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29 June 2016 'Triple decker' roundabout gets go ahead

Highways England has revealed plans to upgrade the A19/A1058 Coast Road junction into a triple decker roundabout in North Tyneside. The new “super” roundabout is part of the overall A19/A1058 ...

28 June 2016 'Construction needs immigrants' - industry reacts to Brexit

A potentially huge shortfall in construction workers looms, unless the government can agree a new immigration system that provides the industry with the skills it needs. That was the verdict ...

28 June 2016 Look familiar? Manhattan-style twin towers planned for Chinese city

Plans for a twin towers development, which looks remarkably similar to the old World Trade Center of New York, have been unveiled for the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. The ...

28 June 2016 Caterpillar targets HS2 after agreeing drone deal

Caterpillar is planning a major push on drone technology for major UK infrastructure projects. The world’s biggest construction equipment manufacturer has agreed a strategic partnership with drone outfit Redbird, which ...

28 June 2016 CIOB assures members following Brexit

In the aftermath of the EU referendum, the CIOB has assured members that the standing of their qualifications remains unchanged. CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe said that although the CIOB ...

27 June 2016 Contractors race to repair A1 sinkhole

Contractors in the north east are racing to repair a huge sinkhole which has opened on the A1. The hole is at least 3m deep and around 6.5m diameter and ...

27 June 2016 12 jail sentences in a year for unregistered gas fitters

Jail is becoming the standard punishment for unregistered gas fitters, with courts handing out a dozen prison sentences inside a year. The prosecutions, following investigations by the Health & Safety ...

27 June 2016 Call for 2016 Innovation Awards entries

The CIOB has now opened entries for its 2016 International Innovation & Research Awards. The awards aim to find and celebrate achievements across the built environment area, from academic research ...

24 June 2016 Costain sets up framework for drone suppliers

Costain is creating a framework agreement for suppliers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as it seeks to maximise the potential of drone technology. The contractor said it has used UAVs ...

24 June 2016 World's biggest low carbon cement plant to open in UK

Carbon emissions from geopolymer cement are a quarter of those from Portland cement. The world’s first large-scale production plant for an innovative low carbon cement will open in the UK ...

24 June 2016 Mayor Khan refuses planning for green belt stadium scheme

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has turned down planning permission for a stadium development that would be built on green space. The mayor reaffirmed his commitment to oppose building on ...

23 June 2016 Construction's biggest names prepare for Pride march

Employees from construction’s biggest companies will march at the Pride in London Parade this Saturday (25 June 2016). Arcadis, Arup, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Laing O’Rourke, Lendlease, Mott Macdonald, Skanska and ...

23 June 2016 Morgan Sindall reopens precast factory

Morgan Sindall is to restart operations at its Kent precast plant from next month. The decision follows an £8m order from FLO, the Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture responsible ...

23 June 2016 Construction workers secure above-inflation pay rise

Construction workers covered by the Construction industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement are set for an inflation-busting pay rise after an agreement was reached between employers and unions GMB, UCATT and ...

21 June 2016 Fresh bid-rigging warning for public sector clients

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has written to public sector clients with a new warning about the dangers of bid-rigging and cartels. The CMA has also created a new ...

21 June 2016 Architect appointed for Edinburgh schools inquiry

Leading architect and procurement specialist John Cole CBE has been appointed to head up the independent inquiry into the controversial Edinburgh schools closures. The inquiry will look into the reasons ...

21 June 2016 Fish pollution fears halt road project

Work on a major north-east road project has been delayed by a week after fears were raised about flooding and pollution. Construction on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has ...

21 June 2016 Rethink needed to address apprenticeship gender imbalance

The engineering industry needs to change its thinking when it comes to female apprentices if it is to solve the growing gap in the sector, according to consultancy giant Aecom. ...

20 June 2016 Mace nears completion on Olympic Orbit 'Slide'

Europe’s tallest and longest slide is close to completion, after Mace lifted the final section of the structure into place at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park. Measuring 178m, ...

20 June 2016 Military leavers can help solve construction skills crisis

A total of 230,000 new workers are needed for the construction industry by 2020 and with fewer graduates coming into the sector, military leavers are a viable untapped resource that ...

17 June 2016 Architect proposes cheaper Garden Bridge downstream

Allies & Morrison has proposed an alternative plan for the controversial Garden Bridge project, which it says will save millions of pounds and revitalise existing London infrastructure. The Southwark-based architect ...

17 June 2016 ISG to deliver BIM Level 2 Asda superstore

ISG is to build a new £10m Asda supermarket in Clacton-on-Sea using full Level 2 BIM. The contractor was appointed to the retail giant’s BIM steering group in 2014 and, ...

16 June 2016 Celtic starts construction of 'safe standing' terraces

Terraces are returning to top-flight football after Celtic began work on construction of a “safe standing” area at its Parkhead stadium in Glasgow yesterday. The club was given permission last ...

16 June 2016 Council 'astonished' as government rejects plan for 94 affordable homes

A government decision to reject a planning application for 94 affordable homes has been greeted with “astonishment” by Ipswich Borough Council. The planning application to build 68 houses for affordable ...

16 June 2016 Berkeley launches prefabricated urban home design

Berkeley Homes has unveiled a new customisable house design which can be prefabricated offsite. The Urban House design has already been used to build 22 homes in-situ its Kidbrooke Village ...

16 June 2016 Second £500,000 fall-from-height fine inside a month for BT

BT has paid out more than £500,000 for a fall-from-height accident for the second time inside a month. The telecomms giant was fined £600,000 in late May after two of ...

13 June 2016 Aecom pioneers virtual reality headsets on Serpentine project

Aecom is piloting use of virtual reality headsets on three construction projects, including this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London. The engineering giant has worked with positioning specialist Trimble to allow ...

13 June 2016 Vandals cause £60,000 of damage to Balfour Beatty's Edinburgh Gateway site

British Transport police are appealing for witnesses after vandals caused more than £60,000 worth of damage to the Edinburgh Gateway station. The station, which is being built by Balfour Beatty, ...

13 June 2016 Newt-hunting dog helps Balfour Beatty on Norwich road job

Rocky the newt-hunting spaniel has been helping contractor Balfour Beatty on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) construction job. The 20km dual carriageway scheme will pass through three areas where ...

13 June 2016 £600m Persimmon bonus scheme criticised by investors

A bonus structure which could net management at house builder Persimmon £600m over the next five years has been criticised by investors. Mike Fox, from Royal London Asset Management, told ...

13 June 2016 Hackers to tackle BIM at annual 'Hackathon'

Hackers are to target BIM at the second AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon. The event, organised by Innovate UK, the Future Cities Catapult and the Knowledge transfer networks (KTN), will ...

13 June 2016 Costain director urges confidential reporting of structural safety problems

Costain technical director Bill Hewlett has urged the construction industry to make more use of a confidential reporting system for structural safety problems. Hewlett has been appointed chairman of SCOSS, ...

13 June 2016 Construction output grows for first time in four months

Construction output grew for the first time in four months in April, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The industry was 2.5% larger in ...

10 June 2016 Bam launches 'robo printer' for free-form building

Bam has developed a “robo printer” for the construction of free-form buildings. The machine, dubbed the 3D Builder by the Dutch construction firm, uses free-form print technology linked to automotive ...

09 June 2016 Houses of Parliament to be modelled in BIM ahead of rebuild

The entire Palace of Westminster, including the Houses of Parliament, will be modelled in BIM ahead of its planned refurbishment. Chartered surveyor Plowman Craven has been appointed to a five-year ...

09 June 2016 Queensferry Crossing five months late due to bad weather

The £1.4bn Queensferry Crossing will not be completed until May 2017, five months later than expected. Scottish Government economy secretary Keith Brown said the bridge across the Forth Estuary would ...

09 June 2016 Brazilian police raid Rio Olympics construction site

Brazilian police have swooped on construction companies building part of the 2016 Olympics site in Rio de Janeiro. It marks an escalation of the federal police investigation into suspected corruption ...

09 June 2016 Site inspections fall as HSE changes construction strategy

Construction site inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have fallen again – but the organisation says it is due to a change in its construction strategy. ...

09 June 2016 Government 'failing' to protect flood-risk areas, say MPs

The government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, a new report from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee says. It warns that a reactive approach to ...

09 June 2016 Half of construction millennials plan to leave job within 12 months

Almost half of the millennials – people who reached working age in 2000 – working in construction expect to leave their jobs within the next 12 months, according to a ...

07 June 2016 Construction labour costs shoot up during 2016

The construction industry’s labour costs are continuing to climb steeply, according to the first state of trade survey for 2016 by Build UK. Some 43% of contractors reported an increase ...

07 June 2016 Construction charity Building Lives to close

Building Lives, the construction training charity, is to close at the end of June. The organisation said it had been forced to cease all operations because of a lack of ...

06 June 2016 900 contractors to pay two training levies next year

Up to 900 contractors could be forced to pay two training levies next year while an industry consultation is carried out by the CITB. The CITB and officials from the ...

06 June 2016 Half of housebuilders say MMC growth is flatlining

More than half of housebuilders say the role of modern methods of construction (MMC) will remain static over the next three years, despite the high demand for new housing. Some ...

06 June 2016 M&E sector adopts whistleblowing code

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is adopting the Engineering Council’s statement on whistleblowing into its code of conduct, to provide better support for whistleblowers and clarify employers’ ...

06 June 2016 Work at height warning after BT is fined £600,000

British Telecommunications (BT) has been fined £600,000 after two of its employees were seriously injured in falls from height. Teesside Crown Court heard how two BT engineers were working at ...

06 June 2016 William Hare becomes latest BIM Level 2 certified steel contractor

William Hare has become the latest steel fabricator to achieve BIM Level 2 certification. The Manchester-based outfit joins Bourne Steel and Snashall Steel Fabrications, the other members of the British ...

03 June 2016 Three jailed for supplying illegal construction workers

A father and two sons who provided jobs for 180 illegal construction workers have been convicted following an investigation by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Baljit Rai, 55, and ...

02 June 2016 Construction warned to scrutinise slavery in supply chain

Construction sector must do more to combat modern slavery in its supply chain, two leading industry bodies have warned. The 2016 Global Slavery Index was released this week, which showed ...

02 June 2016 Mitie introduces drone surveys for high-rise buildings

Maintenance specialist Mitie has introduced a new drone service for property surveying, thermal mapping and the inspection of high-rise buildings. The drones use high-resolution cameras and are capable of reaching ...

02 June 2016 Tower Bridge to close for three-month repair job

Tower Bridge is to undergo three months of structural repairs later this year, and will close for three months. Civils contractor Bam Nuttall will carry out the works, paid for ...

02 June 2016 Latest death fine shows impact of new sentencing regime

The latest fine handed out to a construction company for the death of a worker has highlighted the impact of the new sentencing guidelines, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) ...

02 June 2016 London is world's third most expensive city to build in

London is the third most expensive construction market in the world, according to new research. The UK capital faces “intense competition, rising costs and shrinking margins”, along with New York ...

02 June 2016 British Steel name returns

The British Steel brand has been revived following the completion of a deal in which Tata Steel sold its long products business to Greybull Capital. Greybull, an investment firm, paid ...

02 June 2016 Industry growth at three-year low, say construction buyers

Construction growth is at its weakest level for three years, according to the latest figures from the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). The index posted a score of ...

02 June 2016 Balfour/Mott team smashes road surfacing speed record

A single crew from joint venture Balfour Beatty/Mott MacDonald has completed a new motorway resurfacing record after 1,100 tonnes of road surface was laid in one night – four times ...

01 June 2016 Construction explores how virtual reality can change the industry

As architecture and design continue to explore the possibilities of virtual reality, the construction and safety sectors might be about to also embrace the area with a number of new ...

01 June 2016 Work with us to boost construction productivity, say plant chiefs

Contractors could raise their productivity considerably by working more closely with construction equipment manufacturers, according to a leading plant trade body.  “Technology has moved on massively in the last five ...

01 June 2016 Sir Robert McAlpine posts £52m loss

Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine has posted a made a pre-tax loss of £52.2m for the year to 31 October 2015. The building and civil engineering company revealed the pre-tax loss ...

01 June 2016 Spaciotempo secures ISO 14001

Temporary building specialist Spaciotempo has secured ISO 14001 accreditation, becoming one of the few in its sector to do so. ISO14001 is the international environmental management system standard and is ...