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29 November 2016 London affordable housing threshold set at 35%

London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed a new deal under which private house builders will provide 35% of new homes as affordable housing, rather than the 50% pledged in his ...

29 November 2016 Mitie shows the way for workers with disability

Unemployed people with disabilities are being helped into work through an innovative £900,000 programme, piloted in Scotland by Mitie and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The “Think Differently” initiative ...

29 November 2016 Architect designs pop-up football pitches

Five-a-side football pitches stacked on top of each other in three-storey structures could solve London’s shortage of sports facilities, claims architect AL_A. A spokesman for the architecture and design studio, ...

29 November 2016 Gove regrets scrapping schools rebuild programme

Former education secretary and ardent Brexiter Michael Gove has admitted that scrapping the Building Schools for the Future programme when he took office in 2010 was one of his worst ...

29 November 2016 McAlpine wins Big Ben restoration contract

Sir Robert McAlpine’s special projects division has been awarded the scaffolding contract and pre-construction service agreement (PCSA) to restore the Big Ben tower at the Palace of Westminster. The three-year ...

29 November 2016 New firm offers snap-together homes above car parks

ZED Pods Limited, a new independent UK company, has been launched to provide a solution to the country’s housing crisis: pop-up villages made from cheap, prefabricated micro-homes on platforms above ...

29 November 2016 Danish architect unveils 'vertical village' in Antwerp

A vertical village that aims to redefine the apartment block as a “social, elevated community” has got under way in Antwerp. The scheme has been designed by Danish architect CF ...

28 November 2016 BREEAM and WELL healthy building standards to be aligned

The growing importance of developing buildings that promote the health and wellbeing was underlined today when the owners of two potentially conflicting standards – the BRE and the  US International ...

28 November 2016 Build faster or lose planning permission, Javid tells house builders

Communities minister Sajid Javid accused house builders of dragging their feet and urged them to speed up build-out rates in a bid to solve the housing crisis or risk losing ...

28 November 2016 New construction chief for Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport has overhauled its management team, appointing a new construction boss tasked with delivering its £1.2bn investment programme. The changes have seen Ray Melee appointed as new chief construction ...

28 November 2016 Zaha successor sets out radical housing solution

Patrik Schumacher, director and principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, has called for the abolishment of social housing, scraping prescriptive planning regulations and the wholesale privatisation of London streets, squares and ...

28 November 2016 Want to be part of our exciting plans?

Construction Manager is looking for interested and enthusiastic readers to become part of our 40-strong reader panel to help in our development and exciting plans for the title. We are ...

28 November 2016 Pretax profit up as Willmott splits into three

Willmott Dixon, posted a 48% rise in half-year pretax profits in the six months to 30 June 2016 compared to the same period last year as it outlined plans to ...

28 November 2016 O'Rourke calls for construction GCSE and A-levels

Contractor Laing O’Rourke has called for the introduction of specific construction GCSEs and A-levels as part of a 10-point plan to solve the skills crisis. In the areas of schools ...

27 November 2016 Autumn statement: The big takeways for construction plus reaction

"Unfortunately, the IPA’s review will uncover a lack of skills and expertise, with little in the way of recent project legacy at regional and local level that public bodies can replicate or build upon.”

24 November 2016 CIOB praises productivity focus

The CIOB has welcomed the move by the chancellor to prioritise construction as well as productivity in the Autumn Statement. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to set up a National ...

24 November 2016 Free audio webinar - Real-life applications of BIM

BIM may now be mandated for public sector projects and used widely in commercial schemes as well, but evidence suggests there are plenty of glitches at the coal face, which ...

24 November 2016 Vinci loses $5bn in five minutes after hoax

Shares of French construction giant Vinci lost 20% of their value yesterday after a sophisticated internet hoax spread panic in the market. Their value lost $5bn after Bloomberg and other ...

24 November 2016 Teenage road worker critically injured on M8

A teenage construction worker has been critically injured while working on the M8 upgrade. The 18-year-old man is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in North Lanarkshire, Glasgow ...

22 November 2016 Regions set to see biggest growth in construction activity in 2017

East Midlands and the East of England are expected to see the biggest growth in work in 2017 as London and the south east slow down and development kicks in ...

22 November 2016 Green light for City of London's tallest building

Plans to build the tallest tower in the City of London are set to get the green light next week. The 73-storey office block at 1 Undershaft, from Singaporean developer ...

22 November 2016 Workers happier at smaller construction firms

A survey of construction workers has revealed that fewer than one in four would recommend their place of work to family or friends, though those working for smaller companies were ...

22 November 2016 133 jobs saved as Hewden divisions transfer to Ashtead

Three divisions of the troubled machinery firm the Hewden Group have been sold today to Ashtead Plant Hire Company – the access and power generation assets, the onsite plant business ...

22 November 2016 Autodesk in Rwanda: Five takeaways for UK construction

Last month 10 Autodesk employees went to Kigali, Rwanda, for two weeks as part of Autodesk’s Employee Impact pro bono program. They partnered with MASS Design Group, an Autodesk Foundation ...

22 November 2016 CCS offers NFB members free registration

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is wooing small builders to sign up to its scheme aimed at promoting better site practice by offering members of the National Federation of Builders with ...

22 November 2016 Ireland increases use and take-up of BIM

A new survey on Ireland’s take-up of BIM and the digital transition of the construction industry reveals the country has increased its awareness and use since 2015. The survey, which ...

21 November 2016 Wolstenholme streamlines CLC priorities

The chair of the Construction Leadership Council, Andrew Wolstenholme, has set out plans to reboot the cross-industry group aimed at improving the performance of construction. Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail, will ...

21 November 2016 BDP wins parliamentary buildings refurb

Consultant BDP has been appointed for architectural and lead design services for the the creative adaptation and conservation of a number of historic buildings for the House of Commons. It ...

21 November 2016 Buckingham Palace to get £369m refurb

Buckingham Palace is to undergo a £369m 10-year refurbishment, in which the Queen will remain in residence during the work, to begin next April. Ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and ...

21 November 2016 Pocket completes latest modular housing scheme

Niche London developer Pocket Living has reconfirmed its commitment to modular housing with the practical completion of its latest scheme in London.  The £5.2m Mountearl Gardens project in Streatham Hill ...

21 November 2016 May: no workers on company boards

Theresa May has backed away from a pledge to require companies to put worker representatives on boards. Speaking to the CBI’s annual conference, May said firms would not be forced ...

21 November 2016 Hewden seeks backer to stave off collapse

Hewden, the heavy machinery firm, is on the verge of collapse after failing to find a new backer. The company’s owner, Sun Capital Partners, has called in EY to act ...

21 November 2016 Mitie reports £100m half-year loss

Facilities management contractor Mitie has reported a half-year loss of more than £100m before tax, compared with a £45m profit a year earlier, citing “changing market conditions”. The property maintenance ...

21 November 2016 Entries sought for Global Student Challenge 2017

Registrations are now open for the CIOB Global Student Challenge 2017. The competition is an online interactive game, in which each team of four students runs a “virtual” construction company ...

20 November 2016 When modern construction met traditional skills at Oxford project

This 846 sq m auditorium and conference centre is being built for £8.8m by regional contractor Beard Ltd for Worcester College in the University of Oxford. It is designed to ...

17 November 2016 Brexit aftermath hits London developers' profits

Further evidence emerged this week of the negative impact of the EU referendum on the London commercial development market as Great Portland Estates (GPE) followed Land Securities and British Land ...

17 November 2016 Affordable home building dips to 24-year low

Construction of affordable homes in England in 2015-16 fell to its lowest level for 24 years, new data shows. There were 32,110 built, compared to 66,600 in the previous year, ...

17 November 2016 Report highlights need to forge links with tech firms

Contractors and developers will need to forge closer links with tech companies if they aren’t to get left behind in the smart building revolution over the next few years. This ...

17 November 2016 Hackathon looks to find high-tech H&S solutions

Next year the Association for Project Safety (APS) and Hack_Construct are hosting the health & safety sector’s first ever hackathon event in Manchester. Bobby Chakravarthy, president of the APS, talks ...

17 November 2016 Qatari Diar gets go-ahead for US embassy conversion

The Qatari royal family’s property company has been given the green light to convert the former US embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square into a luxury hotel. Earlier this week, Westminster ...

17 November 2016 Arup suspended in Hong Kong for three months

The government of Hong Kong has suspended the Hong Kong office of UK-based consultancy Arup from tendering for projects for three months, accusing the firm of breaking confidentiality and conflict ...

16 November 2016 Trebilcock departs Balfour in BIM shake-up

Balfour Beatty has disbanded its BIM Centre of Excellence and is handing over responsibility for BIM development and spending to individual business units. It is understood that the head of ...

15 November 2016 First L&G offsite housing units ready by new year

L&G has confirmed that the first units from its massive offsite housing factory will be rolling off the production line before the new year. Speaking today at a housing conference ...

15 November 2016 Council employee jailed for £1m building fraud

An ex-Lancashire council employee, who faked building works to steal almost £1m, has been jailed. Stephen Crewdson, from Manchester, was convicted of fraud and money laundering after charging Lancashire County ...

14 November 2016 Interserve chief Adrian Ringrose to leave

Interserve has announced that its chief executive Adrian Ringrose is to step down from the company in the new year. Ringrose, who has been at the helm of Interserve for ...

14 November 2016 CIOB and ITN to produce second construction show

For a second year running, the CIOB is teaming up with ITN Productions to produce a news and current affairs-style programme to showcase construction management. Anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky, the ...

14 November 2016 Underground warehouse set for west London

A huge underground warehouse that would have enough space for 25 football pitches is being planned for west London. Formal Investments has submitted plans to Hounslow council to build the ...

14 November 2016 China's Citic to undertake more London projects

Chinese contractor Citic Construction has joined forces with Chinese developer ABP and Thai company CP Group to create the East London Development Group to undertake projects in the area. ABP ...

14 November 2016 New measures for house building on large sites

The government has announced a raft of measures to accelerate house building on larger-scale sites. They include a new £18m funding pot to accelerate house building on large sites. Councils ...

14 November 2016 Project of the week: Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum

A hybrid structural frame and long component lead times put pressure on the programme when building a new Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. John Neill, project ...

14 November 2016 Simons' Noonan handed CITB relations role

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed Simons Group director Mark Noonan as its new industry relations director. In the newly created role, Noonan will be tasked with ensuring ...

14 November 2016 Skills shortages stop contractors from bidding

A quarter of contractors were unable to bid for work during the third quarter of 2016 due to labour shortages, Build UK’s State of Trade survey has found. In the ...

10 November 2016 CPD: A quality management route to better profits

Crossrail has shown how quality management can help deliver complex projects on time, budget and with exemplary safety records. Vince Desmond, acting CEO of the Chartered Quality Institute, says we ...

10 November 2016 Considerate Constructors Scheme announces new board

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) has unveiled seven new directors to its board following an overhaul in September. The new board includes four independent non-executive directors: Roma Agrawal, a structural ...

10 November 2016 Failed William Anelay owed creditors £12m

William Anelay, one of the UK's oldest building companies, fell into administration owing more than £12m to unsecured creditors. The York-based conservation specialist had been a family business and had ...

10 November 2016 Balfour Beatty backs out of One Nine Elms

Balfour Beatty has become the second contractor to back out of the £1bn One Nine Elms scheme in Vauxhall after failing to agree terms for the main build contract. Balfour ...

09 November 2016 'Construction is what I know': Trump pledges to rebuild America, literally

US President-Elect Donald Trump, who built his business on constructing towers, used his victory speech early today in New York to repeat his pledge to put “millions of people to ...

08 November 2016 Contractors voice dissatisfaction with architects

Nearly half of contractors are dissatisfied with the performance of architects that work for them and less than one in five are satisfied that their designers can stick to the ...

08 November 2016 RIBA clients survey: Paul Nash Q&A

Contractors want architects to acknowledge risk as the key to better working relationships, says Paul Nash, president of the CIOB, which worked closely with the RIBA on the clients survey. 

08 November 2016 Prototype house rises above flood waters

Lincolnshire-based developer Larkfleet has applied for planning permission for a new prototype house that could eliminate flood damage to homes. The new experimental house rises on jacks above flood waters ...

08 November 2016 Brexit eases demand for construction skills

The sector’s demand for skilled people has been revised down by the CITB in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote.  The annual UK-wide recruitment requirement has fallen by a ...

08 November 2016 Roofers get biggest annual pay increase

The roofing industry experienced the highest increase in earnings year-on-year for subcontractors across England and Wales, according to new research. Payroll services firm Hudson Contract has developed a new pay ...

08 November 2016 Waste company fined £100k after worker death

A Kent-based waste and recycling company has been fined more than £100,000 after an employee died when wasted material collapsed on top of him. Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court heard how Neville ...

07 November 2016 New CIOB Academy delivers 'practical' courses

The CIOB is set to significantly ramp up its training provision with the launch of a new Academy on 1 November. The new Academy will deliver “real world” practical courses ...

07 November 2016 BIM round table: the govt mandate six months on

Six months on from the watershed that was the government mandate on use of Level 2 BIM for centrally procured projects, CM gathered experts and stakeholders from the industry to ...

07 November 2016 Willmott Dixon maintenance arm rebrands as Fortem

Willmott Dixon’s property repairs and maintenance specialist, Willmott Dixon Partnerships, is changing its name to Fortem as well as being given more freedom to design bespoke service offerings and grow ...

07 November 2016 Rising costs dampen outlook for industry

An increase in materials cost is throwing a shadow over the prospects for industry firms, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey from the Construction Product Association, published today. On ...

07 November 2016 First football stadium to be made out of wood

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects has been commissioned to build the world’s first wooden football stadium after beating 50 other entries. The 5,000-seat space will be constructed entirely from wood, for Gloucestershire-based ...

07 November 2016 Hamburg's Elbe Concert Hall finally finished

A decade after the foundation stone was laid for Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall, it has finally ended – six years late and about €600m over budget. Ole von Beust, the ...

03 November 2016 'Quotas are the only way to solve construction's gender issue'

David Hancock, head of construction at the Cabinet Office said he was mooting the idea of quotas to boost the presence of women in construction, Paul Fox, founder of Constructive ...

03 November 2016 Skanska unveils new senior management team

Skanska has announced three new executive and senior management appointments in the wake of vice president Paul Chandler leaving the firm. Under the changes, existing vice-president Gregor Craig now takes ...

03 November 2016 'Living wall' covers scaffolding at Mayfair project

Consulting engineer Arup has launched a new “living wall” scaffolding system on a project in Mayfair, which it says has the potential to reduce air pollution by up to 20%. ...

03 November 2016 Three firms fined £1m after fatal platform collapse

Three construction companies have been fined more than £1m after a worker died and two others were badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform collapsed. ...

02 November 2016 Probe into rising costs of Olympic Stadium ordered

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered an independent inquiry into the Olympic Stadium as conversion costs have now risen another £51m. The move comes as it was revealed the costs ...

02 November 2016 Construction union UCATT to merge with Unite

Construction union UCATT has voted overwhelmingly to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite. The move, announced today, follows 85.5% of UCATT members voting to combine the membership to form one ...

02 November 2016 The ultimate digital construction project

A rural housing development on the outskirts of Cambridge is the unlikely setting for an exemplar in digital construction. But the Hill project in Trumpington Cambridge really does have it ...

01 November 2016 T Clarke probes £2.8m theft by employee

Building services company T Clarke is investigating the theft of £2.8m by an employee. In a statement to the stock exchange the contractor revealed that it was investigating “financial irregularities” ...

01 November 2016 Willmott's resi arm hires ex-London deputy mayor

Willmott Dixon’s residential arm, Willmott Residential, has appointed London’s former deputy mayor for housing, Richard Blakeway, as strategic adviser to support the company’s growth ambitions of expanding its private sale ...

01 November 2016 74 jobs go as Eliott Thomas businesses fold

A total of 74 jobs have been axed from construction logistics and building business Elliott Thomas after parts of the group were placed into administration late last week. Two of ...

01 November 2016 £300k for world's second largest cancer centre

Sutton Council has been awarded £300,000 by the government to build the London Cancer Hub. The proposed 20-hectare campus, once completed, would become the second biggest cancer centre in the ...

01 November 2016 Construction firm folds after payment issues

An £11m-turnover construction firm which has operated across the south of England since 1998 has ceased trading and appointed administrators. The Construction Partnership – formerly known as Ashe Construction (Southern) ...

01 November 2016 1,000-year-old UK cathedral to install solar panels

Work has begun to fit solar panels at Gloucester cathedral in south west England. The cathedral, which originated in 678 or 679, will be upgraded with up to 200 panels ...

01 November 2016 CITB gives £450k to promote BIM in schools

A Liverpool business, behind Class of Your Own, has received over £450,000 of funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for a new project aimed at getting teachers and ...