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25 February 2014 Contractors need to start dialogue with architects

Paul Morrell, former chief construction adviser to the government, has called on the industry’s contractors to open up a new channel of communication with the architects working for them on ...

25 February 2014 Supply Chain School initiative goes Down Under

An initiative to promote sustainability in the construction industry has proved so successful it is now being exported to Australia and could be rolled out worldwide. Supply Chain Sustainability School ...

25 February 2014 Wates: industry needs to engage with schools

CITB chairman James Wates has called on employers to step up their activity in schools after a damning report revealed that careers advice on construction is largely unfavourable, outdated and ...

25 February 2014 Mega dams 'drown emerging economies in debt'

The major hydroelectric dam projects beloved by China, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Pakistan are likely to burden their economies in debt rather than drive them forward, concludes new research from ...

25 February 2014 Minister to deliver keynote at CIOB Retrofit event

Government minister for climate change, Greg Barker, will deliver the keynote speech at the CIOB's Retrofit Conference, due to take place on 9-10 April at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Organised by the ...

21 February 2014 Hansford: We need to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2017

The Construction Leadership Council has set new interim targets for the over-arching goals in the Construction 2025 industrial strategy, challenging the industry to achieve tough cuts in carbon, costs and ...

21 February 2014 Low cost sheeting will spot structural defects

Researchers from Princeton University are developing a high-tech type of polyimide sheeting embedded with sensors, batteries and integrated circuits that can be wrapped around buildings and bridges to detect their ...

21 February 2014 Bristol boosted by £91m arena plans

Plans to build a £91m entertainment arena and modernise a 250-year-old theatre have been given the go-ahead by Bristol City Council. The 12,000 capacity indoor arena will be located in ...

21 February 2014 House building accounts for third of new work as sharp cost hikes forecast

House building has continued to drive growth in UK construction, accounting for a third of all contracts awarded in January, latest figures reveal. Figures in Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & ...

21 February 2014 Swarm of robots construct collaboratively

Inspired by termites' weird collective intelligence, researchers from Harvard have shown that swarms of simply-programmed robots can build complex structures without anyone telling them what to do. Rod Sweet reports. ...

21 February 2014 Crossrail as you've never seen it before

Crossrail aims to improve the image of the industry and add to the cultural life of London with the appointment of its first artist in residence. Julie Leonard, who started ...

18 February 2014 Revised government stats show 33% decline in apprenticeship starts

New government statistics published last week show a steep decline in construction apprenticeship starts and completions – and completely rewrite the statistics published this time last year.   The statistics from ...

18 February 2014 BIM adoption in UK lags overseas competitors

The UK’s adoption of BIM technology lags far behind its foreign counterparts even though uptake is rapidly accelerating, a global BIM survey has revealed.   The International BIM Survey 2013, carried ...

18 February 2014 CIOB takes ownership of “construction management”

CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe has described the creation of the Chartered Construction Manager designation as “probably the best thing the institute has done for the industry”.   In the video ...

16 February 2014 BAM JV on troubled Brussels Nato HQ includes BAM UK advisers

BAM Construct UK is part of the joint venture team building the controversial Nato headquarters building in Belgium, which has run into serious financial difficulties last month and was alleged ...

14 February 2014 Construction sector battles the floods and storms

Working with the Environment Agency, councils, emergency services and the Armed Forces, contractor Kier has mobilised teams of employees, who operate in local communities, to fill and distribute sandbags to ...

14 February 2014 CIOB competition set to attract Minecraft users

If you – or your children – are part of the generation that’s swapping lego for Minecraft, you might be interested in a new CIOB competition. To celebrate International Construction ...

14 February 2014 Confidence, job creation, exports up: Grant Thornton

Business confidence in the construction sector is higher than in any other business sector, and construction businesses are even anticipating growth in export sales in the coming months, according to ...

11 February 2014 Kier, Carillion, Balfour Beatty to 'trailblaze' apprenticeship reform

Balfour Beatty, Kier, Carillion and Laing O’Rourke are part of a new industry coalition that hopes to become a government “Trailblazer” in reforming apprenticeships for the modern economy. If approved, ...

11 February 2014 Child labour pic wins Art of Building competition

A photograph depicting the use of child labour in India’s construction industry has taken top spot in this year’s Art of Building competition, run by the CIOB. The announcement came ...

11 February 2014 Industry's green board promises better use of data

The Green Construction Board – the industry-government body charged with guiding construction to its 2025 and 2050 carbon reduction targets – has launched a study aimed at giving the industry ...

11 February 2014 University of the West of England offers BIM Masters

The University of the West of England is to launch a new postgraduate MSc in Building Information Modelling in conjunction with its industry partners – architect Stride Treglown and contractor ...

11 February 2014 Survey reveals concerns over BIM 2016 target

Just two thirds of respondents believe the industry is capable of achieving the government’s target of Level 2 BIM on all centrally-procured contracts by 2016, a report by law firm ...

09 February 2014 Industry meets to assess impact of CSCS Green card shake-up

Industry representatives are due to meet next week with training organisations to get to grips with the ramifications and workings of the shake up of the CSCS Green card scheme. ...

06 February 2014 EC Harris: accelerating HS2 would help costs and skills base

Building the two phases of HS2 simultaneously could cut costs and help create a critical mass for the supply chain, a move that could help consultants and contractors attract and ...

06 February 2014 BBC highlights the Brits who Built the Modern World

A three-part BBC4 documentary series starting on Thursday (13 February) will examine how a generation of British architects, led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, exported their high tech vision ...

04 February 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in January

1. Adopt 'silly ideas' to connect with public, sector urged

03 February 2014 London HGVs face ban under cyclist safety move

Lorries not fitted with safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from London’s streets under an initiative proposed by the mayor, Boris Johnson, and London boroughs. Johnson ...