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    Market review: Falling forecasts

    2018-01-31T06:30:00Z

    Declines in productivity and real wages, along with the uncertainty around Brexit, are driving down growth forecasts. But only one economic sector actually shrank in Q3 2017 - construction

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    Market review: Infrastructure steps up

    2018-01-05T07:00:00Z

    The Budget delivered more cash for infrastructure – which accounted for the biggest share of new contracts in November – but forecasts were downgraded

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    Market review: Portents of decline

    2017-11-30T07:00:00Z

    Its second consecutive quarter of falling output puts the construction sector technically into recession – while the rest of the economy is growing slowly

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    Cladding sector: Think you've got it covered?

    2017-11-24T07:00:00Z

    Several cladding firms may have fallen in recent years, but the collapse of Lakesmere this month came as a shock. If this can happen to the biggest firm in the sector – one seemingly in robust health – how worried should the others be?

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    Market review: On the rails

    2017-10-24T05:00:00Z

    In construction, activity is holding up, partly thanks to a big boost from HS2 contract awards in September

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    Birmingham-Manchester corridor: our trends in the North

    2017-10-05T06:00:00Z

    As work on HS2 gathers pace, one regional venture aims to capitalise on the potential to build in the Birmingham-Manchester corridor

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    Market review: Subdued growth

    2017-09-25T14:57:00Z

    Construction output continues to dip against a background of rising inflation and slowing wider economic growth

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    Market review: Looking downwards

    2017-08-31T12:18:00Z

    Construction activity has declined during the second quarter, despite overall UK growth, and contract values are decreasing

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    DUP: Done deal?

    2017-08-03T10:06:00Z

    With the Conservatives and DUP agreeing increased funding for the region, and a sizeable chunk of it going to infrastructure projects, Northern Ireland looked to be the big winner from June’s election. But does ongoing political turmoil put much of this construction work at risk?

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    Market review: Picking up

    2017-07-26T15:18:00Z

    Despite mixed messages it looks likely that growth in the UK economy will pick up in the second quarter. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic Construction Market Review

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    Show us the money, Mr Hammond

    2017-07-07T06:00:00Z

    When Philip Hammond announced last month that UK Guarantees would include construction, many viewed it as a lifeline for infrastructure projects unlikely to have access to funding from the European Investment Bank after Brexit. But will this replacement work?

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    Market review: Crawling along

    2017-06-27T06:00:00Z

    Macroeconomic signals have been mixed over the past month and the economy had the slowest rate of growth of any G7 economy in Q1

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    How Brexit got personal

    2017-06-23T06:00:00Z

    The focus of Brexit so far has been the possible impact on construction’s growing skills shortage. But how is the UK’s vote to leave affecting the EU nationals themselves and what can employers do to ensure that they stay?

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    ‘Projects won’t be delivered’

    2017-06-22T06:00:00Z

    With the industry dependent on EU workers, major restrictions on immigration as part of a ‘hard Brexit’ could be disastrous

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    Executive pay: Scrutiny on the bounty

    2017-06-15T06:00:00Z

    Last month’s shareholder rebellion at Balfour Beatty’s AGM shows investors are now more willing to challenge large pay packets for the industry’s executives

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    Full house: Welcome to Parliament

    2017-06-09T06:00:00Z

    Now that the election is over, a new parliament will convene. But are the incoming crop of MPs fully aware of how important the construction industry is for the UK economy?

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    CCS framework: No pain, no gain

    2017-06-08T06:00:00Z

    The industry has waited a long time for the government’s £2.9bn construction consultancy framework. But doubts remain that all the problems have been ironed out. So will the wait have been worth it for the 32 firms on the scheme?

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    Market review: Slow out of the blocks

    2017-05-26T06:00:00Z

    While the recent economic results show only limited growth for the first quarter, the number of construction projects in April jumped by more than 25% on the previous month

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    Housebuilders' ground rent "scandal"

    2017-05-19T08:00:00Z

    Government has now said it will crack down on ‘doubling’ leasehold ground rents, earlier in the year Building investigated this controversial industry practice

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    BIM: ‘They just don’t get it’

    2017-05-12T06:00:00Z

    The latest survey from NBS shows take-up is growing but raises concerns that private clients don’t understand BIM and that the government is failing to enforce its own mandate