‘I love concrete’, says woman causing stir in construction

construction news marchEmily Burridge, 22, climbs the ladder at the back of a concrete tanker, parked at Weeford Quarry in Staffordshire and peers down inside.

Just by looking inside a concrete mixer, she has learned to tell by the way the liquid moves over its turning blades, whether a batch of specialist concrete has the properties it needs.

“It’s going to sound sad, but it’s my passion, my newly-developed passion, I do love it,” she says.

She has been in her post for less than a year as technical production manager for a string of 25 quarries, concrete and asphalt plants with aggregates giant Hanson.

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When is the UK construction PMI and how could it affect GBP/USD?

construction news marchThe UK construction PMI for February is due for release today at 0930GMT, with the figure expected to come in at 52.0, down from January’s 52.6 reading.

Deviation impact on GBP/USD

Readers can find FX Street’s proprietary deviation impact map of the event below. As observed the reaction is likely to remain confined between 10 and 45 pips in deviations up to 2 to -2, although in some cases, if notable enough, a deviation can fuel movements of up to 70 pips.

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Vinci forecasts growth as UK construction revenue stabilises

construction news marchThe company had previously looked to reduce turnover as it aimed to become more selective in the jobs it took on.

The French parent company of Vinci UK has predicted a boost in both profit and revenue this year, as revenue stabilises in its British construction business.

Vinci made the forecast after posting 2018 earnings that were largely in line with forecasts, with net income rising 8.6% to €3bn (£2.6b) in the 12 months to 31 December 2018, while operating profit grew 8.5% to €5bn (£4.4bn). Revenues rose 8.1% to €43bn (£37.8bn).

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Construction workers seek pay rise of 12% over three years

construction pay riseConstruction workers are today seeking a pay rise of 12 per cent over three years along with other improvements such as a one-hour daily travelling allowance for every worker.

John Regan of SIPTU’s construction sector told RTE’s Morning Ireland the industry is not sharing profits with workers.

“They are not treating workers fairly, they are being exploited and unsafe practices are going on.

“The industry is highly profitable, they are making large profits.”

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