UK construction sector expands at slowest pace

2014-12-02 12:15

British construction activity has expanded at the slowest pace in more than a year last month, with order books filling at the slowest pace since June 2013.

Group Five shares nosedive on profit warning

2014-11-17 17:44

Shares in Group Five tumbled 15%, its biggest one-day drop in 14 years, after flagging first-half profit would fall by more than 20%.

Property boundary walls 101

2014-10-24 17:14

When budgeting for renovations or buying a dream home, a property’s perimeter fence or wall may easily fall off the priority list.

UK construction output slumps

2014-10-10 12:17

British construction has fallen sharply in August, hit by a fall in house-building and adding to signs of a slowdown in other areas of the economy.

Building activity to remain subdued

2014-10-01 10:53

Residential building activity is expected to remain subdued and stay around the levels of the past 4½ years in the remainder of the year, says an expert.

UK construction output stagnates in July

2014-09-12 15:30

British construction output has stagnated in July as a rapid expansion in house building started to level off, causing annual growth to sink to an eight-month low.

ConCourt to rule on building plans

2014-09-10 18:17

The Constitutional Court will deliver judgment on an application that building plans approved by Hibiscus Coast Municipality be set aside.

Bovis Homes stays on track with profit leap

2014-08-18 12:00

British housebuilder Bovis Homes is on track for a significant rise in full-year profit, after a record number of completions.

Murray & Roberts enters share sale agreement

2014-08-07 12:15

Murray & Roberts has entered into an agreement of sale for its shareholding in Tolcon, says the group.

Metal strike affects building sector

2014-07-16 12:35

The metal sector strike has disrupted the supply of building materials to contractors, says an industry body.

Construction not transforming - Nxesi

2014-07-03 21:00

The country's construction sector needs massive transformation, says Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

Here's what SA had to say about the new Joburg bridge

2014-05-28 11:08

A new bridge is to be constructed, that is set to connect Alexandra township and Sandton, and this is what you, our readers, had to say about it.

Building in Africa moves from mining to malls

2014-04-14 13:23

Construction firms in sub-Saharan Africa are moving beyond mining work as demand rises for shopping centres and better roads, says Group Five CEO Mike Upton.

Surprise dip in construction confidence

2014-03-26 12:00

The increase in construction work in the first quarter of 2014 did not live up to expectations, according to an FNB index.

Grafton sees sustained Irish recovery

2014-03-05 13:38

Building supplies group Grafton says renewed activity in Irish construction appears to be sufficient to support a sustained recovery.

Group Five jumps on 40% earnings rise

2014-02-17 11:00

Shares of Group Five have rallied after the firm posted a 40% rise in first-half earnings and dividend, signalling a multi-year industry slump may be ending.

Grindrod in $989m Zambia railway deal

2014-02-03 12:21

Grindrod says it has clinched a deal to help build, operate and maintain a 590km railway connecting Zambia's copper belt with the Angolan border.

Construction sector on the mend

2014-01-22 12:00

Tendering price competition in the construction industry is at its lowest level since mid-2007, according to the latest FNB/BER construction confidence index.

UK construction PMI edges slightly down

2014-01-03 16:00

Britain's construction industry has done marginally better above economists' forecasts, helped by the biggest increase in commercial projects the past six years.

UK safety passports now in SA

2013-11-28 17:35

A Cape Town businessman has brought the concept of a safety passport to South Africa.

Eastern Cape creates most construction jobs

2013-11-11 13:30

The construction industry in the Eastern Cape now employs more people than the Western Cape and is third behind Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal .

Medupi boasts incident-free record

2013-10-17 19:29

There have been more than 4.5 million incident-free man-hours at Eskom's Medupi power station construction site, the company says.

Construction activity slows unexpectedly

2013-10-03 12:15

Industrial action likely weighed on construction activity during the third quarter, according to the latest construction confidence index.

Aveng expects solid improvement

2013-09-10 12:18

Aveng expects that its public sector infrastructure spend in South Africa will remain slower than anticipated.

Employers question building strike

2013-09-04 16:41

NUM is putting the cart before the horse with their actions in the building industry, says an industry body.


Overcoming construction challenges in Africa

2014-12-01 14:15

There are ways to overcome the difficulties and challenges of infrastructure development in Africa, says an expert.

Tribunal to check World Cup tender collusion

2014-11-13 11:24

SA's Competition Commission has referred construction firms WBHO, Group Five, Stefanutti and Basil Read to the Competition Tribunal for collusive tendering.

Ferrovial bids to buy Transfield

2014-10-20 13:00

Spanish construction giant Ferrovial has offered nearly € 700m to buy Australian firm Transfield Services.

Building industry shrugging off problems

2014-10-02 07:00

There have been continued signs of improvement in the construction of new houses in South Africa.

ConCourt dismisses building plans application

2014-09-11 19:20

An application that building plans approved by Hibiscus Coast Municipality be set aside has been dismissed by the Constitutional Court.

Sustainable building in SA in spotlight

2014-08-20 15:19

The building a sustainable South Africa is the theme of the annual Master Builders SA congress, taking place in September.

Govt must get rid of procurement fraud - body

2014-08-17 12:00

Government would be better served by ensuring that registered professionals are engaged from the commencement of projects, warns an industry body.

Quake contractors to be investigated

2014-08-06 19:23

Contractors who build shoddy houses in quake-hit Khuma near Orkney will face prosecution, warns North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Dublin's housing shortage to be addressed

2014-07-04 18:15

Ireland's state-run bad bank says its property holdings will allow it to meet up to half of Dublin's housing demand over the next five years.

Contractor crisis delays Cape road projects

2014-05-30 12:57

Major road projects around Cape Town have been delayed, because the contractors have either gone bankrupt or have severe cash-flow problems, says the city.

Raubex Group's revenues increase

2014-05-12 09:48

The audited results for the year ended February 28 2014 of Raubex Group show revenues up 12.2% to R6.33bn.


Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns says the 2013 financial year was a year of consolidation and stabilisation as the group reported strong financial results.

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Residential building slows - index

2014-03-18 12:53

The building sector reflects the increased pressure on households amid high levels of debt and the higher interest rate environment, according to an index.

Construction industry needs Govt plans

2014-02-18 17:02

The construction industry is grateful for the government's contribution, but it is disappointed that there are no plans for this to continue, says an expert.

Rate hike puts pressure on construction

2014-02-05 19:03

The pressure that the interest rate hike places on the construction industry can have far reaching consequences, says an expert.

Construction confidence index up

2014-01-22 20:30

The FNB/BER civil construction index increased from 51 to 66 points for the fourth quarter of last year, First National Bank says.

Residential building activity under pressure

2014-01-17 09:17

Levels of residential building activity for new housing showed very little change in the first eleven months of 2013, according to an expert.

Corruption monkey

2013-11-29 06:30

Mzwandile Jacks worries about collusion in SA's construction industry.

Lid stays on residential building activity

2013-11-22 09:04

Residential building activity continues to be influenced by household finances and major economic trends, according to an expert.

R300m for skills and small contractors

2013-10-24 19:44

Murray & Roberts has invested more than R300m to support skills and small contractors.

No plain sailing for building contractors

2013-10-03 20:00

Key themes at a conference for the building industry included transformation, government investment in construction, job creation and skills development.

Eskom's Medupi woes grow

2013-09-12 17:55

The Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal, refusing to allow Eskom to demand payment of certain guarantees in relation to the Medupi contract.

NUM warns of fake SMS messages

2013-09-05 08:29

Workers must disregard bogus SMS messages telling them the construction sector strike is over and they should report for work, the union says.

Union accepts construction wage deal

2013-09-03 09:32

Striking workers of the Building Construction and Allied Workers' Union have accepted the latest wage offer, according to employer organisation Safcec.

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