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

AMEC order book at pounds 3bn

AMEC, THE construction firm, said yesterday that the outlook for the remainder of the year is good, while the firm's order book remained sustained at around pounds 3bn.

Letter: Building equality

Sir: I was horrified to read the view of Richard Todd, a civil engineer, (Letter, 30 July) that his granddaughter had "no chance" in architecture because she was female.

Letter: Glass ceilings

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Pru fires warning shot in Wainhomes buyout move

THE PRUDENTIAL, one of the UK's leading institutional investors, yesterday fired a warning shot at small undervalued companies seeking to go private cheaply when it refused to sell its 12.5 per cent stake to housebuilder Wainhomes' buyout team.

Railtrack warned over spending plans

THE GOVERNMENT'S rail supremo last night warned Railtrack that he believed the company was planning to invest much less than it was claiming.

Shuttle blaze was good test for engineers

THE CHANNEL Tunnel fire taught engineers a basic lesson: "When lorries go through tunnels, whether by road or rail, they catch fire," said Antony Oliver, the deputy editor of New Civil Engineer magazine. "Not often, but eventually."

Barratt takes Blair to task over housing

BARRATT, the UK's second-largest housebuilder, yesterday attacked the Government's housing policy, accusing it of damaging the poor and hitting smaller companies.

Obituary: Luis Mara Argana

LUIS MARIA Argana, who was assassinated yesterday in Asuncin, was one of Paraguay's most controversial political figures. As Vice-President, he was at the centre of a bitter struggle for political power with President Ral Cubas Grau, and the real power behind the throne, the former army commander General Lino Oviedo. Argana's murder brings much closer the prospect of a direct military intervention for the first time in a decade.

Shake-up at Tay Homes

TAY HOMES, the house-builder, yesterday announced a wholesale shake- up in its boardroom as it announced disappointing results that saw its shares slide over 7 per cent to 111.5p. John Maunders, the self-made founder of John Maunders plc, which was sold to Westbury last year, will replace Norman Stubbs as chairman, bringing with him William Bannister, a former colleague, as chief executive.

AMEC dampens hopes of UK deal

AMEC, the construction and engineering group, yesterday said it was looking at European acquisitions, dampening hopes of a takeover of a rival UK company.

Green militants in shares protest

HUNDREDS OF direct-action environmental protesters have bought shares in one of Britain's biggest property developers in an attempt to force it to stop building on green belt land.

Thursday Law Report: Housebuilder credited with input tax

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Tarmac bows to City pressure and demerges

TARMAC, one of Britain's largest contractors, yesterday bowed to City pressure and announced plans to split its building materials and construction operations into two separate companies.

Tay in row over changingdirectors' contracts

TAY HOMES, the troubled housebuilder, was plunged into a furious row yesterday after it emerged that two top executives signed new contracts doubling their notice period after rebuffing an attempt by a rebel investor to change the board.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Cabbage is king again

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee