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27 July 2012 Fears over post-Olympic construction work lag

After the publication of government statistics showing that construction output fell by 5.2% in the second quarter of the year – contributing to an overall 0.7% shrinkage in GDP – ...

27 July 2012 Firms urged to take advantage of Olympic ‘schmooze-athon'

The next two weeks will offer UK businesses an opportunity to showcase their abilities and “schmooze” overseas investors in the “business Olympics”, politicians have promised. Opportunities to influence overseas representatives ...

27 July 2012 CSCS expands qualifications recognition

Graduate construction managers will be among the construction professionals who should find it easier to get a CSCS card in the future as the organisation behind it announces a qualifications ...

27 July 2012 Crossrail hoardings host photography exhibition

Crossrail is marking the Olympics by converting its site hoardings into a temporary photography exhibition, showcasing works from around the world that portray the work of the Untied Nations World ...

27 July 2012 Vinci retains position as Europe's largest contractor

Vinci remained the largest contractor in Europe last year, according to a league table compiled by Construction Europe magazine, which analysed the financial results of Europe’s largest construction companies for ...

19 July 2012 Review reveals Corby Cube tale of woe

The publication of Corby Borough Council’s own internal review of the flawed, over-budget Corby Cube has revealed the catalogue of woes that led to a £12m overspend and failure to ...

19 July 2012 Work-based construction qualification launched

A new Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Operations Management is being launched today (20 July) with the support of a wide range of employers, including Skanska, Persimmon Homes, Byrne Group and ...

19 July 2012 Industry chiefs welcome £40bn cash boost

Industry chief executives have welcomed the Treasury's announcement on the new £40bn UK Guarantees scheme for major projects, according to the UKCG. But the contractors' body also says the scheme's ...

19 July 2012 Davey admits Green Deal funding delay

Energy and Climate change secretary Ed Davey this week defended the government’s Green Deal plans, but revealed that the bulk of a £200m funding pot to kick-start the programme would ...

19 July 2012 ‘Serious failings' led to Stoke scaffold collapse

Scaffolding fell away from a row of terraced houses being demolished in Stoke-on-Trent last year because the structure had not been designed to be covered in sheeting and withstand the ...

12 July 2012 Campaign aims to unlock private investment

The industry needs to capitalise on its Olympics success story to gain the trust of both government and the private sector investors and bankers needed to unlock infrastructure investment, a ...

12 July 2012 Contractor urges rethink on skills funding

North-west contractor Seddon Construction is calling for a rethink of construction skills funding so that FE colleges' funding packages are put to better use – by construction employers. Seddon is ...

12 July 2012 CIOB chief calls for end to levy ‘welfare mentality'

CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe has reignited the debate over how the industry trains the next generation of construction workers by calling for an end to the Construction Industry Training ...

12 July 2012 Photography winners set to aid Haitian school building

A charity auction of the winning entries in this year's CIOB Art of Building competition could raise tens of thousands of pounds to fund the construction of schools in earthquake-devastated ...

11 July 2012 ‘Clients make or break projects'

Problems often go back to source, the ODA’s Sir John Armitt tells Denise Chevin Success or failure on a construction project is largely down to the vision and drive of ...

11 July 2012 HSE inspection fee plan may be illegal

Lawyers have questioned the legality of a controversial scheme to make companies that break health and safety rules pay for the cost of investigations, after the Health and Safety Executive ...

11 July 2012 News round up July

Industry calls for government action on apprenticeships The industry has been challenged by the government education minister John Hayes to come up with solutions ‘to increase the provision and effectiveness ...

11 July 2012 Construction industry reaches a new high

Five years in the making, the Shard is another triumph for the industry. Elaine Knutt reports As London prepares for an Olympic summer in the world’s spotlight, the Shard will ...

11 July 2012 Vox pop: How will your company be affected by disruption during the Olympics?

Paul Nash FCIOB Director, Cyril Sweett To say that the tube will be congested at peak times is an understatement when you consider how bad it can get on a ...

05 July 2012 ODA chief urges government to help Olympic firms

Sir John Armitt’s report on how UK industry can harness the achievements of the Olympics urges the government to take immediate, urgent steps to help Olympic suppliers win new clients ...

05 July 2012 Interserve: BIM pilot is an investment

The contractor selected to build the first Level 2 BIM government project for the Ministry of Justice has described the project - to extend an existing young offender’s institution in ...

05 July 2012 New 'wikipedia' for project managers launched

Experienced construction industry professionals are being invited to share their knowledge of pre-construction with the rising generation of project managers in a new free website resource based on “user-generated content”.  ...

05 July 2012 Carrying the Olympic torch – Andy Fewtrell FCIOB

When the Olympic flame passed through Crewe on May 31, it was held aloft by Andy Fewtrell FCIOB, one of the 8,000 individuals selected to participate in the torch relay ...

02 July 2012 Government Construction Summit: news summary

Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude has told delegates at today's Government Construction Summit that main contractors must adopt the same attitude as government to reforming procurement and saving tax-payers' money. Contractors ...

02 July 2012 New green deal for SME contractors

A new construction cooperative owned by its SME members is to be set up to provide a “route to market” to Green Deal customers for small businesses that lack the ...

02 July 2012 October launch for HSE cost recovery scheme

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that its controversial cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will start on October 1, 2012. The scheme, which is still subject to ...

02 July 2012 Public procurement holds back apprenticeships, industry warns

Short-sighted public procurement rules are preventing apprentices from completing their training, the industry warned government at last week’s Construction Apprenticeships Summit. The round-table event, organised by the Department of Business, ...

02 July 2012 Tower crane protest tomorrow

A rally to protest against proposals to scrap tower crane regulations will take place this Tuesday lunchtime outside the Department for Work and Pensions office in London, reports Construction News.  ...