Government announce £383 billion infrastructure pipeline

The Government has today published its updated National Infrastructure Pipeline, which shows that planned infrastructure investment has now increased to £383 billion up to 2020 and beyond.

Danny Alexander showcases over £15 billion of opportunities to invest in UK infrastructure

Chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, has launched a guide to investing in UK infrastructure at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Glasgow.

“Radical reform needed to Welsh planning system”

The Secretary of State for Wales will today urge the Welsh Government to undertake radical reforms to the planning system to streamline the development of new infrastructure.

Difficult decisions ahead for UK infrastructure, says report

A new report has highlighted the fact that more frequent extreme weather events will make it increasingly difficult to operate our infrastructure networks in all conditions at the level of service we expect.

Infrastructure bill to let house builders off zero-carbon pledge

The coalition has effectively discarded a pledge to make all new homes "zero-carbon" by 2016, as new legislation in the Queen's speech would not apply to housing built by small developers.

£23 million to build up enterprise zones across UK

£23 million infrastructure investment has been earmarkered for Bristol, Manchester, New Anglia and Leicestershire as part of the government’s plans to build up enterprise zones.

Sustainability is bottom of MPs' priorities, shows survey

A survey of 100 MPs carried out by parliamentary research specialist Dods on behalf of timber industry group Wood for Good has revealed that sustainable construction is at risk of falling off the political agenda in the race to meet the UK’s housing shortage.

Kier stays on track with new contract wins

Kier says its performance so far this year is in line with expectations, with its construction business being boosted by an improved market in both the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Professional CP wins work on junction 19

Professional Concrete Pumping has won a two-year sole supplier contract with Skanska that will see it work on the £191m project to improved junction 19 on the M1.

Liverpool library wins regional RICS award

The redevelopment of Liverpool City Library, which has seen a doubling of visitors since it reopened in May last year, was unveiled last week as the overall winner of the 2014 RICS Awards for the North West.

SPIE wins work at Stansted

SPIE UK’s building services division has won the contract for the second phase of an £80m redevelopment of Stansted Airport.

Costain off to strong start in 2014

Costain says it has got off to a strong start in 2014, with its order book now at a record level of £3.2bn, £200m ahead of where it was at the start of January.

BIM and electronic sign-off gets M25 upgraded early

Using building information modelling (BIM) to provide real-time information and an electronic sign-off process has helped Skanska Balfour Beatty sign off its latest contract to upgrade the M25 22 weeks early, it says.

Kier wins second interchange work with TfGM

Kier Construction has won a £5m contract to build a new bus and tram interchange at Wythenshawe – the second such contract it has won with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

£120 million boost for Sheffield’s infrastructure

The government has announced a £120 million infrastructure investment plan to help bring businesses and jobs to the Sheffield area.

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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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