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28 September 2014 89.7% employment rate for 2013 building grads beats 70% all-subject average

Six months after graduation, last year’s construction graduates enjoyed an employment rate of 89.7% and an unemployment rate of just 4.8% – far higher than the 70% average employment rate ...

25 September 2014 Laing O'Rourke builds 'melting' house for arts festival

The weather might be getting cooler at this time of year, but that won’t stop one house in Bankside, London, from slowly melting into the ground over the coming month. ...

25 September 2014 CIOB conference to address skills shortage

Sir John Armitt, former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, and Peter Hansford, the government’s chief construction adviser, are among the key speakers at a new CIOB conference that will ...

25 September 2014 Sustainability scholars focus on reducing waste

This year’s CIOB Sustainability Scholars, Edward Dixon from Mace and Richard Bartlett from Willmott Dixon, have produced cutting-edge research that addresses a sustainable approach to reducing waste from two different ...

24 September 2014 RIBA offshoot wins £1m contract to develop BIM model checking system

NBS, owned by RIBA Enterprises, has been awarded the £1m contract to develop an online checking system that will verify whether BIM models contain the right level of data that ...

23 September 2014 Spaceports predicted for UK's cities by 2050

Following publication of the CIC’s Built Environment 2050 report, the National Space Centre has come up with its own take on what the UK’s major cities will look like in ...

23 September 2014 Aecom and EC Harris: 'No' paves way for private sector infrastructure boost

The “no” vote in the independence referendum has ended a two-year period of uncertainty for cross-border construction businesses and positions Scotland for more private sector infrastructure investment, according to consultants ...

23 September 2014 Labour plans new housing quangos and low-cost ‘green’ loans

Plans for new local housing quangos to build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and one million interest-free Green Deal loans form part of Labour’s bid to win the next ...

23 September 2014 HSE targets health in four-week site visit campaign

“Health as well as safety” will be the message from the HSE in its latest month-long initiative to target poor standards and unsafe work on building sites across the country. ...

21 September 2014 Scotland needs certainty on new devolution deal, business leaders say

After Scottish voters rejected independence from the UK, the business and construction communities have called for greater certainty on a new political settlement for Scotland as a platform to build ...

19 September 2014 New CITB chief's reform agenda welcomed by industry

Industry representatives have welcomed a candid interview given by new CITB chief executive Adrian Belton in which he admitted that the organisation operates “processes that remind me of banking in ...

19 September 2014 ARB fines architect £5,000 after 'eco-house' went £50k over budget

The Architects Registration Board has issued Dundee architect Gerard Young of Aim Architecture a £5,000 penalty order after finding him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence. The ...

19 September 2014 Scottish industry to benefit from £9m 'ideas lab'

Scottish construction firms will gain access to more than £2m-worth of 3D printers, robotic devices and virtual reality kit following the launch of a major new centre for construction innovation ...

19 September 2014 Retail and commercial work led to bumper August, says Barbour ABI

Barbour ABI’s latest Economic and Construction Market Review shows that the value of commercial and retail construction contracts totalled £5.3bn, a 4.9% increase from July and 16.6% on the value ...

18 September 2014 Paul Morrell backs 'dreamy' Thames garden bridge with ever-increasing price tag

The government’s former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell is backing the controversial proposal to build a £175m “garden bridge” across the Thames, in his role as vice chair of the ...

16 September 2014 Laing O'Rourke is outstanding large employer at CITB awards

Laing O’Rourke was named outstanding large employer of the year at the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Pride of Construction Awards, in recognition of its pioneering work with apprentices and ...

16 September 2014 Skanska USA in legal row over $117m modular tower in New York

Skanska USA and its development partner Forest City Ratner Companies are suing each other over allegations of technical and management shortcomings on a groundbreaking New York modular residential tower project. ...

16 September 2014 DCLG consults on new, simpler housing standards

To implement the findings of the 2012 Housing Standards Review, the government has issued draft technical standards on five areas of residential design that it intends to incorporate into Building ...

14 September 2014 Particle physicists and engineers build BIM model to help study 'God particle'

Arup has put a BIM model at the heart of a five-year project to plan a new circular “atom smasher” four times the size of Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider, giving ...

12 September 2014 Bid to open built environment free school in Manchester

The Class of Your Own educational social enterprise behind the Design, Engineer, Construct! schools curriculum is bidding to open a new free school for over 16s in Manchester. The proposals ...

12 September 2014 CIOB project managers' guide updated for BIM era

The CIOB has published a new BIM-enabled edition of its best-selling Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development, the fifth since it was originally published in 1992. ...

12 September 2014 Let's go back to night school, says FMB-led campaign

A pre-election relaunch of the Get Britain Building campaign has drawn up a checklist of policy ideas that includes a proposal to revive the age of “night school” to upskill ...

12 September 2014 Unsafe gas appliances in one in six homes, survey says

One in six UK homes, equivalent to 4.28 million households, has an unsafe gas appliance, new research suggests. Gas safety organisation Gas Safe Register compiled the study, based on visits ...

10 September 2014 Long-term policies needed for an industry worth 15.3% of GDP, CIOB tells MPs

The construction industry’s total output is worth £250bn a year – equivalent to 15.3% of Gross Domestic Product – according to special report commissioned by the CIOB. The Real Face ...

09 September 2014 US government honours CIOB student for WC research

The US federal government has recognised a construction management student from University College Suffolk (UCS) for his pioneering research into energy efficient urinals, which have saved the US Air Force ...

09 September 2014 WiC project takes root in Wales and Birmingham

A six-year-old project originally launched to boost the number of women working on the Olympic Park has now expanded from London to Birmingham, and plans to start operations in Cardiff. ...

05 September 2014 Fees for intervention is working, says HSE internal report

An independent Fees for Intervention Review panel has concluded that the controversial system for shifting the cost of workplace health and safety regulation onto businesses has proven effective and should ...

05 September 2014 Eco-school to be partly demolished amid £7m claim

After only four years of use, part of one of the UK’s first zero-carbon eco-schools will be demolished and rebuilt amid a £7m legal row over extensive roof leaks. Many ...

05 September 2014 WSP eyes HS2 after Parsons acquisition

WSP Global’s acquisition of New York-based Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty earlier this week for £820m ($1.352m) substantially increases its presence in the UK market, according to Michael Dall, lead ...

05 September 2014 WikiHouse and Wolfson Prize: new housing ideas at the Building Centre

Two high-profile projects that aim to map out housing solutions of the future are being hosted at London’s Building Centre this month – WikiHouse and a crop of entries to ...

02 September 2014 'Behavioural intelligence' and auto procurement predicted by BIM 2050 report

The industry needs to wake up to the transformative impact of digital technologies on its operations and workforce, concludes a new report published yesterday by the Construction Industry Council’s BIM ...

02 September 2014 Vinci tops global ranking of mega-contractors

Vinci is the only non­-Chinese company to make it into the top five of highest grossing global contractors, according to the latest rankings from US magazine Engineering News Record [ENR]. ...

02 September 2014 COINS buys 50% of BIM consultant Fulcro

Construction software company COINS has bought 50% of the shares of BIM consultant Fulcro Engineering Services, a specialist in advising contractors and clients on implementing BIM in projects. COINS deputy ...

02 September 2014 Industry complacent on road risk, CM survey finds

The industry is failing in its responsibilities to make our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, according to one of the key findings in CM’s exclusive online survey of industry ...