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22 February 2013 Re-clad may have contributed to Lakanal fire spread

The coroner at the ongoing inquest into the Lakanal House tragedy has told the jury that the fire performance of replacement cladding installed under a Decent Homes programme in 2006-07 ...

22 February 2013 Government Soft Landings due to land next week

Details of a new contractual obligation to include “Government Soft Landings” on all central government procured contracts from 2016 are expected to be published online next week (28 Feb). GSL ...

22 February 2013 UK pair to project manage world's tallest skyscraper

An EC Harris and Mace joint venture has won the $1.2bn (£780m) contract to project manage construction of the 1km-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The dart-shaped mixed-use scheme ...

22 February 2013 30-strong group aims to boost apprenticeships

A 30-strong group of engineering consultants and contractors are set to launch a new scheme next week (2 March) aimed at attracting a more diverse range of school leavers to ...

22 February 2013 UK contractors to seek JV partners in China

Law firm Pinsent Masons is hoping to facilitate joint ventures between UK contractors and Chinese construction firms and is drawing up plans to lead a delegation to China later in ...

22 February 2013 Industry split over zero carbon homes deadline

Government is being lobbied by different sides of the industry with opposing views on Zero Carbon Homes 2016 – the Federation of Master Builders wants the deadline postponed, while the ...

15 February 2013 UKCG may make green training mandatory

An accredited environmental awareness training course could become mandatory for site managers and supervisors employed by members of the UK Contractors Group. The Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS) will ...

15 February 2013 Consultation on cross border building control

The government looks set to consult the industry on proposals to allow local authority building control officers to work across their borders, in a move that is likely to split ...

15 February 2013 Constructionline says it will adopt new PAS 91

Prequalification specialist Constructionline will adopt PAS 91 the government-backed prequalification questionnaire, once a final version is published, which could be as soon as next month (March). A spokesperson for Constructionline ...

15 February 2013 Skills crisis looms as UCAS applications fall

The construction industry is facing a perfect storm that will cause spiralling wage inflation within the next five years. Bruce Boughton, people development manager with Lovell Partnerships, warned the industry ...

14 February 2013 CIC seeks industry partners to bid for training cash

The Construction Industry Council is seeking partner firms to compete for government funding to boost training in key skills such as BIM and sustainability. The CIC is leading the industry ...

08 February 2013 BRE group ready to offer licence to build with BIM

A new scheme to validate and certify companies’ ability to use BIM – likely to be used by clients and Tier 1 contractors in their supply chain selection criteria – ...

08 February 2013 Skanska begins world's tallest modular building

Skanska USA has started construction on a 32-storey tower in New York which it claims will be the world’s tallest modular building. The 348,000ft2 residential tower forms part of a ...

08 February 2013 Handbook focuses on design managers' role

The role and profile of a new group of industry professionals who coordinate design across projects and are key to driving forward the uptake of BIM is being brought into ...

08 February 2013 Councils failing ethnic minorities in contracts

Local authorities and public sector clients should do more to monitor and enforce their equality and diversity policies to help increase the number of people employed from ethnic minorities in ...

08 February 2013 CIAT members get access to CM's industry insight

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to be working with Construction Manager as one of its key providers of content for its 7,500 UK-based members. CIAT members ...

08 February 2013 Kier signs up to innovative house building model

Kier has become the latest contracting firm to unlock public sector work by signing up to an innovative deal whereby it will build 152 homes in Kent. The ground-breaking deal ...

01 February 2013 Crossrail contractors must adopt 'ethical sourcing'

Companies seeking work on mega-project to be held responsible for suppliers' ethical practices

01 February 2013 New legislation set to standardise social value

New legislation that will require public sector procurers to consider opportunities to deliver economic, social and environmental spin-off benefits through the delivery of contracts should help construction companies by creating ...

01 February 2013 Construction urged to help fight fuel poverty

Construction bodies and companies are being urged to throw their weight behind a campaign to alleviate fuel poverty. Transform UK, the organiser of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, said the ...

01 February 2013 PwC: more supply chain failures to come in Q1 and Q2

PricewaterhouseCoopers is predicting a hike in construction insolvencies in the coming months, after a slight dip in the level of business failures in Q4 2012. In a week that brought ...

01 February 2013 Belgian report raises questions on Passivhaus

A catalogue of problems in Belgian Passivhaus homes has added to growing concerns over “performance gaps” in low-energy Passivhaus-standard homes in the UK. Researchers at the University of Leuven’s department ...