Miller Construction to deliver flagship city centre development in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne
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The first phase of the Stephenson Quarter project, construction contract valued at £44million, will include a landmark 251 bed four-star hotel and conference centre, a multi-use building providing 35,000 sq. ft. of Grade A offices and a 357 space multi-storey car park.

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Pledge made to create a landmark development
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HUNDREDS of new homes and community facilities are set to transform the sprawling site of the borough’s last super-pits. The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed today that the final piece in the restoration jigsaw has fallen into place 24 years after Bickershaw Colliery closed.

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CBI joins UCATT in calling for more houses to be built
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UCATT has found itself on the same side as the Confederation of British Industry by renewing calls for the government to change course on its economic policy as the latest figures show a further devastating drop in construction output.

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Stoke council homes go on sale for £1
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Stoke-on-Trent council is selling homes for just £1 each in a bid to transform a rundown area of the city. The latest phase of the initiative will see 35 rundown houses sold in the Portland Street area of Cobridge to eligible residents. The city council will initially cover the cost of refurbishing the homes and […]

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Small builders under threat as workloads fall
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ALMOST a third of Britain’s small building firms have shed staff since the turn of the year, as falling workloads and rising costs have forced many SME construction companies to scale back their operations, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)..

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Software product aimed at architects and engineers supported by The North West Fund for Digital & Creative
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Sitedesk Dabit uses games rendering techniques to view large business information modelling models, which do not need to be run on high-end computers. It is hoped that the product will ‘bridge a gap’ between architects’ 3D models and the on-site project manager.

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Growth and Infrastructure Bill given royal assent
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The government’s flagship Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which includes controversial proposals to make it easier for homeowners to build extensions to their properties without planning consent, has completed the legislative process.

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Late payment ‘will result in deaths’ MPs told
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Many subcontractors are so starved of cash that they are cutting corners in their work, creating a legacy of unsafe buildings and that “will result in the deaths of people” a witness to the late payments inquiry told MPs. Steve Sutherland of Dortech, a specialist commercial glazing contractor based in Huddersfield, said: “I feel very […]

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Balfour Beatty running ‘pay for early payment’ pilot – with Kier next in line
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Balfour Beatty has confirmed it is running a three-month pilot on “supply chain finance”, the controversial mechanism that gives subcontractors access to sums owed by Tier 1 contractors earlier than the contract states in return for paying an interest charge.

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BIM Show Live 2013
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The UK’s most established BIM event returns for a two-day conference in a NEW venue – the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. With keynote presentations delivered by industry leading experts, expert led classrooms and an all new technology stage showcasing the very latest product developments. BIM Show Live is the only BIM event you need […]

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Automatic fines plea for deliberate planning breaches – Jeremy Lefroy MP
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A backbench MP has launched a bill enabling councils to impose “substantial” fines where planning laws have been deliberately breached.

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