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28 May 2012 Hackney clarifies: wood first equal

Hackney Council has reiterated that it is set to be the first local authority in England “to promote timber construction in its planning policy” - but has issued a statement ...

28 May 2012 Follow 8build to avoid 2012 disruption

Construction companies working in London are being urged to get “Games ready” now if they want to  operate business as usual during the 2012 Olympics, says Transport for London. TFL ...

28 May 2012 ISG in u-turn over subcontractor fees

ISG has abandoned a controversial £300 registration fee it was charging subcontractors to pre-qualify for its national supply chain, reports Construction News. The fee, which charged firms £300 + VAT ...

28 May 2012 CBI: govt should underwrite infrastructure investment

Public sector funds should be used to underwrite infrastructure investment by the private sector to help kick-start projects, a report by the Confederation of British Industry recommends. The report, An ...

28 May 2012 Construction disputes cost more and last longer

The average value of UK construction disputes hit £6.5m in 2011, up from £4.8m in 2010, while the average time taken to resolve disputes stretched to 8.7 months from 6.75 ...

18 May 2012 New CIOB major contract to keep time under control

The Chartered Institute of Building has published its first major contract form in 140 years. The  new Complex Projects Contract which puts time management at its heart can be used ...

18 May 2012 Scottish Apprenticeship week to boost take up

Firms North of the border will be urged next week to up their commitment to training as Scottish Apprenticeship Week (21-25 May) gets underway. ConstructionSkills will host and support a ...

18 May 2012 Insulation programmes could be extended to aid Green Deal

More news on plans to keep the government's flagship green deal on track emerged this week. Building reported that DECC is considering prolonging current home insulation programmes to smooth the ...

18 May 2012 Cameron backs housing boost and HCA releases land for self-build

Grant Shapps £30m plans to back self build, came a step closer this week with the release of parcels of land for 80 new homes. The pieces of land are ...

18 May 2012 School work to just a chosen few

Work from the £2 billion Priority Schools Building Programme could be shared by just half a dozen firms under plans being considered by the government reports Construction News. The programme ...

11 May 2012 No impact yet from Morrell strategy...

A year on, survey reveals mixed reactions to government proposals. Elaine Knutt reports The industry has been left underwhelmed by the Government Construction Strategy, according to the results of a ...

11 May 2012 News round-up: May 2012

Industry seeks answers over Green Deal Companies signed up to the Green Deal are remaining upbeat despite increasing signs that the government is backtracking on key elements. However, the industry ...

11 May 2012 Shepherd and Scape add to menu of standardised school options

New offers from Shepherd Construction and public sector-owned Scape have joined the expanding market for standardised school building systems. But an £8m deal signed by Leeds City Council shows that ...

11 May 2012 Industry awaits further detail on Energy Bill

The industry has welcomed the announcement of the Energy Bill in the Queen's Speech, but is awaiting details on how it will deliver electricity market reform – an issue that ...

11 May 2012 Contractors fear more delays on “priority” schools

Contractors waiting for news on the Department for Education's £2bn Priority Schools Building Programme received conflicting reports in the press this week. Construction News quotes Mike Green, capital programme director ...

08 May 2012 Shard site on Open Door event list

London Bridge Quarter, home to Renzo Piano’s Shard building among others, will be one of the high-profile schemes expected to open to the public on construction’s inaugural Open Door weekend. ...

04 May 2012 In pictures: London 2012 Water Polo venue complete

The distinctive wedge-shaped Water Polo Arena, one of the final London 2012 venues on the Olympic Park, has been completed in just 13 months. The 5000-capacity venue was built by ...

04 May 2012 Former Davis Langdon directors in new venture

The first of what is expected to be a slew of new consultancies set up by the directors of Davis Langdon will start trading this month. Nick Schumann and Erland ...

04 May 2012 Northern Ireland firm scoops majors to win most considerate site

Northern-Ireland based McLaughlin and Harvey has won the UK's Most Considerate Site 2012 for their work in refurbishing the Sainsbury's store at Ballymena in County Antrim. The firm, which also ...

04 May 2012 Black book offers greater clarity and consistency of costing says RICS

The RICS claimed that reducing the cost of construction could be helped if suppliers and clients adopted its New Rules of Measurement – in one been dubbed its most significant ...

04 May 2012 Government gives new green voice to SME chief

Chris Hopkins, Managing Director of Ploughcroft, one of the UK’s leading renewable specialists, has been selected to join the Green Construction Board, as a  representatives of the SME sector.  The ...