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Demolition boom continues

16 Apr 2018: Despite widespread fears of Brexit-inspired stagnation, demolition contractors are busier and more profitable than ever. David Taylor reports more »

Romanian jailed for enslaving construction workers

16 Apr 2018: A Romanian man who effectively kept up to 15 construction workers as slaves has been jailed for seven years. more »

Wates names new chief executive

16 Apr 2018: Wates Group has ratified the appointment of David Allen as its new chief executive, with immediate effect. more »

Keepmoat agrees Sighthill programme

16 Apr 2018: Keepmoat Homes has signed a deal with Glasgow City Council to build hundreds of new homes in the next phase of residential development at the Sighthill transformational regeneration area (TRA) in Glasgow. more »

Asbestos specialist failed to spot asbestos boards

16 Apr 2018: A specialist asbestos company has been fined after failing to detect asbestos at a demolition site. more »

The great brick shortage conundrum

13 Apr 2018: Brick manufacturers are forever having to refute accusations of inadequate supply, particularly from house-builders. But why do reports of brick shortages persist? Mark Smulian investigates more »

Countryside pays £135m for Westleigh

13 Apr 2018: House-builder Countryside Properties has acquired Westleigh Group for £135.4m. more »

Demolition contractor forged asbestos documents

13 Apr 2018: A demolition contractor and two of its managers have been prosecuted after forging documents to get an asbestos licence from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). more »

Network Rail seeks suppliers’ suggestions

13 Apr 2018: Network Rail is inviting contractors and other suppliers to suggest innovations and ways it can improve. more »

Brexit jitters dent McGee activity

13 Apr 2018: The sale of a surplus property has enabled specialist contractor McGee to show profit growth for last year despite a 24% drop in turnover. more »

Financial backing for Geotech expansion

13 Apr 2018: Ground engineering specialist Geotech has secured £14m venture capital backing in exchange for 30% of the company. more »

New head of rail at Clancy Docwra

13 Apr 2018: Savvas Charalambous has joined Clancy Docwra from McNicholas to drive its expansion in the railway sector. more »

Quintain agrees finance for Wembley Park

13 Apr 2018: Developer Quintain has secured finance for its second build-to-rent apartments development at Wembley Park. more »

Sweco makes room to grow in Edinburgh

13 Apr 2018: Swedish consulting engineer Sweco has moved into new offices in Edinburgh as part of a plan for expansion. more »

Delicate demolition

12 Apr 2018: Erith Contractors is nearing the end of a complex demolition and façade retention contract in Belgravia. David Taylor reports more »

Introducing the Demolition Contractors’ Association

12 Apr 2018: A new association has been set up to represent demolition contractors, called – aptly enough – the Demolition Contractors’ Association. Phil Bishop does the Q&A. more »

Ministry insider parachuted in to chair CITB

12 Apr 2018: The next chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to be a Department for Education insider rather than a senior figure from within the construction industry. more »

Rail workers were two seconds from death

12 Apr 2018: Rail accident investigators are analysing an incident last month in which a group of track workers were nearly killed by a speeding train in north London. more »

Government consults on new fire testing regime

12 Apr 2018: The Ministry of Housing is proposing to curtail the use of desktop studies for assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems. more »

Basement extension fail 2: Builder jailed after house collapse

12 Apr 2018: A building contractor has been sent to prison for five months for safety offences that led to the partial collapse of a house that he was trying to extend downwards. more »

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