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The top 11 construction stories of 2011

20 Dec 11 It has been a year when doom and gloom about the economy has dominated the construction industry, and this is reflected in the most popular stories of 2011 on The Construction Index.

Four of the top 11 stories related to companies going under, or news about the economy.

Corporate takeovers or mergers also proved popular, while in the plant and machinery sector, health and safety stories tended to dominate.

But the most viewed story of the year was a flashback to construction in a very different time.

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Top 11 UK construction stories

  1. Lunch Atop A Skyscraper - 2011 style
  2. Balfour Beatty pulls clear in 2011 Top 100 rankings
  3. CPL Interiors in administration
  4. Tender prices are slowly on the increase
  5. UK merger for Tarmac and Lafarge
  6. CH2M Hill to take over Halcrow
  7. Scaffold collapse injures five on Kier site
  8. Deejak folds
  9. Bourne contractor put into administration
  10. GMI to build new stadium for Rotherham
  11. New owner for Trafford Centre

Top 11 plant stories

  1. Cat 385C L excavator upgraded to 390D L
  2. Ainscough rocked by crane collapse
  3. No more bungee jumping from cranes
  4. Crane operator dies at Olympic Village (update)
  5. Ainscough to get 1000 tonner later this year after testing delays
  6. Worker dies after digger falls 100ft
  7. Crane driver killed in windfarm crash
  8. Network Rail safeguards Hydrex jobs
  9. Shoppers witness fatal telehandler accident
  10. JCB on recruitment drive
  11. JCB boosts JS excavator versatility with new crusher buckets

Top 11 international construction stories

  1. Details unveiled of world’s tallest building
  2. Most Irish tenders come in below cost
  3. Contract let for $580m US veterans hospital
  4. Cowi to design world’s fourth-longest suspension bridge
  5. Contractor given go-ahead for $1.96bn Seattle tunnel
  6. Switzerland remains world’s most expensive place to build
  7. Bouygues hands over 1,000 keys as France’s tallest building completes
  8. Lafarge sells $760m of US assets to Argos
  9. Interserve clinches £60m-a-year MoD deal
  10. Mouchel signs contract for two Saudi cities
  11. Porsche moves into construction

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