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29 July 2016 Hinkley Point put on hold again

Plans to get the long-awaited Hinkley Point power plant off the ground have hit another unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision on the £18bn project, despite the ...

29 July 2016 Bristol concrete firm fined £100,000 by HSE

A Bristol-based manufacturer of concrete products has been fined £100,000 after a worker’s arm was torn off when it was pulled into the rotating tail pulley of a conveyor belt. ...

29 July 2016 Construction commissioner appointed to HS2 role

HS2 has appointed an independent commissioner to deal with construction issues arising from the high-profile project over the next year. Gareth Epps has been appointed as an interim commissioner to ...

28 July 2016 Drone roofing survey project wins CITB funding

The CITB has unveiled the next round of projects for its Flexible and Structured funding, among them a new robot roofing initiative that could dramatically reduce accidents on site. 15 ...

28 July 2016 Chevin rejoins Construction Manager as editor

Denise Chevin has been appointed as editor for Construction Manager.  She has a wealth of experience as a writer and editor in the built environment, editing Building for six years ...

28 July 2016 Labourer crushed under road roller

An exhibitions and displays company has been fined after a labourer was crushed by a road roller. A 26-year-old worker on an industrial estate near Halifax had his legs crushed ...

26 July 2016 Lakehouse founder Steve Rawlings dies

Steve Rawlings, founder of contractor Lakehouse, has died after a short illness, the company has confirmed. This morning an announcement was made with the the board of Lakehouse stating he ...

26 July 2016 500 jobs lost as contractor Dunne collapses

Contractor Dunne Group, which was assigned to a number of significant projects, went into administration earlier this week with the loss of 524 jobs. Tom MacLennan of FRP Advisory was ...

22 July 2016 Contractor fined £120,000 for shaft fall

A contractor in Gateshead has been fined £120,000 after a worker fell down a service riser shaft and sprained his ankles. Newcastle-upon-Tyne Magistrates’ Court heard how Meldrum Construction Services (MCS) ...

22 July 2016 Chinese construction group to invest £1bn in Sheffield

China’s Sichuan Guodong Construction Group has inked a deal with Sheffield City Council to invest up to £1bn over the next 60 years. In what is one of the biggest ...

22 July 2016 Brexit threatens major UK infrastructure, warns Balfour

Construction giant Balfour Beatty has warned that a number of major infrastructure projects are under threat following the vote by the UK to leave the EU. In its new report, ...

19 July 2016 MOJ in talks to employ more prisoners to build offsite homes

Manchester-based procurement consortium Procure Plus is in discussions with the Ministry of Justice to extend its new offsite factory scheme that trains prisoners as construction workers. Osco Homes, a subsidiary ...

19 July 2016 Didcot recovery resumes after robot demolition

The Didcot recovery operation has resumed after 10 remote-controlled robots were used over the weekend to bring down the boiler house structure at the decommissioned site, an “industry first”. The ...

19 July 2016 May's new transport minister backs HS2

Newly appointed transport secretary Chris Grayling has signalled that the government remains committed to the £50bn high speed rail line. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Grayling ...

19 July 2016 Cabinet reshuffle - who’s running construction?

The construction industry will be turning its attention to new faces in government as Theresa May has completed appointing her first Cabinet. Among the main changes are Croydon Central MP ...

19 July 2016 Scape's major works framework increases to £7bn

Scape Group has increased the value of its major works framework from £5.5bn to £7bn. As outlined in Scape’s Contract Notice to OJEU, the public-sector owned group will have the ...

19 July 2016 Kerslake: Housing policy needs 'wholescale review'

Former head of the civil service and the Department for Communities and Local Government Lord Kerslake has urged new housing minister Gavin Barwell to instigate a wholescale review. His comments ...

17 July 2016 Raynsford: Keep new ministers in place till next election

Industry needs some stability and ministers who can begin to understand their patch. One of the most respected political figures in the sector, Nick Raynsford, is urging new prime minister ...

15 July 2016 Rogers' pioneering 'moveable' housing completed

Lewisham council has launched what is described as the first ever UK moveable mixed-use development. Built through modular construction, PLACE/Ladywell is a £4.3m scheme that provides 24 homes and 880 ...

15 July 2016 Gloucester SME among builders in Stirling Prize spotlight

A small firm specialising in low energy construction is one of the six building firms to have built the projects vying for the Stirling Prize. Forest Eco Systems, which employs ...

13 July 2016 Theresa May and the construction industry - what we know so far

Senior figures in the industry have given the thumbs up to Theresa May becoming the new prime minister on Wednesday following another few turbulent days during which her rival Andrea ...

13 July 2016 MPs slam workmanship in housing and call for ombudsman

A cross-party committee of MPs and construction experts is calling on the government to set up a New Homes Ombudsman to mediate in disputes between homebuyers and housebuilders. This is ...

12 July 2016 Contractor blasted for squalid military housing

Contractor CarillionAmey and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have been blasted for providing appalling housing conditions to defence forces and their families in a new report by MPs. The report, ...

11 July 2016 Product sales up but forecasts revised down

Sales of UK construction products continued to increase in the second quarter of 2016, resulting in a thirteenth consecutive quarterly rise, according to the Construction Product Association’s (CPA) latest State ...

11 July 2016 Tech ed reforms set to boost construction careers

Entry into a career in construction could be boosted as technical education is set to be transformed to provide young people with clear training routes on a par with academic ...

11 July 2016 Work on London's Garden Bridge halted amid cost concerns

London mayor Sadiq Khan has stalled work on Garden Bridge over costs and concerns that more public money could be required for the project. Khan’s office is understood to have ...

11 July 2016 Pan-industry body sets out CIC 'mark II'

Pan-industry body the Construction Industry Council has set out a new business structure designed to provide more focus to activities and give the members greater say on its priorities. The ...

08 July 2016 Revealed: Construction's biggest H&S fines - as new stats show rise in fatalities

New analysis of fines under new penalties regime. Balfour Beatty has received £3.5m in health and safety fines since February – nearly half of all fines in the sector, according ...

07 July 2016 HS2 Yorkshire route change to save £1bn

A station on the planned HS2 route has been scrapped as part of a measure to save up to £1bn. In a report released today, HS2 chairman David Higgins announced ...

07 July 2016 Arcadis forecasts residential boost after Brexit

Built environment consultant Arcadis is forecasting that the decision to leave the EU could a have a silver lining in the form of boost to the residential sector. The sector, ...

07 July 2016 Vinci UK posts £69m losses

French firm Vinci saw its UK operations continue to suffer in 2015 with a pretax loss of £69.4m. Turnover fell from £1.017bn in 2014 to £935m in 2015. The results, ...

07 July 2016 Five men killed at Birmingham recycling site

Five men have died and one has been injured following an incident at a recycling site in Birmingham. West Midlands police have confirmed that the five men died at the ...

05 July 2016 John Sisk & Son suffers £18m losses

Contractor John Sisk & Son suffered almost £18m in losses in its UK division in 2015, according to its latest results. The firm lost £17.8m before tax in 2015 on the back ...

05 July 2016 Brexit bites as construction activity hits lowest point since recession

Sure signs that Brexit has affected the construction industry arrived today with the release of the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI index. Figures for June showed the UK’s construction industry ...

05 July 2016 Kier looks to sell Mouchel Consulting and streamline business

Construction firm Kier has announced plans to streamline its business and offload some of its assets in its latest trading update. In the update released today, the firm said it ...

05 July 2016 Think tank calls for 'Suburban Task Force' to boost declining suburbs

Centre-left think tank, the Smith Institute, is calling for a new Suburban Task Force – akin to the Urban Task Force – to boost regeneration in the outer city areas. ...

05 July 2016 Crabb pledges £100bn infrastructure fund

Tory leadership contender Stephen Crabb is pledging a building bonanza with a £100bn “Growing Britain Fund” to build new schools, hospitals and flood defences, if elected.

04 July 2016 French nuclear regulator highlights 'anomaly' over steel forgings in 18 reactors

French regulatory agency the Nuclear Security Authority (ASN) has revealed that it has concerns that 18 reactors operated by EDF could have similar anomalies to that discovered at the Flamanville ...

04 July 2016 CIOB encourages next generation of CMs with Minecraft game

The CIOB has launched a new construction game, aimed at encouraging a new generation of construction professionals through Minecraft. “Craft your Future” is a construction game aimed at 12-14-year-olds that ...

03 July 2016 CIOB launches toolkit to tackle modern slavery

New research highlights abuses migrant workers suffer in construction supply chain. Following on from the release of its campaign document last year, Modern Slavery: The dark side of construction, the ...

03 July 2016 NIC chair blames government 'ideology' for housing crisis

House building levels will not rise above their present paltry level unless the Tory government changes its ideological opposition to the state acting as a developer, the chairman of the ...

02 July 2016 Skanska plans robots for next phase of Battersea development

Technology developed with Innovate UK funding will be ready to go in nine months.

02 July 2016 CIOB members head to Hong Kong for forum

Annual event will include final of the Institute's Global Student Challenge. The CIOB is gearing up to host its annual members’ forum in Hong Kong from 10-15 July. It will ...

02 July 2016 CIOB boosts its membership by 3,000 in a year

The CIOB is attracting some of its largest numbers in years with more than 3,000 new members joining over the last 12 months. A further 140 are on their way ...