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18 December 2015 Government-backed fair payment charter due for rocky relaunch in 2016

The Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter – a flagship initiative of the Construction Leadership Council – is expected to be relaunched in early 2016, but early indications are that securing ...

18 December 2015 Vote now: Art of Building 2015 shortlist revealed

Photographs from Denmark, USA, Bangladesh, Iceland, Hong Kong, India, Spain and the UK have been shortlisted for the CIOB’s annual international Art of Building photography contest. The public can now ...

18 December 2015 Boles updates CIOB event on future of CITB

Nick Boles, the government’s minister of state for skills, has promised further consultation next year on a possible modus vivendi for the CITB levy and the new all-industry apprentiship levy. ...

18 December 2015 Failure in photos: insulation retrofits gone wrong

Last year, as part of an awareness-raising campaign, the Property Care Association asked contractor members to submit photos and details of properties where they had been called in to do ...

18 December 2015 Government cuts PV industry some slack with revised Feed-in Tariffs

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the new Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates for 2016 and beyond, which are higher than the government’s original proposed rates. Although ...

15 December 2015 Construction begins on key climate change research facility in Midlands forest

Shaylor Group starts on site with UK's first FACE experiment. West Midlands-based contractor Shaylor Group has begun construction of a £10.4m facility to test the impact of elevated levels of ...

15 December 2015 Paddington's 'Shard' submitted for planning by Sellar and Piano

Sellar Property Group and Great Western Developments, a subsidiary of publicly listed Singaporean company Hotel Properties, have submitted a planning application for a 254m tall skyscraper next to Paddington Station. ...

15 December 2015 COP 21 hailed as turning point, but UK government urged to step up

The industry has welcomed the COP 21 Paris climate change agreement, which commits 196 nations to drive down carbon dioxide emissions to limit global warming to “well below” 2 deg ...

15 December 2015 ONS: construction orders up in Q3 as October output recovers

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest that the construction industry experienced a slight increase in demand and orders in Q3, contrasting with the decline in output ...

15 December 2015 Rethink underway on industry's carbon reduction pledge

The industry is revisiting its policy on contractors’ commitments to reducing their in-house carbon emissions, following the shake-up caused by the creation of BuildUK, and also the end of the ...

14 December 2015 Why is Ricky Tomlinson in the news? Criminal case review process explained

Many Construction Manager readers will know that Liverpudlian actor Ricky Tomlinson is also a member of the “Shrewsbury 24”. They were a group of pickets in the 1972 national construction ...

11 December 2015 Construction should view ageing population as an opportunity, says CIOB

Construction needs to encourage older workers to remain in the industry and harness their knowledge to help reduce the skills gap, says the CIOB.

11 December 2015 Seven firms shortlisted as client advisers on £5.7bn Parliament refurb

Five companies or joint ventures have been shortlisted to provide client advisory programme, project and cost management services for the Palace of Westminster restoration and renewal programme. The companies shortlisted ...

11 December 2015 CCS checklist to cover illegal worker checks

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is to update its checklist requirements for the sites it visits to include the stipulation that contractors must properly carry out the Home Office’s Right to ...

11 December 2015 Texan group puts in takeover bid for ISG

A Texan investment company called Cathexis has launched a bid to buy contractor ISG, after the latter issued a profits warning earlier this month predicting that its construction division was ...

10 December 2015 Scottish govt rejects claim linking Forth Bridge failure to shelved repairs

The Scottish government’s Transport Scotland agency has hit back at press reports in the Scottish media suggesting that a technical problem identified five years ago but not acted on was ...

08 December 2015 Renewable energy tops infrastructure wish list, says survey

The infrastructure priorities identified by a survey of more than 2,000 members of the public are led by renewable energy (43%), more house building (39%) and energy from waste plants ...

08 December 2015 Tallest City tower planned, as Aecom questions market capacity

A revised design proposal has been submitted for a 309.6m high, 73-storey skyscraper at 1 Undershaft in the City by Singaporean developer Aroland Holdings, which would be level with the ...

06 December 2015 More 'red tape' to be slashed in move to boost housing output

Just weeks after the full implementation of the reforms that followed the 2012 Housing Standards Review kicked in on 1 October, the government has launched a consultation on how “red ...

06 December 2015 Prince of Wales urges industry to sign up to "nearly Zero Energy" buildings

Contractors, developers and consultants are being urged to join Skanska, Hammerson and JLL in a new initiative led by the Prince of Wales to deliver the “nearly Zero Energy Buildings” ...

04 December 2015 New study on 'green' mortgage lending launched by BRE

BRE and a partnership of mortgage lenders, building industry experts, green energy groups and sustainability bodies have joined forces to research building a stronger link between energy costs, affordability and ...

04 December 2015 BSI verifies Skanska and BAM as Level 2 BIM compliant

BAM Construct and Skanska have become the first companies to be verified as BIM compliant by business standards company BSI. BSI, which launched its new product earlier this week at ...