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England Expects … 600 New Schools in next 2 years!
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12,000 New classrooms: Ryan Tute of Infrastructure Intelligence reports that more than 12,000 new school classrooms need to be built in the next two years to accommodate for the soaring number of primary and secondary pupils in England that are expected, according to the latest research undertaken by the Scape Group.

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Post Brexit Cheer from China
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China’s £1 Billion Investment in Sheffield It seems like our ‘half full – sunshine’ movement (Weekly Insight 5 August 16) has already started to bring us all some sunshine as we learn that China’s Sichuan Guodong Construction Group has inked a deal with Sheffield City Council to invest up to £1bn over the next 60 […]

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East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited contracts top £15m
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The value of contracts placed with local businesses by Vattenfall and ScottishPower Renewables – the partners in East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited (EAOW) – has topped £15m (€18m). Contract awards vary from accommodation and catering to multi-million pound marine services, research and consulting. They have been awarded to businesses across the region – in Norfolk, […]

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How Thatcher Built the Tunnel and “Destroyed” Apprenticeships
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Senior industry figures working in constuction in the 1980′s share personal memories of the late Baroness Thatcher and sum up how her policies helped re-shape the indiustry then and now.

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Nature reserve hosts TRADA Technology Timber Frame Construction course
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A new nature reserve and Wood Awards winner in 2011 will play host to TRADA Technologys 2013 first ‘mobile’ Timber Frame Construction training course.

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Business leaders press for measures to boost construction
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Business has called for “radical” measures to boost growth and restore confidence in the Budget, with tax cuts for companies and a push on infrastructure.

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UK construction shrinks sharply in February
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British construction output took its steepest fall in three years in February, confirming fears that January’s contraction was not just a snow-related blip.

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Snow blamed for construction dip
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The construction industry managed growth of 0.9% in the final three months of 2012, breaking a year-long run of decline. But January’s figures — likely to have been impacted by heavy snow across much of the UK — revealed a 6.3% slide in output, putting the industry in danger of a plunge back into the […]

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Fergus Ewing backs construction at UK Timber Frame Association conference
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On the day the Scottish Government announced £38m investment in the Scottish housing market, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minster for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, addressed the construction industry at the UK Timber Frame Association’s (UKTFA).

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Planning rules on extensions to be relaxed ‘to boost economy’
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The government wants to get planning officers “off people’s backs” with a relaxation of current rules in England.

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Housing market continuing to improve, Halifax says
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The UK housing market is continuing to show signs of improvement, according to the latest survey from the Halifax. House prices rose by 0.5% in February, it said, with property values now 1.9% higher than a year ago. The average property now costs £163,600.

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