Southward Crown Court next week. more »

Quarry firm fined £50k for badly planned blast

02/03/2015: A Somerset company must pay £50,000 in fines and costs after a quarry blast sent rocks of up to 15kg flying outside a danger zone across a public road. more »

Loft builders blocked pregnant neighbour's flue

02/03/2015: A heavily pregnant woman and her husband were left exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning after builders bodged a loft conversion at the house next door. more »

WSP's Naysmith heads Parsons too

27/02/2015: Mark Naysmith has been named chief operating officer of the combined WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff business in the UK. more »

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