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Government launches late payment reporting plan

Firms turning over more than £25.9m and employing over 250 staff to be forced to publish payment record every three months

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Larger contractors now fighting for funds

Banks are pulling the plug on bigger companies

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Bad weather scuppers A1 bridge lift

Lifting of 32 beams cancelled due to weather

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Latest Crossrail 2 cost estimate rises to £27bn

PwC cost and funding report floats £20bn Crossrail 2 lite option

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Betting Spy: Everton to sink Spurs

The Toffees are tempting at 2/1 while Arsenal leave everyone bewildered

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Driver shocked as crane hits power line

Steel sections being lifted hit 11Kv line

London Underground

Specialists called to bid for £430m Tube station upgrades

Underground procurement bosses start search for trade contractors

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Cycling to get £214m infrastructure boost

Cash confirmed to boost routes in eight “cycling cities”

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Go-ahead for £500m Oxford Westgate centre revamp

Brookfield Multiplex, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine have submitted bids for the shopping centre rebuild

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Vp benefits as construction recovery spreads

Equipment specialist sees spending on new kit rise 30%

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Concrete wagon topples over on Bolton site

Boom over extends on civils site

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Late payment still plagues half of all subcontractors

Late payment and retention abuse remain rife in construction even in the upturn

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Green light for £250m Woking towers scheme

Town centre Victoria Square scheme will see two resi towers of 30 and 34 storeys

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£500m Cardiff scheme to start next year

Dumballs Road site next to River Taff will be transformed

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Chinese firm to build £15m Bristol sea container hotel

China International Marine Containers wins ninth modular hotel job

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Griffiths wants South West subcontractors

Suppliers and staff also needed for civils contract wins: Full details

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Balfour bags £10m University College London revamp

Work will start on the Bloomsbury Wilkins Terrace rebuild next month

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Subbie faces sell-off after Costain retentions row

Waste specialist running out of cash following £2.8m wrangle

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Fire hits factory delaying Spurs stadium scheme

Police treat blaze as suspicious at metal works embroiled in a planning row with the club

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Race for £70m Liverpool John Moores Uni job

Old mail sorting office will be transformed into a central teaching library and sports complex

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Vinci faces further delays on Nottingham tram job

Late-running route will not be finished until next Summer

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Severfield raises margins to 3.7% as orders recover

Steelwork giant warns of market tensions as main contractors work through legacy jobs

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Renew rides to record profits after Dawlish sea wall job

Specialist contractor sets sights on £500m turnover target

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Biggest smart motorway job given 2016 start date

£700m M4 widening project will take over 5 years to complete

Guildford station Solum

Plans for £150m Guildford station regen scheme

Solum Regeneration rolls out most ambitious station redevelopment

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Keepmoat and Strata seal deal for 4,000 Hull homes

Hull City Council deal will attract £500m private investment over 13 years

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Skanska to print 3D concrete products

Printing robot will help contractor set-up a 3D supply chain to revolutionise construction

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BAM lands Jamie Oliver King’s Cross job

150-year-old Fish and Coal buildings to be transformed

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Go-ahead for Ballymore twin towers on Isle of Dogs

Twin 50 and 55-storey residential towers to be built opposite Canary Wharf

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Subcontractors take retentions abuse battle to Parliament

Specialist contractors plan last-minute amendment to Small Business Bill

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£20m plan for Birmingham canalside

Commercial scheme to start on site early next year

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Joiner crushed under two tonnes of plasterboard

Lifting operation on Scottish site goes horribly wrong

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SDC scoops Bedfordshire £13m leisure centre job

Flintwick leisure centre scheme won for 20% more than estimate

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Bid races for duo of £1bn housing frameworks

Firms fight for places on Hyde Group and London & Quadrant housing panels

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Sisk bags £30m Reading office job

Site start expected in February as EAG lands cladding package

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Stobart to build £110m biomass plant

Transport giant’s civil engineering arm to carry-out £15m of work

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Worker killed as dumper truck falls into site pit

Court hears how untrained worker is crushed to death under five-tonne machine

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£40m refit of fire-ravaged M4 tunnels up for grabs

Five firms will be invited to bid in January

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Mulbury Homes boosts construction expertise

Construction team strengthened as work set to start on 12 new sites

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BAM bags £20m Sunderland College job

Work expected to start next year on Sunderland College Vocational Campus

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70mph JCB is crowned “fastest digger on earth”

Backhoe driven by “The Dig” breaks Guinness World Record

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Welsh valley rail lines to get £230m upgrade

Journey times to major cities set to be slashed

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Ex Overbury bosses join rival London fitout firm

Key players behind rise of Morgan Sindall’s fitout business join BWI on growth mission

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Scaffold work shocks watching safety inspector

Police called after scaffolder is “hostile” to HSE inspector: Pictures

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Government launches probe into Chinese rebar

Substandard rebar triggers inquiry into CARES testing regime and quality of imports

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Gilbert Ash call-up for £23m National Army Museum

Building work will start shortly on Chelsea army museum

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BAM wins race for £14m school in Don Valley

Combined secondary and primary school is being built on Sheffield’s former athletics stadium site

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Betting Spy: Battle of the dodgy defences at Arsenal

The Gunners should just about edge a defensive horror-show against Man Utd

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House building jitters as starts fall 10% in England

Latest quarterly house building figures show fall for first time in two years

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91-year-old hit by falling site fence

Pensioner fractures hip after two-metre high metal fence collapses

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Eiffel Steelworks calls in administrators

60 jobs under threat as Wigan specialist seeks a buyer

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£500m private finance plan for next wave of Welsh schools

Welsh to use non-profit distribution model to finance phase 2 of 21st Century Schools programme

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HTC crane drivers win 14% pay rise

Improved three-year pay deal spells end to threatened strike action

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Hull Uni hunts for £24m student halls builder

University plans to renew student accommodation, build more than 2,000 room over coming years

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Commercial work to drive 7% rise in 2015 project starts

West Midlands and Scotland predicted to see strong construction growth next year

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Balfour Beatty to start Trafford Park tunnel drive

UK’s largest earth pressure balanced tunnelling machine will be run by contractor Murphy: Video

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Social media use soaring across construction

More than 1,000 firms have signed-up to the Enquirer Social Club

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Bidders named for £650m MoD southern frameworks

Firms will this week be invited to bid for £400m South West and £250m South East capital frameworks

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McMullen bags £10m Leeds cladding package

Glazing specialist lands major deal from Wates on Central Square commercial complex

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Winners named for £100m Scottish schools framework

Galliford Try, Kier and Morgan Sindall win North Lanarkshire phase 2 schools framework

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Contractor fined £150k for corporate manslaughter

Stonemason crushed by two-tonne limestone block in site tragedy

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BAM scoops £80m North West Cambridge job

BAM Construction secures biggest phase one contract

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Construction starts on £100m private rented resi plan

First phase begins in North West of new building-for-rent boom

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Go-ahead for £70m energy centre on coal site

Nottinghamshire scheme to create 330 construction jobs

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Anglo Holt builds Holiday Inn from sea containers

Tie-up with Chinese shipping container giant opens way for large-scale London modular hotel

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Extra £14m to make all stations step-free on Crossrail

All 40 stations on route will now have easy access for disabled commuters

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Bardsley bags £24m brace of building jobs

Salford Quays and Bradford projects boost builder

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Persimmon calls up ex-soldiers to train as brickies

Up to 500 ex-military personnel to retrain as bricklayers and joiners

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Big names on the hunt for Glasgow specialists

Subcontractors wanted on string of large Scottish projects: Meet the Buyer details

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Ex-Shepherd director Mark Tant joins Wates

Contractor aims to expand in residential market

Chris Tyerman, managing director of Interserve Infrastructure

Costain director takes Interserve infrastructure md job

Costain’s operations efficiency director Chris Tyerman joins Interserve

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Amey and Carillion land £400m prison upkeep deals

Contractors will carry-out maintenance and FM work on prisons across the country

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Builder wanted to replace condemned HS2 estate

Replacing parts of the Regents Park Estate will cost £40m

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Construction boss drowns in holiday tragedy

Former chairman of leading Scottish builder dies in Fuerteventura

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Cheesegrater bolt failure report due in New Year

Probe by Laing O’Rourke and Arup continues

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Fitzgerald sees 75% surge in civils work

Housing infrastructure work leads the way for expanding contractor

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Balfour continues cost-cutting drive

More regional offices to be closed

Crossrail infrastructure theme

UK infrastructure deficit now at £60bn

Report argues for economy boosting infrastructure spending push

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Yorkshire plant hirer snaps up Stockport rival

Chippindale Plant buys Wilmslow Plant Hire

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New MD takes over at Cementation Skanska

Cameron Foley to lead expansion in ground engineering market