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House builders hit by early council tax charges

12 Feb 2016: Building firms report an increasing trend for local authorities to charge council tax on houses that are not even fully built yet. more »

Swansea lagoon kicked into long grass

11 Feb 2016: The government has resorted to the traditional ministerial method of avoiding a difficult decision over the £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme. It has commissioned an independent review. more »

Quarterly output shrinks 0.4%

12 Feb 2016: Official estimates indicate that construction industry output shrank by 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to the third quarter. more »

Civils contractors see orders plateau

12 Feb 2016: Falling workloads in the infrastructure sector are a threat to the UK economy, according to civil engineering contractors. more »

Leeds steams on with district heating plan

12 Feb 2016: Leeds city councillors have ratified the investment of £21m in a scheme to pipe heat from the city’s new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF) to homes and businesses. more »

Declining aggregate reserves still causing concern

12 Feb 2016: Aggregate reserves continue to be consumed quicker than new quarrying capacity is being permitted, the quarrying industry warns. more »

Facial recognition technology ‘saves Dunne £3,000 a week’

11 Feb 2016: Contractor Dunne Group estimates that it is saving £150,000 a year in wrongly paid wages after installing facial recognition technology on its construction sites. more »

Willmott Dixon seeks buyer for its support services division

11 Feb 2016: Willmott Dixon has put its support services division up for sale to concentrate on main contracting and residential development. more »

Milner to succeed Ewell as Amey chief executive

11 Feb 2016: Mel Ewell, chief executive of Amey for the past 15 years, retires at the end of next month, to be succeeded by Andy Milner. more »

Hope plans bagged cement launch

11 Feb 2016: Despite being on the verge of being taken over, Hope Construction Materials continues to invest in expanding and strengthening a brand with an uncertain future. more »

DfT names new roads director

11 Feb 2016: The Department for Transport has appointed Tricia Hayes as director general of roads, devolution and motoring. more »

CITB cuts 450 jobs

10 Feb 2016: The Construction Industry Training Board is reducing its payroll from 1400 full time employees to around 950 over the next three years. more »

Midas taps up Bouygues director

10 Feb 2016: Midas Group has recruited Rob Bradley from Bouygues to be an executive director. more »

Heseltine has put his band together and is going on tour

10 Feb 2016: Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has assembled a panel of advisors to help rebuild England’s tattiest housing estates and is taking them on a tour of target areas. more »

Bellway bullish as home sales soar

10 Feb 2016: House-builder Bellway is set to report a strong rise in half-year profits next month as it has been selling more new homes and at significantly higher prices. more »

Suspicious piles land rogue waste operator in court

10 Feb 2016: A South Devon company has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 in fines and costs for storing construction waste, including asbestos roof tiles, at an unlicensed site. more »

Brick shortage officially over

10 Feb 2016: Brick production in 2015 reached its highest level since 2007, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Innovation & Skills (BIS). more »

Redrow’s Morgan rails against planning system

9 Feb 2016: Redrow chairman Steve Morgan has reignited the argument over who is to blame for new housing not going up more quickly: land-hoarding builders or inefficient planners. more »

Blacklist victims finally start to see compensation

9 Feb 2016: Construction workers who were systematically blacklisted by major contractors, often just for airing safety concerns, have begun to receive compensation. more »

Lovell names project director for £320m Woolwich scheme

9 Feb 2016: Housing developer Lovell has appointed Martin Boyce as project director for its £320m regeneration development in Woolwich, southeast London. more »

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