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House-building slows in first quarter

30 Apr 2018: Snow is being blamed for a slow-down in housing construction in the first quarter of the year. more »

Birmingham PRS scheme moves forward

30 Apr 2018: Construction is expected to begin later this year on a £120m private rented sector (PRS) development in Birmingham city centre. more »

Interserve racks up £244.4m pre-tax loss

30 Apr 2018: Interserve has posted a pre-tax loss of £244.4m for 2017 but chief executive Debbie White says she has ‘stabilised’ the business. more »

Investment for growth softens Keltbray's margins

30 Apr 2018: Keltbray Group has reported a firm rise in turnover but a dip in profitability for the past year. more »

Brexit fears deepen among Scottish construction employers

30 Apr 2018: Scottish construction employers are getting less and less confident about their business prospects, citing concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on industry labour costs. more »

New head for KPMG's infra team

30 Apr 2018: Management consultant KPMG has appointed Jonathan White as the new head of its UK infrastructure, building and construction practice. 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 »

Legal & General sets up affordable housing business

27 Apr 2018: Insurance giant Legal & General has declared further ambitions in the house-building sector by setting up a specialist affordable housing division. 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 »

New signing for Gtek Demolition

27 Apr 2018: Demolition veteran Dave Cobern has joined Gtek Demolition as operations director. more »

Proline devises cooling solution for Salford flats

27 Apr 2018: Mechanical and electrical contractor Proline has been awarded the design development and fit out contract for all building services the £33m ‘X1 The Gateway’ scheme in Salford Quays, under construction by Forrest. more »

Stepnell opens Southampton office

27 Apr 2018: Regional contractor Stepnell has opened a new office in Chandler’s Ford, near Southampton, to extend the reach of its south coast construction operations. 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 »

Persimmon shareholders revolt against executive bonuses

26 Apr 2018: At the annual general meeting of house-builder Persimmon yesterday there was only the narrowest approval for the company’s revised executive pay structure as shareholders made their disquiet known. more »

Egis takes over Carillion's M40 contract

26 Apr 2018: French engineering group Egis has taken over the operations and maintenance contract for the M40 motorway that was previously undertaken by Carillon. more »

More than 60,000 construction companies trading on the brink

25 Apr 2018: The number of UK construction companies in significant financial distress has risen by a quarter in the past year and doubled in the past 18 months. 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 »

Trade association reports decline in scaffolding accidents

25 Apr 2018: The number of accidents and injuries reported by members of the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) fell to a new low in 2017, the organisation says. more »

Vinci buys more airports

24 Apr 2018: Vinci has signed a deal that covers the freehold purchase of two airports - including Belfast International – as well as multiple concession and management contracts at others worldwide. more »

Two jailed in fit-out bribery case

24 Apr 2018: Two men have been jailed for bribery offences today relating to the development of commercial property in London. more »

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