Election uncertainty forces 'sharp slowdown' for Uk construction

The UK construction industry grew at its slowest pace in nearly two years during April, the latest CIPS/Markit Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) indictaed.

Construction industry is vital to future of the UK economy, CIOB stresses to new government

Following one of the most unpredictable general elections in recent years, in which the Conservative Party is projected to form a majority government the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has stressed the importance of the construction industry to the UK economy, infrastructure and employment.

Conservatives set for majority government after devastating night for Labour

The Conservatives are on course to govern with a majority government after a devastating night for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

53% of construction industry believe party policies are unclear

A study by leading rental solution provider, Hewden, has found that a record 1.8 million construction sector workers (87% of the construction industry) intend to vote at next week’s General Election.

Jewson helps Macmillan Cancer Support spread the word on skin cancer

Blokes aren’t as thick-skinned as they might like to think when it comes to skin cancer, so Jewson has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support for Sun Awareness Week to alert them to the issue.

Construction in Australia set to enter a period of weakness

Australia’s construction sector is expected to decline over the next five years due to falling investment in energy and utilities infrastructure and industrial construction, despite the government investments in transport infrastructure and the flourishing housing market.

We must build more affordable homes before they run out, says Shelter

There are only 43 family homes at an affordable price left in London – and one of them is a houseboat, according to Shelter. England as a whole has a mere 42,185.

Building 180,000 homes a year is unachievable, say house builders

A new report on housebuilding has found that delivering more than 180,000 new homes a year is unachievable under current market conditions, according to the opinion of over two thirds of UK house builders.

Northern Ireland sees public sector construction work fall in 2015

Northern Ireland’s construction sector saw an overall increase in activity in the first quarter of 2015 but there was a substantial fall in the amount of public sector work being done, according to the latest RICS and Tughans Construction Market Survey.

Engineers call for political parties to pay greater attention to training

Greater investment in STEM apprenticeship schemes is a top priority to UK engineers, according to
Matchtech’s ‘Engineers’ manifesto’.

Jewson looks to build better communities

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, has been asking people up and down the country to nominate community projects that are in need of a transformation.

Latest BIM survey shows Government on the right track

The Government continues to be driving the industry’s adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) according to this year’s NBS National BIM Survey.

RICS claims England has enough brownfield land for 226,000 new homes

A new report from RICS has suggested there’s enough brownfield land in England to build 226,000 new houses by 2019.

Construction industry needs overhaul to bolster productivity, says new report

A new report published today by The Economist Intelligence Unit says the construction industry needs a major overhaul if it is to bolster its declining productivity.

Strong construction growth in 2015 but election uncertainty to hinder prospects in 2016 and 2017, forecasts CPA

Construction output is forecast to increase 5.5% in 2015 according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association; however, growth is expected to slow in the following two years due to the impacts of election uncertainty.

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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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