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24 June 2011 Art of building

There are just a few days left to vote for the winner of the CIOB’s Art of Building digital photography competition, which closes on July 18. CIOB members and members ...

24 June 2011 Government Microgeneration Strategy launched this week

Measures to protect consumers against shoddy installation of renewable kit, like domestic PV panels and biomass installations, were outlined in DECC's Microgeneration Strategy, announced this week, which included the Microgeneration ...

24 June 2011 Biggest housing associations to build bulk of affordable housing

England’s top 50 housing associations have bid to deliver up to 80 per cent of the 150,000 affordable homes pledged by the government, Inside Housing reported. According to Inside Housing’s ...

24 June 2011 Construction unprepared for Bribery Act

Many small and medium sized construction companies have not prepared for the Bribery Act which comes into force on July 1, Building reported. A survey by law firm Russell Jones ...

24 June 2011 BIM to cost £4m but could save billions

Government plans to roll out Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the industry for public contracts could cost £4m, Building reported. The BIM Industry Working Group report for the Cabinet Office ...

24 June 2011 Low carbon plan welcomed but omissions criticised

The government’s plan for a low carbon construction sector has been welcomed by industry despite holding back from several major recommendations, Building reported. The plan is a response to recommendations ...

17 June 2011 Construction Manager picks up prestigious award

The editorial excellence of Construction Manager was recognised this week when it picked up a prestigious award.  Construction Manager was last night named Subscription Magazine of the Year 2011, by International ...

17 June 2011 Private firm launches scheme to rival TrustMark

A private firm specialising in vetting tradesmen has teamed up with a firm of Chartered Surveyors to create a ‘Consumer Protection Guarantee’, in an effort to rival national trades quality ...

17 June 2011 Home greening could be compulsory

Homeowners could be forced to green their homes when they carry out unrelated building work, Construction News reported. The plans are likely to form part of the government’s response to ...

17 June 2011 Firms go under but jobs saved

One of Scotland’s oldest civil engineering firms, Mckean, has gone under while housing maintenance specialist Kinetics Group is to be placed in liquidation, Construction Enquirer reported. Scottish civil engineering contractor ...

17 June 2011 Shard bosses land new roles

The project manager of the Shard, Bernard Ainsworth, is to advise EDF on the construction of its nuclear power stations, Building reported. EDF confirmed that Ainsworth, who has already cut ...

09 June 2011 Not all plain sailing as Hadid's Riverside Museum opens to press

Today sees the press opening of the Glasgow Riverside Museum, the first UK cultural building to be designed by Stirling Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid and one of the most ...

09 June 2011 CSCS looks to the future with one-stop smart card

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has unveiled plans to make its skill card a high-tech, one-stop ID for all construction workers that would carry information about an operative’s qualifications ...

09 June 2011 University of Salford sets up skills centre in Iraq

The University of Salford is helping to set up a construction skills centre in the war-torn city of Basra in Iraq to meet the desperate need for skilled graduates to ...

09 June 2011 News round-up: June 2011

Rave reviews for a summer of culture A number of key projects are opening their doors this summer, marking a small cultural renaissance for 2011 and providing a showcase for ...

09 June 2011 50 ways to leave your carbon

A website offering advice on low-carbon construction has been set up by the CIOB to help the industry meet future UK emissions targets and make sense of the conflicting facts ...

03 June 2011 Construction Union UCATT Appeal against Certification Officer overturned

The Construction Union UCATT has had its appeal against Union watchdog the Certification Office rejected yesterday by the Employment Appeals Tribunal president, Justice Underhill. This means that current General Secretary ...

03 June 2011 Why the government's BIM strategy doesn't go far enough

Claire Walker of Leeds Metropolitan University and project leader for the thinkBIM network, responds to the Government’s new construction strategy The move towards the mandatory use of BIM in public ...

03 June 2011 Cost benchmarking at centre of new government construction strategy

Cost benchmarking and a move towards fully integrated project teams are among the objectives at the heart of the government’s construction strategy, Construction News reported. The move will allow public ...

03 June 2011 Contractors in Sheffield and Essex go under while private equity saves third

Two contractors have been placed in administration while a third has been saved by private equity. Sheffield contractor C R Gibbs has gone into administration with the loss of 49 ...

03 June 2011 Fire kills four contractors

Four contractors have been killed in a fire in an oil refinery in West Wales, Construction Enquirer reported. The blast occurred in a 730 cubic metre storage tank where maintenance ...

03 June 2011 Judge dispenses “rough justice” to speed up construction dispute

A case of ‘rough justice’ which was upheld by the Court of Appeal could act as a warning as to how disputes over modest sums will be handled by the ...