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26 February 2016 Industry opinion steers towards 'in' vote as EU referendum debate picks up

Following the news last week that Britain is to hold an in-out referendum on a possible exit from the European Union on 23 June, the level of debate in the ...

26 February 2016 Gender and ethnic diversity mix in professions improving, says CIC

There has been a slight uptick in the number of women in professional roles in the industry overall, while the proportion of women in the under-25 age group has noticeably ...

26 February 2016 CIOB launches portal to boost interaction with government

Website promotes industry issues to researchers and policy-makers. The CIOB has launched a new website to amplify the voice of the Institute and the construction industry on key political, economic ...

26 February 2016 L&G opens offsite housing facility with plans for 3,000 units a year

Legal & General is making a further move into the housing sector with the launch of a house building factory near Leeds. The insurance and investment company is making a ...

26 February 2016 SkillsPlanner kicks off two-year trial in London and south east

The SkillsPlanner project – which aims to bring the power of “open data” to the construction industry’s skills problem – kicked off an initial two-year programme for London and the ...

23 February 2016 Contractors shelved for £1bn work as Essential opts for offsite self-delivery

London-based build-to-rent developer Essential Living has stood down its Tier 1 framework contractors to self-deliver a £1bn pipeline of projects – a decision prompted by the “unprecedented” prices and delivery ...

23 February 2016 £2.3m grant for Skanska-backed aerial 3D printing drones

UK researchers at three universities have been given more than £3.4m to develop robots that can swarm into disaster zones and print emergency shelters, in a technique called “Aerial Additive ...

23 February 2016 Women CMYA medallists: how the awards bring a career boost

Three former winners say that winning an award brought them greater professional recognition. As the CIOB acknowledges, women are currently underrepresented in the CMYA awards. But for those women who ...

23 February 2016 Sweett Group's bitter pill after £1.4m Bribery Act fine

Construction services company Sweett Group has been sentenced in the case relating to acts of bribery at its Middle East practice. The group is the first company to be found ...

23 February 2016 Update to '2012 Construction Commitments' could follow Strategic Forum relaunch

The revamped Strategic Forum for Construction is to consider an updated version of the “2012 Construction Commitments”, as one strand in its planned future programme. The 2012 Construction Commitments were ...

19 February 2016 Mayor were they? CIOB disappointed at mayoral candidate no-shows at hustings

London mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith were not present at the hustings on housing, infrastructure and growth hosted by the CIOB, RICS and the RIBA this week. Despite ...

19 February 2016 Lib Dem London mayoral candidate proposes construction academy

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor, has announced a plan to establish a construction academy. During this week’s mayoral hustings, hosted by the CIOB, RICS, and RIBA, ...

19 February 2016 Brighton tower officially world's slimmest

Being built by Dutch contractor Hollandia, the i360 in Brighton has been awarded the Guinness world record for the most slender tower in the world. Rising 160.469 metres above ground, ...

19 February 2016 Government proposes fast-track planning for house builders

Under proposals released by the government today councils may be able to compete to process planning applications and be able to offer fast-track application services. The proposals, which aim to ...

19 February 2016 Treated hardwoods take on overseas imports

Thermal modification enables UK poplar, sycamore and ash to provide a sustainable alternative. The first ever range of thermally modified British hardwoods, suitable for hardwearing external applications such as cladding, ...

19 February 2016 Government housing policy short sighted, say Lords

The House of Lords Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment has criticised current government policy as unlikely to meet demand for either the quantity or quality of houses ...

18 February 2016 CIOBjobs: Building Surveyor Urgently Required

NKS Contracts Ltd requires an experienced Surveyor to manage various maintenance & refurbishment projects, predominantly located within the Bristol & Bath areas of the South West. The salary of the ...

16 February 2016 'Smart' pavements a mainstream option after Pavegen slashes price

The cost of “smart” paving tiles that generate electrical power from human footfall will drop below £600/sq m this year, bringing them closer in line with high-end landscaping options for ...

16 February 2016 Kensington and Chelsea bans 'noisy' weekend construction work

The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has banned noisy construction works on weekends as part of a new code of practice that aims to minimise the negative effects of ...

16 February 2016 Rising oil prices set to fuel tender price increases in infrastructure

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is predicting that tender prices on infrastructure and civil engineering projects will rise by around a third over the next five years as ...

15 February 2016 £8m performance gap review shows wide variations in "low carbon" emissions

A government-backed study into the operational performance of more than 100 low-energy buildings has found evidence of “performance gaps” between design intent and actual carbon emissions of up to a ...

12 February 2016 Kier, Bouygues, Morgan Sindall exits suggest future 'output gap', say experts

A recent spate of three Top 10 contractors walking away from London projects after not being able to agree a final price with clients suggests that cost inflation and skills ...

12 February 2016 CITB to cut jobs and find 20% savings in three-year industry-backed agenda

After 18 months of a reform agenda kick-started by new chief executive Adrian Belton, the CITB has now unveiled a further three-year modernisation programme aimed at delivering better services with ...

11 February 2016 BIS retentions review on protecting subcontractor funds triggered by Lords

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has commissioned a full review of the industry practice of holding retentions, possibly leading to new measures limiting their use and offering additional ...

09 February 2016 Daredevil wins Art of Building photography competition

A doctor from Bangladesh has scooped top prize in the CIOB’s Art of Building digital photography competition with his image of a child climbing across the arch of a bridge. ...

09 February 2016 First Tesla Powerwall battery installed in the UK

A Welsh terraced home has become the first in the UK to be fitted with a Tesla Powerwall home battery. Released last year, the home storage system is produced by ...

09 February 2016 Survey: industry sticks to tradition on logistics as headaches worsen

A Construction Manager survey on site logistics carried out in association with TomTom Telematics has found that a high proportion of site managers still rely on paper and pens – ...

09 February 2016 Uncertainty over EU referendum a 'risk factor' for 2016 growth, says CPA

The Construction Products Association’s latest forecast for 2016 has been trimmed to 3.6% compared to the autumn 2015 forecast of 3.8% – with the added proviso that growth could be ...

07 February 2016 BBC to tackle housing crisis with 'Million Homes Challenge' offsite showcase

The BBC is seeking four offsite housing manufacturers to showcase their products on a site in Manchester, for a three-part BBC 2 series looking at how housing production can be ...

05 February 2016 DCLG consults on Part B update in delayed Lakanal response

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched an online consultation on improving the usability of Approved Documents B and M – the industry's guidance for implementing Part ...

05 February 2016 CIOBjobs: Building Control Surveyors urgently required at all levels

Assure Building Control’s London team continues to grow from strength to strength as a result of their drive and ambition to be the best Approved Inspector in the country. As ...

05 February 2016 BIS orders housing labour study from ex-Arcadis expert

The government has launched a review focused on how to de-couple the housing industry from the employment patterns and skills shortages that restrict output, while the Labour Party has also ...