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Payment charter author ‘disappointed’ by slow progress
 

Institute of Credit Management chief executive Philip King has told...

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Lakehouse names new CEO amid wider management reshuffle
 

Lakehouse has appointed a new chief executive as part of a wider senior...

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Kier poaches Morgan Sindall's head of infrastructure
 

Morgan Sindall’s head of infrastructure Jag Paddam has joined Kier as its new...

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David Cameron joins contractors on Building Britain campaign
 

The government has relaunched its Building Britain social media campaign to...

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Mace employee wins Construction Manager of the Year
 

Mace’s Lee Hutchinson has won this year’s Construction Manager of the Year...

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Injuries in construction fall slightly in 2013/14
 

The rate of injury in the construction industry fell slightly in 2013/14...

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Subcontractor in £2.8m retentions row with Costain
 

Lancashire-based green waste specialist TEG has suspended trading its shares...

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Parsons Brinckerhoff and CH2M Hill managers join WSP
 

Senior staff from Parsons Brinckerhoff and CH2M Hill are among several recent...

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Alumasc to sell off engineering products business
 

Building products company Alumasc has announced it will sell off part of its...

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Argent open to procurement changes
 

King’s Cross developer Argent is considering moving away from its 20-year old...

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Nick Boles: Failure to back HS2 would be 'historic error'
 

Construction minister Nick Boles has said it would be a “historic error” to...

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Sir David Higgins: 'HS3 can be built simultaneously with HS2'
 

Sir David Higgins has insisted that High Speed 3 can be built alongside...

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HTC Plant director 'upset' after union members vote for strike
 

HTC Plant’s director and general manager Dave Holder has expressed his...

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London mayor reveals preferred route for £20bn Crossrail 2
 

London transport authorities have revealed a preferred route for Crossrail 2,...

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Countrywide and Hermes create PRS fund
 

Property group Countrywide and Hermes Investment Management have joined...

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Exclusive: Graham Shennan departs Morgan Sindall
 

Morgan Sindall managing director Graham Shennan has departed the business,...

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Balfour Beatty shareholders approve Parsons Brinckerhoff sale
 

Balfour Beatty shareholders have approved the sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff to...

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McLaren restructures London region with two appointments
 

McLaren has announced the appointment of two regional directors to manage the...

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NHS estate sell-off required to plug financial hole
 

A radical plan to close the massive shortfall in NHS finances will demand the...

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Profit warnings for listed construction firms on the rise
 

There were nine profit warnings from six construction companies in the first...

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10% growth in Manchester projects
 

Construction in Manchester is continuing to recover, with projects under...

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Argent eyes resi expansion, while Derwent and GPE to 'dabble'
 

Major commercial developer Argent has said that residential will be a...

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Property transactions up by 14%
 

Total property transactions have grown by 14 per cent between April and...

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Regional leaders seek new devolved funding powers
 

Business leaders from Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland have backed...

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Over £100bn of Chinese investment to flow into UK
 

More than £100bn-worth of investment will flow into the UK by 2025, creating...

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HS2 requires global construction advice and new transport hub
 

The UK construction industry needs to “learn lessons from elsewhere in the...

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IUK chief: ‘Chancellor could increase value of UK Guarantee scheme’
 

The chancellor George Osborne could raise the value of the UK Guarantee...

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Labour would ‘think innovatively’ about infrastructure finance
 

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh has said a Labour government would...

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Problem contracts force Morgan Sindall profit warning
 

Morgan Sindall has issued a profit warning following a number of problem...

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CN Summit: Industry leaders debate economic outlook for construction
 

London faces huge challenges including a water shortage and transport...

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Housing minister hits out at Lyons Review
 

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has dismissed Sir Michael Lyons’ Housing...

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Construction News Summit 2014: as it happened
 

Get the latest from the Construction News Summit 2014 with our live blog

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Dalian Wanda eyes UK hotel and resi expansion to triple revenue
 

Major Chinese developer Dalian Wanda has said its expansion into the UK will...

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Sir Michael Lyons: 'Church of England can help solve housing crisis'
 

The Church of England and supermarket chains should enter the housebuilding...

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Housing associations merge to form £160m company
 

Two housing associations have merged to form a £160m social housing company...

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CH2M Hill names new Europe MD
 

Mark Thurston has been appointed as the European managing director for CH2M...

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ERH Group building and construction arms to enter administration
 

The directors of Bristol-based ERH Group have confirmed its building and...

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MIPIM UK: Housing crisis tops agenda
 

The inaugural MIPIM UK was disrupted by protestors calling for ‘homes for...

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Green Deal assessments up 11%
 

The total number of Green Deal assessments grew by 11 per cent between August...

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Investigation under way as man injured in crane collapse at Wates site
 

A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries following a crane jib...

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Greg Fitzgerald to deputise as Galliford Try chairman steps down
 

After four years on the board, Ian Coull has left his role as non-executive...

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Industry prompts HS2 shake-up of first phase works packages
 

High Speed 2 has revised the value of its first phase construction packages...

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Three new directors appointed to HS2
 

HS2 has announced that Christine Emmett, Neil Masom and Baroness Jo Valentine...

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Construction industry to grow by 23% to 2018
 

The construction industry will grow 23 per cent by the end of 2018 and...

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Prudential to invest up to £100m in Swansea tidal power station
 

Prudential has been named as the cornerstone investor in the £1bn tidal power...

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Cala Homes' revenue on track to triple by 2016
 

Cala Homes has said it is on track to deliver a three-fold increase in its...

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Osborne appoints supply chain director from Balfour Beatty
 

Osborne has appointed John Robeson as its new supply chain director for its...

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Arcadis completes double takeover
 

Arcadis has confirmed the takeovers of both engineering consultant Hyder and...

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Major fire breaks out at Didcot Power Station
 

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of a fire at Didcot B...

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Wandsworth approves Battersea phase 3
 

Phase three of Battersea Power Station has received detailed planning...

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BIM an 'exportable skill' for UK contractors in emerging economies
 

Building information modelling will soon be an “exportable skill” for UK...

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Ferrovial consortium pays £1bn for three airports
 

A 50/50 consortium of Ferrovial and Macquarie has bought Aberdeen, Glasgow...

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Everyman Theatre beats bookies' favourite to win Stirling Prize
 

The new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins has claimed the...

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Pickles increases green belt protection
 

Eric Pickles has taken new steps to enhance the protections in place against...

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New Balfour boss a 'turnaround specialist' say analysts
 

Incoming Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn is a “turnaround...

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Record profit for Robertson Group as turnover grows 13%
 

Robertson Group has reported record profit and a 13 per cent rise in...

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UK house prices soar by 11.7%
 

House prices have risen by 11.7 per cent over the past year to August, with...

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Labour unveils Lyons' 'road map' for 200,000 homes a year
 

Labour leader Ed Miliband has endorsed plans set out by the Lyons Housing...

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Contractors toil as material and labour costs continue to soar
 

Contractors have reported brick price increases of up to 15 per cent, as...

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New Balfour Beatty boss promises 'bold' and 'brave' leadership
 

Incoming Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn has written to employees,...

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Mears acquires social housing services firm Omega
 

Mears has announced the acquisition of social housing services provider Omega...

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Balfour Beatty welcomes back graduate as group CEO
 

Breaking: Balfour Beatty has appointed QinetiQ chief executive Leo Quinn as...

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New Skanska JV takes aim at Scottish onshore wind schemes
 

Skanska and Ecotricity will invest up to £500m in onshore wind through a new...

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L&G eyes £1bn PRS development arm
 

Legal & General is considering a major swoop into the private rental...

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231 jobs go at Essex-based shopfitter as buyer search fails
 

Joint administrators at KPMG have made 231 redundancies at Essex-based...

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Four new London river crossings needed for growth, Adonis urges
 

A new report has called for four new river crossings to be built in East...

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Right at the Top: Kilimanjaro climb is success for Top Right Group team
 

A team from Construction News’ parent company Top Right Group has...

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SIG sells renewable heat business for £1
 

SIG has sold its 50 per cent stake in renewable heat firm Ice Energy...

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Bellway highlights North-east growth as profits rise 75%
 

Bellway’s North-east division has shown “particular strength” over the...

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Police name Laing O’Rourke worker killed at Heathrow
 

A Laing O’Rourke worker who was killed while working at Heathrow Airport...

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Willmott Dixon loses court battle over £177m contract
 

Willmott Dixon has lost a legal battle against Hammersmith and Fulham Council...

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Balfour Beatty warns of financial risk if Parsons sale fails
 

Balfour Beatty has warned shareholders the group could be at risk of...

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New construction director and FD join £1.9bn Mersey Gateway scheme
 

The £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Bridge project team has been strengthened by the...

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Global engineering CEO to exit Aecom
 

Aecom’s global head of building engineering David Glover will leave the firm...

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ONS estimates August construction output dip of 3.9%
 

Estimates for construction output in August have shown a 3.9 per cent dip,...

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Scottish Government sets out 2015 spending plans
 

The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £125m towards housing in...

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British Property Federation names new CEO
 

The British Property Federation has appointed Melanie Leech, director general...

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Luxury homes on the rise in London as pressure on contractors increases
 

The number of luxury homes being planned or under construction in London has...

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Mace announces new Western Europe lead
 

Mace has promoted operations director Barbara Welch to hold responsibility...

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Specialist housebuilder trials bonus system to retain bricklayers
 

Specialist housebuilder Churchill Retirement Living is trialling a bonus...

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Skanska confirmed for iconic Battersea Power Station job
 

Contractor sees off three big name rivals to take £600m job to redevelop the...

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Ardmore takes £80m Goldfinger bank job
 

Contractor to transform historic Midland Bank Headquarters in the City of...

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Wilson James wins key role on UCL campus revamp
 

Specialist appointed as logistics partner for University College London’s...

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Full list: Firms win place on £400m social housing framework
 

Eight six firms appointed to £400m social housing repairs framework in the...

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Vinci wins £33m Filton Four Tracks project
 

Three-year Taylor Woodrow contract will see 17 structures replaced or...

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Kier hires ex-Morgan Sindall and Network Rail bosses
 

Jag Paddam joins as managing director of Kier Infrastructure southern

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New chief executive for Lakehouse
 

All change in boardroom reshuffle at support services contractor

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Bid race set to start for £85m Eastbourne centre
 

Tenders to be invited mid-2015 with construction set to start by end of next...

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Tool hire firm now renting out defibrillators
 

Supply UK boosts range to help heart attack victims on site

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One Call Hire buys 90 JCB telehandlers
 

£5m deal will see most new machines heading for Crossrail project

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Vast Cardiff Central Square plan unveiled
 

Willmott Dixon has started on the first office project in ambitious...

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Mace man is Construction Manager of the Year
 

Lee Hutchinson lands ultimate accolade for new science block at London school

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BAM bags £23m Liverpool Uni lab project
 

Work to start next month on materials innovation facility

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Rydon starts £155m Ealing estate phase 2 rebuild
 

Demolition of London's Green Man Estate underway for building start in early...

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