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24 February 2015 New generation of construction vehicles launched as cyclist deaths mount

A new generation of safer tippers, cement mixers and trucks from six leading vehicle manufacturers will be unveiled to industry decision makers at an event on 26 February marking the ...

24 February 2015 Govt warning on Chinese plywood confirms fears

An official government study published earlier this month has concluded that nine out of 13 samples of Chinese plywood imported to the UK contained unauthorised species of timber – including ...

24 February 2015 Trials of 'insulator bot' show dramatic results, firm says

Trials of an autonomous robot that crawls under the floorboards of old houses squirting insulation have shown that heat loss can be reduced by as much as 86%, according to ...

24 February 2015 Bryden Wood to plant Design for Manufacture roots in Singapore

BIM and Design for Manufacture specialist Bryden Wood is to set up a representative office in Singapore. The new office is a response to government-level backing for DfM strategies in ...

24 February 2015 Battersea bridge open competition: CM's top 10

Seventy four designs are in the running for a new pedestrian bridge across the River Thames at Nine Elms, submitted in response to an open competition for a crossing between ...

22 February 2015 Culture change and back-office cuts on the cards for Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty’s new “Build to Last” programme promises a shake-up of back-office functions and removal of duplication across a complex group structure – for instance in IT, finance communication and ...

20 February 2015 Nine architectural visions for the future of housing

The Royal Academy of Arts is currently running an exhibition entitled “Four visions for the future of housing”. In the exhibition, which forms part of the Academy’s Future of Housing ...

20 February 2015 Labour's training proposals: statistics, detail and reaction

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s “apprenticeship pledge” turned heads in the industry this week with a promise to create an extra 80,000 “high quality” apprenticeships a year, and a guarantee of ...

20 February 2015 Royal BAM Group: Back in shape - but in the red in UK

Further insight the €3.4m loss Royal BAM Group recorded in its UK operations – made up of BAM Construction and BAM Nuttall – could emerge in the coming weeks when ...

19 February 2015 CIOBjobs - Derwentside College seek staff for new construction centre

Derwentside College is seeking a number of highly skilled professionals to join us in establishing a new Construction Centre at our Consett site. The Construction Centre will open in September ...

18 February 2015 CIOBjobs roundup - Project Manager, Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum are currently recruiting for a Project Manager who will work on a range of building and construction type projects. The projects range from major refurbishment and ...

17 February 2015 CIOB and ITN Productions launch campaign to focus on industry's achievements

The CIOB is launching “Building Tomorrow”, a communications partnership with ITN Productions to produce a news and current affairs-style programme capturing the latest innovations and best practice in building and ...

17 February 2015 UKTI identifies global work hotspots

The High Value Opportunities Programme run by UK Trade & Industry, the government’s export promotion agency, has identified a number of overseas projects in the construction sector. UKTI calculates that ...

17 February 2015 Survey: LinkedIn is crucial for industry's job hunters

A survey by recruiter Randstad has revealed that employers in construction fields are more likely to investigate job candidates’ social media profiles than companies in other industries. The report shows ...

17 February 2015 Australian 'Zootel' offers rooms on the wild side

Australia’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge, which allows visitors to spend a night with the animals, may offer a blueprint for the future development of zoos in the UK. Described by the ...

17 February 2015 We want to hear your views: CM's online reader survey

The publisher and editorial team at Construction Manager magazine would like to hear your views about the print magazine and online coverage. We want to improve the service and content ...

15 February 2015 German commission scrutinises major problem contracts - including Berlin spy HQ

The German construction sector is undergoing scrutiny from a government reform commission set up to examine why high-profile publicly funded projects have resulted in major over-runs and budget hikes. The ...

13 February 2015 Six CIOB members up for 2015 Young Achievers award

Six CIOB members have been shortlisted for the prestigious Construction Youth Trust Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. Members have been shortlisted in the Construction Delivery, Surveying and Project Management ...

13 February 2015 WSP urges UK rail companies to consider solar powering their trains

The global trend for adding photovoltaic panels to bits of public infrastructure, which has recently manifested itself in Dutch roads, Indian canals and Japanese waterways, should also be considered for ...

13 February 2015 CIOBjobs roundup - Forensic Engineer with Hawkins + Latest CM jobs

Hawkins are leaders in forensic investigation looking at issues such as structural failures, floods and building defects. A career as a Forensic Engineer is a varied and rewarding one investigating ...

13 February 2015 Skills shortage to delay projects, warns KPMG

After its analysis of the pipeline of UK government projects revealed that 84% are due to commence by 2016, KPMG is warning that skills shortages and lack of capacity will ...

10 February 2015 Economic turmoil kills off £10bn Russian BIM revolution at Gutenborg

The UK companies working on a BIM and Design for Manufacture strategy for St Petersburg’s £10bn housing project have parted company with the client after it U-turned on the innovative ...

10 February 2015 ICE's election manifesto backs regional growth and circular economy

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has published its pre-General Election Manifesto for Infrastructure, warning that failure to make new infrastructure projects a priority could result in “other competing nations ...

10 February 2015 New VR goggles used in London planning application

New virtual reality goggles that turn architects’ CAD models into a 3D interactive experience has been trialled by architect Purcell as part of the formal planning application process. Purcell was ...

10 February 2015 Surveyor skills shortage approaching critical level, warns RICS

More than four fifths (85%) of surveyors questioned in an RICS survey said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting. And already, the lack of qualified ...

10 February 2015 Aecom chosen to manage FORS nationwide roll-out

Global consultancy Aecom has been appointed by Transport for London (TfL) to manage its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for the next five years. Under the agreement Aecom will expand ...

10 February 2015 CITB launches CDM 2015 app to help SME builders

Following on from its “Plain English” guidance supporting the newly updated CDM 2015, the CITB has launched an app designed to help SME builders write construction phase plans. When the ...

05 February 2015 Concrete geometry wins 2014 Art of Building prize

A young photographer from Lebanon has secured the top prize in the CIOB’s annual Art of Building international photography competition. Inception by Patrick Mouzawak received 44% of the overall public ...

05 February 2015 Mobile modular arts venue ready to hit the road

Created by arts foundation SPUD, The Observatory, a mobile arts centre and lookout, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, has opened at the South Downs National Park in Winchester. Factory ...

05 February 2015 Crossrail engineer wins EU-funded App contest

Andrew Irwin, a section engineer at Costain working on the Crossrail C360 contract in east London has won a contest to come up with the next must-have construction app. The ...

04 February 2015 Egg-shaped device that boosts boiler efficiency wins CIOB innovation award

A simple but transformative gadget that takes air out of domestic and commercial water-based heating systems – thereby reducing energy consumption by perhaps 15-30% – is one of three main ...

02 February 2015 Airtight and run by robots: British Library's National Newspaper Building opens

A new £23m long-term home for the British Library’s newspaper collection has officially opened in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Designed by Atkins and built by Kier, with Capita providing project ...

02 February 2015 RIBA survey: architecture graduates not ready for practice

Universities are not teaching architects the skills they need to work in the real world, according to a report released by RIBA. The report, which was produced by RIBA Appointments ...

02 February 2015 ISG's woes part of “endemic” problem, says contracts expert

Yesterday’s £7m profit warning from contractor ISG is part of an “endemic” industry problem as main contractors trying to close out projects won in 2012 experience a wave of claims, ...

02 February 2015 UKCG and NSCC 'turn clock back' with merger talks

Last week’s announcement that the UKCG and the National Specialist Contractors’ Council are exploring a new combined organisation has been welcomed by Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry ...

01 February 2015 Construction Manager's Top Ten stories you read in January

1. CSCS plan to scrap 13 colour-coded cards in favour of one