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Ministers ignored advice to downgrade Carillion

Ministers ignored advice to downgrade Carillion

23 May 2018: Carillion representatives managed to persuade the government to stand by the company, against civil service advice, less than two months before its collapse, it has emerged. more »

WSP strengthens transport team

WSP strengthens transport team

23 May 2018: Consulting engineer WSP has added to its transport and infrastructure team in the UK with two new senior appointments. more »

Desford brickworks to get £95m expansion

Desford brickworks to get £95m expansion

22 May 2018: Forterra, or what we used to know as Hanson Brick, is planning to redevelop its site at Desford in Leicestershire. more »

Chinese plan big flashing wheel for Newcastle

Chinese plan big flashing wheel for Newcastle

22 May 2018: Chinese developers have announced plans to build Europe’s tallest observation wheel on Newcastle Quayside – with the world's biggest advertising screen. more »

CAA chief to succeed Carne at Network Rail

CAA chief to succeed Carne at Network Rail

22 May 2018: Civil Aviation Authority chief executive Andrew Haines is to be the next chief executive of Network Rail. more »

Takeover at utility contracting group

Takeover at utility contracting group

21 May 2018: Ownership of M Group Services has been transferred from one private equity investor to another. more »

Building engineers head for chartered status

Building engineers head for chartered status

21 May 2018: Members of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers have voted in favour of moves towards chartered engineer status. more »

Green light for £56m Warrington flats

Green light for £56m Warrington flats

18 May 2018: Property developer High Street Group has secured planning consent for a private rented sector (PRS) apartment project in Warrington. more »

Government to consider product bans despite Hackitt advising against

Government to consider product bans despite Hackitt advising against

17 May 2018: While Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations resisted knee-jerk calls for certain building products to be banned, the government looks prepared to submit to public pressure. more »

Hackitt review calls for outcomes-based framework to promote safety

Hackitt review calls for outcomes-based framework to promote safety

17 May 2018: Dame Judith Hackitt has made more than 50 recommendations to reform UK building regulations in the wake of lessons learned from last year’s Grenfell Tower fire. more »

Newport gets grant for cladding replacement

Newport gets grant for cladding replacement

23 May 2018: The devolved government of Wales has approved £3m capital funding to enable Newport City Homes to replace dangerous cladding on three tower blocks in the city. more »

Building consultants join forces

Building consultants join forces

23 May 2018: Surveyors Paragon and Bond Davidson have merged to create a building and project consultancy with £22m turnover and nearly 200 staff. more »

Gas exit damages Renew's numbers

Gas exit damages Renew's numbers

22 May 2018: Engineering services group Renew has been left with red ink on its accounts for the first half of its current financial year. more »

Switch Island roadworks named England's most lethal

Switch Island roadworks named England's most lethal

22 May 2018: The most dangerous roadworks in England have been identified as the Switch Island scheme on Merseyside. more »

Railway promoter appoints chief executive

Railway promoter appoints chief executive

22 May 2018: Heathrow Southern Railway has named Graham Cross as its chief executive. more »

Builders' merchants report positive first quarter

Builders' merchants report positive first quarter

21 May 2018: Despite a decline in construction output in the first quarter of 2018, sales at UK builders’ merchants still increased, albeit at a slower rate than before. more »

Builders fined for height safety failings

Builders fined for height safety failings

21 May 2018: Scottish construction company Fleming Buildings has been fined after a worker fell through a roof and suffered life changing injuries. more »

Watkin Jones names new CEO

Watkin Jones names new CEO

18 May 2018: Watkin Jones, specialist in purpose built student accommodation and build-to-rent developments, has chosen its next chief executive. more »

Mixed reactions to Hackitt review

Mixed reactions to Hackitt review

17 May 2018: Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations to overhaul building regulations have received a mix of brickbats and plaudits from across the construction industry and beyond. more »

Demolition worker struck by spandrel

Demolition worker struck by spandrel

17 May 2018: A demolition contractor has been fined £4,000 after a worker was struck by a concrete spandrel panel. more »

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