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28 June 2013 Spending Review: 10 things you need to know

1. Back on track The government outlined plans to support £30bn of investment in the railways in 2014 to 2020, including committing £16bn of funding for High Speed 2 up ...

28 June 2013 Only five Green Deal providers can offer finance plans

Just five out of a total 63 accredited Green Deal providers have been given approval to offer long-term finance to consumers, according to Mark Bayley, chief executive of The Green ...

28 June 2013 HSE inspectors boosted to cut falls from height

Construction safety chief able to call on extra 300 staff to address the problem of falls The HSE's new chief inspector for construction is planning to call on double the ...

28 June 2013 Bouygues UK creates new cross-regional structure

Bouygues UK has announced a shake-up aimed at integrating its recent acquisitions into its overall management structure while retaining the different brand identities of Warings, Thomas Vale and Leadbitter Group. ...

27 June 2013 Cambridge launches £1bn retrofit campaign - supported by RBS and City fund

The city of Cambridge is to launch its own version of the Green Deal next month, with the Royal Bank of Scotland and a City finance firm funding non-domestic retrofit ...

21 June 2013 'Bring ethics to work', says management guru

Construction company bosses should bring the caring qualities they display in their home life into the workplace, a management expert told delegates at the CIOB’s annual conference in Leeds. Ann ...

21 June 2013 Exhibition shows Olympic product innovations

A selection of the product, construction and design innovations achieved by firms involved in delivering the London 2012 Olympic Games will be celebrated in a new exhibition celebrating the industry’s ...

21 June 2013 New ideas will unlock retrofit opportunities, says analyst

Construction companies need to unlock the huge opportunities in remodelling UK buildings by taking new ideas and financial models to the market, a leading industry analyst and commentator told delegates ...

21 June 2013 High Speed 2 will use Olympics strategy

Construction of the proposed HS2 high speed rail link will borrow the same values and strategy to procure work that worked so successfully for the Olympic Delivery Authority, said the ...

21 June 2013 Consortia training could help SMEs land public work

The FMB and the CITB are planning to develop training to help small and medium-sized builders set up consortia to win public sector work. The recommendation is one of several ...

19 June 2013 Costain to build £650m 'power plant' lagoon in Swansea bay

Costain has secured a deal to build a 9.5km long electricity-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, part of a £650m project that could be the first of several lagoons in ...

14 June 2013 Contractors flock to new CITB 'fairness' scheme

The pilot phase of a new accreditation standard for construction companies that want to demonstrate fair and equal treatment for all staff, job applicants and subcontractors bidding for work has ...

14 June 2013 Balfour 'struggled to assimilate' acquisitions, says City analyst

Balfour Beatty’s ongoing restructuring following a £50m profit warning at the end of April – resulting this week in the closure of three regional offices – is linked to a ...

14 June 2013 3D printed house takes shape in Amsterdam

The world’s first 3D-printed house is being assembled in Amsterdam, and should be open to the public this autumn. DUS Architects, a specialist in temporary architecture, is leading the demonstration ...

14 June 2013 M&S eco store on longlist for Stirling Prize

Marks & Spencer’s giant eco store in Cheshire is one of 43 British buildings that has been awarded a coveted RIBA 2013 award. The store is the only shop and ...

12 June 2013 After five long years the jobs market reawakens

The slumbering jobs market is coming back to life after five years in hibernation. Denise Chevin finds out who's in demand, where and why. Illustrations by Brett Ryder It’s time ...

10 June 2013 Blacklisting damages claims “first of many”, says GMB

The 70 blacklisting damages claims lodged in the High Court by lawyers acting for GMB members this week are the first of several “monthly waves”, according to the union’s legal ...

07 June 2013 We need to talk about blacklisting, says CIPD chief

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is urging construction companies and industry institutions to participate in a cathartic open debate about the practices that led to the ongoing blacklisting ...

07 June 2013 DECC urged to cut red tape to make Green Deal viable

Two of the UK’s largest housing associations delivered a damning indictment of the Green Deal this week claiming it had been hijacked by red tape making it costly and financially ...

07 June 2013 Farrell Review seeks input from construction professionals

Sir Terry Farrell CBE is urging professionals from all parts of the industry to submit evidence to help inform his government-commissioned independent Review of Architecture and the Environment. The leading ...

07 June 2013 Contractors back James Caan social mobility scheme

Contractors Carillion, Wates, Mears and Mitie have signed up to a new scheme set up by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and new government social mobility tsar James Caan to ...

07 June 2013 NW student mentoring scheme could go national

A student mentoring scheme that has supported around 75 construction undergraduates at five universities in the north west hopes to extend its scope to cover the rest of England from ...

05 June 2013 Wales could go it alone on builder licensing scheme

FMB Cymru director Richard Jenkins is hopeful that the Welsh Assembly will fund a new study into how a licensing scheme for small builders might work in Wales, mirroring a ...