CITB continues reorganisation

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CITB has completed the latest stage of its reorganisation with the appointment of Steve Radley as policy and strategic planning director.

The reorganisation is intended to deliver a cost-effective business focussed on meeting the needs of its customers. The current board and committee structure is being reviewed along with the overall organisation to ensure that there are straightforward and efficient arrangements for conducting business on behalf of industry.

Steve Radley …

Billingham drywall and frame business goes into administration

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Billingham-based drywall installer and steel-frame producer WA Browne (Building Services) Limited has called in the administrators.

The company was established by Bill Browne in 1979 to provide drywall installations to the commercial and residential and social housing sectors. It is a past winner of Federation of Drywall & Plastering Contractors awards for its work.

As well as drywall installation, the company has operated for about a decade as a manufacturer …

Breedon forced to sell two Scottish plants

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The UK’s competitions authority is forcing Breedon Aggregates Limited to sell an asphalt plant in Aberdeen and a ready-mix concrete plant in Peterhead.

Breedon will also face several years of price control for asphalt produced in the Inverness area.

The measures to preserve competition and protect customer interests follow an inquiry into Breedon’s acquisition of a package of assets from Aggregate Industries UK Limited (AI). Breedon said that it will …

Government ups compensation for HS2

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Property owners whose homes are blighted by proximity to the route of HS2 will get improved compensation and assistance under a new package published by government.

Measures for people along the first phase of the route between London and Birmingham have been revised and some elements of the improved package will be available straightaway with others following llater this year.

An express purchase scheme is being launched immediately for owner-occupiers …

Lafarge Tarmac cleared to buy Tarmac Building Products

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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Lafarge Tarmac’s acquisition of Tarmac Building Products (TBPO) from Anglo American.

The sale has now been completed. Anglo American had announced in November 2013 that it had reached an agreement to sell TBP to Lafarge Tarmac Holdings Limited, the 50:50 joint venture of Lafarge’s and Anglo American’s construction materials and services businesses in the UK.

The CMA decided against refering the merger …

Badly built wall results in broken jaw and a fine

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A Huddersfield builder has been prosecuted for safety breaches that led to a 61-year-old woman being badly injured when a wall collapsed in her garden.

The woman, from Waterloo, who does not wish to be named, suffered a broken jaw, a double fracture to her right ankle, plus cuts and bruises, when she was struck by the collapse of the 2m earth-retaining wall.

Kirklees Magistrates sentenced Lee Marsden, director of …

RPS buys water consultant

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RPS has announced the acquisition of Clear Environmental Consultants Ltd, a UK-based consultancy providing services primarily to the water industry.

The deal will have a maximum consideration of £8.34m.

Founded in 2003, Clear has offices in Derby, Sheffield and Glasgow in the UK. The company, which employs about 90 permanent staff, as well as using part-time specialist associates, works primarily on projects for the UK water industry.

Its services include …

WSP asked to look for alternatives to level crossings

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Network Rail has appointed WSP to undertake a feasibility study to consider options for closing level crossings on the East Coast Mainline (ECML) railway between London and Peterborough.

The closure of level crossings on the ECML is part of Network Rail’s commitment to deliver a safer, more efficient and reliable railway and improve connectivity within local communities. WSP will identify feasible solutions for closing the crossings, undertaking the environmental impact …

Jobs site reports 118% jump in construction posts

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Advertised construction jobs have more than doubled year-on-year, according to the latest figures from CV-Library.

The first quarterly report of 2014 from the independent job board shows numbers of job postings, applications, job searches and CV registrations are up.

Construction is the sector that has seen the biggest increase in terms of year-on-year growth in jobs posted, with the number up 118% on the first quarter of 2013.

In the …

Construction output falls

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The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in February 2014 fell by 2.8% (£270m) when compared with January, according to today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics.

But the longer-term data show a slightly improved picture emphasising the volatility in the short-term estimates.

The output of new work is now 12.3% below its monthly peak of £6.6bn recorded in June 2011. The estimated figure for February this year is …