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Construction completes on Middle East Aviation centre

Turner & Townsend has delivered General Electric (GE)’s unique aviation engineering centre in Dubai, which will help fast-growing airlines in the Middle East to dramatically cut costs, increase efficiencies and reduce risk.

Improving economic conditions forecast good news for Thai construction

After suffering a decline during the economic crisis, Thailand's construction industry is now picking up with a more optimistic future outlook, finds a new report by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC).

EDF asks for three-year delay to Hinkley-type reactor in France

The construction of a French nuclear reactor of the same type being planned at Hinkley Point could be delayed by a further three years, the French press is reporting.

UK to build £25m Jamaican prison

The UK is to spend £25m on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences in the Caribbean.

£11.8bn HS2 bidding process opens

Full speed ahead for HS2 as Chancellor announces major milestone whilst at an event in Chengdu, China.

Investigations underway as crane collapse kills 107 people

Authorities in Saudi Arabia said findings will be made public of an investigation into a crane collapse in Mecca which killed at least 107 people.

Irish construction picking up at fast pace

After suffering a contraction during the economic crisis, the Irish construction sector is now rebounding with a more optimistic future outlook.

T&T to deliver multi million pound data hub in Singapore

Turner & Townsend has been appointed by telecommunications provider Telin Singapore to provide project and cost management services for Telin-3 - its latest data centre and telecommunications hub in Singapore.

Ireland’s growing construction sector to aid insurance growth

According to a new report by Timetric, growth in the construction sector is expected to fuel the expansion of non-life insurance in the next three years. Overall, the non-life gross written premium is expected to increase from EUR4.1 billion in 2013 to EUR4.2 billion in 2018, at a forecast-period CAGR of 0.3%.

Astronomers to resume controversial construction of telescope on Hawaii Island

The construction of a $1.4 billion telescope on land considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians will resume Wednesday, according to the nonprofit company behind the project.

Chinese nursing home fire due to 'poor construction'

A Chinese nursing home destroyed by a deadly fire was poorly constructed and top-level prosecutors have been sent to investigate, authorities say.

World's biggest hotel under construction in Mecca

Abraj Kudai is to become the world's largest hotel located in Makkah, also known as Mecca, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers.

T&T win Singapore to Kuala Lumpur high speed rail contract

Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, has been appointed to support the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project by providing a capital and operational cost model for the project.

Construction in Australia set to enter a period of weakness

Australia’s construction sector is expected to decline over the next five years due to falling investment in energy and utilities infrastructure and industrial construction, despite the government investments in transport infrastructure and the flourishing housing market.

First BREEAM In-Use rated office building in Central Asia

Park View Office Tower in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan has become the first office building in Central Asia to gain a certificated rating to the internationally recognised BREEAM In-Use sustainability standard.

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Features

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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