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28 August 2015 Willmott Dixon, Wates to deliver Dutch zero carbon housing retrofits in UK

Willmott Dixon and Wates Living Space are two of the founding members of Energiesprong UK, a company set up to bring an innovative zero-carbon retrofit scheme from the Netherlands to ...

28 August 2015 Industry taking in more migrants as ONS records new high

The sector is likely to have provided employment for many of the European Union and non-EU migrants recorded in the highest ever totals from the Office of National Statistics, according ...

28 August 2015 Build UK chief seeks to unify contractor groups

Leader of merged UKCG and specialists’ NSCC invites other organisations to join forces under banner. The door is open for more industry trade associations to join forces with Build UK, ...

28 August 2015 Speaker list unveiled for CIOB international conference

'International Inspiring Construction' event in November to guide members on global markets. By 2025 global construction is predicted to grow by more than 70%, so there are huge opportunities for ...

28 August 2015 Q&A: BIS apprenticeship levy consultation

The government's plan to introduce an all-industry apprenticeship levy - possibly spelling the end of the CITB levy as we know it - has taken the industry by surprise. With ...

28 August 2015 CIOBjobs: Senior lecturer in Construction, University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is one of the leading providers of construction related higher education programme in the country.  We have an excellent track record in producing high calibre graduates, ...

28 August 2015 Self-healing concrete goes on trial at Costain site

A Costain highways site in south Wales is being lined up as practical laboratory to check the properties of new, “self-healing” concrete that it is hoped will save customers time ...

27 August 2015 Leadbitter completes new RNLI centre in Dorset

Contractor Leadbitter, a subsidiary of Bouygues UK, has completed construction of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute’s new £17m All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset. The charity decided to centralise the ...

25 August 2015 Unis gain from industry's 'visibility' as numbers starting degrees in 2015 rise

Early figures from university admissions body UCAS suggest that the number of students being accepted onto undergraduate degree courses in construction in autumn 2015 has risen noticeably. Since the release ...

25 August 2015 Design team reveals ideas holding up London's 'sky pool'

The team led by Arup Associates, with design input from Hal Architects and engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan, has described the genesis of the 25m swimming pool “bridge” linking two high-rise buildings ...

25 August 2015 Asian decline unlikely to impact on resi sector growth, says CPA

The knock-on effect of the slide in the Chinese stock exchange is unlikely to feed through to reduced demand in the booming UK residential sector, according to Noble Francis, economics ...

25 August 2015 Being gay holds back construction careers, says survey

Homophobic attitudes are still rife in the industry’s construction companies, with 85% of lesbian or gay employees in the contracting sector saying they had heard inappropriate remarks in the past ...

25 August 2015 £4.2bn super-sewer consortia deliver cost savings

The three design and build consortia that have secured contracts to build the west, central and east sections of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will deliver cost savings of around ...

24 August 2015 US construction businesses could lead wave of M&A deals, says banker

After research from EY suggested this week that the top 15 UK construction companies by turnover could be consolidated into perhaps half that number within five years, a banker has ...

21 August 2015 £29.5m in claims against failed subcontractor PC Harrington

The administrators of failed concrete contractor PC Harrington are now fending off claims of £28m from a contractor and £1.5m from a subcontractor, with Mace and Keltbray named in reports ...

21 August 2015 Starter homes scheme to be expanded to rural sites

The government's new “Rural Productivity Plan” contains plans to boost the supply of starter homes in rural areas by allowing councils to build them on “rural exception sites”. These sites, ...

21 August 2015 CIOBjobs Exclusive: Capital Projects Officer, University of Nottingham

Continual investment in facilities for staff and students ensure that the learning and living experience at The University of Nottingham is the best it can be. An experienced Capital Projects ...

21 August 2015 BAM's UK businesses return to profit

Half-year results from Royal BAM Group, parent company to BAM Construct and BAM Nuttall, show that both the group and its UK businesses have returned to modest profit after a ...

21 August 2015 BIS consultation floats major shake-up of CITB levy

The government has launched a full consultation on the introduction and implementation of a new proposed apprenticeship levy to be paid by “every big company” in England, with a specific ...

18 August 2015 Councils put forward 'skills hub' plan to build national training capacity

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, has called on the government to devolve funding of construction training – currently managed via ...

18 August 2015 'Consumer protection' at heart of Green Deal review, says BRE’s Bonfield

BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield FCIOB, appointed to review options on domestic energy efficiency following the winding-down of the Green Deal, has stressed that 'consumer protection' will be the touchstone ...

18 August 2015 Online skills gap solution secures £1.3m grant from Innovate UK

An innovative project to create an online digital "brokerage" platform to link prospective trainees, employers and clients with construction training courses is to receive two years’ funding from Innovate UK. ...

18 August 2015 New CIOB president Chris Chivers in conversation

Greater recognition for construction managers, professionalism and helping non-Chartered members upgrade all feature on CIOB President 2015/16 Chris Chivers’ agenda for the year. “Professionals in the global construction sector don’t ...

17 August 2015 Balfour Beatty's Quinn: 'We're stable and improving the underlying business'

Revealing a further £130m pre-tax loss in Balfour Beatty’s interim results, new chief executive Leo Quinn this week gave a candid picture of the transformation underway – and the depth ...

14 August 2015 Industry alarm on STEM A-levels and sixth form funding

Analysis of recent A-level results shows that the overall increase in the number of students studying STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – is weighted disproportionately to boys. ...

14 August 2015 40% of Right to Buy homes privately rented, says survey

Nearly 40% of all council flats sold under the Right to Buy in England are now being are rented out privately, according to research by Inside Housing magazine. It asked ...

14 August 2015 Remember when you got your A-level results?

As thousands of young people received their A-level results yesterday, we asked people in the construction world to recall their own A-level results day - and how it impacted on ...

11 August 2015 Poor air quality threatens health in energy efficient homes, say researchers

Research monitoring the performance of 20 new-build housing association homes built to Code for Sustainable Homes levels 3 and 4 has found that 19 experienced inadequate ventilation leading to poor ...

11 August 2015 Growth continues amid skills shortages and stalled tender prices, says CPA survey

The latest quarterly construction trade survey – covering members of the Construction Products Association, Build UK, the FMB, the NFB and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association – paints a mixed ...

11 August 2015 NEC adds two new accredited training courses for client-side managers

NEC is offering two new accredited courses for managers working client-side on NEC 3 contracts, after the successful launch of its accredited training for project managers delivering NEC Engineering and ...

10 August 2015 Graduate creates 'handy' power tool to sculpt wood, plaster and stone

Morten Grønning Nielsen (above), who has just graduated with a masters in design at London’s Royal College of Art, has created a powered glove that allows the wearer to carve ...

07 August 2015 Kevin McCloud's HAB Housing: 'We will build ourselves in future'

HAB Housing, the sustainable development company where TV presenter Kevin McCloud is executive chairman, has said that it had no legal means to control the performance of the contractor of ...

07 August 2015 NFB's MasterChef finalist launches Covent Garden pop-up

Industry food hero and MasterChef finalist Paul Bogle, policy and research manager at the National Federation of Builders, has told Construction Manager of his first steps in the professional culinary ...

07 August 2015 Competition for skills hotted up in July, says KPMG survey

Construction showed a sharp increase in demand for temporary and contract staff in July, and was also joint top of the ranking of industries with highest demand for permanent staff. ...