Infrastructure

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).

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.

Jacobs Engineering wins major UK aviation infrastructure contract at Manchester airport

Jacobs Engineering Group has been contracted to handle multi-disciplinary engineering and selected architectural services in support of the transformation of Manchester airport.

Major bridge work in North Tyneside enters next stage

Major work on a bridge which carries the A19 over Middle Engine Lane in North Tyneside has moved to the second phase.

Crossrail Anglia collaboration leads to isolation split innovation

An integrated Crossrail team has come up with an innovative solution to the problem of moving equipment between work sites.

Infrastructure Commission invites submissions on critical infrastructure challenges

Andrew Adonis, interim chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, today launched a major new Call for Evidence, focusing on three of the UK’s most critical infrastructure challenges.

Infrastructure UK and the Major Projects Authority to merge

The government has today announced that Infrastructure UK (IUK) and the Major Projects Authority (MPA) are to merge, bringing the government’s expertise, knowledge and skills at managing and delivering major economic projects under one roof for the first time.

HS2 Independent Design Panel announced

Appointment of a new independent design panel that will support the HS2 project.

London’s office development at seven year high with over 11 million sq ft under construction

The construction of offices in central London continues to grow as development activity increased by 18% in just six months.

Nine new prisons to be built in England and Wales

Chancellor George Osborne and Justice Secretary Michael Gove have today (9 November 2015) unveiled a major new prison reform programme including plans to build nine new prisons.

Construction begins on new base for the Royal Navy in Bahrain

The Foreign Secretary has attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Bahrain to start the construction of a new Royal Navy facility.

New multifuel power station approved in West Yorkshire

Multifuel Energy Limited has today been given consent to construct the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 Power Station at Knottingley, West Yorkshire.

Steel industry offered additional time to meet European emissions regulations

The government has confirmed the steel industry will be able to take advantage of special flexibilities to comply with new EU rules on emissions, which are now awaiting final approval.

Industry welcomes judgement on £85m Manchester rail link

Planning experts have welcomed a High Court judgement approving an £85m rail connection between Manchester’s two main rail hubs.

£3 million drainage scheme begins on the M5 near Falfield

Highways England is to start work to upgrade and replace sections of the drainage systems on the M5 around junction 14 near Falfield in South Gloucestershire next week.

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2017-05-25 09:41

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 11:47

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 15:27

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 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

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