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30 January 2017 In pictures: A journey through 10 new Crossrail stations

The £14.8bn Crossrail programme is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project. Construction began in 2009 at Canary Wharf, and the programme is now 80% complete and is on time and budget. The ...

30 January 2017 Lawyers warn H&S fines could skyrocket

Tougher sentencing guidelines start to bite as prosecutions hit companies across the board. Lawyers have warned the industry needs to become more aware of the new HSE sentencing guidelines, as ...

30 January 2017 T Clarke profits as expected despite £2m fraud

Building services company T Clarke says it is still trying to recover more than £2m stolen by an employee. In a trading update released last week, the contractor announced that ...

30 January 2017 Laing O'Rourke confirms £93m Canadian loss

The trading challenges arising from problem contracts in the UK (entered into prior to March 2014) and Canada was the primary reason for the disappointing group performance, Laing O’Rourke confirmed ...

30 January 2017 CH2M approaches Atkins over £3bn merger

US engineering consultancy CH2M Hill has approached UK engineer Atkins about a possible £3bn merger. Over the weekend The Times reported that CH2M made a senior level approach at the ...

30 January 2017 Chinese city gets world's longest aerial cycle way

The city of Xiamen in southeast China has just completed the longest aerial cycleway in the world. The path is a 4.8m-wide four-lane carriageway stretching for 7.6km with 11 exits ...

26 January 2017 Mates in Mind to target 100,000 workers in first year

A new initiative aimed at combating mental health issues in the construction industry today set out goals to help 100,000 workers in its first year. Speaking at the official launch ...

26 January 2017 Lee's story: 'I thought I'd be better off dead'

Lee Rowland, a carpenter in the industry, spoke about his personal experiences and struggles with mental health and depression at the launch this week of Mates in Mind, a new ...

26 January 2017 Yorkshire facade specialists call in administrators

Two historic Leeds construction businesses have been placed into administration following losses on an out-of-town contract. Drawn Metal Ltd and DML Architectural Systems Ltd have more than 90 years’ manufacturing ...

26 January 2017 Three firms fined for Essex roof fall

Three companies from Essex have been fined after a worker fell more than 7m through a roof he was replacing. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Rafal Myslim was standing on ...

26 January 2017 Former apprentice Thurston becomes HS2 chief

Mark Thurston has been appointed chief executive of HS2, replacing Simon Kirby who has left to become the COO of Rolls Royce. Thurston is currently the regional managing director overseeing ...

25 January 2017 'Taking the BIM plunge paid off' - a small practice's story

Anthony Harte, director from architectural consultant James & Ward, explains how getting on board with BIM has driven efficiencies, increased productivity and generated more profits. Read the full story here.

25 January 2017 Parliament must vote to trigger Brexit

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the formal Brexit process, the Supreme Court in London ruled today. The judgement means prime minister Theresa May cannot begin talks ...

25 January 2017 Roofers and plasterers now in short supply

SMEs are finding it difficult to get roofers, electricians and plasterers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s State of Trade Survey for ...

25 January 2017 Three suspended at Barratt over contract awards

Barratt Developments has suspended three employees as part of an ongoing police investigation into alleged misconduct in awarding contracts for new housing developments. The latest suspensions follow on from London ...

25 January 2017 Contractor Lakehouse posts £32m loss

Essex-based contractor Lakehouse has posted a £31.7m operating loss for the year to 30 September 2016. This compares to a pretax profit of £3.2m from a year earlier. Construction revenue ...

25 January 2017 Crest Nicholson profits up 27% as sales hit £1bn

House builder Crest Nicholson profits rose by more than a quarter after revenues reached £1bn in 2016. Reporting its full year results for the year ending October 31 2016, the ...

25 January 2017 Skanska seeks applicants for return to work programme

Skanska is boosting its diversity programme with a new return to work programme for professionals who have taken voluntary career breaks of two years or more. Like an internship, the ...

23 January 2017 Reintegrating structures and processes is within our grasp

Colin Harding describes a new system that integrates design and construction teams and encourages collaborative procurement by creating a sole legal entity to take responsibility. Construction must be the only ...

23 January 2017 Haigh appointed md for Mott's global business

Mott MacDonald has appointed Mike Haigh as managing director for its global business. Haigh will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operational performance of the company’s £1.6bn global business, ...

23 January 2017 British worker dies at 2022 World Cup stadium

A British man has died while working on a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar. The man was killed after falling off a suspended platform while working on the Khalifa ...

23 January 2017 May to unveil £0.5bn Northern Powerhouse boost

Prime minister Theresa May is set to unveil a £556m cash injection to the Northern Powerhouse later today when she launches the government’s industrial strategy. At her first regional cabinet ...

23 January 2017 Asbestos expert fined for false certificate

An asbestos analyst has been fined after he falsified an asbestos air clearance certificate, following licensed asbestos removal in Manchester. Barrie Lyons, a trained asbestos analyst with 29 years’ experience, ...

19 January 2017 Cambs University seeks Professor of Lego

The University of Cambridge is advertising for the first ever Professor of Lego. What might be considered a dream job for some people in construction, the position involves studying the ...

19 January 2017 FM firm to challenge HSE Fees for Intervention

Construction lawyers are awaiting with interest the outcome of a legal challenge to HSE’s Fees for Intervention due to take place in the summer. The cost recovery scheme, introduced in ...

19 January 2017 Members sought for CIOB business and employment boards

The CIOB is recruiting new members to its boards as it gears up for its five-year corporate plan. There are openings for chartered members to join the Business Development Board ...

19 January 2017 Construction hit hardest after Brexit

The construction industry suffered the highest rate of insolvencies in 2016 as the effects of Brexit started to bite. New research by KPMG found a general upswing companies entering into ...

19 January 2017 CSCS to phase out CRO skills cards

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) skills cards from the end of March. The CSCS is phasing out the cards with all those ...

19 January 2017 Barratt Developments CFO leaves

Barratt Developments chief financial officer Neil Cooper has left the house builder by mutual agreement with immediate effect. Chief executive David Thomas, who previously held the role of CFO at ...

18 January 2017 White Collar Factory: The face of intelligent building

Derwent London’s White Collar Factory near east London is an office for the 21st century. As James Kenny reports, the three-element curtain walling is key to delivering the latest environmental ...

18 January 2017 Prime minister finally outlines Brexit negotiation plans

Theresa May has confirmed that Britain will fully leave the European market in a bid to take back control of migration. But the prime minister promised to push for the ...

18 January 2017 Zaha Hadid leaves estate worth £70m, reveals will

Details of the late Zaha Hadid’s will have been revealed with the architect leaving an estate of £70m. According to public documents obtained by Architects’ Journal, the British-Iraqi architect owned ...

18 January 2017 Former Laing director Tuckett joins Multiplex

Former Laing O’Rourke commercial director Callum Tuckett has joined Multiplex. Tuckett, who spent 24 years at Laing O’Rourke, is understood to have joined Mutliplex as chief operating officer in the ...

18 January 2017 How is BIM working for you?

Construction Manager is once again looking for feedback on BIM uptake within the industry. Our annual BIM survey is now open online and we’d like to hear your views and ...

18 January 2017 Survey highlights cyber attack risk to UK buildings

Four in 10 buildings are at major risk from cyber attacks, according to a new survey from the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA). The survey, conducted alongside Scottish electrical trade body ...

18 January 2017 £39m Headingley stadium revamp approved

Plans for a £39m redevelopment of Headingley stadium have been approved by the local council. Plans for the stadium, which hosts cricket, rugby league and rugby union, include a new ...

16 January 2017 CITB to consult on reformed levy scheme

CITB is to begin its consultation with industry on a reduced levy and a reformed grants scheme. The proposal would see the PAYE levy on the direct workforce cut from ...

16 January 2017 MPs divided over Parliament restoration move

MPs are rebelling against proposals to move out of the The Houses of Parliament for an expected five to eight years while a £3.5bn restoration programme is carried out. Chris ...

16 January 2017 Hall Construction calls in the administrators

Hull-based contractor Hall Construction Group filed for administration this week after hitting financial difficulties. The family-owned company, which employs around 110 people, filed to appoint an administrator just months after ...

16 January 2017 Video: Edinburgh demolition's unexpected collapse

Two floors collapsed unexpectedly last week at the £1bn St James Centre redevelopment in Edinburgh during demolition work by Laing O’Rourke. Video has emerged from the incident. O’Rourke started demolition ...

16 January 2017 MIT researchers develop material 10 times as strong as steel

A team of researchers at US university Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. Arranged in ...

15 January 2017 Willmott Dixon's Ally Pally performance

Willmott Dixon is now six months into the restoration of the east wing at Alexandra Palace in north London. The £17m project is being led by Simon Wilson, operations manager ...

12 January 2017 CPD: A certification that's a breath of fresh air

Dr Joe Croft, head of environmental and sustainability at fit-out specialist Overbury, discusses how a new wellness standard for office environments will have a significant effect on workplace refurbishments and ...

12 January 2017 Light at the end of the tunnel for Stonehenge plan

A controversial plan for a road tunnel past Stonehenge has finally been agreed by the government after one of the longest running sagas in infrastructure. Transport secretary Chris Grayling said ...

12 January 2017 UK considering £1,000 levy on skilled EU workers post-Brexit

The UK government is considering imposing a £1,000-a-year levy ($1,212) on each skilled European Union worker hired by British companies in the wake of Brexit, a move that would affect ...

12 January 2017 Multiplex steps in for £1bn Nine Elms scheme

Multiplex has become the third contractor to be selected to build the £1bn mixed-used complex at Nine Elms near Vauxhall for the Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group. Multiplex has been ...

12 January 2017 Lord Prior is new construction minister

The government has appointed Lord Prior (right) as new construction minister. The Conservative peer and former Lehman Brothers associate takes over the role from Jesse Norman who is moving on ...

12 January 2017 Hendry review backs £1.3bn Swansea Bay tidal scheme

A government-backed review by former energy minister Charles Hendry has given its full backing to the £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal lagoon. In his report today Hendry backs the strategic case ...

12 January 2017 Planners agree to Chelsea stadium redevelopment

Chelsea football club has received planning permission for its new £500m Stamford Bridge stadium redevelopment. The west London club received the green light from Hammersmith & Fulham council on Wednesday ...

12 January 2017 Laser scans show Forth Bridge in incredible detail

Incredibly detailed scans of the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the partially built Queensferry Crossing have been produced in a £300,000 project funded by Transport Scotland. Undertaken by the ...

11 January 2017 Trackside incident lands rail operator £800k fine

Network Rail has been fined £800,000 after a worker was seriously injured after being hit by a Gatwick Express train travelling at 80mph. Alan Evans was hit while walking next ...

11 January 2017 Plant hire boss jailed after boom lift death

A plant hire boss has been jailed for two years after a worker was killed when his boom lift collapsed. Safety net rigger Gary Currie and his colleague Alexander Nisbet ...

11 January 2017 UK and Ireland local CIOB hubs get to work

New administrative centres take over from regional branches under Institute's One CIOB rebrand. The 29 new UK and Ireland hubs of the CIOB officially begin their work at the start ...

11 January 2017 Laing spends £23m on restructure last year

Further details have emerged about the state of play at contractor Laing O’Rourke, with the company spending £23m restructuring its business operations last year, it has been revealed. In a ...

09 January 2017 ‘We’re doing great things, but there’s room for improvement’

Construction Leadership Council chair Andrew Wolstenholme on driving industry productivity. It’s fair to say there has been a good deal of industry scepticism surrounding the Construction Leadership Council since it ...

09 January 2017 LandSecs insists on mental health scheme sign up

Developer asks contractors to adopt Mates in Mind wellbeing initiative before tendering. Contractors working with Land Securities must sign up to a new scheme which helps site workers deal with ...

09 January 2017 Offsite work contributes to O'Rourke loss of £141m

Laing O’Rourke’s UK construction business suffered a pretax loss of £141.3m in its latest results. In results filed for the year to March 2016 the contractor posted a pretax loss ...

09 January 2017 Bovis CEO quits as Hill announces expansion plans

Bovis chief executive David Ritchie has stepped down from his post with immediate effect. He will remain with the group until 28 February to assist with the process of transition. ...

09 January 2017 Material prices rise for 70% of SMEs

Seven out of 10 builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the falling value of the pound and this in turn is hitting the pockets of homeowners, ...

09 January 2017 HSE 'Fees for Intervention' hit record high

The amount charged to businesses through the Health and Safety Executive’s controversial “Fees For Intervention” scheme hit a record high last year, having increased every year since the scheme was ...

05 January 2017 BAM Nuttall to modernise Antarctic stations

BAM Nuttall has been chosen by the British Antarctic Survey to modernise its scientific research stations across Antarctica. The project to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities is expected ...

05 January 2017 'Tent' pitch wins scouting museum competition

Architect Tate Harmer has won a competition to design a new Museum of Scouting. The £6m museum and visitor centre will be located at The Scout Association’s headquarters at Gilwell ...

05 January 2017 CCS targets illegal workers with updated checklist

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has released an updated monitors’ checklist, aimed at tackling the problem of illegal workers on site. The checklist is the key method by which the Scheme’s ...

05 January 2017 World's first solar road opens in France

France has laid claim to opening the world’s first solar road capable of carrying vehicles. French environment minister Ségolène Royal inaugurated the kilometre-long road paved with photovoltaic panels on the ...

05 January 2017 Contractors sign £500m deal for London road works

Three contractors have signed a £500m deal with Transport for London to deliver a range of major road improvement projects over the next four years. Under the deal Costain, Skanska ...

03 January 2017 Five contracting innovation chiefs on technology for 2017 and beyond

While the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors have often been cited as leaders of innovation, the construction sector could be accused of conservatism towards new technologies. But things are changing fast ...

03 January 2017 OBE for Blythe in New Year's Honours

CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe (pictured above) and CIOB trustee Mike Foy were among those in the construction industry recognised in the Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours. Blythe received an ...

03 January 2017 Firing gun for starter homes and garden villages

Housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today (3 January) that thousands of new starter homes will be built on brownfield sites across the country in 2017, with 30 councils being picked ...

03 January 2017 Redrow chief: house building full steam ahead for 2017

2017 is set to be the first year since 2008 that the UK builds 200,000 new homes as part of the government target of one million new homes by 2020, ...

03 January 2017 Haringey's Nick Walkley is new HCA chief

The chief executive of Haringey council, Nick Walkley, has been appointed as chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department ...

03 January 2017 'Race to bottom' leaves O'Rourke with £246m loss

Laing O’Rourke founder and chief executive Ray O’Rourke said he “regrets joining race to the bottom” as he revealed the firm turned in losses of £246m for the financial year ...

02 January 2017 The top 10 stories you read in Construction Manager in 2016

Whatever way you look at it, 2016 has been a tough year, we’ve lost some entertainment icons such as David Bowie, Alan Rickman and the great Paul Daniels. This coupled ...