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30 October 2014 Balfour blames 'Welsh weather' for delays on Aberystwyth PFI student halls

Balfour Beatty has failed to hit deadline on a £45m PFI project to deliver 600 student rooms for Aberystwyth University for the start of the academic year – blaming “severe ...

28 October 2014 Higgins maps out HS3 to create northern economic 'hot-house'

More detailed plans for an “HS3” rail link that would cross the Pennines and reduce the journey time from Liverpool to Leeds to just one hour are due to be ...

28 October 2014 China to pour £105bn into UK power, transport and property, says report

China will invest more than £100bn in UK infrastructure over the next decade, sparking a new wave of joint ventures with UK firms, latest research has revealed. The report by ...

28 October 2014 EU funding bid to bring offsite ‘Energy Leap’ to UK

A group of housing associations led by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has teamed up with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to bid for £7.8m in EU funding ...

28 October 2014 Mace chosen to head Jo'burg redevelopment

Mace has been selected to lead the delivery of several urban redevelopment projects in Johannesburg, South Africa. Local property developer Propertuity – the name is a combination of Property and ...

24 October 2014 RICS: Record year for adjudications as industry regains its taste for disputes

Figures from the RICS show a steep rise in the number of adjudications in 2013 and the likelihood of a record total for 2014 – as the industry once again ...

24 October 2014 Industry seeks single strategy on boosting diversity

Four industry initiatives laying the groundwork for a more diverse industry are now working together in an attempt to boost their impact. The CIC’s Diversity Panel, the UK Contractors Task ...

24 October 2014 Trailblazer BIM apprenticeship launched by BIS

The government is backing a new “Digital Engineer” apprenticeship, which would become a passport to a career in BIM, skills minister Nick Boles announced yesterday. The future qualification joins new ...

22 October 2014 HS2 puts BIM at heart of delivery as £250m of savings are identified

HS2 Ltd has revealed it has identified £250m worth of savings through use of BIM on the project, as it begins a big push to ensure the construction supply chain ...

21 October 2014 LEDs could damage eco-systems, study warns

The original inventors of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) might have won a Nobel Prize in Physics last week – but their discovery could now be disrupting the behaviour of insects ...

21 October 2014 £1.25m prize offered for taller timber building design

A US$2m (£1.25m) prize is being offered for design ideas which will allow taller wooden buildings to be constructed. The Tall Wood Building Prize Competition invites US developers, contractors and ...

21 October 2014 Construction predicted to grow 23% in four years

The construction industry will grow 23% by the end of 2018, according to the Construction Products Association autumn forecast. Output will grow 4.8% in 2014 and 5.3% in 2015, the ...

21 October 2014 Planning approval for "£41,000" self-build homes

The first Barnhaus self-build homes, which are insulated with straw bales and designed to cost just £41,000 each to construct, have been granted planning approval. Valleys to Coast Housing Association ...

21 October 2014 Insurance giant invests in £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme has named Prudential as its “cornerstone investor”. The insurance giant will pump £100m into the project, which will become the world’s largest tidal ...

19 October 2014 Quinn pledges to restore Balfour to 'rightful place', but 'nothing is sacrosanct'

The incoming chief of Balfour Beatty has told the Wall Street Journal that no options will be off-limits when he joins the 106-year-old, £10bn turnover construction company on 1 January. ...

17 October 2014 Amphibious 'Grand Design' ready to take to the water

The UK’s first “amphibious” house, on the banks of the River Thames in Marlow was featured on Grand Designs this week and is expected to be habitable for its new ...

17 October 2014 BRE's new research head to focus on Level 3 BIM and climate change

The development of Level 3 BIM is a key area of focus for the BRE’s new head of built environment research, Jeremy Watson. A professor of engineering systems at University ...

17 October 2014 Lyons calls for more SME and contractor-built homes

Reforms set out in Labour’s Lyons Housing Review, published today, could increase the capacity and output of SME house builders needed to deliver 200,000 new homes a year, according to ...

17 October 2014 Balfour backs call for more SME diversity to boost economic growth

Balfour Beatty has this week backed the launch of a report urging measures to help ethnic minority and black-owned (EMB) businesses win their fair share of the UK’s public procurement ...

15 October 2014 Skanska's New York modular high rise has technical issues and 'might leak'

The technical and manufacturing problems that led to an ongoing legal duel between contractor Skanska USA and its former partner Forest City Ratner are laid bare in a 146 page ...

14 October 2014 CIOB opens 2014 digital photography competition

If you think of yourself as a bit of a photographer and are passionate about the built environment, then the CIOBs Art of Building competition could be the perfect platform ...

14 October 2014 Cast your vote in 2014 Solent Design Awards

The public is being asked to cast their votes for seven shortlisted buildings that exemplify the best the industry can deliver in the People’s Choice Award for the 2014 Solent ...

14 October 2014 Bob the Builder backlash as TV character goes digital

The UK public has taken to Twitter to voice its outrage at the decision to “reboot” the nation’s favourite cartoon construction worker, Bob The Builder. The new series, produced by ...

14 October 2014 Greendale gives evidence on training to new commission

A director from Poole-based Chartered Building Company Greendale was among the first to give evidence to the Demos/CITB commission on apprenticeships yesterday, pointing out that its decision to train apprentices ...

10 October 2014 How much will Hinkley Point C cost? EC Harris looks at the numbers

The European Commission's decision to approve the UK government's subsidy for Hinkley Point C “pulls the lever” that will allow the estimated £24.5bn project to move forward next year, EC ...

10 October 2014 NOW LIVE: CIOB and CM launch new BIM website

The team behind Construction Manager is to launch a brand new CIOB-backed website devoted to BIM adoption in the UK and beyond.   The BIM+ website is now live, providing CIOB ...

10 October 2014 HSE's new asbestos app kicks off six-month campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an asbestos safety web and mobile app to mark the start of a major six-month awareness campaign to cut the number of ...

10 October 2014 Agencies not yet passing on tax change costs, survey finds

Only 23% of construction business that use agency workers are aware of new HMRC rules on employing temporary workers that could potentially increase their costs, according to a survey of ...

10 October 2014 Five offsite projects share £600k in training funds

A £370,000 offsite construction “hub” being set up in Scotland to help develop the skills needed to deliver up to half a million homes north of the border by 2035 ...

07 October 2014 We need a 'Construction Competence Council', say CITB and HSE

The next meeting of the Construction Leadership Council later this month is due to consider a far-reaching proposal to establish a “Construction Competence Council” that would attempt to wrap the ...

07 October 2014 LibDems jump on board Oxford to Cambridge rail plan

The Liberal Democrats have floated an eye-catching plan to be re-open the former Oxford to Cambridge Rail Link as the “Garden Cities Line”, and encourage the towns along the route ...

07 October 2014 Arup and Aecom take gold at Tokyo Olympics

Engineering consultant Arup will be advising the city of Tokyo on its masterplan for the city’s Olympics and Paralympics Games in 2020, after winning the contract to be lead adviser ...

07 October 2014 BIM4Housing plans workshops around real-life case studies

The BIM4Housing work group, set up by the government’s BIM Task Force earlier this year, is launching a a series of introductory BIM workshops for the house building sector around ...

07 October 2014 Rogers faces £5m writ over troubled Oxley Woods

Volume housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has lodged a £5m legal claim against architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and offsite fabrication compay Coxbench (formerly Wood Newton), over technical problems with the ...

03 October 2014 Construction manager's top ten stories you read in September

1. Auto-procurement predicted in BIM 2050 report