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Construction News front cover 17 October 2014

Construction News digital edition – 17 October 2014

Contractors are facing the highest pressure on costs for four years as labour rates increased again in Q3 this year, while materials prices continue to cause headaches for firms; Legal & General is considering a major swoop into the private rental sector through new plans for a new £1bn development arm to deliver homes for the market; new Skanska joint venture will see up to £500m invested in onshore wind projects.