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Subcontractor makes contractor pay

Subcontractor CG Group has successfully pursued enforcement proceedings on behalf against construction and roofing contractor Breyer Group Plc.

Murphy wins contract for public realm work with Lendlease at Elephant Park

Construction firm J Murphy & Sons has won a major multi-million public realm contract working on Lendlease’s 9.7 hectare Elephant Park scheme.

Now that's some coffee house: praise for starter home design that recycles used cups

A starter home concept built out of used coffee cups – well, not quite – was praised for its radical ingenuity by industry experts at Grand Designs Live.

Brexit uncertainty is causing housebuilding hold-up claims law firm Clarke Willmott

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit and land value losses is causing private housing developers to hold back on developments, experts at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP claim.

Self-build ‘modulhus’ kit wins £5K prize in Starter Home on a Shoestring competition

A self-build system using timber-frame modules that can be assembled to make a two-bedroom home for less than £50,000 has won the 2016 ‘Starter Home on a Shoestring’ ideas competition.

Value of infrastructure construction contracts plunged 20% in July, says Barbour ABI

Infrastructure construction suffered a sharp deceleration in July, with the value of contracts dropping 20% to £1.5bn compared to June, according to the latest market review from industry analysts Barbour ABI.

Futures Housing adopts groundbreaking SME-friendly procurement contract

A Midlands housing association has become the first organisation to adopt a pioneering procurement contract designed to make it easier for small business to access big contracts.

Portsmouth’s panopticon prison sees its future as site for new homes

A Victorian prison which was at the height of design innovation in its day is to be regenerated to provide homes after the scheme gained planning approval from Portsmouth city council.

Cornish-based steel and concrete reinforcement suppliers Devoran Metals celebrate golden anniversary

Family-run South West firm Devoran Metals is celebrating 50 years of supplying steel and concrete reinforcement products to the construction industry.

Late payment by developers is “crippling” small subcontractors, claims business finance firm

Small construction firms are struggling to manage their cash flow because the big property developers are dragging their feet when it comes to paying them, according to research by Funding Options.

Three bank deal secures £80m global growth fund for Turner & Townsend

Construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has secured £80 million of financing from three major banks to support its global growth strategy.

Merger aims to change perception of construction SMEs

A new business created out of the merger of two small Wiltshire construction firms says it wants to challenge perceptions of the construction industry.

Planning permissions for new housing at their highest since 2008, says pipeline report

Planning permissions granted for new housing have hit their highest level since 2008, according to the latest Housing Pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan’s.

Investor interest pushes construction of new student accommodation to five-year high

Investment in student accommodation continued to grow last year, with the number of new units under construction hitting a new five-year high, and the combined value of projects exceeding £2.3bn.

Construction firm wins accolade for promoting inspiring change in the workplace

GRAHAM Construction has won an ‘Inspiring Change in the Workplace’ award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association(CECA) at a recent parliamentary reception.

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2016-11-08 10:09

Plant failure can be catastrophic for a business and the down time entails disruption to service and loss of revenue. Jamie Ross-Davies from Ideal Heat Solutions gives his advice.

2016-09-01 10:53

Firms are embracing new methods of construction with a study revealing the majority have used innovative techniques in the last three years. Claire Cameron takes a look at what is on offer

2016-08-03 09:20

In the wake of the vote to leave the EU, the potential impact of Brexit on development needs to be considered, specifically in terms of environmental regulations and State aid, as well as the possible impact on UK infrastructure projects, in particular the proposed Heathrow expansion and Hinkley Point C, says Mark Northey, a partner in the projects team at Ashfords LLP.

2016-07-25 09:35

The UK has an ageing population – effectively, this means that for the first time ever there are more people of pensionable age than children under the age of 16 in this country.

2016-07-05 09:05

Defibrillators located on construction sites can save your life. Rosa Mitchell from independent supplier Defibshop gives her advice.

CONSTRUCTION workers are often faced with a multitude of dangers at work, from the risk of electrical hazards to excavation and trenching accidents.

2016-07-01 09:06

Claire Cameron investigates the topic of daylighting and how the use of windows and rooflights can help bring sunlight into buildings all year round.

WITH increasing energy costs and concerns about global warming, the use of windows and rooflights to bring sunlight indoors is gaining momentum as more people look to natural sources to save money and the environment.

2016-06-28 11:48

Within days of the announcement of the Brexit vote, we’ve seen major construction company stocks crash by almost a quarter, says Chris Ingram, managing director of Cornish-based underfloor heating specialists Continental Underfloor.

2016-06-15 14:36

Commercial vehicles can drive success. Claire Cameron looks at why firms should upgrade and whether it is best to buy or rent a new fleet. With expert advice from David Brennan, CEO of Nexus Vehicle Rental, Dominic Reid of Northgate Vehicle Hire, Gareth Jones of Dawsonrentals Vans and light commercial vehicle industry consultant Tim Cattlin.

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