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28 October 2013 CM's Top 10 stories in October

1. Is google planning a BIM-busting construction app?

25 October 2013 Capacity crunch threatens affordable housing, survey warns

The government’s affordable housing programme is being threatened by a construction capacity crunch with too few contractors able to tender for new projects, the Housing Forum has warned.  The cross-industry ...

25 October 2013 Afghanistan vows to fight corruption in construction

Afghanistan has signed up to the global Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) in an effort to promote accountability and value for money on its public sector projects. Afghanistan’s Ministry of ...

25 October 2013 Construction fraud costs clients and contractors billions

Fraud in construction is commonplace, multi-faceted and is costing the UK industry billions, according to a report published this week by forensic experts at Grant Thornton. The report, a supplement ...

25 October 2013 CIOB backs bid to integrate housing standards into Building Regulations

The CIOB is calling for the government to set out a clear timescale for integrating housing standards into the Building Regulations, as part of its response to the housing standards ...

25 October 2013 CIOB protocol to provide new focus for BIM4 groups

The CIOB is to draw up a protocol outlining the key aims and attributes of the Cabinet Office-backed “BIM4” groups, in a move to clarify their roles and boost their ...

22 October 2013 Green light for Hinkley Point C launches nuclear training drive

Yesterday’s announcement of a deal between government and the EDF-led consortium building Hinkley Point C also gave the signal to launch new courses and qualifications to prepare the industry for ...

22 October 2013 Brick house achieves Code 4 at lower cost

The world’s largest brick manufacturer has launched a Code Level 4 brick concept home it says can be built for 10% less than the traditional equivalent. Wienerberger’s e4 brick house, ...

22 October 2013 HSE stops work on one in five sites in crackdown

The HSE shut down work on one in five construction sites it visited during a month-long safety crackdown in September. The nationwide campaign targeted 2,607 sites run primarily by SMEs ...

22 October 2013 First entries arrive for Art of Building competition

The first entries to this year’s Art of Building photography competition were uploaded to the CIOB’s website yesterday — the day the competition opened for entries. The competition is an ...

22 October 2013 £33bn worth of projects in line for government guarantees

Two university campuses are among 40 new projects that have passed the first hurdle in getting a government infrastructure guarantee. University of Roehampton campus redevelopment in south London and the ...

19 October 2013 Is Google planning a BIM-busting app for construction?

Google’s apps and operating system have already “disrupted” Microsoft's business – and now it could be planning to do the same for BIM and online collaboration in the construction industry. ...

18 October 2013 RICS to accredit BIM Managers from January

The first industry professionals to hold the newly-launched RICS BIM Manager accreditation could receive their certificates in January. The RICS this week launched the new qualification to help individuals demonstrate ...

18 October 2013 Task group to look at Green Deal Finance options

A task group charged with coming up with proposals to make the Green Deal more financially attractive hopes to present a series of proposals to the government by January.         ...

18 October 2013 Gentoo subsidiary fined £20,000 for asbestos breach

A subsidiary of Gentoo Group has been fined £20,000 after exposing nearly 200 workers to asbestos fibres. The Health and Safety Executive this week ordered Romag, which manufactures solar glass, ...

17 October 2013 Manchester hopes to land more Chinese investment after BCEG deal

The £650m Manchester Airport City development – to be built by Carillion in joint venture with a Chinese contractor – has aspirations to attract Chinese companies looking to set up ...

15 October 2013 Construction waste in one in three illegal sites

Construction and demolition waste sites accounted for a third of all illegal waste sites shut down by the Environment Agency last year, the latest figures reveal. The EA’s annual Waste ...

15 October 2013 NBS: poor time management sparks disputes

Projects are more likely to go into dispute over extensions of time than any other reason, according to a survey of clients, contractors and clients. The survey also suggested that ...

15 October 2013 Group to deliver plan to increase British timber use

A construction industry task group set up to devise an action plan to increase demand for timber products from British forests will reveal its recommendations today. The task group, which ...

15 October 2013 Crane survey picks up 80% rise in major projects

The latest regional crane survey from Deloitte Real Estate has recorded an 80% year-on-year increase in the number of major new schemes starting construction in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and ...

11 October 2013 Contractor sought to rejuvenate Lancashire's back-to-backs

A £4.5m contract to remodel 100 empty “two-up two-down” homes in Accrington that once housed cotton mill workers into 71 energy efficient contemporary rental properties is to be tendered next ...

11 October 2013 Blacklisters 'reach out' to unions over compensation

The Construction Workers’ Compensation Scheme set up by eight major contractors that used the services of The Consulting Association has made contact with Ucatt, the GMB and Unite to start ...

11 October 2013 Recovery picks up in small firms, says FMB

More than one in four small building companies are reporting increased workloads for the third quarter of 2013 and the number of people they employ has risen for the first ...

11 October 2013 3D printed concrete houses 'two years from market'

A 3D printing technique capable of building the shell of a 2,000 sq ft house in less than 20 hours could be just two years away from commercial use, researchers ...

11 October 2013 Apprenticeship fears over funding changes

Fears are growing that the government’s move towards employer control of apprenticeship funding – a key aspect of the Richard Review – could result in a drop in the overall ...

10 October 2013 Contractors eye up Bristol's £47m 'dash for solar'

Bristol’s cabinet last week gave the go-ahead for the first phase of a £47m programme to install solar panels on 7,000 social homes in the city, in a move seen ...

08 October 2013 Fears of housing 'demotion' after reshuffle

There were fears last night that Mark Prisk’s forced departure from the role of minister of state for housing could leave the housing brief to a more junior under-secretary of ...

08 October 2013 Self-build family home costs under £50,000

A Cardiff-based architect has won an ideas competition to design a generously-sized 100 sq m family house that could be structurally completed by self-builders for just £41,000. Ed Green, an ...

08 October 2013 Scotland's Procurement Reform Bill welcomed

Contractors in Scotland have welcomed last Friday’s publication of the Procurement Reform Bill, designed to give SMEs easier access to public contracts and link the award of contracts to community ...

08 October 2013 "Post-Facebook" ideas needed for housebuilding, says report

Next generation BIM and smart phone apps should be designed to help consumers custom design their homes and gain easy access to energy performance, lighting and space information, the latest ...

07 October 2013 CIOB backs new welfare code for Qatar's migrant workers

The CIOB in Qatar is backing a new welfare code on migrant labour that has already been written into all subcontracts for a multi-billion government infrastructure project, and could soon ...

04 October 2013 UK firms in Qatar threatened with civil actions

UK contractors and consultants working on projects in Qatar where there is evidence of abuse of workers’ rights have been warned that they could face civil claims raised on behalf ...

04 October 2013 Survey slams HSE's year-old fees scheme

The HSE’s controversial cost recovery scheme has come under fire after a survey of contractors concluded that inspectors are fast to identify material breaches but no longer offer the same ...

04 October 2013 EU-funded BIM workshops for south-east SMEs

SMEs in the south-east struggling to gain a foothold in BIM can now sign up to a scheme to help them plan and implement an appropriate strategy. FutureFit Built Assets ...

04 October 2013 New backers for ‘BIM-ready’ PPC 2000 contract

New backers for the PPC 2000 form of contract, which is structured around early contractor involvement, project partnering and input from the supply chain, hope that the 14-year-old contract will ...

01 October 2013 Corrupt practices still flourish in industry, CIOB survey reveals

Corrupt or fraudulent business practices are a common feature of life in the construction industry, according to 48% of the individuals who responded to a CIOB online survey. And more ...

01 October 2013 Aecom spells out new appetite for risk in the UK

Global consultant to exploit capital fund for UK-wide projects as it drops Davis Langdon identity. Consultancy giant Aecom is poised to strike risk-and-reward sharing project deals that either put its ...

01 October 2013 Tributes to Byrne Group chief executive Patsy Byrne, 64

The construction industry has reacted with sadness to the sudden death of Byrne Group chief executive Patsy Byrne, 64, who co-founded the successful and innovative concrete specialist with his brother ...

01 October 2013 Skanska hires UK specialists for Swedish hospital

Skanska is aiming to hire more UK specialist contractors to work on its £1.4bn New Karolinska Solna University Hospital (NKS) in Stockholm, following deals worth £30m for drylining contractors Astins ...

01 October 2013 New categories for Duke of Gloucester awards

The Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Awards 2014 will include two new categories intended to attract a broader spectrum of onsite and design-based construction talent. The Construction Youth Trust has ...