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29 July 2011 National Museum of Scotland reopens

Yesterday saw the opening of the restored and refurbished National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh after a two and a half year makeover. The work has restored the listed Victorian ...

29 July 2011 Hinkley Point C gets AOK

French utility EDF was this week granted planning permission for preparatory works for the planned new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, the first power station to be built ...

29 July 2011 Qatari-Diar in Olympic Village bid?

The Wellcome Trust has refused to comment on speculation that its plans to take over the Olympic Park after next year's Games are under threat from a Qatari-backed consortium.  The ...

29 July 2011 Construction Industry praised for 'on time and in budget' Olympic Park

In the week that Zaha Hadid's £268M Aquatics Centre opened, marking a year to go to the opening of the Olympic Games, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, John Armitt ...

22 July 2011 Established green technologies to be priority for Green Investment Bank

Nuclear energy and flood defences could be financed by the Green Investment Bank in the future a senior civil servant setting up by the bank said this week. Dr Amal-lee ...

22 July 2011 Hospitals should be 'sheds' says Maude

Paymaster General and and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude declared that hospitals should look more like sheds if the country was to deal with ever-changing developments in clinical care and ...

22 July 2011 Construction sector should do more for diversity, urges report

The construction sector needs to do more to avoid being viewed as 'macho, dirty and stuck in the old ways of doing things', according to a report funded by the ...

22 July 2011 Gove announces £2BN funding to beleaguered schools construction

Education Secretary Michael Gove threw the Education sector a lifebuoy last Tuesday by setting aside £2BN to procure construction works for schools following the governments cancellation of the £55BN Building ...

15 July 2011 Skills shortages loom as workforce ages

The results are more startling that anticipated and should provide a wake-up call to the sector. The industry could be employing 50% fewer 20 year olds in the next 5-10 ...

15 July 2011 Boost for contractors as government electricity White Paper published

Over £110BN of investment is to be secured over the next 40 years to build new nuclear plants as well as renewable offshore wind power, it was announced by energy ...

15 July 2011 HCA announces £1.8BN investment in Affordable Homes Programme

The Homes and Communities Agency has allocated £1.8BN of funding to 150 Housing Associations, Local Authorities and house builders through its Affordable Homes Programme, in order to help deliver 80,000 ...

15 July 2011 Crossrail Paddington contract goes to Costain/ Skanska

Crossrail has announced that the £250M contract for its new Paddington station, has been awarded to Costain/ Skanska, the first contract of its £1.5BN cross-capital station building programme, adding that ...

15 July 2011 Willmott Dixon wins maintenance contract

Willmott Dixon Group’s repair and maintenance specialist Willmott Dixon Partnerships has won a five year contract worth £45m with Notting Hill Housing Trust for its 15,000 social rented customers.  The ...

07 July 2011 Gay group calls for diversity

Gay rights group Stonewall is to step up efforts to encourage construction firms to sign up to its Diversity Champions programme, promoting lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in the workplace. ...

07 July 2011 Mum's the word in Bilfinger site safety campaign

German firm Bilfinger Berger has hit on a novel way to reduce site accidents – hanging pictures of employees’ mothers in the workplace. Rather than pepper the workplace with bland ...

07 July 2011 Children to learn about BIM at school

A scheme to put construction on the school curriculum will be launched this month after a series of pilots. Class of Your Own is designed to raise awareness among school ...

07 July 2011 So which building deserves the Oscar for its starring role in a film?

From the mundane to the magnificent, the idyllic to the iconic, buildings have played their part since film making began. Buildings, whatever their shape, size or purpose are the unsung ...

07 July 2011 Morrell points the way to 20% cuts

Morrell points the way to 20% cuts An industry-led steering group is about to be announced to drive through the efficiency measures set out for public projects, chief construction adviser ...

07 July 2011 News Round-Up: July/August 2011

Mersey magic Rising like the tip of an iceberg out of the waters of the Mersey River, Danish architect 3XN’s £65m Museum of Liverpool opens in July. The 12,000m2 building tells ...

01 July 2011 Tackling corruption: the Bribery Act explained

With the Bribery Act coming into force on 01 July, Construction Manager asks Partners Guy Bastable and Richard Sallybanks of Criminal Defence lawyers BCL Burton Copeland about the main points of the incoming ...

01 July 2011 HSE reports rise in construction deaths

The Health and Safety Executive has reported a rise in the number of deaths on construction sites, according to Building and Construction News. Construction News reported that HSE's latest figures ...

01 July 2011 Firms urged to hire UK unemployed not foreign workers

UK businesses should recruit more unemployed Britons rather then relying on labour from abroad, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith stated today at a keynote speech at the Foundation ...

01 July 2011 Crossrail tenders deadline moved back

Crossrail announced that it will be putting back the tenders on three major station projects to ease pressure on teams bidding for the projects, Building reported today.The company running the ...