Infrastructure

Northern business leaders urge Osborne to put money into Northern Powerhouse scheme

Business leaders in the north of the country have urged George Osborne to put money behind his ‘northern powerhouse’ plan in his Budget tomorrow.

Highways England to carry out £600m major road improvements in the North East

Highways England has revealed details of the £600m million investment which will take place in the region by 2020.

Barr Construction completes steel frame at Darlington's £30m Feethams Leisure complex

Barr Construction has reached a key milestone with the completion of the steel frame at a major cinema and hotel development in Darlington.

London hits the high notes with office construction on the rise

Office construction in central London has grown by 24% in six months, taking the total office space now under development to 9.5m sq ft.

Brick manufacturing rising to meet housebuilding challenge

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today reveal that the number of bricks produced in the UK during the first quarter of 2015 is 464 million bricks a rise of 22 million bricks or 5% from the same period in 2014.

Network Rail deploys 14,000 strong army over May Day bank holiday to improve the railway

Thousands of engineers will be deployed to Britain’s rail network over the May Day bank holiday weekend as part of a £50m investment by Network Rail.

Contractor performance and talent shortages weigh heavily on the minds of the global construction industry, finds KPMG survey

Over half of construction project owners have experienced underperforming projects in the previous year despite improvements in project planning and controls, according to KPMG’s 2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey: Climbing the Curve.

Conlon completes library Remodelling Project

Preston-based Conlon Construction has completed a remodelling project to convert a leisure centre in Moss Side into a mixed-use library and community facility.

Government allocates £275 million for local infrastructure projects

Councils across England will receive a share of £275 million for major local roads maintenance, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

Updated Crossrail 2 route protected from conflicting development

The government has updated plans to protect the proposed route for Crossrail 2 from conflicting development.

Industry reaction to the 2015 Budget

Senior figures and organisations give us their thoughts on George Osborne’s Budget 2015 speech

Seddon appointed to £1bn North West Construction Hub framework

Builder and developer Seddon has been awarded a place on the renewed £1bn North West Construction Hub framework.

Osborne bags £20 million university contract

The University of Southampton has awarded Osborne the contract to build its new Chamberlain Halls in Southampton.

First £1million contract for Service Connections

A North East utility infrastructure business has secured its first £1million contract.

House builders plea for government help to boost housing figures

The Home Builders Federation has used its submission to next week’s Budget to request measures to help boost the delivery of much needed housing by introducing a package of measures to move sites more quickly through the development process and give a shot in the arm to small house builders.

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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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