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27 September 2013 4,000 sign up for a taste of construction as 80 sites open to the public

Nearly 4,000 school children and their parents and teachers will get an insider’s view of the construction industry during Friday and Saturday as they visit 80 sites around the country ...

27 September 2013 CSCS card shake-up could hit new entrants

Concern is being raised that the proposed shake-up of the CSCS Green card scheme could make it difficult for new entrants to become qualified because of the potential extra costs ...

27 September 2013 Balfour Beatty to sign up 2,000 suppliers to new scheme

Balfour Beatty expects that up to 2,000 of its supply chain partners could be interested in signing up to its new supply chain finance arrangements, under which banking partners HSBC ...

27 September 2013 Bricklayers' pay up 20% as price hikes threaten recovery

Contractors warn that labour and material shortages may hold back housing projects, as a report shows bricklayers’ pay jumped 20% in the last six months and lead times for bricks, ...

27 September 2013 Labour urged to unveil Green Deal plans soon

Industry green gurus have called on Labour to unveil plans for its replacement Green Deal as quickly as possible to prevent a possible hiatus in take up that could be ...

27 September 2013 Passivhaus scheme brings 51 homes to Essex

Construction of 51 homes built to Passivhaus standards using an innovative offsite system will begin on site in Rainham, Essex, in November. The scheme, a new partnership between Circle Housing ...

25 September 2013 CSCS cards shake-up: full details of new Green and 'academic' cards

The CSCS card scheme has revealed details of a new shake-up that seeks to set a higher competence standard for holders of the operative's Green card by linking it to ...

23 September 2013 CSCS shake-up "builds image of the industry"

The new higher hurdle for acquiring a labourer’s green card has been welcomed by the industry, but the jury was still out on the value of the new Academically Qualified ...

20 September 2013 Skanska claims first with 3D printed cladding

A Skanska-built office project in the City of London has achieved an industry first by taking 3D printing out of the research labs and into a live project environment. The ...

20 September 2013 GMB says more councils to adopt "pay up" policy on blacklisting

The GMB union claims that as many as 29 local authorities across the UK are considering banning contractors implicated in the blacklisting scandal from public contracts unless the construction companies ...

20 September 2013 Lib Dems sign up to Energy Bill Revolution

The Liberal Democrats have backed a controversial campaign to channel billions of pounds of carbon taxes into energy efficient retrofits. The Energy Bill Revolution calls for carbon revenue, levied against ...

20 September 2013 German specialists head for recovering UK market

The German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce is reporting an upsurge in the number of German specialist contractors working in the UK and has launched a matchmaking website to help ...

20 September 2013 HCA backs new service to boost custom-build housing

Major housebuilders in need of help to deliver new requirements on self-build homes on HCA-backed schemes could benefit from a new database designed to link them up with specialist self-build ...

18 September 2013 To build or not to build: members' views on the HS2 debate

A new government-commissioned report predicting a £15bn per year economic uplift as a result of building HS2 is the latest twist in a national debate that is becoming increasingly polarised. ...

13 September 2013 New app puts projects on your smartphone

An interactive smartphone app designed to take visitors on an engineering tour of the King’s Cross development in London could soon be adapted for use on other construction schemes or ...

13 September 2013 Biodiversity offsetting could aid development

House builders have given a cautious welcome to government plans published last week that would allow developers to destroy wildlife and woodlands if they create new habitats elsewhere. Ministers hope ...

13 September 2013 Client pulls out of integrated project insurance trial

A care home project in Worcestershire that could have been the first UK construction project to use an innovative approach to insurance and liability is no longer trialling the method. ...

13 September 2013 Costain wins £6m government cash for BIM training

A consortium of construction employers led by Costain has been awarded £6m of central government funding to develop joint training initiatives in BIM and other disciplines. The matched funding comes ...

10 September 2013 SME contractors set to gain from changes to EU public procurement law

Reforms to the EU Procurement Directive, due for approval by European ministers this week, set out a range of measures intended to streamline project prequalification and tendering, reduce bureaucracy and ...

06 September 2013 New video update. Talk Construction: It's all about delivery

The CIOB is staging its most ambitious event to date on 25-26 November when 500 construction managers  are expected to join an impressive line-up of speakers to “Talk Construction” at ...

06 September 2013 Crossrail not off the hook over blacklisting, say MPs

The powerful parliamentary select committee looking at blacklisting in the construction industry has vowed to continue with its investigations into working practices at Crossrail – despite a settlement of a ...

06 September 2013 Designers should take the heat on 'Walkie Scorchie', say CIBSE members

The Walkie Talkie’s ‘death ray’ effect that melted a Jaguar car parked on the street below should have been identified during early stages of design, experts have claimed. The £500m ...

06 September 2013 New CIOB awards scour world for top professionals

A worldwide search for construction professionals who have progressed innovation and excellence in their fields is to be launched under a new international awards scheme run by the CIOB. Later ...

06 September 2013 Calling contractors for Cambridge mega scheme

The University of Cambridge says it is looking for contractors to start work by the end of the year of the year on a £280m mixed-use development that will be ...

06 September 2013 Rio 2016 venues take shape - latest images

These are the latest images from Aecom for its preliminary designs of key venues for the Rio 2016 Olympics. In addition to masterplanning the main Olympic Park, Aecom is developing ...

06 September 2013 Skanska quits UK housebuilding after one project

Skanska UK has pulled back on its plans to be a UK house builder, after completing the 137 homes at the company’s only UK residential scheme, Seven Acres in Cambridge. ...

04 September 2013 Consultation and review 'raise questions' on CITB

A proposed major shake-up in government training funding could bring increased transparency to construction apprentice funding – but raise questions over the role of the CITB and the £145m levy ...