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Taylor Wimpey gives positive Q1 update

Taylor Wimpey posts 33% order book increase

Taylor Wimpey has seen a 33 per cent increase in its total order book value to £1.6bn compared to the same period last year.

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Willmott Dixon pushes out payment terms for EarlyPay scheme

Willmott Dixon has confirmed to Construction News it will extend payment terms to 65 days for suppliers that sign up to its new supply chain finance scheme.

Government plans for up to 45,000 garden city homes

Government plans up to 45,000 garden city homes

Plans to build up to three garden cities each with 15,000 new homes will be announced today by the deputy prime minister.

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CBI: Government message on infrastructure not hitting home

Almost half of people surveyed in a new CBI poll say they are satisfied with the UK’s infrastructure, despite the World Economic Forum ranking it 28th in the world, according to research published today.

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Balfour Beatty wins funding for national infrastructure academy

Balfour Beatty has been awarded government funding for a national training academy to improve infrastructure skills in the UK.

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Clients urged to shun late payers

Clients will be encouraged not to give contractors work unless they meet fair payment standards under the terms of a charter to be launched this month.

Labour pledges regional share of £20bn funding

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to give cities and towns a share of £20bn for transport and housing development if the party wins the general election.

DfT chooses consultants for Leeds Bradford airport plans

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have been appointed by the Department for Transport to carry out a study looking at ways to improve connectivity to Leeds Bradford International Airport.

Ringfenced budget needed for HS2 environmental impact, MPs warn

The environmental impact of High Speed 2 should be overseen by an independent body with a separate ringfenced budget, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Labour demands ‘cast-iron promise’ over PRS energy efficiency

Shadow energy minister Jonathan Reynolds has called for a “cast-iron promise” from the government to introduce a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes by 2018.

Watch: Long-term political consensus needed for UK infrastructure Video

Former transport minister and HS2 Growth Taskforce member Steven Norris has stressed the importance of long-term political consensus for UK’s major infrastructure projects.

ALARM survey shows local authorities face £714m pothole funding shortfall Video

Local authorities in England and Wales have a £713.7m shortfall in their annual road structural budgets, with those outside London more than twice as hard hit as the capital.

Farrell calls for chief architect in government

The government should appoint a chief architect to work with the chief construction adviser on advising the government, according to Sir Terry Farrell.

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