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30 March 2012 Contractors stunned by nuclear pull-out

Nuclear contractors are seeking urgent assurances from Government on the future of the UK’s nuclear new build programme, after RWE npower and E.On announced the sale of the £15 billion ...

30 March 2012 Anti-capitalist demonstrators halt work on Olympic site

A group of anti-capitalist demonstrators has set up camp at an Olympic construction site and is disrupting building work, reports Construction Enquirer. The Occupy London group, which includes protestors who ...

30 March 2012 Industry backs “pro-growth” planning framework

Industry heads have given their broad backing to the government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which came into force this week in an effort to boost growth and simplify the ...

30 March 2012 Balfour and Mouchel plan job cuts

In a bleak sign of the sector’s plight, Britain’s biggest contractor Balfour Beatty is planning to cut jobs as it restructures its construction division. The firm refused to say how ...

30 March 2012 Are you getting in shape?

Last month Georgina Whiting, Challenge Team Coordinator at the Coins Foundation offered training tips for those contemplating the Three Peaks Challenge. With a few weeks to go before the event ...

30 March 2012 Gap widens between social and private housing

Figures released today by NHBC have shown that the gap between private and public sector registrations in the UK continues to expand, with social housing figures contracting year-on-year. NHBC registration ...

26 March 2012 Government bins site waste regulations, but war on waste goes on

Last week, as a result of the government's Red Tape Challenge, environment secretary Caroline Spelman announced the removal of Site Waste Management Plans, arguing that they are one of 53 ...

26 March 2012 Green catalogue with 1200 materials now online

How can architects, designers and the building industry find out about new, sustainable construction materials? That’s the question that Jakki Dehn, a reader at London’s Kingston University, tried to address ...

26 March 2012 Planning framework set to pave the way for development

The Government’s National Planning Policy Framework is expected to press on with its controversial “presumption in favour of sustainable development,” when it is published tomorrow (Tuesday). The policy comes into ...

26 March 2012 Victory for solar panel firms in FIT fight

The  government emerged red-faced last week after the Supreme Court ruled that it could not appeal to overturn an earlier decision that its proposed cuts to the solar feed-in-tariff were ...

26 March 2012 Budget Analysis: ACE upbeat

Key budget points from the Association of Consulting Engineers: Following the announcement in autumn that pension funds will be approached to fund a further £20 billion of infrastructure investment, the ...

26 March 2012 Budget analysis: Thumbs down from the NFB

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed some of the positive measures for business in the chancellor’s Budget Statement, but expressed serious concerns about the missed opportunities for using ...

16 March 2012 Changes to EU procurement rules could help SMEs

Proposals to revise the highly unpopular EU procurement rules which govern the awarding of public sector contacts could make it simpler for SMEs to win work and quicker for clients ...

16 March 2012 Government to set up BIM hubs to ease problems

Main contractors are to be invited to join regional BIM “hubs”, bringing together the industry and public sector clients to iron out implementation problems as the industry gears up to ...

16 March 2012 NHBC takes its training expertise Down Under

The NHBC has acted as a consultant for a new Construction Management Simulation Centre in Melbourne, Australia. This follows the success of the NHBC Training Services’ centre in Coventry. This ...

16 March 2012 Council housing shake up opportunity for the sector

In April, under powers ushered in by the Localism Act 2011, councils are being handed control over their housing assets and finances. Denise Chevin reports A quiet revolution is about ...

09 March 2012 Public sector breakthrough for SMEs promised

Small-to-medium contractors should find new public-sector work opportunities easier to source following the launch today of Government initiatives aimed at supporting SMEs. Chief of the measures announced by Minister for ...

09 March 2012 Coalition failing SMEs, says survey...

Small firms claim they are being excluded from government contracts. Michael Glackin reports More than three quarters of small and medium-sized contractors insist they are being excluded from government contracts ...

09 March 2012 Fees hike hits sandwich courses

The dramatic hike in university tuition fees is already resulting in a sharp decline in the number of popular construction sandwich courses offered by universities, according to the results of ...

09 March 2012 Construction is an art form

For a new perspective on the art of construction, Londoners can visit an exhibition of paintings documenting the construction of Glasgow's new Riverside Museum of Transport. Scottish artist Patricia Cain's ...

09 March 2012 Construction can offer prisoners a fresh start

The government announced this week that companies will be given £5,600 each time they get an ex-offender into work and keep them on for over two years. Charity, the  Construction ...

09 March 2012 200-metre high at the Corgo Viaduct

CAET XXI, a temporary consortium formed by the Portuguese construction companies Soares da Costa, RRC (Ramalho Rosa Cobetar) and the Spanish FCC, is presently building a viaduct over the Corgo ...

09 March 2012 Double blow to Green Deal

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has  confirmed that six major energy firms - EDF, Scottish Power, Southern Energy, Npower, E.ON and British Gas - would not be ...

06 March 2012 News round-up: March 2012

Coalition failing SMEs, says survey... Small firms claim they are being excluded from government contracts. Michael Glackin reports More than three quarters of small and medium-sized contractors insist they are ...

02 March 2012 Pictures on site help migrant workers' safety

Deaths and injuries among UK-based migrant construction workers could be reduced if pictures were used in safety training – according to new research. The project, commissioned by the Institution of ...

02 March 2012 London map points to building boom as confidence rises

A pipeline workload of 32 million sq. ft. of commercial floor space and 33,000 new homes, together with 2,000 acres of development land, point to healthy future for London construction ...

02 March 2012 Firms slam vocational qualification downgrade

Training heads say downgrading of qualifications may undermine raft of new technical colleges reports Building. Balfour Beatty and Wates, two of nine construction firms sponsoring five new University Technical Colleges ...

02 March 2012 Rok founder to start again

The former chief executive of failed contractor Rok is set to launch a new repair and maintenance vehicle in the private residential sector reported Construction News. Rok, which had a ...

02 March 2012 Village for nuclear workers

London Architects, Canaway Fleming has designs housing for 1,510 workers building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, reports Building Design. The design forms parts of plans for ...