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26 August 2016 Let's not waste such a good crisis - how the industry needs to harness Brexit

So are we heading for an industry recession or aren’t we? The prospect of Brexit and the uncertainty it is creating makes returning after the summer break a little more ...

26 August 2016 What impact is Brexit uncertainty having on you?

Steve Oliver, senior partner, MLM Consultants

26 August 2016 London mayor reveals 'crack' housing squad

London mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined his new housing crack squad, aimed at kick-starting the capital’s house building sector. Earlier this week Khan unveiled the “Homes for Londoners” board that ...

26 August 2016 Construction boss jailed in £275,000 VAT scam

The head of an Edinburgh construction company has been jailed for two years following £275,000 of VAT fraud. Avril Jane Elliott pleaded guilty to submitting a string of fraudulent VAT ...

26 August 2016 New levy could cut apprenticeship funding by 30%

The new apprenticeship levy could cut funding for construction apprenticeships by as much as 30%, the CITB has warned. The CITB has raised concerns about changes to the apprenticeship levy ...

24 August 2016 Construction Manager of Year Awards 2016: where are the women?

Women will be absent from this year’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA) next month. In spite of a concerted effort by the CIOB, which organises the event, not ...

22 August 2016 Pro-nuclear countries behind in cutting CO2 emissions

Countries in Europe with a strong commitment to nuclear policy are actually underperforming in meeting climate change targets, according to a new study. The study, by the University of Sussex ...

22 August 2016 Confidence dips as spending falls in July

Confidence has dipped among contractors in the wake of the Brexit referendum, according to the latest trades survey from BuildUK. The survey, which was conducted with Glenigan, covered the second ...

22 August 2016 What Scape survey says about procurement

Scape Group, the public sector-owned built environment specialist, has carried out the most comprehensive survey of the UK’s construction supply chain. The Sustainability in the Supply Chain report, which surveyed ...

22 August 2016 £500,000 fine for firm shopped by member of public

A Bulgarian construction firm has been fined £500,000 after a member of the public reported unsafe working practices during the construction of an adventure course in Markeaton Park, Derby. The ...

19 August 2016 Edinburgh schools review could impact rest of UK

Construction faults which closed a number of schools in Edinburgh could have wider implications for buildings across the UK, according to the council leader who commissioned an inquiry into the ...

19 August 2016 IN PICTURES: Crossrail station milestone

With the opening of the new platform 2 at Abbey Wood station in south-east London this Monday, the station is one step closer to becoming a major hub for Crossrail services ...

19 August 2016 Dunne: Keltbray into concrete and hospital delayed

Contractor Keltrbray has launched a new concrete frame company after acquiring the assets of Dunne from the administrator FRP Advisory earlier this week. The new company, named Keltbray Structures, will ...

19 August 2016 Irish construction workers go home

The number of UK-based Irish construction workers returning to Ireland has increased over the last month, signalling another indicator of the turnaround in the fortunes of the Emerald Isle, according ...

19 August 2016 Build UK and CBI: delay apprenticeship levy

Trade association Build UK has come out in unison with the CBI in calling for the government to delay the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. Announced last week by the ...

19 August 2016 Cardiff firm fined £150k after worker fall

A Cardiff-based construction company has been hit with a fine of almost £150,000 after a worker was injured falling down a lift pit. Jehu Project Services pleaded guilty at Newport ...

17 August 2016 Laing O'Rourke dismisses UCATT safety criticisms

Contractor Laing O’Rourke has dismissed criticisms by construction union UCATT of its new approach to safety. Laing O’Rourke’s “safety differently” initiative, introduced in 2015, focuses on preventing fatalities rather than ...

17 August 2016 Balfour Beatty Construction halves losses to £66m

Balfour Beatty Construction more than halved its losses to £66m from £145m this time last year, its half-year figures show. Overall, Balfour Beatty reported underlying profit before tax of £7m ...

17 August 2016 Constructing Excellence to merge with BRE

Constructing Excellence, the body set up to foster best practice in the wake of the 1997 Egan report, is to merge with BRE in a bid to grow its membership. ...

16 August 2016 Sir John Armitt calls for industry to get behind united post-Brexit vision

CIOB president Paul Nash part of new working groups set up by Armitt to determine best negotiation positions on Brexit. Sir John Armitt has issued a rallying call to the ...

16 August 2016 Keltbray confirms Dunne deal

Demolition contractor Keltbray has inked a deal to acquire assets from collapsed concrete frame contractor Dunne Group. The deal includes the purchase of the former yard and head office for ...

15 August 2016 Small employers get 'fair settlement' as levy funding model set out

SMEs will receive 90% of the costs of employing new apprentices under proposals set out today (15 August) for the new apprenticeship levy. The Department of Education set out proposals ...

15 August 2016 World's largest 3D printer working on sustainable house

The world’s largest 3D printer may about to make a game-changing development in the sustainable housing sector. 3D printing collective World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) has unveiled the world’s largest ...

15 August 2016 Elon Musk enters solar roofing business

PayPal billionaire and inventor Elon Musk has revealed that his energy company SolarCity is working on a roof made entirely out of solar cells. The new product was revealed during ...

15 August 2016 Thames Tideway offices arrive by barge

Hectic, congested delivery times may be a thing of the past for the construction industry following the launch of the new water-bourne delivery of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project offices ...

15 August 2016 Construction workers six times more likely to die from suicide than falls

Construction workers are six times as likely to die from suicide than incidents or falls onsite, the mental health charity Samaritans has informed an industry seminar. At the seminar, which ...

12 August 2016 WilkinsonEyre showcases Rio stadium design

British architect WilkinsonEyre has unveiled its design for Rio's main Olympic stadium as track and field events get underway.  The Arenas Cariocas in Rio de Janeiro looks to build on ...

12 August 2016 Balfour completes Olympic stadium conversion for West Ham

Balfour Beatty has completed the transformative engineering works to the former London Olympic stadium into the new home of West Ham United FC.   The works began in January 2014 on ...

12 August 2016 Rio 2106 - we couldn't have done it without London 2012, says Aecom

As the Rio Olympics get underway, Bill Hanway, executive vice president and global sports leader at Aecom, talks about the challenges of masterminding the Olympic Park. In Rio de Janeiro, ...

12 August 2016 Defect hit Edinburgh PPP schools reopen

The 17 Edinburgh schools closed due to building defects have reopened ahead of the start of a new term. In April, five secondaries, 10 primaries and two additional support needs ...

11 August 2016 Hinkley C partner accused of espionage in US

The saga of the construction of Hinkley Point C power station took another twist this week with news that the Chinese partner in the proposed new Somerset power station is ...

11 August 2016 New thermal imaging phone could aid construction managers

Construction managers and those in the building trade may be able to take advantage of a new thermal imaging mobile phone that is about to hit the UK market.  The ...

11 August 2016 Fees for intervention rise to cover HSE costs

Companies being invoiced for H&S checks under the Fees for Intervention Scheme (FFI) can expect their bills to rise following a boost in hourly rates charged by the HSE. Since ...

09 August 2016 Baldwins directors have transport licence revoked

Senior directors of UK-based crane rental company Baldwins have had their right to hold a heavy goods licence revoked for up to five years. The traffic commissioner disqualified the four ...

08 August 2016 Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team sets sail from new sustainable facilities

When four-time Olympic gold medal-winning sailor Sir Ben Ainslie set out three years ago to bring the coveted America’s Cup sailing trophy back to Britain, he needed a base from ...

08 August 2016 CIOB PP Ghassan Aouad honoured

Professor Ghassan Aouad, Past President of CIOB, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Loughborough University for his services to the construction industry. Honorary doctorates of technology are ...

08 August 2016 Timber frame firm fined £100,000

A timber-frame firm in south Wales has been fined £100,000 by the HSE for a number of fire safety and traffic offences. J G Hale Construction was fined the sum ...

05 August 2016 Offsite construction sees 'world's thinnest tower' open on time

Innovative jacking mechanism used to build new Brighton landmark.  

04 August 2016 Housing market set to fall says Bank of England despite rate cut

Cutting interest rates to their lowest levels ever is unlikely to stave off 25% drop in monthly mortgage approvals.     The Bank of England is forecasting a significant drop in in ...

04 August 2016 Hyde pulls out of L&Q merger

Plans for mega three-way housing association merger falls apart. Plans to create a mega 135,000-home housing association capable of building 100,000 homes over 10 years have been scuppered with Hyde ...

04 August 2016 Virtual reality set to grow over the coming year

Virtual reality is set to get a boost over the next months, according to a Worldwide CAD Trends Survey 2016 by IT research specialist Business Advantage Group. The sector is ...

02 August 2016 Top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager in July

1. Theresa May and the construction industry - what we know so far

02 August 2016 In pics: New London Bridge concourse set to open this month

Passengers travelling into London from Kent and south-east London will be able to use the first two-thirds of the new station concourse at London Bridge from the end of August, ...

02 August 2016 Jesse Norman is new construction minister

The government has named Jesse Norman MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire as new construction minister. Norman was confirmed as the new minister for industry and energy at the the ...

02 August 2016 Morgan Sindall returns to profit in H1 2016

Morgan Sindall has reported pretax profits of £15.4m for the first six months of the year as performance improved across all divisions. At an operating level, last year’s £25m first-half ...

02 August 2016 Bridge collapse causes chaos between London and East Midlands

A partial bridge collapse has caused major disruption to train services betweenLondon and the east Midlands. The bridge at Barrow Upon Soar collapsed during the early hours of Tuesday morning ...

01 August 2016 Post-Brexit currency weakness adds to rising construction costs

Concerns over the rising costs of construction materials could be exacerbated by a weakening currency following the EU referendum result, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned. Commenting on ...

01 August 2016 CIOB launches call for evidence as part of housing taskforce

The CIOB has launched a call for evidence into skills, materials and new technology in the housing sector. Begun in April, the work is part of a wider coalition – ...