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26 April 2013 Late payment 'will result in deaths' MPs told

Many subcontractors are so starved of cash that they are cutting corners in their work, creating a legacy of unsafe buildings and that “will result in the deaths of people” ...

26 April 2013 UK urged to capitalise on BIM momentum

BIM will be a route to export growth for UK companies, as projects in developing countries look to import design and construction services, a new report concludes. But it urges ...

26 April 2013 Labour pledges to bring back grant funded housing

Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey pledged to bring back grants to build social housing if the party gets into power in 2015. Speaking at the launch of a Smith Institute ...

26 April 2013 CITB prioritises Mark Farrar replacement

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is looking to appoint an interim chief executive “as a matter of priority”, after current head Mark Farrar this week announced plans to step ...

26 April 2013 Construction recovery on the cards for 2014

A raft of surveys suggests that construction could be turning a corner with workloads and tender prices set to rise from 2014 onwards. The positive news comes as the latest ...

24 April 2013 Bryden Wood and Mace take BIM to Russia

Innovative architecture practice Bryden Wood is exporting BIM to Russia after being appointed lead designer and BIM consultant on a development of 15 000 new homes. The appointment was hailed ...

19 April 2013 Balfour Beatty to face MPs at late payment inquiry

Balfour Beatty is due to appear next week before a parliamentary committee investigating late payment – alongside a former subcontractor which last year publicly announced it would no longer work ...

19 April 2013 Bath Uni to build 'Hive' of product innovation

The University of Bath is to develop a new facility that will allow researchers and construction companies from across the country to develop and explore innovative building materials. The £1m ...

19 April 2013 Industry shines in responsibility league table

Construction firms Costain, Carillion, Wates, Kier and Mitie are among the top performers in a list of the UK’s most responsibly managed businesses. The five firms achieved the highest Platinum ...

19 April 2013 Willmott Dixon wins Scape deal and City finance

Willmott Dixon has secured the sole contractor framework run by Scape, the local authority owned company that offers off-the-peg procurement solutions to public sector clients. According to reports, Willmott Dixon ...

12 April 2013 The industry comments on the Thatcher years

CM invited senior industry figures working in construction in the 1980s to share their personal memories of the late Baroness Thatcher, and to sum up how her policies helped re-shape ...

12 April 2013 NFB predicts wider take-up of new PAS 91

The National Federation of Builders is optimistic the latest incarnation of PAS 91 will enjoy a wider take-up than much criticised previous versions. Paul Bogle, policy manager at the trade ...

12 April 2013 Builders Conference: No green shoots yet... but interest in Green Deal picks up

The market for contractors shows no signs of improvement according to latest figures from trade association and market intelligence provider The Builders’ Conference. An analysis of tenders submitted in the ...

12 April 2013 NEC3 update to reflect client preferences

A new suite of NEC contracts which has been updated to reflect preferred practices in government contracts will be launched next week. The NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts includes ...

12 April 2013 New distance learning BIM Msc courses on offer

Middlesex University is launching part-time distance learning BIM Masters degree aimed at industry professionals which could qualify its graduates for “Chartered BIM Manager” status in the future. The MSc, which ...

05 April 2013 BIM4Regs mimics Singapore-style BIM compliance

The government’s BIM Task Group is setting up new BIM4Regs working groups to advise on how data embedded in BIM models can be used in planning, building control and HSE ...

05 April 2013 Bristol's mayor vows to release land for self-build

Bristol mayor George Ferguson has pledged to help kick-start a self-build housing boom in the city by exploiting sites typically considered unsuitable for commercial development.  The former RIBA president, who ...

05 April 2013 Funding boosts construction education

The government has announced plans for 13 new University Technical Colleges including three specialising in construction, plus £147m for refurbishments to 47 Further Education colleges that will include new facilities ...

05 April 2013 Institute backs small business BIM initiative

Working group will focus on SME contractors and long-term strategy The CIOB is sponsoring next month's launch event for BIM4SMEs, a new working group-cum-networking initiative backed by the Cabinet Office ...

05 April 2013 Contractors shun innovation, new survey reveals

They fail to innovate and spend least on R&D Contractors are the least innovative of firms in the construction industry with the lowest spend on research and development, according to ...

04 April 2013 Exclusive images of London's changing skyline

New ideas and structural daring create City icons the Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie. Photographs by Morley von Sternberg.

03 April 2013 FMB 'open' to policing domestic builder licences

The Federation of Master Builders is positioning itself as a candidate to run any future government scheme to licence building contractors working in the domestic sector. The possibility that government ...

03 April 2013 Military seeks engineering talent from construction

Territorial Army needs 6,000 recruits a year as regular force shrinks The army's engineering regiments need an injection of new talent from the industry to serve in their expanded reserve ...

03 April 2013 From war bunker to renewable energy symbol

The former Second World War flak bunker in Wilhelmsburg has been refurbished to provide a symbol and source of renewable energy as part of the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) exhibition in ...