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29 January 2016 Global code of professional ethics to be launched by CIOB-backed coalition

A new international code of ethics to help regulate the activities of construction and property professionals in global markets – and build trust for clients and consumers – has been ...

29 January 2016 2.5% annual growth in 2016-20 needs 232,000 new workers, says CITB

The CITB’s latest annual Construction Skills Network (CSN) report predicts that the construction industry will expand by an average of 2.5% over the next five years. However, the predicted output ...

29 January 2016 Ex-Atkins chief Mike Jeffries backs new digital procurement platform

The former chairman and chief executive of design, engineering and project management consultant Atkins, Mike Jeffries, has taken up the role of non-executive chairman at TenderSpace, a new digital procurement ...

29 January 2016 Aberdeen wins £504m government funding in 'city deal'

Aberdeen will receive £250m in funding from the government after bidding for support in a “city deal”, prime minister David Cameroon has announced while visiting the city. The deal coincides ...

28 January 2016 Test centre prosecutions 'unlikely' as CSCS and CITB revoke 4,615 skills cards

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme has revoked 4,615 CSCS cards issued on false pretences after it emerged that the tests for the underlying qualifications were taken at test centres offering ...

28 January 2016 CIOB boosts training provision to include new courses on BIM and commercial skills

The CIOB is launching a new and expanded range of training courses for members, with training offered by CIOB staff, independent organisations such as BRE and the Chartered Institution of ...

28 January 2016 Student team entries sought for CIOB’s third Global Student Challenge

Undergraduate teams from universities around the world have been invited to register to take part in the CIOB’s third annual Global Student Challenge. The challenge is an online interactive game, ...

28 January 2016 CIOB starts the hunt for new Construction Manager of the Year Award judges

The CIOB has begun recruiting expert judges to assess the candidates in this year’s Construction Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, which focuses on people rather than projects, ...

26 January 2016 Cities can be our 'lens for sustainable agenda', says UK-GBC chief executive

UK Green Building Council chief executive says devolution could be driver behind future green initiative. The chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, the sustainability organisation for the industry’s ...

26 January 2016 Contractors’ blacklist emails to be released, High Court rules

Archived emails that contain contractors’ communications relating to individuals named in The Consulting Association’s “blacklist” must be released to the court, it was ruled in a High Court hearing last ...

22 January 2016 CIOBjobs: Garenne Group seeks management team

Garenne is a leading Channel Islands business with a long tradition of investment in local construction employing over 600 people, with an annual turnover of £100 million and operations based ...

22 January 2016 Industry pledges coordinated action to cut workplace cancer and ill health toll

A summit meeting of 171 chief executives and senior leaders in the industry yesterday signed a pledge committing their organisations to “eliminate occupational ill health and disease in my company ...

22 January 2016 Health summit: industry leaders outline the challenge

Speakers at the Committing Construction to a Healthier Future summit yesterday included Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme, Dame Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive, and Sir Malcolm ...

22 January 2016 'Mega projects' boost 2015 orders as number of projects dropped

The value of construction contracts awarded in 2015 reached £74bn, a year-on-year increase of 16%, according to the latest Economic and Construction Market Review from Barbour ABI. The figures demonstrate ...

22 January 2016 Migrants at greater risk of death on construction sites, says UCATT

An investigation by construction union UCATT has shown that five out of the seven construction fatalities in London last year were migrant workers. These figures mean that migrants made up ...

22 January 2016 FCIOB whistleblower awarded £137,000 by Balfour Beatty

Nigel McArthur FCIOB has won a payout of £137,000 from Balfour Beatty in settlement of a compensation claim for constructive dismissal after he “blew the whistle” over alleged irregularities in ...

19 January 2016 YMCA plans to roll out Rogers' £50k affordable Y:Cube flats to seven more sites

A joint venture made up of the YMCA and award-winning architects Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is proposing five new Y:Cube schemes, on sites in Essex, south-west London and ...

19 January 2016 First anniversary for best practice info hub

The online “Best Practice Hub” from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is celebrating its first 12 months of successful operation, informing the industry about everything from bug hotels to occupational ...

19 January 2016 Newcomer WElink set to build 8,000 zero-carbon homes in the UK

Renewable energy specialist WElink is set to enter the UK housing market by building 8,000 zero-carbon homes, after signing a £1.1bn strategic agreement with China’s state-owned National Building Materials Group ...

19 January 2016 Summit asks chief execs to eradicate work health risks

Around 130 chief executives and representatives from the industry’s key professional and trade bodies are to attend a summit this Thursday to address construction’s poor record on reducing workplace health ...

17 January 2016 Gangmasters Licensing Authority to have wider scope and cover construction

The government has published its response to its consultation last year on strengthening regulation of the labour market, which includes plans to expand the remit of the existing Gangmasters Licensing ...

15 January 2016 Ex-Bovis boss John Anderson FCIOB takes charge at Byrne Group

John Anderson FCIOB OBE, the former managing director of Bovis Construction and subsequently Bovis Lend Lease Europe, has been appointed managing director of Byrne Group. Anderson will assume overall operational ...

15 January 2016 Sector averaged inflation-beating 6% pay rise in 2015, says RICS

Construction skills shortages are pushing wages in the sector far above the national average, but could also put at risk some of the government’s biggest housing and infrastructure programmes, according ...

15 January 2016 Lincs contractor faces fine of up to £400k in illegal worker crackdown

The Home Office has revealed that Lincolnshire-based contractor Sword Construction could face a penalty of up to £400,000 after 20 illegal workers were discovered on one of its sites in ...

15 January 2016 New starts suffer 14% dip in Q4 2015, says Glenigan

New construction activity contracted by 14% during the final quarter of 2015 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to figures calculated by industry analyst Glenigan. The value ...

14 January 2016 CIOBjobs: Fast growing company seeks quantity surveyor

Goldstone Homes Limited is a New Building Housing and Refurbishment specialist based in Shoreham, Sussex. The business, set up in 2011, is a fast growing company that delivers projects for ...

12 January 2016 Rising built environment emissions putting 2025 target out of reach, says GCB

The target of reducing built environment carbon emissions by 50% from 1990 levels by 2025 is slipping out of reach, after a new progress update revealed that a steady decline ...

12 January 2016 Laing O'Rourke to cash in Australia chips to stake more on DfMA

Laing O’Rourke is to sell its profitable Australian division to reinvest the proceeds in its loss-making European division and its avowed strategy of offsite manufacture and assembly. The Australia business, ...

12 January 2016 'Densifying' London estates could add 360,000 homes, says Savills

Redeveloping London’s local authority housing estates at much higher densities could create an additional 360,000 homes, according to a report produced by property consultant Savills for the Cabinet Office. The ...

12 January 2016 Cameron pledges to 'radically transform' 100 worst sink estates

David Cameron has announced the government’s intention to improve 100 of the country’s worst housing estates either by radically transforming them or, in the worst cases, knocking them down and ...

11 January 2016 Carillion buys in to Northern Powerhouse growth via Mick Hucknall firm

Carillion has bought a majority stake in Manchester-based real estate company Ask Real Estate from the company’s four founding shareholders, which include Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall. Ask now aims ...

08 January 2016 Q&A: CIC's Sue Illman on tackling flooding

Sue Illman, the Construction Industry Council champion for flood mitigation and resilience and president of the Landscape Institute, speaks to Construction Manager about the recent flooding.

08 January 2016 CIOB opens door to non site-based managers in CMYA awards

The CIOB has revised the criteria for entering the 2016 Construction Manager of the Year Award, opening up routes for non-site-based managers to apply. Traditionally, the entry rules have specified ...

08 January 2016 Brandon Lewis: contractors have housing solutions

Minister for housing urges contractors to develop directly in Private Rented Sector. Housing minister Brandon Lewis, in an interview with Construction Manager, has urged the industry to adopt new house-building ...

02 January 2016 Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in December

1. Solius and Crossrail to test smart helmets on site in Innovate UK trial

02 January 2016 Conference explores new thinking on old buildings

The CIOB is to hold a conference exploring the latest thinking on how to get the best out the country’s traditional, pre-1919 building stock, in the setting of London’s historic ...