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28 October 2011 Welsh wind power factory starts churning out turbines

A newly opened £38M wind turbine factory in Chepstow, South Wales, has started sending out deliveries of its first 150 tonne turbines this week, in what Carwyn Jones, First Minister ...

28 October 2011 New home targets still falling short, say NHBC

Fewer than 100,000 new homes have been registered built in the first three quarters of the year, falling well below the government's target of building 200,000 this year. According to ...

28 October 2011 Sustainability centre opens 'Green' gift shop

Sustainability organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth looking to raise funds by cashing-in on the Christmas season with its 'Green Gift Shop'. It also hopes that it increases ...

28 October 2011 Cuts to solar tariffs could destroy sector

Harsh cuts to subsidised tariffs for solar power could destroy the sector, Building reported. Providers have warned that the government-subsidised Feed In Tariff for solar power must not go below ...

28 October 2011 Green Construction Board to lead global innovation

The new Green Construction Board will export green innovation to the rest of the world, Construction News reported. Dan Labbad, chief executive of Lend Lease and co-chair of the board, ...

28 October 2011 Electrical firm Hulse goes to the wall

Electrical contractor Hulse has gone under after 26 years with the loss of 160 jobs, Construction News reported. The £25m turnover firm, which was founded by chairman Steve Hulse in ...

21 October 2011 Paying for H&S breaches could cost the industry £5m

A leading Environmental Health and CDM consultancy has claimed that proposals to charge contractors for visits made by Health and Safety officials – if they find the site breaches safety ...

21 October 2011 Arcadis takeover is not ‘McDonaldisation'

Harrie Noy, chief executive of Dutch consultant Arcadis, dismissed claims that the takeover of EC Harris, the UK’s largest QS, is part of the ‘McDonaldisation’ of the industry, Construction News ...

21 October 2011 Job losses increase as insolvencies rise

Hundreds of jobs have been lost as the rate of firms going into insolvency has risen for the first time since 2009. 118 jobs were axed as Derby steelwork contractor ...

21 October 2011 IKEA plans 1,200 homes for Stratford

Retail giant IKEA’s property arm has unveiled plans for a large mixed use scheme by the Olympic Park, including 1,200 new homes, Construction News reported. Plans for Strand East, a ...

14 October 2011 Fears raised that Olympic stadium will be white elephant

The collapse of the deal to hand over the 2012 Olympic stadium to West Ham has led to accusations that the stadium will be a white elephant, Building reported. The ...

14 October 2011 £350m High Speed Rail framework up for grabs

High Speed Rail 2, the company behind the proposed London-Birmingham high-speed rail link, is looking for consultants with a contract notice worth up to £350 million, Construction News reported. Architects, ...

14 October 2011 New electricity pylon winner announced

The competition for the National Grid’s next generation of electricity pylons has been won by a Danish T-shaped design, Construction Enquirer reported. The Department of Energy and Climate Change, National Grid ...

14 October 2011 Balfour Beatty's Roger Frost named CMYA 2011 overall winner

Roger Frost, Project Director at Balfour Beatty, was announced as the CIOB's Construction Manager of the Year 2011, for his stirling work on the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham- the ...

13 October 2011 Building Notices cause friction

The government is at loggerheads with its own advisers over proposals to restrict the use of Building Notices and replace them with a more rigorous procedure, writes Michael Glackin. The Building ...

13 October 2011 Inspection fees to hit H&S flouters

Companies could haveto pay for investigations after breaches of safety law. Michael Glackin reports The deadline for the industry to have a say in proposed legislation that will allow the ...

12 October 2011 News round-up: Oct 2011

Maggie’s Centre opens in Glasgow The latest Maggie’s centre, which will offer practical and emotional support for people with cancer and their families and friends, opens this month at Gartnavel ...

12 October 2011 Chris Blythe: I read the news today, oh boy

Pygmy politicians messing things up, pension shortfalls and PFI profligacy — so what’s new? asks our chief executive The current economic crisis has me both frightened and bored. The incessant chatter ...

07 October 2011 Supporting Act at new Bluewater venue

BAM Construction’s workforce scaffolders erected and struck over 280,000 feet of galvanised tube, 12,000 scaffold boards and 90,000 assorted fittings to make up this birdcage scaffolding shown in the picture.

07 October 2011 Alan Ritchie to re-stand for Ucatt leadership

The former leader of construction union Ucatt plans to stand for re-election after being stripped of office following a voting scandal. Alan Ritchie was forced to stand down as general secretary of ...

07 October 2011 BIM wins says Laing but QSs shun it

Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s largest contractor, is to make the use of building information modelling mandatory on all its new projects, Building reported. Laing said its use was “key” to ...

07 October 2011 TfL and Highways Agency announce billion pound frameworks

The Highways Agency and Transport for London have started the search for firms to work on frameworks worth billions of pounds. Transport for London has published a tender notice for ...

07 October 2011 Mortgage guidance puts millions of pounds of solar deals at risk

Housing associations face eleventh-hour renegotiations over millions of pounds of photovoltaic panel ‘rent-a-roof’ deals, Inside Housing reported. Under the terms of the deals PV providers offer landlords free PV in ...