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30 March 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in March

1. HSE: delayed 'CDM 201X' will be law by April 2015

25 March 2014 DECC to map sites for water-source heat pumps as technology takes hold

The government is to publish a map of areas that have the potential for efficient use of water-source heat pumps – an emerging renewable energy technology that has been installed ...

25 March 2014 Will London see Manhattan's pencil towers?

With London growing a high-profile crop of new high-rise buildings, structural engineer WSP is predicting that the capital will soon see examples of a trend that’s towering over Manhattan – ...

25 March 2014 RIBA calls for Israel architecture body suspension

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has decided to pressure the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israel’s architectural body on the grounds that it is doing nothing ...

25 March 2014 Industry needs to get better at timber recycling

The Green Alliance, an environmental think tank, is urging the construction industry to think of more creative and higher value uses for the waste timber it creates, such as recycling ...

25 March 2014 Lakehouse profits up for second year running

Main contractor Lakehouse has reported a second year of strong growth with a 24% increase in turnover and a 48% increase in profit for 2012-2013. The medium-sized construction and support ...

23 March 2014 Ten things you might have missed in George Osborne's budget this week

1. Boost for self-build sector Would-be self-builders and custom build buyers had good news with plans for a £150m Serviced Plots Loans Fund to help deliver up to 10,000 serviced ...

21 March 2014 CITB sets up new task force on apprenticeship strategy

A high-profile task force is being set up by CITB to overhaul the industry’s apprenticeships strategy by the end of the year. The Apprenticeships Commission will aim to develop a ...

21 March 2014 HS2 Taskforce seeks focus on construction skills

The HS2 Taskforce advising government on how to maximise return on investment from HS2 is calling for government to make railway engineering and advanced construction skills a national priority. The ...

20 March 2014 BRE to offer BIM certification for Level 2 data compliance

The BRE has revealed plans to offer a new BIM certification service that will give project teams and their clients assurances that data in the BIM model has been assembled ...

18 March 2014 Crewe and Camden could benefit from HS2 rethink

A long-running campaign to reinstate the Euston Arch, the economic ambitions of Crewe and the residents of Camden could all become early beneficiaries of Sir David Higgins’ HS2 Plus report ...

18 March 2014 Is Radio 4's new architecture sitcom any good?

After the BBC’s homage to modernist architects in The Brits who Built the Modern World, someone in the commissioning department must have decided it was time to redress the balance. ...

18 March 2014 Asite offers new Facebook-era interface

Construction collaboration provider Asite has updated its collaborative cloud-based platform with the aim of dramatically improving user’s experience – adding social media-type features, drag and drop and one-click information finding. ...

18 March 2014 Harriet Bower ICIOB wins in Young Achievers’ awards

Harriet Bower ICIOB won the Project Management category at this year’s Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers’ awards run by the Construction Youth Trust charity. The 24-year-old assistant bid manager at ...

16 March 2014 Housing review scraps Code but pledges space standard 'where needed'

Housing experts have given a cautious welcome to the government’s long-awaited plans to consolidate housing regulations and standards, but said lack of detail meant it was difficult to properly assess ...

14 March 2014 When CIOB's Geoff met BBC's Angela

Last week’s episode of the prime time TV show Holiday Hit Squad featured a guest appearance by Geoff Wilkinson ICIOB, vice chairman of the CIOB’s Building Control and Standards Faculty. ...

14 March 2014 Sir David Higgins set to outline HS2 cost savings

The incoming chairman of HS2 wants to scrap a proposed link with the existing HS1 line as one of the cost-saving measures intended to shrink the project’s £44.6bn budget, according ...

14 March 2014 Level 7 NVQ offers new route to MCIOB for design managers

Experienced design managers have been given a new direct route to CIOB membership via the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice. Holders of the NVQ ...

12 March 2014 HSE: delayed 'CDM 201X' will be law by April 2015

The Health and Safety Executive has insisted it is on track to bring far-reaching changes to the CDM Regulations into law by April 2015 – the last opportunity to pass ...

11 March 2014 RAF contractors to host meet the buyers event

Contractors keen to win work on the landmark £121m RAF Lyneham military training centre development in Wiltshire are being invited attend a free one-day promotional event next Tuesday, 18 March. ...

11 March 2014 CIOB's own Lego movie wins ICMD design contest

A stop motion animation depicting tiny Lego construction workers building the letters CIOB out of various materials, set to Schwab’s The Mole Man track, has taken top spot in this ...

11 March 2014 Buildforce links industry and service leavers

A new job brokerage service is to be set up to help smooth the transition into construction careers for hundreds of soldiers, sailors and air crew leaving the armed forces. ...

09 March 2014 CIOB shock as Institute-backed apprenticeship 'trailblazer' is frozen out

Skills minister Matthew Hancock’s decision to green-light two “trailblazer” construction apprenticeship schemes but leave a third CIOB-backed proposal in limbo has drawn an angry response from the Institute. CIOB chief ...

06 March 2014 2013 marks return to tall building growth trend

A small increase in the number of tall building completions around the world last year shows a return to the growth trend of the past decade, a new report finds. ...

06 March 2014 First projects approved under new Green Deal fund

The first six projects have been approved under the Green Deal Communities initiative, unlocking £19.5m of funding to deliver 5,500 Green Deal Plans to more than 7,000 households. The projects ...

06 March 2014 Bullying and discrimination hold back women in construction, report says

A hard-hitting new report published next week by think tank the Smith Institute  will call for the industry and government to do more to encourage women into the sector. Edited ...

06 March 2014 Brookfield takes £165m Edinburgh PFI hospital

A consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex has edged out rivals Laing O'Rourke and BAM Construction to take preferred bidder status on a £165m privately-financed children's hospital in Edinburgh. The project ...

03 March 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in February

1. Industry meets to assess impact of CSCS Green card shake-up