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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 »

Trowbridge engineer opens Bristol office

3 May 2018: Trowbridge-based consulting engineer Clegg Associates has opened an office in Bristol. more »

Kier tops contracts league again

3 May 2018: Kier claimed the top spot in the Builders’ Conference BCLive contracts league table in April 2018 with a haul of 20 new contracts signed with a combined value £397m. more »

Stepnell recruits former BAM boss

3 May 2018: Richard Bailey has joined regional construction contractor Stepnell after a long career with BAM. more »

Springfield buys Dawn Homes for £20m

3 May 2018: Scottish house-builder Springfield Properties has taken over Dawn Homes for £20.1m to extend its geographic spread. more »

April sees modest recovery after melting snow

2 May 2018: The monthly survey of construction purchasing managers indicates an ‘underwhelming’ recovery in construction output following the weather-related disruptions in March. more »

Outlook brightens for civils contractors

2 May 2018: Civil engineering contractors say that their workload was marginally down in the first quarter of 2018, overall, but orders were up. more »

Rising costs stymie growth for SME builders

2 May 2018: SME building firms are continuing to get more business but the price of their materials is rising across the board. more »

TfL grants first long-term drone licence

2 May 2018: Maintenance specialist Lanes Rail, part of Lanes Group, has become the first contractor to win long-term Transport for London (TfL) approval to use drones for asset surveys. more »

Colmore Tang scoops up Carillion quartet

2 May 2018: Expanding Birmingham-based contractor Colmore Tang Construction (CTC) has recruited four Carillion executives for its senior management team as well as a chief operating officer from Shaylor Group. more »

Lucion sets up civils division

2 May 2018: Risk management consultant Lucion is targeting the utilities, infrastructure and highways sectors with its new civil engineering division. more »

Dumfries report slates Kier but real lessons run deeper

1 May 2018: The official report cataloguing Kier’s failings on the DG One leisure centre in Dumfries has once again highlighted the failings of design & build as a procurement route. more »

Tarmac recruits Carillion civils MD

1 May 2018: Tarmac has strengthened the senior management team of its contracting division with the signing of former Carillion director Andy Brown. more »

Feasibility study considers new Menai Crossing carrying power cables

1 May 2018: The Welsh government and National Grid are working together to explore the potential for a new Menai crossing to carry power cables as well as road traffic. more »

Three in the dock over botched demolition

1 May 2018: A Scottish plant hire firm has been fined £20,000 after a demolition job went wrong, while two companies up the chain were also fined lesser sums for employing an incompetent contractor. more »

Carpenter takes campaign against skills cards to Welsh Assembly

1 May 2018: A carpenter is petitioning the Welsh Assembly to help bring an end to the requirement for worker certification on Welsh government contracts. more »

JS Wright gets first maintenance deal

1 May 2018: Building services contractor JS Wright has landed its first maintenance contract as part of its diversification into facilities management. 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 »

New housing secretary sets out his priorities

1 May 2018: New secretary of state for housing James Brokenshire says that responding to the lessons of the Grenfell Tower fire is one of his top priorities. more »

Aldous bill second reading pushed back

30 Apr 2018: The second reading of the Aldous bill to protect retention monies in construction contracts has been postponed until June. more »

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