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Construction materials sales dip stretches towards two years

Sales of key building materials have plummeted for a seventh consecutive quarter, an industry organisation has said. The Construction Products Association’s (CPA’s) latest State of Trade Survey showed that 36 per cent of heavy-side products manufacturers saw volumes drop in the first three months of 2024. This continued a slide in sales of such materials, […]

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Percentage of women in construction hits new post-Covid low

More women than men have left construction careers over the past year, according to the latest official figures. The proportion of women in construction careers has steadily declined over the past year, leading an overall downward trend in the number of people employed in the sector, as recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Delay hits Morgan Sindall’s Gloucester university campus

The opening of Morgan Sindall’s 20,000 square metre new home for the University of Gloucestershire has been pushed back amid construction challenges. The scheme to transform a former department store in Gloucester city centre into a modern learning facility was approved by councillors in March 2022. Students were initially expected to move into the new

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Data dig: gender gaps, security fears and happy workers

Gender barriers Only 21 per cent of firms in the construction sector have female representation at director level, Creditsafe’s Women in Business report claims. Creditsafe data director Drew Fahiya said: “Despite the construction industry attracting women… there’s a significant gap in their progression within the workforce. This isn’t due to a lack of desire or

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Decarbonising the built environment: retrofit or demolish?

Pictured left to right: Fiona Lomas-Holt is director of sustainability and ESG, Mat Jones is senior director of planning, and Katy Lightbody is senior director of heritage and townscape at consultancy Turley Decarbonising buildings is critical to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but the strategy for it raises a crucial question: should retrofitting existing

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Government’s £20bn hospital pledge ‘on shaky ground’ amid funding delays

NHS trusts’ confidence in the government’s £20bn new hospitals pledge is “on increasingly shaky ground” due to funding delays, a health leader has told Construction News. Trust leaders are concerned schemes in the New Hospital Programme (NHP) will be scaled back or delayed beyond the 2030 deadline, as many are still waiting to hear what

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