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27 March 2015 Balfour Beatty hunts for £300m to improve cash flow after 'awful' results

Balfour Beatty could revisit existing contracts to help squeeze £200m in cash via “claims management” and “commercial management” to offset a fall in its working capital, it was revealed in ...

27 March 2015 Thames to power heat pump for Battersea Power Station

The 4,000 new homes, offices, shops and other facilities at the Battersea Power Station development could be sustainably heated by a water source heat pump, energy secretary Ed Davey announced ...

27 March 2015 Vinci to sue over allegations it used 'forced labour' in Qatar

French company Vinci has refuted allegations that it used “forced labour” in Qatar and has said it would sue French human rights group Sherpa for libel over the claims.  The company ...

27 March 2015 MPs' report criticises blacklist compensation scheme

Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee has issued its final report on the blacklisting scandal, which criticises the compensation scheme launched by eight of the 30 contractors involved as an "act of ...

27 March 2015 Skills funding devolution will help the industry, says GLA

The government’s moves towards a “skills funding devolution” for London, Sheffield and Manchester – with the west midlands possibly to follow – could transform construction skills provision in these areas, ...

24 March 2015 Architect Sadie Morgan heads panel to deliver 'transformational' HS2 design

Sadie Morgan, co-founder of leading architecture practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan, has promised that the design panel she has been appointed to chair will ensure HS2 “sticks to its brief” ...

24 March 2015 Awards celebrate outstanding talent joining the industry

A trainee site manager who left behind a gangland culture, an apprentice plasterer who switched to QSing after an accident, a project manager once held back by dyslexia and a ...

24 March 2015 NBS Toolkit makes Level 2 BIM 'business as usual'

The NBS BIM Toolkit, previewed last week at a meeting of the London and South-East BIM Hubs, has received positive feedback from some quarters of the industry, with commentators saying ...

24 March 2015 SkillsPlanner aims to link employers with colleges

A new data platform called “SkillsPlanner” that would link up FE colleges, construction employers, clients that mandate construction training via contracts and local “skills brokerage” services could be on its ...

24 March 2015 Flooding and drought are 'Cinderella' issues, report says

The next government should appoint a Cabinet champion on flooding and drought, concludes a new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment. In its ...

22 March 2015 10 things you need to know about this week's pre-Election budget

1. The first 20 Housing Zones outside London were announced, with the potential to deliver 34,000 homes. Together with eight existing Housing Zones, there should be capacity for 45,000 new ...

20 March 2015 'Umbrella as we know it has gone', says consultant

Main contractors hiring workers via labour supply agencies that use “umbrella” payroll solutions are being warned that changes announced in this week’s Budget are likely to spell the end of ...

20 March 2015 Paperless vouchers for apprentice training welcomed

The budget announcement that the government is planning “digital apprenticeship vouchers” to implement its policy of giving employers control of apprenticeship training funds has been welcomed by the sector. There ...

20 March 2015 Architecture set to join housing and planning at DCLG

In what is being seen as a victory for last year’s Farrell Review, architecture looks set to move from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to the more ...

19 March 2015 CIOBjobs Roundup - Senior Site Manager, ITC Concepts

ITC Concepts are looking for a Senior Site Manager with a minimum 10 years experience as Lead Site Manager delivering successful refurb & fit out projects in occupied environments in ...

17 March 2015 London's skyline continues to grow upwards, tall buildings survey reveals

An update to last year’s survey on proposed tall buildings in London has found a significant increase in the number of towers in the pipeline, with 263 either under construction, ...

17 March 2015 Architect proposes 'No Shadow Tower'

NBBJ Architects has designed a pair of towers with mirrored glazed envelopes that reflect sunlight to reduce the impact of their own shadows. The conceptual design of “No Shadow Tower”, ...

17 March 2015 EU-wide contest seeks industry innovators

If you’re an early career professional or a prospective entrant to the industry with a good idea to improve an aspect of construction and the built environment, the European Commission ...

17 March 2015 Budget wish-lists from Aecom and RICS

Aecom has called on the chancellor George Osborne to reinforce measures that will continue to guarantee the delivery of a long-term programme of infrastructure projects in his budget, while the ...

17 March 2015 Two websites to provide 'clear pathways' to industry careers

The CITB has revealed further details of plans for two new websites that aim to make better connections between prospective entrants to the industry and construction employers experiencing skills shortages. ...

16 March 2015 Tier 1 contractors sign up supply chain to 'offsite school' to boost output

Contractors Skanska, Carillion, Costain and Laing O’Rourke are backing a new government-funded initiative to upskill members of their supply chain in offsite methods of “industrialised” construction. The Offsite Management School, ...

13 March 2015 Make's 'custom build' homes win planning in Newham

Nine customisable houses, where the future buyers and tenants will be able to co-design the layout and fit-out, were granted planning permission last week in the London Borough of Newham. ...

13 March 2015 KPMG calls for Building Lives rescue package

Leading consultancy KPMG has called on industry and government to find alternative funding for Building Lives, the innovative construction training organisation that has had its CITB grant withdrawn. KPMGwas responding ...

10 March 2015 Six contractors offer route to new 'degree apprenticeship' and MCIOB

Around 80 school-leavers or recent entrants to the industry will start earning-and-learning on a new two-part, six-year “trailblazer” apprenticeship leading to an honours degree and professional status – without the ...

10 March 2015 Meet the apprentices: Liam Rice and Lauren Mann

Nineteen-year-old Liam Rice has just completed a three-year, Oxford-based carpentry apprenticeship with construction company Beard, while Lauren Mann is two years into her job as a trainee estimating assistant with ...

10 March 2015 MPs: we need more SMEs in employer-led apprenticeships

The government should review, and come forward with proposals to strengthen, the involvement of SMEs in the Trailblazer apprenticeships scheme, a committee of MPs has recommended. As National Apprenticeship Week ...

10 March 2015 Reports suggest Wates in talks to buy Shepherd Construction

Shepherd Group, the northern contractor whose Portakabins have been a fixture on UK building sites for more than 50 years, is rumoured to be considering selling off most of its ...

10 March 2015 CIOB lays down global Minecraft challenge

The CIOB is challenging anyone with an interest in construction to build some of the world’s most famous buildings in Minecraft, to celebrate this year’s International Construction Management Day (9 ...

08 March 2015 Shadow construction minister: We need to boost supply chain margins

Labour’s shadow minister for industry Iain Wright this week used the launch of the CIOB’s report on migration at the House of Commons to outline his priorities on construction if ...

06 March 2015 Bew: Level 3 BIM will deliver where Latham and Egan failed

Level 3 BIM will deliver the culture and behaviour change that finally neutralises the industry’s problems with payment and “Orwellian” contracts, according to Mark Bew, the chairman of the government’s ...

06 March 2015 CIOB signs industry-wide inclusivity action plan

A new construction industry action plan to make buildings and public spaces more inclusive has been set out by minister for communities Stephen Williams and minister for disabled people Mark ...

06 March 2015 Dubai to 3D print Museum of the Future

Plans for a $500m museum dedicated to the future, where significant elements are due to be 3D printed, were unveiled earlier this week in Dubai. The plan was launched by ...

06 March 2015 Survey: housing associations scale up on offsite construction

A survey carried out by weekly magazine Inside Housing shows that 15 out of 17 major housing associations intend to increase their use of offsite construction, including timber frame and ...

04 March 2015 CIOB urges more training to moderate reliance on overseas workforce

A new report from the CIOB on the UK construction sector and its reliance on foreign-born workers – along with the impact on career prospects for UK nationals and the ...

03 March 2015 World's largest CLT building starts on site in Hackney

A 121-unit residential block, that when complete will be the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) building in the world, has started on site in Dalston Lane, Hackney in London. Designed ...

03 March 2015 How will Brookfield build on the Pinnacle's seven-storey stub?

Last week developer Lipton Rogers and fund manager Axa announced that they had purchased the halted Pinnacle tower in central London, with the intention of building a redesigned tower in ...

03 March 2015 EU BIM Task Group plans 'convergence' programme

Fifteen European countries sent delegates to a meeting in Brussels last week of the EU BIM Task Group, a group working towards Europe-wide convergence on BIM standards. Representatives of public ...

03 March 2015 2008-12 reports: 'Significant shortfall and a platform to build on'

After an eight-month delay, three government-backed reports on the industry’s sustainability performance in 2008-12 have finally been published on the Green Construction Board website. As previously revealed in Construction Manager, ...

01 March 2015 What you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in February

1. Egg shaped device to boost boiler efficiency wins CIOB innovation award