Infrastructure

CPA forecasts 3.4% output rise

The Construction Products Association (CPA) is forecasting construction output to grow by 3.4% this year and by 5.2% in 2015, although it thinks the tailing off of Help to Buy and delays in infrastructure projects being approved mean the forecast after that is more dicey.

Strike looms over Shetland construction site

Oilfield service company Petrofac says it will be meeting with union representatives this week after a ballot by both the Unite and GMB unions returned a significant majority in favour of strike action over accommodation conditions at a gas construction site in the Shetlands.

Severn Trent signs up with Turner & Townsend

Severn Trent Water has appointed construction consultancy Turner & Townsend to support the delivery of its capital programmes.

Flood resilience 'not an afterthought'

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) says the disruption caused by floods in recent days should refocus local authorities’ minds to make sure that flood resilience is “not an afterthought”.

Mouchel's EM wins Highways Agency contract

Mouchel subsidiary EM Highway Services has won a £160m per annum contract with the Highways Agency that will see it operate, maintain and improve a significant amount of the road network in the West Midlands.

Southall redevelopment gets approval

A plan to redevelop the 1950s era Havelock Estate in Southall in west London has been approved by Ealing Council.

Connect Plus speeds up M25 repairs

Connect Plus, which runs the DBFO contract for the M25, has brought in best practice from the aviation industry to develop a new concrete replacement technique which it says is reducing delays cause by roadworks by 80%.

Edinburgh's Haymarket development moves ahead

Work on one of the biggest commercial developments to take place in Edinburgh in the past decade could now start as early as next month following an agreement to start enabling works and the completion of a number of key pre-lets.

Over half of Crossrail machines use emission controls

More than half of all diesel machinery being used on Crossrail projects has been fitted with emission control technology, a report reveals today – even if that has meant retrofitting it.

Labour pledges 200,000 homes a year

An incoming Labour government would make housebuilding a priority and commit to building 200,000 homes a year by 2020, Ed Balls said this week.

FMB renews call for 5% VAT rate

The Chancellor should use his Autumn Statement to cut VAT on renovation and repair work to 5% if he is really serious about improving Britain’s house building, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is claiming.

Carillion subsidiary made to pay £210,000

A road maintenance subsidiary of Carillion has been order to pay nearly £210,000 for serious safety failings after a motorcyclist was left paralysed after a collision with traffic signs.

Irish construction sector shows improvement

Construction activity appears to be picking up in Ireland, the latest Ulster Bank Construction purchasing manager’s index (PMI) suggests – although so too are input prices, while employment growth remains static.

North East civil engineers 'still not seeing recovery'

Unfulfilled pledges by the government and exclusions by local authorities are preventing the North East of England's infrastructure sector from sharing in the economic recovery now being seen elsewhere in the country, a civil engineering leader of the region says.

Government 'needs to act on energy and housing'

The government needs to use its Autumn Statement to make changes in the energy, housing and infrastructure sectors if the recovery is to be sustained, the Construction Products Association (CPA) is warning.

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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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