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26 August 2011 Planning approvals continue to fall, housing registrations up

New house building statistics revealed today show little improvement in the number of new homes in the pipeline. Figures pointed to an increase in registrations during the last quarter, but ...

26 August 2011 HSE's plans to improve safety on smaller sites don't stack up

Nearly one in seven deaths on construction sites is related to smaller firms, but we haven't got the right ideas to deal with it says Atiyah Malik Although the fatal ...

26 August 2011 Subbies fury at contractors charging plans

Plans for suppliers to provide “incentive payments” to contractors to ensure a place on the supply chain have sparked fury, Building reported. Evidence has emerged that Mace planned to introduce ...

26 August 2011 Unions warn of Olympics strike action

Eight contractors, including Balfour Beatty, are planning to ditch a 40-year old wage agreement between electrical contractors and workers. Union leaders have declined to rule out balloting for strike action ...

26 August 2011 New PFI defies critics

The government is expected to reveal plans for a “son of PFI” policy in the autumn, Building reported. The plans, which will provide a blueprint for funding major projects with ...

18 August 2011 Recession boosts litigation

Recession is driving up the number of court claims, according to reports in Construction News. The latest annual report from the London Technology and Construction Court showed that the volume ...

18 August 2011 Coastal towns Sandwich, Newquay and Great Yarmouth among areas picked by ministers

The government has announced 13 new “enterprise zones” in England in a bid to boost economic growth. The prime minister said the enterprise zones would lead to the creation of ...

18 August 2011 Task Force urges construction industry to Hire a Hoodie

The construction sector cannot simply refuse to take on new apprentices due to the economic situation if future skills shortages are to be avoided, warned the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task ...

18 August 2011 McPhillips builds the world's greenest dog rescue centre

Telford-based building and civil engineering contractors McPhillips (Wellington) have built the world’s “greenest” dog rescue centre in a cutting edge £5.25 million eco-friendly re-development for the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury. It ...

11 August 2011 Contractors pledge help after riots

Contractors round the country have been offering councils and companies help to repair property damaged or destroyed in this week’s rioting. Building reports that Mansell and Mears have been praised ...

11 August 2011 Construction sector steadies but long road ahead

The number of administrations in the construction sector fell 16% from 101 to 85 in the second quarter of the year, curbing the rising trend of the previous three quarters, ...

11 August 2011 Capita Symonds and Ineco Announce High Speed 2 Partnership

Capita Symonds and Ineco have formed a joint venture to bid for contracts on the government’s proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) project. The move follows the recent announcement by Philip Hammond, the ...

11 August 2011 Green deal pilots show lack of interest

Efforts to persuade South London home-owners to take part in a heavily-subsidised “Green Deal” that claimed to cut utility bills have been floundering, reports Building. Sutton Borough Council’s initiative, run ...

11 August 2011 CITB-ConstructionSkills unveils grant changes

CITB-ConstructionSkills has announced changes to the Training Grant Scheme for 2011-12 which widen the scope for claiming grants but will impose a more structured approach to employer training, explains Tony Wilson, ...