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20 April 2012 New taskforce set up to improve diversity

A new industry-wide forum has been set up to improve the employment of women, minorities and the disabled within the construction industry. The new Construction Industry Leadership Forum for Fairness, ...

20 April 2012 Government U-turns on energy regs and standardised schools

The Government's much-heralded plans to develop detailed standardised school designs in favour of publishing basic design guidance are being dropped, reports Building. In a significant policy shift, it is understood ...

20 April 2012 Sad day for the sector as Killby & Gayford goes into administration

Another name and medium sized construction firm looks like being lost from the sector after Killby & Gayford went into administration this week. The “majority” of historic contractor Killby & ...

20 April 2012 Willmott Dixon Jvs on housing repairs

Willmott Dixon’s repairs and maintenance company Willmott Dixon Partnerships has created an innovative joint venture company with affordable housing provider Acis Group to deliver a repairs service to 5,500 homes ...

20 April 2012 Contractor fined for air con accident

A Hertfordshire contractor has been fined after a woman was injured by a falling air-conditioning unit as she waited for a bus next to a refurbishment site, reports Construction enquirer. ...

13 April 2012 Balfour Beatty plans to close Hall & Tawse joinery

Balfour Beatty continues its tough response to the downturn as it continues to reshape the company and close down operations. Construction Enquirer reports that Britain's largest contractor has drawn up ...

13 April 2012 Thomas Vale goes French; Davis Langdon Seah goes Dutch

Corporate deals were very much in evidence this week, as Bouygues Construction subsidiary Bouygues Bâtiment International snapped up West-Midlands based Thomas Vale and Arcadis, the new owner of EC Harris ...

13 April 2012 No manslaughter charge over 'wind tunnel' death

Architect Aedas will not face corporate manslaughter charges over the death of a man near its Bridgewater Place tower in Leeds, Building Design has reported. Edward Slaney was crushed by ...

13 April 2012 Construction output down, but still room for optimism

There were no real surprises in the monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics. Construction output fell by nearly 5 per cent in the year to February 2012.The volume ...

13 April 2012 Blog: Paul Chitty MCIOB swaps Sussex for Zambia with VSO

Paul Chitty MCIOB has swapped Chichester, Sussex for a two year VSO placement in Zambia, helping a local college to develop skills in house-building as part of VSO’s “Sustainable Livelihoods” ...

13 April 2012 Lender-backed warranty scheme paves way for more modular homes

More new homes could be built using innovative construction methods after a mortgage lenders agreed to sign up to a new assurance scheme. Using offsite manufactured systems and other innovative ...

13 April 2012 Survey: councils do use SMEs

NIEP survey flies in face of claims that smaller contractors lose out, reports Michael Glackin A survey of local authorities appears to refute criticism from small contractors that they are ...

13 April 2012 BREEAM scheme extends to home refurbishments

The BRE is taking its sustainable building certification scheme to a new audience with the launch of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment this June. It is intended to help improve the sustainability ...

13 April 2012 New houses ‘way off' green target

Poor-quality construction and design detailing is leading to an unacceptable energy performance in new homes that could undermine the Green Deal, a leading academic is warning. Professor Chris Gorse, director ...

10 April 2012 News round-up: April 2012

New houses ‘way off’ green target Poor-quality construction and design detailing is leading to an unacceptable energy performance in new homes that could undermine the Green Deal, a leading academic ...

05 April 2012 Green Deal takes shape as contractors sign up as 'providers'

Three contractors are among a list of 22 prospective Green Deal providers that signed an agreement with the Department of Energy and Climate Change this week. The 22 will now ...

05 April 2012 Tougher rules in force for dealing with low-risk asbestos products

New regulations which set out more stringent procedures for dealing with low-risk asbestos products come into force on April 6th, reports Building. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 changes the ...

05 April 2012 University building boom

A drive to attract more postgraduates and oversees students is set to result in a building boom amongst universities, reports Construction News. Nearly 8 out of 10 universities will undertake ...