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Ministers give go-ahead to £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel

12/09/2014: The government has formally granted development consent to the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project. more »

Local councillor describes super-sewer go-ahead as 'evil'

15/09/2014: The decision to grant a development consent order to the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project has been branded as ‘evil’ by a London councillor. more »

MPs lambast Green Deal failings

15/09/2014: A committee of MPs has dammed the government’s Green Deal initiative as a failure. more »

Morgan Sindall to rebuild Nottingham lab destroyed by fire

15/09/2014: Morgan Sindall has already begun work on a plan of action for rebuilding a Nottingham laboratory destroyed by fire during construction on Friday. more »

Nippon Koei concedes defeat to Arcadis in battle for Hyder

12/09/2014: Japanese consulting engineer Nippon Koei has decided against making any further offer to take over Hyder, leaving the way clear for Arcadis. more »

July output up 2.6% on the year

12/09/2014: Construction industry output grew in July 2014 by 2.6% year-on-year but saw no change compared with the previous month’s output. more »

Camden Council rejects £100m tower block

12/09/2014: Controversial plans for a 24-storey block of flats in the Swiss Cottage area of north London have been thrown out by Camden Council. more »

Lafarge Tarmac's CAT challenge postponed

12/09/2014: A hearing into whether Lafarge Tarmac must sell a plant to open up the cement market to a new supplier has been postponed. more »

Crossrail’s Ellie starts her final drive

12/09/2014: One of Crossrail’s shortest but most complex tunnel drives began this week. more »

Building services contractors reveal rising confidence

12/09/2014: Further confirmation of construction industry recovery comes from the latest Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) state of trade survey. more »

Lend Lease recruits green building chief

11/09/2014: Paul King is leaving his role as chief executive of the UK Green Building Council to become managing director of sustainability at Lend Lease Europe. more »

Balfour Beatty fined £350k for Thameslink electrocution

11/09/2014: Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd has been fined £350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,000 after a worker was severely burned by a live powerline contact on the Thameslink project. more »

Next aims to show leadership in retail architecture with new big stores

11/09/2014: As the retail group Next looks to develop more out-of-town stores, it is vowing to invest in good design and architecture rather than bog-standard big sheds. more »

WYG acquires planning consultant

11/09/2014: Consulting group WYG has taken over Alliance Environment & Planning Ltd for £3.2m. more »

New high for planning permissions but smaller builders missing out

11/09/2014: The Home Builders Federation’s latest Housing Pipeline report shows that planning permissions for new homes in England reached their highest level for more than six years this spring. more »

Sainsbury’s trials BIM

11/09/2014: Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has started trialling building information modelling with contractor ISG. more »

FM Conway begins bitumen imports

11/09/2014: FM Conway has forged a deal with ExxonMobil to import bitumen from its refinery near Antwerp in Belgium. more »

£60m plan for second graphene centre

11/09/2014: The University of Manchester is to build a £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre. more »

Barratt doubles profits

10/09/2014: House-builder Barratt Developments has reported a doubling of its pre-tax profits as it managed to keep build cost inflation under control. more »

Contractors fined after Skegness roof fall

10/09/2014: Two building contractors have been fined after a worker broke his back in a roof fall. more »

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