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27 February 2017 Housing association offers offsite expertise to rest of industry

News in December that housing association Your Housing Group was teaming up with the China National Building Material Company to build six offsite factories around the UK in a £2.5bn ...

27 February 2017 Shard developer Irvine Sellar dies

Irvine Sellar, the chairman of Sellar Group, died on Sunday aged 82 following a short illness. Sellar was best known for The Shard, which was completed in 2012. He was ...

27 February 2017 Balfour exits ME as part of 'simplification' programme

Balfour Beatty, the UK’s largest contractor, has announced that it plans to sell its 49% share in two joint ventures to partner, Dubai-based Dutco, and leave the Middle East. Balfour ...

27 February 2017 Southwark pleads guilty over Lakanal House fire

A London council has pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking fire safety regulations over a blaze in a 14-storey tower block that killed six people. Southwark council admitted it ...

27 February 2017 Lendlease to build Google King's Cross HQ

Lendlease has confirmed it has been selected to build Google’s new headquarters building at King’s Cross. The new building, designed by Heatherwick Studios and BIG, in collaboration with BDP, will ...

26 February 2017 London firm fined £450k for work at height incident

Leyland SDM (LSDM) Ltd has been fined after four workers fell more than three and a half metres whilst carrying a ventilation unit. Westminster Magistrates Court heard how LSDM had ...

26 February 2017 Tradesmen sentenced for £300k tax fraud

A total of nine construction industry tradesmen, from Widnes and Liverpool, have been sentenced for trying to steal £300,000 in an organised tax fraud. The men, who had mainly worked ...

26 February 2017 Boardman peddles benefits of collaboration at Trimble event

Trimble’s recent annual conference at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry was attended by individuals from all aspects of the industry with a passion for digital construction.  Following a welcome ...

23 February 2017 Report slams government free schools spending

Billions are being spent building new free schools in England while crumbling state schools face a £13.8bn bill for repairs, a hard-hitting report from the government’s spending watch dog claims. ...

23 February 2017 T&T appoints Tom Deacon as head of digital

Independent professional services consultancy Turner & Townsend has appointed Tom Deacon as global head of digital. Leading a step change in the business, Deacon will be responsible for improving the consultancy’s core service ...

23 February 2017 Talent scale lays bare extent of skills crisis

Labour shortages in construction could lead to a skills gulf with workers’ wages doubling, according to a new report. The new Arcadis Talent Scale report from consultant Arcadis states that ...

23 February 2017 Morgan Sindall reports 2016 profit of £44m

Morgan Sindall has reported a pretax profit of £43.9m for 2016 on revenue up 7% to £2.5bn. The result represents a turnaround for the company, which reported a pretax loss ...

23 February 2017 Barratt profits jump on regional strength

A surge in house building outside of the capital helped Barratt Developments profits jump 8.8% to £321m in the six months to 31 December 2016. In the house builder’s latest ...

23 February 2017 Consultation on future of CITB launched

The government has launched a formal call for evidence in its consultation questioning the future role of the CITB. Responses are required by 21 March and respondents are asked for ...

21 February 2017 Galliford Try sets 2% margin in new strategy

Galliford Try has set a target of a 2% construction profit margin by 2020 as part of its new strategy. The plan was revealed in the company’s latest half-year results ...

21 February 2017 Skanska to trial augmented reality hard hats

Skanska UK is marching on with its commitment to new construction technology by trialling augmented reality hard hats. The company has announced that it will be trialling the Daqri smart ...

21 February 2017 Engineering report reveals 20,000 pa skills shortfall

A pan-engineering industry report has called for efforts to be redoubled to attract more young people into the profession as the number of engineering graduates will be 20,000 a year ...

21 February 2017 EIC calls for new recycling targets post-Brexit

The trade body for environmental industries has today called for a national debate on setting ambitious but realistic recycling targets for 2025 to provide a framework for the resources sector ...

21 February 2017 Plans afoot for Liverpool's tallest tower

Plans are set to be submitted for a new tower in Liverpool which, at 48 storeys, will be the city’s tallest. Designed by architect Hodder+Partners, the proposed Ovatus 2 residential ...

20 February 2017 CITB chief executive: 'I absolutely believe there is a future for us'

Sarah Beale takes over with training body's future on the line, as she announces plans to cut levy. The CITB is yet to decide whether its cut in the levy ...

20 February 2017 Bovis slows house building to improve quality

House builder Bovis Homes will be slowing its construction programme by up to 15% this year to boost overall build quality. The move comes as the group admitted customer service ...

20 February 2017 Energy-from-waste exit to cost Interserve £160m

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has said that it now anticipates losing £160m as it exits its energy-from-waste business (EfW). In an earlier statement in May 2016 ...

20 February 2017 New modular build facility for 1,000 homes opens in West Sussex

A new state-of-the-art UK-owned volumetric modular manufacturing facility capable of creating more than 1,000 new homes a year has opened up at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.  The owner, Futureform, hopes the ...

20 February 2017 Interserve Construction fined £54,000 for polluting river

It’s not been Interserve’s week. Having announced a £160m black hole associated with exiting the energy from waste market, Interserve Construction Ltd (ICL) has been fined £54,000 with £5,955 costs ...

20 February 2017 T&T acquires asset management consultant AMCL

Turner & Townsend has acquired asset management consultancy AMCL and will offer an end-to-end service to clients across all stages of the asset lifecycle – from acquisition and planning through ...

20 February 2017 Floating church coming to the Thames

London architect Denizen Works has won a contract to design a new floating church and “community hub” based on the Thames. Denizen will collaborate with boat-builders Turks on the commission ...

20 February 2017 Industry set to down tools in H&S initiative

Construction and infrastructure firms are set to down tools on the morning of 18 April to highlight the issues of health and safety as well as mental health in construction. ...

19 February 2017 Construction challenged to do better in tackling modern slavery

Kevin Hyland, UK anti-slavery commissioner, has laid down a challenge to businesses and the construction sector to change its day-to-day behaviour and perception when it comes to modern slavery. This ...

16 February 2017 Public buildings' defects risk fatalities

Many public buildings constructed since 2000 could have potentially lethal problems built in, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has warned. Neil Baxter, RIAS chief executive, said a ...

16 February 2017 BAM Nuttall puts tiredness technology on trial

BAM Nuttall is trialling new technology in an attempt to combat worker tiredness. Five workers on one of BAM Nuttall’s rail projects in Wales are wearing special head bands inside ...

16 February 2017 £1bn hotel plans for War Office get go ahead

Westminster City Council has green lit a £1bn plan to turn the Old War Office on Whitehall into a five-star hotel and apartments. The plans have been drawn up by ...

16 February 2017 Ireland in drive to tempt workers to return home

The Irish construction industry is launching a major drive to persuade its workers to return home. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the representative body for construction companies and contractors across ...

15 February 2017 BAM Construct's Graham Cash talks Brexit, digital and collaborative clients

BAM Construct CEO Graham Cash talks Brexit, digital and why he will only work with collaborative clients. Read the interview here.

14 February 2017 Construction firms' £1bn retentions black hole

An analysis of the UK’s top 12 construction companies by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group has revealed that they are owed a combined £1bn in retentions by their customers. However, ...

14 February 2017 HSE rethinks Fees for Intervention process

The HSE has bowed to pressure and agreed to reform the appeals process for its Fees for Intervention scheme. The move comes following growing criticism of the cost recovery initiative ...

14 February 2017 Search for Westminster revamp contractor begins

The government has formally begun its search for a contractor to take on the £650m revamp of MPs’ offices in Westminster, known as the Northern Estate Programme. The works include ...

14 February 2017 Leg crush engineering firm fined £277,000

A Canvey Island engineering firm has been fined £277,000 after one of its workers had his leg crushed and later amputated following an accident. Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court heard that on ...

13 February 2017 O'Rourke Engineering Enterprise head Sheffield to leave

Paul Sheffield has announced his intention to leave Laing O'Rourke, less than three years after he joined the firm from Kier. Sheffield joined the company in 2014 to head up ...

13 February 2017 EU protection of great crested newts could be axed

EU laws protecting Britain’s great crested newts are set to be repealed to help speed up developments, according to a report in the Financial Times. The FT says it has ...

13 February 2017 New initiative aims to tap into ex-Services skills

BuildForce, an industry-led initiative to encourage military service leavers and veterans into careers in the UK construction and built environment sector, officially “mobilised” at the Tower of London last month. ...

13 February 2017 HMRC bogus self-employment crackdown working

HM Revenue & Customs’ crackdown on bogus self-employed construction workers is paying dividends with revenues falling from tax investigations. Revenue fell 34% last year to £102m, down from £154.2m in ...

13 February 2017 Deadline looms for CMYA 2017 entries

Renowned for rewarding the most talented leaders in construction management, entries for the Construction Manager of the Year Awards can be submitted until 6 March 2017. The awards are now ...

13 February 2017 Concrete firm Twintec seeks buyer as turnover halves

Rugby-based concrete firm Twintec has filed its intention to appoint an administrator. The company, which has been around for more than 20 years, specialises in jointless steel fibre reinforced concrete ...

13 February 2017 Winners of CIOB innovation awards unveiled

The CIOB has announced the winners of its 2016 International Innovation & Research Awards. The awards recognise the best innovators and researchers in the built environment that are making a ...

12 February 2017 Wall ties and bricklaying to blame for Edinburgh schools failures, finds report

A lack of proper scrutiny in construction work has been cited as the main reason for the debacle that forced 17 Edinburgh schools to close last year, according to a ...

10 February 2017 Rising raw materials costs hit industry

The construction sector is being hampered by the rising cost of raw materials and the growing skills crisis which has seen the demand for carpenters and plasterers reach a nine-year ...

10 February 2017 Balfour calls for greater certainty in rail funding

Balfour Beatty has called on the government to look at new ways of funding rail upgrades to provide continuity of work to support innovation and skills. In its Staying on ...

10 February 2017 Brexit douses architects' prospects, survey finds

Six out of 10 architects are seeing projects cancelled or stalled because of Brexit, a new RIBA survey has found. The RIBA’s poll of more than 1,100 architects also highlighted ...

10 February 2017 Contractor jailed after labourer's fatal roof fall

A Manchester-based building contractor has been jailed for eight months following the death of a casual labourer who fell through a fragile roof. The labourer had been carrying out repair ...

08 February 2017 Two years to build or lose your land, developers warned

The government is planning to force developers to increase their building rates by compulsory purchasing their land if they have not started building within two years after receiving planning permission ...

08 February 2017 Housing White Paper: Industry reaction

With the publication of the much speculated Housing White Paper today, the industry has been mostly positive and keen to give their views on a number of proposals that were ...

08 February 2017 Hungarian power station wins photography prize

A picture of an Art Deco power station in Budapest has scooped this year’s CIOB Art of Building photography competition and the £3,500 cash prize. The public cast thousands of ...

07 February 2017 5,000 PRS homes to be built in Wembley

Wembley Park is set to become the largest build-to-rent development site in the UK after Quintain announced a programme for 5,000 private rented sector (PRS) homes around the national stadium. ...

07 February 2017 Director jailed for thinners fireball incident

The director of a construction company has been imprisoned for eight months after failing to take appropriate action which resulted in a young worker receiving serious burns. Cardiff Crown Court ...

07 February 2017 We need to retain ageing workers, CIOB tells MPs

The CIOB has told a group of MPs and experts that more effort needs to go into retaining ageing workers to help prevent a shortage of skilled workers post-Brexit. The ...

07 February 2017 Contractors and clients to share new technologies

Major contractors are to come together with infrastructure clients and supply chain organisations to share and develop innovation. A number of leading contractors have signed up to the new venture ...

06 February 2017 Developer special: what next for the London commerical market?

In our developer special we feature exclusive interviews with four key clients, including HB Reavis, a newcomer with huge ambitions. They tell us about their plans, Brexit and what they ...

06 February 2017 Rent measures expected in Housing paper

Minimum tenancies as well as more homes built for rent are among the main recommendations expected in the long-awaited Housing White Paper this week. Speaking over the weekend on the ...

06 February 2017 Skanska UK profits shrink despite higher revenues

Operating profits at Skanska UK’s construction business fell 8% to £35m in 2016, despite a 17% jump in revenue last year to £1.68bn, according to its latest results. Tougher market ...

06 February 2017 Galliford hit with £2.5m bill after Mailbox dispute

Galliford Try has been ordered to pay almost £2.5m to a client following a dispute over refurbishment works at a shopping centre in Birmingham. The contractor must pay Mailbox £2.48m ...

06 February 2017 Expectations return to pre-Brexit levels

Expectations across the construction sector have regained the ground lost after the EU vote last year, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Construction Market Survey. The ...

02 February 2017 Crossrail special: Tottenham Court Road sets the standard

The £1bn Tottenham Court Road station is arguably the most ambitious on the Elizabeth line, boasting two separate ticket halls, a vast new area of urban realm, the longest escalator ...

02 February 2017 Spain's Calatrava makes UK debut on £1bn scheme

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has unveiled a £1bn development to transform Greenwich Peninsula in south London – the site of the Millennium Dome – which will host a new tube station, performance venue ...

02 February 2017 State-of-the-art elevators give City tower a lift

22 Bishopsgate, set to be the tallest tower in the City, is using state-of-the-art elevators and escalators to speed up construction time. The 255m tall building is scheduled for completion ...

02 February 2017 Jail for worker using false CSCS card

A man who used a false CSCS card to work on UK construction sites has been sentenced to six months’ jail, following an investigation by the Home Office and CITB. ...

01 February 2017 Interserve's Ringrose to chair Prince's Trust group

Interserve chief executive Adrian Ringrose has been appointed chairman of the Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG). Ringrose, who announced in November he will be stepping down as chief ...

01 February 2017 Crane survey: record activity levels in regions

The biggest UK regional cities are reporting record levels of construction activity, according to the latest Deloitte Crane Survey.  The report found Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast have all seen ...