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29 September 2016 Government scraps Help to Buy scheme

The government is scrapping its Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme in December in what may be seen as cementing a shift away from home ownership. The announcement yesterday signals ...

29 September 2016 Hinkley Point contract signed

The government has signed the £18bn contract with French energy giant EDF for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The deal was finalised at a low-key ceremony in ...

29 September 2016 'Construction 2018' roller coaster unveiled

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed that it is building a new £16m roller coaster codenamed “Construction 2018”. The death-defying ride is being manufactured by Mack Rides at its factory in ...

29 September 2016 Morgan Sindall launches job swap

Contractor Morgan Sindall has launched a new “job swap” scheme with London-based architects to give workers a better understanding of each profession’s approach to a construction project.  The scheme gives ...

27 September 2016 Why Swan Housing is investing £3m building a modular housing factory

As modular housing is touted as an answer to solve the skills and housing crisis, housing association Swan Housing has become the latest developer to build its own production line. ...

27 September 2016 Build UK members less confident since Brexit

Build UK members are feeling less confident after Brexit, according to Glenigan’s latest State of Trade survey. According to the group’s second State of Trade survey of 2016, more than ...

27 September 2016 Crossrail artefacts go on display

8,000 years of London’s hidden history is set to be displayed in a new exhibition showcasing archaeological objects unearthed by the construction of Crossrail. The Exhibition Tunnel: the Archaeology of ...

27 September 2016 Survey reveals scale of fire door abuse

Commercial buildings are breaking fire door safety regulations on a huge scale and putting occupiers at risk, a new survey has revealed. The survey of 860 trade professionals, conducted by ...

27 September 2016 Two new board members at Osborne

Contractor Osborne has appointed two new group board directors. Stuart Hammond, group finance controller and company secretary for the last three years, has been promoted to the board as an ...

27 September 2016 Arup plans redundancies in UK after Brexit vote

UK-headquartered consulting engineer Arup is planning to lay off staff in London because of a slowdown in work following the 23 June vote to leave the European Union. The multi-disciplinary ...

26 September 2016 Project of the week: Trinity School Sevenoaks

In the first of a new series looking at recently completed projects we speak to WIllmott Dixon construction manager Chris Evans to find out the challenges and solutions facing the ...

26 September 2016 Cundall office set for Europe's first health standard

Multi-disciplinary practice Cundall is hoping that its office near St Paul’s will become the first in Europe accredited with a new international standard, which shows that the environment has been ...

26 September 2016 Contractor wanted for Albert Square rebuild

Eastenders’ famous Albert Square is set for a makeover as the BBC looks to appoint a contractor to rebuild the set in a bid to make it more realistic. The ...

26 September 2016 Wates chairman joins business think tank

James Wates, the chair of Wates, CITB and Build UK, is adding a further chairmanship to his CV with his appointment to the board of think tank Tomorrow’s Company. Wates ...

26 September 2016 Programme management code launched

The CIOB has launched its first Code of Practice for Programme Management for the built environment. The code is a natural progression from the Code of Practice for Project Management ...

25 September 2016 UK shares BIM mandate lessons across Australia

Mark Bew, head of the UK government’s Digital Built Britain programme and chairman of consultant PCSG, travels to Australia this month to share learning from the UK’s recent experiences of ...

24 September 2016 Tomorrow's buildings: Circular economy prototype shows the future

A group of organisations in the built environment have collaborated on the UK’s first building entirely designed and built according to the principles of the so-called circular economy. The Built ...

22 September 2016 Khan orders review of Garden Bridge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has commissioned a review of the controversial Garden Bridge project. The mayor has tasked MP for Barking and former chair of the public accounts committee Margaret ...

22 September 2016 Willmott Dixon rolls out off-the-shelf police cells

Willmott Dixon is hoping to repeat the success of its Sunesis standardised school design with a range of off-the-shelf police custody cells. It has developed the concept, known as the ...

22 September 2016 Kier records loss after 'exceptional costs'

Contractor Kier has reported a £15m pretax loss for the year to 30 June 2016, citing a £116m one-off hit from closing its Caribbean business, takeover of Mouchel Consulting and ...

22 September 2016 £800k fine for Crest Nicholson

House builder Crest Nicholson has been fined £800,000 after a contractor was run over on a site in Wokingham. David Cole was a site foreman on the large housing development ...

22 September 2016 Shortlist announced for CIAT awards

Finalists from a cross section of firms have made it on to the shortlist for the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists’ annual awards, which celebrate excellence in architectural technology. Shortlisted ...

21 September 2016 David Hancock: quotas may be the answer to more women

Dr David Hancock, head of construction at the Cabinet Office, has said he is considering endorsing the idea of gender quotas for women on government-funded construction projects in order for ...

21 September 2016 Five big themes from CIC industry summit

1. Procurement The traditional procurement model in the construction industry is changing and smarter procurement must include decisions on smarter payment. Tony Burton, deputy chairman of CIC and director at ...

20 September 2016 Clawed drone that picks up heavy objects unveiled

A Japanese start-up has made what’s said to be the first drone with clawed arms that can lift heavy objects and perform operations that require dexterity, such as cutting through cables and flipping switches.  ...

20 September 2016 Lower mortgage rates for energy efficient homes

Homebuyers across the EU could be offered better borrowing rates on mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes or committing to implement energy saving work within properties. This ...

20 September 2016 Considerate Constructors Scheme replaces board in major overhaul

The newly appointed executive chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme is to replace the Scheme’s entire board of directors, apart from its chief executive, it was announced this week. Isabel ...

19 September 2016 CMYA 2016 winners' showcase - how construction managers won their gold and silver medals

All this week Construction Manager is profiling the winning projects across 11 categories. We kick off with the residential categories – including overall CMYA winner Paul Marlow’s Angel Lane and ...

19 September 2016 William Anelay firms bought by Szerelmey

Restoration specialist, The Szerelmey Group, has bought a controlling interest in four associated companies of heritage construction and restoration specialist, William Anelay Ltd, York, another specialist, which went into administration ...

19 September 2016 Highways safety specialist fined £660,000

A road safety company has been fined £660,000 after a worker was blinded when a drum he was working on exploded. Maidstone Crown Court heard how Andrew Foster, an employee ...

19 September 2016 HCA to begin bid race for DPP3 next month

The Homes & Communities Agency is preparing to launch the bid race for its delivery partner panel next month. More than 25 contractors and developers on the existing panel will ...

18 September 2016 TV presenter: 'do more to attract young people'

TV tech pioneer Maggie Philbin has called on the construction industry to fight for its place in attracting young people to the industry in the wake of the continuing skills ...

18 September 2016 Heatherwick plans $150m 'fun' staircase for NY

UK architect Heatherwick Studio has designed a $150m public artwork for the Hudson Yards development in Manhattan, New York. The 600 tonne structure, to be known officially as “Vessel”, takes ...

18 September 2016 Russia to follow UK with mandatory BIM

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is set to become compulsory on all construction projects commissioned by the Russian government after 2018. The announcement was made by Mikhail Menn, ...

18 September 2016 McAleer & Rushe project manager crowned winner of 2016 CMYA

Paul Marlow, a construction manager at McAleer & Rushe, was crowned Construction Manager of the Year 2016 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel yesterday (September 15) in a night dominated by ...

16 September 2016 Osborne to chair Mace-backed new Northern Powerhouse body

George Osborne has revealed he will chair a new think tank to fight for the Northern Powerhouse. Osborne will chair the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, whose creation has been backed by ...

16 September 2016 Yes! Industry relief after Hinkley C go-ahead

The construction industry is breathing a collective sigh of relief after the decision today (15 September) to finally give £18bn Hinkley C power station the go-ahead after years of delay. ...

16 September 2016 Arcadis: expect 6% fall in costs by 2018

Construction prices are predicted to fall by as much as 6% by the end of 2018, according to Arcadis in its latest Market View. With the true impact of Brexit only likely to ...

16 September 2016 EU workers needed CIOB tells Brexit minister

A coalition of professional bodies including the CIOB has warned Brexit minister David Davis that the UK’s construction skills crisis could severely worsen if the government does not take steps ...

16 September 2016 BAM poaches digital head from Autodesk

Royal BAM, the parent group of BAM UK, has appointed Menno de Jonge as director of digital construction with effect from 1 October 2016. He is currently business development manager at ...

15 September 2016 Construction takes less leave than any sector

UK construction workers take less holiday than those employed in other sectors of the economy with most saying it is because they feel “too busy”. According to a survey, conducted ...

15 September 2016 'Living walls' make city life safer and less stressful

UK consulting engineer Arup has published a report quantifying the benefits of green building envelopes such as moss, vegetated walls and roof gardens. The Cities Alive: Green Building Envelope study ...

15 September 2016 Japan to use drones and AI to raise construction efficiency

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled a campaign to utilise emerging technologies, including drones and artificial intelligence, to increase productivity at construction sites by 20% by 2025. According to ...

14 September 2016 'Revel in your achievement,' says 2015 CMYA winner

Lendlease’s Dennis Wilson was crowned 2015 Construction Manager of the Year for carrying off the £48m refurbishment of the National Theatre with aplomb. Leading up to this year’s event on ...

13 September 2016 Derwent and Places for People in merger talks

Derwent Housing Association has announced that it is in the early stages of merger talks with Places for People about joining the firm’s overall group. Derwent owns and manages more ...

13 September 2016 A construction manager's guide to Open Doors

Open House London is back. Taking place this weekend from the 17 to 18 September and now in its 24th year, it will give the public free entry to 750 ...

13 September 2016 Building firm director struck off for VAT fraud

The director of a building firm in Wales has been disqualified for under-declaring sales on VAT returns. Judie Thomas, a company director from Carmarthen, has been given a disqualification for ...

13 September 2016 Industry failing to reap benefits of technology

Despite substantial investments, the construction industry is struggling to employ the full benefits of technologies such as advanced data and analytics, mobile telephony, automation and robotics. That was one of ...

13 September 2016 'Black box' recorder for buildings developed

Scientists have developed a new “black box” recorder that will assess the state of buildings following earthquakes, explosions and fires. The RECONASS project has been put together by a team ...

12 September 2016 SMEs key to Westminster revamp

The committee of MPs who recommended last week that parliamentarians decamp to other Whitehall buildings while the Houses of Parliament undergo a £4bn revamp said success of the work will ...

12 September 2016 'Samaritans for construction' to tackle suicides

A new initiative akin to the Samaritans for construction has been launched to tackle a the growing issue of poor mental health in the industry. According to the Samaritans, construction ...

12 September 2016 HS2 chief departs for Rolls Royce

In a surprise move HS2's chief executive has resigned from his £750,000-a-year post to become chief operating officer with Derby-based Rolls Royce. Chairman David Higgins played down the departure of ...

12 September 2016 Breaches in fire walls at PFI hospital

The fire authority working on remediation measures at a West Midlands PFI hospital has said that breaches of fire compartmentalisation walls are at the heart of the problem. Skanska is ...

12 September 2016 Heathrow to shave £3bn from expansion plans

Heathrow is planning to cut up to £3bn from its plans for a third runway as part of a last-minute attempt to win Theresa May’s backing for airport expansion. The ...

11 September 2016 Sad day as 269-year-old William Anelay calls in administrators

One of the UK’s oldest building companies William Anelay has called in the administrators and made 126 staff redundant after a proposed rescue deal failed. William Anelay, a £38m turnover ...

08 September 2016 Construction is fastest adopter of drones use

According to a survey carried out by dronesdirect.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading drone retailers, 12% of construction firms are now using drone technology. The report, which is based on ...

08 September 2016 Crossrail site yields secret of Great Plague

Scientific analysis of skeletons excavated as part of the Crossrail programme has identified the DNA of the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague. The discovery comes following a year-long ...

08 September 2016 Hedgehogs under threat from HS2

Plans for HS2 might have hit a prickly problem due to central London’s last remaining population of hedgehogs. The group of hedgehogs currently nest in the shrubbery of London Zoo’s ...

08 September 2016 New planning bill raises doubts on infrastructure

Uncertainty about the future of the National Infrastructure Commission has come to light following the publishing of the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill today (9 September). The new bill aims to ...

08 September 2016 Barratt latest house builder to increase offsite

House builder Barratt Developments has revealed it is stepping up offsite construction to offset the impact of labour shortages within the industry. The group stated that while it has seen ...

08 September 2016 MPs set to move from Parliament for £4bn refit

MPs look set to move out of Houses of Parliament to nearby government buildings for at least six years as part of a £4bn restoration project. It is expected they ...

08 September 2016 Birmingham in £2bn housing deal with Chinese

Birmingham City Council has inked a deal with the fifth largest property developer in China that could be worth up to £2bn to the local economy. The agreement with property ...

08 September 2016 Hinkley C ploughs on with £100m contract

Design and procurement continues apace at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, despite no final decision as to whether the plant will go ahead. A £100m contract has been ...

08 September 2016 We think better in green buildings, Harvard study shows

A study by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University has shown that green buildings have a positive link to higher cognitive function for workers. The ...

07 September 2016 The five big trends in facade design and construction

From timber to tiles that flutter in the wind to curved glass and complex composites, modern facade technology means that architects looking for statement designs are simply spoilt for choice. ...

07 September 2016 Report links brick making to modern slavery

Bricks from 21 countries are produced using forced or child labour, including China and India, two of the top three countries exporting bricks worldwide, according to a new report on ...

07 September 2016 EU labour is key concern for SME house builders

The movement of labour and the hiring of skilled tradespeople are among the most pressing concerns post-Brexit for SME house builders, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by ...

07 September 2016 Governance report highlights sector shortcomings

Of the six construction companies listed in the FTSE 100 index, only one ranks in the top 50 for corporate governance. That is one of the findings in the Institute ...

06 September 2016 Redrow shrugs off Brexit while Berkeley struggles

Two of the UK’s largest house builders have experienced differing fortunes in the run up and aftermath of the EU referendum. In full year results posted this morning, Wales’ biggest ...

06 September 2016 Hard hat evolves to incorporate BIM

As standards and work on construction sites continuously change, one piece of kit that has remained consistent for years is the hard hat. While the hard hat has been improved ...

05 September 2016 Construction and services bounce back in August

Two surveys from Markit/CIPS show fears of recession fading. The UK construction industry showed signs of recovery in August, contracting less than in July, a survey has suggested. The Markit/CIPS ...

05 September 2016 CPD: Cold-applied waterproofing

Technology in the waterproofing industry has advanced enormously in recent years. In this CPD, Proteus's Justin Pitman explains the choices open to specifiers of protected membrane roofs and the applications ...

05 September 2016 Blind spot three times worse on construction lorries

New research on construction lorries and HGV vehicles could lead to a change in their manufacture, potentially improving safety on site. The new study, conducted by Loughborough University and commissioned ...

05 September 2016 London council to introduce basement tax

Wealthy London homeowners who plan to dig underground extensions are to be hit by Britain’s first “basement tax” in a fresh crackdown on “anti-social” iceberg homes, the Evening Standard has reported. Under ...

05 September 2016 Argent and Great Portland Estates join Build UK

Two major developers have joined the pan-industry contractors group Build UK, which aims to strengthen its representation of the whole construction supply chain. Argent and Great Portland Estates are the ...

05 September 2016 Morgan Sindall signs up to Minecraft lessons

Contractor Morgan Sindall has become the first UK company to sign up to the CIOB’s Minecraft Education lessons. The training was officially launched to the Minecraft Education community at the ...

04 September 2016 On site at the world's most complex roofing project

The roof of the iconic Department of Engineering designed by Sir James Stirling and Sir James Gowan at the University of Leicester has been trouble since it was completed in ...

01 September 2016 In pictures: Bloomberg stuns with stone and bronze facade

Japanese bronze fins are combined with stone from both England and Italy to form the stunning facade of the £550m Bloomberg HQ on Cannon Street in the City of London. ...

01 September 2016 Renzo Piano in earthquake rebuild role

Architect Renzo Piano is to play a leading role in reconstruction and disaster prevention following the earthquake that struck central Italy last week, killing at least 290 people. Italy’s prime minister ...

01 September 2016 Body found at Didcot Power Station

A body has been found at Didcot Power Station six months after the collapse of its boiler house. Contractor Brown & Mason suspended its debris removal work to allow the ...

01 September 2016 Construction firm fined £144,000 after roof fall

Construction firm Montway has been fined £144,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell off a roof during demolition work. The Hertfordshire-based firm received the fine following the ...