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11/23/2017 08:40 AM
JRL acquires Lakesmere's McMullen Facades
JRL has bought McMullen Facades for an undisclosed sum after the specialist business was placed into administration earlier this week.

11/22/2017 04:54 PM
Reaction: Industry digests Budget 2017
The construction industry has reacted to plans announced by Philip Hammond to increase investment in housing in today’s Budget.

11/22/2017 04:43 PM
Government to favour offsite construction from 2019
The government will favour offsite manufacturing on all publicly funded construction projects from 2019.

11/22/2017 02:19 PM
Budget 2017: Hammond pledges £44bn for new housing
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £44bn investment in new housing.

11/22/2017 12:36 PM
Aecom changes CEO in management shake-up
Aecom has changed its UK and Ireland chief executive as part of a management shake-up.

11/22/2017 11:10 AM
Budget 2017: Chancellor's statement as it happened
Blow-by-blow report as construction digests the chancellor’s Autumn Budget.

11/22/2017 10:41 AM
Van Elle chief executive Jon Fenton to step down
Van Elle chief executive Jon Fenton is to step down from the company due to a serious medical matter within his close family.

11/22/2017 08:08 AM
As it happened: Construction News Summit Day Two
We look back at Day Two of the CN Summit 2017 featuring Sir Vince Cable, British Land boss Chris Grigg and Budget insight from Andrew Neil.

11/22/2017 06:50 AM
Crossrail 2 set for post-Budget showdown talks
London’s deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross has revealed crunch talks regarding Crossrail 2 will take place immediately following the Budget.

11/22/2017 06:50 AM
East West Rail to pursue DBFM deal
East West Rail chairman Rob Brighouse has revealed the client body will pursue a design build, finance and maintain (DBFM) contract for the proposed Oxford-to-Cambridge line.

11/22/2017 06:50 AM
Brexit: Industry needs five-year transition, says CPA director
The economics director of the Construction Products Association has called for a five-year transition period after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 to help construction cope with post-Brexit challenges.

11/21/2017 08:55 PM
Farmer calls for end to 'broken' tier one models
Cast Consultancy chief executive Mark Farmer has called for construction’s traditional business model to be consigned to the past if the industry is to survive and innovate.

11/21/2017 12:30 PM
Spurs stadium and Wimbledon roof boost Severfield profit
Work on Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium and a retractable roof at Wimbledon boosted revenue at Severfield by 16 per cent to £137.1m for the six months to 30 September.

11/21/2017 12:18 PM
Mark Carne: TransPennine upgrade to start in CP6
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has told the CN Summit he expected work on TransPennine route enhancements to start in CP6.

11/21/2017 10:53 AM
McMullen Facades joins Lakesmere in administration
Lakesmere subsidiary McMullen Facades has entered administration, Deloitte has announced.

11/21/2017 08:24 AM
As it happened: CN Summit Day One
A look back at Day One of the Construction News Summit, including keynote addresses from the CEOs of Network Rail and Heathrow.

11/21/2017 06:50 AM
Four in five industry firms fear negative Brexit impact
Concerns over Brexit have “intensified considerably” with industry firms increasingly cautious over the negative impacts of leaving the EU, according to Gleeds’ latest market survey.

11/21/2017 06:50 AM
Haringey's housing chief to quit council
The Labour councillor who helped spearhead plans for a £1bn regeneration in Haringey will not seek re-election after failing to secure a first-round majority from his local ward.

11/20/2017 03:03 PM
Investigation launched into Mitie's financial statement
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has opened a new investigation into the reporting of Mitie’s 2016 year-end financial statement.

11/20/2017 12:07 PM
Carillion's pension fund could take stake in the group
Carillion’s own pension fund could take on a significant stake in the group if the contractor proceeds with its recapitalisation plans.

11/20/2017 11:32 AM
Budget: London politicians demand modular housing cash
London Assembly members have urged the chancellor to pump “significant” funds into offsite manufacturing to help tackle the housing crisis. 

11/20/2017 11:20 AM
PM launches £1.7bn city transport fund
The government has unveiled a new £1.7bn fund to boost transport connections in and around UK cities.

11/20/2017 06:50 AM
MP vows to fight CITB plans
The Conservative MP for West Norfolk has slammed the CITB’s leadership and vowed to do all in his power to block its plans to move headquarters.

11/17/2017 01:27 PM
EfW plant proposed for Grimsby under £170m plans
Developer North Beck Energy has put forward plans to build a £170m energy-from-waste (EfW) centre near Grimsby.

11/17/2017 12:31 PM
Kier predicts double-digit profit growth
Kier has said it expects to achieve double-digit profit growth during its current financial year.

11/17/2017 08:18 AM
Carillion to breach covenants amid fresh profit warning
Carillion has issued a fresh profit warning and confirmed that it expects to breach its financial covenants at the end of next month.

11/17/2017 06:50 AM
ABP launches £3.5bn property business
Associated British Ports (ABP) has launched a £3.5bn property arm with the aim of developing 30m sq ft of land.

11/17/2017 06:50 AM
'Game-changer' as Transport for the North handed powers
Transport for the North (TfN) will become the first sub-national statutory transport body on 1 April next year, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

11/16/2017 12:12 PM
CITB job loss details to come in January
The CITB will reveal the extent of jobs under threat as a result of its restructure in January, its chief executive has told Construction News. 

11/16/2017 11:59 AM
Margin squeeze forecast for 2018 in RICS survey
Construction workloads are expected to increase over the next 12 months but margins will be squeezed, according to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

11/16/2017 11:49 AM
Theresa May makes housing pledge ahead of Budget
The prime minister Theresa May has said she’s on a personal mission to build more homes faster.

11/16/2017 06:50 AM
Immigration minister pledges to avoid EU labour 'cliff edge'
There will be no “cliff edge” for EU construction workers living and working in the UK after Brexit, the immigration minister has said.

11/15/2017 04:07 PM
CITB job losses loom in major shake-up
Job losses loom at the CITB after the training body laid out plans to streamline its operations as part of a major shake-up revealed today.

11/15/2017 12:21 PM
Barratt boss: Tackle housing the same way as infrastructure
The boss of housebuilder Barratt has urged the government to take a more long-term view on boosting housing supply. 

11/15/2017 12:05 PM
Croydon approves £1.4bn shopping centre after four-year delay
Westfield and Hammerson’s £1.4bn scheme to redevelop a shopping centre in central Croydon has been approved after four years of delays.

11/15/2017 06:50 AM
Brexit: UK workers 'unlikely' to make up EU shortfall
Boosting training of UK nationals to replace EU workers post-Brexit is unlikely to be sufficient to tackle the shortfall, accountancy firm PwC has warned. 

11/15/2017 06:50 AM
Travelodge targets council land in expansion plan
Travelodge is targeting local authorities with a range of development deals that would see new hotels built on council land.

11/14/2017 12:16 PM
CN wins national award for mental health campaign
Construction News has won a prestigious national award for its mental health campaign, Mind Matters.

11/14/2017 12:10 PM
Wates recruits interim CFO following Carillion raid
Wates has appointed an interim chief financial officer in place of David Allen who is acting as CEO following Andrew Davies’ move to Carillion.

11/14/2017 11:28 AM
Speedy profit edges up as turnaround efforts pay off
Speedy’s turnaround efforts have delivered increased half-year profit as the company raised expectations for its full-year.

11/14/2017 11:25 AM
Shortlist revealed for CN Specialists Awards 2018
We are delighted to announce the finalists for the CN Specialists Awards 2018.

11/14/2017 10:48 AM
London Fire Brigade accuses construction of safety failings
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has slammed the construction industry over fire safety, saying that it lacks competence and fails to take the issue seriously enough.

11/13/2017 06:22 PM
Mitie appoints second CFO in nine months
Mitie has appointed the former boss of Virgin Active Health Clubs as its new CFO as current incumbant Sandip Mahajan moves to become the outsourcing firm’s first chief transformation officer. 

11/13/2017 12:58 PM
Van Elle founder moves to oust CEO
The founder of specialist contractor Van Elle, Michael Ellis, is attempting to regain control of the company from current chief executive Jon Fenton.

11/13/2017 12:45 PM
Khan demands more powers to boost housebuilding
Sadiq Khan has demanded more power for local authorities in London in the upcoming Budget in order to boost housebuilding.

11/13/2017 11:46 AM
Obituary: Sir Brian Hill
The family of former CIOB president Sir Brian John Hill have announced that he passed away suddenly on Sunday 5 November, aged 84.

11/13/2017 06:50 AM
HS2 gets new HR chief following redundancy payments scandal
HS2 has unveiled Neil Hayward as its new HR boss following the departure of Peter Gregory in the wake of the scandal over unauthorised redundancy payments.

11/13/2017 06:50 AM
Urban & Civic submits 2,800-home Cambridgeshire plans
Developer Urban & Civic has submitted plans for 2,800 homes and a new business district at its Wintringham Park site in Cambridgeshire.

11/10/2017 12:13 PM
Galliford Try forms JV for £100m Manchester redevelopment
Galliford Try Partnerships has formed a joint venture with a Manchester housing association to deliver 576 homes as part of an £100m development.

11/10/2017 11:59 AM
Output revised down as recession fears mount
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that construction output declined by 0.9 per cent in Q3 – marking a downwards revision from its initial estimate of 0.7 per cent published last month.

11/10/2017 10:32 AM
Crossrail delays drive £73m overspend for 2017
Crossrail works are running £73m over budget for 2017 due to delays at Whitechapel and Woolwich stations as well as changes to the wider project’s scope, Transport for London figures have revealed.

11/10/2017 06:50 AM
Swiss firm considers challenging Interserve legal victory
Swiss contractor Hitachi Zosan Inova (HZI) is considering an appeal after a High Court judge ruled in favour of Interserve following a contract dispute over a £165m energy-from-waste plant. 

11/10/2017 06:50 AM
Bristol council puts £123m arena project on hold
Bristol City Council has suspended plans for a 12,000-seat arena due to be built by Buckingham, following a value-for-money review of the proposals.

11/09/2017 12:29 PM
McAlpine plans job cuts in regional shake-up
Around 90 jobs at Sir Robert McAlpine are under threat as the contractor undergoes a regional restructure.

11/09/2017 12:15 PM
Grenfell: Corbyn calls for £1bn to retrofit sprinklers in towers
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to set aside up to £1bn to fit sprinklers in all council and housing association high-rise blocks.

11/09/2017 06:50 AM
MoJ projects slammed over sustainability standards
The Ministry of Justice failed to assess the environmental performance of the majority of its construction and refurbishment projects, a National Audit Office report has revealed.

11/09/2017 06:50 AM
Highways England boss attacks 'countless' reviews
The boss of Highways England has slammed the number of reviews the organisation has been subject to, suggesting they often tell the organisation what it already knows.

11/08/2017 10:37 PM
Industry pays tribute to influential Sir Michael Latham
Former MP and author of the influential 1994 Constructing the Team report, Sir Michael Latham, has died.

11/08/2017 12:31 PM
Willmott sells resi development arm stake to Malaysian firm
Willmott Dixon has struck a deal to sell a majority stake in its residential development arm, Be Living, to a Malaysian-based property developer. 

11/08/2017 12:19 PM
Capco rethinks housing provision on £1.1bn Earls Court plan
Developer Capco is reconsidering the housing provision on its £1.1bn development at Earls Court following concerns raised by the local council.

11/08/2017 11:51 AM
Crossrail boss warns government over supply chain
Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has warned the government that delaying decisions on infrastructure projects will mean losing vital supply chain capabilities and knowledge.

11/08/2017 11:28 AM
Brandon Hire snapped up by rival Vp for £42m
Construction equipment hire company Brandon Hire has been acquired by rival Vp for £41.6m. 

11/08/2017 09:37 AM
Lakesmere: Crossrail eyes deal to maintain Paddington job
Crossrail was this week scrambling to ensure work on its sites was not halted by Lakesmere Group’s collapse.

11/08/2017 06:50 AM
Galliford Try denies £3m claim by collapsed Power One
Administrators for Paisley-based subcontractor Power One have claimed the firm was owed in excess of £3m by Galliford Try due to a contract dispute.

11/08/2017 06:50 AM
Crossrail 2: Adonis calls for final sign-off to come next year
National Infrastructure Commission chairman Lord Adonis has urged the government to make a final decision on Crossrail 2 next year.   

11/08/2017 06:50 AM
Suppliers' jump in sales offers industry hope
Industry activity continued to grow between July and September, according to a new survey by the Construction Products Association.

11/07/2017 12:40 PM
Lord Adonis in fresh attack over Heathrow delay
Lord Adonis has said dithering over Heathrow is “sacrificing national wellbeing” while NIC deputy chair Sir John Armitt described the UK as “a laughing stock around the world” because of the length of the delay in approving the airport expansion.

11/07/2017 12:24 PM
CITB commits to shake-up after government probe
The CITB has unveiled a series of reforms after a government-commissioned review urged wide-ranging changes to make the training body “more focused, efficient and responsive”. 

11/07/2017 10:41 AM
In pictures: £500m HS2 Leeds station masterplan revealed
New images have been revealed of plans for the £500m redevelopment of Leeds station, which will include an HS2 hub. 

11/07/2017 10:32 AM
Mayor says London can meet 'onerous' Crossrail 2 funding target
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has reaffirmed his commitment to meeting half of Crossrail 2’s mammoth £31bn costs during the construction phase of the project.

11/07/2017 06:50 AM
Contractor fined £60k after worker’s pelvis split
An electrical contractor has been fined £60,000 after a worker’s pelvis was crushed by an electrical panel.

11/07/2017 06:50 AM
HS1 chair: HS2 got off ‘completely on the wrong foot’ over Euston
HS2 Ltd “got off completely on the wrong foot with Camden” as it developed plans for the redevelopment of Euston station, HS1 Ltd’s chairman has claimed.

11/06/2017 05:29 PM
Bam Construct reveals new UK chief executive
James Wimpenny has been appointed the new chief executive of Bam Construct UK, taking over following the retirement of Graham Cash.

11/06/2017 12:37 PM
Two-thirds of SMEs not paid within 30 days, FMB finds
Nearly a quarter of construction SMEs have had to wait more than four months for payment from clients or large contractors, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

11/06/2017 06:50 AM
Glasgow council approves £600m housebuilding plan
Glasgow City Council has approved a £600m investment plan to build 10,000 affordable homes over the next five years.

11/03/2017 09:23 AM
Lakesmere Group collapses into administration with 109 jobs lost
Lakesmere Group has been placed into administration, with 109 jobs lost.

11/03/2017 06:50 AM
Interserve wins legal row over axed EfW job
A High Court judge has ruled in favour of Interserve in a dispute with Swiss contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) over the cancellation of a contract on a £165m waste incinerator plant.   

11/02/2017 05:04 PM
Interest rate rise 'will fuel late payment push' from SMEs
The rise in interest rates will give SMEs extra leverage to chase late payments from big firms up the supply chain, a trade body has claimed. 

11/02/2017 12:43 PM
Man rescued after 27-tonne crane collapses on house
One man has been rescued by fire services after a 27-tonne crane overturned on a housebuilding site in Basingstoke.

11/02/2017 12:17 PM
MPs launch fresh inquiry into Heathrow expansion
MPs have launched a new inquiry into the government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow.