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27 November 2015 10 things you need to know about the chancellor's Autumn Statement 2015

1. Commitment to build 400,000 homes for £6.9bn The headline figure of 400,00 homes by 2020 breaks down as: £2.3bn to subsidise 200,000 homes in the previously-announced starter homes scheme ...

27 November 2015 Collaboration is key in challenging global market, CIOB conference hears

International collaboration is key to addressing the acute skills shortages and financial challenges in the UK construction sector, delegates at CIOB’s International Inspiring Construction Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II ...

27 November 2015 Capacity crunch leads Bouygues UK to import EU subcontractors

Arnaud Bekaert, managing director of construction at Bouygues UK, has revealed that skills shortages and lack of capacity in the UK supply chain are forcing the French-owned contractor to bring ...

27 November 2015 CIOB launches rebranded Time and Cost Management contract

The CIOB has released its Time and Cost Management (TCM15) contract, a renamed and updated version of the Complex Projects Contract 2013. The new name, chosen to reflect the contract’s ...

26 November 2015 Q&A briefing: how will the new apprenticeship levy affect the industry

The chancellor's announcement on the new apprenticeship levy - set at 0.5% of payroll turnover above a threshold of £3m - raises questions for the CITB and the industry. Construction ...

26 November 2015 CIOBjobs: last chance to apply for Bristol City Council Roles

Bristol City Council’s Housing Delivery is undertaking a major programme of Council House New Build schemes alongside other major projects to existing stock and we require experienced construction professionals including ...

25 November 2015 CIOB and ITN Productions' 'Building Tomorrow' premieres at London event

Delegates at the CIOB's International Inspiring Construction conference yesterday (24 November) were the first to see “Building Tomorrow”, a special co-production between the CIOB and ITN Productions.  More than 250 ...

24 November 2015 Oil price slump brings late payment and cancelled projects to Middle East

UK contractors active in the Middle East are adjusting to an environment where the oil price slump will lead to some projects being shelved, and where they will increasingly have ...

24 November 2015 Boris to push for zero carbon homes in London

London mayor Boris Johnson has indicated that he hopes to push ahead with the zero carbon homes requirement in his London Plan, despite the government abandoning plans to ratchet up Part ...

24 November 2015 New guidance on occupational health follows HSE enforcement drive

A new 20-page guide to improving construction workers’ health and managing risks has been published by HSE advisory body CONIAC, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Occupational ...

24 November 2015 CPA cuts growth forecast after Q3 slowdown

As expected, the Construction Products Association has downgraded its growth forecast for 2015 and 2016, following a third quarter that saw a noticeable slowdown in construction activity. But the CPA ...

24 November 2015 BRE's acquisition of CEEQUAL scheme splits industry opinon

News that the CEEQUAL rating scheme for civil engineering has been acquired by BRE Global, the organisation responsible for the BREEAM certification scheme, has been welcomed by some, but others ...

23 November 2015 Government floats plan to cut size threshold for new apprenticeship levy

Thousands more construction companies could end up paying two apprenticeship levies if the government follows through on suggestions it will cut the definition of “larger” employers that pay into the ...

20 November 2015 CIOBjobs: contract management opportunity in a vibrant London borough

Are you interested in working for an exciting organisation, which has steady and continuous growth and are keen to expand their Quality Team? A Quality Assurance Contract Manager role is ...

20 November 2015 Devolution gathers momentum as Birmingham and Liverpool agree deals

The West Midlands and Merseyside have become the latest regions to sign up to devolution deals. The announcement takes the number of regions that have agreed devolution plans, and will ...

20 November 2015 Residential sector bounces back in October, says Barbour ABI

The residential sector accounted for almost half (49%) the value of all construction contracts won in October, according to the latest Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analyst Barbour ...

20 November 2015 Industry questions Rudd's energy policy speech

A speech this week by energy secretary Amber Rudd on the UK’s future energy policy, outlining the UK’s plans ahead of the UN summit on climate change in Paris next ...

16 November 2015 Housing crisis needs 'Partnerships for Schools' agency, says Arcadis

Construction consultancy Arcadis is floating the idea of a new national agency that would take the “big picture” overview of the UK’s housing needs and combine the resources of public ...

16 November 2015 Disputes are on the rise, according to NBS survey

The number of disputes in the construction industry has risen over the past two years, according to evidence from the National Construction Contracts and Law Survey 2015, conducted by RIBA ...

16 November 2015 Supply Chain School launches free Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Toolkit

A CITB-funded e-learning tool to help construction employers promote “fairness, inclusion and respect” in the working environment has been launched by the Supply Chain School organisation, the Civil Engineering Contractors’ ...

16 November 2015 Costain, Pinsent Masons team up to tackle legal barriers to innovation

A team made up of contractor Costain, law firm Pinsent Masons and academics from the University of Cambridge have secured a grant from Innovate UK to examine the contractual, legal ...

15 November 2015 Global forecast shows demand soaring in emerging economies - and the US

A forecast for the world’s construction market over the next 15 years has predicted that China will lose its role as pre-eminent global growth engine to India and the USA, ...

13 November 2015 Green Construction Board targets 'circular economy'

The Green Construction Board, chaired by Skanska chief executive Mike Putnam and government skills minister Nick Boles, has unveiled a new line up and fresh set of priorities.       The ...

13 November 2015 HSE targets clients and designers under CDM 2015 in inspection blitz

The latest “blitz” of inspection visits on 1,908 refurbishment sites across the country found  almost half – 46% – fell below acceptable standards. For the first time, many clients and ...

13 November 2015 Catalogue of failed installations shrinking market for insulation retrofits, report finds

A government-backed report published yesterday calls for action to address the poor installation standards, inadequate regulations and lack of workable funding initiatives that have shrunk the market for solid wall ...

13 November 2015 Infrastructure shake-up risks uncertainty, warns ACE

The government has announced another major shake-up on infrastructure planning, by merging the Treasury-run Infrastructure UK (IUK) and the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority (MPA) into a new body called ...

10 November 2015 6,000 workers to resit CSCS H&S test after CITB analysis finds suspect 'patterns'

Following investigations prompted by last month’s Newsnight exposé, at least 6,000 individuals will have to resit the CITB’s Health, Safety & Environment test after suspicious patterns at the test centres ...

10 November 2015 NASC Yearbook 2016 highlights sector's achievements

The NASC 2016 Yearbook has been published by the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, containing guides to latest best practice in scaffolding and case studies of the most interesting challenges ...

10 November 2015 Energiesprong retrofit consortium wins £2.6m EU grant

The consortium of housing associations, contractors and advisers planning to bring the Energiesprong zero carbon retrofit model from the Netherlands to the UK has secured an EU grant of £2.6m ...

10 November 2015 Five new prisons to be built by 2020 in cost-saving drive

The government has announced that it plans to open nine new prisons in England and Wales – five by 2020 – to replace ageing Victorian prisons in city centres with ...

06 November 2015 Call for update on fire safety regs after Lakanal recommendations ignored

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) – in conjunction with the Construction Industry Council – is calling for an overhaul of Approved Document B on fire safety after gathering evidence that ...

06 November 2015 CPA calls on sector to formalise existing training

A report from the Construction Products Association is calling on the sector to drive up standards by converting the “informal” training offered by manufacturers and suppliers into transferable credits towards ...

06 November 2015 Underfunded south-east needs ‘Northern Powerhouse’ vision, says Aecom

The south east of England is facing a widening gap between the infrastructure needed to support the delivery of new homes and available funding, according to a study by Aecom ...

04 November 2015 DECC backs research to emulate Australia success in closing ‘performance gap’

A research project supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change is to examine whether Australia’s approach to closing the “performance gap” in commercial buildings could also work in ...

04 November 2015 CIOB premieres Building Tomorrow film at International Inspiring Construction

Delegates at the CIOB's International Inspiring Construction conference will be among the first to see “Building Tomorrow”, a special co-production between the CIOB and ITN Productions. A 15-minute abridged version ...

04 November 2015 A year of achievement at the CIOB

Institute highlights benefits of membership as renewal date nears. Members will be receiving their renewal notice for CIOB subscription for 2016, following a year when the CIOB has been at ...

04 November 2015 Higher Apprenticeship piloted at Welsh colleges

The CIOB Higher Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision is now being piloted at Coleg Sir Gar, Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Ceredigion, before potentially being rolled out across Wales. With output ...

03 November 2015 Housing boom shifts to 'Northern Powerhouse', says Scape's ONS analysis

An analysis of the industry’s £140bn output recorded between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015 by construction framework organisation Scape has highlighted regional variations, with evidence that housing projects in particular ...

03 November 2015 CIOB seeks candidates for £3,000 sustainability scholarships

The CIOB has begun its annual search for candidates to carry out research into sustainability in construction through the Sustainability Scholarship programme. Open for entry until 18 December, successful candidates ...

03 November 2015 CPA set to revise growth forecasts down following ONS Q3 data

The Construction Products Association is set to downgrade its output growth forecast for 2015 and 2016, after preliminary ONS data suggested that output dropped by 2.2% in Q3 (July to ...

03 November 2015 Duke of Gloucester's Young Achiever awards: final call

The deadline to enter the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme, run by the Construction Youth Trust charity, is this Friday 6 November. Supported by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, ...

03 November 2015 Pro-UK steel guidance welcomed, but doubts raised over impact

The new government guidance on procuring steel for public sector construction and infrastructure projects over £10m has been welcomed in the industry, but the Construction Products Association has raised questions ...

02 November 2015 Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in October

1. CDM 2015 six months on: HSE inspector says PD role is 'a journey'