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£100 million boost for small housebuilders

Small builders will benefit from a £100 million cash boost to recognise and support their important role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today.

Third Energy fracking permit consultation extended

The public consultation on Third Energy’s application for a permit to carry out fracking in North Yorkshire has been extended.

Modular off-site building could be the solution to the UK’s housing crisis

New report calls on Government to provide more incentives to encourage off-site construction and better quality homes.

Returning troops can get Britain building

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has today issued a call to arms to the nation’s former servicemen and women to consider new careers building the nation’s homes.

Ireland’s growing construction sector to aid insurance growth

According to a new report by Timetric, growth in the construction sector is expected to fuel the expansion of non-life insurance in the next three years. Overall, the non-life gross written premium is expected to increase from EUR4.1 billion in 2013 to EUR4.2 billion in 2018, at a forecast-period CAGR of 0.3%.

National Women in Engineering Day: HS2 inspires future generations of female engineers

To mark National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June female engineers from HS2 Ltd are meeting pupils at a school in Hemel Hempstead to talk about the wealth of opportunities in the industry.

School rebuilds: reopening celebrated after £15.3 million work

An academy on Stockton-on-Tees is the first secondary in England opened under the government’s priority school building programme.

National Women in Engineering Day: O women, where art thou?

Women remain woefully underrepresented in the construction sector accounting for just 11% of the workforce despite the fact that the industry is headed for a very real skills crisis.

Housing policy must be based on evidence and experience says new CIH chief executive

New Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive Terrie Alafat has called on the government to make sure that housing policy is based on the evidence of its impact on the ground.

Astronomers to resume controversial construction of telescope on Hawaii Island

The construction of a $1.4 billion telescope on land considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians will resume Wednesday, according to the nonprofit company behind the project.

In the rush to build more homes standards are slipping, says HomeOwners Alliance

The need to build more homes was a recurrent theme of the 2015 General Election. But the new Government's drive to deliver on it's promise of 200,000 new homes could be undermined by a public put off by 'rabbit hutches'.

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay given development consent

The application for the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay proposal has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Chancellor’s emergency budget must build more homes, says CIH

The Chancellor of the Exchequer must use next month’s emergency budget to tackle the housing crisis, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has urged.

Tessa Jowell claims Right-to-Buy for associations will cost London councils over 16,000 homes

The Government’s plan to extend Right to Buy to housing associations could force inner London council to sell off more than 16,000 homes, according to Mayoral hopeful Tessa Jowell.

Housing brightest spot as construction suffers election hangover

UK construction continues to feel the impact of the general election as activity drops for the second consecutive month, according to figures released today (1 June) by industry analysts Glenigan.

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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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