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Labourer survives cutting through mains cable

Site team wrongly told that electricity supply had been cut off

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One third of rebar used on UK sites is Chinese

Figures show scale of Chinese steel imports as fears grow over quality

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B&K wins £50m Salford office job

Work to start on 8-storey One New Bailey scheme

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Problem contracts force Morgan Sindall profit warning

Several fixed-price jobs in London and South East hit by delays and cost overruns

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Four in race for £50m A9 dualling deal

First construction contract set to be awarded on £3bn Scottish road scheme

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HCA opens bidding for £800m of funding

Councils and housing associations called to bid for next round of Government funding

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House building registrations back to pre-crash level

Rising house building activity spreads to North East, Yorkshire & Humberside and West Midlands.

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Betting Spy: Too many teams spoil tournaments

Champions League and Euro 2016 are too bloated while Everton and Villa can land a decent double

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Men only in Construction Manager of the Year Awards

No women among this year’s 95 finalists

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Surveyors report fastest work rise for 20 years

Survey reveals firms are very bullish about prospects for next year

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Brave BAM workers save woman and dog from sea

Brothers race into action after woman washed out to sea in Cornwall

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Phase one of £1.5bn Meridian Water approved

April start for phase one of 8,500 homes North London Lee Valley development

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Laing O’Rourke clinches £150m fourth PF2 schools batch

Construction will start next June on the first of seven Yorkshire schools

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Green light for vast Lincolnshire Lakes scheme

3,000 homes development could also pave way for new Scunthorpe United stadium

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Tulloch lands £16.5m fishing jetty contract

50 construction jobs created on harbour contract in Lerwick

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Willmott Dixon starts work on Welsh super school

£34.5m scheme is Ceredigion County Council’s largest ever construction project

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Balfour wins extra £36m to convert Olympic Stadium

Contingency cash will be used to meet 23% rise in project cost to £190m

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Galliford Try bags £39m Surrey office job

Engineering specialist Subsea 7 to build new project office in Sutton

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ISG tipped for £250m Dyson HQ expansion

Malmesbury scheme will see construction of a new R&D building and sports centre

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Wigan council invites bids for £21m link road

Contest starts for design and build job to deliver 2.5km dual carriageway A49 link road

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Interserve gets go-ahead for £31m Welsh school

Enabling works will start in February on Caldicot secondary school

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T Clarke loses court appeal over subbie claims

Right of subcontractors to go to adjudication under Construction Act protected

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Green light for £40m Herne Bay shopping complex

Work will start early next year on 130,000 sq ft out-of-town shopping complex

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B&K wins £45m Crawley business quarter office job

Developer Abstract Securities pushes ahead with development pipeline

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ERH Construction goes into administration

Construction and building divisions go down as communications arm takes over contracts

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JCB to axe 150 jobs as global demand drops

Worldwide slowdown forces JCB to cut factory headcount

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Plan for new Canary Wharf curving tower

Plan lodged for 28-storey building on last Canary Wharf estate site

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Galliford Try chairman suddenly steps down

Chief executive Greg Fitzgerald, who also plans to retire, will take on interim chairman duties

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Major contractors refuse to use Chinese rebar

Industry giants snub imported materials following fears over quality

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Retirement towers to transform senior living

Green light for five towers in Sutton Coldfield retirement complex

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Contractor walks off Bath road jobs

ERH Group downs tools on schemes worth more than £2m across city

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Lovell bags £80m King’s Lynn housing scheme

More than 600 homes will be built on council-owned land

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Osborne lures new supply chain boss from Balfour

John Robeson becomes Supply Chain Director at Osborne

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Cala Homes aims to treble turnover by 2016

Cala warns availability of skilled trades becoming an ever growing problem

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£100m backing for Swansea tidal lagoon

Insurance giant Prudential takes key investor role in £1bn tidal energy scheme

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HS2 bosses promise to protect subbies on £1bn deals

Framework race for £500m-£1bn ECI contracts starts in first half of 2015

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Kier wins £57m twin Scottish school projects

Hub South West Scotland awards Marr College and Ayr Academy design and build jobs

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York Uni contest for £19m brace of building jobs

Project roll-out continues with phase 2 of biology building and new teaching block

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HMRC claws in record £131m from tax status checks

From April payroll companies must explain why workers on their books are not on PAYE

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Crane jib collapses on Wates site

Site worker injured as dismantling operation goes horribly wrong in Newcastle

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Kier plans £75m Reading mixed-use scheme

Planning to go in for 250 homes, hotel and light industrial space in the new year

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Construction set to grow 23% by 2018

Forecasts more bullish as industry recovery continues

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Balfour’s bill for Olympic Stadium could rise by £50m

Contractor wants extra cash to complete conversion job

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Go-ahead for phase three of Battersea Power Station

Work to start on cluster of towers designed by Foster and Gehry

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Construction tax fraudsters jailed for ten years

Bogus labour supply business lands two Essex men in jail

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Galliford Try wins £44m Northampton Council HQ

Work to start in January on 23-month construction programme

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Leeds office scheme planned at Yorkshire Post site

Leeds building market revs up with 500,000 sq ft office and homes plan

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London HS2 supply chain event draws 900 firms

£10bn worth of contracts available for first phase between West Midlands and London

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Suffolk council to start bid races for two relief road jobs

£15m Bury Eastern Relief Road and £7m Beccles Relief Road approved

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Firms wanted for £25m Leeds Uni revamp jobs

Grade II listed Edward Boyle Library and student union will be refurbished

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Breheny lands £18.6m Bedford bypass link

Work to start on site this month with route due for completion in Spring 2016

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Betting Spy: Rare win for West Ham up North

The Hammers can finally nail their M1 hoodoo and land a 7/4 win at Burnley

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Blacklist demos to target contractors’ offices

National campaign planned as scuffles break-out at Laing O’Rourke’s head office

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Firms battle for place on £500m SEWSCAP framework

Winning firms will have to sign up to fair payment charter and use project bank accounts

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Lead times for bricks pass 12 weeks in Midlands

Lovell boss highlights spread of skills and material shortages

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Costs soar on Newport Bridge repair job

Scaffold tunnel to be constructed on crossing to help motorists as works delayed

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Robertson Construction targets major projects

Scottish construction group bounces back with record profits but shelves float plans

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Lyons unveils road map to 200,000 homes-a-year

New Home Corporations and power to smaller house builders form bedrock of reforms

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Contractor to start work on £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme

I & H Brown will start new railway station paving way for 1,000 homes, offices and shops

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Tata to sell UK construction steel plants

Agreement struck to sell Long Products division to Swiss Klesch Group

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Hundreds of jobs lost as fit-out firm fails

First round of 231 redundancies as administrator fails to find buyer for shopfitter

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Balfour Beatty names new chief executive

Leo Quinn of defence technology group QinetiQ starts on £800,000 basic salary

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Contractors warned of concrete pump shortage

Concrete pump suppliers warn of supply hiatus after industry’s biggest firm collapses

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Styles & Wood wins £9m Lancaster Uni library refit

Major renovation project will be completed by January 2016

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Six Barnsley workmates celebrate EuroMillions win

Numbers come up for Kirk Environmental construction team

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New Year start for £107m Marischal Square project

Muse clears site for 175,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme

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Water pipes face new clogging threat from mussels

Civil engineers on alert as new breed of invasive shellfish found at Heathrow reservoir

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Breedon buys Essex and Suffolk asphalt plants

Hope Construction Materials sell two asphalt plants

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UK’s biggest concrete pumping firm ceases trading

Site disruption feared as former Pochin concrete pumping firm calls it a day

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Bellway warns south east building costs rising

House builder signs prompt payment code as subcontractor shortages hit

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Shepherd wins second animal lab job with £72m bid

Work will start on next Pirbright research facility once Shepherd’s phase one job is fully handed over

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SIG sells stake in renewable energy firm for £1

Building products giant books £8m hit as Government green energy schemes flounder

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Plan to start £750m Thames Silvertown tunnel in 2017

Detailed plans will go before Government for approval in 2015

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Carillion wins £30m wind farm cable connection job

Onshore trenchless cable installation project is the longest of its type delivered in the UK.

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Skanska plans to build £500m of new wind farms

Joint venture with Ecotricity has already lined-up first three sites

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Fans furious as Bob the Builder gets makeover

New look flops with cartoon fans

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Bouygues leads hunt for Brighton subcontractors

Brighton & Hove Albion FC to host Meet the Buyer event

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Mass protest over £100m Mace shopping centre

More than 750 campaigners take to the streets over redevelopment plans

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£40m Old Admiralty Building refit up for grabs

Mace starts hunt for fit-out firm to deliver modernisation of former Foreign & Commonwealth Office building

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First off-site social housing framework worth £240m

LHC off-site housing framework to start-up in May