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27 May 2013 TfL: contractors should take road risk responsibility

Body wants to see responsibilities extended in wake of cyclist deaths Transport for London is behind a new drive to extend contractors’ legal safety responsibilities to include road risk – ...

27 May 2013 New rules unify building product standards

From 1 July manufacturers of building products will be obliged to provide more information about their performance. The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is intended to harmonise standards across the EU ...

27 May 2013 New president: 'Skills is our biggest challenge'

New CIOB president Peter Jacobs FCIOB has vowed to put the Institute's qualifications at the centre of any career in the built environment when he takes the reins this month. ...

27 May 2013 Sustainability forum to consider its future

The Green Construction Board, a government-industry consultative forum on sustainability issues in design, construction and property, will shortly be asked to consider its own future. The board was set up ...

24 May 2013 Use NEC contracts with caution, warns EC Harris

Clients need to be cautious in choosing NEC contracts to procure construction work, EC Harris said this week as it revealed results of its annual survey into construction disputes. Gary ...

24 May 2013 New Plan of Work will improve all contract types

All types of contracts, including design and build, should be able to be run and organised better under the most radical rewriting of the RIBA’s 50-year-old Plan of Work. The ...

24 May 2013 Green Deal is being 'left to fizzle out'

Frustration and concern is growing in the industry over the government’s lacklustre marketing of the Green Deal. Two former staunch advocates of the government’s flagship green policy both said they ...

24 May 2013 Olympics Aquatic Centre gets its wings clipped

The form of  Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre has been revealed for the first time after its temporary seating ‘wings’ were taken down by two enormous cranes. The final trusses which ...

23 May 2013 CIOB backs 'Bachelor of the Built Environment' proposal

The CIOB and Laing O’Rourke have given their backing to a group hoping to launch a cross-professional undergraduate degree spanning architecture to construction – a Bachelor of the Built Environment. ...

17 May 2013 Countryside leads the way with solar panels

Householder uptake of solar panels is far higher in rural areas than in towns and cities, with mid-Devon the solar panel capital of the UK, according to a survey by ...

17 May 2013 BBC1 highlights poor prospects for young black men

CYT charity hopes to offer aspiring apprentice a placement An aspiring construction apprentice who appeared in a Panorama documentary this week about the  poor employment prospects faced by young black ...

17 May 2013 New ideas in Costain's 'Dragons' Den'

A Dragons’ Den-style event inviting businesses and entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for construction-related innovations has revealed some exciting potential new products, says organiser Costain. Blue Innovation Futures is a ...

17 May 2013 Willmott Dixon and Carillion ramp up on Green Deal

The slow but steady increase in the number of registered Green Deal assessments – which has reaching a total of 18,816 with 9,522 in April alone – includes around 450 ...

16 May 2013 Drive out the cowboys to boost RMI demand, industry told

The government believes that slack private sector demand is linked to the general public’s poor perception of the industry and should be tackled with a new campaign to squeeze out ...

10 May 2013 2050 working group to set out BIM opportunities

A group of young BIM professionals has been given three months to set out how the government can promote the use of the technology between now and 2025. The BIM ...

10 May 2013 CIOB survey shows lack of BIM and green skills

Insufficient skills in BIM and green construction could hold back the industry’s growth, according to findings in the latest skills survey from the CIOB. The Institute’s 2013 skills audit revealed ...

10 May 2013 New Center Parcs shapes up with glulam beams

Record-breaking glulam beams are being used to construct the swimming pool complex at the new Center Parc complex in Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. The new building will be constructed using ...

10 May 2013 20 bids expected for £100m Green Deal in Leeds

"Big name" sought for three-year, 12,000 home programme  The project director of Leeds City Region’s £100m Green Deal programme – the largest local authority Green Deal contract to be tendered ...

09 May 2013 Aecom floats ambitious £14bn mega-canal idea to ministers

North-south mega-waterway proposal put forward DECC’s chief scientific adviser David McKay has given a positive reception to an Aecom proposal to build a visionary new canal that would help solve ...

03 May 2013 TfL launches HGV toolkit as action urged on fatalities

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a voluntary toolkit for construction fleet operators designed to improve safety on London streets, as pressure mounts for tougher interventions to save cyclists’ lives, ...

03 May 2013 Steelwork firm in talks to complete museum work

Failed steelwork fabricator Rowecord is negotiating with project manager Mace on completing its work on the complex steelwork package at the British Museum’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre. Revealed to ...

03 May 2013 New home starts up as output decline slows

Registration figures released today show housebuilders are gearing up for a significant new wave of activity. The number of new homes registered prior to the start of construction with the ...

02 May 2013 Balfour Beatty in 'pay for early payment' pilot

Balfour Beatty has confirmed it is running a three-month pilot on “supply chain finance”, the controversial mechanism that gives subcontractors access to sums owed by Tier 1 contractors earlier than ...

01 May 2013 SME forum questions late payment initiative

The Forum of Private Business, which represents SMEs across the economy, has raised concerns that companies at the top of the supply chain are using the government’s Supply Chain Finance ...

01 May 2013 Institute grasps policy agenda with new event

UKCG backs high-profile Talk Construction event A major new event tailored specifically to the needs of construction managers is to take place this autumn in London. The CIOB is the ...

01 May 2013 £25m available for commercial heritage projects

Cash to be distributed to restorations that generate income The Heritage Lottery Fund is to launch a new grant programme, Heritage Enterprise, which will distribute around £25m of gap funding ...

01 May 2013 Institute loses oldest member, aged 106

Construction Manager is sad to report that the CIOB's oldest member, Francis William Saunders MBE MCIOB, died on 19 March at the age of 106. Born in 1906, Saunders enjoyed ...