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Forth Bridge becomes World Heritage Site

5 Jul 2015: The Forth Bridge has officially become the UK's 29th UNESCO World Heritage Site. more »

Shepherd bans 'untidy' union rep

6 Jul 2015: Construction union Ucatt alleges that one of its regional organisers has been banned from a construction site because his presence would ‘make it untidy’. more »

Record start for Bovis Homes

6 Jul 2015: When Bovis Homes reports its interim financial results next month for the first half of the year, the numbers look set to be strong. more »

Contractors slam Highways England spin

3 Jul 2015: An announcement from Highways England that it plans to invest £600m in road construction projects in the northeast should not be taken at face value, say civil engineering contractors. more »

Digger driver tumbled out of fourth-floor opening

3 Jul 2015: Demolition contractor Euro Dismantling Solutions Limited has been fined £80,000 for safety failings that resulted in a man losing his life. more »

Willmott Dixon rolls out Sunesis

3 Jul 2015: Willmott Dixon and Scape have established their Sunesis joint venture as a standalone limited company, significantly widening the potential applications for its standardised designs. more »

Galliford Try targets marine and power sectors with new MDs

3 Jul 2015: Galliford Try has appointed managing directors at two new business units within its infrastructure division. more »

IMechE report calls for more prefab housing

3 Jul 2015: Mechanical engineers want the government to do more to promote the use of factory-built houses. more »

Construction industry confidence reaches 'scorching hot' heights

2 Jul 2015: Construction sector output growth continued to rebound in June from its pre-election hiatus. more »

Construction fatalities drop 26%

2 Jul 2015: Despite the upturn in construction activity, the industry’s fatal accident rate declined sharply last year. more »

Private equity investor takes fleet division off Kier's hands

2 Jul 2015: Kier has finally sold its last unwanted bit of May Gurney, its fleet and passenger services business. more »

Turner & Townsend hires raft of directors

2 Jul 2015: Quantity surveying firm Turner & Townsend has hired seven new directors across its UK business. more »

Wates acts to improve purchasing

2 Jul 2015: Wates Group has adopted Constructionline and PAS 91 in a bid to improve its procurement processes. more »

Highways England sets out northwest spending plans

1 Jul 2015: Highways England has produced details of its plans to invest £1.5bn in the northwest’s roads over the next five years. more »

London closes on New York as priciest place to build

1 Jul 2015: London’s overall construction costs are now just 4% lower than those of New York, despite labour costs being far cheaper, Turner & Townsend has found. more »

Airports Commission recommends third runway for Heathrow

1 Jul 2015: The Airports Commission has unanimously recommended that a third runway is built at Heathrow Airport. more »

Planning permissions rise but barriers remain, says FMB

1 Jul 2015: The latest planning permission figures from the government reveal a welcome increase in permissions being granted but do not equate to homes actually being built, according to the Federation of Master Builders. more »

Online trading for surplus building materials

1 Jul 2015: Builders with leftover materials might normally just chuck them in the skip but now there is a specialist website where they can sell them. more »

BIM confidence is thin on the ground

1 Jul 2015: The vast majority of construction professionals think the industry is not ready to meet mandatory BIM Level 2 requirements by 2016, according to a new survey. more »

ICE in building control quality push

1 Jul 2015: The Institution of Civil Engineers is urging building control officers to ensure they do not give approval to any submissions with sub-standard structural engineering. more »

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