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29 July 2014 Essentia outlines plan to offer 'third way' in NHS construction procurement

The in-house project management team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has outlined its plans to manage and advise on capital projects for other NHS clients and overseas ...

29 July 2014 Balfour Beatty and Carillion: what the papers say

Press commentary around the possible Carillion and Balfour Beatty merger has mainly centred on the idea that Carillion – far smaller than its rival in terms of turnover – has ...

29 July 2014 New device for HGVs could save cyclists' lives

A ground-breaking cycle safety technology currently being trialled on buses could soon find its way on to construction HGVs, says its inventor, Bristol-based engineering company Fusion Processing. CycleEye is a ...

29 July 2014 CIOB launches new CPD service

To meet the growing learning needs of busy, knowledgeable construction professionals the Chartered Institute of Building has launched a new CPD portal for CIOB members. The online system hosts a ...

29 July 2014 Australian team wins CIOB Global Student Challenge

A team of four students from Australia’s RMIT University beat finalists from five other leading international universities to win this year’s CIOB Global Student Challenge. The competition, held in an ...

25 July 2014 Carillion and Balfour Beatty shock the industry

Carillion and troubled Balfour Beatty have shocked the industry with the news that the two businesses are in detailed talks over a possible merger. Carillion, with a turnover of £4.1bn ...

25 July 2014 Homeowners wake up to revised Green Deal

Latest figures on Green Deal uptake from the government and the Green Deal Finance Company indicate that the heavily-criticised domestic retrofit programme is increasing its appeal to homeowners and tenants. ...

25 July 2014 Report warns over building control's ageing workforce

The building control sector is facing a skills crisis with just 2.6% of officers under the age of 24, the latest report has revealed. The annual study on building control ...

25 July 2014 Carillion-Igloo floats another housing innovation

The tie-up between regeneration manager Igloo and contractor Carillion has pulled off its highest-profile project win so far, when it was this week chosen to build Britain’s first “floating village” ...

25 July 2014 Calls to cut workplace silica follows HSE health 'blitz'

An academic-cum-safety activist from the University of Stirling is calling on the HSE to tighten workplace safeguards against harmful silica dust. An editorial campaign by Professor Rory O’Neil in Hazards ...

22 July 2014 Construction innovation: seven wonders of the world

There's a big world out there, and a big world wide web to go with it. Here is a brief selection of innovative construction ideas from around the world we've ...

22 July 2014 Late payers owe industry SMEs up to 16% of turnover

A survey by a debt recovery firm based on Companies House data suggests that construction SMEs were burdened with an average “trade debt” of £484,000 in 2013/14. Debt Guard Solicitors ...

22 July 2014 HS2 headquarters set to boost Birmingham

The construction headquarters of the HS2 high-speed rail project will be based in Birmingham, leading to the creation of 1,500 jobs in the largest-ever public sector relocation to the city. ...

22 July 2014 Is there a brick crisis, or isn't there?

Anyone with a passing or professional interest in the brick industry might have found themselves slightly confused by recent news from two rival brick manufacturers. Last week, multinational producer Wienerberger ...

18 July 2014 House built by after-school club tops out in London playground

Students at a west London academy have this week completed the structural shell of a single-story timber-framed house in the school playground, in a £250 000 project it’s hoped could ...

18 July 2014 'Born to build' campaign targets 14-19 year-olds

A slick new social media campaign and website aimed at maximising the reach of the industry’s message on career opportunities has been launched by the UK Contractors’ Group with the ...

18 July 2014 Kier's Sheffield to join Laing O'Rourke

Paul Sheffield, formerly group chief executive of Kier, has been appointed to head up Laing O'Rourke's Europe Hub, covering operations in Canada, United Kingdom and the Middle East.  Sheffield is ...

18 July 2014 Contractors battle it out for Stirling Prize accolade

Projects built by Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Gilbert Ash, Mace, Morgan Sindall and Geoffrey Osborne will battle it out for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize this year after the finalists were ...

18 July 2014 Offices overspecified for M&E in wifi age, says report

Designers are over-specifying small power loads in offices by up to 40%, with knock-on effects on cooling requirements, the latest research by the British Council for Offices (BCO) has revealed. ...

18 July 2014 CITB levy plan cuts admin but raises bill for 1 in 6

Proposed changes to the CITB levy system are expected to cut the administrative burden for the 22,000 levy payers but also inflate the amount paid by 16% of contractors. The ...

18 July 2014 MPs urge industry to curb road traffic accidents

MPs on the Transport Select Committee have urged the road haulage and construction sectors to make more progress on improving their safety record and reducing collisions with cyclists. Launching a ...

16 July 2014 Sydney Opera House trials new BIM for FM service

BIM Academy, the joint venture between BIM academics at Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture, is launching a new “BIM for FM” consultancy service after successfully trialling its approach at Sydney ...

16 July 2014 Safe on our Streets: take the survey

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15 July 2014 CPA to seek greater BIM data standardisation under Caplehorn

Peter Caplehorn, the new head of policy at the Construction Products Association (CPA), has pledged to push for greater standardisation of BIM data among product manufacturers. Caplehorn is the former ...

15 July 2014 UK falling behind on 2050 carbon targets

The UK is slipping behind on its its over-arching carbon reduction targets and needs to boost uptake of low carbon heat technology and raise its ambitions on the energy efficiency ...

11 July 2014 Efforts to reduce impact on cyclists applauded as safety tool trials start

More than 10 construction-related companies have signed up to take part in the trial of new database aimed at reducing cycling accidents involving construction vehicles. The new tool was launched ...

11 July 2014 Galliford Try's Miller buy could spark more M&As

Galliford Try’s acquisition of Miller Construction may serve as a catalyst for further takeovers, says a leading analyst. “The sale of the Miller Construction business could trigger a small wave ...

11 July 2014 United House uses new app to speed site progress reports

United House has rolled out an innovative app for reporting on the progress of projects across all its sites in an effort to increase the accuracy of project information. The ...

11 July 2014 Blacklisting victims' cases to be heard as one supercase

A high court judge agreed yesterday (10 July) that cases made by blacklisting victims could be heard together under a so-called Group Litigation Order (GLO). The next court date has ...

11 July 2014 Commission seeks to recession-proof training

A commission set up to investigate the crisis in construction apprenticeships will examine how government apprenticeship reforms can be made to work for small businesses and how vocational training can ...

08 July 2014 New CIOB president on innovation, overseas growth and his role model: VIDEO

Professor Ghassan Aouad, the 111th President of the Chartered Institute of Building, says he wants to make growing overseas membership one of his key achievements during his year in office. ...

08 July 2014 Laing O'Rourke to ramp up offsite solution for housing crisis

Laing O'Rourke is planning to ramp up delivery of offsite housing under the guidance of its new head of accommodation Steve Trusler, former head of strategy at Wates. The contractor’s ...

08 July 2014 Warning over non-compliant steel on site

Many construction projects currently on site could be breaking the law by using non-CE marked steelwork, experts have warned. New regulations came into force on 1 July requiring all manufacturers, ...

08 July 2014 Andy Wates named new chair of CYT

After 12 years as chairman of the Construction Youth Trust, Rod Bennion, the former Wates chief operating officer, has stepped down from the charity. Bennion’s period as chairman has seen ...

08 July 2014 Mixed progress for fair payment programmes

New tools to drive better payment terms in the sector are showing mixed progress. Figures released by the government show it has exceeded its target to roll out project bank ...

08 July 2014 Sustainable building material made from paper

Walls and floors could be made from shredded paper after researchers at Nottingham Trent University developed a new material which they claim is as strong as MDF (medium density-fibreboard). A ...

08 July 2014 Dubai plans biggest retail mall in the world

For a country that has boasted the world’s tallest building and its biggest aquarium, Dubai’s latest plans are even more audacious: the world’s biggest shopping mall, with 7km of temperature-controlled ...

06 July 2014 Construction Manager's Top 10 stories you read in June

1. Carillion turns to Ancient Greek solution for Durham project's hydropower

01 July 2014 Drones to help Welsh in zero waste to landfill drive

A pioneering trial set up to help the Welsh government to identify ways of meeting its target of zero waste to landfill by 2025 will utilise a photographic drone to ...

01 July 2014 RICS appoints first female president

Louise Brooke-Smith became the first female president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in its 146-year history. A qualified urban land economist and chartered town planner, Brooke-Smith has gained ...

01 July 2014 Chinese firm unveils world's largest 3D printer

The Chinese 3D printing revolution continued as yet another firm set out plans to print whole houses with the world’s largest 3D printer. Qingdao Unique Products Develop Co unveiled the ...

01 July 2014 Israeli develops "smart" brick to cut costs

An Israeli entrepreneur has developed a smart building block that has the potential to revolutionise the construction industry, reducing building and running costs for new homes. The new block, currently ...

01 July 2014 Flexible working rights could aid older workers

From today every construction employee has the right to request flexible working. Until now, the right has only been available for carers, or people who look after children. Today’s extension ...

01 July 2014 Take bid cost survey and win a workshop for 25

The CIOB is asking its members to take part in a 10-minute survey to establish the cost of bidding to find out whether this has changed in 10 years. The ...