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In the current improving but still difficult and uncertain financial climate being aware of and understanding ways you can secure and develop your business has never been more critical.

If you are a Specialist Contractor, Manufacturer or Supplier then CCS can offer you the benefits of 30 years’ experience of supporting specialist companies like yours, providing services that will make your business more efficient, secure  and successful in its commercial and contractual activities.

CCS Members outperform their competitors, benefitting from our specialist training courses, and legal and contractual advice and assistance, helping them to secure profitable contracts on fair and equitable terms.

CCS provides a very focused, influential and strong voice in support of the interests of specialist companies; with representation at the highest level of Government and Industry, and formal participation in positive campaigns for greater fairness and apportionment of financial and contractual risk in the Specialist Construction sector

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Arcadis trumps Japanese bid for Hyder with £288m offer
 

Arcadis has trumped Japanese consultant Nippon Koei’s bid for Hyder...

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Costain spies new acquisition opportunities, but exits waste
 

Costain sees “lots of opportunities” for new acquisitions, its finance...

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Miller Group: Help to Buy lender cuts won't impact our trading
 

Miller Group has dismissed fears over Help to Buy cutbacks by lenders, after...

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Royal Bam breaks even despite heavy civils and UK losses
 

Dutch parent of Bam Construct and Bam Nuttall has reported heavy losses in...

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Largest growth in English housing starts since 1976
 

Figures released by the government today show housing starts were up by 22...

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Balfour must 'prove value to shareholders' following Carillion merger collapse
 

Balfour Beatty is under pressure to prove its value to shareholders following...

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Worker dies after falling from Eastbourne Pier rebuild
 

A 44-year-old man has died after falling from Eastbourne Pier while working...

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Balfour Beatty rejects improved Carillion offer as deal hopes fade
 

Balfour Beatty has rejected Carillion’s improved offer and will not seek an...

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Persimmon to boost timber frame production as output increases
 

Persimmon is keen to ramp up its timber frame production to 8,000 kits a year...

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WSP takes lead in race for Parsons Brinckerhoff
 

Engineering consultancy WSP Global is favourite to buy Balfour Beatty’s...

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Wates appoints infrastructure MD to 'identify new markets'
 

Wates has appointed Terry O’Connor as managing director of infrastructure as...

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Chinese rebar samples fail independent British compliance tests
 

Samples of imported steel reinforcing bars from China have failed to meet...

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Bovis takes aim at new volume targets after profits hike
 

Bovis Homes could deliver up to 6,000 homes a year from 2019, almost double...

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Mears profits up 11% despite drop in bidding opportunities
 

Mears Group has reported an 11 per cent increase in pre-tax profits in the...

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Space4 helps Persimmon profits soar
 

Persimmon’s timber frame manufacturing business Space4 increased output by 37...

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Ibstock ups production with 125m bricks
 

Ibstock has said it will produce an extra 125m bricks this year after it...

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Lovell gets green light for £40m Cumbria homes
 

Developer Lovell has been given the green light to begin work on a new £40m...

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London gets £2m skills boost for jobless construction workers
 

The CITB and London Enterprise Panel have committed £2m to address the skills...

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Keepmoat in £400m takeover talks
 

Private equity firms Sun Capital Partners and TDR Capital are close to...

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EEF demands permanent authority to support infrastructure
 

Britain’s manufacturers’ association (the EEF) has called for the government...

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Atkins to sell Polish business for £2.8m
 

Atkins has announced it will sell its Polish business to Norwegian firm...

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Industry growth continues but firms warn on labour and material costs
 

New data from the CPA’s Construction Trade Survey shows an increase in...

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Linden Homes appoints new managing director for Midlands region
 

Linden Homes has appointed Mike Coker as its new managing director for the...

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Stewart Milne Group secures £80m Treasury guarantee for 3,000 homes
 

Stewart Milne Group has secured an £80m loan through a UK Treasury guarantee...

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Midas Group turnover up by 12%
 

Midas Group has announced a 12 per cent rise in turnover and an increase of...

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Balfour Beatty attempts to win shareholder backing with fresh Carillion rejection
 

Balfour Beatty has questioned the ability of Carillion’s management team to...

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Vinci gets green light for Ealing Broadway Crossrail station
 

Ealing council has given the green light for a series of improvements to...

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Nick Boles takes construction brief
 

Construction News has learned that skills minister Nick Boles has now been...

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Howson: No further growth in Carillion's energy services arm
 

Carillion has said there will be no further growth to its energy services...

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Carillion profits grow in first half of 2014
 

Carillion’s revenue fell 5 per cent but pre-tax profits grew in its half-year...

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War of words erupts over Balfour Beatty Carillion talks
 

Carillion chairman Philip Green has insisted that a merger with Balfour...

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RICS sees first dip in new homes demand since January 2013
 

Demand for new houses has fallen for the first time since January 2013.

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Government launches new £200m housing zones prospectus
 

Councils can now bid for a share of £200m of government funding to speed up...

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Exclusive: Balfour Beatty to close unprofitable offices
 

Balfour Beatty will close three offices in London and the South-west,...

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ISG appoints East regional director
 

ISG has appointed Liam Duffy as regional director for its East business.

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Interserve 'amicable' with DIO after legal action, says CEO
 

Interserve has “moved on amicably” with the Defence Infrastructure...

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Balfour chief set for Serco move
 

Balfour Beatty services division chief executive Kevin Craven will join Serco...

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Speedy FD to step down
 

Speedy has announced its group finance director Lynn Krige will step down...

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Severfield holds steady following rebrand
 

Severfield has revealed an order book of £171m in an update today to the City...

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Royal Bam share price recovers after crash
 

Royal Bam has issued a statement confirming it expects to break even in the...

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John Morgan: London inflation worse than expected
 

Cost inflation in London and the South is steeper than Morgan Sindall...

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Bouygues promotes new group commercial director
 

Bouygues UK has promoted Colin Whitfield to the role of group commercial...

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Familiar woes at Balfour Beatty as UK drags down profits
 

UK construction continues to blight Balfour Beatty after underlying pre-tax...

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Balfour Beatty rejects revised Carillion merger proposal
 

Balfour Beatty’s board has rejected a new offer from Carillion, including...

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NG Bailey back in profit despite ‘cut-throat’ market
 

NG Bailey has returned to profit in 2013/14 despite a construction market its...

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Japanese bid for Hyder could spark bidding war
 

Japanese consultant Nippon Koei could spark a bidding war for Hyder...

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McLaren 'Jenga tower' gets Lambeth approval
 

KPF has won approval for a 169m-tall building, dubbed the ‘Jenga tower, on...

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Balfour appoints new leader for troubled M&E business
 

Balfour Beatty has appointed the former managing director of property...

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Laing O'Rourke's Europe profits fall as Australia improves
 

Laing O’Rourke’s pre-tax profits fell in the year to 31 March 2014 but cash...

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Government plots Crossrail extension to Herts
 

Proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire are being considered by the...

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Exclusive: Safety failings alleged on £150m PFI
 

Lambeth Borough Council has launched an investigation into allegations of...

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Prince's Trust warns on impending skills crisis
 

A Prince’s Trust and HSBC report shared with Construction News shows more...

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In pictures: Sisk carries out 160-tonne Leamouth Bridge lift over River Lea
 

John Sisk & Son has carried out a 160-tonne bridge lift this week over...

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Kier tops July and annual tables in contractor league double
 

A whopping number of small-scale deals has secured top spot for Kier in...

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RMD Kwikform boosts strong Interserve results
 

Interserve has hailed RMD Kwikform’s contribution to a first half of the year...

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Chancellor backs £15bn ‘One North’ infrastructure proposals
 

The chancellor has backed proposals for major rail and road link improvements...

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Former HSE construction chief steps in after Heather Bryant departure
 

The Health and Safety Executive’s former chief inspection of construction...

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Lend Lease takes on London regen scheme
 

Lend Lease has bought a site in Deptford with consent to deliver 905 homes...

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HSE chief inspector quits to join Balfour Beatty
 

The HSE’s chief inspector of construction Heather Bryant is to join Balfour...

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Output set to rise 22% over next five years
 

Construction output will rise more than 22 per cent over the next five years,...

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Morgan Sindall order book grows 14%
 

Morgan Sindall has reported a 14 per cent increase in the value of its order...

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Construction could create 200,000 new jobs by 2019, CITB finds
 

The construction industry will need more than 40,000 new workers each year...

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Rules mooted to extend office-to-resi rules
 

Plans to extend rules to enable office-to-residential conversions have been...

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Public sector housing registrations drop 11%
 

The private sector was responsible for driving the housing growth in the UK...

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Keltbray 'more selective' on jobs as it reports record turnover
 

Demolition specialist Keltbray has reported record results for 2013 as it...

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Boris launches £1.3tn London infrastructure plan
 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a consultation on a long-term...

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Exclusive: Balfour Beatty chairman says firm will go 'back to Plan A'
 

Balfour Beatty’s chairman has told Construction News the group will go...

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Arcadis to buy Hyder Consulting for £256m
 

Arcadis has announced it will acquire Hyder Consulting for £256.2m.

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Balfour Beatty terminates Carillion merger talks
 

Balfour Beatty has pulled out of talks with Carillion over a potential merger...

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Video: Eastbourne Pier fire guts arcade building
 

A fire ripped through Eastbourne Pier on Wednesday, destroying one third of...

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Taylor Wimpey secures bricks 18 months ahead of build time
 

Taylor Wimpey’s focus in the first half of 2014 has been on materials...

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Balfour Beatty sells trackside plant business to rental firm
 

Rental business Vp has acquired Balfour Beatty Rail’s rail plant business and...

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Worker killed at Laing O’Rourke’s offsite facility is named
 

A worker killed at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Manufacturing facility on 8 July...

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Aecom URS deal has 'little impact' on T&T, says chief exec
 

Turner and Townsend is not “particularly impacted by mega deals” such as...

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Unite threatens industrial action after workers reject pay deal
 

Unite has warned that more than 7,000 electricians and labourers could take...

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Aecom buys US contractor Hunt Construction
 

Aecom has acquired US-based construction services business Hunt Construction...

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Skanska wins £89m Battersea Power Station homes fit-out deal
 

Skanska has been awarded the £88.6m contract to fit out new homes as part of...

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Babcock announces management changes
 

Babcock has announced changes to its senior management, with group finance...

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Watch: Labour outlines proposals for Help to Build scheme
 

The Labour Party has outlined proposals for its Help to Build scheme today,...

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Contractors to support LGBT community at Liverpool Pride
 

Contractors ISG and Morgan Sindall will be among those to show their support...

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Interserve JV bags £950m waste facility contract
 

Contractor will build £145m waste processing facility and partner Shanks...

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Brookfield bags £40m Leicester square project
 

Brookfield Multiplex to undertake Make-designed revamp of landmark building...

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WSP wins Middle East airport brace
 

Consultant will work on two major airport projects in Oman

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Bouygues to build £80m energy from waste plant
 

French contracting giant to start building Corby incinerator later this year

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Arcadis trumps rival Japanese bid for Hyder
 

Second Arcadis offer seals £288m Hyder takeover deal

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Kier wants suppliers for £40m housing scheme
 

Open day for contractors across Surrey: Full details

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Bidders day for £120m Blackburn treatment works
 

United utilities aims to raise capacity at major treatment works

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Betting Spy: Man City and Swansea to land double
 

Home advantage to count as dust settles on first week of Premier League action

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Miller profits grow after construction arm offload
 

Miller Homes sets target to build 2,750 units a year

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BAM makes UK loss as cost-cutting continues
 

£80m restructuring to be completed by October

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Costain pulls out of bidding more waste contracts
 

Contractor boasts record £3.2bn order book after strong first half performance

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Interserve to start on £145m Derby waste plant site
 

Construction to create 250 jobs for the local economy

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Brothers jailed after exposing refurb workers to asbestos
 

Pair had no construction knowledge and ignored series of prohibition notices

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Relief for Balfour staff as Carillion ends pursuit
 

Reprieve for Balfour's UK construction division which Carillion planned to...

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