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26 June 2015 BuildForce project to recruit ex-forces marks early success

After more than a year of operation, the industry’s BuildForce project has seen 24 service leavers complete successful placements with construction employers, with 14 going on to take jobs in ...

26 June 2015 Arcadis: longer UK disputes linked to under-skilled staff

The UK findings from the annual global survey of construction disputes by Arcadis has found that the value of UK claims has nudged down, while the time taken to resolve ...

26 June 2015 Capita builds 40m 'Jenga' tower for Festival of Speed

Multidisciplinary consultancy Capita has completed a giant twisting Jenga-esque sculpture for the Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place this weekend. The temporary 40m-high structure is the latest in an ...

26 June 2015 Network Rail blamed for 'paused' rail upgrade works

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin yesterday announced the postponement of the Midland Mainline and Transpennine electrification projects, which form part of a planned package of 5,000 projects from Network Rail worth ...

25 June 2015 Are you tough enough? Tough Mudder seeks tough Construction Manager

Tough Mudder is growing. Fast. And to keep up with our explosive growth, we’re focused on building our biggest strength: Our People. Tough Mudder’s mission is “to create unconventional, life-changing ...

23 June 2015 Parliament to investigate PV panels on roof and sewer heat recovery

Last week’s Independent Options Appraisal (IOA), which detailed the possible scenarios for carrying out a major restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster, includes a recommendation to investigate ...

23 June 2015 Grown in Britain wins Innovate UK grant to boost home-grown timber

Innovate UK is to fund a consortium set up by Grown in Britain to explore how more UK-grown hardwood could find its way into the UK construction supply chain, reducing ...

23 June 2015 Testing reveals 50% of imported plywood is mislabelled, says BM TRADA

Certification, testing and inspection body BM TRADA has revealed that 50% of timber it has tested since January is not of the species it was labelled to be. BM TRADA ...

23 June 2015 CIOB invites entries to International Innovation & Research Awards

The CIOB International Innovation & Research Awards 2015 are now open for entries. The annual awards, which celebrate excellence and showcase innovation across the built environment, are open to entries ...

23 June 2015 Industry marks Women in Engineering Day

On National Women in Engineering Day, the Institution of Civil Engineers is warning that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineers in Europe, at less than 10% across ...

19 June 2015 MPs could be housed in courtyard facility during £5.7bn Parliament refurb

Major works needed to restore and renew the Houses of Parliament will cost between £3.5bn and £5.7bn and take between five and 40 years to complete, according to an Independent ...

19 June 2015 Housing celebrated by RIBA 2015 Awards

The prevalence of high quality new housing developments is the stand-out trend in this year’s RIBA National Awards, with almost one fifth of the winning schemes in this sector. Seven ...

19 June 2015 Mace creates 500 jobs

Mace has pushed up its global turnover to a record £1.49bn in 2014, up 26% the previous year, according to its 2014 annual Report and Accounts, while pre-tax profit went ...

18 June 2015 200+ Roles live on CIOBjobs. Job of the week: Project Manager, National Trust

Focusing on our renewable energy projects in the East of England you’ll manage the National Trust's programme of projects here, providing leadership and guidance to a range of internal and ...

16 June 2015 River Wyre barrage plan put forward as push for tidal energy continues

Natural Energy Wyre Ltd has revealed plans to build a 600-metre barrage across the river Wyre near Fleetwood in Lancashire that could generate power for 50,000 homes. The news follows ...

16 June 2015 Heatherwick set to replace AHMM on UK Google HQ scheme

Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned by Google to design its new £1bn headquarters in London, according to Business Insider. Heatherwick, the designer of the 2012 London Olympic Cauldron and proposed ...

16 June 2015 New video CPDs on construction innovation

New video CPD modules from eight industry experts are now available to watch online at the CIOB’s web portal. The eight specialist videos were filmed at the recent Construction Manager ...

16 June 2015 Future factories will move into town, predicts Arup report

Arup is predicting the robotisation of factories and the rapid advance of 3D printing in a new report called Rethinking the Factory, exploring the emerging trends and technologies in manufacturing. ...

15 June 2015 New Lords’ built environment committee could focus on professionalism

Lord Deben, better known in the industry as former environment secretary John Gummer, is among the 11 peers to be appointed to the new House of Lords Built Environment Select ...

12 June 2015 Oakervee to chair ICE's UK-China working group

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is to set up a new high-level working group to help facilitate connections between UK construction businesses and Chinese companies entering the UK market. ...

12 June 2015 £1bn Swansea lagoon wins planning but awaits key deal

Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd has granted development consent for the £1bn tidal lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay If built, the scheme is predicted to generate a net ...

12 June 2015 Site worker using fake CSCS card gets prison sentence

The issue of fake certification cards in the construction sector – highlighted in an industry-wide survey from CITB and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme – has also been underlined in ...

11 June 2015 250+ new roles including exclusive quantity surveyor role with Interserve

Interserve Construction’s East Midlands Infrastructure business unit are looking to recruit a Senior Quantity Surveyor and Intermediate Quantity Surveyor with previous highways and infrastructure experience to work on projects to ...

09 June 2015 Council finds fire-proofing failings at eight BSF schools built by Balfour Beatty

Knowsley Council is investigating alleged problems with fire protection at eight PFI schools built by Balfour Beatty under the Building Schools for the Future programme. According to a report in ...

09 June 2015 CIOB scholar presents rainscreen cladding research

Jon Behan, an inspection manager at NHBC and holder of the CIOB Faculty of Building Control and Standards Scholarship, last week delivered a presentation to industry experts on the results ...

09 June 2015 The CM guide to compact living around the world

Micro-apartments are a growing trend in London, as outlined in our “Small Wonders” feature. But other cities share the same combination of rising property values and demand for central locations. ...

09 June 2015 EU court: 5% VAT on energy-saving products is illegal

The Court of Justice of the European Union last week ruled that the UK will no longer be able to offer a reduced 5% rate of VAT on energy-saving products ...

07 June 2015 EC Harris: we need 1.5 people for a year to build a house, but where are they?

Contrary to general opinion that the constraints on house building output relate to land, planning and finance, EC Harris is arguing that labour supply is the key factor holding down ...

05 June 2015 PM meets the team who tunnelled Crossrail

Yesterday, prime minister David Cameron and London mayor Boris Johnson went 40 metres underground to meet some of the 10,000 people currently working on Crossrail, including 450 apprentices, at an ...

05 June 2015 Chinese contractor at Swansea Bay pledges 50% UK spend

About 50% of the £300m contract to carry out the marine works for the proposed £1bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon will be committed to UK workforce, partners and supply chain, ...

05 June 2015 Austerity leaves question mark over Construction Leadership Council

The industry is waiting for clarification from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the future of the industry-government Construction Leadership Council, after BIS postponed the June meeting via ...

04 June 2015 Is Chinese steel safe? Industry meets to examine the evidence as row continues

Key players in the steel and construction sectors are due to attend a meeting hosted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills early this month to assess the level ...

02 June 2015 Join us for Construction Manager's first live CPD event

This week sees the launch of an innovative new event format for the industry, with construction professionals invited to a day of networking and professional development hosted by Construction Manager ...

02 June 2015 Swansea lagoon selects Welsh contractor in 'localism' move

Welsh civil engineer Alun Griffiths Contractors has been named as preferred bidder for public realm ancillary works on the proposed £1bn Swansea tidal lagoon scheme. The £25m package of works ...

02 June 2015 CIC seeks to self-reform in wake of Morrell report

The Construction Industry Council is poised to set up an internal review group to examine its fundamental role and constitution – a move that could lead to far-reaching changes for ...