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Subcontractor makes contractor pay

Subcontractor CG Group has successfully pursued enforcement proceedings on behalf against construction and roofing contractor Breyer Group Plc.

Martin Hurn’s Futurebuild Events acquires Ecobuild from UBM

Ecobuild will be going back to its roots and become more entrepreneurial, the show’s new owner has said, following its acquisition from UBM.

BRE Innovation Park showcases ZEDPod micro-home that needs no land

An example of a low-cost pod housing solution that is said to require no land has been erected in the BRE’s Innovation Park.

Autumn Statement misses opportunity to boost green investment, says Solar Trade Association

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was a “light touch” representing “business as usual” and it missed an opportunity to give a boost to the renewable energy industry, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Autumn Statement: 40,000 new homes is not enough say estate agents

A much-anticipated part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement to boost housebuilding with funding to deliver 40,000 new homes is “painfully short” of what’s needed, says the National Association of Estate Agents.

Chancellor urged to offer more support to small subcontractors missing out on national infrastructure projects

Small firms are missing out on national infrastructure contacts, with 78% of UK subcontractors not gaining any benefit, according to new research from Bibby Financial Services (BFS).

Murphy wins contract for public realm work with Lendlease at Elephant Park

Construction firm J Murphy & Sons has won a major multi-million public realm contract working on Lendlease’s 9.7 hectare Elephant Park scheme.

Now that's some coffee house: praise for starter home design that recycles used cups

A starter home concept built out of used coffee cups – well, not quite – was praised for its radical ingenuity by industry experts at Grand Designs Live.

Brexit uncertainty is causing housebuilding hold-up claims law firm Clarke Willmott

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit and land value losses is causing private housing developers to hold back on developments, experts at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP claim.

Self-build ‘modulhus’ kit wins £5K prize in Starter Home on a Shoestring competition

A self-build system using timber-frame modules that can be assembled to make a two-bedroom home for less than £50,000 has won the 2016 ‘Starter Home on a Shoestring’ ideas competition.

Value of infrastructure construction contracts plunged 20% in July, says Barbour ABI

Infrastructure construction suffered a sharp deceleration in July, with the value of contracts dropping 20% to £1.5bn compared to June, according to the latest market review from industry analysts Barbour ABI.

Futures Housing adopts groundbreaking SME-friendly procurement contract

A Midlands housing association has become the first organisation to adopt a pioneering procurement contract designed to make it easier for small business to access big contracts.

Portsmouth’s panopticon prison sees its future as site for new homes

A Victorian prison which was at the height of design innovation in its day is to be regenerated to provide homes after the scheme gained planning approval from Portsmouth city council.

Cornish-based steel and concrete reinforcement suppliers Devoran Metals celebrate golden anniversary

Family-run South West firm Devoran Metals is celebrating 50 years of supplying steel and concrete reinforcement products to the construction industry.

Late payment by developers is “crippling” small subcontractors, claims business finance firm

Small construction firms are struggling to manage their cash flow because the big property developers are dragging their feet when it comes to paying them, according to research by Funding Options.

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Features

2017-03-29 11:31

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 10:31

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 11:55

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 17:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

2017-02-28 15:53

As part of an ongoing revamp, the Joint Contracts Tribunal has rolled out an updated suite of standard form construction contracts for Design & Build. John Cleaveley, partner and head of construction at Weightmans LLP, takes a look at the changes

2017-01-04 10:35

As pressure mounts to achieve the government’s housebuilding objectives, the effective regeneration of brownfield land is becoming increasingly important. Builder & Engineer takes a look at the challenges of regenerating contaminated land

2016-12-30 10:15

New colour-coded system will see traditional helmet colour head out of site

2016-12-30 10:04

Building Information Modelling – or BIM as it is more commonly known – has become something of a buzz word for the construction sector since the Government launched its Construction 2025 strategy in 2011. Claire Cameron investigates why firms should be embracing the technology

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