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29 November 2012 Construction backs Forces recruitment drive

Industry employers including Carillion, Lend Lease and Morgan Sindall have signed up to a new initiative to fill predicted construction skills gaps with ex-Armed Forces personnel. The initiative, developed by ...

29 November 2012 Why can't all builders be a bit nicer?

Conversations that include "October was our third best month ever in 15 years of operation" don’t come along very often in these austere times, writes Denise Chevin. We’re talking here ...

29 November 2012 Industry shamed by more blacklisting revelations

While the press were ruminating on the aftermath of its discredited actions, sectors of the construction industry were also hanging their heads in shame this week, as more revelations of ...

29 November 2012 BIM Protocol to be published before Christmas

The text of the BIM Protocol – the document that will set out the client’s contractual expectations on Level 2 BIM – has been finalised and is expected to be ...

29 November 2012 Report reveals secret to Olympic safety success

Human characteristics such as respect, trust, clarity and collaboration were key to the London Olympics’ outstanding construction health & safety record, new research reveals. The report, funded by the Health ...

29 November 2012 Exhibition showcases innovative design prototypes

Optical fibre concrete, an additive manufactured violin, and aluminium meshwork canopy scaffolding are some of the innovative prototyping technologies going on show at a new exhibition. Prototyping Architecture comes to ...

22 November 2012 Construction managers' pay tumbles 5.5%

Construction project managers have seen average salaries slide by 5.5% in the past 12 months to £38,961, according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings from the Office of ...

22 November 2012 CM Comment: too many interests for a single voice

There’s been a clamour for a single voice to represent the construction industry for as long as any one can remember, writes Denise Chevin. Government has continually complained that having ...

22 November 2012 Industry supports ban on cash for scrap metal

Construction firms have come out in support of controversial legislation banning the sale of scrap metal for cash. From the start of December changes to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act ...

22 November 2012 Material efficiency is targeted by new standard

A new code of practice designed to ensure that material efficiency and waste are considered at the earliest stages of projects has gone out to public consultation. BSI Standard BS ...

22 November 2012 Prism focuses to win TeamBuild 2012 event

Staff members from Kier, T P Bennett, Arup, AKTII and Hoare Lea made up the winning team of the prestigious TeamBuild 2012 competition which took place last weekend. The objectives ...

15 November 2012 It's tough out there: majors cut back as output shrinks

The further round of restructuring and cost-cutting announced by contractors Kier, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall – coinciding with last week’s official statistics showing a further drop in construction output ...

15 November 2012 Procurement trial projects under Cabinet Office scrutiny

The Cabinet Office is instigating a comprehensive system to guide and monitor the public sector projects trialling three new methods of procurement. Each project will be assigned independent mentors to ...

15 November 2012 Wates chief: we must fight anti-business sentiment

Paul Drechsler, chairman and CEO of Wates Group, has urged the industry to fight against a “destructive” anti-corporate public mood that’s turning young people against the world of business. Speaking ...

15 November 2012 Calls for Open Doors 2013 to open up to SMEs

The success of last weekend’s Open Doors event has prompted calls to expand it in 2013 to also include sites run by SMEs and contractors outside the UK Contractors Group. ...

09 November 2012 Shelagh Grant Comment: housebuilders welcome the red tape challenge

As the Housing Forum included a recommendation in its Rationalising regulations for growth and innovation report in April that the government “draw up a new independent panel of experts to rationalise ...

09 November 2012 Initiative aims to cut homebuilding costs by 40%

New homes could be built for 40% less – in line with build costs in continental Europe – if groups of housebuilders agreed to work to standardised dimensions including floor-to-ceiling ...

08 November 2012 Study links classroom environment to learning

Did you know that the primary school your company helped to build or refurbish will have had a  significant impact on learning progression, and that the difference between learning in ...

08 November 2012 Public sector lags private in delivering to cost

Analysis of project KPIs in the annual Constructing Excellence/Glenigan survey shows that the public sector is lagging behind the private sector in delivering to cost plans. CM asked Glenigan to ...

08 November 2012 CIOB qualification targets project delays

The CIOB is launching a suite of three new qualifications in project time management, in an attempt to tackle the industry’s ongoing problem with project delays. The entry-level Project Time ...

08 November 2012 Green Deal rival scheme aims to use local suppliers

The government’s beleaguered Green Deal has a rival — a “Fair Green Deal” initiative set up by the Energy Saving Co-operative and Ecology Building Society was launched last month. The ...

08 November 2012 News round up

Welsh Assembly endorses new procurement strategy The Welsh Assembly government is set to endorse a new Construction Procurement Strategy that will include a Welsh version of the Construction Commitments, a ...

08 November 2012 Entry-level BIM tool costs less than £100

A firm of south London architects is challenging software giants Autodesk and Bentley by launching its own entry-level BIM tool costing less than £100. The architects at Lomal have spent ...

08 November 2012 Interactive careers portal trialled to members

A new interactive careers portal which helps users “map out where they are going and how to get there”, will be rolled out to 3,000 members of the CIOB next ...

02 November 2012 Tim Hare wins Construction Manager of the Year 2012

Tim Hare of Sir Robert McAlpine was last night named as the CIOB’s Construction Manager of the Year 2012, awarded the honour for the outstanding achievement of delivering a complex ...

02 November 2012 IT project aims to reduce construction accidents

A software company is working with Willmott Dixon and Birmingham School of the Built Environment to create an online health and safety management system that   would introduce new IT-enabled systems ...

01 November 2012 Eco house made from radical composite panels

An innovative construction system based on pultruded glass-reinforced composite panels that link together using bolts and snap-fit connections has been used to complete a demonstration Passivhaus in Lincolnshire, writes Stephen Cousins. ...

01 November 2012 DCLG panel to investigate house building regulation

A new four strong “challenge panel” has been tasked with coming up with a new approach to regulating house building as part of a major government rationalisation of regulations and standards ...

01 November 2012 Construction backs charity polar expedition

A range of specialist construction materials has been specified by an expedition team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes that will attempt to cross Antarctica, a journey expected to take up to ...