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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Countryside plans second timber frame factory

17 May 2018: House-builder Countryside Properties is planning to open a factory in Warrington to make closed panel timber frames for its houses. more »

North Midland taps up ex-offenders

17 May 2018: North Midland Construction is training felons and recruiting them on their release from prison. 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 »

Lakehouse takes over Just Energy

17 May 2018: Building maintenance contractor Lakehouse has acquired St Albans-based heating and renewables specialist Just Energy Solutions. more »

New leader for HS2 contractor

17 May 2018: Align JV has appointed Daniel Altier as its new project director to lead the delivery of the C1 work package of the High Speed 2 rail project. more »

Government agrees to foot £400m bill for public sector cladding replacement

17 May 2018: The government has said that it will pay for any cladding replacement work that councils and housing associations need to undertake in light of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire. more »

Housing ministry recommends replacement of Manse Masterdors

17 May 2018: The government is recommending building owners replace fire doors of the type that underperformed in Grenfell Tower. more »

Funding nod for £93m North Devon Link Road

17 May 2018: Devon County Council has secured government funding for a £93.1m package of improvements to the A361 between South Molton and Bideford. more »

DfT approves £51m Beverley road scheme

17 May 2018: The Department of Transport has approved funding for the £51m A164/Jock's Lodge junction improvement scheme in Beverley. more »

Go-ahead for Melton Mowbray bypass

17 May 2018: The Department of Transport has agreed to support Leicestershire County Council's plans for a £63.5m bypass around Melton Mowbray. more »

Auditors' watchdog reports progress with Carillion investigation

16 May 2018: The Financial Reporting Council says it is making ‘good progress’ with its investigation into Carillion but it could be months yet before any outcome. more »

Crest Nicholson in cost-cutting drive to protect margins

16 May 2018: House-builder Crest Nicholson reports pressure on its profit margins as house prices flatten out but build costs continue to rise. more »

Construction industry off the hook as Carillion report focuses on regulatory failings

16 May 2018: MPs investigating the demise of Carillion have concluded that it had a ‘rotten corporate culture’ with dodgy accounting methods but it is the auditors who come in for the most pertinent criticism. more »

Carillion report: Conclusions and recommendations

16 May 2018: Here is the full text of the conclusions and recommendations of the report into the collapse of the Carillion by a joint inquiry of the House of Commons select committees for work & pensions and for business, enterprise & industrial strategy (BEIS). more »

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