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30 October 2016 CPA report sets out digital roadmap for construction product manufacturers

New digital template for products will also make BIM easier.

28 October 2016 Heathrow airport expansion faces growing opposition

Plans for the third runway at Heathrow still face a number of obstacles, and contractors shouldn’t be celebrating just yet, a construction lawyer has warned. When the story broker earlier ...

27 October 2016 Former chief construction adviser Morrell to review CITB

Former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has been appointed to review the UK’s industry training boards, including the CITB. Robert Halfon, minister for apprenticeships and skills, announced the review today ...

27 October 2016 Arcadis chief Neil McArthur steps down

Neil McArthur, global chief executive of construction consultancy Arcadis, has left the company over “a difference of opinion” about the firm’s future.  McArthur’s departure follows a sharp fall in earnings ...

27 October 2016 UK BIM Alliance officially launched

Officially launched this week, the UK BIM Alliance is aiming to continue the work of the BIM Task Group and encourage the built environment sector to adopt BIM Level 2 ...

27 October 2016 UKAS tasked with creating new BIM certification

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has tasked the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) with establishing a new certification scheme to show that companies comply with Level 2 ...

27 October 2016 China group plans 'world's largest underground city'

The Kuala Lumpur terminal of the Singapore-to-Malaysia high speed rail line will be “the world’s largest underground city” and a “glittering gem on China’s rail corridor”, China Railway Group has ...

26 October 2016 Project of the week: Magdalen College library, Oxford University

Refurbishing an historic library at Oxford University's Magdalen College was a delicate process. Steve Burgess, regional director at Stepnell, talks to CM. Describe the project An extension and refurbishment to ...

25 October 2016 Apprenticeship Levy update unveiled

The government has announced updated plans for the apprenticeship levy. The Department for Education announced today long-awaited details on apprenticeship funding rates and how the levy will work, with the ...

25 October 2016 Heathrow expansion gets the green light from government

The government has given its backing to a third runway at Heathrow. Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting this morning with the scheme now to be ...

25 October 2016 In pictures: The UK's 'floating Parliament'

US-based architecture firm Gensler has provided a first look inside its radical concept for a temporary Houses of Parliament on the River Thames in London. The idea has been “floated” ...

25 October 2016 Mace joins Manc cycle safety campaign

Construction firm Mace has teamed up with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to help promote the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standard by fleet operators outside London. Mace and ...

24 October 2016 Worker killed at Qatar 2022 stadium site

A construction worker has died on the site of one of the most high-profile stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The organising body for the finals, the Supreme ...

24 October 2016 UKAS tasked with creating new BIM Level 2 certification scheme

Body asked by Department for Business to establish common way of achieving Level 2 accreditation. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has tasked the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) ...

24 October 2016 Profit at Osborne halves from record high

Pre-tax profit at contractor Geoffrey Osborne very nearly halved to £3m from a record high in 2015 after the group settled several legacy contracts. In financial results for the year ...

24 October 2016 Manchester to assign green belt for homes

Plans for at least 225,000 homes across Greater Manchester, including some on green belt land, have been revealed. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) scheme identifies sites for housing developments ...

24 October 2016 New plan for Bournemouth Winter Gardens

Morgan Sindall and Bournemouth council have unveiled plans to rejuvenate the town’s famous Winter Gardens with a £150m mixed-use scheme. The plans have been put forward by the Bournemouth Development ...

24 October 2016 Workers have accidents before they arrive on site

Researchers at a German university have devised a way to use virtual reality (VR) technology to expose construction workers to hazardous situations before they arrive on site. The system uses ...

24 October 2016 Fire destroys timber frame houses in Scotland

At least five timber frame houses under construction were destroyed on Sunday night when a fire ripped through part of a Renfrewshire building site in Scotland. The fire started around ...

24 October 2016 Construction director jailed for £6.9m payroll tax fraud

The boss of a construction company has been jailed for his part in a scheme stealing £6.9m in taxes from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Construction services company director Victor ...

23 October 2016 Leaders needed for CIOB Trustee posts

The CIOB is inviting members to take their place as a leader in construction and apply for a position as a CIOB Trustee. If you are an MCIOB or FCIOB ...

23 October 2016 Contractors commended for cutting C02 emissions

Carillion, Skanska and Morgan Sindall are among 29 infrastructure firms that have been commended for saving the equivalent of 8 millions tonnes of carbon dioxide year-on-year for six years. This ...

23 October 2016 ISG Construction app promises £1m savings following trial at UBS London HQ

Contractor ISG has been trialling a new construction app that it claims will save construction managers up to 1.5 hours a day on site and equate to a £1m saving ...

20 October 2016 Simple-shaped homes could reduce energy use

Energy demand in new homes could be halved if they are built rectangular rather than L or T shaped, according to a new report. According to the report by the ...

20 October 2016 Digital Built Britain officially launched

Digital Built Britain, the latest stage of the UK’s BIM Task Group programme, has officially been launched at the ICE BIM 2016 conference by Mark Bew, chair of the BIM ...

19 October 2016 Barratt London boss arrested

Police arrested London boss of Barratt Developments Alastair Baird this morning, alongside a former Barratt employee following a probe into contract awards. Baird, who is regional managing director for London ...

18 October 2016 Balfour Beatty's mega-project skills warning

Britain’s largest contractor has warned that stopping the free movement of labour across Europe could send costs spiralling and delay mega-projects like HS2 and the nuclear new build programme. Setting ...

18 October 2016 Bellway on course to deliver 11,000 homes

Housebuilder Bellway has announced its intention to deliver a target of 11,000 homes after a strong year, according to its latest results. The company, in its interim results for the ...

18 October 2016 Mace recruits new head of health and safety

Mace has recruited Martin Coyd as new head of health and safety for construction. Coyd joins from Lend Lease Europe where he was regional head of environment, health and safety. ...

18 October 2016 Barratt takes action against modern slavery

House builder Barratt Developments has completely reviewed its supply chain and has set up a dedicated whistleblower hotline to combat modern slavery. These practical elements are just some of the ...

18 October 2016 ICE displays world's longest Lego bridge

Aecom engineer Dr Robin Sham has designed a Guinness World Record-breaking suspension bridge made entirely out of Lego. The 31m-long model, the world's longest Lego bridge, is at the centre ...

18 October 2016 Report calls for CITB overhaul and more offsite to halt 'inexorable decline'

A government-backed independent review into skills has called for a radical overhaul of the CITB and an increase in offsite manufactured homes as as part of a package of measures ...

17 October 2016 Contractor fined after worker killed by falling load

A Cambridge-based building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation. Urban Summit Construction was the principal ...

17 October 2016 Senior changes afoot at Skanska and Wates

Skanska UK has promoted Steve Halbrook to managing director of its London commercial building business. Halbrook has been with the company for 21 years, and takes up the post following ...

17 October 2016 Garden Bridge to cost taxpayers £50m, letter reveals

A letter from a senior Department for Transport (DfT) official has revealed London’s garden bridge will cost £50m even if it fails to go ahead. The letter, sent on 24 ...

17 October 2016 Women in BIM launches global database

Women in BIM has launched a database of women around the world who work with BIM. The database will support women who work in this sector of the construction industry ...

16 October 2016 Project of the week: Nerves of steel deliver Salford arts facility

BAM UK project manager, Simon Atkinson, on complex steelwork issues on the £55m Adelphi Building at the University of Salford, and the tense moment when props were removed from under ...

14 October 2016 Royal Engineers become D&B contractor for MoD

Test run for Falklands sees skills transferred for permanent building, reports James Kenny. The Royal Engineers (RE) have completed a milestone on a project that is expected to herald a ...

14 October 2016 In pics: Foster's revamped London Apple Store

After more than a year’s work the wraps have been taken off the Apple’s flagship store in Regent Street which has been designed by Foster & Partners to provide an ...

14 October 2016 CLOCS vehicle standard moves forward

A collaboration of construction bodies is being tasked with driving the uptake of the CLOCS – the standard for improving road safety of construction vehicles first developed by Transport for ...

14 October 2016 New 'national infrastructure agency' formed

After weeks of uncertainty chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the National Infrastructure Commission is to become an executive agency and said it will be seeking a new permanent chair. ...

14 October 2016 Cardy owed creditors £18m on its collapse

Cardy Construction, which went into administration in August, owed £18.1m to creditors, a report from administrator RSM Restructuring has revealed. The sum is more than £4m above the figure provided ...

14 October 2016 Bouygues UK posts £19.4m loss

French contractor Bouygues’ UK arm posted turnover of £349.6m for the year to 30 September 2015, up from £331.2m in its previous results, but slumped to a pretax loss of ...

14 October 2016 World's tallest tower begins four-year ascent

Construction work has officially begun on Dubai’s Tower, the centrepiece of its Creek Harbour megaproject, and possibly the tallest building in the world, if it is completed before Saudi Arabia’s ...

13 October 2016 Survey reveals mixed fortunes for construction since last year

A record number of construction projects were completed on time in 2015, but profitability and productivity in the overall construction sector took a dip, according to the latest Glenigan Key ...

11 October 2016 Airbnb-style plant hire firm set for expansion

Canadian construction equipment startup Dozr has raised CAN$2.5m (£1.5m) of seed funding to expand its business into the US market, and has indicated that Europe is in its future plans.  ...

11 October 2016 Get ready to snap for Art of Building competition

The CIOB is gearing up to launch the 2016 Art of Building competition.  The photography competition is being expanded this year to include a new under 18 age category and ...

11 October 2016 Officials warned govt against Garden Bridge funding

The UK government funded the Garden Bridge project against official advice, the National Audit Office has found. In a highly critical report, the NAO said the controversial £175m proposed footbridge, ...

11 October 2016 Rio organisers under fire after worker death

A Brazilian construction worker has died and another has lost a leg during the disassembly of the Rio Olympics’ sporting venues. Reuters Brazil reported an anonymous source who said the ...

11 October 2016 Metal company fined after worker loses foot

A Bedfordshire-based metal company has been fined £130,000 after a worker suffered severe leg injuries and lost most of his foot. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Luke Simpson, an agency ...

10 October 2016 CPD: Facing up to fire regs on cladding projects

Rainscreen cladding is subject to stringent fire regulations, especially on buildings higher than 18m. Adrian Pargeter, head of technical, Kingspan Insulation, explains what the regulations are and the routes to ...

10 October 2016 Government clarifies 30-day payment rules

Following representations from construction body the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, a revised statutory guidance has now been issued to clarify the start point of 30-day payment clauses within construction ...

10 October 2016 Mitie boss McGregor-Smith to step down

Maintenance specialist Mitie has announced that chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith will step down before the end of the year. She will be replaced from 12 December by former Cable & ...

10 October 2016 RICS launches digital diversity hub

Ahead of Coming Out Day on Tuesday 11 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is launching a new digital hub designed to help its members create more diverse ...

10 October 2016 Interserve to keep RMD Kwikform business

Construction group Interserve has decided to keep its equipment services business RMD Kwikform following a strategic review which began in February. The group announced that following an eight-month review process ...

07 October 2016 Damien Hirst gallery wins RIBA Stirling Prize

A London gallery built to house the private art collection of artist Damien Hirst has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture 2016. Newport Street Gallery won the prestigious prize ...

07 October 2016 More than 2,000 schools needed by 2020

Over 2,000 new schools must be built before 2020 to meet the growing numbers of primary and secondary school pupils in the UK. The School Places Challenge report from public ...

06 October 2016 Blog: Tory Party conference - construction views

The CIOB policy team offers a roundup of the Tory Party conference. A sunny Birmingham played host to a buoyant Conservative Party conference this week. As expected Brexit was the ...

06 October 2016 Tokyo Olympics hit by soaring costs and white-elephant warnings

A task force of Japanese experts has warned the governor of Tokyo that the cost of putting on the 2020 Olympics could be four times higher than estimated, and has ...

06 October 2016 MPA concerned over London mayor's HGV ban

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s recent announcement to ban HGVs from operating in London from 2020 could hinder new construction. The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has warned that the new proposal ...

04 October 2016 Building a round house in a round hole

The conversion of the iconic gasholders at the Kings Cross development in North London called for some imaginative design and construction. In our latest onsite article we look at the ...

04 October 2016 Resi bounces back as details of new housing fund unveiled

UK construction firms have moved back into “expansion mode” after a surge in residential building helped the industry back into a growth in activity for the first time since the ...

04 October 2016 Mitie launches thermal imaging drone

Facilities manager Mitie has become the latest firm to harness the power of drones on site with the launch of the first thermal imaging drone to be used in the ...

04 October 2016 London councils to train construction workers

Seven London councils have come together to launch anew scheme that will help long-term unemployed start a new career in the construction sector. The Borough ESF Employment Construction Careers programme ...

04 October 2016 Worker killed after dumper truck overturns

A ground worker on a building site was killed yesterday when a construction vehicle overturned. The accident happened at the site of the Summers Park housing development, in Coxs Hill, ...

04 October 2016 BRE to showcase new flood resilient home

Water resistant doors and kitchen, wall and floor membranes that channel water towards drains and sumps that disperse water quickly are some of the features being show cased in a ...

03 October 2016 Researchers develop super grass that can be used for low-carbon buildings

Cross-bred miscanthus has structural and environmental capabilities, reports Stephen Cousins Researchers in Wales have developed a more sustainable form of straw bale construction using a hybrid grass they say could ...

03 October 2016 Chancellor to boost house building

The government has unveiled plans to borrow an extra £2bn to “accelerate” construction of tens of thousands of new homes and will incentivise them to use modern methods of construction ...

03 October 2016 Wates sets up resi development arm

Contractor Wates has launched a new housing development arm called Wates Residential. The announcement follows the separation of the group’s new-build housing division and its social housing maintenance business, which ...