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30 August 2012 Apprenticeship grant to be extended to more SMEs

The government has pledged to extend eligibility for a new £1,500 apprenticeship training grant to more construction SME employers following the publication of the Jason Holt review on apprenticeships earlier ...

30 August 2012 Liverpool engineer is sustainability apprenticeship pioneer

A Liverpool air conditioning engineer has become one of the first students to embark on a new Higher Apprenticeship in Sustainable Built Environment, a new qualification designed to offer an ...

23 August 2012 Embodied carbon methodology heralds vital step for industry

A standard method for measuring the embodied carbon of building materials could prove a vital first step towards a comprehensive carbon assessment system for buildings. The information paper Methodology to ...

23 August 2012 Are you ready to rock?

Guitar playing ground engineers to singing site supervisers will get their moment of fame in October at a construction industry battle of the bands event. Entries are open for the ...

23 August 2012 Review calls for changes to boost rented housing

Developers of homes for rent should not be required to provide affordable housing on their sites, a government-backed review urged this week. The review by Sir Adrian Montague, a non-executive ...

23 August 2012 Workwear specialist reports expanding waistlines

Men’s waistlines in the construction industry are expanding more rapidly than people working in any other business sector, according to workwear specialist Alexandra. The company, which provides construction and manual ...

23 August 2012 Train tunnelling apprentices now, contractors urged

The training operator for the Europe's first tunnelling academy of its kind, the Tunnelling and Underground Consruction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford, has urged contractors to start training apprentices now to ...

16 August 2012 Public consultation on simplifying RIDDOR reporting requirements

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a 12-week consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify how businesses comply with the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and ...

16 August 2012 Stadium wrap to be used in children's centres in Uganda and Rio

Architectural charity Article 25 is to re-use the fabric wrap surrounding Populous’s Olympic Stadium for children’s projects in Uganda and Brazil. The charity has been selected as its partner to ...

16 August 2012 Treasury urged to release repair and maintenance cash

Calls on the Treasury to release money ahead of schedule to local authorities for roads and housing repair and maintenance work have been stepped up following the latest construction output ...

16 August 2012 Olympic Stadium makes Art of Building shortlist

Photographs of a “Sea of Stairs” inside the Olympic Stadium, a synagogue in Ukraine, and South African shanty town shacks are among the 12 shortlisted images in this year's Art ...

16 August 2012 Howard Shiplee joins Health and Safety Executive board

Howard Shiplee FCIOB was appointed as a non-executive director of the board of the Health and Safety Executive this week, in a move no doubt intended to help ensure the ...

16 August 2012 UK firms in position to land £1.5bn Sochi and Rio Olympics work

The government claims that its Olympic business legacy programme – launched as long ago as 2007 – has positioned UK construction firms to win a share of £1.5bn in high-value ...

09 August 2012 Opinion: No gold medal for stadium, but who cares?

“It should make a great container for gas once the Olympics are over.” “Why is it that we have world-class architects who manage to produce such uninspiring designs for our ...

09 August 2012 Government looks to ramp up Green Deal promotion

The government is set to launch a £2m national communications campaign to promote the Green Deal. Sources in the industry say the Department of Energy and Climate Change has asked ...

09 August 2012 Construction costs slide as insolvencies rise

More depressing indicators of the depressed state of the construction market emerged this week as Bank of England governor Mervyn King cut growth forecasts for the wider economy. The UK ...

09 August 2012 First engineering firm signs up for gay equality scheme

Gay equality charity Stonewall hopes more construction firms will join its workplace diversity scheme after Arup became the first engineering company to sign up. Arup joined the Stonewall’s Diversity Champions ...

09 August 2012 In pictures: world's biggest cooling towers take shape

We’re indebted to Linden Comansa’s Chinese subsidiary for these pictures of the construction of the world’s highest cooling towers where its equipment is being put into action. Construction of the ...

09 August 2012 UV glass saves birds' lives

A new specialist glazing has been launched in the UK which the manufacturer claims will save the lives of thousands of birds. Each migration season millions of birds die by ...

02 August 2012 Industry's mixed success in reducing waste to landfill

The UK Contractors Group is to make last-ditch efforts at persuading the government to rethink its scrapping of Site Waste Management Plan legislation. Charlie Law, deputy chairman of the Strategic ...

02 August 2012 Opinion: London 2012 – construction's hits and misses

Denise Chevin on laying the ghost of Wembley stadium to rest, beating the ban on marketing and the best of the Park. Hooray, it’s here! I can’t claim to have ...

02 August 2012 Lafarge serves up Rebecca Adlington's chocolate cake

In other Olympic news, staff of construction materials company Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK have produced a recipe book to raise money for the Princes Trust, featuring recipes from top ...

02 August 2012 End of no-win no-fee for expert witnesses

Construction professionals who act as expert witnesses can no longer be paid on a contingency-fee basis, except in very rare circumstances, under new legal guidance issued by the Civil Justice ...

02 August 2012 Engineer chosen as next construction adviser

Figures from all sides of the industry gave their thumbs up this week to the man who has been chosen to replace Paul Morrell as chief construction adviser when Morrell ...

02 August 2012 Sub-specify fire doors at your peril, contractors warned

Two fire safety organisations in the construction industry have raised urgent concerns with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that safety is being compromised by contractors installing substandard fire ...