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Industry output fell back in May

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Construction industry output fell by 1.1% in May 2014 but remains around 3.5% higher than in May 2013, according to latest official estimates.

Having increased by 1.2% in April, output dropped back again the following month, latest data from the Office for National Statistics reveal. Both new work and repair & maintenance fell by 1.1% in May 2014.

Compared with May 2013, output in the construction industry increased by 3.5%. …

Spurs stadium CPO approved

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Plans for a new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium have moved forward after the government approved the site acquisition deal.

Ministers have agreed with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the project to go ahead.

Building a new 56,000-seater stadium next door to its current White Hart Lane home is part of a wider regeneration plan for the area – the …

Plans in for Castleford stadium development

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Developer Lateral Property Group has submitted plans for a £135m retail development and stadium complex with Wakefield Council.

The 10,000 capacity stadium will be home to Castleford Tigers Rugby League Club. The shops will pay for it.

Lateral Property is looking to develop a site at Glasshoughton, next to Junction 32 of the M62.

GMI Construction is already lined up as contractor for the project. The aim is to start …

Government backs £353m Midland Metropolitan Hospital

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The Treasury has approved construction of a new £353m hospital in Smethwick, to be funded by both the public and private sector through the new PF2 private finance route.

The announcement coincided with a visit today by chancellor George Osborne to Rowley Regis Hospital – part of Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Osborne has approved £100m of state funding upfront for the project and sanctioned the trust …

Crown House’s Sneyd is new B&ES president

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Andy Sneyd of Crown House Technologies has been elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) for 2014/15.

Mr Sneyd is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building. As head of design at Crown House Technologies, a subsidiary of Laing O’Rourke, he manages the design and engineering aspects of mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects worth £300m annually and controls a design budget of …

Morgan Sindall boosts EPC team

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Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) is looking to strengthen its capabilities in engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm).

It has recruited Fluor operations manager Peter Chenery to be project control and programme director for EPCm work.

At Fluor he headed up multi-million pound, global projects from concept, through to design, procurement and construction.

Mr Chenery said that his immediate priorities were to boost the project controls focus of MSPS. “Working …

Builder gets suspended jail sentence for bodged chimney work

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A roofing contractor has been given a suspended prison sentence after his work on a chimney stack left an elderly couple exposed to deadly fumes.

John Stanley had been hired to sort out a water leak between a double chimney stack and roof tiles by householders at a property on Black Swan Lane, Luton in August 2011. However, his team’s repair work blocked the chimney above a gas fire, leading …

Treasury trumpets 15% infrastructure cost savings

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The government is claiming to have made 15% efficiency savings in its infrastructure bill, cutting £3.4bn of expenditure.

By working with Infrastructure UK and the Infrastructure Client Group, which is led by HS2 construction chief Simon Kirby, best practice in procurement has been promoted across government departments, it is claimed.

The £3bn figure is contained in the third annual report of the Infrastructure Cost Review programme – Infrastructure Cost Review:

Show us the money, young turks demand

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A worrying picture of young British construction professionals has been painted by a new survey.

It strongly suggests that they care more about money than career prospects or feeling happy in their work. And more than half reckon they are underpaid.

These are the findings of a survey of more than 2,000 construction and engineering professionals under the age of 30 by recruitment website CareerStructure.com.

It found that 58% were …

Government to sell Constructionline

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The government has announced plans to sell Constructionline, its online construction supplier database.

It said that private ownership would allow Constructionline “to grow and achieve its full potential, including offering new additional services”.

Constructionline was set up by government in 1998 to meet demand for a cost-effective and easy to use service for suppliers in the construction industry. Through its database of more than 22,000 suppliers, Constructionline links buyers with …