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07/19/2018 12:33 PM
Bechtel bounces back to profit in 2017
Bechtel has bounced back from a sharp loss in 2016 to report a £19.1m pre-tax profit for 2017.

07/19/2018 12:26 PM
Just 4% of senior industry roles taken by women
Women occupy just 4 per cent of senior roles in the UK’s biggest listed construction firms, a new report has found.

07/19/2018 11:31 AM
In pictures: £1bn office and nursery school make Stirling Prize shortlist
Bloomberg’s £1bn London headquarters will go up against projects including a Hertfordshire cemetery, student housing and a nursery school for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

07/19/2018 10:40 AM
Lords warn offsite uptake hampered by 'outdated models'
The government must go further in its efforts to promote offsite technologies in the construction industry, a report by the House of Lords has said.

07/19/2018 06:50 AM
HS2 civils start delayed another three months
HS2 has pushed back the start date for its civils work, with construction now expected to commence more than seven months later than originally planned.

07/19/2018 06:50 AM
Cuddy site stops work following administration
Demolition contractor Cuddy Group has entered administration with work stopping on one of its major projects, CN understands.

07/18/2018 02:48 PM
Grenfell: Police reveal three interviews held
Police have carried out three interviews under caution in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire as investigators consider offences including gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter.

07/18/2018 12:20 PM
Keller Group reveals management shake-up
Keller Group has revealed two changes to its executive team.

07/18/2018 12:14 PM
Green light for £250m Barking housing scheme
Barking and Dagenham Borough Council has given the green light to plans for a £250m housing scheme in the east London borough.

07/18/2018 11:51 AM
Grenfell: Industry slammed over ‘conflicts of interest’
MPs have accused the construction industry of being “riven with conflicts of interest” in a report on safety and regulations.

07/18/2018 11:04 AM
Lendlease’s Haringey deal axed for failing to ‘answer challenges’
Haringey Council has cancelled its £2bn regeneration deal with Lendlease.

07/17/2018 12:38 PM
Galliford hints Aberdeen bypass could face further delays
The £745m Aberdeen bypass could miss its revised summer completion deadline, according to an update from Galliford Try.

07/17/2018 12:35 PM
Parliament revamp: Chair picked for £4bn project
Liz Peace will chair the panel charged with overseeing the £4bn revamp of the Houses of Parliament.

07/17/2018 06:50 AM
Councils: 90% 'failing to monitor 30-day payment rule’
Local authorities have come under fire from trade bodies for not monitoring whether construction firms are paying supply chains within 30 days.

07/16/2018 12:41 PM
Minister quashes fears over TransPennine electrification
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has said the £3bn upgrade of the TransPennine route will include electrification, following fears that plans to electrify the route could be scrapped by the government.

07/16/2018 12:02 PM
Directors face five-year ban on shares sale
Company directors will be prevented from selling shares for up to five years under a new code of conduct for listed companies drawn up following Carillion’s collapse.

07/16/2018 11:49 AM
Bad debt plummets in the second quarter
The amount of bad debt among construction companies plummeted 39 per cent year on year in Q2 2018, according to Creditsafe’s latest Watchdog report.

07/16/2018 06:50 AM
Atkins hit by cost overruns on Monument station deal
The installation of a new control room at Monument station in central London has come in late and over budget, with the project’s contractor Atkins hit by increased costs on the scheme.

07/16/2018 06:50 AM
Morrisroe reveals acquisition hunt as cash doubles
Morrisroe is seeking acquisitions to expand its business after the specialist reported an “excellent” year in 2017, chief executive Brian Morrisroe has told Construction News.

07/13/2018 11:50 AM
Kier fined £200k after worker suffers life-changing injuries
Kier has been fined £200,000 after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches that led to a worker suffering “life-changing” head injuries.

07/13/2018 06:50 AM
HS2 swoops for Crossrail chairman
HS2 has appointed former Crossrail executive Sir Terry Morgan as its new chairman.

07/13/2018 01:55 AM
CN Awards 2018 winners revealed
The winners of the Construction News Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering ceremony in London’s Mayfair.

07/12/2018 01:06 PM
Carillion given CITB's biggest grant in 2017
Carillion received more CITB training grant funds than any other company in the 15 months to March, the training body’s latest accounts have revealed.

07/12/2018 12:32 PM
Lendlease warns of legal action if Haringey deal is axed
Developer Lendlease has warned Haringey Council that it could take legal action if its £2bn regeneration deal is scrapped.

07/12/2018 02:50 AM
Howson accuses government of withholding Carillion cash
Richard Howson has accused the government and public sector bodies of withholding payment to Carillion and contributing to its collapse as a result.

07/11/2018 12:39 PM
Buckingham reveals highest margin in 10 years
Buckingham Group has seen profit grow by more than 20 per cent despite a “frustrating year” for its buildings division.

07/11/2018 12:30 PM
Howson hits back at 'incorrect' Carillion payment claims
Former Carillion chief executive Richard Howson has hit back at claims made during the Carillion joint inquiry in a letter to the select committees.

07/11/2018 11:35 AM
Director jailed after site explosion kills two brothers
The director of an Essex-based construction firm has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that led to the death of two brothers.

07/11/2018 06:50 AM
Cable: Scrap subcontractor payment system I created
Sir Vince Cable has told BBC Radio 4 the supply chain finance initiative, which he created during his time as business secretary, is being abused and should be scrapped.

07/11/2018 06:50 AM
Aberdeen bypass: 15 hour-a-day job adverts uncovered
Exclusive: A second CN investigation has uncovered adverts for 15-hour-a-day jobs on the £745m Aberdeen bypass, prompting renewed calls for a government investigation into safety conditions on the project.

07/10/2018 12:58 PM
‘Cheesegrater 2’ approved by City of London
The City of London Corporation has given planning permission for 100 Leadenhall, nicknamed the “Cheesegrater 2”.

07/10/2018 12:49 PM
Output falls for third consecutive quarter
Construction output fell by 1.7 per cent in the three months to May 2018 for the third consecutive three-month period.

07/10/2018 12:24 PM
Skanska UK profit down sharply for second year running
Skanska UK has seen pre-tax profit decline by more than 40 per cent for the second year in a row.

07/10/2018 12:03 PM
NHBC to pay for Grenfell-style cladding removal
The National House Building Council has agreed to foot a multi-million-pound bill to re-clad a London development following a long-running dispute with the project’s developer and residents.

07/10/2018 11:33 AM
Kier to sell non-core assets under ‘streamlining’ drive
Kier has launched a “streamlining” programme to simplify its business that will see non-core assets sold off.

07/10/2018 06:50 AM
McAlpine writes 'PRS bible' as it draws up five-year plan
Sir Robert McAlpine is putting together a ‘PRS bible’ as it seeks to woo investors and win work in the sector with clients seeking to diversify their portfolios.

07/10/2018 06:50 AM
Infra commission: Stop nuclear deals until 2025
The government should withhold financial support for all but one of the planned new nuclear projects until at least 2025, its chief infrastructure advisory body has said.

07/09/2018 12:17 PM
Mears chairman to exit after shareholder’s removal bid
Mears Group has announced chairman Bob Holt will leave the company, just days after a shareholder called for his removal.

07/09/2018 12:04 PM
Mayor demands Crossrail 2 and Bakerloo investment
The mayor of London has called on the government to increase spending on infrastructure in the capital, saying investment in projects like Crossrail 2, the Bakerloo extension and taking the Elizabeth line to Ebbsfleet could add £33bn a year to the economy.

07/09/2018 11:55 AM
Network Rail changes board as CEO takeover date agreed
Network Rail has added a former British Airways director to its board while confirming the date current chief executive Mark Carne will leave the organisation.

07/09/2018 11:48 AM
Kit Malthouse named new housing minister as ‘circus’ continues
Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary following David Davis’ resgination.

07/09/2018 06:50 AM
Two-thirds of firms 'have no Brexit plan'
Two-thirds of UK construction firms have not planned or taken any action to mitigate the impact of Brexit, a new study by the CITB has found.

07/06/2018 01:02 PM
Midland hospital faces further delay over new PF2 deal
Completion of the troubled Midland Metropolitan Hospital could be delayed beyond 2022 – leading to “unsustainable” service in the region, according to new board papers from the local NHS trust.

07/06/2018 12:54 PM
Carillion: Director bans and bonus repayment proposed
The Institute of Directors (IoD) has responded to the Carillion joint inquiry’s report with proposals that would see individual directors held responsible for mismanagement at companies.

07/06/2018 12:37 PM
Crossrail concerns flagged over 'time and cost pressures'
Crossrail’s delivery is facing increasing time and cost pressures as the programme enters its final stages, according to the government’s infrastructure oversight body.

07/06/2018 06:50 AM
Mental health survey: Firms 'starting to break the stigma'
Tier ones are starting to “up their game” in addressing the industry’s mental health problem but more work needs to be done, according to Skanska UK CEO and president Gregor Craig.

07/06/2018 06:50 AM
Multiplex's Broadway deal clinches June league
Multiplex took top spot in the monthly contractor league for the first time in 18 months thanks to a £400m contract to redevelop the former New Scotland Yard HQ.

07/05/2018 12:59 PM
Amey suffers £190m loss driven by Birmingham dispute
Amey has reported a £189.8m pre-tax loss for 2017 after it was forced to make a significant provision for its problem roads contract with Birmingham City Council.

07/05/2018 11:41 AM
Mears shareholder tries to oust chairman Bob Holt
Mears Group has been forced to call a general meeting after a shareholder called for the removal of chairman Bob Holt.

07/05/2018 11:29 AM
Keltbray launches transmission division after Spie buy
Keltbray has launched a transmission arm after completing a deal to buy Spie’s distribution and transmission business.

07/05/2018 06:50 AM
Sir Robert McAlpine blames £23m loss on EfW problem jobs
Sir Robert McAlpine made a pre-tax loss of £23m in the year to 31 October 2017 as three energy-from-waste projects put the contractor in the red.

07/05/2018 01:01 AM
Delayed £420m construction sector deal launches
The government has launched its much-anticipated construction sector deal, more than six months later than planned.

07/04/2018 12:21 PM
CITB begins streamlining with HQ switch
The CITB has announced it is now “actively seeking” a new head office location in Peterborough, confirming the move away from Bircham Newton in Norfolk.

07/04/2018 12:16 PM
Deaths in construction rise 27% year on year
Work-related deaths in the construction industry increased to 38 in 2017/18, up from a record low of 30 in the previous 12 months.

07/04/2018 10:28 AM
Ex-Costain and Tarmac CEOs join SIG board
SIG has appointed the former chief executives of Costain and Tarmac as non-executive directors as it implements a turnaround plan.

07/04/2018 06:50 AM
Multiplex faces delay on £400m 100 Bishopsgate
Exclusive: Multiplex faces delays on its £400m 100 Bishopsgate tower after issues with the installation of its façade and the exit of its project director, Construction News can reveal.

07/04/2018 06:50 AM
Legal & General buys largest ever build-to-rent site
Legal & General (L&G) has exchanged contracts on a site in Woolwich that will be the developer’s largest build-to-rent purchase to date.

07/03/2018 12:55 PM
Costain bullish on 2018 financial targets
Costain has said it is on track to hit its 2018 half-year financial targets as it focuses on more high-tech work.

07/03/2018 12:16 PM
Output and orders hit 2018 highs in June
Output and new orders in the construction industry hit their highest levels of 2018 in June, according to the latest purchasing managers’ index.

07/03/2018 11:28 AM
Bam Construct names London and Midlands bosses
Bam Construct has announced the appointment of two regional directors for London and the Midlands.

07/03/2018 06:50 AM
Aberdeen bypass: ‘Concerns’ over flipped bulldozer
A Scottish MP has told CN that the overturning of a bulldozer on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) raised “concerns” about the site.

07/03/2018 06:50 AM
Kier pleads guilty after leg crushed by concrete block
Kier Infrastructure has pleaded guilty to a safety offence after a worker’s leg was crushed by a concrete block.

07/02/2018 01:15 PM
Skanska ‘should pay’ hospital cladding bill
A local MP is calling for Skanska to pay compensation if it is found to have been at fault for installing combustible cladding on Cambridge’s New Papworth Hospital, which caused the project’s handover to be delayed.

07/02/2018 12:48 PM
TransPennine electrification plans could be 'ditched'
Plans to electrify the TransPennine rail line across the North could be ditched over cost fears, according to reports.

07/02/2018 11:59 AM
Crown Estate boss Alison Nimmo to step down
The Crown Estate’s chief executive Alison Nimmo has announced she will step down from her role at the organisation.

07/02/2018 06:50 AM
Seddon to invest in land for fresh housing push
Seddon Group is planning to invest in more land for housing developments in an effort to boost growth next year.

07/02/2018 06:50 AM
Durkan slaps cladding fire patrol bill on residents
Residents living at one of Durkan’s London developments have been hit with a bill for 24/7 ’waking watch’ fire patrols after combustible cladding was discovered on the building.

07/02/2018 06:50 AM
Fit-out trade body reveals new boss
Trade body the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) has appointed a new chief executive.

06/29/2018 12:24 PM
Boddingtons Brewery's £175m revamp gets green light
A 556-home mixed-use development in central Manchester has been given the planning go-ahead from the council.

06/29/2018 12:20 PM
Colas appoints new chief executive
Colas has appointed Carl Fergusson as its new chief executive.

06/29/2018 11:59 AM
Housing minister: Offsite can replace 'unskilled' foreign workers
Housing minister Dominic Raab has suggested offsite construction can help reduce the industry’s “over-reliance on cheap unskilled labour from abroad”.

06/29/2018 11:46 AM
Number of private towers with flammable cladding doubles
The government is to accelerate the removal of cladding from private sector high-rise buildings after the number found to have flammable cladding more than doubled.

06/29/2018 11:32 AM
SIG's auditors face financial watchdog probe
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is investigating Deloitte’s auditing of SIG’s accounts for 2015 and 2016.

06/29/2018 06:50 AM
Byrne founder Johnny Byrne retires
Exclusive: Byrne Group founder Johnny Byrne is to retire from the company at the end of this month.

06/29/2018 06:50 AM
Graham to focus on margin after 2017 slide
Graham has said it will focus on improving margin following a dip in pre-tax profit that cut the group’s margin from 2.8 per cent to 1.7 per cent.

06/29/2018 06:50 AM
Construction 'most upbeat' over Brexit of all industries
Middle-market construction firms are the most upbeat about the impact of Brexit of all UK industries, according to a new poll.

06/28/2018 12:59 PM
Grenfell: Inspectors label procurement a 'fundamental problem'
A leading industry certification and inspection body has labelled the procurement process a “fundamental problem” that has led companies to become “complicit in poor outcomes”.

06/28/2018 12:44 PM
Murphy’s profit margin halves to 1.7% for 2017
Murphy’s pre-tax profit margin fell from 3.8 per cent in 2016 to 1.7 per cent last year as its turnover jumped to £712m.

06/28/2018 12:43 PM
Carillion: Allegations of insider trading revealed
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is considering “allegations of insider trading” at Carillion as part of its investigation into the collapsed firm.

06/28/2018 11:55 AM
Royal Docks £314m regeneration gets go-ahead
The £314m regeneration of the Royal Docks in east London is set to begin after it was signed off by London’s local enterprise partnership (LEP).