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29 August 2014 CIOB's pre-election campaign to guide MPs and candidates on industry issues

The CIOB is launching a new pre-election campaign to brief the next intake of MPs about the changing face of the modern construction industry: high-tech, value-creating and home to high ...

29 August 2014 Procure Plus to build its own offsite factory

Procurement organisation Procure Plus is planning to create the  first off-site factory dedicated to social housing which could see up to 1,000 homes produced in north west England each year ...

26 August 2014 Construction Manager's top ten stories you read in August

1. HSE rethinks plan to drop Approved Code of Practice for CDM 2015 launch

22 August 2014 New guide to renewables for construction SMEs

Construction SMEs looking to develop their expertise in renewable energy systems could benefit from a free “toolkit” launched by the Institute for Sustainability. The Renewable Energy Toolkit aims to help ...

22 August 2014 'Cornerstone' website offers digital posterity

A Linked-in style website dedicated to UK buildings and the people who build them has been launched by a firm led by the Construction Industry Council's chief operating officer Andrew ...

22 August 2014 New vice president: let's talk about clients

Paul Nash FCIOB, the Institute’s new vice president and a director of Turner & Townsend, has promised to bring a “client’s perspective” to the CIOB, acknowledging their need for new ...

22 August 2014 MP questions Tate Modern extension delays after government's 'amber-red' warning

The £215m Tate Modern extension was rated “amber-red” in the latest review by the government’s Major Projects Authority – a designation that means “successful delivery of the project is in ...

22 August 2014 University patents new solar power booster system

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University have developed a solar concentrator technology for glazing that connects to solar photovoltaic cells and is able to generate up to four times the power ...

22 August 2014 New York to build $60m oyster wall to protect Staten Island

New York’s Staten Island, hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, is to be protected from any future coastal storms by a “living breakwater” of natural and manmade materials designed to ...

19 August 2014 HSE rethinks plan to drop Approved Code of Practice for CDM 2015 launch

The HSE is planning a partial reversal of its plan to abandon the Approved Code of Practice when it implements the CDM Regulations 2015, and now intends to publish a ...

19 August 2014 CLOCS to launch new accident data software

The Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety [CLOCS] campaign will next month launch a free web-based software system to allow construction companies to track road safety and compare their performance with ...

19 August 2014 Peter Jacobs joins Wilson James board as non-exec

Peter Jacobs, former managing director of Morgan Sindall’s London and airports division and the immediate past president of the CIOB, has been appointed as a non-executive board director of logistics ...

19 August 2014 Costain steps up campaign against silica dust

Costain is launching new guidance on preventing and controlling exposure to silica dust on its construction sites. The move follows an HSE blitz on small sites that found high levels ...

19 August 2014 Boris outlaws 10-year-old plant to control pollution

Construction plant over 10 years old will be banned in London under tough new air quality restrictions due to be implemented next year. London mayor Boris Johnson’s mandatory Supplementary Planning ...

19 August 2014 CITB seeks training managers for London pilot

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is searching for training managers to coordinate a £2m scheme to create jobs for up to 500 unemployed construction workers and boost training capacity ...

18 August 2014 Construction loses seat at No 10 as Boles takes on portfolio from Hancock

The construction portfolio awarded in the July reshuffle to minister of state Matthew Hancock has now been re-assigned to Department of Business, Innovation and Skills minister of state Nick Boles. ...

15 August 2014 London's 'microflats' planned for Bristol

Niche London developer Pocket Living – a specialist in building affordable “microflats” sold to young professionals – is eyeing opportunities in other university cities, the company’s co-founder and director Paul ...

15 August 2014 UK BIM expertise heads to Australia and Hong Kong

A UK BIM training course set up to provide hands-on experience of a virtual construction project is now being offered to contractors in Australia and Hong Kong. The Virtual Project ...

13 August 2014 95 finalists delivering world-class construction take centre stage at CMYA 2014

The individuals who masterminded the construction of some of the most iconic buildings of recent years will compete for the prestigious gold and silver Construction Manager of the Year Awards ...

12 August 2014 Balfour Beatty outlines 'The Road Ahead'

Balfour Beatty has firmly turned down Carillion’s second merger overture, outlining instead its future strategy of simplifying its business, recruiting a “top flight” chief executive, and restoring value for shareholders. ...

12 August 2014 OJEU debut for new £50m green framework for London

A new framework for contractors to deliver energy efficiency retrofits to 175,000 homes in London – expected to be worth at least £50m – is to be advertised on the ...

12 August 2014 Renewable heat to be drawn from 40 rivers and coastal sites

Around 50 urban rivers and estuaries in England could provide large-scale renewable heating supplies to local communities, according to a new map produced by Buro Happold for the Department of ...

12 August 2014 KPMG analyses government construction pipeline data

The government’s Construction Pipeline is dominated by a handful of high value transport projects and a large number of low value schemes, according to analysis of official data carried out ...

08 August 2014 Folkestone art festival's Mr Fix It - meet Andy Cruttenden MCIOB

The Folkestone Triennial, an art event which launched on 30 August and will run until 2 November, relies on the creativity of 20 artists including Yoko Ono and Andy Goldsworthy ...

08 August 2014 Laing O'Rourke highlights DfMA in search for high margins over volume

Laing O’Rourke’s Annual Review 2013 highlights the group’s search for “high-quality profitable work rather than volume”, its positive cash balance and its growing faith in the Design for Manufacture and ...

08 August 2014 New hire for Balfour Beatty M&E business

Mark Hoyland has been appointed as managing director of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, the group’s building services and M&E engineering business. Hoyland will join Balfour Beatty in mid-August, with the ...

08 August 2014 ICE launches new BIM for Infrastructure training

The Institution of Civil Engineers has launched new two-day “BIM for infrastructure” training courses across the UK. The courses are aimed at senior managers, project managers, engineers and technicians, and ...

08 August 2014 Crossrail extension and new northern rail link tabled

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin yesterday mooted a plan to extend Crossrail services into Hertfordshire, linking the cross-London service directly to the forthcoming HS2 line. The proposal is for Crossrail services ...

08 August 2014 Carillion awarded new charter mark for “integrity”

Carillion has become the first construction firm to gain accreditation under the new ethical business standard Investing in Integrity (IiI), which upholds it to high standards on equality and diversity, ...

07 August 2014 Industry hunts for subcontractors and supplies as housing enters 'overdrive'

The availability of subcontractors is coming under severe strain as output across the board continues to pick up and the housing sector in particular enters “overdrive”, commentators have said. This ...

05 August 2014 Heather Bryant quits the HSE for Balfour Beatty

The HSE’s chief inspector of construction is leaving the organisation after a 26-year career and just 15 months in the top construction role, to take up a new role as ...

05 August 2014 Balfour and Carillion: what the papers say, part II

After the Carillion-Balfour Beatty courtship was abruptly called off last Thursday over Carillion’s late-in-the-day insistence that Parsons Brinckerhoff should remain in Balfour Beatty's ownership, the two companies have been anxious ...

05 August 2014 Construction Manager's top ten stories you read in July

1. Balfour Beatty and Carillion shock the industry  A week ago, Carillion and troubled Balfour Beatty sent shockwaves through the industry with the news that the two businesses were in ...

05 August 2014 Little robot with big plans to insulate 6m homes

Thousands of pre-1919 homes owned by the Peabody Trust, Westminster's CityWest Homes and Camden Council could be the first to trial a new robotic system that sprays insulation underneath wooden ...

05 August 2014 Manchester JV aims to deliver 55,000 homes

Manchester City Council has set up a joint venture with the Homes and Communities Agency designed to help it unlock development sites and deliver up to 55,000 new homes by ...