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17 December 2013 MOJ's Godfrey: 'BIM works...on the right projects'

Vincent Godfrey, the Ministry of Justice client for the BIM “early adopter” Cookham Wood project, has strongly endorsed the use of BIM on public sector projects – but only for ...

17 December 2013 The Christmas gift that keeps on giving?

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift with lasting meaning, you could try www.ecoactiongames.org.uk. It’s a start-up from a climate change scientist-turned-entrepreneur who has launched the sustainability version of ...

17 December 2013 Alert issued over invoice fraud in construction

The National Crime Agency has issued a fraud alert to the industry over an increasing number of  “invoice mandate” frauds in 2013, with one construction business losing a reported £1.1m ...

17 December 2013 Carillion confirms £335m PPP hospital deal

Carillion has reached financial close on the £335m Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which is set become the UK’s largest 100% single-bed hospital.  The main contractor will build the hospital for ...

17 December 2013 BRE Global investigates Latvian mall collapse

Construction consultancy BRE Global has been appointed to examine the wreckage of the Maxima supermarket in Riga to try to determine the cause of its catastrophic collapse. The supermarket’s roof ...

13 December 2013 Manchester Airport City is gateway to Europe, says BCEG's Ma Tieshan FCIOB

The deputy general manager of the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), the $5.5bn contractor joint venturing with Carillion to develop the new £800m Manchester Airport City project, is a CIOB ...

13 December 2013 Members offered Chartered Construction Manager option

Full corporate members (MCIOBs) and fellows (FCIOBs) of the CIOB will be able to describe themselves as Chartered Construction Managers from March next year. The new designation can be used ...

13 December 2013 Council group plans overhaul of road maintenance

A group of seven councils in the south east of England have come together to change the culture of the road maintenance industry in a bid to make it more ...

13 December 2013 'Question mark' lingers over apprentice funding

More rounds of consultation await the industry before there is clarity on how the Richard Review proposals for “employer ownership” of funding for apprentices will affect construction companies. A consultation ...

12 December 2013 Cast your vote for stand-out entry in CIOB Art of Building competition 2013

An eerie view from Alcatraz, the use of child labour in India and a symbol of the Soviet Union’s past industrial rush are some of the photographic stories to reach ...

10 December 2013 Migrant worker conditions unchanged, union delegation claims

A delegation of international trade unions left Qatar this week saying it found no improvement in conditions for migrant workers after a four-day visit to the Gulf state preparing for ...

10 December 2013 Boris launches new construction logistics standard

Mayor of London Boris Johnson yesterday unveiled a new industry-led voluntary code designed to cut the high number construction vehicle-on-cyclist deaths and injuries on London’s roads. The new “Standard for ...

10 December 2013 Skills shortfall puts 62,000 jobs on the line

A dearth of skilled construction workers has left one in 20 firms at risk of going under and around 62,000 jobs in danger, the latest study by the Construction Industry ...

09 December 2013 10 things to know about the Autumn Statement

1. Update to the National Infrastructure Plan On Wednesday, the government announced its update to the National Infrastructure Plan, now in its fourth iteration. According to Construction News, the overall ...

06 December 2013 Pre-cast concrete project wins top R&D award

An academic-industry partnership from Northern Ireland that has developed a new high-performance, low carbon pre-cast concrete technology has won top prize in the government-backed Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) Awards 2013. ...

06 December 2013 Plan to use moon to harness the sun's energy

A Japanese construction firm is proposing a way to solve the world’s energy problems by turning the moon into a giant solar power plant. The plan, imagined by Tokyo-based Shimizu ...

06 December 2013 Mace builds four-storey upside down house

Mace has delivered a first: a four-storey upside down mixed-use building on a busy London thoroughfare. The firm project managed artist Alex Chinneck’s Upside Down House at 20 Blackfriars Road, ...

06 December 2013 Contractors scramble for talent in London to meet orders

London contractors are facing a “scramble for talent” as they look to meet increased demand in the capital which has already seen them secure up to twice the amount of ...

03 December 2013 CM's Top 10 stories you read in November

1. Is Google planning a BIM-busting app for construction?