Infrastructure

Camden’s Five Pancras Square wins Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015

A community building in Camden has been crowned the winner of the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2015.

Green light for Princes Quay bridge

Work is due to begin early next year on the Princes Quay bridge in Hull after planning permission was granted by Hull City Council.

‘Let's turn generation rent into generation buy’, says Cameron

David Cameron will promise to launch a housing "crusade" and build 200,000 affordable new homes by 2020.

Osborne eyes local government pension fund mergers to drive infrastructure investment

The 89 local government pension funds will be merged down to half a dozen "British Wealth Funds" that will invest billions in infrastructure, George Osborne has told the Conservative Party conference.

Chancellor's brownfield plans a boost to small builders, says FMB

Government moves to simplify brownfield development as a key plank of their plans to get Britain building will be a boost for small builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Labour’s Lord Adonis to head Osborne’s infrastructure body

A new body to plan infrastructure projects will be chaired by the former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis, the chancellor has announced.

£80 million support package for SSI workers

The government has announced a package to support people who have lost their jobs as a result of the mothballing of SSI’s Redcar plant.

Government publishes National Infrastructure Plan for Skills

The report sets out the results of detailed skills analysis and modelling of the National Infrastructure Pipeline and describes the key challenges faced by sectors and regions.

UK to build £25m Jamaican prison

The UK is to spend £25m on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences in the Caribbean.

£11.8bn HS2 bidding process opens

Full speed ahead for HS2 as Chancellor announces major milestone whilst at an event in Chengdu, China.

£900k upgrade for Warrington motorway bridges

A £900,000 project to upgrade 2 motorway bridges which link the M62 to the M6 near Warrington is due to start tomorrow.

Revamped NHBC Standards rolled out to UK housebuilders

The NHBC has published its new-look Standards for the house building industry.

Report reveals North of England has greatest proportion of empty homes

The Empty Homes Agency (EHA) has called on the Government to do more to bring empty homes back into use as affordable after revealing that the North of England has the greatest proportion of properties standing vacant.

Construction work to start on Hackney housing scheme

Southern Housing Group is starting construction work on its new £12 million development on London Lane, Hackney, this month.

Irish construction picking up at fast pace

After suffering a contraction during the economic crisis, the Irish construction sector is now rebounding with a more optimistic future outlook.

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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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