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27 May 2011 Green Investment Bank to finance Green Deal

The Green Investment Bank is to offer finance to the Green Deal, Building reported. The £3bn Bank is expected to initially invest in offshore wind, waste and industrial energy efficiency ...

27 May 2011 Crack down on suicide bidding

Clauses are being written into tenders in a bid to stamp out suicide bidding, Construction Enquirer reported. Suicide-bidding was blamed for last year’s collapse of contractors Connaught and Rok. But ...

27 May 2011 Study says housebuilding must double

More than double the number of homes currently built are needed each year according to a new study, Building reported. Up to 234,000 new homes are needed per year in ...

27 May 2011 Industry uplift in Q1, but outlook remains downbeat says survey

  The construction industry has demonstrated its resilience in the first three months of 2011, according to the Bibby Financial Services Business Factors Index, by overcoming the knock-on effect of ...

20 May 2011 Hepworth Wakefield

Holding a core collection of over 40 works by arguably one of the UK's greatest 20th century artists, tomorrow sees the grand opening of 2007 Stirling Prize winner David Chipperfield's Hepworth ...

20 May 2011 Costain wins 3 Peaks Challenge

A team from Costain climbed the three highest peaks in the UK in 20 hours and 1 minute to finish first in this year's COINS 3 Peaks Challenge.  The event ...

20 May 2011 Email and social networking wasting billions as workers get distracted says survey

The proliferation of collaboration and social tools designed to increase productivity is actually costing UK businesses 57.8 billion pounds per year in lost productivity, according to a survey of more ...

20 May 2011 Ruth Thompson will take over from Tim Byles at Partnerships for Schools

The government has appointed Ruth Thomspon as interim head of Partnerships for Schools after confirming the departure of Tim Byles.Thompson is a former director general of higher education at the ...

20 May 2011 BIM to be compulsory on all government projects

Building Information Modelling will be made mandatory on virtually all government projects within five years, Paul Morrell, the government’s chief construction adviser, has said. BIM requires firms to conform to ...

20 May 2011 National Grid boss to head Bovis

Lendlease has appointed Michael Dyke to head up the part of its business formerly known as Bovis, Building reported. Dyke, who is the National Grid’s director of UK construction, will ...

13 May 2011 Contractors and consultants in race to develop modular schools

Contractors are gearing up to deliver a new wave of modular school designs in response to recommendations made in the James Review of the school building programme, which calls for ...

13 May 2011 Survey: skills shortages still rife

Nearly four out of five respondents (77%) to an on-line survey of members of the CIOB believe there is still an underlying skills shortage. Lack of skilled domestic construction personnel ...

13 May 2011 £70bn rail work in Gulf set to tempt UK firms

Gulf governments are investing more than £70bn in rail projects over the next 12 years in a move that will attract UK companies despite unprecedented political upheaval in the region, ...

13 May 2011 Industry prepares for apprenticeships cash curb

Construction companies can expect a reduction in government funding for training, despite chancellor George Osborne’s commitment to increase investment in apprenticeships and double the number of university technical colleges, writes ...

12 May 2011 News Round-Up: May 2011

Rush for modular schools  Contractors are gearing up to deliver a new wave of modular school designs in response to recommendations made in the James Review of the school building ...

06 May 2011 CITB to issue apprenticeship frameworks

ConstructionSkills is to be the sole issuing authority for English apprenticeship frameworks in construction, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. The appointment will see the Construction Industry Training Board take ...

06 May 2011 Revenue clamp down on construction self employment

Tax officials are to target false self-employment as part of a crackdown on recruitment agencies in the construction sector, Construction Enquirer reported. HM Revenue & Customs had already announced that ...

06 May 2011 Bullish outlook cheers construction

Bullish trading statements from contractors and a boom in London office construction is a creating a positive outlook for construction despite a challenging economic climate. Galliford Try, Costain and Morgan ...

06 May 2011 Builders sceptical Green Deal will work

The Green Deal may not be the green revolution the Government hopes it will be according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). A survey of its members and found ...