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30 August 2013 CN survey: top execs confident of fast recovery

More than two-thirds of construction directors believe turnover will return to pre-recession levels by end of 2015, according to an optimistic survey commissioned by weekly magazine Construction News. The magazine ...

30 August 2013 BCIS: tender price recovery indicates return to growth

Tender prices are likely to rise slowly over the coming year and remain ahead of building costs as the market bottoms out, according to the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), ...

30 August 2013 Danish firm goes bust after UK and overseas losses

Danish contractor Pihl has spoken of the “great and far-reaching negative consequences” of its decision to wind up a 126-year-old business, largely as a result of incurring significant losses in ...

30 August 2013 Research project proposes living in glass houses

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to live inside a building made entirely of glass, then pay a visit to the Building Centre in London next month ...

27 August 2013 Charter brings support to BIM4SMEs working group

The BIM4SMEs working group is to draw in support from the CIOB and other professional institutions in the industry through a charter pledging them to provide practical support. The charter ...

27 August 2013 CBI champions construction-wide innovation levy

The CBI Construction Council hopes to promote its idea for a construction-wide “innovation levy” via its representation on the new Construction Leadership Council. The idea was first floated in the ...

23 August 2013 UK BIM data and 'flying factories' in export drive

Clients in India and Argentina are being offered the chance to pioneer a radical new construction system that would see buildings assembled locally from full BIM data sets produced in ...

23 August 2013 2013 CMYA showcases 93 high flyers

A total of 93 highly professional, skilled and versatile construction managers have been shortlisted by the judging panel for this year’s CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Award. The gold ...

23 August 2013 Plans to hand more power to Building Control

The government’s Housing Standards Review, published this week for consultation, has drawn support for its plan to rationalise the confusion of codes and guidance in housebuilding by transferring technical guidance ...

23 August 2013 CIOB to move from Ascot headquarters

After more than 40 years, the CIOB is moving from its head office in Ascot to modern office accommodation in Bracknell.  As part of the move the CIOB will also ...

23 August 2013 CAA publishes aviation guidance for crane users

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a short guidance note for the construction industry aimed at ensuring firms understand their aviation safety obligations when using cranes. The guidance ...

23 August 2013 Level 7 NVQ gets fast-track to chartership

Anyone holding or studying for an Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management will no longer need to take a professional competence assessment in order to complete the ...

21 August 2013 Balfour Beatty puts its faith in restructured regional business

Balfour Beatty has told analysts that it expects to avoid increasing supply chain costs as the market picks up – thanks to its weighting towards the smaller, regional contracts that ...

16 August 2013 CPA urges contractors to "buy British"

The Construction Products Association is urging UK designers, contractors and supply chain members to “be more French” – by insisting that their own national products are specified on projects delivered ...

16 August 2013 Mace tops London league for employment training

Mace has finished joint top of London’s employability performance ratings for 2012/13, which are used to benchmark the achievements of skills and employment providers across the capital. Used by the ...

16 August 2013 Wates to link contractors with social enterprises

Contractors hoping to trade with social enterprises based near their sites – boosting local spend and community benefits in line with the Social Value Act – could soon gain access ...

16 August 2013 Sunday Times highlights top exporters

Ambitious UK construction companies making inroads into overseas markets have been singled out by The Sunday Times in its listing of UK businesses with the fastest-growing international sales. The International ...

12 August 2013 The new face of council housing: Newham orders 40 Rogers offsite homes

The resurgence of prefabricated housing continues to gather pace with the news that Richard Rogers’ practice is to design 40 new council houses for Newham and low-cost rented accommodation for ...

09 August 2013 CIOB outlines three-year BIM programme for members and industry

The CIOB has outlined a three-year programme to support members and the industry to deliver mandatory BIM on public sector projects by 2016. The institute is also to take on ...

09 August 2013 £17bn HS2 plans offsite route to procurement

The HS2 delivery organisation has joined BuildOffsite to seek early advice on designing and procuring factory-built bridges, viaducts and embankments. The organisation’s members include manufacturers, software companies, government departments, retail ...

09 August 2013 CIOB backs inquiry into youth employment

The CIOB is throwing its weight behind a new inquiry chaired by former construction minister Nick Raynsford and Lord Richard Best, a former director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, into ...

07 August 2013 CITB to kick-start training in £30m grant ‘giveaway’

The CITB is ramping up efforts to kick-start industry training by making £30m extra available in grants. The training body has been left with a surplus after demand for training ...