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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.

Striking maintenance workers urge Northwards Housing to intervene in dispute with Mears over pay

Striking repairs and maintenance workers employed by Mears in Manchester are to hold a demonstration outside the headquarters of Northwards Housing today, calling on the organisation to intercede in a dispute over pay.

Construction costs in London are rising, but Manchester is catching up

Rising demand for infrastructure work coupled with a global skills shortage is pushing up the cost of construction projects in London, according to research by Turner & Townsend.

ONS reveals construction output fell 0.7% in March

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show construction output dipped in March, despite a slight a quarter-on-quarter rise during the first three months of 2017.

Labour manifesto offers welcome proposals on skills, but still not enough for SME builders, says industry

At least one part of Labour’s election manifesto has found favour with SME builders – and that’s the proposal to link its housing and skills policy as part of its industrial strategy.

UK’s most considerate sites recognised in national construction awards

Six construction sites from around the country have earned themselves the accolade of being the nation’s ‘most considerate sites’ in a national awards ceremony.

SME builders owed billions, says NFB after Jeremy Corbyn highlights problem of late payment

The UK construction industry is the worst offender of any economic sector for late payment and SMEs bear the brunt, said the National Federation of Builders (NFB), following a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that sought to highlight the problem.

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.

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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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