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Bristol builder fined for risking workers' lives

29 Aug 2017: Bristol-based Ikon Construction Ltd has been fined £145,000 for health & safety failures on one of its sites. more »

Stone wool insulation passes cladding fire tests

29 Aug 2017: The Building Research Establishment has completed the seventh and last of its large-scale fire safety tests that were commissioned by the government in the wake of June’s Grenfell Tower blaze. more »

Cementitious coating protects McAlpine piles

29 Aug 2017: Cement-based technology has been used to provide anti-corrosion protection to steel at a new materials handling facility under construction at Lynemouth Power Station in Northumberland. more »

Construction pre-tax margins average 1.5%

28 Aug 2017: The UK’s Top 100 construction contractors collectively achieved a pre-tax profit margin of just 1.5% last year. more »

Trouble at the top – the 2017 TCI Top 100

25 Aug 2017: With red ink all over the balance sheets of the UK’s biggest construction groups, this year’s TCI Top 100 table does make for pretty reading. Will Mann reports on the latest financial performances of the industry’s major players. more »

Timely completion for Mersey Gateway Bridge

25 Aug 2017: The Anglo-Spanish-Korean joint venture building the new £600m Mersey Gateway bridge is on course to complete on, or possible even a little ahead of, programme. more »

House-building starts hit nine-year high

25 Aug 2017: Growth in house-building continues, according to government statistics, with new starts reaching their highest level since 2008. more »

First motorway LED lights installed

25 Aug 2017: Highway England has changed the lighting on a section of motorway in Yorkshire from traditional sodium bulbs to modern LED. more »

School wall collapse inquiry reiterates safety warning

25 Aug 2017: The dangers of freestanding walls have been highlighted once again by the publication of the fatal accident inquiry report into the death of a Scottish schoolgirl. more »

New WYG boss uncovers inherited problems

25 Aug 2017: The new chief executive of WYG has uncovered previously unreported problems in the business, prompting him to issue a profits warning to shareholders. more »

Tories boosted by construction donations

25 Aug 2017: New data from the Electoral Commission reveals pre-election donations to political parties, with, no surprise, the Conservative Party benefitting from some construction industry largesse. more »

Big claims made for new blacktop

25 Aug 2017: Aggregate Industries has developed a new surface course for highways that it claims could speed up road surfacing by more than 40%. more »

Costain closes the book on Manchester waste woes

24 Aug 2017: With agreement reached on the cancellation of Viridor Laing's £3.8bn Greater Manchester Waste PFI contract, Costain will now be off site within five weeks. more »

Costain explains loss of Hinkley Point tunnelling contract

23 Aug 2017: When we reported earlier this week that Balfour Beatty had replaced Costain on a £200m tunnelling contract, Costain was unable to offer comment because of the impending release of its interim financial results. Now it can. more »

Costain sets itself apart and sees profits rise 30%

23 Aug 2017: Costain has reported profits up by more than a third in the first half of the year and hailed its transition from a construction company to “the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company”. more »

Scaffolders fined £26k after untrained worker’s fall

23 Aug 2017: A scaffolding company has been up in court after a worker fractured his skull in a fall and lost his sight in one eye. more »

Disputes and digital construction: share your views

23 Aug 2017: Building specification service NBS is conducting another survey into the legal problems that parties have with construction contracts. more »

SES recruits regional director

23 Aug 2017: Steve Tovey has joined SES Engineering Services (SES) as regional director after 40 years with the Balfour Beatty group. more »

Arundel bypass options published

23 Aug 2017: Highways England has started public consultation on plans for an Arundel bypass. more »

Springfield breaks through £100m turnover

22 Aug 2017: Scottish house-builder Springfield Properties has reported annual revenues of more than £100m for the first time. more »

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