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27 June 2014 Balfour Beatty targets property and nuclear deals with new hires

Paul Gandy FCIOB, operations director at Lend Lease responsible for the £1.2bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, is to join Balfour Beatty in a newly-created role to capitalise on the booming ...

27 June 2014 Aecom: how we built the 'paperweight' pavilion

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic is a semi-translucent shell-like hoop resting on oversized boulders – an other-wordly creation inspired by the architect’s exploration of Oscar Wilde’s ...

27 June 2014 Channel 5 celebrates four “supertall” towers

A TV series examining the world’s most innovative skyscrapers begins next week with an examination of the $5bn One World Trade Center building in New York, designed to be the ...

27 June 2014 Social value takes hold in public procurement, says report

Two thirds of public housing providers put a focus on social value when they procure projects and that trend is likely to increase in future, a study backed by Wates ...

25 June 2014 Carillion turns to Ancient Greek solution for Durham project's hydropower

A riverside office development being built and developed by Carillion in Durham has turned to a 2000-year-old technology to generate renewable electricity to supply 76% of the building’s energy needs ...

24 June 2014 30-day terms annul need for PBAs, says Willmott Dixon

Project bank accounts are a bureaucratic and over-complex way of improving supply chain payment times that offer no advantages over standard 30-day payment terms, according to a report by contractor ...

24 June 2014 New president sets out his CIOB agenda

Professor Ghassan Aouad, inaugurated as the 111th president of the CIOB at the annual general meeting on 16 June in Doha, Qatar last month, described his early life and pride ...

24 June 2014 CIOB-backed 'trailblazer' back on track

A group of major contractors led by Balfour Beatty is working with five chartered institutes including the CIOB to draw up the details of a forthcoming “professional apprenticeship” for construction ...

24 June 2014 Safe digging toolkit aims to reduce utility strikes

Contractors, major clients and the HSE have today launched a new best practice safety “toolkit” that aims to reduce the number of accidents caused by striking underground utilities and services ...

22 June 2014 Qatar labour reforms are merely 'tinkering', Amnesty tells CIOB conference

Human rights organisation Amnesty International told CIOB members attending this week’s conference in Qatar that planned reforms of the country’s kafala system did not go far enough, and warned of ...

20 June 2014 Public buildings shine in RIBA awards

Brent Civic Centre, the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth are among 17 public buildings to receive a National RIBA Award this week. Public buildings ...

20 June 2014 Chetwoods Architects designs 1km high towers

British architect Chetwoods has unveiled its design for a pair of 1km tall towers in China, which would be the world’s tallest and cost around £1.2bn to construct. The design ...

20 June 2014 Totally wooden house among best designed homes in UK

Woodblock House, a home designed by dRMM for Hackney artist Richard Woods, made almost totally of timber, is among 23 homes on the longlist for the UK’s foremost private housing ...

20 June 2014 Could all workers' camps in Qatar be like this?

Delicious curries and clean, spacious accommodation were on display this week at a large workers’ camp in Qatar as one of the country’s biggest construction clients sought to show an ...

20 June 2014 Scape to appoint new civils framework contractor by Christmas

Scape is expecting to appoint a contractor to its new National Civil and Infrastructure Framework by December. A notice of the framework, which is claimed to be the first national ...

20 June 2014 Only 3.4% of managers in construction from BAME groups

Just 3.4% of managers in the construction industry are from Black Asian Minority and Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, a new report from the charity Business in the Community has found. Race ...

18 June 2014 CIOB signs two key memoranda in Qatar and welcomes new president

The CIOB’s Members’ Forum is underway in Doha, Qatar, this week, marked by the signing of two key memorandums of understanding with local organisations, an address by the UK Ambassador ...

17 June 2014 Uncertainty for UK firms caught up in Iraq crisis

British and international construction firms with projects in Iraq are understood to be reviewing the tense situation and keeping in touch with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Militants from the ...

17 June 2014 ONS: output up, but new orders drop 6.3%

Industry observers have given a mixed response to the latest figures on construction output and new orders from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The ONS bulletin reported that seasonally ...

17 June 2014 Training boosts for management skills and women in engineering

Construction businesses across the UK are being offered co-investment to help develop new ways of boosting management skills in the sector. A £4m funding pot is available through the UK ...

16 June 2014 NFB and BRE launch new BIM initiatives

The National Federation of Builders has launched a five-day course designed to train individuals at SMEs to become “BIM champions” within their businesses. Run by the NFB’s Business & Skills ...

15 June 2014 New CIC chairman floats plan for cut-price degree to combat skills shortages

Gardiner & Theobald senior partner Tony Burton, the incoming chairman of the Construction Industry Council, is floating the idea of a new form of construction degree that would slash fees ...

13 June 2014 Glasgow infrastructure map to inspire school children

The ICE is aiming to inspire the next generation of civil engineers with the launch of a new map and literature showcasing Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games. ...

11 June 2014 CLOCS ticking to eliminate cyclist fatalities linked to construction vehicles

Contractors are being urged to pool data on road accidents and near misses involving construction vehicles in a new online database as part of a three-pronged campaign to eliminate cyclist ...

11 June 2014 Arup pioneers 3D printed steel nodes

Arup has demonstrated how a form of 3D printing technique called additive manufacturing can be used to produce complex steel connections more efficiently. The structural engineer collaborated with design software ...

10 June 2014 Olympic Stadium engineer to lead Laing O'Rourke's technical team

Leading consulting engineer Paul Westbury has been appointed group technical director at Laing O’Rourke, where his responsibilities for technical and engineering issues will include heading up its Engineering Excellence Group ...

10 June 2014 Plant theft crime ring convicted by specialist police unit

A Metropolitan Police prosecution has resulted in a sentence of three years and four months for a 79-year-old-man at the heart of a racket to steal construction and agricultural plant ...

10 June 2014 Pochin grandson to take Cheshire contractor back under family ownership

Cheshire based contractor Pochin’s is heading back into family hands after a bid from the founder’s grandson to buy it off the stock exchange was accepted this week. Jim Nicholson, ...

08 June 2014 'Provisional' and 'apprentice' cards to stem concerns over Green card shake up

CSCS is allaying industry concerns that the shake up to its Green card scheme would adversely impact on new entrants and other key groups with plans for a new CSCS ...

07 June 2014 Mace predicts £2bn turnover by 2020

Mace’s annual report and accounts show the company making strong progress towards delivering a seven-year growth strategy for 2013-2020, with an 8% increase in turnover to £1.18bn as well as ...

06 June 2014 Construction in dock over Edinburgh tram project

Lessons must be learnt over why Edinburgh’s troubled tram project doubled in cost and took twice as long to build as originally planned, Alex Salmond told the Scottish Parliament as ...

06 June 2014 NHBC targets CIOB members for 100 technical jobs

The NHBC is targeting CIOB members to fill up to 100 front line technical jobs up as part of a major recruitment drive to support house building. The housing warranty ...

06 June 2014 Designers using more steel in buildings than necessary

The construction industry is using almost double the amount of steel in buildings than is required by safety codes, which is having a dramatic impact on carbon emissions, latest research ...

06 June 2014 Queen's Speech: good for house builders, bad for environment

Plans to water down environmental requirements on small housebuilding sites split the industry’s response to this week’s Queen Speech hailed by David Cameron as a blueprint “To Get Britain Building ...

03 June 2014 CIOB launches global search for 'hidden heroes'

A global competition to discover the “hidden heroes” responsible for bringing new thinking and better outcomes to construction projects around the world has been launched by the CIOB. The International ...

03 June 2014 Cable promises payment laws... "when time permits"

An announcement from the coalition that it plans to legislate to force “major” companies to publish data on their payment performance has received a lukewarm welcome from SME representatives – ...

03 June 2014 3D laser scan helps fire-hit Mackintosh school

Experts in 3D laser scanning have been scanning the fire-damaged western gable wall of Glasgow School of Art to support the early phase of reconstruction of the much-loved Charles Rennie ...

01 June 2014 Build homes above hospitals to solve London's housing shortage, urges WSP

London and other cities should integrate public and private uses in high-rise double and triple-decker buildings to maximise available land, according to consultant WSP and University College London. In particular, ...