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29 November 2013 Scottish firms needn't fear independence, says ex-chair CIOB Scotland

A former chair of the CIOB in Scotland, Kenny Anderson FCIOB, believes that Scottish construction businesses should not fear independence as it will have little impact on the construction sector, ...

29 November 2013 Industry challenged to use BIM before 2016

Hayley Miller, head of construction at the Cabinet Office, has challenged the industry to start using the government’s BIM framework on new projects as soon as possible and without waiting ...

29 November 2013 Payment delays could choke recovery, warns agency

Payment terms in construction in Q3 are still longer than the all-economy average, despite the overall trading upturn, putting the sector at the top of the table for risk of ...

29 November 2013 Balfour Beatty tops supplier code rankings

Balfour Beatty has ranked first in a global study of firms' codes of conduct for their suppliers carried out by consulting firm the Red Flag Group. The major contracting group’s ...

26 November 2013 Higher margins need a High Street mentality, Costain chief tells conference

The industry’s quest for higher margins and a step change in productivity will only be met by adopting the customer focus of the High Street, Costain’s chief executive Andrew Wyllie ...

26 November 2013 Recovery is vulnerable, warns HSBC economics chief

HSBC’s chief economist in the UK warned the industry that the current economic recovery is built on unstable foundations and needs to be driven by a missing element: private sector ...

26 November 2013 Hansford: Supply Chain Charter due next month

A new government-backed Supply Chain Charter aimed at improving construction’s payment culture will be launched next month – with the hope that it will add impetus to the trend of ...

26 November 2013 Crossrail delivers on ambitious green targets

Over half of diesel machinery fitted with emissions reducing technology, close to 100% of construction and demolition waste recycled, all tunnels achieving CEEQUAL “excellent” rating. London’s £14.8bn Crossrail development is ...

24 November 2013 New York tests a giant, inflatable plug to block floodwaters

New York City has tested a giant, inflatable plug developed to block floodwaters and dangerous gases in mass transit tunnels, reports Rod Sweet. For years experts have pondered how to ...

22 November 2013 Cyclist debate: consolidation would reduce accidents

The high profile chairman of a construction logistics company is to submit evidence to a select committee carrying out an Inquiry into improving road safety urging that material consolidation centres ...

22 November 2013 HGV ban would push up costs and hit site safety

A ban on HGV deliveries in central London during rush hour would push up construction costs and potentially compromise the safety of site workers if it involved more deliveries in ...

22 November 2013 Course offers chance to become NEC3 Project Manager

The publisher of the NEC suite of contracts is launching a new training course that will allow individuals working in the contractual role of client project manager to become an ...

22 November 2013 Today's projects must plan for future smart technology

Construction teams planning projects now should be looking to integrate sensor and communications technologies to enable the smart cities of the future, according to a report by the Smart Cities ...

22 November 2013 £500m funding for college building spree

College building projects worth £500m are to get underway after a cash injection this week from the government. The investment comprises £232.7m of state funding, made available through the third ...

19 November 2013 UK firms in Qatar face scrutiny after Amnesty report

This week’s Amnesty International report into the legal and regulatory system in Qatar that allows appalling treatment of migrant labour also highlighted the role played by late payment in the ...

19 November 2013 Green levy cut could cost 10,000 jobs, warns ACE

More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost if the government cuts green levies on energy bills, the latest figures from the Association for the Conservation of Energy ...

19 November 2013 In pictures: Tate Britain's new £45m extension unveiled

Tate Britain yesterday unveiled its £45m project to transform the oldest part of its grade II* listed  Millbank building, opening up a new sequence of lower level spaces. The project was ...

19 November 2013 New Qatar 2022 stadium launched into controversy

Visuals of the first new-build stadium to be built for the Qatar 2022 World Cup were launched at the weekend amid heightened concern over appalling conditions for migrant labourers in ...

17 November 2013 Construction to sign up to cyclist safety code

After five cyclists lost their lives on London’s roads in just nine days – with construction-related tipper trucks involved in two of the fatal collisions – the capital's construction sector ...

15 November 2013 75% of councillors want borrowing cap abolished

A think tank has found that 75% of councillors with a lead role in housing want the government to abolish the current cap on borrowing under the reformed Housing Revenue ...

15 November 2013 CITB and LEPs team up to deliver £10m training fund

Construction training projects in London, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle stand to benefit from a new £10m funding boost delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board ...

15 November 2013 Teams ready for CIOB Global Student Challenge

Teams from universities in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and the US are among the first to sign up to compete in the CIOB’s new Global Student Challenge, an online ...

15 November 2013 Union plans anti-blacklist demos next week

The UCATT union is planning anti-blacklisting demonstrations this Wednesday (20 November) at the HQs of at least 10 contractors that were historically involved in blacklisting, as part of a TUC ...

15 November 2013 New website for 'responsible procurement'

A new website aimed at encouraging construction professionals to procure their projects more responsibly by adopting ethical sourcing and fair employment practices is being launched next week. The Source RP ...

12 November 2013 Industry's 'process waste' needs Amazon solution

The high levels of “process waste” built into the industry’s inefficiently long supply chains will make it impossible to deliver the objectives of the Industrial Strategy for Construction, according to ...

12 November 2013 McCarthy & Stone plans to meet growing demand

Retirement home developer and builder McCarthy & Stone has talked of ambitious plans for growth in the recovering housing market. Announcing its annual results, the company said it planned to ...

12 November 2013 Construction SMEs urged to meet UKTI advisers

Construction SMEs and product manufacturers interested in participating in the global economy are being urged to take up initial appointments with advisers from UK Trade and Investment. The Exporting is ...

08 November 2013 MPs hear strong criticism of councils' procurement practices

MPs investigating local authority procurement have been given a damning picture of poor practice and inefficiency in construction procurement by a trio of industry witnesses.  On Tuesday, MPs on the ...

08 November 2013 CIOB's Bartlett appointed to chair CIC Diversity Panel

Bridget Bartlett, the CIOB’s chief operating officer, has been appointed to chair the Construction Industry Council’s Diversity Panel, taking over the role from structural engineer Jane Wernick. The CIC Diversity ...

08 November 2013 Better access to 'big data' will transform design, says RIBA

Harnessing “big data” linked to the built environment and how people inhabit it could revolutionise design and create buildings better suited to users’ needs, argues a new report by RIBA ...

08 November 2013 Industry divided over scrapping of SWMPs

From 1 December contractors in England will no longer be required by law to prepare site waste management plans, the Environment Agency has confirmed. The government’s repeal of SWMPs, which ...

07 November 2013 China to test 'electronic vacuum cleaner' to clear smog

Smog is a serious problem in China. Last month it caused the near shut-down of Harbin, a city of 11 million, closing schools, bus routes and the airport. Now, the ...

05 November 2013 Can Sir David Higgins rein back HS2's runaway budget?

Prime minister David Cameron, speaking at the CBI annual conference yesterday, gave incoming HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins the task of “driving out cost” from the project’s £42.6bn budget. Higgins, ...

05 November 2013 Ethical trading group targets Indian sandstone sector

A European-based human rights task force is ramping up efforts to stamp out labour abuses in the Rajasthan sandstone sector. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which includes 12 UK and ...

05 November 2013 Sector is second in business confidence table

Finance professionals working in the construction sector are optimistic that the companies they represent will experience a positive end to the year, according to a business confidence survey compiled by ...

05 November 2013 Lending confusion leaves SMEs without finance

Confusing bank and government business lending is leaving many SMEs unable or unwilling to secure loans, a report by the National Audit Office has revealed. Securing finance is still an ...

01 November 2013 CMYA winner Stephen Roome: 'This is the pinnacle of my career'

BAM Construct’s Stephen Roome, the CIOB’s Construction Manager of the Year 2013, told the audience at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night that he’d achieved the “pinnacle” of his career. ...

01 November 2013 BAM Construct tops the CMYA 2013 medal table

BAM Construct was leading the post-award celebrations last night after two of its construction managers were named as Construction Manager of the Year gold medallists and two also took home ...

01 November 2013 Peter Jacobs: early retirement decision made in August

CIOB president Peter Jacobs has told CM that his decision to take early retirement from Morgan Sindall – made in August but announced this week – will allow him to ...

01 November 2013 Major injuries in construction dropped 9% in 2012

Construction’s major injury rate dropped 9% last year, but more must be done to reduce deaths and occupational illness, warned the British Safety Council. The latest statistics published by the ...

01 November 2013 CIOB: 'We're moving into the digital age'

Institute aims to shed "fuddy duddy Victorian image" to embrace online collaboration Next month the CIOB waves goodbye to Englemere, its country house HQ in Ascot, to set up home ...

01 November 2013 Kingston project uses the Thames for heating

An innovative heat pump system that harvests energy from the River Thames to heat a £70m housing scheme is a first for the UK and could have a major impact ...