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25 November 2014 Sir John Armitt: higher margins needed for the skills industry needs

Sir John Armitt has urged the industry to focus on raising its margins and creating an “investment fund” to train the future generations of technicians and professionals it will need ...

25 November 2014 CIOB sponsors London girls’ school to deliver DEC! course

The CIOB and Capita are to co-sponsor Plumstead Manor School in south-east London, an all-girls comprehensive, to participate in the Class of Your Own student programme on the built environment. ...

25 November 2014 New ideas to bridge skills gap proposed at CIOB conference

Speakers at the CIOB’s Inspiring the Future of Construction conference yesterday put forward a range of new strategies and ideas that could help the industry attract the talent it needs ...

25 November 2014 EGM approves new membership grade changes

The CIOB’s Extraordinary General Meeting has voted in favour of two resolutions:- 1) To change the CIOB’s membership structure, by removing the ACIOB and ICIOB grade for new entrants and ...

25 November 2014 New ‘custom build’ homes launched by Urban Splash

Innovative developer Urban Splash is this weekend launching a new range of “custom build” terraced housing for cities that costs less per square foot than conventional apartments but feature 25% ...

24 November 2014 Exclusive: onsite carbon emissions 2008-12 increased in real terms

In an admission shared exclusively with Construction Manager, it’s been revealed that the construction industry’s direct carbon emissions rose between 2008 and 2012, the period in which it had undertaken ...

21 November 2014 Members invited to EGM on 24 November to vote on new Grade Review

Members are being invited to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting of the CIOB on 24 November 2014 to vote on a resolution to reform the membership structure. The proposal being ...

21 November 2014 Paddington Bear ‘adopted’ by three contractors

Cuddly, three-foot high statues of the famous childrens’ character Paddington Bear are being sponsored by contractors Costain, Skanska and Keltbray as part of a major new movie promotion. The Paddington ...

21 November 2014 Philp: Level 2 BIM projects worth £9.75bn underway

Public sector projects worth £9.75bn are already using Level 2 BIM, a figure revealed by the BIM Task Group's David Philp FCIOB at a BIM discussion forum held last week ...

18 November 2014 Rapid BIM growth revealed by Glenigan KPI report

BIM usage doubled in the industry between 2012 and 2013, being instrumental in 4% of projects completed in 2012 but 9% last year, according to the compendium of data on ...

18 November 2014 Plan to cover car parks and stadia in PV 'solar cloth'

A “solar cloth” that won an award for the best solar innovation of 2014 could soon be installed over 27,000 car parking spaces, according to its inventor, The Solar Cloth ...

18 November 2014 Aecom calls on industry to back 'Natural Grid' canal

The £14bn “Aecom canal” proposal for a north-south waterway to solve drought and water supply problems has been rebranded as The Natural Grid – and is seeking the involvement and support ...

18 November 2014 NEC campaign to cut 'misuse' of Z clauses

The publisher of the NEC contract is starting a campaign to reduce the misuse of Z clauses in NEC contracts, inserted to amend the terms of contracts to suit clients' ...

18 November 2014 G&T set to blaze a trail on QS apprenticeships

Gardiner & Theobald has been appointed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills as lead employer for a proposed trailblazer apprenticeship in surveying, including professional QSing and building surveying.  ...

16 November 2014 Cyber security threats trigger need for new PAS 1192-5 for Level 2 BIM

The BIM Task Group’s “security working group” is working with the British Standards Institute to produce new guidance on cyber security that will become part of the project governance framework ...

14 November 2014 HSE takes action at one in five sites in latest blitz

Enforcement notices had to be issued to one in five construction sites visited by the HSE during its latest health and safety crackdown. Practices were so poor that the month-long ...

11 November 2014 Industry facing pipeline bulge and skills crisis in six months, says KPMG report

The industry in London and the south east could face a severe shortfall of labour and professional skills as early as next April as pipeline schemes come on stream, according ...

11 November 2014 Lift speeds accelerate in race to the top

High-tech motors and air pressure systems will enable the next generation of skyscraper elevators to achieve record-breaking speeds of up to 20 metres per second, or 4,000ft per minute, according ...

11 November 2014 Margins under strain as activity rises for 6th quarter

The latest Construction Trade Survey shows rises in activity across the whole supply chain and in every work sector in Q3 2014 – but also continued labour and materials cost ...

11 November 2014 35% of job roles to disappear by 2034 in march of the robots

Jobs in construction are among those at “high risk” of being replaced in the next 20 years as a result of the onward march of technology, automation and robotics, the ...

11 November 2014 Carillion focuses on 14-16s in Your Life campaign

Carillion is one of eight major employers backing the Your Life campaign, which aims to increase the number of young people, particularly girls, studying science, physics and maths at A-level. ...

09 November 2014 Construction Manager's top ten stories you read in October

1. Amphibious 'Grand Design' ready to take to the water

04 November 2014 More IT investment needed to grow BIM adoption, says study

Construction needs to invest more in technology if adoption of building information modelling (BIM) is to become more widespread, according to a new survey. The research, by the Construction Industry ...

04 November 2014 Outrage over 'insulting' construction hoardings showing scantily-clad women

Construction hoardings on a hotel site in Manchester have been condemned as “insulting” and “naff”. The Malmaison project on Piccadilly is using images of scantily-clad female construction workers and bare-chested ...

04 November 2014 HSE sends 'open letter' to timber-frame sector about fire risk

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has written an ‘open letter’ to the timber-frame industry, warning about fire risk during construction. The HSE said “it acted in the wake of ...

04 November 2014 Zero growth in London's luxury home market for first time since 2010

The top end of London’s housing market, which did so much to pull along the capital’s construction economy during the recession, has failed to grow for the first time in ...

04 November 2014 9 out of 10 business leaders back independent infrastructure commission

Political uncertainty is stopping the UK delivering the “transformational” infrastructure upgrades the country needs, according to new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The survey of 443 senior ...

04 November 2014 Dubai to construct world's tallest twin towers

Developers in Dubai have unveiled plans to build the world’s tallest twin towers. Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings are proposing the project, which will be part of the 6m sq ...

02 November 2014 Mace's Lee Hutchinson MCIOB wins CMYA top award

Mace's Lee Hutchinson MCIOB has taken the title of Construction Manager of the Year for an exemplary achievement in delivering a school science block where the client wanted a building ...