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Wienerberger drops off final batch of supplies for Toxteth 'sweat equity' scheme

A charity ‘self build’ project in Liverpool has taken delivery of the last consignment of building materials donated to help make the housing scheme a reality.

HB Villages appoints Pochin’s to deliver Stoke-on-Trent supported living scheme

A property developer specialising in supported living schemes has appointed Pochin’s to deliver a £2 million project in Stoke-on-Trent.

Turner & Townsend chosen to lead £10m Oxford Brookes University campus refit

Oxford Brookes University has appointed Turner & Townsend as project and cost manager on its estates project framework to deliver the university’s £130 million refurbishment programme.

No surprise in results of UKCES employer skills survey, says BSRIA, but plenty to cause concern

Construction and building services association BSRIA has said it is not “wholly surprised” at the findings of a survey that has revealed the extent to which the construction industry is struggling to recruit people with the skills it needs.

Govt commission research into user experience of Building Regulations Part B and Part M

The Government is seeking the industry’s view on the Building Regulations Approved Documents – essentially it wants to know how easy they are to use.

Ministers call on construction industry to invest in the next generation of builders

Ministers have called on construction chiefs to be “ambitious” in developing a plan to alleviate the pressure on skills and encourage more young people to consider a career in the industry.

Builders wages rocket as skills shortages restrict UK construction

Construction skills shortages are pushing wages in the sector far above the national average, but could also put at risk some of the government’s biggest housing and infrastructure programmes, RICS la

Charging Council Tax on unbuilt developments could damage house building, warns FMB

Local Government Association (LGA) proposals to charge Council Tax on unbuilt developments could damage house building, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).​

Chancellor’s “bold plan” to save home ownership written off as a damaging non-starter

Labour’s shadow housing minister John Healey has effectively called George Osborne’s “bold plan” to deliver more homes a sham.

Construction industry reacts to Chancellor's Spending Review

Housebuilders broadly welcomed announcements by Chancellor George Osborne in today’s Spending Review to boost house building.

Autumn Statement: Chancellor rolls out all the old clichés in his quest to save home ownership

Some forewarned that today’s Autumn Statement would sound the death knell for social housing but as it turned out, the Chancellor of the Exchequer forgot to ring the bell – he was too busy setting out his “bold plan” to save home ownership.

Tender prices and new work output continue to grow at solid rate in UK construction market

Tender prices rose by 1.1% in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, and by 4.7% compared with the same quarter in 2014, according to the latest report from RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS).

First phase of housing development on site of former Bird in the Hand pub in Stoke-on-Trent nears completion

The first phase of a housing development on the site of the former Bird in the Hand pub in Stoke-on-Trent is nearing completion.

More houses being built is positive but more needs to be done

The latest net housebuilding from the Department of Communities and Local Government are cause for a “collective sigh of relief” but the momentum needs a boost if delivery is to be maintained and increased, according to industry figures.

Conference to tackle homophobia in construction

Stonewall seminar to discuss LGBT experiences, homophobia and inclusion in the construction industry.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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