Infrastructure

Bidding gets underway for new UWE law building

The University of the West of England in Bristol is inviting contractors to tender for works at a new Faculty of Business & Law building at the University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus.

Public consultation wanted on UK infrastructure needs, shows research

The public need to be convinced that tough choices on upgrading national infrastructure are necessary, according to a new poll of more than 1000 members of the public by Ipsos MORI for the CBI.

Balfour Beatty begins £73m coastal project

Balfour Beatty has started work on a £73m coastal defence scheme in the north west of England which is designed to protect 12,000 businesses and homes and businesses from flooding and regenerate parkland for community use.

Prices 'will outstrip costs for five years'

The cost of infrastructure is set to rise as the UK emerges from recession, the RICS is claiming, with tender prices forecast to outstrip cost rises over the next five years.

Crossrail tunnelling three-quarters complete

Crossrail says its tunnelling operation is now three-quarters complete, after one of its five remaining tunnelling machines completed boring into Whitechapel Station last week.

JPG works with Gregory in Rotherham

Civil engineering consultancy JPG Group has been appointed to advise on a planned shopping centre on a remediated site near the centre of Rotherham.

Wilmott Dixon near completion on £4.9m fire station

Willmott Dixon has held a topping out ceremony to celebrate completing the main structure of a new £4.9m fire station it is building in south London.

Crossrail to extend to Reading

Crossrail is to be extended as far as Reading under new plans unveiled by the Department of Transport and Transport for London (TfL).

Mersey project 'to start in weeks'

The development team behind the Mersey Gateway Project say chancellor George Osborne’s commitment to provide a £270m guarantee for the scheme means construction can now start on it in the next few weeks.

Budget pays for pothole repairs - with stamp duty hike

George Osborne has promised an extra £200m will be made available for local authorities to bid for pothole repairs.

BSI presses ahead with flood standards

Business standards company BSI has developed a new standard for surface water flood risk management, even though the government’s long-awaited standards on a key part of such risk management have still not been published.

Pipeline survey 'shows up missing £60m'

The government’s pipeline of future building and infrastructure projects is not taking account of £60m projects it has committed to but not yet fully signed off, industry consultancy Glenigan is claiming.

Costain wins £150 Crossrail North East Spur

Costain has won an £150m contract from Network Rail that covers most of the north-east surface section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

Mouchel beefs up infrastructure team

Mouchel's maritime business has made three senior appointments ahead of Mouchel Infrastructure Services plans to recruit 600 engineers and consultants by the end of this year.

Merthyr bridge gets underway

Work on the most visible symbol of Merthyr Tydfil’s £24m town centre regeneration progamme has reached a key phase with the installation of an 18.5 metre high steel arch that forms part of a new bridge across the River Taff.

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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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