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Phantom builder fitted with electronic tag

VAT cheat sentenced following investigation by HMRC

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Sheffield launches £480m city centre plan

Sheffield City Council is in talks to find a development partner for new retail quarter

London City-airport

Boris blocks £220m London City airport expansion

Noise concern grounds growth plan that would have create 500 construction job

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Workers fail site drug tests “after taking cough syrup”

Construction workers cast doubts on “too sensitive” tests

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Crossrail starts race for £30m sidings depot at Plumstead

Last Crossrail civil engineering job comes out to tender

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Barratt boss Mark Clare to step down

Finance director David Thomas will now lead Britain’s biggest house builder

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Barr wins £25m Edinburgh Uni vets campus

Work is due to start next month on campus hub at Easter Bush

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Mace to leave massive Royal Wharf resi scheme

Construction manager role to end just months after winning Phase 1 of contract

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Five firms win £3bn public land building framework

Bouygues, CCG, Morgan Sindall, Wates and Willmott Dixon on board to fast-track public land development

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B&K to build new South Shields library

Construction to start on first phase of £100m revamp of town centre

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Carillion signs £91m London Barts Square contract

Carillion expands in London with two more major projects

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Highways England sets out £11bn roads plan

Full details of investment plans over the next five years

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Byrne Group lures new finance director from O’Rourke

Philip Wainwright joins contractor as it eyes £400m turnover

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Wates wins latest round of Wembley work

Quintain awards £75m pre-construction deal for 370-unit resi scheme

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Morgan Sindall signs off £110m PF2 schools deal

Work to start on a dozen new schools in the north west

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Skanska/BAM gets green light for £85m Ordsall Chord

Delayed viaduct project to link Manchester’s railway stations finally gets green light

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O’Rourke fined over hospital gas leak

Excavator strikes pipe during car park construction work at Stoke hospital

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Plant hire boosts Boot construction profits

Henry Boots warns planning is tightening as general Election looms

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Polypipe keeps supplies flowing as demand surges

Plastic piping giant avoids shortages and delays for customers

Bradford NHS hospital

BAM bags £20m Bradford hospital block

Mechanical and electrical modules to be sources from Bradford firm

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Balfour staff braced for job losses

Back office staff facing bleak future as £100m of cost cuts swing into action

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Willmott Dixon starts £20m Old Trafford care scheme

Community and care centre forms part of Old Trafford masterplan

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New HSBC office scheme set for Birmingham

Planning to go in for new bank HQ at Miller Development’s Arena Central site

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Road worker loses arm in chip spreader

Amey, Lafarge and Ashmac Construction fined £355,000

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Balfour Beatty construction arm makes £391m loss

Contractor launches £100m cost-cutting drive as part of two-year turnaround programme

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Quinn blasts former Balfour bosses

“Insane” contract terms at root of main problems

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B&K tipped for £90m Northampton Uni complex

Work is expected to start in November on the three-year project

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services

Balfour M&E division pulls-out of bids across south

Balfour stops bidding for third party M&E contracts following £88m loss

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Morgan Sindall and Balfour sign eco-rebar pledge

Contractors to use responsibly sourced eco-reinforcement bar

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Oldham shop-fitting firm collapses

Sixteen jobs axed as Oldham-based Johnson Construction UK collapses

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Video: £35m flat-pack Crossrail station built in a year

Laing O’Rourke completes 800-piece station jigsaw puzzle setting construction benchmark

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UCATT to cut jobs in economy drive

Union calls for volunteers to take redundancy as it looks to slash staff levels

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Major project bidders forced to back skills training

Contractors will be barred from bid contests unless they commit to training

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O’Rourke and Imtech land £171m waste water deal

Digital engineering will allow current plant to stay live while upgrade works are carried-out

Mark Holden Simons Group

Ex-Carillion boss to head Simons construction arm

Mark Holden joins Lincoln building firm from SkyBlu

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Demolition firm unearths WW2 bomb near Shard

Discovery by demolition contractor Matthews triggers major evacuation of Bermondsey

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Road maintenance schemes get £275m boost

Government awards cash to 31 projects: Full details

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Beards pose dust danger to construction workers

New air powered mask system keeps builders with beards safe

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T Clarke bullish as contract disputes settled

Claims hit results but “decks now cleared” for construction recovery

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Steelwork contractor Billington targets 5% margin

All four divisions back in profit as Billington looks to invest in Barnsley and Leeds factories

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BAM wins £16m Sheffield leisure project

Firm’s Leeds office will redeploy 80% of its subcontractors on nearby Huddersfield scheme

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Rolls Royce boss to take over at Keller

New chief executive Alain Michaelis started his career at Arup

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Government pledges £1m in wake of Battersea fire

Extra public cash to help repair damage caused by blaze during arts centre refurbishment

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Ex-supermarket estate boss joins West End property firm

Neil Sachdev joins London property investment group Martin’s Properties as chairman

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Cheesegrater bolt failures cost Severfield £1m

Talks continue about who is liable for final cost of bolt replacement programme

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Costain/Vinci wins £750m M4 Newport job

Work on design element of ECI contract to start immediately

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Boris gives nod to Mace’s £400m BBC TV Centre scheme

Work to start in April on major London White City redevelopment

Bricklaying

Michelmersh ups brick prices by 13.5%

Manufacturer still selling more bricks than it makes as stocks dwindle

Bicester zero carbon

Green light for 2,600 zero carbon homes at NW Bicester

Major phase of UK’s first eco-town finally approved

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Harrington considers HTC tower cranes sale

Famous crane division could follow recent sale of hoist business by contractor

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Bouygues wants subcontractors for £200m housing job

Register now for chance to win work on huge London estate regeneration job

University of Nottingham Sports centre

Kier nets £27m Nottingham Uni sports centre

Contractor to start work soon on David Ross Sports Village

The Clydesdale Bank's plastic £5 note, due out next year

First plastic fivers released hailing Forth Bridge engineer

First of two million Sir William Arrol polymer £5 notes go into circulation today

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Holcim and Lafarge mega-merger back on track

Fresh terms agreed for July mega-merger, paving way for CRH to buy Tarmac Lafarge

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Flashing hi-vis vests to improve site safety

Light strips on vests will warn workers of imminent danger

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Fresh wave of invoice fraud hits contractor

Scammers are trying to trick clients into paying cash into false bank accounts

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Northern Powerhouse transport plan unveiled

Cost of TransNorth rail system could run to £65bn

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£120m scheme approved for London School of Economics

Ambitious central London redevelopment plan includes extensive demolition

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Management buyout saves jobs at barrier specialist

Concrete barrier company Hardstaff bought by management team

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McLaren swoops on £130m north London job

Contractor bags scheme originally lined-up for United House construction arm

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Betting Spy: All gone Messi for Premier League giants

Bad week in Europe but domestic giants can land an 8/1 acca

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Interserve closes £135m PF2 schools deal

Works starts on batch of seven schools in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading

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Plant hire bosses jailed for £4m VAT fraud

Tax cheats used bank account of dead colleague to launder cash

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Wates hires Balfour’s top health and safety boss

John Dunne joins Wates as director of Health & Safety

Royal Opera House

Go-ahead for £27m Royal Opera House revamp

Construction manager RISE will oversee the ‘open up’ project

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Bidding thrown open on former McLaren Brighton job

Development Securities to start new tender race for £100m scheme

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Government urged to scrap regional schools framework

Regional builders blast EFA regional framework for excluding SMEs

George Osborne visits new Travis Perkins Distribution Centre

Travis Perkins to open 400 depots in four years

Builders’ merchant to spend up to £200m a year on new branches and take on 4,000 extra staff

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Taxman calls time on umbrella companies

Payroll boss warns that construction labour costs are set to rise by up to 20%

Imtech

M&E specialist Imtech UK suffers £1.5m loss

Imtech streamlines UK business as margins squeezed from 4.5% to 0.8%

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Willmott Dixon to transform Liverpool tower

Work to start next month on £8m refurbishment job

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Wates starts spec Slough office scheme

SEGRO, Wates, Slough, office, contract,

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Budget: Handouts to regional projects

Brent Cross regeneration plan a big winner with £97m cash commitment

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Budget: £140m boost for flood defence work

Work brought forward on 165 schemes nationwide

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Budget: Boost for housing with Help-to-Buy ISA

Osborne unveils new saving scheme for home deposits

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Budget: Fresh crackdown on umbrella companies

Chancellor restricts travel and subsistence relief

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Worker injured in fall from synagogue site

Ambulance team and community volunteers take victim to hospital

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HS2 starts £450m consultant bid races

Search starts for phase 1 main engineering delivery partner and phase 2 consultancy packages

Sean Birrane, chief executive officer; Stuart Black, executive chairman; Jeremy Simpson, chief financial officer

Lakehouse owners to land £30m in company float

Offer price set for next week’s float valuing contractor at £140m

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Sheffield’s Meadowhall centre set for £50m revamp

Two-year refit will start this autumn outside of trading hours