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Government confirms plan to ban flammable cladding on tower blocks

Government confirms plan to ban flammable cladding on tower blocks

19 Jun 2018: The government has published its proposals on banning the use of combustible cladding materials on high-rise residential buildings. more »

York application for Ultigrip

York application for Ultigrip

13 Jun 2018: Tarmac’s Ultigrip anti-skid road surfacing material, said to last three times longer than traditional asphalt, has been laid on the A64 in York. more »

Spain's Cupa strengthens UK presence

Spain's Cupa strengthens UK presence

8 Jun 2018: Spanish slate producer Cupa Group has taken 100% ownership of Burton Roofing Merchants and also purchased Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse. more »

Breedon buys Borders quarry

Breedon buys Borders quarry

1 Jun 2018: Construction materials group Breedon has acquired Blinkbonny Quarry near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. more »

CIC joins call for ban on combustible cladding

CIC joins call for ban on combustible cladding

30 May 2018: The Construction Industry Council has said that the industry should take it upon itself to stop using combustible materials in high rise cladding systems, regardless of any government bans. more »

Desford brickworks to get £95m expansion

Desford brickworks to get £95m expansion

22 May 2018: Forterra, or what we used to know as Hanson Brick, is planning to redevelop its site at Desford in Leicestershire. more »

Government to consider product bans despite Hackitt advising against

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 »

Concrete Centre warns against offsite manufacturing

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 »

Tarmac revises Breedon asset swap deal

Tarmac revises Breedon asset swap deal

10 May 2018: Tarmac and Breedon have revised the terms of their proposed asset swap after intervention by the Competition & Markets Authority, and the regulator is looking favourably on the new offer. more »

Timber industry fears billion pound Brexit bill

Timber industry fears billion pound Brexit bill

8 May 2018: The UK timber industry faces a potential £1bn bill if Britain leaves the EU Customs Union, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is warning. more »

Boot lamps, anyone?

Boot lamps, anyone?

15 Jun 2018: A US company that developed LED lights that attach to training shoes for night-time joggers has now developed an industrial version for nightshift construction workers. more »

Update for Waterloo’s tech guide

Update for Waterloo’s tech guide

12 Jun 2018: The Green Book, the industry’s air diffusion technical guide first published in 2011, has been updated with a second edition print run. more »

Cemex buys second Rapidmix

Cemex buys second Rapidmix

8 Jun 2018: Cemex UK has purchased its second Rapidmix mobile mixing plant from Rapid International. more »

Waste to bitumen discovery promises path to greener roads

Waste to bitumen discovery promises path to greener roads

1 Jun 2018: Scientists at Aston University have developed a way to turn ordinary domestic waste into material suitable for laying roads and pavements. more »

Cost study calculates timber frame savings

Cost study calculates timber frame savings

24 May 2018: A study by cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK has found that timber frame construction is marginally cheaper than masonry for affordable housing but substantially quicker. more »

Builders' merchants report positive first quarter

Builders' merchants report positive first quarter

21 May 2018: Despite a decline in construction output in the first quarter of 2018, sales at UK builders’ merchants still increased, albeit at a slower rate than before. more »

Hackitt review calls for outcomes-based framework to promote safety

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 »

50 sign up for online cement service

50 sign up for online cement service

15 May 2018: Cement giant Cemex reports that it now has 50 UK customers signed up to its new online ordering service. more »

First hard hat recycling scheme launched

First hard hat recycling scheme launched

9 May 2018: Viridor has launched what it claims is the first recycling scheme for hard hats to divert them from landfill. more »

Concrete sales figures reveal softening markets

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 »

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