Infrastructure

£6 billion investment to rebuild and improve schools across England

Details of how more than £6 billion will be invested to rebuild schools across England have been unveiled by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan today.

Over a third of construction firms anticipate benefits from HS2 project

Over a third (35%) of small and medium sized businesses in the UK construction sector say they believe the high-speed rail project, HS2, will have a positive effect on their business.

£200M social housing work up for grabs for SMEs

SMEs from around the UK are being invited to meet with the procurement consortium Fusion21 to work on projects worth an anticipated £200 million.

Millions of pounds to be invested in local infrastructure

More than £410 million will be spent on major projects across the country, unlocking development and paving the way for tens of thousands of new jobs as well as providing a significant boost to the UK’s construction sector.

New infrastructure projects set to drive engineer contractor demand in 2015

Investment in transport infrastructure will drive demand for contractors in engineering in the new year, according to an analysis by umbrella employment provider, giant group.

New rail academy on track to fill engineering skills gap

The new academy for rail, jointly funded by the government and the rail industry, will give a new generation of young people the skills to succeed says the government.

Merseylink boosts construction crew with local recruits

Merseylink has bolstered its bridge-building crew with the appointment of construction workers from Halton and the surrounding area.

Built environment policies essential for rebalancing the UK economy, CIOB tells MPs

The Chartered Institute of Building is launching a guide for MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates to highlight the strategic importance of construction to the UK economy.

Survey shows industry demands greater government infrastructure investment

Industry professionals have expressed doubt over the status of Government infrastructure plans, and the ability of mega projects such as Crossrail to drive employment opportunities.

Green light for new Shetland power station

Planning consent has been granted for the new Lerwick Power Station which will improve electricity supplies on the Shetland Islands, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced.

New infrastructure guarantee for Speyside renewable energy plan issued by treasury

The Treasury today confirmed it will guarantee bonds worth up to £48.5 million for the Speyside Biomass Power project located in Moray, Scotland.

Green light for two major health projects

The Scottish Government has approved two health projects, totalling more than £90 million, as part of a continued drive to deliver modern health facilities in Scotland’s communities.

Transport infrastructure spending in the North set to quintuple

Figures released today reveal that planned spending on transport infrastructure in the North of England could increase by up to five times if an investment plan unveiled this week gets the go ahead.

Work starts on modular buildings for £121M MOD contract

Caledonian Modular, part of the Caledonian Group, has started work on a £121 million Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) contract for Hercules, a joint venture between Kier Group and Balfour Beatty.

Mayor to launch London Infrastructure Plan 2050

Boris Johnson is launching a consultation on his London Infrastructure Plan 2050, which looks to addresses the question of how to provide Londoners with the homes, water, energy, schools, transport, digital connectivity and better quality of life that they will require.

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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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