Construction output just 0.3% ahead

Construction output only rose by 0.3% in the first quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter, preliminary ONS estimates are suggesting.

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.

CBI unfussed by output decline

The CBI says the latest ONS figures suggesting UK construction output slightly dipped in November are “disappointing”, although it insists there is still a “growing sense among firms that the recovery is taking hold”.

CBI wants 'UCAS for vocational training'

Britain needs a UCAS-style system for vocational training as well as universities if it is to encourage more people to move up the career ladder beyond the minimum wage job, the CBI director-general is claiming.

Autumn statement 'missed opportunity' for home buyers

The Chancellors’ Autumn Statement is a missed opportunity for housing market, the chief executive of one of Britain’s biggest estate agency claims.

CPA welcomes 2.5% output boost

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed ONS figures suggesting that construction output increased by 2.5% in the third quarter of this year, helping to boost UK GDP overall by 0.8%.

Mixed response to Miliband's housing promise

Ed Miliband’s hint that a future Labour government might force housebuilders to build on land they have landbanked at the risk of losing it has received a mixed reception from the construction industry.

FMB welcomes procurement proposals

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says a government consultation aimed at looking at ways of making public sector procurement easier for SMEs is “listening to industry”.

CBI calls for action on infrastructure

The Government needs to speed up its decision making on infrastructure and actually get major projects underway between now and the next election if the recent signs of upturn in the economy are not to be halted, the CBI is claiming.

CBI wants younger construction workforce

By employing a younger, more diverse workforce and streamlining its supply chain the construction industry can overcome the challenges in its way, says the CBI.

Infrastructure spend broadly welcomed

Confirmation of £42.6bn to fund HS2, a further £9bn on other Network Rail upgrades and the biggest road investment since the 1970s have all been unveiled as part of the government’s plans for major infrastructure investment in the Spending Review.

Reserved welcome for Spending Review details

Confirmation of £42.6bn to fund HS2, a further £9bn on other Network Rail upgrades and the biggest road investment since the 1970s have all been included in a detailed report on the Spending Review.

Lack of skills could hold back economic growth

Skills shortages could be holding back growth in construction and engineering the CBI has warned.

CBI: swap wind for nuclear

The CBI is calling for a significant shift in the direction of UK energy policy.

CBI attacks license plan

Commenting on Rita Donaghy’s report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, One Death is Too Many, John McDonough, chairman of the CBI Construction Council, said:

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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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