Construction and Engineering News

Contracts updated for CDM
April 2015

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has issued amendment sheets for its JCT contracts 2011 in response to the new Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), which took effect on 6 April.

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Turban exemption extended
April 2015

The largest body representing Sikhs in the UK has welcomed a change in employment law allowing Sikhs to wear turbans instead of safety headgear in all workplaces, as well as on construction sites.

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Free BIM measure released
April 2015

A leading international firm of designers, planners, engineers, and consultants has launched a new tool to help assess the maturity and success of Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation within projects.

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Contracts soar in first quarter
April 2015

The UK construction industry has made a flying start to 2015, with new figures showing that contract awards in the first quarter were 47 per cent up on the same period last year.

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Court fees hike set for legal challenge
March 2015

A “tax on those seeking justice” has seen some court fees rise by more than 600 per cent after new charges were brought in earlier than expected.

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Union protests at property giant’s living wage stance
March 2015

Construction union UCATT has held a protest at the offices of the UK’s largest commercial property company over its failure to ensure that construction workers on its sites are paid the London Living Wage.

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‘Battle of the forms’ ends in defeat for both sides
March 2015

A recent court decision has highlighted the importance of clarity in contractual terms and conditions, including in the construction sector.

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Director fined for breaking his own leg
March 2015

The director of a building firm whose leg and ankle were broken when an excavation in Essex collapsed has been fined £15,000.

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England legend: BIM’s a lot like football
March 2015

England World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst has presented contractors with awards to celebrate their work towards achieving the government’s 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirement.

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Training aims to improve contract use
February 2015

NEC, the organisation behind a suite of construction contracts, is offering a series of training courses to help new and established users.

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