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30 May 2014 Willmott Dixon unveils steady results, strong 2014 order book

Willmott Dixon has announced steady results for the full year to December with its turnover, net balance sheet and cash reserves all slightly improved on 2012. The privately-owned contracting, residential ...

30 May 2014 Balfour Beatty gives Guy's 30 year lease of life

Balfour Beatty has described how its strategy of replacing cladding on the 142m Guy’s Hospital tower “from the outside in” helped it win the £26m refurb contract and allowed the ...

30 May 2014 BIM 4 working groups 'legacy' charter signed

The BIM Task Group this week established a key piece of its “legacy” with the signing of a CIOB-backed charter designed to build a stronger working alliance between the various ...

30 May 2014 EC Harris: design management leading to claims

Construction disputes in UK projects are increasingly triggered by lack of design information, and lack of clarity in the contract over who is responsible for coordinating the input of subconsultants ...

30 May 2014 Online diversity training for construction due to launch next month

An interactive online training course set up to teach construction personnel the basics of equality and diversity in the workplace is due to be officially launched on 4 June. The ...

27 May 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in May

1. Arup trials Body Information Modelling 

23 May 2014 India's Narendra Modi pledges 100 'smart cities' and infrastructure boom

The landslide victory of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in last week’s Indian elections has led to expectations of an infrastructure boom, including 100 “smart cities” and a high-speed ...

23 May 2014 The house Mears built from videos and carpet tiles

A house built almost entirely out of rubbish, including toothbrushes, video cassettes and carpet tiles, will open its doors to the construction industry next month for a half-day seminar explaining ...

23 May 2014 New member influx for Green Construction Board

Willmott Dixon’s head of energy services Rob Lambe, UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King and Hammerson’s head of sustainability Louise Emmerson were among new recruits to the government’s ...

23 May 2014 Manchester holds first regional construction summit

Manchester's first ever industry-government construction summit will seek to tackle the region’s chronic skills shortages and minimise risks to the wider region’s £15bn pipeline of work. The Greater Manchester Construction ...

20 May 2014 CIOB signs up to new scheme putting thousands of volunteers in the classroom

The CIOB is officially backing Inspiring the Future, a charitable initiative that aims to train 100,000 volunteers to take the world of work into schools. The scheme has recruited 13,500 ...

20 May 2014 Augmented reality app brings BIM to life in 3D

BIM software pioneer Seeable is launching a new twist on the BIM model – an app that allows 2D drawings to spring to life in virtual reality 3D on the ...

20 May 2014 Olympic Cauldron firm and Rise win Milan Expo work

The firm that built Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic Cauldron is partnering with the ex-Mace team at Rise to deliver the UK pavilion at Milan Expo 2015. Main contractor Stage One and ...

20 May 2014 'Legendary' tunneller retires after 50 years and 10 Thames tunnels

A Crossrail tunneller known as “a bit of legend” in the industry is set to retire after five decades working underground. Croydon-born Peter Bermingham, 70, began his career 50 years ...

20 May 2014 Stewardship of BIM Level 2 in question as Task Group faces end to funding

Funding for the government’s BIM Task Group is expected to run out in March 2015, a year before the BIM mandate takes effect across government departments in April 2016. David ...

20 May 2014 CIOB takes chartered status to the Americas

The CIOB’s president Peter Jacobs and chief executive Chris Blythe are on a two-week visit to the USA and Canada to promote chartered membership and develop Institute activity in the ...

18 May 2014 Bilfinger bids for GVA Grimley as tram opening marks end of UK contracting

Bilfinger, the German engineering and services company, confirmed this week that it had offered to buy privately owned British commercial property consultant GVA Grimley Holdings, as it looks to increase ...

16 May 2014 CIOB Ambassador awaits answers to son's death

CIOB Ambassador and environmental reporting expert Kye Gbangbola FCIOB has spoken this week about the death of his son Zane during the February floods as he continues to press for ...

16 May 2014 Arup's 'vertical forest' greens Milan housing

Planting to create the world’s first “vertical forest” high-rise development in Milan, Italy, has been completed ahead of project handover at the end of the summer. The Bosco Verticale residential ...

16 May 2014 Qatar labour law reforms feared to be 'inadequate'

The Human Rights Watch campaign organisation has been left disappointed by the lack of ambition and scope in proposed labour law reforms announced on Wednesday by representatives of the Qatari ...

16 May 2014 The Shard and a room with an unexpected view

It seems the “Walkie Scorchie” is not the only one of the latest crop of tall buildings to suffer embarrassing design issues. The Financial Times reported that guests to the ...

16 May 2014 BIM4SMEs announces ambitious growth plans

BIM4SME.org, the networking group formed to promote and guide smaller firms in the uptake of the technology, has set out ambitious plans to extend its reach and expand its activities ...

14 May 2014 Google X off-shoot wins $8m to develop collaborative industry software

A software design firm born from Google’s “moonshot” development arm Google X last week won $8m in venture capitalist funding to develop new collaborative software for the construction industry. San ...

13 May 2014 Cost hikes keep contractors' margins flat, says CPA survey

Contractors are increasingly finding that they can push out tender prices – but any increase in prices is being offset by rises in materials and labour costs, according to the ...

13 May 2014 Survey counts cost of shelved domestic projects

A chronic lack of public confidence in domestic builders could be costing the industry billions of pounds each year, a government survey has revealed. The report, carried out by research ...

13 May 2014 Arabtec unveils plan to be top 10 global contractor

Arabtec Holdings, the largest construction company in the Gulf, has revealed a four-year plan to become one of the 10 largest contractors in the world by 2018. Hasan Ismaik, the ...

13 May 2014 Entries sought for this year's CIAT Awards

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists is welcoming entries to its suite of awards: the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology; the Alan King Award; and the Student Awards for ...

10 May 2014 Contractors and CIOB back 'We are #BuildingBritain' photo blog

Prime minister David Cameron has been tweeting photos of construction workers featured on the We Are Building Britain Tumblr blog, set up to recognise work on hundreds of infrastructure projects ...

09 May 2014 Atkins looks back on 20 years of Channel Tunnel

Consultant's Angles online magazine talks to directors Martin Grant and Michael Muller. It’s been 20 years since HRH Queen Elizabeth II and French President François Mitterrand officially opened the Channel ...

09 May 2014 Balfour Beatty: overseas operations could be sold next

Balfour Beatty's senior management have acknowledged that the strategic re-think announced along with a profits warning earlier this week could result in its Middle East and Hong Kong businesses being ...

09 May 2014 UKCG backs green goal of 'circular economy'

The UK Contractors Group is promoting a new concept in sustainable construction to its 30-strong membership: the “circular economy” where manufacturers and product companies sell “service contracts” for building components ...

06 May 2014 CIOB-backed group lines up against BRE and NBS to develop key BIM tool

The CIOB is part of a consortium taking on the BRE and RIBA Enterprises’s NBS for the contract to develop a crucial “missing link” in Level 2 BIM – the ...

06 May 2014 Government backs offsite with £600,000 'up-skilling' fund

A government-backed competition is offering up to £600,000 of funding to firms with innovative ideas on how to raise the industry’s skills in offsite construction. The competition has been set ...

06 May 2014 Export finance guarantee set to boost overseas work

UK contractors pitching for major Middle East projects against rivals from China, Korea or Australia have been given a negotiating boost by a new government programme, according to Carillion’s corporate ...

06 May 2014 Balfour Beatty CEO quits after profits warning and 13 months in the role

Balfour Beatty has issued a £30m profits warning linked to the performance of its UK construction business, a move followed by the resignation of group chief executive Andrew McNaughton after ...

04 May 2014 Arup team trials 'Body Information Modelling' to engage engineers

A group at Arup has come up with an imaginative and ambitious way to get architects and engineers fired up about BIM. It is using everyday BIM technology to model ...

03 May 2014 Agreement paves way for UK to win at Tokyo 2020

A cooperation agreement to be signed today between the UK and Japan could pave the way for UK contractors to win work on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and 2019 ...

03 May 2014 £2bn PSBP funding boost to reach 500 schools

Consultant EC Harris anticipates that the government’s decision to pump a further £2bn into the Priority School Building Programme for rebuilds and major refurbishments could benefit around 500 schools.  The ...

03 May 2014 Is your job at risk from the rise of robots and Artificial Intelligence?

If you’re a persuasive construction manager with good negotiation and social skills, you can probably breathe a sigh of relief – two recent reports conclude that your skills are likely ...

02 May 2014 How the Shard had a part in hit film Locke

The director of hit film Locke – currently winning four and five star reviews for its portrayal of a construction manager in personal and professional crisis – apparently drew on ...