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28 April 2016 Worker killed on Queensferry Crossing project

A construction worker has been killed after an accident on the Queensferry Crossing project in Scotland, which left another man injured. Police in Scotland said the accident, on the north ...

28 April 2016 £700m construction cost for world's tallest tower

The building set to become the world’s tallest, when it is completed in four years, will cost £700m to build. Developer Emaar Properties announced the price tag for the Dubai ...

28 April 2016 Institute to contribute to housing taskforce

RICS approaches CIOB as All-Party Parliamentary Group aims to tackle UK’s housing crisis. The CIOB has been asked by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to contribute to the ...

28 April 2016 Recycling plan for Britain's tower blocks

Brighton University joins European partners in funding bid for handbook of salvageable materials. The University of Brighton is part of a £1m+ joint EU research bid to develop a handbook ...

28 April 2016 Police prosecute con-woman over fake skills cards

Police have prosecuted a con-woman who bought fake CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards in a pub to help her business. Karen Sharpe, a 51-year-old company director from Staffordshire, was ...

28 April 2016 Graham is first contractor to gain diversity accreditation

Contractor Graham Construction has become the first company to be awarded the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Be Fair Bronze level accreditation in recognition of its commitment to equality and ...

28 April 2016 Roofing company fined after worker fractures skull

A roofing firm in Malton, North Yorkshire, has been fined after a worker fractured his skull following a fall from height during work on a construction company’s main office. Mitchell ...

27 April 2016 Zero carbon campaigners lifted by Lords defeat for government

Supporters of the zero carbon homes standard have been boosted after the House of Lords defeated the government by 48 votes over an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill. ...

27 April 2016 Construction pay talks hit impasse

Pay talks over construction’s largest industrial agreement have broken up without agreement. Around 500,000 construction workers are affected by The Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule Agreement. The unions involved ...

27 April 2016 Contractor fined after building blocks fall on busy street

A Cheshire building company has been hit with a fine for £40,000 from the HSE following safety failings at a building site in Altrincham where it was building houses and ...

26 April 2016 Big Ben to be silenced by three-year restoration

Big Ben, the famous bell in the Palace of Westminster’s clock tower, will cease chiming for three years from 2017 during a £29m restoration programme. The last extensive conservation works ...

26 April 2016 Salaries soar for small builders

Salaries for small building firms are spiralling upwards, according to new research. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) State of Trade Survey for Q1 2016 found that more than half ...

26 April 2016 Cyber crime costing construction firms £1.8bn a year

Cyber crime and the manipulation of fake invoices are costing the UK construction industry more than £1.8bn every year.  Cyber crime is one of the biggest-growing concerns for the construction ...

26 April 2016 VIDEO: Demolition of Liverpool Tower blocks fails

Demolition experts in the north west have been left red faced after failing to bring down two 15-storey tower blocks, leaving nearby residents unable to return home. Two vacant high-rise ...

26 April 2016 New police photos show extent of Didcot devastastion

Thames Valley Police (TVP) have made limited progress in the clean-up work at Didcot power station, following the collapse on the site on 23 February. The incident resulted in the ...

26 April 2016 FIFA to crack down on Qatar construction concerns

World footballing body FIFA has announced the formation of a new oversight body to monitor construction working conditions on stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced ...

26 April 2016 Green belt 'under siege' with 275,000 new homes planned

More than a quarter of a million new homes are planned for England’s “green belt”, according to new research. Figures published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) indicate ...

26 April 2016 Housing Bill must be 'serious' about £2.2bn of annual flood damage

The new Housing Bill currently passing through parliament must address the issue of critical drainage and flood defence infrastructure, according to a number of construction professionals. Civil engineers, environmental scientists ...

26 April 2016 Interserve workers go on strike

Interserve workers on a waste-to-energy plant in Glasgow have walked out after a pay parity dispute. Around 70 scaffolders and labourers who work for Interserve Industrial Service at the Glasgow Recycling ...

26 April 2016 Safety chiefs plan action on construction's 4,000 cancer deaths

Construction’s health and safety leaders have met to discuss ways of improving the industry’s dire occupational health record. UK construction workers are 100 times more likely to die from work-related ...

26 April 2016 Architectural Technology awards open for entries

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology is inviting submissions for its 2016 awards. The Excellence in Architectural Technology Awards recognise the best of the best in their field. They focus ...

22 April 2016 Construction firms warned about corruption and slavery

Top tier construction firms should be doing more to prevent bribery, corruption and slavery in their supply chains, according to a new study. Risk management consultant Achilles polled 117 construction ...

22 April 2016 More pressure on contractors to buy British steel

The UK construction industry is under mounting pressure to use British steel, with a new directive issued by the UK’s largest contractor trade organisation. Build UK, which represents 27 main ...

22 April 2016 Crossrail bolts and JCB engines pick up Queen's Enterprise Awards

Wates, JCB and a company which make bolts for Crossrail were among the winners of the 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The awards, which recognise British businesses or organisations who ...

22 April 2016 Bowmer & Kirkland fined for concrete pour accident

Bowmer & Kirkland has been fined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker was injured falling through a gap in a retail building that was under construction. ...

22 April 2016 5% pay rise for SME contractors

Workers at smaller construction companies are set for a 5% pay rise over two years after a new agreement was struck with the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council ...

20 April 2016 Chinese sea container firm to build Hilton hotels

A Chinese shipping containers company has agreed a “strategic partnership” with hotels chain Hilton to develop a series of modular hotels in the UK and globally.China International Marine Containers (CIMC), ...

20 April 2016 Plans submitted to build Manchester's tallest tower

Plans have been unveiled to build four new residential skyscrapers in Manchester city centre, including one which will become the tallest building in the city.   The plans have been ...

19 April 2016 ONS checks reliability of its own construction stats

The government’s official statistician is investigating the accuracy of its own construction figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its output estimates, when compared to other industry surveys, “painted ...

19 April 2016 Balfour boss replaces former O'Rourke chief on skills council

Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn is one of a number of new appointments on the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). Quinn has been tasked with leading the skills work ...

19 April 2016 Gaming and virtual reality - the future of construction training?

Gaming, virtual reality and their role in training construction’s next generation will be showcased today (19 April) at one of the industry’s leading innovation events. The rest of the world ...

19 April 2016 CIOB member's first aid training saves passer-by's life on the street

A quick thinking CIOB member saved the life of a passer-by thanks to first aid skills he picked-up on industry training courses, and has urged others in the industry to ...

19 April 2016 Construction growth forecasts reappraised

Construction forecasters have reduced their growth predictions for the year as concerns mount about the industry’s economic health. The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) spring forecast is predicting 3% growth in ...

19 April 2016 Severfield fined £135,000 for worker death

Steelwork contractor Severfield has been fined £135,000 following the death of a forklift truck driver. The incident dates back to March 2013 when 27-year-old Kelvin McGibbon was injured after reversing ...

18 April 2016 Balfour Beatty and Interserve in the spotlight over Qatar labour abuse

Concerns on the labour conditions of migrant workers at companies in Qatar owned by Balfour Beatty and Interserve have been raised by Stephen Lines, FCIOB and Past President for CIOB ...

15 April 2016 Faults found in 17 Edinburgh schools 'self-certified' by Miller

Edinburgh Council has confirmed that building defects have been found in all 17 schools that were closed for safety reasons last week. Five secondaries, 10 primaries and two additional support ...

15 April 2016 Dutch bank trials power-generating windows in renewable energy breakthrough

The world’s first fully-transparent solar power-generating windows will be installed on a new Dutch bank in June, in a move the inventor claims could revolutionise renewable power generation in cities ...

15 April 2016 NAO slams '£94 a tonne' Green Deal as ineffective and wasteful

A report by the National Audit Office has branded the government’s Green Deal a waste of money. Launched in 2013 by the coalition government, the Green Deal was touted as ...

13 April 2016 'Unacceptable' standards found in four Edinburgh PFI schools built by Miller Construction

Serious structural failings have been identified at two primary schools and two secondaries among the group of 17 schools built by Miller Construction under Edinburgh's £360m “PPP1” deal over a ...

12 April 2016 Willmott Dixon aims for 50% offsite housing to sidestep skills crisis

Willmott Dixon is shoring up the future of its residential construction business by strengthening its offsite capabilities to reduce its reliance on onsite trades. The contractor has inked a three-year ...

12 April 2016 PLP Architecture proposes 80-storey timber tower for Barbican

A research team involving PLP Architecture, the firm behind the new tower at 22 Bishopsgate, has presented London mayor Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden ...

12 April 2016 Two directors jailed over fatal roof fall hours after accident

Two building firm directors have been jailed after being found guilty of safety offences which saw a worker killed in roof plunge hours after a colleague was badly hurt in ...

11 April 2016 Housing chiefs plan 'mega-merger' as rent caps and funding pressures bite

Three of London’s largest housing associations have announced they are in talks to merge, creating one of the largest housing developers in the country with aims to build around 100,000 ...

08 April 2016 Asian firms turn to gaming technology to ramp up safety training

An award-winning virtual reality platform designed to cut accidents by delivering a “cognitive shock” to players has been taken up by Asian construction firms to train workers. By exposing students ...

08 April 2016 Wood-based glass alternative ideal for solar panels, says Swedish research team

Researchers behind an innovative transparent wood composite have integrated the material with solar cells, potentially resulting in a cheaper and more robust form of solar photovoltaic panel. Sweden’s KTH Royal ...

08 April 2016 SMEs hit out at Scape's £5.5bn national framework

Scape Group’s revamped £5.5bn national construction framework has been criticised for being structured so that it excludes SMEs and small businesses from bidding. Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN), made up of ...

05 April 2016 David Philp on mandate day: BIM is the 'Trojan Horse' that gave industry a kick

The industry should be proud of itself for its response to a major change programme in the guise of the Level 2 BIM mandate, but needs to be aware that ...

05 April 2016 Old Royal London to be converted by AHMM in £77m scheme

The grade II-listed old Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, the setting for the TV series London Hospital and Casualty 1900s, is to be converted into a new civic centre for ...

05 April 2016 'Buy UK steel guidance' needs to go further, says CPA

The government could go further in shoring up the beleaguered steel industry, according to the Construction Products Association. The CPA was reacting to news today that business secretary Sajid Javid ...

05 April 2016 Applicants sought for CIOB's Bowen Jenkins research fund

Applications are now open to submit ideas to be funded by the Chartered Institute of Building Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund. The fund, which is in its second year, aims ...

04 April 2016 CIOB launches in-house training based around Code of Practice

Two-day CIOB-branded courses covering principles of project management take place in April and October. For the first time, the CIOB is to run its own in-house CIOB-branded training courses, offering ...

03 April 2016 Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: industry reacts with shock and sadness

There was an outpouring of shock and sadness yesterday afternoon as news broke that Dame Zaha Hadid, a unique talent in architecture and inspiration to many in the industry, had ...

01 April 2016 Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager and BIM+ in March

1. Official Level 2 website to be unveiled by British Standards Institution on 4 April

01 April 2016 Thieves target 'London Stock' yellow bricks from churches and garden walls

Police in east London are investigating at least 30 brick thefts, with a particular antique brick being the main target. According to the Evening Standard, thieves are targeting churches, cemeteries ...

01 April 2016 Safety checks for Scottish PPP schools built by Miller

Schools across Scotland built by Miller Construction are undergoing safety inspections following an incident two months ago when large sections of brick cladding were blown from the wall of a ...

01 April 2016 Scape to appoint ‘multiple’ providers to new £5.5bn national framework

Public sector-owned Scape Group is inviting contractors to bid for its new UK-wide national construction framework, replacing the existing Scape Major Works Framework – where Willmott Dixon is in position ...