Scottish construction firms 'see workloads increase'

A rise in private house building and office development activity has helped to drive up workloads for Scottish building firms, according to the latest RICS survey.

New International Standard enhances RICS measuring code

In a bid to promote transparent and consistent global property measurement, RICS has updated its Code of Measuring Practice in line with the newly published International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS): Office Buildings.

Lack of affordable housing is a 'national emergency', says RICS

RICS has called the shortage of affordable housing in the UK a “national emergency” and called for a “coherent and coordinated” strategy to build more homes of all tenures.

Northern Ireland sees public sector construction work fall in 2015

Northern Ireland’s construction sector saw an overall increase in activity in the first quarter of 2015 but there was a substantial fall in the amount of public sector work being done, according to the latest RICS and Tughans Construction Market Survey.

RICS claims England has enough brownfield land for 226,000 new homes

A new report from RICS has suggested there’s enough brownfield land in England to build 226,000 new houses by 2019.

RICS launches nationwide infrastructure competition

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has today launched a nationwide photography competition for people to capture images of major infrastructure projects.

Skills shortage concerns reach highest level since 2008

Skills shortage concerns in the construction industry now stand at their highest level since 2008, with 54% of respondents saying there are insufficient numbers of Quantity Surveyors currently available to meet workloads (up from 41% in Q1 2014).

First female president leads RICS team

Louise Brooke-Smith has become the first female president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the Institution's 146 year history.

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.

House prices rise over the quarter, but drop in April

House prices in the three months to the end of April increased by 2.3% over the previous quarter, although across April alone they actually fell, the latest Halifax house price index suggests.

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.

Farmland prices jump almost 15% in one year

Farmland prices hit yet another record high during the final six months of 2013, having jumped around 15% in the space of a year, says the latest RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey H2 2013.

53% see culture as biggest BIM challenge

Britain’s building industry needs to go through a cultural shift with regard to building information modelling (BIM) if the government’s deadline for using it on all centrally procured projects by 2016, an RICS survey suggests.

Strong house building to drive construction recovery

House building across the UK continued its revival towards the end of 2013 with the private sector leading the way.

Infrastructure 'queue jump' can help to boost regional economy

Ahead of Thursday's Autumn Statement announcement, RICS has today called on George Osborne to spell out a clearer plan for the nation's infrastructure priorities.

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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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