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27 September 2012 Green Deal: Problems for SMEs, admits Minister

Climate Change Minister Ed Davey offered little comfort to SMEs wanting to engage with the Green Deal when he admitted at this week’s Liberal Democrat conference that opportunities in the ...

27 September 2012 Green Deal: pioneering internal solid wall insulation meets ECO requirements

A high performance internal wall insulation designed to slash energy bills in existing properties by 40% has become the first to gain Ofgem and Green Deal approval. Roughly the thickness ...

27 September 2012 Green Deal: Birmingham tops city funding

Birmingham is to receive £2.6m from the £12m funding pot to kick start the Green Deal in cities throughout the UK. The figures, ranging from £600,000 to £2.6M, were awarded ...

27 September 2012 Olympic Lego-acy model revealed

An interactive recreation of the entire Olympic Park made entirely from Lego bricks went on display at the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre this week. Created over the course of ...

27 September 2012 FE students rise as university students fall

Crippling university fees have fuelled a dramatic 25% increase in the number of students signing up for Higher Education courses at Leeds College of Building, a senior lecturer claims. “We’re ...

27 September 2012 Relaxed planning rules means more work for SMEs

A controversial relaxation of planning rules for domestic properties will result in a swathe of new work for smaller contractors, industry experts claim. The proposed rules, which cover England and ...

20 September 2012 Construction firms gear up for Open Doors weekend

Contractors opening up their sites to potential young recruits in the inaugural Open Doors weekend on 9-10 November are gearing up for a marketing campaign in October. The 23 contractors ...

20 September 2012 Charity prepares for more work after rise in homelessness

Crash, the construction industry charity that supports organisations working with homeless people, is gearing up for a surge in applications following a 23% rise in homelessness. The charity, which is ...

20 September 2012 Pressure on margins to continue for another 12 months

Tender prices have further to fall over the next 12 months before an upturn in demand starts pushing up the prices contractors can pass on, according to the latest quarterly ...

20 September 2012 Siemens' sustainability vision is Crystal clear

Technology company Siemens this week launched the £30m Crystal, a glass-clad exhibition, events and innovation centre in London’s Royal Victoria Docks that aims to become a focus for debate and ...

20 September 2012 Comment: a second chance to get PAS 91 right

Martin Chambers PPCIOB, framework director of Shaylor Group, says the government can no longer duck the issue on mandating PAS 91 across the public sector – but the industry needs ...

13 September 2012 Green Deal cash flow could cripple SMEs, minister to be warned

Construction firms will warn climate change minister Ed Davey at next week’s party conference that small firms could be crippled by the Green Deal unless more is done to tackle ...

13 September 2012 Make 2012 commitments mandatory for large public sector projects, say MPs

A group of MPs is urging the government to emulate the success of London 2012 venues and roll out procurement practices used by the ODA in a bid to reduce ...

13 September 2012 Contractors to offer training under new government pilot

A group of major contractors including Kier, Balfour Beatty and Willmott Dixon are planning new collaborative training courses for their staff and supply chains after securing government funding in a ...

13 September 2012 Comment: Why our industry needs to make itself heard

CITB-ConstructionSkills chairman and CIOB past president James Wates on why the industry needs to get behind CSkills’ new Construction4Growth Campaign launched this week  The construction industry holds the key to ...

13 September 2012 Horse dung – the best way to sustainability?

A scheme which manages to be “carbon minus” by using horse dung to generate energy on site will be highlighted during an event to mark World Green Building Week which ...

13 September 2012 Skanska unveils its first house in the UK

Scandinavian contractor Skanska has unveiled the product of its first foray into the UK housing market with a new show home near Cambridge. Skanska has been moving into the residential ...

13 September 2012 Roof in Colours wins Art of Building competition

The winning photograph in the CIOB’s third annual Art of Building photography competition is Roof in Colours, an image of contemporary Bangkok taken by Portuguese photographer Ines Costa. Costa’s image ...

06 September 2012 Industry-led review group looks at offsite manufacture

The government has commissioned a new review group to examine how off-site manufacturing can assist in delivering more housing as part of the £10bn economic stimulus package unveiled this week. ...

06 September 2012 CM Comment: Two cheers for housing measures

New measures to kick-start the construction industry are welcome, but it’s no substitute for greater investment, says Denise Chevin To paraphrase Bill Clinton: It’s the construction industry, stupid. It’s taken ...

06 September 2012 The reshuffle and housing reforms – the pick of the comments

This week’s reshuffle and measures to kick-start house building are important political announcements for the sector. Here’s what experts made of them... The reshuffle Graham Watts, chief executive of the ...

06 September 2012 Comment: What can construction learn from Olympic athletes?

Bryan Parkes, lecturer in construction management at Reading University, on what business can learn from sporting success at the Olympics Team GB’s outstanding performance at London 2012 – followed by ...

06 September 2012 Swedes plan vast inner-city greenhouse

A Swedish social enterprise which promotes “urban agriculture” is to build a 54m high inner-city greenhouse that will double as a farm for growing vegetables as well as serve as ...

06 September 2012 Olympic venues dominate CMYA shortlist

The construction managers who delivered the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Block 7 in the Athletes’ Village are among the 110 outstanding professionals shortlisted for this year’s Construction Manager of ...

05 September 2012 Tution fee hike puts off students

The dramatic hike in university tuition fees to £9,000 a year for students starting degrees this year has been blamed for a steep fall in applications for construction degrees, writes ...

05 September 2012 Planners could disrupt the Green Deal

With just weeks remaining until the launch of the Green Deal, construction companies involved in the scheme have raised fears that local authorities may not be ready to deal with ...

05 September 2012 Four University Technical Colleges to specialise in construction...

Industry, parents and potential students will be consulted this month over plans for one of four University Technical Colleges set to specialise in construction, its lead sponsor said this week. ...

05 September 2012 New course aims to bring BIM to the classroom

A new ICT-based course that aims to open children’s eyes to the range to professions in the built environment will be taught in secondary schools this September. Students opting to ...

05 September 2012 CIOB backs new industry websites

The CIOB has given its backing to two new industry websites. It will provide funding and direct members to designingbuildings.co.uk, a Wikipedia-style collection of articles written by readers about the ...

04 September 2012 Vox pop: What did the Olympics mean to you?

Peter Gracia MCIOB Director, Gracia Consult For me the Olympics was a matter of head versus heart. I was very proud to see Team GB doing as well as we ...