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21 April 2011 No wedding cheer in Britain's offices

Britain’s offices appear to be more Republican than Royalist as a survey reveals 98% of offices will not be hanging out the bunting to celebrate the Royal Wedding. A report by office ...

21 April 2011 Grant boost for training levy

CITB-ConstructionSkills levy payers will receive an extra 12 per cent supplementary payment on grant claims for the next three years in what will be seen by many as a bid to boost ...

21 April 2011 Japan calls for prefabs

Japan has asked UK firms to help meet a shortfall on a 72,000-unit emergency housing scheme for survivors who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake and tsunami. The government will buy ...

21 April 2011 Nigeria ODA

A conman who helped steal more than £2m from the Olympic Development Authority after posing as a Skanska employee has been gaoled for three and half years. Ansmana Kamara, 31, from Sierra ...

21 April 2011 Delay for BIM on public projects

Attempts to introduce Building Information Modelling in public sector projects suffered a fresh blow after it emerged the government will not respond to a report on its effectiveness until June. An independent ...

15 April 2011 Victory for firm in fight against paying training levy

A lawyer representing a firm who successfully appealed against paying the construction training levy is predicting that the outcome will encourage other companies to fight against paying the annual charge. ...

15 April 2011 Payment performance worsens

Construction companies are paying their bills over 23 days later than the agreed payments terms – up two days on the previous quarter – according to global information services company ...

15 April 2011 Cuts push up construction deaths

The number of deaths on construction sites has risen as a result of corner-cutting during the recession, Building reported. The news comes as the Health and Safety Executive faces budget ...

15 April 2011 Construction workforce shrinks to year-low

The construction workforce has shrunk to its lowest level in 12 months, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Building reported that the total number of construction sector ...

15 April 2011 Standardisation plans for school building attacked

Plans for standardised design in school building have been condemned by the shadow schools minister, RIBA and Design Council Cabe, Building Design reported. Labour’s Kevin Brennan voiced fears that schools ...

11 April 2011 Leading hard hats fail safety tests

A leading construction equipment manufacturer has been prosecuted by a trading standards authority after a random sample of its hard hats failed prescribed safety tests. The hard hats were purchased ...

08 April 2011 James Review into school building published

The long-awaited James Review into school building is calling for new national contracts for school building projects, Building reported. Construction News reported that more budget control for councils is also ...

08 April 2011 London housing cut

Housing associations in London are to cut the number of new homes they build despite government targets to increase housing, Building reported. The news came just days after the government ...

08 April 2011 Firms to pay hundreds for HSE inspection

Construction firms could face charges of hundreds of pounds an hour for inspection when safety failures are found, Building reported. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to consult on ...

08 April 2011 News Round-Up: April 2011

BIM lands at Gatwick Airport In a significant endorsement of Building Information Modelling, Gatwick Airport has announced that its strategic partners for a forthcoming £1bn investment programme will have to ...

01 April 2011 In the shadow of Fukushima, the UK's nuclear future remains unclear

The fall out from the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster may be political as well as radioactive, if recent events here in the UK are anything to go by. Speaking ...

01 April 2011 Sums fail to stack up for Green Deal QS analysis shows

The cost of commercial building improvements under the Green Deal will outweigh the savings made, according to a new study, Building reported. Under the government’s Green Deal initiative, loans for ...

01 April 2011 Squeeze on for rail, roads and schools to find 20% cuts

Procurement savings on infrastructure programmes in schools, rail and road building are being planned following the 20 per cent cuts proposed by the government’s Plan for Growth. School procurement could ...

01 April 2011 Engineering change: WYG sells Adams Kara Taylor and Ramboll buys Gifford

The directors of high tech office specialist Adams Kara Taylor have agreed a £3.75m management buy out from White Young Green, Building reported. The cash raised by the sale will ...