Construction and Engineering News

Housebuilding drops to three-year low as outlook appears uncertain
May 2016

Housebuilding slowed to a three-year low in March, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit appearing to play a part.

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Palmers Solicitors “delighted” with success of BIMfest seminars
May 2016

Palmers Solicitors, which has offices in Basildon, Thurrock and South Woodham Ferrers, has held three successful seminars on the implementation of BIM in conjunction with Crown Office Chambers, building consultancy Ingleton Wood, ReviCad Limited and three Essex councils.

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Budget backs BIM level three
March 2016

The Government has pledged to develop a new standard for construction to “maintain global leadership.”

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Budget confirms funding for major transport projects
March 2016

The £32 billion Crossrail 2 railway project in London, the HS3 rail link between Manchester and Leeds and widening major trans-Pennine road arteries in the north have all been given backing in the Chancellor’s eighth budget.

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More than a third of contractors risk using unskilled labour – survey finds
March 2016

Confidence amongst construction contractors is at a three year high, according to a new survey, with 48 per cent of respondents saying they feel confident about the year ahead. However, behind this upbeat outlook is a workforce under immense strain with close to half (41 per cent) saying their business was under increased pressure to fulfil contracts.

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Palmers successfully fights costs case in Technology and Construction Court
February 2016

Palmers solicitors has successfully acted on behalf of two clients, in a case relating to a construction claim, at the Technology and Construction Court (TCC).

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Latest ONS forecast shows deeper dip in construction output in Q4
February 2016

Construction output dipped 0.4 per cent, quarter-on-quarter, over the last three months of 2015, according to the latest set of Office of National Statistics (ONS) forecasts.

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Court rules on contract amendments
February 2016

If you insert your own standard terms and conditions into a contract, can you be sure that they will stand up to legal scrutiny?

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Cause for optimism in engineering as sector grows despite challenges
February 2016

Britain’s strong engineering industry is driving productivity, with benefits across the economy, according to new research published in EngineeringUK 2016: The State of Engineering. Engineering is 68 per cent more productive than the retail and wholesale sector, with apprentices making a significant contribution.

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Contracts – making sure the small print doesn’t leave you out of pocket
January 2016

An estimated 2,000 construction related apprentices could be employed to help build the £42.6 billion HS2 high speed rail project – five times the number of apprentices employed on London’s Cross-rail project or the 2012 Olympic build.

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