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29 May 2015 10 things you might have missed in this week's Queen's speech

1) Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill: Apprenticeships  There are proposals for creating a 2 million jobs, and further 3 million apprentices, and ministers will be required to report annually ...

28 May 2015 UKCG and NSCC to become Build UK

Build UK has been announced as the name for the representative organisation that will be formed following the merger of the UK Contractors’ Group (UKCG) and the National Specialist Contractors ...

28 May 2015 Late payment and the Enterprise Bill: the Q&A briefing

Andrew Dixon, policy advisor at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), answers Construction Manager's questions on the Enterprise Bill announced in the Queen’s speech.

28 May 2015 Cabinet Office acts on EFA breach thanks to 'mystery shopper'

The Cabinet Office is expected to take urgent action to give SME contractors’ access to smaller works procured by the Education Funding Agency following a complaint from an SME contractor ...

27 May 2015 CIOB to host high-level industry conference on ‘inspiring’ a sustainable, successful future

Members can register online to attend sessions at QE II Conference Centre on 24 November. The Chartered Institute of Building is to hold a major, high-level industry conference on 24 ...

27 May 2015 Last places available: Innovation, new technology and processes in construction

The art of the possible in today's construction sector Last places still available. Reserve here: constructionevents@olswang.com Free one-day event hosted by Olswang on June 4, 2015, at their offices in central ...

27 May 2015 World War 2 heritage site to business park

A group of historic buildings at risk have been restored to their former glory at RAF Bicester, the home of Bomber Command during World War 2. Regional contractor Beard is ...

27 May 2015 Institute seeks 'leading voices' of the industry

The CIOB will be asking its members “Who is the leading Voice of Construction?” at a workshop during this year’s Members’ Forum, which is being hosted in Cambridge by the ...

22 May 2015 CIOB president puts focus on Middle East sustainability

An event earlier this month organised by CIOB President Professor Ghassan Aouad, who is also president of the Applied Science University in Bahrain, brought together representatives from the worlds of ...

22 May 2015 Sajid Javid floats new plans to tackle late payment

The industry’s trade associations are anticipating further details of new government plans to tackle late payment, including a future consultation on allowing bodies such as the FMB or NSCC to ...

22 May 2015 Shepherd exits contracting to focus on Portakabin ‘profit centre’: reaction

Shepherd Group’s agreement yesterday to sell its construction business, its M&E contracting arm and its FM business to Wates Group leaves just the Portakabin brand and two niche engineering services ...

22 May 2015 Ridge at the start line for China's leisure boom

Oxford-based multi-disciplinary consultancy Ridge & Partners has opened its first overseas office, in Shanghai, China, to serve what it sees as a growing market there for leisure projects. The new ...

21 May 2015 CIOBjobs Roundup: Commercial Manager needed for £700m project

This exciting opportunity will see you take a key role in Unite Students' Property Development team who are responsible for delivering their development strategy. Their team has been hands-on in ...

19 May 2015 ONS defends 'technical recession' output figures after CPA raises doubts

The Construction Products Association and the Office of National Statistics are presenting different views of the government body’s Q4 and Q1 construction output data, after the ONS last week confirmed ...

19 May 2015 Report calls for construction's 'King's Fund'

Construction’s professional institutes should collaborate to set up the equivalent of the health sector’s King’s Fund – an unbiased, independent authority that would produce research the whole industry could get ...

17 May 2015 EU-wide project trials retrofit 'kits' for homes and offices to meet 2020 targets

A set of six retrofit “kits” designed to slash energy consumption in existing office and residential buildings by up to 80% have gone on trial in three European cities. The ...

15 May 2015 Sunderland finally gets road bridge across the Wear

Sunderland City Council has signed the contract with contractor Farrans Construction and steel fabricator Victor Buyck to finally build its new £117m road bridge across the River Wear, nine years ...

15 May 2015 Now on video: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the CIOB

In a homage to Douglas Adams’ book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the CIOB has created a video guide to introduce the range of online services it offers its ...

15 May 2015 3D-printed component proven to carry same load but weighs 75% less

Using 3D printing, engineering consultant Arup has produced a structural node that is just as strong as its conventional counterpart, but weighs 75% less and is only half as high. ...

15 May 2015 Two thirds in construction willing to breach data protection rules

A total of 65% of people working in the construction industry would not report a serious data protection breach if they thought it would get one of their colleagues into ...

14 May 2015 CIOBjobs Roundup: Building Surveying with the National Trust

As part of an ongoing recruitment programme with CM the National Trust seeks Building Surveyors in Kent, Buckinghamshire and London. By the National Trust you'll bring technical excellence to the ...

12 May 2015 What's in the Tory manifesto - and what does it mean for the industry?

1. The Tories have pledged to invest £100bn in infrastructure during this parliament, referring to “the biggest investment in rail since Victorian times [amounting to £38bn invested to 2019] and ...

12 May 2015 New energy and climate change secretary welcomed

Amber Rudd (right) has been promoted to the role of secretary of state for energy and climate change in David Cameron’s first all-Conservative cabinet following the party’s surprise victory in ...

12 May 2015 New 'cities' minister while Lewis retains housing

Greg Clark (right) has replaced Eric Pickles as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government in the Conservative cabinet reshuffle, and will be joined at the department by new ...

12 May 2015 Scotland's industry could benefit from SNP's anti-austerity agenda

The Scottish National Party’s annihilation of its rivals in last week's general election could deliver more liberal state spending north of the border on infrastructure and housing than is the ...

12 May 2015 Interserve QS wins CIOB Minecraft competition

Guy MacDonnell ICIOB, a quantity surveyor for Interserve Construction, has won the CIOB’s competition to design a building in the computer game Minecraft. One of five finalists, MacDonnell was announced ...

10 May 2015 CIOB looks for 'new solutions' as industry-backed Conservatives regain power

This morning, prime minister David Cameron is heading back to Number 10 at the head of majority government, after the Labour party failed to pick up enough English and Welsh ...

08 May 2015 Submarine projects wipe £35m from Morgan Sindall's profits

Morgan Sindall has been hit by the fall-out of two problem contracts for the MOD,  acknowledging in a statement to the London Stock Exchange yesterday that it would record an ...

08 May 2015 BIM to Bimbrix: teaching tool for students to be scaled up

The inventor of a Lego-style modelling kit designed to teach brickwork skills in construction colleges is planning to expand the system to allow it to model entire building projects. Bimbrix ...

08 May 2015 Peace breaks out with UKCG and NSCC merger

The proposed merger between the UK Contractors Group and the National Specialist Contractors’ Council – due to take effect from 1 September – has been warmly welcomed by Alasdair Reisner, ...

07 May 2015 Top ten stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in April

1. Peter Barker - Does the Digital Plan of Work mean the end for BIM managers? 

01 May 2015 How the industry will vote next week: CM election survey results in full

With less than one week to go before the general election on 7 May the construction industry is overwhelmingly throwing its backing behind the Conservative party. Of the 265 people ...

01 May 2015 Bidders for infrastructure projects must show commitment to upskilling

'National Infrastructure Plan for Skills' requires contractors to show how they will develop workforce. Bidders for government infrastructure projects valued at more than £50m will have to provide evidence of ...

01 May 2015 CLOCS safety campaign signs up 100th supporter

The Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) campaign to cut the number of accidents involving construction HGVs in collision with cyclists and pedestrians has now signed up 100 “champions”. The ...

01 May 2015 'Technical recession' in ONS output stats puzzles the industry

The construction industry is officially experiencing a “technical recession” after two successive quarters of negative growth, confirmed by the latest ONS statistics on GDP released on Tuesday. The update showed ...