Construction and Engineering News

Health and Safety – more than just a tick box exercise
January 2016

The construction industry has long been recognized as a high risk working environment so, for many in the industry, the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Fees for Intervention Scheme has been an unwelcome addition to potential business costs.

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Housebuilders accused of sitting on 600,000 plots of land
January 2016

Britain’s biggest housebuilders possess enough land to create more than 600,000 new homes, an analysis by the Guardian has found, raising questions as to whether they are doing enough to solve the housing crisis facing Britain.

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New prisons plan may unlock door to new homes
December 2015

A wave of new homes are potentially set for London amid plans to sell off Wandsworth, Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville prisons.

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Empty gestures must not dominate solid wall ambitions
December 2015

A new market could emerge in the form of solid wall insulation (SWI) as industry campaigners seek to overturn its fortunes.

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Bigger firms will pay biggest price of sentencing overhaul
December 2015

New sentencing guidelines that crack down on risks to workers will come into effect in the new year.

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BIM’s reach still limited
December 2015

Two-thirds of building project contracts do not refer directly to BIM, a new survey suggests.

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Number of new homes rises in 2015 despite recent dip
December 2015

Data recording the registration of new homes this year up to and including September shows a nine percent increase on the same period in 2014.

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Safety crackdown has clients in its sights
December 2015

Nearly half of refurbishment sites targeted by HSE during an inspections blitz were found to be operating below acceptable standards.

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Confusion over loans scheme for builders
November 2015

Builders have claimed only £1m of a £525m government funding pot amid doubts over the scheme’s rules and legal detail.

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Construction death – firms sentenced
November 2015

Two associate companies have been fined after a worker was killed when concrete joists fell on him.

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