Construction 'now see four quarters of output growth'

Construction activity rose in the first quarter of this year, making it the first time in six years that the industry has seen four consecutive quarters of growth, new figures from the Construction Products Association (CPA) suggest.

Medical man is new NFB head

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has appointed Richard Beresford, currently head of the international division at the British Medical Association (BMA), as its new chief executive.

NFB wants speedier planning on major housing projects

Housing projects of over 1,000 unit should be considered as National Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) and so speeded up the planning system, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) is claiming.

VAT cut 'would boost economy by £15bn'

Cutting VAT on housing renovations and repairs to 5% could boost the UK economy by more than £15bn between 20-15 and 2020, an Experian report backed by 60 charities and trade associations is claiming.

Activity in first rise hat-trick for five years

Construction activity has risen for three consecutive quarters for the first time in five years, figures from the Construction Products Association (CPA) are suggesting.

Changes are on the way - whatever

High profile protests by lawyers are unlikely to make much difference to the big changes going on in legal services, says Peter Baber

A fee too far?

Is the HSE's Fee for Intervention (FFI) system proving as unpopular as speed cameras? Peter Baber finds out

Heseltine wants fewer trade federations

Britain’s growing businesses are being hampered in their quest for advice and support because there are too many trade federations, Lord Heseltine told a National Federation of Builders (NFB) conference this week.

CPA sees business continuing to grow

Construction activity rose for the second quarter in a row in the third quarter of this year, Construction Products Association (CPA) figures suggest, with all sectors reporting a rise.

NFB head to step down next year

National Federation of Builders (NFB) chief executive Julia Evans is leaving the organisation next year after eight years in the role.

SMEs warn on material costs and finance

The construction industry may be recovering, but increases in material costs and a lack of access to finance could still hamper the growth of construction SMEs, two construction trade organisations are claiming.

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.

CPA survey sees return to growth

Construction output improved in the second quarter across all sectors and throughout the supply chain, according to the Construction Trades Survey produced by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

NFB offers BIM support

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has launched a free online diagnostic progamme to help companies who want to incorporate business information modeling (BIM) into their working practices understand how advanced they are in their implementation strategies and what else needs to be done.

Spending review 'must focus on capital investment'

Capital investment to spur economic growth must be the focus of today’s spending review, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) is claiming.

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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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