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Investigations underway as crane collapse kills 107 people

Authorities in Saudi Arabia said findings will be made public of an investigation into a crane collapse in Mecca which killed at least 107 people.

Worrying news for the construction industry as output falls

Construction output in the UK unexpectedly dipped in July, reversing a bounce seen in June, after the biggest annual fall in house-building in more than two years.

Wates Living Space restructure paves the way for “ambitious” growth

Affordable housing and maintenance contractor Wates Living Space (WLS) has restructured the business to support its “ambitious” growth plans over the next four years.

BSRIA warns Government’s all-industry apprenticeship levy could “kill off” CITB system

Government plans to introduce a new all-industry apprenticeship levy could do more harm than good for the construction industry, according to concerns raised by BSRIA.

Heidelberg’s Bahnstadt passivhaus district passes the energy efficiency test

An entire district built to the Passive House standard in the German city of Heidelberg has demonstrated its energy efficiency performance with flying colours, according to a new report.

NHBC reports 2015 new homes registration continues to outperform 2014 levels

The number of new homes registered to be built across the UK has continued to outperform 2014 levels, according to the latest NHBC figures for July.

London claims world-first with stringent new emissions standards for construction equipment

New emissions standards for construction equipment, said to be a world first, have come into force in London in an effort to tackle air pollution in the capital.

Emanuel Whitaker opens Salford training centre as part of multi-million pound contract wins

An Oldham-based construction firm has established an apprentice training centre as part of its new depot in Salford.

Re:allies seeks contractors for £836 million social housing newbuild framework

Moves are afoot to recruit 30 contractors to a new construction framework for the delivery of social housing across the north of England.

Keepmoat celebrates 10 years in Nottingham by winning £10m worth of new work

A housing and regeneration company is celebrating 10 years working in Nottingham – by winning two new contracts worth a combined £10 million.

Housing association newbuild starts dropped 23% in second quarter 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has welcomed the latest official housebuilding statistics as proof the Government’s policies are working, despite the figures revealing a fall in the number of starts.

ONS reveals another year of rising house prices

House prices rise again, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) offering investors reason to cheer but promising further woe for wannabe buyers and generation rent.

Welsh Housing association hires trainees from its social enterprise arm

RCT Homes – which owns and manages more than 10,000 homes across Rhondda Cynon Taff – has hired two trainees from its Grow Enterprise Wales (GrEW) social enterprise arm.

UK construction output returns to growth in June

British construction output returned to moderate growth in June, recovering from a slowdown seen in April and May, official data showed on Friday.

RICS warns of ever-higher housing costs as supply shrinks and demand rises

With demand rising and supply contracting, house prices are set for further rises over the next 12 months, RICS has warned, prompting a call for a “coherent and coordinated” strategy to build more homes across all tenures.

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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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