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27 April 2017 How's that! New stand set to wow crowds this summer at Lord's

A dramatic fan-shaped roof, supported by cantilevered glulam beams, defines the new Warner Stand at Lord's, constructed by BAM amid a busy schedule of international fixtures. Read more here.

27 April 2017 A new look for Construction Manager

We’re very excited to announce that our latest print edition of Construction Manager has a brand new look. The May issue should be landing with readers in the next couple ...

27 April 2017 Heathrow boss reveals major offsite plans

Heathrow plans to use its £16bn expansion to drive growth in offsite construction across the UK. Heathrow bosses are hunting for the location of four new offsite logistics hubs and ...

27 April 2017 H&S inspectors down by a quarter since 2010

The number of frontline health and safety inspectors has been slashed by 25% in the last six years, according to figures uncovered by union Unite. Unite obtained the figures via ...

27 April 2017 Bouygues to trial trailblazing 3D technology

French construction giant Bouygues has announced that it is to build France’s first social housing unit using 3D printing later this year. If all goes according to plan, the YHNOVA ...

25 April 2017 The solution: Morgan Sindall goes round the bend in Slough

The challenge: Creating an iconic structure on a tight budget The Curve, a £22m cultural hub in central Slough, is shaped like a giant “r-shaped” tube. Its complex silver facade ...

25 April 2017 In pictures: Crossrail's striking station ceilings

Crossrail has completed construction of the striking new architectural ceilings at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations. At Farringdon, more than 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments, precast by Evans Concrete ...

25 April 2017 Emoji are a sign of the times on Dutch building

Dutch architects have used emoji as a form of modern day gargoyles to decorate the side of a building in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. Architect Changiz Tehrani from Dutch ...

25 April 2017 O'Rourke appoints first independent chairman

Laing O’Rourke has brought in its first independent chairman to head up the company. Sir John Parker GBE FREng will this year take up the chairman’s role, replacing Ray O’Rourke ...

25 April 2017 Multiplex on hiring spree after bumper 2016

Contractor Multiplex went on a hiring spree over the last year as latest results show the firm had a bumper year, with turnover hitting a record £1bn. Turnover at the ...

25 April 2017 Contractor fined for Francis Crick Institute fatality

A contractor working on the Francis Crick Institute project in London has been fined £185,000 for the death or a worker. CMF was fined after Richard Laco, a subcontractor, was ...

25 April 2017 New housing group to build 1,200 homes a year

A new Portsmouth-based housing group has been launched with plans to build 1,200 homes a year. Vivid Homes, formed after a merger between First Wessex and Sentinel, will build homes ...

25 April 2017 HSE consults on independent FFI dispute process

The HSE has begun consultation on a revised and fully independent process for considering disputes in relation to its controversial Fees for Intervention scheme. The watchdog says on its website: ...

24 April 2017 New CIOB MD seeks to strengthen links with grass roots

Terry Watts sees his priorities as reconnecting with members and promoting education. The CIOB’s new managing director has said that he wants to strengthen links between the centre and the ...

24 April 2017 Schools paying thousands for work under PFI deal

Schools across England are paying thousands of pounds for everyday items because they are locked into expensive PFI contracts. A report in The Times claimed that some schools were paying ...

24 April 2017 Skanska races to develop concrete robots

The contractor is at the forefront of research into robotic concrete printing. James Kenny saw the technology in action. Skanska UK is aiming to create the world’s first commercial 3D ...

24 April 2017 Pair fined £66k each for roof safety breaches

Two roofing contractors have been fined £66,000 each after putting workers at risk during roof replacement works in Oldham. MKM Fabrications had been employed as the principal contractor to carry ...

24 April 2017 SNC-Lavalin agrees £2bn Atkins takeover

Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin has agreed a £2.1bn takeover of Atkins. The company has offered £20.80 per share with both boards having agreed to the deal. Atkins chief executive Uwe Krueger ...

20 April 2017 Pay strike threatens Hinkley point construction

Further delays to the construction of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station could be looming due to industrial action over a payment dispute. Unions Unite and the GMB will be ...

20 April 2017 CITB to launch offsite training courses

The CITB has revealed plans to develop new offsite manufacturing courses. The training body is looking to work with the industry to devise new training courses and qualifications linked to ...

20 April 2017 Jones joins Bovis southern division as md

Bovis Homes has appointed a new managing director to head up its southern regional division. Steve Jones joins Bovis with more than 30 years experience in house building having worked ...

20 April 2017 Arcadis names Oosterveer as new chief exec

Construction consultancy Arcadis has named Peter Oosterveer as its new chief executive. Oosterveer will replace interim chief executive Renier Vree, who has headed up the global consultant since Neil McArthur ...

20 April 2017 US National Building Museum to contain 'hive' of paper

This year’s summer installation at the US National Building Museum is called Hive and is built entirely of 2,700 wound paper tubes. Designed by Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang, the installation ...

18 April 2017 Growth is faster than expected post-Brexit

The construction industry is growing at a faster pace than expected post-EU referendum, but is reliant on delivery of infrastructure and housebuilding projects, according to the latest Construction Products Association (CPA) ...

18 April 2017 Construction defects found in 71 more schools across Scotland

Construction defects similar to those that led to the Edinburgh schools debacle have been found in at least 71 schools across Scotland.

18 April 2017 Theresa May calls general election for 8 June

Prime minister Theresa May has announced a snap general election for 8 June. May had repeatedly denied that she would call an election before the next scheduled poll in 2020. ...

18 April 2017 60,000 down tools in H&S initiative

Some 60,000 workers across construction and infrastructure firms are set to down tools this morning to highlight the issues of health and safety as well as mental health in the ...

18 April 2017 RLB appointed to free school framework

Construction consultant Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has been appointed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency to its Free School Wave 12 framework to provide project management services. RLB was ...

18 April 2017 Garden Bridge Trust hits back at Hodge report

The trust responsible for overseeing construction of the Garden Bridge in London has hit back at Margaret Hodge MP’s critical report on the project calling for it to be scrapped. ...

13 April 2017 Aecom consortium secures funding for autonomous vehicle scheme

An Aecom-led consortium has secured more than £4.2m of funding from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) to deliver a pilot scheme that could pave ...

13 April 2017 Historic buildings in the UK at risk from skills shortage

The lack of people taking up key building preservation careers could hamper the British public’s desire to see more historic buildings saved for the future, the Royal Institution of Chartered ...

13 April 2017 Firm fined £200,000 after worker paralysed

An Essex gas infrastructure company has been hit with a £200,000 fine after a worker was paralysed when a pipe fell on him.

13 April 2017 Amazon employee creates smart, stackable, modular housing

American start-up Blokable has devised a solution to traditional methods of home construction, which it describes as “too long and complicated”. The firm aims to “empower communities to build their ...

11 April 2017 First Base to set up modular housing factory

Residential developer First Base has become the latest company to announce plans to set up its own modular housing factory. The developer is teaming up with Aecom to deliver 3,000 ...

11 April 2017 UK's most considerate sites announced

The country’s highest performing construction sites have been confirmed at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s (CCS) 2017 National Site Awards. The CCS National Site Awards recognise scheme-registered sites that have demonstrated ...

11 April 2017 Drone footage shows Mersey Gateway construction

New drone footage has revealed the scale and progress of construction work on the Mersey Gateway Bridge. The footage, which was captured last month, shows how the hundreds of people ...

11 April 2017 Roman artifacts found during A1 construction

Archaeologists have uncovered Roman shoes and keys, a rare amber figurine and the most northerly example of coin production as part of Highways England’s £380m Leeming to Barton scheme in ...

11 April 2017 Developer pushes for cable car in Bath

A housing developer campaigning to install a cable car in the traffic-clogged, historic city of Bath, has met with some early local resistance. Drawing on a two-year baseline study it ...

11 April 2017 Utopian vision of Trump's wall

A team called MADE Collective, comprising Mexican and US nationals, has proposed a bi-national zone of renewable power, free social services and advanced technology as an alternative to President Trump’s ...

11 April 2017 Lakehouse confirms move to AIM

Contractor Lakehouse will delist from the main market of the London Stock Exchange to join the smaller AIM next month. The move will take place on 11 May and follows ...

10 April 2017 'This was not just another new building opening…'

BAM Construction's construction director Mike Donegan recounts his experience of being in the thick of the recent terrorist attack in London, and opening a new headquarters for the Metropolitan Police ...

10 April 2017 Bid race starts for HS2 stations

HS2 has started the search for architects, designers and developers to deliver four new stations worth up to £220m.   The winning bidders will work with HS2 on detailed plans for ...

10 April 2017 Garden Bridge should be scrapped, Hodge review finds

The controversial Garden Bridge project should be scrapped due to uncertain costs a review has found.   London mayor Sadiq Khan commissioned a review of the project late last year to ...

10 April 2017 Beard to invest in training as profits surge by 41%

Mark Beard’s Beard Construction plans to invest heavily in training and developing its skilled workforce in 2017 in preparation for opportunities in the new post-Brexit market.   This bullish attitude comes ...

10 April 2017 Take part in our CDM survey

Two years after the 2015 CDM regulations were introduced Construction Manager has teamed up with Health and Safety at Work magazine to assess the impact.   As part of this study ...

10 April 2017 Scotland greenlights project to build first dedicated film studios

The Scottish government has approved a £250m scheme to develop the country’s first purpose-built film and television studio on the southern outskirts of Edinburgh, overruling opposition from the local authority ...

06 April 2017 Are you doing enough to manage dust on site?

Construction dust is not just a nuisance, it can seriously damage workers’ health and some types can eventually kill. Chris Chapman, technical support manager for the Building Safety Group, explores ...

06 April 2017 Metal-based 3D printing explored by Fosters

Architect Foster + Partners is working on an EU-funded project exploring the potential of large-scale metal-based 3D printing. The LASIMM (large additive subtractive integrated modular machine) project is working on ...

06 April 2017 Offsite system delivers a house in five days

Building products supplier SIG Offsite has teamed up with aircrete producer H+H UK to launch a new system which can build homes in just five days.  The SIG I-House combines ...

06 April 2017 Sixth of UK roads 'face closure in next five years'

One sixth of the UK’s local road network will have to be repaired or closed within five years, according to a report commissioned by trade body the Asphalt Industry Alliance ...

06 April 2017 Ex-Galliford Try boss takes the helm at Bovis

Former Galliford Try boss Greg Fitzgerald has joined Bovis Homes as its new chief executive. Fitzgerald will take over at Bovis with effect from 18 April when interim chief executive ...

04 April 2017 New home quality continues to fall, reveals survey

Customer satisfaction with the quality of their new homes has continued to fall, according to housebuilders’ own annual research. The results of the survey for 2017 and published at the ...

04 April 2017 Pension scheme writedown hits McAlpine results

Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine has suffered a pretax loss of £43m in its latest results due to an exceptional writedown on its pension scheme. Results posted at Companies House for ...

04 April 2017 London house collapses during refurbishment

A large detached house in south-west London undergoing extensive refurbishment including basement renovations has collapsed overnight. Emergency services were called and fire crews carried out an “extensive search” but nobody ...

04 April 2017 £250,000 fine after worker is electrocuted

Two construction companies have ben fined more than £250,000 after a worker was electrocuted, suffering severe injuries. BAM Construction and Shoreland Projects were fined after Mark Bradley suffered multiple life-changing ...

04 April 2017 SNC-Lavalin tables £2bn bid for Atkins

Atkins has confirmed that it has received a takeover bid and is considering the offer. The UK engineer announced on Monday that it had been approached by Canadian company SNC-Lavalin. ...

03 April 2017 MPs question apprenticeship levy's impact

The government’s apprenticeship levy lacks focus and has been likened to “a blunt tool” by MPs. A report from the cross-party sub-committee on Education, Skills and the Economy last week ...

03 April 2017 Record number of towers planned for London

Construction began on a record number of skyscrapers in the capital last year with 455 more in the pipeline for the next year. Despite uncertainty caused by Brexit, construction started ...

03 April 2017 Everton FC £300m stadium plans approved

Everton Football Club has had plans for its £300m new stadium approved by Liverpool City Council. The council will now form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) company to help bring ...

03 April 2017 Chinese firms join bid to build East London homes

Three huge Chinese companies have teamed up with an Australian investor and a London council in a proposed scheme to bury a kilometre-long section of the busy A13 highway in ...

03 April 2017 Japan turns to robots as workforce dwindles

A robotic lifting arm and remote-controlled bulldozers are some of the innovations being rolled out on Japanese construction sites as the country’s workforce shrinks and gets older. The move to ...