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25 October 2012 Rationalisation of regulations on the cards

A major review of technical standards is expected to be announced as early as next week, the Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed, writes Jan-Carlos Kucharek. The review ...

25 October 2012 Pension funds could kick-start house building

A three-fold increase in new homes could be built in the UK every year on the back of local authority pensions funding, according to a report released today (Friday 26 ...

25 October 2012 BIM saves time in London police station project

Use of building information modelling helped a development team to cut six weeks off the tender time for a new police building in London. Bryden Wood, which designed the £12m ...

25 October 2012 Local authorities find PAS 91 “too difficult”

The PAS 91 standard pre-qualification form is failing to make headway in the public sector as clients are either unaware of it or decide it’s too difficult to adopt, according ...

25 October 2012 Martin Chambers: Loan guarantees misguided

Encouraging companies and individuals to invest money in building and construction is what everyone agrees is needed to simulate growth, so why am I not delighted to hear that Crossrail’s ...

18 October 2012 CIOB proposes to phase out incorporated membership within five years

The CIOB’s 39,000 members are being consulted on plans to drop the incorporated membership grade as part of the Institute’s modernisation strategy. A quarter of the CIOB’s members are currently ...

18 October 2012 Task Group urged to put regulatory control on BIM agenda

The Cabinet Office BIM Group is being urged to set up a working group to examine how BIM models could help ease the burden of regulation surrounding construction projects. The ...

18 October 2012 Reporting standard aims to save trillions and drive out corruption

A new reporting protocol to improve transparency and efficiency and drive out corruption across publically funded projects around the world is being launched on Monday (20 October) in London. The ...

18 October 2012 Future of Code for Sustainable Homes under review

House builders have welcomed comments from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that it intends to review the Code for Sustainable Homes as part of its goal to ...

18 October 2012 Cabinet Secretary urged to set up online supplier database

The chair of the property and construction committee at Manchester Chamber of Commerce has called on Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude to set up a new industry-owned online database of supplier ...

11 October 2012 Bowmer & Kirkland scores at FA's £100m training centre

Building the FA’s new St George’s Park football training centre, opened last week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, involved contractor Bowmer & Kirkland spending £1m a week.

11 October 2012 CM Comment: who's going to solve the house building crisis?

The political parties all talk the talk, but does anyone have the policies to tackle housing shortages, asks Denise Chevin House building, house building, house building. All the party conferences ...

11 October 2012 BIM could police compliance with Building Regs

In the near future project teams will be able to upload project BIM models to a portal that would automatically assess whether or not the design complies with Building Regulations, ...

11 October 2012 BDP hires apprentices, as overall numbers in construction fall

One of the UK’s largest multidisciplinary practices, BDP, has announced the appointment of its first three apprentices as part of a new recruitment strategy to bring new talent and younger ...

10 October 2012 Industry starts promoting Green Deal...

Firms have been able to market their services since the beginning of this month as Green Deal providers, assessors or installers as the “soft launch” of the government’s flagship green ...

10 October 2012 Plumb Center will train installers as certified Green Deal advisers

Wolseley Group, owner of Plumb Center, is setting up a course to allow its SME customers to become Green Deal advisers, a move that it hopes will later allow it ...

10 October 2012 Soft Landings set for 2016 BIM tie-in

Government plans to mandate the “Soft Landings” handover protocol across all central government projects by 2016 – to be closely aligned with the planned BIM roll-out – will be on ...

10 October 2012 Cash injection to launch BIM and leadership training

New government funding for “innovative” approaches to construction training mean four new industry training initiatives could be up and running by November. The first initiatives will be a BIM course ...

10 October 2012 Deadline looms for 2012 Young Achievers Scheme

The deadline for entries for The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme, set up by the Construction Youth Trust to reward excellence for industry professionals, falls on October 12. The ...

10 October 2012 PAS 91 will quiz suppliers about BIM

The new version of Publicly Available Specification 91, the government-backed standard pre-qualification questionnaire, will ask suppliers about their experience of building information modelling.   The two-year old standard PQQ form is ...

05 October 2012 Double-dip recession undermines construction performance

The latest UK Construction Industry Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), published today, reveal the impact on the industry of the harsh market conditions endured over the past four years, with average ...

05 October 2012 Scotland seeks ways to streamline £2bn procurement

A review of the £2bn a year procurement of Scottish construction work has been announced by the Scottish government with the aim of streamlining processes and getting better value for ...

05 October 2012 Lukewarm reception for Labour's apprenticeship pledge

Construction figures have played down Labour’s widely applauded pledge to boost apprenticeships and create a technical baccalaureate as moves that were happening already. Ed Miliband pledged to focus on the ...

05 October 2012 Design management conference reflects role's increasing importance

The CIOB’s first ever conference on design management takes place next week, and will explore the role’s increasing importance in the digital age. Open to design managers, or anyone from ...

05 October 2012 Providers play down slow start to Green Deal

After the Green Deal launched on Monday with only two authorised providers and seven assessors, prospective Green Deal providers insist the beleaguered programme still has the potential to transform domestic ...

05 October 2012 U-value review under way for pre-1919 buildings

Urgent changes to the way U-value and moisture calculations are applied to pre-1919 buildings have been ordered to avoid inappropriate energy-efficient retrofit works under the Green Deal and ECO. Amendments ...