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29 April 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in April

1. Chinese win race to print houses as 10 produced in a day

25 April 2014 33 Contractors set to receive 'BeFair' accreditation under new CITB scheme

At least 33 contractors will be awarded with a new standard due to be launched in the second week of June that demonstrates that they treat their staff, job applicants ...

25 April 2014 Fairer payment legislation tipped in Queen's speech

Fairer payment legislation to enforce speedier payments along supply chains in public sector contracts could be laid down in the Queen’s Speech in June, say industry sources. The Department for ...

25 April 2014 Solar cell coating set to outperform PV panels

A thin film solar cell coating for glass could soon achieve over 20% efficiency, enabling it to compete directly with regular silicon-based solar PV panels, its inventor Oxford Photovoltaics has ...

25 April 2014 Lack of product support holding back BIM

A lack of reliable BIM object data is preventing the technology from reaching its full potential, the latest BIM survey has revealed. The fourth national BIM survey, carried out by ...

25 April 2014 Members sought for CIC's new Green Panel

The Construction Industry Council is to set up a new Green Construction Panel and is seeking members of its constituent professional bodies, including the CIOB, to head it up. The ...

25 April 2014 Housing repairs spend saves NHS millions, says BRE Trust

Labour’s flagship housing policy, the Decent Homes Programme, which aimed to tackle the £19bn backlog of repairs in social housing, saved the health service £392m according to a new report ...

23 April 2014 Chinese win race to print houses as 10 produced in a day for under £3,000 each

Chinese engineers appear to have stolen a march in the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house.  The Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has released images of ...

17 April 2014 Balfour Beatty MCIOBs to form new training squad

Balfour Beatty is planning to recruit members of its staff who have MCIOB status to become in-house assessors as part of its drive to upskill its workforce. The move comes ...

17 April 2014 Wanted: new chair for CIOB's FM group

The CIOB is looking for a new chair and vice chair of its Facilities Management Group to replace the current incumbents who are coming to the end of the three-year ...

17 April 2014 Oh, I do like to use MMC by the seaside

An Essex-based Chartered Building Company is hoping to use its expertise in innovative offsite prefabrication to follow its success building a new generation of beach huts in Southend with a ...

17 April 2014 Atkins signs MoU with Chinese contractor

Atkins has signed a memorandum of understanding for global strategic cooperation with a major Chinese contractor. Discussions between the parties about specific projects have already started. The agreement with China ...

15 April 2014 NCA works with CIOB and CIC on organised crime

The newly-formed National Crime Agency is developing its insight into construction’s “vulnerabilities” to fraud and corruption by working more closely with the industry’s professional institutes, including the CIOB. The 4,500-strong ...

15 April 2014 U-value research on older buildings to improve EPCs conference hears

New research on the U-values of historic building materials is expected to soon offer project teams a more accurate view of energy performance in historic stock, delegates at the CIOB’s ...

15 April 2014 BIM Digital Plan of Work bidders wait for news

Industry organisations bidding to devise the Digital Plan of Work that will give the industry a vital template on how to manage Level 2 BIM are due to shortly hear ...

15 April 2014 Contractors back university estate directors' event

Construction firms have turned out in force to back a conference for university estate directors being held in London this week. Firms including Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, Bouygues UK, Aecom, ...

15 April 2014 Industry leaders to judge £250k Garden City essay prize

A prize fund of £250,000 awaits the consultancy that can create the most compelling but workable strategy for creating new garden cities in the UK. The prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize ...

13 April 2014 Payment charter will need strict referee to work, says SME expert

The success of the new Supply Chain Payment Charter announced this week by the Construction Leadership Council rests on how well it is enforced, says Rudi Klein, chief executive of ...

11 April 2014 WRAP launches embodied carbon benchmark database

Resource efficiency organisation WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the UK Green Building Council have launched a free, publicly available embodied carbon database for construction teams. The new ...

11 April 2014 Survey: 2013 RIBA Plan of Work taken up by 13%

The 2013 version of the RIBA Plan of Work is slowly gaining ground within the industry, according to research by construction information supplier NBS. The 2013 Specification Survey survey quizzed a range ...

11 April 2014 Mace moves Weatherfield to Trafford site

Mace has completed and handed over ITV Studio’s new production facility for Coronation Street at MediaCityUK, Trafford, Greater Manchester. The standalone facility includes all the soap’s film, production and support ...

08 April 2014 Industry cautious on DECC's solar strategy

A government strategy to boost the uptake of solar panels on commercial properties has been welcomed by contractors – but with the proviso that it is supported by an effective ...

08 April 2014 Tendering for Battersea Phase 3 starts later in 2014

Tendering for phase 3 of the massive Battersea Power Station development in south London is expected to start later this year with construction due to start on site in 2015, ...

08 April 2014 Meet the CIOB ambassadors: new video

The CIOB has released a new video featuring six CIOB ambassadors talking about their roles in promoting the CIOB and its work, and the value that the experience has brought ...

04 April 2014 CIOB to press for reform on Qatar workforce rights via Members' Forum

The CIOB has confirmed that its 2014 Members’ Forum and annual conference is to be held in the Gulf state of Qatar, putting the CIOB at the heart of efforts ...

04 April 2014 World's tallest timber framed apartment block on site

Construction of the world’s tallest wooden apartment block, a 14-storey, 49m high structure, starts in Bergen, Norway, later this month. Finance for “Treet”, or The Tree, got bank approval this ...

04 April 2014 CDM 2015: clarification and industry reaction

Construction Manager would like to apologise for initially publishing incorrect information on the HSE’s CDM 2015 consultation proposals on 1 April – see here for the corrected version. The mistake ...

04 April 2014 Apprentices get 6% pay boost over two years

Apprentices and trainees in the construction industry have secured a 6% pay increase over two years in a deal reached between Unite and the Federation of Master Builders. Workers in ...

04 April 2014 TrustMark unveils tougher standards and growth plans

As the government today launched tougher standards for the government-licensed TrustMark scheme for domestic tradesmen in the repair, maintenance and home improvement market, its chairman Liz Male outlined a goal ...

04 April 2014 Rogers prefab key to Newham's housing plans

An east London council has set up a new venture to build 3,000 homes for private rent, the first scheme of which got underway this week, using an innovative off-site ...

04 April 2014 HS2 survey to gauge suppliers' BIM capability

The commercial director of HS2 is urging contractors and consultants to respond to a survey it is conducting with consultant Mace to help gauge whether the potential supply chain is ...

04 April 2014 £88m Green Deal cash for Leeds, Bristol and others

The government has announced the first 24 councils to receive funding under the £88m Green Deal Communities scheme. The funding is expected to benefit around 32,000 properties as local authorities ...

03 April 2014 DMs welcome NVQ route to membership

Experienced design managers who have traditionally fallen into a professional no man’s land between the RIBA, CIAT and CIOB have welcomed the CIOB’s move to recognise the Edexcel Level 7 ...

03 April 2014 Cloud-based BIM links design and scheduling data

Project planning software specialist Asta Development last week promised that a cloud-based BIM system that will integrate the designers’ 3D design model and the project manager’s scheduling information and project ...

02 April 2014 HSE to limit notification in domestic projects to 'footballers' mansions'

Only domestic projects scheduled to last more than 30 days and involving 20 or more people on site at one time will be required to be notified to the HSE ...

01 April 2014 Drone takes to the skies on Costain project

An unmanned flying drone has been recruited to the surveying team by a Costain-led joint venture working in a £130m road expansion scheme in Northern Ireland to shoot detailed footage ...

01 April 2014 Sir Terry Farrell's Review ranges far and wide

Architect Sir Terry Farrell, who chaired the newly-published Farrell Architectural Review, hopes that its 60 wide ranging recommendations will be taken up by the three main parties in their 2015 ...