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Review of 2014

Carillion Balfour Beatty merger

A tale of two industries: Workloads rise but problem deals hit profits

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the year when workloads returned. There were more jobs, lots of them. As order books grew full to the point of more and more contractors were turning down work, particularly in the burgeoning London and South-east market.

Rick Willmott chief executive Willmott Dixon

CEO Q&A: Rick Willmott

Willmott Dixon’s chief exec discusses a good year for his firm in the housing and PRS sectors, and highlights the new challenges brought about by a rising market.

RS Kier chief executive Haydn Mursell

CEO Q&A: Haydn Mursell

Kier’s CEO discusses the progress his firm made last year - and believes that the recovery will bring change to the industry in 2015.

Brendan Kerr Keltbray Group CEO

CEO Q&A: Brendan Kerr

The CEO of demolition specialist Keltbray sees increasing work coming from the regions outside London as his firm moves into 2015 after a record year.

Crossrail reaches halfway mark Jan 2014 Stephen Hammond David Cameron Boris Johnson 5

Politics: Westminster dresses for battle

For politicians, 2014 was the year when the impulse to pick up a hard hat was overwhelming. Construction sites were in fashion, and housing and major infrastructure were its biggest trends.

Miller Group Southern Admirals Wood homes housing

Housing: Resi boom masks social deficit

Housing drove wider economic growth in 2014, with housebuilders posting positive results - but the country still did not build enough affordable homes. How did the industry try to tackle the puzzle of building those much-needed houses?

Heart heartbreak merger jigsaw

M&A: Takeovers take centre stage

M&A activity took off in 2014 and the scale of deals and proposals reached a level unprecedented in recent years as the biggest contractors and consultants targeted market dominance through mega mergers.

Analysis: Health Spending

health hospital operating theatre doctors surgeons NHS stats

Under the knife: How health work is changing

Traditional NHS capital spending on new buildings may have fallen but health service reforms and financial pressures are creating different opportunities for contractors in the sector.

Construction output Jan 2014

Economy: Housing growth helps 2014 beat construction output expectations

At the end of 2013, the industry appeared to have turned a corner – recovery from austerity was well under way and forecasters were increasingly optimistic about the sector – but 2014 looks to have exceeded even the most ambitious economic expectations.

CN Awards 2014 Training Initiative finalist Kier Group

Where's the work? Construction jobs in 2014

Growth for the industry in 2014 has also brought growth to the salaries of those working within it. Which professions have benefited most? Will the trend continue into 2015

Paul Henson director Ramtech Electronics

Don't play with fire: preventing fires on site

In most cases, the consequences of fires on construction sites could be mitigated with an appropriate fire alarm system.

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