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30 March 2017 Industry reaction as Article 50 is triggered

Securing domestic skills as well as the rights and movement of current EU construction workers was uppermost in the mind of the industry as triggering Article 50 set in motion ...

30 March 2017 Army museum open again after £24m revamp

The National Army Museum reopens today following a three-year £23.75m redevelopment carried out by contractor Gilbert Ash. The museum, based in Chelsea, was redesigned by BDP and involved a substantial ...

30 March 2017 Illegal workers still a huge problem, reveals poll

More than a third of the construction industry believes illegal workers may have been present at an existing or previous employer, while more than 90% think illegal working could be ...

30 March 2017 Welsh scaffolder folds with loss of 150 jobs

Almost 150 jobs have been lost after south Wales-based scaffolding and cladding specialist SHS Group called in administrators. SHS Integrated Services has been operating for 19 years and provides scaffolding, ...

30 March 2017 Former Barratt chief takes up HCA role

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed former Barratt boss Stephen Kinsella as its new director of accelerated construction. Kinsella spent the last 11 years as growth and partnerships ...

29 March 2017 Home buyers get access to Building Control reports

From April home buyers will be able to access Building Control reports for houses they have purchased. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has released a circular letter ...

28 March 2017 App allows asbestos to be managed digitally

A North East-based construction safety and risk management company is partnering with Northumbria University to develop a new digital approach to managing asbestos. Lucion Services is partnering with the university ...

28 March 2017 FP McCann records profit rise of 55% in 2016

Pretax profit at concrete products supplier FP McCann has surged by more than 50% for the year to December 31 2016. The good news comes in the wake of its ...

28 March 2017 Bouygues will not deliver Battersea phase 3

Contractor Bouygues UK will no longer be delivering the architecturally challenging phase 3 of London’s Battersea Power Station, the client has said. The contractor and Malaysian developer have issued a ...

28 March 2017 'Smart' gloves warn workers of vibration danger

Gloves embedded with tiny sensors have been developed to help protect workers from exposure to vibration. The gloves, developed by Nottingham Trent University and spearheaded by Professor Tilak Dias of ...

27 March 2017 O'Rourke fined £800k after Heathrow fatality

Laing O’Rourke has been fined £800,000 after a worker was killed at Heathrow Airport in 2014. Southwark Crown Court heard that Philip Griffiths died after his brother Paul accidentally reversed ...

27 March 2017 Inquiry after NDA terminates nuclear contract

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has been left red-faced after the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was forced to terminate its contract with Cavendish Fluor Partnership for the management ...

27 March 2017 Brighton's 'thinnest tower' closes again

Brighton’s i360 tower – dubbed the “world’s thinnest tower” – has been forced to close for the third time in eight months due to a temporary fault. The ride, which ...

27 March 2017 Estates to benefit from £32m announced

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced the beneficiaries of a £32m fund to kick-start regeneration of run-down estates. From Gateshead to Plymouth, the £32m Estate Regeneration Fund ...

27 March 2017 Skanska begins £1m 'big data' project

Skanska has been awarded £680,000 by Innovate UK for a project that aims to collate and visualise data to ensure more efficient project delivery. A consortium led by Skanska was ...

27 March 2017 Project manager guilty over 2012 window death

A project manager has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after three window frames weighing more than half a tonne crushed a woman to death as she walked ...

23 March 2017 Grand Designs style prefab house launched

Architectural practice Richard Hywel Evans (RHE) has launched a modular home concept that aims to offer Grand Designs styling at an affordable price. The design responds to preconceptions that prefabricated ...

23 March 2017 Clients still not buying into BIM, reveals CM survey

Even public sector organisations not adopting technology on contracts. A high proportion of public sector clients are failing to adopt BIM on their projects, according to Construction Manager’s annual BIM ...

23 March 2017 Kier chairman steps down as profits rise

Contractor Kier has announced its chairman Phil White is stepping down as the firm reported a rise in half-year profit in its latest results. The company said White will leave ...

23 March 2017 Plans for four new prisons announced

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled plans to build four new prisons in England and Wales – creating 5,000 modern prison places. Sites in Full Sutton in Yorkshire, Hindley in ...

23 March 2017 Lab to measure fear caused by buildings

The universities of Bath and Exeter are to investigate the impact of vibrations from tall buildings and wobbly bridges and floors on health and well-being in a £7.2m research facility ...

23 March 2017 Appliance firm fined £700,000 after fatal fall

Whirlpool UK Appliances has been fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform and later died. On 21 March 2015 the contractor had been working ...

21 March 2017 Largest crane in London ready to go to work

A crane double the height of Nelson’s Column has been in assembled in London to start work on the huge Earl’s Court redevelopment in west London. Described as London’s biggest ...

21 March 2017 RSHP unveils plans for Hammersmith development

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has unveiled plans to redevelop the site of two 1970s office blocks in west London with a new hotel and offices, doubling the size of ...

21 March 2017 Industry urges further funding of Crossrail 2

Leaders from some of the UK’s largest construction companies have signed a letter to the chancellor urging him to continue funding the development of Crossrail 2. Signatories to the letter ...

21 March 2017 Toolkit to help young consider construction

Resource launched after members ask for help to promote industry in schools. This month the CIOB is launching a resource pack to encourage young people (14-19) to consider construction as ...

21 March 2017 £100,000 reward for exposing price fixing

Whistleblowers are being offered up to £100,000 for exposing price fixing in construction as part of a major crackdown by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The reward is being ...

20 March 2017 ­­Wates profit up as turnover grows 20% in 2016

Turnover at Wates Group jumped by more than 20% in the year to 31 December 2016, boosted in part by the the acquisition of Shepherd’s construction businesses. In the group’s ...

20 March 2017 More suicides in construction than any other industry

There were more suicides in construction than in any other profession in the five years to the end of 2015, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics. ...

20 March 2017 Hants garden village will create 6,000 homes

Developers have submitted an outline planning application for a new 6,000-home garden village community in Hampshire. Buckland Development (BDL) is behind the scheme for the new community at Welborne just ...

20 March 2017 £1.3bn Swansea Bay deal to be signed

Prime minister Theresa May is expected to sign off the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Region deal later today which it’s hoped will help create thousands of jobs across south west ...

20 March 2017 Material costs to soar in Brexit's 'toxic mix', says report

Record levels of material imports to Britain from the EU, plus rising costs due to the falling pound and the prospect of tariffs, will combine to create a substantial “Brexit ...

20 March 2017 World's first plastic bridge installed in UK

The world’s first modular glass-fibre reinforced plastic bridge, 70% lighter than steel, has been launched by design consultancy Arup and bridge specialist Mabey. Mabey is the first licensed distribution partner ...

20 March 2017 3D printed skyscraper set for Dubai?

Cazza, a US-based construction start-up, has announced plans to build the world's first 3D-printed skyscraper in Dubai. The announcement is the latest in a succession of firsts, as 3D printing ...

16 March 2017 Government U-turn on national insurance rise

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plan to raise national insurance payments for self-employed that would have hit almost 100,000 construction workers has been scrapped. The move, announced in the Budget, would have ...

16 March 2017 Balfour recovery plan ahead of schedule

Balfour Beatty’s Build to Last programme is well ahead of schedule with the company reporting an underlying pretax profit of £60m for 2016, up from a £123m loss a year ...

16 March 2017 Ballet dancers more valuable than construction workers post-Brexit

Ballet dancers are being regarded as more critical than construction workers by the UK government in post-Brexit Britain. That was one of the stark messages in a survey from the ...

16 March 2017 New helmet combines military and car technology

Military technology used in the car industry has been added to safety helmets for the first time to create a helmet that is claimed to offer high level protection from ...

16 March 2017 Peel reveals plans for next phase of Liverpool Waters

Developer Peel has unveiled plans for the next phase of its Liverpool Waters scheme, announcing the release of eight new construction plots. The firm said the eight plots in the ...

16 March 2017 CITB Apprenticeships overhauls teaching methods

The CITB is introducing new tech and group learning elements to the way it teaches maths and English to apprentices to cut the numbers that drop out or fail their ...

16 March 2017 O'Rourke pulls workers from Australian job in payment row

Laing O’Rourke has pulled 800 workers off a major gas project in Australia due to a payment dispute with construction partner, Japanese firm Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The two companies ...

16 March 2017 Kier fined £400,000 after worker fall

Contractor Kier has been hit with a £400,000 fine after a worker fell on site and fractured his pelvis. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how Jair Morales was installing plywood boards ...

14 March 2017 Plans for five Manchester towers submitted

A cluster of five towers in Manchester have been submitted for detailed planning permission by developer Allied London. Planned are two towers of 26 storeys, one of 37, another of ...

14 March 2017 Cattle do nicely - cow bridge up for RICS award

A “cow flyover” bridge, designed to tackle human traffic jams at the Royal Highland Show (RHS) in Scotland, has been shortlisted for an RICS award. Perthshire-based architect Bell Ingram Design ...

14 March 2017 Amec Foster Wheeler accepts £2.2bn offer from Wood Group

Consulting engineer Amec Foster Wheeler has accepted a £2.2bn ($2.7bn) all-share offer from oilfield service company Wood Group, in a deal that unites two of the UK’s largest energy services ...

14 March 2017 Havering looks for partner to deliver 3,500 homes

Havering council has set out plans for one of the most ambitious local authority building programmes in the country as it looks for a partner to help deliver 3,500 homes ...

14 March 2017 Comments invited on new BIM H&S standard

Workers across the industry are being urged to add their voice to the consultation of a new standard to integrate BIM and health and safety into common standards used throughout ...

14 March 2017 Review of cycle superhighway demanded after deaths

A coroner has demanded an “urgent” safety review of the blue paint used on cycle superhighways after a motorcyclist skidded into a bollard in the rain and suffered fatal injuries. Dr Fiona ...

13 March 2017 Bovis confirms merger talks with Galliford Try

Housebuilder Bovis Homes has confirmed it is in ongoing talks with Galliford Try about a possible merger. A tie-up between Galliford and Bovis would see the country’s 6th and 8th-biggest ...

13 March 2017 Committee backs ‘full decant’ of MPs and peers

MPs on the public accounts committee have urged Parliament to “get on with” the £4bn revamp of the Grade I-listed Palace of Westminster and warned that any delay will only ...

13 March 2017 Foster + Partners to design £100m Ipswich bridge

Architect Foster + Partners have been chosen to design the new Upper Orwell Crossing bridge in Ipswich. The firm won the competition, managed by RIBA on behalf of the Suffolk ...

13 March 2017 Amey fined £600k after electrocution

Contractor Amey has been fined £600,000 after a worker fixing a traffic light was electrocuted resulting in severe burns. Gloucester Crown Court heard the 61-year-old man was working at the ...

12 March 2017 BIG's Lego House tops out in Denmark

Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has designed a Lego House for the Danish toy maker’s headquarters in the town of Billund in Jutland. The building is made up of ...

09 March 2017 O'Rourke in talks to sell Scottish concrete plant

Laing O’Rourke is in discussions to offload its precast concrete manufacturing plant in Uddingston, Scotland, to concrete products supplier FP McCann. Speaking to Construction Manager a spokesman from FP McCann ...

09 March 2017 Tottenham FC stadium cost doubles to £800m

Tottenham Hotspur FC has confirmed the cost of its new stadium will double from £400m to £800, citing Brexit as the main reason for the massive increase. The club’s director, ...

09 March 2017 Shelter proposes penalties for poor house building

Charity Shelter has has called for contractors to face penalties for poor housing construction after research showed half of new build homebuyers faced major problems with their properties. In a ...

09 March 2017 Skills, school building and self-employed dominate construction budget

We round up key points for construction from yesterday Skills The headline: The budget included £500m to shake up further education and introduce so-called T'levels to put vocational training on ...

09 March 2017 Contractors fined £600k for lift shaft fatality

Two London contractors have been fined more than £600,000 for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured after falling six storeys down a lift shaft. ...

09 March 2017 CIOB appoints Terry Watts as first MD

The Chartered Institute of Building has appointed Terry Watts as managing director, reporting to chief executive Chris Blythe. Watts, who has extensive experience in the skills, construction supply-chain and technology ...

09 March 2017 Laing O'Rourke in mini-nuclear reactor bid

A group of British companies has submitted plans for a mass-produced mini nuclear reactor to Canada, where remote northern settlements could benefit from powerful off-grid supplies of heat and electricity. ...

08 March 2017 Why court rejected firm's insolvency 'double play'

Theresa Mohammed and Obaid Bin-Nasir describe a case in which a company tried to use insolvency to stop adjudication proceedings... and received short shrift from the judge.

07 March 2017 HSE fines: Construction versus other industries

New research by Arinite health and safety consultants, shows how construction fines compares with those in other industries. Construction businesses paid out an average of £74,231 in fines for health ...

07 March 2017 ‘T-levels’ could help industry plug skills gap

The construction industry is set for a boost in tomorrow’s Budget with chancellor Philip Hammond set to unveil an extra £500m a year on technical and vocational training in an ...

07 March 2017 London mayor approves new £500m Chelsea stadium

London mayor Sadiq Khan has given the green light for Chelsea Football Club’s plans for its £500m Stamford Bridge stadium redevelopment. Plans for the new stadium will increase capacity from ...

07 March 2017 Millennials are key to fixing the labor shortage

Attracting the young generation with their skills in technology can help solve the labour crisis and streamline construction, says Taylor Ryan, head of marketing at GenieBelt. The millennial generation is ...

07 March 2017 Lakehouse announces plans to list on AIM

Contractor Lakehouse plans to delist from the main London Stock Exchange and apply for admission to the alternative investment market (AIM). The move would be seen to offer great flexibility ...

07 March 2017 Interserve announces new chief executive

Interserve has appointed Debbie White as its new chief executive. White will replace current chief executive Adrian Ringrose, who announced in November that he would be stepping down from the ...

06 March 2017 Union concern at rise in 'dead-end' courses

Unite, the largest union for construction workers, has uncovered that thousands of young people are being placed on so-called “dead-end” classroom-based construction courses. The union is calling for all concerned ...

06 March 2017 London still in top five most costly cities to build in

London remains in top five most expensive cities to build in, despite falling two places, according to the latest International Construction Costs report published by consultant Arcadis. The report shows ...

06 March 2017 Scottish castle reopens after renovation works

A 19th century Scottish castle has been brought back to life having been closed for 25 years. Lews Castle in Stornoway, which was built in 1847, has been reopened today ...

06 March 2017 Schools failing to promote construction

Half of school-age children have never been given proper information about a possible career in construction by their teachers or counsellors, a new survey has found. House builder Redrow surveyed ...

06 March 2017 Government ramps up housing regeneration strategy

Andy von Bradsky, design and delivery adviser at DCLG and chairman of The Housing Forum, outlines the government’s strategy for estate redevelopment. Read more here.

02 March 2017 Keepmoat sells regeneration arm to French energy giant

Keepmoat has sold the regeneration arm of its business to French energy services company Engie in a deal valued at £330m. The deal will see Engie take over the business, ...

02 March 2017 Professor Li Shirong - her life remembered

Prof Li Shirong, the CIOB's first female president who died recently aged 59 after a long battle with cancer, is remembered by two close friends and colleagues.  Michael Brown, former ...

02 March 2017 Change of overseas focus at Carillion

Carillion has changed its overseas focus, scaling down its general construction activities in Canada while focusing on specific contracts in the Middle East. In the firm's full-year results for the ...

02 March 2017 Cities across UK bid for heritage title

Coventry, Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St David’s and the Hundred of Dewisland, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells have all formally entered the competition for the third UK City of ...

02 March 2017 Balfour Beatty fined £230,000 for worker injury

Balfour Beatty has been fined £230,000 after a worker injured his foot following the collapse of a floor at a house building site. Newcastle Crown Court heard how a bricklayer ...