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28 March 2013 HSE intervention fees total £750,000 in two months

Fees for intervention added up to nearly three quarters of a million pounds in the first two months of the new regime in which contractors are charged for inspectors’ time ...

28 March 2013 Carillion: 120-day terms only a technicality

Carillion’s group corporate affairs director John Denning has told CM the company feels “aggrieved” at negative coverage of a new scheme that gives suppliers access to their money 20 days ...

28 March 2013 Tender prices hike expected in six months

Tender prices are expected to rise from mid-2013 as contractors’ margins tighten and they become unable to continue to absorb higher input costs, figures from the Building Cost Information Service ...

28 March 2013 New funding schemes target struggling SMEs

Two funding schemes launched this week will aim to help small firms that are struggling due to a lack of support from banks and building societies. Consumer finance specialist Hitachi ...

22 March 2013 10 things in the Budget to boost construction (and a few omissions...)

1. £3bn per annum additional investment in infrastructure projects from 2015/16 has been found by squeezing other areas of departmental spending. Colin Wilson, partner in the finance and projects group ...

22 March 2013 RICS hatches plan to draft new PAS 91 alternative

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has said that its proposal to create a simpler pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to boost SME access to contracts could replace PAS 91. The plan for ...

22 March 2013 CIOB fellow seeks investors to stake £25k in new fund

Alternative investment specialist Sapphire Capital Partners has launched a £1.5m Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) focused on small construction projects in Northern Ireland and the north of England. The scheme, Sapphire ...

22 March 2013 CIOB launches online magazine for global industry insight

CIOB and CIAT members can now keep in touch with commercial and technical developments in their field around the world with the launch of a  CIOB-run website, Global Construction Review. ...

20 March 2013 Powered by the latest sustainable technology: algae

The world’s first building to be powered by algae will open next week as part of a demonstration project for future cities taking place in Hamburg. The building, called BIQ, ...

15 March 2013 PF2 sidelined in search for cash to build schools

Contractors are struggling to comprehend the government’s apparent decision to go direct to the bond market to finance the first round of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), which was ...

15 March 2013 First Green Deal loans could be signed this month

The Green Deal is making progress with 1 803 home assessments completed since January, according to figures published this week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Its first ...

15 March 2013 ICIOB site manager named as Young Achiever

Paul Ebbs ICIOB, a 23-year-old site manager from Southampton, has been named winner of the Project Management category in the prestigious Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. Ebbs is celebrating ...

15 March 2013 Lakanal panels complied with Part B, says DCLG expert

The inquest jury at the Lakanal House fire tragedy has been told that key works undertaken to refurbish the flats in 2006-07 – which the inquest jury had heard were ...

08 March 2013 US-style licences for domestic work studied by BIS

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has confirmed that it is looking at how licensing schemes for contractors protect consumers in other countries, including the Home Improvement Contractor Licenses ...

08 March 2013 Inspire new members with a 20 second video

CIOB members are being urged to create a short video blog telling the story of why they joined the Institute.  The resulting clips will then be edited together into a ...

08 March 2013 'Rethink' needed to make energy measures affordable

The industry needs to be re-engineered if energy saving measures to reduce carbon dioxide by 80% are to become more affordable and attractive to consumers. Unveiling a new report at ...

08 March 2013 BIM frameworks unveiling is a 'landmark' moment

A suite of new standards setting out the rules and contractual procedures for working with BIM will usher in integrated working across the industry and see the end to spurious ...

08 March 2013 Firms may be caught out by late payment ban

A leading construction lawyer has warned that the low key introduction of new EU-wide laws next week, banning late payments in public sector contracts, could catch out many firms in ...

08 March 2013 Share your knowledge on new "wiki" site

Members of the CIOB and CIAT are being invited to pool their collective knowledge on design, construction and procurement on designingbuildings.co.uk, the industry’s new collaborative “wiki” resource.  The website, which ...

01 March 2013 Lakanal project team faces tough questions

The £2.8m Lakanal House refurbishment project resulted in the installation of replacement materials with a worse degree of fire performance than the originals, the ongoing inquest has heard. And confusion ...

01 March 2013 Carbon league table flatters contractors experts admit

Construction firms headed by BAM, Skanska and Carillion have ranked highly in a list of the UK’s most energy efficient companies, but the figures are misleading and flatter their performance, ...

01 March 2013 'LinkedIn' for buildings connects clients to suppliers

Construction companies and individuals are being urged to sign up for a free LinkedIn style social media platform based around profiles of building projects. Honest Buildings has been running successfully ...

01 March 2013 Report urges tax breaks for factory made housing

House builders and manufacturers should be given tax breaks to encourage wider uptake of factory built homes, said a government-backed report launched by minister Mark Prisk this week. Launching the ...

01 March 2013 TfL report calls for HSE to act on cyclist deaths

The Health and Safety Executive is examining recommendations made in a Transport for London (TfL) report demanding the construction industry takes responsibility for the disproportionately high number of cyclists killed ...

01 March 2013 Amended CPC 2013 to be published in April

The CIOB’s first contract for major projects is to be published in April following widespread consultation that has resulted in several refinements. The Complex Projects Contract (CPC 2013) has been ...