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29 September 2015 North-east firms in new alliance to protect workload share

A new regional initiative – Construction Alliance North-east – has been launched by four trade associations to lobby for SME and regional contractors that feel they are being denied their ...

29 September 2015 Labour spells out housing and infrastructure plans

At its annual conference in Brighton, the Labour party has added detail to its plans to reinvigorate social house building, take more state control of infrastructure projects and offer employees ...

29 September 2015 NY's design and construction commissioner to upskill 1200 staff with CIOB support

The commissioner of New York's City Department of Design and Construction, responsible for new building and infrastructure projects across a £6bn project portfolio, has been telling Construction Manager why he ...

27 September 2015 HS2 starting gun fired with prospect of accelerated boost to Midlands

Contractors around the world are being invited to bid for the first £11.8bn tranche of civils work on HS2 with the publication today [Friday] of the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) in ...

25 September 2015 Gold Medal winner Hadid hangs up on Today interview

Zaha Hadid has been announced as the winner of the 2016 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture. Hadid is the first woman to be sole recipient of the 167-year-old accolade. ...

25 September 2015 Aecom's new CM team spots opportunity in 'capacity crunch'

Newly-formed Aecom Construction Services has revealed that it has secured preferred bidder status as construction manager on three London commercial projects currently under negotiation in two-stage bid processes.  ACS, which ...

25 September 2015 Arcadis rebrand sees EC Harris and Hyder names disappear

The names EC Harris and Hyder Consulting are to disappear from the market and the firms’ capabilities are being fully integrated under a rebranding exercise from Dutch-headquartered parent company Arcadis. ...

23 September 2015 KPMG casts doubt over accuracy of UK government Construction Pipeline

According a report from KPMG there has been a reduction of 886 projects from the government’s Construction Pipeline since December 2014, the last time analysis was carried out. This equates ...

22 September 2015 Students at Belfast's Queen's University complete first life-size Meccano bridge

Students and academics from Queen’s University’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, working with local schoolchildren, have built a 14m Meccano bridge across Belfast’s Clarendon Dock. The Guinness world ...

22 September 2015 Greenpeace report launched in wake of £2bn guarantee for Hinkley Point C

A report commissioned by Greenpeace has concluded that it is possible for the UK to produce 85% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The report comes as the ...

20 September 2015 Great Plague burial pit unearthed at Crossrail's Liverpool Street site

Excavations at the Liverpool Street Crossrail site in the City of London have revealed 30 skeletons thought to have been victims of the Great Plague of London, 1665-66. The mass ...

18 September 2015 Kier in margin gain after strong construction performance

Kier has posted 2.2% construction margins in its latest results, an increase from 2% a year ago, making it one of the best performers in the sector. Margins among major ...

18 September 2015 Minster's Thompson becomes CIOB junior vice president

Heritage specialist plans to throw spotlight on sector's opportunities. The CIOB has recently appointed Rebecca Thompson FCIOB, a former chair of its Leeds and West Yorkshire Region, as junior vice ...

18 September 2015 'Go Construct' site creates new industry careers gateway

The latest recruitment initiative aimed at tackling the construction skills shortage was launched this week, with the aim of filling an estimated 225,000 vacancies over the next five years. The ...

18 September 2015 World's first 'droneport' to be built in Rwanda

UK architect Foster + Partners and research organisation Afrotech have launched proposals for a “droneport” in Rwanda, east Africa to help get cargo to communities with poor access to roads. ...

17 September 2015 Client satisfaction dips as 60% of construction projects are delivered late

Three out of five construction projects are completed late, according to the latest KPIs published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The figures, compiled by BIS, CITB, ...

17 September 2015 CIOBjobs: Senior Design Manager, Kings Cross based, Excellent Salary

Kier Major Projects are looking to recruit a Senior Design Manager for a flagship Kings Cross project. The main purpose of the role is to co-ordinate and integrate the activities ...

15 September 2015 10 things you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn and the built environment

With left-winger Jeremy Corbyn now appointed as leader of the opposition, what impact is he likely to have on the government agenda on issues such as house building, infrastructure projects, ...

15 September 2015 New CLC will be ‘integrated and focused’, say members

Two members of the new Construction Leadership Council – due to meet for the first time on 21 October – have been describing its role and aims to Construction Manager. ...

15 September 2015 Offices-to-resi created 4,000-11,000 homes in 2014, says BCO report

A British Council for Offices report has highlighted the impact office-to-residential conversions are having on the availability of office space – but also the scale of the measure’s contribution to ...

15 September 2015 CIOB supports RIBA report on client relationships

The CIOB is lending its support to the RIBA’s ongoing Client & Architect initiative, which is due to be summarised in a report  released later today. The RIBA initiative looks ...

14 September 2015 Leadership council launches six "workstreams" to drive productivity

More details were this week revealed on the membership and goals of the 12-strong Construction Leadership Council, slimmed down in July by the new Conservative government from the 30-member version ...

11 September 2015 UCATT secures Living Wage deal on £1.5bn Battersea programme

The Malaysian-owned Battersea Power Station Development Company has committed to paying the London Living Wage (LLW) to all construction workers employed on phase 2 and 3 of £3bn redevelopment project ...

11 September 2015 New homes more affected by overheating, WSP:PB study says

A survey of 1,005 Londoners, conducted by ComRes for WSP:Parsons Brickerhoff, has found that summer overheating affected residents in newer homes significantly more than residents in older homes. The survey ...

11 September 2015 Survey: 60% of industry workers have no contract

More than 60% of construction workers polled by insurance company constructaquote.com said that they worked without any form of employment contract, while a further 20% said they weren’t sure whether ...

11 September 2015 Video: Prater and Mace on site for BSkyB phase 3

Envelope specialist Prater is currently working on the roof and facade packages for Phase 3 of Sky Television's new campus in Osterley, west London, which includes the offsite construction of ...

10 September 2015 Exclusive senior project management role with kier

Kier Construction Central is looking to recruit a Senior Project Manager to support the Central Build business. The main purpose of the role is to take full responsibility for the ...

08 September 2015 Motor Mason, the 1960s bricklaying 'robot', discovered in British Pathé archive

Do you know anything about the Motor Mason, a mechanical bricklaying machine filmed in Essex almost 50 years ago? Footage of the early “robot” dating from 1967 was uploaded to ...

08 September 2015 Chinese in line to build Essex reactor, say press reports

The announcement of the final green light for the £24.5bn Hinkley Point C project is expected to coincide with the state visit to the UK of Chinese president Xi Jinping ...

08 September 2015 Wilson James appoints Jacobs and takes 22 Bishopsgate role

Peter Jacobs PPCIOB, formerly of Morgan Sindall and Bovis Lend Lease, has been appointed as managing director of construction logistics and integrated solutions at logistics and security company Wilson James. ...

08 September 2015 'Terracotta' roofing PVs launched at BRE demo house

New Taiwanese building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) that mimic traditional roofing tiles debut this week at a demonstration house at the BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford.  The BIPVs form the roof of ...

06 September 2015 Laing O'Rourke in £57.5m Europe loss as 'DfMA' projects hit problems

Reliance on “Design for Manufacture and Assembly” on three loss-making UK construction projects was a contributor to a £57.5m pre-tax loss (£53.1m post-tax) in Laing O’Rourke’s Europe Hub, according to ...

04 September 2015 Bricklaying robot SAM - on your site for £330,000

A New York-based robotics company has created the world’s first commercially available brick-laying robot – available to order now for $500,000, or £330,000. The bricklaying machine is called SAM, or ...

04 September 2015 Questions raised on London's 'no left turn' plan for HGVs

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, earlier this week announced plans to use Greater London Authority planning powers to strictly prescribe the routes which HGVs can take to deliver to ...

04 September 2015 New Act shines light on labour abuse

CIOB report on human rights abuses chimes with new legislation. An expert in responsible sourcing believes that the Modern Slavery Act’s new “Transparency in Supply Chains” or TISC clause could ...

04 September 2015 Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in August

1. Skanska's £1m digital 'tag and track' scheme to be operational by 2017

04 September 2015 CIOB in skills deal with New York's design and construction department

The CIOB and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC) have joined forces to increase the number of chartered construction managers in New York. The CIOB ...