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30 May 2016 Lord Adonis raps construction's 'short term' culture

Lord Adonis has turned up the heat on construction over productivity, with a warning that the industry must ditch its “short-term” culture. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ...

28 May 2016 Military leavers 'ideal' for management roles

CIOB launches campaign to attract ex-military to construction ahead of Armed Forces Day. Military leavers who enter the construction industry often “aim too low”, taking junior roles when they are ...

27 May 2016 Take advantage of CIOB's subsidised BIM training

The CIOB is launching a brand new course to keep staff up to date on latest BIM techniques and capabilities and to meet the government PQQ requirements. The course, run ...

27 May 2016 ONE CIOB takes its show on the road

Institute will roll out the CIOB's new Local Hub support structure throughout the UK as part of its service improvement initiative. Following a meeting of the Board of Trustees, and ...

26 May 2016 New Garden Bridge court challenge looms

A new High Court challenge has been mounted against the capital’s £175m garden bridge – just hours after London mayor Sadiq Khan said that cancelling the scheme would cost more ...

26 May 2016 More big safety fines ahead, industry warned

The £2.6m fine imposed on Balfour Beatty last month for a fatal trench collapse signals a new era of multi-million-pound pay-outs for serious accidents, a leading safety adviser has predicted. ...

26 May 2016 Search for missing Didcot workers called off

The company which runs Didcot Power Station has called off the search for workers still missing from February’s collapse, saying it is too dangerous to continue. RWE said the recovery ...

26 May 2016 World's first 3D printed office completed in 17 days

Although the use of 3D printing in construction has been minimal up till now due to cost and logistics, this may all be about to change with the unveiling of ...

26 May 2016 Willmott Dixon secures BIM Level 2 certification

Willmott Dixon has secured BIM Level 2 certification, under the BRE accreditation system, for its construction, residential and interiors businesses. The company, which worked with BRE to ensure all its ...

25 May 2016 Chinese contractor booted from Tidal Lagoon

Chinese contractor China Harbour Engineering Company has been let go as the developer of the marine works of the £1bn Tidal Lagoon project in Swansea. According to developer Tidal Lagoon ...

24 May 2016 Construction productivity rises just 7% in 20 years - but experts dispute figures

Official figures showing UK construction productivity has risen just 7% in two decades have been questioned by a new report. The study by the CIOB casts doubt on the statistics ...

24 May 2016 Industry must do more to keep women in construction

In the wake of the most recent labour force statistics released by the ONS, the construction industry must start doing more to keep women employed in the industry, sources have ...

24 May 2016 Home Office steps up crackdown on illegal site workers

Construction companies should brace themselves for more site raids from the Home Office, which is stepping up its campaign to root out illegal workers. Operation Magnify, a UK-wide enforcement campaign, ...

24 May 2016 Bricklayers' wages spike due to Brexit fears

With the threat of Brexit looming, wages have begun to rise sharply as construction firms compete for workers to keep projects on track. According to a recent survey of construction ...

23 May 2016 See-through hard hats for construction sites

Head injuries on construction sites could be dramatically reduced by using a translucent hard hat, according to workwear company Portwest. The Irish firm has launched a see-through version of the ...

23 May 2016 Contractors pay for botched windows installation

Two construction companies have been fined for safety failings after a worker fell a total of three metres, breaking two ribs, while installing windows. Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard how, on ...

23 May 2016 Poor-quality homes cost society £18.6bn a year

Poor-quality housing costs the NHS in England £1.4bn and wider society £18.6bn each year, according to new research. The study by the BRE Trust, The Full Cost of Poor Housing, ...

23 May 2016 Two jailed for £500,000 construction tax fraud

Timothy Bentley, from Cheshire, and his son James Bentley, from Sutton Coldfield, were investigated by HMRC and pleaded guilty to making a series of fraudulent VAT repayment claims for building ...

20 May 2016 Problems emerge at another Scottish PFI school

Building defects have forced the partial closure of another PFI school in Scotland. Balfron High School in Stirling said it had identified the issues during “precautionary building checks” and has ...

20 May 2016 Trainspotting sequel filmed on Lovell Edinburgh site

Housing developer Lovell could be set to see its name in lights after welcoming director Danny Boyle and cast from the upcoming Trainspotting 2 to film on one of its ...

19 May 2016 Khan backs Garden Bridge - but who are its 'anonymous' backers?

New London mayor Sadiq Khan has given his backing for the controversial Garden Bridge, but questions have emerged over the identity of the project’s backers. The promoters of the scheme, ...

19 May 2016 Minecraft gamers design 'homes of the future'

Four housing concepts created by Minecraft gamers have been shortlisted in a competition to design a “home of the future”. The CIOB’s Future Housing challenge was launched to mark International ...

19 May 2016 Keltbray creates piling app to boost BIM integration

Contractor Keltbray has developed a new software application that allows engineers to provide intelligent updates of piling progress on site via the use of mobile tablets. The piling and demolition ...

19 May 2016 Housebuilder Miller fined £100,000 for pollution leak

Housebuilder Miller Homes has been fined £100,000 over a pollution incident at a housing development in Huddersfield. The company appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday 18 May following a ...

19 May 2016 Four in five M&E firms worry about stress

Some 80% of workers in the building services sector expect stress and mental health issues to have a greater impact on their business in the next five years, according to ...

19 May 2016 Primary legislation for National Infrastructure Commission

The government has reiterated its commitment to establish the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) via primary legislation following a public consultation. The consultation lasted from January to March and the news ...

18 May 2016 Construction union UCATT to merge with Unite

Construction union UCATT has voted on a merger with Unite union at its annual conference today. According to UCATT, the decision was taken to preserve its existing structures and to ...

18 May 2016 Independent inquiry launched for Edinburgh schools

An independent inquiry is to be conducted by Edinburgh Council into the construction problems which forced 17 schools to be shut. All schools in the city built during the PFI1 ...

17 May 2016 Cyber crime continuing against construction

Online and cyber crime affected 15% of construction businesses last year, according to a new report by the government. The latest figures from the Home Office victimisation survey show that ...

17 May 2016 Only 12% of construction trainees secure apprenticeships

Thousands of people who start construction training courses are failing to secure and sometimes finish apprenticeships, according to new figures released by construction union UCATT. It found that while 167,000 ...

17 May 2016 Construction a "high stress" environment, say a third of employers

Construction employers have acknowledged that the sector is one of “high” and “very high” stress in a recent CITB survey. The survey, which was carried out by phone and questioned ...

17 May 2016 Construction firms miss out on millions in unclaimed R&D tax credits

Construction companies are missing out on millions of pounds a year in research and development (R&D) tax credits by failing to claim for their full entitlements, according to leading tax ...

16 May 2016 New Google app to boost BIM design

A new app has been launched by Google that could help in developing building designs using BIM. The app, named the Tilt Brush, comes bundled with the HTC Vive VR ...

16 May 2016 Strength of Irish construction questioned under new government

Despite a new Irish government being elected last week, there still remains doubt about the future health of the construction industry in Ireland, according to CIOB members. Enda Kenny was ...

13 May 2016 Construction output fall questioned by industry

Construction figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have again been greeted with scepticism by the industry, after a reported fall in output during March seemed to conflict ...

13 May 2016 Zero carbon campaigners turn to Khan

The UK Green Building Council is to work with the new London mayor Sadiq Khan to drive down carbon in the wake of the zero carbon homes policy defeat in ...

12 May 2016 Heathrow weighs up congestion charge

Heathrow Airport has said it will consider introducing a congestion charge if its plan for a third runway goes ahead. The Airports Commission, which recommended Heathrow’s expansion last July, placed ...

12 May 2016 What colour hard hat should you wear? New coding system arrives

A new colour coding system for hard hats has been introduced for the UK construction industry. Build UK, the main umbrella body for contractors, has created the code to make ...

12 May 2016 Government finally defeats zero carbon by four votes

The government appears to have finally confined its zero carbon homes policy to the scrapheap, following a battle with the House of Lords. Last month, the upper house defeated the ...

12 May 2016 Prater is first BIM-compliant cladding contractor

Prater has become the first cladding contractor to achieve BIM Level 2 business certification. The company has a number of large private sector projects in its portfolio including the Emirates Stadium ...

11 May 2016 London office starts hit 20-year high

The number of new London office construction projects has reached its highest level in 20 years. According to the Deloitte London Office Crane Survey, 51 schemes got underway during the ...

11 May 2016 Housebuilders pledge to double housing supply

The UK’s largest housebuilders have pledged to ramp up the number of homes built each year, following discussions with the government. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) today published a statement ...

10 May 2016 Carillion boss promises "no more blacklisting"

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson has apologised for the company’s role in blacklisting activities and promised it will never happen again.   A total of £10m has been paid out ...

10 May 2016 Mitie boss launches ethnic minorities business review

Baroness McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie, has begun a government-backed investigation into the barriers holding back black and minority ethnic (BME) talent. Business Secretary Sajid Javid appointed the boss of the ...

10 May 2016 Willmott Dixon starts work on HS2 colleges

Willmott Dixon has officially started work on two construction colleges for High Speed Rail, on two sites in Doncaster and Birmingham. The National College for High Speed Rail will be ...

09 May 2016 Blacklisting companies pay out another £4m

Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine are among the construction companies that have agreed a further £4m payout in compensation to more than 250 workers after they were blacklisted for ...

09 May 2016 'Uncertainty' prevails despite three years of construction growth

Construction activity has increased for the 12th consecutive quarter, according to new research – but many contractors are uncertain about the outlook. The Construction Product Association’s (CPA) latest Construction Trade ...

09 May 2016 Berkeley plans to be first 'carbon positive' UK house builder

Berkeley Homes is planning to become the first UK house builder to be “carbon positive” – by offsetting more carbon than it produces. The firm said it aims to achieve ...

06 May 2016 Interserve takes £70m hit on Glasgow energy job

Interserve expects to lose at least £70m on a problem waste-to-energy contract in Scotland, the company has announced. The contractor said there had been a “a further deterioration” in the ...

06 May 2016 Interserve, Arup, Berkeley among construction's licensed drone operators

Interserve Construction, consulting engineer Arup and house builder Berkeley Homes are among the UK’s 1,400 officially licensed drone operators, according to a list published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). ...

06 May 2016 Balfour Beatty fined £2.6m for fatal crush

Balfour Beatty has been fined £2.6m after an employee was killed following a trench collapse on site. The fine, one of the largest handed out in the construction sector, was ...

06 May 2016 Contractor fined £100,000 for worker's death fall

A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined more than £100,000 after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building. H20 Plumbing Services was ...

06 May 2016 Costain and Laing O'Rourke use thermal imaging to test concrete

A new way of testing concrete strength has been trialled in London by contractors Laing O’Rourke and Costain. The pair have used the Strength Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging (SMUTI) technique ...

06 May 2016 Students compete in CIOB virtual construction competition

Students from universities across the world will be competing for the CIOB’s Global Student Challenge taking place in Hong Kong in July.   The competition sees students acting as a ...

06 May 2016 Worker crushed by excavator on Stafford construction site

A building site worker has been hospitalised following an incident on a construction site in Stafford. The worker was crushed by an excavator at a site in Corporation Street in ...

06 May 2016 Saatchi building redevelopment cost climbs £29m

The construction cost of Derwent’s 80 Charlotte Street redevelopment project in London’s West End has jumped by £29m to £236m. The building is the home of advertising agency Saatchi & ...

06 May 2016 Construction output growth weakest for three years

Construction output growth has slowed to a three-year low, according to the latest survey of purchasing managers. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index score for April was 52.0, just above the ...

05 May 2016 London mayor election: how candidates' construction pledges stack up

Still not decided who to vote for in the London Mayor election? Our guide to the candidates' key policies on construction - and the industry's views on them - will ...

03 May 2016 Contractor pulled from Didcot recovery

The contractor demolishing Didcot Power Station has been removed from the recovery operation to find three trapped men following the collapse of the site’s boiler house on 23 February. Coleman ...

03 May 2016 Edinburgh schools to remain closed till August

Nine of the 17 Edinburgh schools closed last month due to safety reasons will remain closed for nearly four more months Edinburgh City Council has confirmed. The city council said ...

03 May 2016 Network Rail releases 'best behaviour' code of conduct

Network Rail has unveiled a new new code of conduct designed to improve the reputation of the railway industry supply chain. The new code sets out standards of behaviour for ...

03 May 2016 Kier alliance to deliver 10,000 new homes

Kier has set up a new public-private partnership which aims to deliver 10,000 new homes for local authorities and housing associations. The New Communities Partnership comprises Kier Living, the group’s ...

03 May 2016 Construction's most considerate firms named

Contactors Constain, Gentoo Construction, Robert Woodhead and Walter Thompson (Contractors) have won the Most Considerate Site titles at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2016 National Site Awards. The annual awards recognise ...