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26 July 2013 Cable proposes radical shake-up of apprenticeship system

In a potentially radical shake-up to the apprenticeship system, construction employers are being asked by government if they wish to receive direct funding to purchase training for young people. The ...

26 July 2013 Code Level 4 offsite house to 'disrupt the norm'

A new type of type of factory-built house, which its inventor claims will “disrupt the convention of house building in the UK”, is to be launched in the UK in ...

26 July 2013 Five reasons to cheer - apart from the Royal baby

Commentators might have been predicting the birth of the Royal baby would provide an economic boost to the country as well as lifting the feelgood factor, but the industry was ...

26 July 2013 Driver wrongly sacked for Facebook rant

A building company driver sacked for posting critical Facebook comments about the firm’s vehicle maintenance failings has won an unfair dismissal claim against his former employer. Niall Kass was working ...

26 July 2013 Mirrors set to bring the sun to Norwegian town

Three giant sun-tracking mirrors, which will act like an artificial sun, have been erected on a hillside in a Norwegian town to brighten up an otherwise bleak winter. The mirrors ...

26 July 2013 Balfour Beatty to double size of Olympic roof

Balfour Beatty has won the £40m contract to build a new roof for the Olympic Stadium in east London which will be double the size of the original. The work ...

24 July 2013 Brussels set to enshrine BIM in EU-wide procurement directive

The forthcoming revision of the EU procurement directive is to embrace BIM and digital working on public contracts, paving the way for other EU countries to adopt a UK-style BIM ...

19 July 2013 Supermarket-style fines proposed for late payers

A Parliamentary All Party Inquiry is urging the government to implement a Construction Code of Conduct with an independent adjudicator to tackle late payments. The proposed system would share features ...

19 July 2013 Cross border building control given green light

The market for building control services could see more competition and choice after a government statement this month gave the green light to local authority building control departments to work ...

19 July 2013 Green Deal energy savings overestimated, report finds

Flaws in the government’s Green Deal assessment model have been highlighted in a new retrofit report from Affinity Sutton Housing Group. FutureFit, which follows on from a 2011 report, monitored ...

19 July 2013 UKCG to work on guidance for “ethical” vetting

Members of the UK Contractors Group, currently under the spotlight over the blacklisting scandal, are being urged to participate in drawing up new guidance for employers on ethical pre-employment vetting. ...

17 July 2013 Hansford: no more excuses from stay-at-home UK contractors

UK Trade and Investment and BIS are to explore whether UK contractors could win work overseas on “government to government” deals, chief construction adviser Peter Hansford has told CM. He ...

12 July 2013 Gay architects on site go 'back in the closet'

The atmosphere on construction sites leads a high proportion of architects who are openly gay in the office to conceal their sexuality when visiting site, according to a survey carried ...

12 July 2013 Health and Safety Executive outlines new RIDDOR rules

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced details of its proposals to simplify the  mandatory reporting of workplace injuries, which are due to be introduced in October. The changes ...

12 July 2013 No scope for contractor innovation in 'unbuildable' bridge

A landmark bridge on the outskirts of Sunderland designed in the heady days of 2005 is to be scrapped and replaced with a simplified design after two bidders were unable ...

11 July 2013 New Industrial Strategy for Construction: summary and comment

Construction 2025, the new Industrial Strategy for Construction, has been welcomed as wide-ranging and a comprehensive attempt to tackle the issues faced by the industry in an integrated way. But ...

05 July 2013 Construction Leadership Council: a new agent of change?

The new Construction Leadership Council, which will be co-chaired by secretary of state Vince Cable and David Higgins of Network Rail, has been hailed as the first time in 20 ...

05 July 2013 TrustMark to be relaunched with tougher criteria

The TrustMark builder and trader vetting scheme is to be relaunched in the coming months with new tougher standards to increase consumer protection, the government announced this week as part ...

05 July 2013 HSE: construction deaths reach new low in 2012-13

There were 39 fatal injuries to construction workers between April 2012 and March 2013, one of the lowest annual figures ever recorded by the HSE. That compares to 48 construction ...

05 July 2013 CIOB Innovation awards highlight digital and training ideas

The CIOB International Innovation & Research Awards 2013 are now open for entries and will this year feature two new categories, introduced to spotlight promising innovations in digital technology and ...

04 July 2013 CITB-style innovation 'levy' mooted by CBI Construction Council

Proposal put to government for inclusion in Industrial Strategy for Construction The CBI Construction Council has floated the idea that the construction industry could benefit from an integrated approach to ...

01 July 2013 Latest on built environment BEng degree

CIOB-backed group plans to hold discussion event soon Further details have emerged on a CIOB-backed proposal to offer a new cross-disciplinary undergraduate degree course — the so-called “Bachelor of the ...

01 July 2013 'CIOB is natural home of process drivers'

New president Peter Jacobs commits to working more closely with industry's major employers In his inauguration speech, new CIOB president Peter Jacobs FCIOB made clear his priorities for his term ...

01 July 2013 Education model adapted for extra care market

Willmott Dixon is to adapt its Sunesis off-the-shelf education building system for the extra care market. The contractor says that Sunesis will offer greater price certainty and faster procurement to ...

01 July 2013 Morgan Sindall makes a splash in West Sussex

Contractor Morgan Sindall has completed work on a major project to construct the £17.9m Splashpoint Leisure Centre on Worthing’s seafront in West Sussex. The project involved replacing the town’s existing ...

01 July 2013 Q&A with Ireland's Construction Manager of the Year 2013

CM quizzes Collen Construction's Thomas O'Connor What did the projects involve?My firm was commissioned to build three separate 110kV substations in the Dublin suburbs to connect into Ireland’s national grid. ...