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22 June 2012 Comment: Doyle administration - a sad story of our times

Yesterday afternoon administrators arrived at the Hertfordshire-based subcontractor Doyle Group. Many of us will have been shocked and saddened by the news, writes Denise Chevin.  Nearly 300 people worked at ...

22 June 2012 Government eyes scheme to boost housing investment

  The government is set to extend its plans to guarantee returns to investors on key construction projects to the social housing sector, following the intervention of business secretary Vince ...

22 June 2012 Work experience girl sues architect for £280,000 after severing finger

  A 28-year-old artist is suing architect Allies & Morrison for £280,000 after she severed a finger on a circular saw during a work experience placement, reports the Daily Mail. ...

22 June 2012 Industry launches online sustainability school for subcontractors

Main contractors have joined forces to launch a web-based learning tool to help construction suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability skills and knowledge. The Supply Chain Sustainability School was founded ...

22 June 2012 Olympic construction training scheme for women ramps up numbers

  A project set up to get more women involved in Olympic 2012 construction work is celebrating its successful expansion across the rest of London. The ‘Women into Construction’ training ...

22 June 2012 New app helps the public deal with builders

A new smartphone app intended to prevent disputes between consumers and their builders has been launched by TrustMark. The app will help builders and their customers to ask all the ...

14 June 2012 Simpler CDM regs will help SMEs

The planned overhaul of the CDM regulations from 2014 will make the safety legislation more user friendly for SMEs, the HSE’s chief inspector for construction said this week. Speaking to ...

14 June 2012 New Green Deal Ombudsman for Mr & Mrs Average

The government's detailed plans for the Green Deal, published in two announcements this week by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, boost consumer protection for Mr & Mrs Average with a new ...

14 June 2012 Close-out costs on Olympic projects edge up

A total of £476m in the London 2012 Olympic contingency budget is still unallocated, despite a series of last minute costs incurred in the Olympic Park construction projects. According to ...

14 June 2012 Concrete ‘printing' opens up new possibilities

Architect Foster and Partners and engineer Buro Happold are collaborating with scientists at Loughborough University to commercialise a technique known as concrete printing which could free architects from the restraints ...

14 June 2012 Comment: Government cap on RHI funding is a risk too far

Neil Lawson, head of renewable heat at installer Ardenham Energy, argues that the government's recent announcement of a £97m cap on RHI funds this financial year plays Russian roulette with ...

08 June 2012 BAM launches 'hearts and minds' ad campaign

If you travel on London's Waterloo and City line in the next two weeks, you should notice an unusual advertising campaign. Contractor BAM is taking all the ad positions in ...

08 June 2012 CDM Regulations set for overhaul

140-page code of practice to be scrapped in effort to reduce red tape, reports Denise Chevin The Health and Safety Executive is set to pare down the CDM Regulations in ...

08 June 2012 John Lewis demands BIM on new stores

Retail group John Lewis Partnership plans to make the use of BIM mandatory on all its large construction schemes from next year, writes Michael Glackin. The move follows a successful ...

08 June 2012 WSP to be bought by Canadian consultant

Engineer WSP is set to become the latest UK consultant to be taken over by an overseas buyer after it agreed to a sale to Canadian consultant Genivar in a ...

08 June 2012 Invest in gas not wind says think tank

The government should scrap 4GW of its planned 13GW target for offshore wind generation by 2020 says a report published today by the Policy Exchange. By building cheaper gas generation ...

08 June 2012 Skip tax regime still unclear despite HMRC “clarifications”

Confusion still surrounds the so-called skip tax after the HMRC issued a clarification to recent changes which would have seen the tax cost of disposing of certain materials increase by ...

08 June 2012 EMCOR managers sent for Sandhurst training

Over a hundred managers from the services and facilities management group EMCOR are to be drilled in the sort of leadership skills that have provided the back bone for the ...

08 June 2012 Orders up 5% in the quarter

New construction orders out today show a marked increase for this last quarter compared with the previous one. However orders are still 4% lower compared with this time last year, ...

08 June 2012 News round-up: June 2012

John Lewis demands BIM on new stores Retail group John Lewis Partnership plans to make the use of BIM mandatory on all its large construction schemes from next year, writes ...

01 June 2012 Pressure grows for government to boost construction

More signs were in evidence this week that the government is preparing to bolster construction to sheer up the faltering economy.  Inside Housing reported that the government is hatching an ...

01 June 2012 Timber frame fire reignites safety fears

The suitability of using timber frame construction for multistorey housing blocks was called into question again this week after a blaze at a housing association building site in Stockport. A ...

01 June 2012 Existing frameworks for £400m new schools and 15 technical colleges

The Department for Education is to use existing frameworks to procure  £400m  of school repairs works. The DfE revealed announced that  261 schools, from 587 applicants, will be either rebuilt ...

01 June 2012 Dew Construction goes into administration

Civil engineering specialist Dew Construction (Oldham) has fallen into administration, reported Construction Enquirer. The firm ran into financial difficulties following payment delays on a contract and an adjudication settlement which fell ...

01 June 2012 Byles looks at surplus public assets to deliver schools and social housing

Cornerstone, the developer set up by former Partnerships for Schools head Tim Byles, will look to use existing frameworks to help speed up the delivery of projects it does in ...