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Cost study calculates timber frame savings

24 May 2018: A study by cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK has found that timber frame construction is marginally cheaper than masonry for affordable housing but substantially quicker. more »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

Concrete Centre warns against offsite manufacturing

17 May 2018: The Concrete Centre has warned that the drive to offsite manufacturing for construction risks creating a built environment with little resilience to fire, flood damage or the weather. more »

50 sign up for online cement service

15 May 2018: Cement giant Cemex reports that it now has 50 UK customers signed up to its new online ordering service. more »

Tarmac revises Breedon asset swap deal

10 May 2018: Tarmac and Breedon have revised the terms of their proposed asset swap after intervention by the Competition & Markets Authority, and the regulator is looking favourably on the new offer. more »

First hard hat recycling scheme launched

9 May 2018: Viridor has launched what it claims is the first recycling scheme for hard hats to divert them from landfill. more »

Timber industry fears billion pound Brexit bill

8 May 2018: The UK timber industry faces a potential £1bn bill if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is warning. more »

Concrete sales figures reveal softening markets

3 May 2018: First-quarter sales of mineral products were down this year, with the weather being cited as the cause. more »

Bradfords adds Paignton branch

1 May 2018: West Country builders’ merchant Bradfords Building Supplies has taken over South Devon-based Landmark Landscaping & Timber Supplies. more »

Plywood quality warning

30 Apr 2018: Builders’ merchants and their customers have been warned to be on the look-out for sub-standard plywood. more »

First quarter growth for Travis Perkins

27 Apr 2018: Despite heavy snow hitting sales in February and March, builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins has reported first quarter like-for-like sales growth of 3%. more »

CMA queries Tarmac-Breedon asset swap

26 Apr 2018: The competition watchdog has raised concerns about a proposed asset swap planned by Tarmac and Breedon. more »

New tests expose inadequacy of industry fire certification

25 Apr 2018: Research conducted on behalf of the insurance industry in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has exposed the ‘utter inadequacy’ of the laboratory tests currently used to check and certify the fire safety of building materials. more »

Windows firm lands £10m supply deal

23 Apr 2018: A £10m supply contract for government offices in Glasgow has landed CMS Window Systems with its largest ever single piece of business. more »

Builders' merchant sales keep rising

22 Apr 2018: The latest data from the Builders Merchants Federation shows sales up 4.0% in February 2018 compared with February 2017. more »

Brick production on the rise

18 Apr 2018: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics indicate that UK brick production continues to rise. more »

Breedon to pay £455m for Lagan Group

17 Apr 2018: Breedon has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Northern Ireland’s Lagan Group (Holdings) for £455m. more »

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