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Construction hit its fastest level of growth in six years, according to the latest survey of the building sector.

'New dawn breaking in construction' as growth accelerates at fastest pace since 2007

Activity across Britain's building sites grew at its fastest pace for nearly six years last month amid a "new dawn" for the hard-hit construction industry.

The Titan Crane has been designated an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

Get an eyeful of Clydebank’s towering heritage: The world’s first electrically-powered cantilever crane to receive honour

The world’s first electrically-powered cantilever crane, which stands in Clydebank near Glasgow, is to receive the same heritage honour as that held by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Builders see light at end of the tunnel as growth gains impetus

A “new dawn” is breaking for Britain’s builders as construction enjoyed its strongest growth for more than a year, the latest snapshot of the industry’s fortunes revealed today.

Hammersmith flyover kicks off Costain's £200m TfL deal

London commuters who suffered the nightmare of last year's five-month closure and lane restrictions on the Hammersmith flyover must hope that yesterday's £60m strengthening contract awarded to Costain causes far less disruption.

Builders bounce back in April after a freezing March

Britain’s builders were on the mend last month as housebuilding activity perked up in April, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said today.

What do a crash helmet, a condom, Tower Bridge and a kettle have in common?

The British Standards Institution has given its stamp of approval to goods from helmets to condoms and steel. Mark Leftly meets the boss of a British success story

The Insider: Miniature gardening (minus the garden)

Who needs flowerpots? Whether you're planting indoors or on a windowsill, patio or balcony – or even in a garden with (like mine) minimal flowerbed space – take tips from a lovely new book, Teeny, Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy (£14,99, Cico). It is stuffed with inventive ideas for weeny things you can turn into quirky planters. Such as…

Bob Godfrey receiving a Bafta in 1971

Oscar-winning Roobarb and Henry’s Cat animator Bob Godfrey has died

The legendary animator behind beloved children’s creations Roobarb and Henry’s Cat has died.

Building still drifting after the snow falls

Britain’s builders struggled to shake off the winter blues in January as activity sank for the third month in a row, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply warned today.

We need to find new ways to teach English to immigrants so they don't miss out on the joy of 'The Only Way Is Essex', says Eric Pickles

New ways to teach English to immigrants must be found so they do not miss out on the “enormous joy” of TV show The Only Way Is Essex, Eric Pickles has said.

Possible Salford saviour in talks

Millionaire racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has been unveiled as the mystery businessman locked in talks aimed at saving Salford.

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Building sector returns to growth

The construction sector returned to growth last month, a survey said today, although housebuilders and commercial developers continue to weigh heavily on the industry.

Building industry still struggling, survey shows

The construction sector continued to decline in September, a survey showed today, as residential building saw its biggest fall in nearly two years.

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Olympic opening ceremony: The stars who stole the show

From cycling stars to best-selling authors, they were the reminder of Britain's extraordinary range of talents. Nick Clark surveys the special guests

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