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29 January 2014 Visualisations show London's future skyline circa 2024

These computer generated images from the Hayes Davidson studio give a sneak preview of London’s skyline in 10 years time, commissioned as part of forthcoming exhibition called London’s Growing... Up! ...

28 January 2014 Contractors take inspiration from Bureau of Silly Ideas

A call for the industry to rediscover its sense of fun and connect with the public on a more imaginative level has already prompted several major contractors to contact the ...

28 January 2014 Initiatives make road building and repair easier

Two new initiatives are promising to make road building and roadworks more environmentally friendly and less frustrating for motorists. Lafarge Tarmac and the Carbon Trust are launching a new lower-temperature ...

28 January 2014 Members sign up to be Chartered Construction Managers

Around 4,500 people – or 25% of eligible members – have already registered their interest in adopting the new CIOB designation of Chartered Construction Manager. The title is to be ...

28 January 2014 Reports point to boom 2014 for industry

Rising sales of construction products and a steep year-on-year increase in the value of new contracts provide further evidence that 2014 will be a boom year for construction, according to ...

27 January 2014 Swansea ready to submit planning for tidal energy lagoon project

A planning application for Swansea’s innovative tidal lagoon project – including a new oyster-shaped visitor centre and maintenance building – will be submitted “within the next few weeks”, according to ...

24 January 2014 Bouygues to build self-sufficient apartments in France

Bouygues Construction has partnered with the city of Grenoble in France to build an experimental block of 90 apartments aiming for 100% self-sufficiency in energy and water use, where energy ...

24 January 2014 Police and HSE investigate double accident

The police and HSE are jointly investigating a demolition site in Stockport where two men fell from the roof in two separate incidents on Tuesday, with the second incident resulting ...

24 January 2014 'Whistleblowing' tribunal awaits IT evidence

An employment tribunal examining “whistleblowing” allegations of corruption on social housing maintenance contracts has been halted to allow an independent IT expert to examine email evidence submitted by both sides. ...

24 January 2014 BIM software should offer compliance checks

The BIM design software used by the industry in 2016 should offer compliance checking for Building Regulations, health and safety, fire safety and planning requirements as standard, according to the ...

22 January 2014 HS2 urged to learn from French high speed rail 'clause sociale'

The HS2 organisation is being urged to look towards France for an example of how to build a high speed railway that creates lasting economic impact and social value. The ...

21 January 2014 Adrian Belton joins CITB as chief executive

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed Adrian Belton as its permanent chief executive, replacing interim CEO William Burton this April. Belton is currently chief executive and accounting officer ...

21 January 2014 RIBA president in dialogue with major contractors

RIBA president Stephen Hodder, who took up his two-year post last September, has begun a New Year campaign to reconnect with contractors and boost architects’ traction in industry policy making. ...

21 January 2014 UKGBC proposes trio of Green Deal strategies

On the anniversary of the launch of the under-achieving Green Deal, the UK Green Building Council has published a report offering three strategies to reform the complex programme that could ...

21 January 2014 Members in line for Duke of Gloucester awards

Eight make shortlist for Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme. CIOB members have been shortlisted in four out of five categories of the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme, ...

19 January 2014 EU votes 'yes' to BIM-friendly procurement shake-up

A “yes” vote for new EU procurement rules should help embed BIM into UK public projects and open up opportunities for UK tech-savvy firms abroad, industry leaders claim. The European ...

19 January 2014 Fees for Intervention: HSE review by April

A review of the HSE’s Fees for Intervention regime is expected to be concluded by April. The review of the scheme, which levels charges for the HSE inspectors’ time on ...

17 January 2014 Bank transfers could help Gulf's migrant workers, claims EAP

Mandatory electronic wage payments to migrant construction workers in Qatar could help stamp out frequent cases of non-payment, according to one of the recommendations in a report by UK-based NGO ...

17 January 2014 2014 tender price rises moderate, says EC Harris

Consultant EC Harris is forecasting only moderate tender price inflation in 2014 as the recovery gets underway. But this year’s steady growth will be followed by price acceleration in 2015 ...

17 January 2014 BIM meets Call of Duty in new app technology

A lecturer from the University of Wolverhampton is incorporating features found in computer games like Call of Duty into user-friendly BIM apps.   Dr David Heesom, the University’s Reader in BIM, ...

16 January 2014 Adopt 'silly ideas' to connect with public, sector urged

Building sites should be adopting a range of “silly” ideas to help them engage with the public and remove feelings of annoyance towards noisy and obstructive building activities, according to ...

14 January 2014 Labour backs SME house builders to boost supply

Labour’s pledge to help small house builders get back into the market to increase supply has been welcomed by the FMB. Delivering her first keynote address at NHBC’s offices in ...

14 January 2014 Short term drop, but 3.4% growth forecast for 2014

Construction output fell by 4% in November, fuelled largely by a drop in private new commercial work, new figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed. However, a second ...

14 January 2014 House builders: delaying drainage demands right decision

A planned postponement for stringent new drainage requirements on new developments to help prevent flooding has been welcome by housebuilders. The new rules, under Section 32 of the Flood and ...

10 January 2014 HSE urged to reconsider Fees for Intervention in DWP-backed review

The HSE’s controversial Fees for Intervention process has been strongly criticised in a major independent review of the safety watchdog, backed by the Department for Work and Pensions. Martin Temple, ...

10 January 2014 Cadnet launches online BIM training portal

Specialist BIM consultancy Cadnet has launched the first online learning portal dedicated to providing training on BIM. Students of the BIM elearning programme will follow an entirely online tuition course, ...

10 January 2014 CIOB members urged to comment on late payment consultation

The adjudication process is being put under the spotlight as part of the government’s drive to improve the payment culture of the industry. In a consultation paper on late payment ...

09 January 2014 CM's round-up of construction forecasts and predictions for 2014

1. Business activity UK construction companies remain positive about growth at the end of 2013 thanks to relatively sharp rises in output, new orders and employment, according to the latest ...

08 January 2014 Top 10 stories you read on this site in 2013

1. Is Google set to launch a BIM-busting construction app

07 January 2014 Balfour Beatty wins Olympic stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty has won the £154m main contract to transform the London 2012 Olympic Stadium into a legacy mode multi-use venue and permanent home to West Ham United Football Club. ...