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Mick George sets up concrete plants for A14 upgrade

5 Dec 2017: Mick George has landed a £16m contract for the exclusive supply of concrete for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. more »

Why diesel is still king

2 Dec 2017: Despite the Volkswagen scandal effectively rubbishing diesel’s green credentials the diesel engine is – and will remain – the dominant power source for construction equipment. Alex Woodrow explains why more »

Self-cleaning solar panels on the testbed

30 Nov 2017: Industrial coating specialist Opus Materials Technologies has secured a near £1m research grant from Innovate UK to validate and test the industrial rollout of a self-clean coating, developed to optimise energy production of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. more »

Strong third quarter sales for builders merchants

23 Nov 2017: The latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders merchants’ sales performed strongly in the third quarter of 2017. more »

Heavy materials suppliers report solid trading

22 Nov 2017: Separate trading updates from Forterra and Breedon indicate steady progress in the heavy building materials sector. more »

Shops added to Express Asphalt depots

22 Nov 2017: Aggregate Industries has begun putting shops in its Express Asphalt depots around the country, giving its customers the opportunity to pick up tools and equipment with their asphalt products. more »

Dounreay drones save thousands of pounds

10 Nov 2017: The use of drones to carry out building inspections is saving the taxpayer an estimated £100,000 at the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness. more »

LafargeHolcim introduces PV concrete cladding

7 Nov 2017: Photovoltaic (PV) concrete cladding is set to outperform rooftop solar, according to LafargeHolcim, which has developed a façade system with partner Heliatek. more »

Freyssinet joints approved for highway structures

1 Nov 2017: Freyssinet expansion joints have received Highways England type approval. more »

Patent for cost-saving tunnel seal

1 Nov 2017: A new cast-in rubber gasket corner joint system designed to reduce the risk of segment cracking during tunnel construction has secured a UK patent. more »

Engineers make statement with concrete front desk

30 Oct 2017: Structural and civil engineering consultant AKT II has an unusual reception at its new London offices – the front desk is made from concrete. more »

Concrete scanner speeds rebar detection

26 Oct 2017: IDS GeoRadar, an Italian supplier of ground penetrating radar (GPR), has launched a new tool for locating objects or voids in structures before cutting or drilling. more »

Showcase project for geopolymer injections

20 Oct 2017: Balfour Beatty has called in specialist contractor Uretek to treat voided soils on the M3 motorway. more »

New owner for Allen Concrete

19 Oct 2017: Construction materials group SigmaRoc has taken over Topcrete Ltd, including its subsidiary Allen Concrete. more »

Marshalls buys CPM for £38m

19 Oct 2017: Precast concrete manufacturer CPM Group has been taken over by Marshalls for £38.3m. more »

Weaker third quarter for construction product manufacturers

19 Oct 2017: UK construction product manufacturers are seeing sales slow and costs rise, according to the latest state of trade survey. more »

Amey trials wearable safety tech

18 Oct 2017: Amey highway engineers have been trialling wearable technology, with a view to reducing risks to drivers and lone workers. more »

Brick maker reveals succession plan

11 Oct 2017: Wayne Sheppard will retire as chief executive of brick maker Ibstock in 2018, to be succeeded by Joe Hudson of Aggregate Industries. more »

Tarmac buys out PFA partner

11 Oct 2017: Tarmac has acquired Scottish Power’s 50% share of their ScotAsh joint venture to take full ownership of the materials business. more »

JCB brand now stretches to paint

10 Oct 2017: JCB has licensed the use of its brand name to a new supplier of paint. more »

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