Unite

Unite Students secures planning approval for Portsmouth development

Unite Students has received resolution to grant planning approval for the development of a 0.8 acre site in Portsmouth city centre. The site will provide a home for 836 students and completion is anticipated in time for the 2016/17 academic year.

FMB hammers out two-year deal on wages with Unite

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed to a two-year pay deal that will see standard wages rise by 2.5% this year and 3.0% in 2015.

UNITE secures planning approval for new £93m student accommodation development in Islington

UNITE has received planning approval for the development of a new student property in Islington, London - which will house around 900 students.

Unite tops out London student block

Balfour Beatty and developer Unite have taken part in a topping out ceremony for a new ten-storey student accommodation block in central London following the completion of the structural construction phase.

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.

Blacklisting law firm fights on, despite new scheme

A law firm representing 100 construction workers who claim they were the victims of blacklisting says it is pressing on with its High Court action over the issue, despite a compensation scheme launched by eight of the companies involved.

Vince Cable asked to intervene in blacklisting scandal

MPs are calling on Vince Cable to agree a full-scale probe into blacklisting in the construction industry, following allegations by the Unite union, that it is still taking place.

Anger over PM’s blacklisting claims

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has expressed anger over the prime minister's comments on blacklisting.

Hanson Building Products faces strike over holiday dispute

Hanson Building Products - a brick company near Peterborough - faces massive disruption due to a continuous strike by 13 burners from Monday 8 April in a dispute over holidays, the union Unite has warned.

Unite calls for Leveson style inquiry into blacklisting

Unite has described the blacklisting of construction workers as a national scandal on the scale of phone hacking and is calling for a 'Leveson style' inquiry.

55,000 engineering construction works accept 7.7% 3-year pay deal

Unions representing around 55,000 engineering construction workers have agreed a 7.7% pay deal over three years from 2013 to 2015.

Mansell takes Reading student accommodation

Mansell has won a £22.3m contract to build seven multi-storey student accommodation blocks in Reading for Unite.

UNITE enters into joint venture with Oasis Capital Bank

Student accommodation developer UNITE has established a five year joint venture worth £194m with Oasis Capital Bank from Bahrain, to develop three schemes in London.

Build Britain out of recession, say Unite

An action plan to kick-start the social housing building programme for the 4.5m on waiting lists, was today launched by Unite.

Builders picket power station

Hundreds of unemployed construction workers, being refused work at the Staythorpe power station, will today carry out demonstrations outside the site.

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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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