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21 December 2016 Harding is new chair at design consultant BDP

Chris Harding has been elected the new chair of architect and multi-disciplinary design consultant BDP. Harding, who has been with the company since 1989, takes over the role from David ...

21 December 2016 Hill sells claims arm including Knowles

The Construction Claims Group of Hill International, which includes Knowles in UK, is to be acquired by Bridgepoint Development Capital in a transaction totalling US$147m (£119m). Hill’s Construction Claims Group ...

21 December 2016 Contractors fined £2m in worker leg crush incident

Three contractors have been hit with fines totalling £2m after a worker had his leg crushed when a trench collapsed on him. Vincent Talbot suffered serious injuries when his leg ...

21 December 2016 Qatar workers get air-conditioned hard hats

Qatar University has developed a solar-powered “cooling” hard hat with a built-in fan that reduces the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10 degrees centigrade, allowing for safer ...

20 December 2016 Industry's pivotal role in driving social mobility

CIOB report says industry accounts for a third of all skilled trades which provide route to top. Construction has the most critical role to play of all industries in reversing ...

19 December 2016 Stansted submits plans for new arrivals terminal

Stansted Airport has revealed plans for a new £130m arrivals terminal. Plans have been submitted for the new terminal which will see the airport grow from 24 million passengers a ...

19 December 2016 Report aims to rekindle domestic green agenda

A government-backed independent review is recommending that a raft of new measures, including a consumer “quality mark”, are put in place to renew consumer confidence in making their homes more ...

19 December 2016 Tank-style tracked 3D printer can work on site

Netherlands-based CyBe Construction has unveiled plans for its new mobile 3D concrete printer. The 4.5 metre-high printer called the CyBe RC 3Dp builds on the work the company has already ...

19 December 2016 Bleak picture for Gulf projects as oil slump bites

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) projects market is expected to record at best $120bn worth of contract awards in 2016, down at least a third on 2015 levels and well ...

19 December 2016 HA and Chinese contractor team up for offsite housing

A Chinese contractor has teamed up with a UK housing association to deliver 25,000 prefabricated homes over the next five years.  Under the £2.5bn deal China National Building Material company ...

16 December 2016 Project of the week: Rydon's steep learning curve on Bristol boys' school

A confined hill-top site with no vehicle access meant 100% reliance on a single tower crane when building an extension to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School for boys, in Bristol. Neil ...

16 December 2016 MCIOB to help SMEs win government contracts

A chartered building consultancy owner who is among a panel of 24 entrepreneurs advising the government on how it can make Whitehall contracts more accessible to SMEs is keen to ...

16 December 2016 Sir David Higgins to become chair of Gatwick Airport

HS2 chair Sir David Higgins will begin another major role in January when be becomes the chair of Gatwick airport. Sir David will become chairman of Gatwick Airport from 1 ...

16 December 2016 Construction promoted to public in CIOB film

The CIOB has launched Masterminds of Construction, a news and current affairs-style programme that aims to give the public a greater understanding of construction as well as inspire young people ...

16 December 2016 CIOB photography competition shortlist revealed

The Art of Building finalists for 2016 have been revealed with photographs from Egypt, Ukraine, Paraguay and the UK among the shortlist. The public can now vote for their favourite ...

14 December 2016 Almost half of all small refurb projects fail HSE safety inspection

Nearly half of all small refurbishment projects inspected by the HSE in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than last year’s inspection. Notes published ahead of the ...

14 December 2016 Housing targets impossible, say 90% of councils

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources, according to a new joint research report ...

14 December 2016 CIOB Academy launches with call to 'train or die'

The CIOB has officially launched its new Academy today offering “real world” practical courses to the industry, as a former CIOB president called on the industry to “train or die”. ...

13 December 2016 Tideway Tunnel research project targets H&S

Researchers at Loughborough University are embarking on a unique project that will track and inform health and safety leadership, policies, and practices at Tideway. The project, commissioned by the Institution of ...

13 December 2016 Live BIM monitors building stress in real-time

Bridge and engineering firm Mabey has unveiled the industry’s first “Live BIM” tool which it claims will bring real-time monitoring of stresses on buildings.  Using Live BIM, 3D models of ...

13 December 2016 Balfour Beatty delivers £100m in cost savings

Balfour Beatty has accomplished £100m in cost cuts during the first phase of its Build to Last transformation programme, it said in a trading update today. The first phase of ...

12 December 2016 CITB chief executive Adrian Belton resigns

The chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Adrian Belton has resigned. He will step down at the end of this month, with chief financial officer and corporate ...

12 December 2016 Speller Metcalfe owner to step down

The joint owner of contractor Speller Metcalfe, Andy Metcalfe, has  announced that he will be retiring from the company after more than 20 years at the reins. His retirement will ...

12 December 2016 Construction gender pay gap exposed

A new online tool devised by the government has revealed the extent of the pay gap between men and women in construction. The latest data revealed that construction and building ...

11 December 2016 Coalition produces ethics principles for construction

More than 100 property professional bodies worldwide, which make up a body known as the IES Coalition, have published the first set of ethics principles for professionals working in land, ...

11 December 2016 Arup to sell long-range weather forecasts to help prepare for climate change

UK consulting engineer Arup has teamed up with two firms to provide a “future weather service” to help building owners and cities prepare for future climate conditions. The initiative combines ...

11 December 2016 Brighton & Hove joins Hyde for affordable homes

Brighton & Hove City Councillors have backed a pioneering joint venture with housing association and developer Hyde to build 1,000 genuinely affordable homes, based on rents that are linked to ...

09 December 2016 New research blasts CITB's training for SMEs

The CITB has “little or no impact” in providing training to SMEs, new research has claimed. An independent survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of audit and contract service business ...

09 December 2016 BSI launches Kitemark for BIM

Business standards company BSI has today launched a new Kitemark for BIM, with BAM, Skanska and Balfour Beatty among the first companies to achieve the certification. The BIM Kitemark aims ...

09 December 2016 Crossrail contractors to be prosecuted over concrete death

BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), and Kier Infrastructure are to face prosecution following the death of one worker and injuries to two others on Crossrail, the HSE has announced All ...

09 December 2016 £172m up for grabs in new estates fund

Councils, housing associations and developers can now bid for a share of £172m of government investment to transform local neighbourhoods and deliver high-quality housing. As part of a new blueprint ...

09 December 2016 Merger mania continues as Peabody joins with Family Mosaic

Peabody Trust and Family Mosaic have become the latest housing associations to announce merger plans. The merger will see a new group formed called Peabody with more than 55,000 homes ...

09 December 2016 Six in 10 councils ignoring the law on prompt payment

A majority of local authorities (59%) are breaching their legal duty to ensure that their supply chain is paid promptly, making it harder for many thousands of small businesses to ...

07 December 2016 Sellar's 'cube' at Paddington gets go ahead

Sellar Property Group’s controversial £775m Paddington Cube development was last night given the green light by Westminster council. The 14-storey cube-shaped office building replaces previous plans for a 72-storey high-end ...

07 December 2016 Whitehall civil servants to move to Canary Wharf

The Cabinet Office has today announced the location of a new Government Hub at Canary Wharf, as the government prepares to move around 5,700 full-time civil and public servants from ...

07 December 2016 Volvo fined £900k after worker fall

The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of its workers fell and suffered head injuries. The worker was servicing a large delivery ...

07 December 2016 Track and train to operate as 'one' again

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to reunite track and train companies in a bid to improve rail maintenance and reduce delays. As part of the plans, clients for ...

07 December 2016 Savills predicts office construction slump

More gloomy news emerged today regarding prospects for office construction in the wake of Brexit. An annual report by Savills is predicting a major slump with up to half of ...

07 December 2016 Khan pledges £200m for step-free tube, but rail plan scuppered

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged £200m to creating step-free access the Tube over the next five years. The mayor confirmed the move would take the number of accessible stations above 100 for ...

07 December 2016 L&Q and East Thames merger confirmed

Housing associations L&Q and East Thames have confirmed their merger and their plan to deliver 100,000 homes, helped by  £2.6bn refinancing package and a new training academy. The combined organisation ...

06 December 2016 Govt announces £500bn of infrastructure

The government has today published a new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, setting out over £500bn worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond. The pipeline, which ...

05 December 2016 Beaver dams could help prevent flooding

Beavers may act as a natural solution to England’s flooding problems, a study has found. A pair released into a stream in Devon built 13 dams which increased the amount ...

05 December 2016 CM contributor wins top journalism award

Construction manager contributor Stephen Cousins (above, centre) was last week crowned Construction/Infrastructure Journalist of the Year at the prestigious IBP awards. His work, including articles for Construction Manager, was praised ...

05 December 2016 Roney lands chief exec role at Manchester council

Wakefield council boss Joanne Roney has been named as the new chief executive of Manchester City Council, replacing Sir Howard Bernstein. Her appointment comes at an important time for the ...

05 December 2016 Greece teams up with BRE for green buildings

Despite a stagnant property market in Greece, the BRE has teamed up with Greece’s new Sustainable Building Council (SBC) to push for greener building in the Mediterranean country. The two ...

05 December 2016 LU fined £500,000 after worker fall

London Underground has been fined £500,000 after a worker fell down a lift shaft at a disused tube station. The fine follows an investigation by the Office of Rail and ...

05 December 2016 Hurley Palmer Flatt buys rival firm Bradbrook

Engineering consultant Hurley Palmer Flatt has acquired rival civil and structural engineer Bradbrook Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The move is part of the group’s continued drive to grow its ...

04 December 2016 Project of the week: GSK's Phoenix from the ashes

When the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry burnt to the ground well into construction in 2014, many thought it would spell the end of the project. Nick Hilton, ...

01 December 2016 University estate spending grows by £2bn in a year

A new report released today reveals the UK university sector continues to spend on its estates and overall the sector grew by £2bn in one year. The Higher Education Estates ...

01 December 2016 Chinese to build Foster-designed World Cup stadium

A Chinese contractor has been appointed to build the Foster + Partners designed Lusail stadium for the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup. The stadium, which will be one of the ...

01 December 2016 New 'mega' HA planning 50,000 homes

Circle Housing Group and Affinity Sutton have completed their merger to form Clarion Housing Group, with plans to build 50,000 homes in the next 10 years. The new company will ...