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22 March 2016 ‘CDM Differently’ agenda borrowed from Australia gains ground in ICE, RIBA, CIC

Members of the Health and Safety panels of the ICE, RIBA and Construction Industry Council (CIC) are exploring a concept called “CDM Differently”, based on the thinking behind Safety Differently, ...

22 March 2016 November opening date for £83m Design Museum

London’s iconic Design Museum is set to open its doors at its new home in the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street on 24 November 2016, almost two years later ...

22 March 2016 HS2 appoints engineering partner for 10-year Phase 1 contract

A team comprising CH2M, Atkins and SENER have been appointed as the engineering delivery partner for Phase 1 of the high-speed line project. The delivery partner will provide engineering and ...

22 March 2016 CIOB's regeneration challenge inspires young people to build

Maidstone school awarded prize for leisure centre competition. The CIOB has teamed up with organisation MyKindaFuture to raise the visibility of professional careers in the built environment among young people. ...

22 March 2016 Level 3 BIM gets £15m investment from Osborne

UPDATED: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed that it is to invest £15m over three years in Level 3 BIM. The news yesterday follows a specific reference ...

22 March 2016 Occupational health summit confirmed for 21 April

The Health in Construction Leadership Group has confirmed a new summit event at the ExCel conference centre on 21 April. The event follows the launch of its new occupational health ...

18 March 2016 Report floats new BREEAM-style rating for property developments

Companies in the development and property sectors should consider a far wider assessment of “value” beyond financial metrics when considering new schemes, according to a new report launched this week ...

18 March 2016 Apprenticeship starts up, but UCATT highlights drop-out rate

As National Apprenticeships Week comes to a close, the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) has highlighted the low numbers completing construction apprenticeships – contrasting with reports earlier ...

18 March 2016 Domestic retrofit strategy questioned at CIOB conference

The CIOB held a successful conference on How to Make Historic Buildings for You yesterday (17 March) with a number of speakers and topics exploring how to get the best ...

18 March 2016 Take part in the CIOB’s productivity survey

Following a Budget where chancellor George Osborne highlighted the fact that the UK economy’s failure to gear up on productivity had eaten into growth forecasts, the CIOB is embarking on ...

16 March 2016 Quinn says Balfour Beatty on track despite £199m loss linked to historic projects

Balfour Beatty’s chief executive Leo Quinn remains confident about the group’s prospects as well as the potential for work in the UK construction industry, despite announcing a pretax loss of ...

15 March 2016 BIM drives innovation adoption but sector still lags manufacturing, says BIS survey

Levels of innovation in the construction sector are on the increase, according to a bi-annual report from the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS). But the survey also showed ...

15 March 2016 CIOB launches new scholarship and awards international achievers

As part of International Construction Management Day 2016, the CIOB has decided to award a new scholarship which it hopes will aid future leaders in the industry. The CIOB International ...

15 March 2016 New CIRIA guide to sustainable fit-out projects launched

A new CIRIA guide being launched this week is aiming to tackle environmental issues within the fit-out sector. The new publication, Fit-out environmental good practice on site guide (C757) aims ...

15 March 2016 CIOB's Minecraft housing challenge to ‘tap on shoulder’ of next generation

The CIOB has launched a new Minecraft competition aimed at exploring possible solutions to future housing issues. The Future Housing challenge is hoping to tap into the next generation of ...

15 March 2016 Manchester-Leeds axis should be focus of north’s capital spend, says NIC

“Kick-starting” HS3 with a new Trans-Pennine route and fast-tracking improvements on the M62 to reduce journey times between Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds are two of the priorities identified in High ...

14 March 2016 Q-Bot unveils new 'super' insulation robot as £2m cash boost promises scale-up

The co-founder of Q-Bot, the innovative robotic spray insulation system, has told CM that more than £2m of new investment from angel investors and the EU will be pumped into ...

11 March 2016 CIOB's Shane Evans crowned industry's Young Achiever 2016

CIOB student member Shane Evans (above) was last night named overall winner at the 2016 Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme, run by the Construction Youth Trust. Shane Evans, a ...

11 March 2016 Anti heat-stress clothing for Hong Kong site workers takes CIOB innovation prize

A uniform that combats heat stress for construction workers in Hong Kong’s hot and humid conditions by using a new generation of fabrics has scooped one of the Premier Awards ...

11 March 2016 119 new tall buildings could join London's skyline, says NLA

Proposals for more than 100 new large towers in the capital have emerged since this time last year, according to an update on research by property company GL Hearn in ...

09 March 2016 Doubts increase over Hinkley Point, but economists say benefit only 'pencilled in'

The resignation of French energy company EDF’s finance director on the grounds that he could not sanction its current plans to progress with the Hinkley Point C project has once ...

08 March 2016 Accelerate to Innovate with CIOB and BRE: applications sought

Digital innovators with fresh ideas for apps, software tools or digital technologies for construction are invited to showcase their ideas to the industry at a new CIOB and BRE-backed event ...

08 March 2016 North's road and rail plans to be in place by end of 2016, says TfN

Transport for the North is to determine by the end of the year whether the Northern Powerhouse will feature a Transpennine Tunnel linking Manchester to Sheffield, reducing the drive time ...

08 March 2016 Vinci, BAM to build E8.7bn tunnel to cut Denmark to Germany travel time

A consortium comprising construction giants Vinci and BAM International has been chosen to build a new undersea tunnel linking Denmark to Germany. The €8.7bn Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will stretch for 18km, ...

08 March 2016 Drop in HSE inspection figures raises questions for industry

Safety advisers have expressed surprise at figures obtained by construction union UCATT showing a decline in the number of construction site inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive. ...

04 March 2016 Japanese firm snaps up BDP for £102m to gain 'technological edge' in BIM

Japan’s largest engineering consultancy Nippon Koei has surprised the industry by buying architect and multi-disciplinary design consultant BDP for £102m – a deal the Japanese firm says was motivated by ...

04 March 2016 Didcot tragedy could lead to CDM rethink, says demolition sector chief

The catastrophic collapse of a building at Didcot Power Station as it was being prepared for demolition last week, resulting in the loss of four lives, could drive changes in ...

04 March 2016 Ireland's post-election limbo puts infrastructure spending plan on hold

CIOB members in Ireland have been left in limbo following the general election in Ireland last Friday, with no clear winner emerging and the possibility of a further election being ...

04 March 2016 Carillion and Costain turn in revenue and profit growth

Construction and support services group Carillion’s full-year results to December 2015 showed strong returns with revenue up 13%, rising to £4.6bn, in line with expectations. The firm’s strong performance was ...

03 March 2016 Government report author urges contractors to build PRS homes

Cast chief executive Mark Farmer, commissioned by the government to oversee a review of the construction and housing labour markets, has backed the idea - floated last year by housing ...

02 March 2016 Energiesprong UK secures €3.6m to roll out Dutch zero-energy homes

Organisation set to upgrade 500 homes in £200m work programme The Energiesprong UK consortium has secured €3.6m of government Horizon 2020 grant funding to roll out the innovative Dutch Energiesprong ...

02 March 2016 CIOBjobs: Contract/Project Manager needed, Central London

BSPS are an established main contractor based in Central London specialising in refurbishment, decoration and restoration, and fit out. They are currently seeking a Contract / Project Manager to join ...