Too much office space? Maybe not, as development starts hit record levels.
A free-to-access embodied carbon database has been launched by the Building Cost Information Service.
Adopting circular economy principles in London could cut 3.5% of the UK’s annual emissions.
The industry must not let up on its commitment to reduce its impact on climate change.
New report aims to better understand how procurement practices are affecting the £10bn fit-out industry and how they can be improved.
The Health and Safety Executive has announced the appointment of Peter Baker to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
The technology group's patented Proof of Identity solution has been selected by NOCN Job Cards for new smart ID cards for the Construction Plant Competence Scheme.
UK construction could soon be on the verge of a fundamental shift towards value-based decision-making involving all key stakeholders in a project.
NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with the Building Engineering Services Association to help drive digital adoption throughout the building lifecycle.
As the board charged with implementing the new Building Safety Regulator meets and government begins to frame its legislation, a leading construction body has called for enhanced powers for the Regulator.
Crane surveys show business buoyant in construction markets in four cities around the UK, no doubt tipping a growth in FM opportunities too.
The call for evidence seeks views and evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for England in workplaces and the parts used in common in multi-occupied residential buildings.
A new survey conducted by public sector procurement specialist Scape Group finds that over 90% of suppliers think the relationship between Carillion and KPMG enabled the company's true financial position to be concealed.
The Competition and Markets Authority has followed up its investigation of illegal cartel behaviour in the office fit-out sector with the disqualification of three company directors.
The CPA is calling for advisors, specifiers and users to take part in a survey that forms a critical part of the construction industry's reform post-Grenfell.
The UK Green Building Council has published a comprehensive guidance document for clients, aiming to promote the practical application of circular economy principles on construction projects.
Five office fit-out firms will pay fines totalling £7m after admitting to being involved in a cover bidding cartel.
Interserve has been awarded a £25m contract by Cwm Taf University Health Board, as part of the next phase of the £36m redevelopment of Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr.
An industry initiative to encourage the government to deliver all of the recommendations contained in Dame Judith Hackitt's report has been launched with the backing of two key industry bodies.
The Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Building and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have launched a new free-to-download tool to improve the quality of outcomes for construction projects.
Recent years have seen the big property services groups moving rapidly in the direction of becoming 'full service' providers and managers of work environments.
2,764 construction firms entered insolvency in 2017/18, 6% up on the previous year. 780 fell into insolvency in the first quarter following Carillion's collapse, up 20% on the previous quarter.
The author of an independent review into fire safety and building regulations has warned it is impossible to rule out another "catastrophic event" like the Grenfell Tower tragedy if changes aren't made to the regulatory system.
Eight months after the collapse of the construction and services group, a way forward has finally been agreed for the stalled new-build Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.
BIFM has published a new Leaders' Forum report focused on the challenges and practical solutions for embedding building information modelling processes across the sector.
The UK Green Building Council has launched a new circular economy programme for the built environment, planned to test the principles on real estate assets and building projects.
Interserve has been appointed as the single principal supply chain partner for a force-wide security services framework at West Yorkshire Police.
A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.
The Construction Industry Council, the broad-based group for built environment professionals, is calling for an industry-imposed moratorium on the use of combustible materials in high-rise cladding systems.
The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, initiated in response to the Grenfell tragedy, reached a culmination with the publishing of its final report last week.
The construction industry group The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched a campaign aimed at reducing poor air quality after a survey revealed that nearly two-thirds of respondents feel the industry is not doing enough on this issue.
Following news of Carillion’s liquidation on Monday, question marks over the stability of another government supplier have emerged.
A solution to the problem of contract retentions could lie in a parliamentary Bill to be introduced by Peter Aldous MP with the backing of a number of trade associations.
Bruce Melizan, Managing Director of Interserve Support Services, has stepped down from the board as part of the organisation's ‘Fit for Growth’ programme.
The Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group is calling for new measures to protect retention monies, against the backdrop of current problems at a number of big main contractor companies.
The annual NBS National BIM Survey, now in its seventh year, provides a snapshot of the understanding and use of building information modelling across the built environment sector. The latest results are the first since last year's BIM mandate.
A new report has placed Scotland and the United Kingdom third and fourth in development of building implementation modelling capabilities of a group of twelve countries studied.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched its latest advice publication, its new 'Operational Readiness Guide: a guide to ensuring long-term effectiveness in the design and construction process'.
BS 8536-1, Briefing for Design and Construction: code of practice for facilities management, has been revised and extended.
Earlier this month the support services and construction group became the first main contractor to be certified as BIM Level 2 compliant.
Central government continues to be the driving force behind the adoption of building information modelling and much of the built environment industry is expecting BIM to become compulsory on public sector projects.
The latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability rating schemes has been unveiled, focusing specifically on refurbishment and fit-out projects.
Ground has been broken on the site of the Green Build Hub, designed to be both test-bed for and centre of knowledge about sustainable building products and techniques.
The UK's leading provider of powered access rentals, Nationwide Platforms, has launched a new app designed to help make finding the right equipment for working at height tasks easier than ever before.
Research from construction services company Sweett and the building research group BRE uses real data to argue that sustainable buildings are not necessarily any more costly to construct than traditional buildings.
The rate of take-up of building information modelling is high and accelerating, according to the fourth annual NBS National BIM Survey.
A cultural change is required if building information modelling is to be properly implemented across the built environment ahead of the government's 2016 deadline for its use on all centrally procured public sector projects, according to RICS.
The BIFM's most recent FM Leaders Forum focused on early engagement of facilities management in the construction process.
Results from a major survey of views on building information modelling found over 70% of respondents declaring it the 'future of project information'.
This year's Construction Top 100 list illustrates clearly that the most successful companies in this sector are also active in other sectors, often the support services.
The Construction Industry Council has launched a series of regional building information modelling hubs around the UK in partnership with the government's BIM Task Group.
The American National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with a UK-based building technology group on the development of new standards for building information modelling, as new research shows the demand for systems is set to grow strongly.
Building Information Modelling is becoming a major subject in the design and construction sectors, which means FM needs to get involved too.
The construction to services group has unveiled an innovative solution that reduces the cost and time of school construction by 25%.
The Government has announced that it intends to work with the construction industry to 'decarbonise' the built environment by 2050.
The Chartered Institute of Building is to make available images from its second annual Art of Building digital photography competition for use on construction site hoardings.
It will come as no surprise: the biggest challenge facing specialist contractors is reduced workload. That's according to the latest State of Trade survey.
Big engineering and construction groups are getting the message: if they want to grow, they need to expand into new services, sectors or geographies, according to the latest industry report from KPMG.
Spain's Grupo ACS has set out to buy Germany's Hochtief with the goal of creating what it calls 'the number 1 infrastructure group in the western world'.
The Construction Products Association has called for urgent clarification of where spending cuts will hit following last week’s announcement of government plans for billions of pounds worth of savings.
A new study by construction and property consultants Robinson Low Francis has calculated that businesses in central London will squander millions of pounds a year and waste considerable resources and materials refitting newly leased offices.
Property and construction do not look like industries that have clear plans for their own future, according to the government's new Chief Construction Adviser.
A new system to rate the environmental impact of office fit-outs has been given its formal launch by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Following the OFT investigation into bid-rigging in the construction sector, which led to fines being imposed on over 100 companies, at least one local authority has decided to seek compensation from contractors.
Constructing Excellence, the industry body charged with driving change in one of the UK's most recession-hit sectors, has published an update on progress since the seminal Egan Report. The news is discouraging, but the path forward looks better.
Construction news websites have been exceptionally busy reporting on details of the Office of Fair Trading action on anti-competitive practices in the sector and the responses of the 103 companies fined.
The Office of Fair Trading's long-running investigation into bid-rigging in the construction sector has culminated today with the notification of fines for the contractors involved.
Business Minister Peter Mandelson has commissioned a review of the UK construction industry to ensure it is 'fit for purpose' to deliver a low carbon future.
Government Ministers today announced plans to appoint a Chief Adviser on Construction to look after public procurement and to promote the interests of the industry.
Contractors and suppliers are cutting prices to secure workload, says building project adviser EC Harris. One result will be a rise in contractor failures over the next couple of years.
Tenders prices for building work are falling as contractors compete for shares of an ever smaller pie.
Contractors are being forced to keep tenders low in an attempt to remain competitive and ride out the recession, as demand for new work dries up.
See if this rings a bell. Results from new research by the Chartered Institute of Building have exposed a worrying lack of leadership within their industry.
A bit of good news for a change - tender prices for building works are falling.
No surprise here: the price of new construction work rose sharply in Q4 2007, with tenders rising well ahead of general inflation.
Site Waste Management Plans became mandatory in England from April 6th. The Chartered Institute of Building has teamed up with recycling group WRAP to offer online guidance.
April will see the introduction of new regulations covering any construction project in England costing more than £300,000.
Tender prices are set to show a solid increase despite market volatility, according to the latest survey by consultants EC Harris.
BSRIA has joined with other built environment industry groups to warn a Parliamentary Inquiry that there are serious shortfalls in knowledge as a result of very low investment in relevant R&D and the loss of public sector asset specialists.
The latest analysis of the European construction sector shows that a third of the top 100 are UK companies - but none of those has made its way into the Euro top 10.
The Chartered Institute of Building has slammed the government's consultation document on a sustainable construction strategy saying it fails to grasp the big picture.
The Health & Safety Executive has declared that almost a third of refurbishment sites are putting the lives of workers at risk.
A major new survey concludes that the cost of green construction is typically over-estimated by 300%.
Construction professionals are virtually unanimous that green building is the future for the industry, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Building.
Maris Interiors, the office design and fit-out specialist, has launched a new guide for those who feel mystified by the terminology involved in an office move or refurbishment.
Reducing on-site waste, using sustainable materials and increasing skills in the workforce are amongst the targets set out for the construction industry in a draft government and industry sustainability strategy.
WRAP, the government-backed Waste & Resources Action Programme, has named a series of projects around the country that will test a proposed Net Waste Method for monitoring efficiency in the use of material resources.
Construction inflation in London is set to rise by three times the rate of consumer inflation over the next two years, says advisors EC Harris.
Tender prices for building works are set to rise faster than previously expected says real estate consultancy EC Harris.
The OFT is in the midst of its biggest ever investigation into bid rigging and is now offering limited leniency for companies willing to cooperate.
The UK construction industry faces commercial extinction if it does not come up with building designs that help people adapt to climate change.
A new website that provides small businesses with guidance on their environmental obligations has been launched.
Recognised that there are 'some issues' with the existing system of Building Regulation - including concerns about compliance, guidance and whether the right things are being regulated - a dedicated online discussion forum has been opened.
Over half of UK construction professionals believe that corruption is commonplace within the industry according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Building.
The government has signed off a ground-breaking vision developed with the construction industry to showcase the best of British construction practices, using the Olympics as a live example.
A report by the RICS reveals the construction industry is still found wanting when it comes to minimising the use of energy in the building process and in transporting materials.
Construction tender prices are expected to rise faster than retail price inflation, according to a forecast by international consultancy EC Harris.
Senior managers in the construction sector are blaming an atmosphere of 'corporate caution' for the obstructions they face when it comes to making decisions.
Best practice group Constructing Excellence has introduced a 'customer relationship toolkit' designed to help users manage relationships more effectively and in line with key performance indicators.
Vicinitee, the web-based business community to property management company, has launched a new module enabling both tenants and landlords to manage the building alterations process more efficiently.
The Office of Fair Trading has searched the premises of 22 companies in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire as part of an investigation into allegations of collusive tendering for public and private contracts.
A new survey carried out by KPMG shows that managing risk is the biggest issue facing construction companies today. Shortage of qualified resources and maintaining a healthy pipeline of work are also revealed as key causes for concern.
WRAP, the Waste & Resources Action Programme, backed by a string of construction and built environment organisations, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of specifying materials with higher recycled content.
A new organisation has been formed to drive forward change in the UK built environment industry.
In the face of growing pressure on all parts of the industry to procure timber from accredited sustainable sources, the Chartered Institute of Building has produced new guidance.
Frank Duffy, a man who did as much as anyone to launch the facilities profession in the UK, has now been recognised with the 2004 BCO President's Award for his 'unique contribution to the art and science of office development'.
The construction industry is calling for thousands of women to train as builders and other trades people to help ease a growing skills shortage.
The Scottish Parliament building is three years late and almost £400m over budget. Now we know why, but will heads roll?
A new national centre of excellence in fire safety engineering has been established by the University of Edinburgh and FRS, the fire division of BRE.
Cut-price tenders to win construction contracts could end up with companies incurring huge losses, according to the latest risk analysis by Atradius, a leading credit insurer.
KPMG has been appointed to develop methods for assessing the service quality of local authority building control operations and to provide pointers to higher level bodies about which services are good and which poor.
AMEC is getting out of the US building business - where it has not building its business. It will mean the closure of several offices.
Skansen - newly relocated to the City itself - has been instructed to undertake the refurbishment of 14,000 square feet worth of headquarters office accommodation for Durlacher Corporation in the City of London.
The BRE says that many cases of concrete repair are being undertaken in an unstructured way and has launched a web tool to help FMs and others assess and manage risk.
The Construction Confederation has called on the government to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive is properly resourced and to take into account suppliers' H&S records when awarding contracts.
The commonly accepted notion of 'best practice' is a myth according to an academic report comparing the construction and aerospace industries.
In an action with 18 other international engineering and construction firms, Skanska has signed an initiative to fight corruption in its industry. The initiative is being taken within the framework of the Engineering & Construction Task Force.
Jarvis and The Nottingham Trent University have achieved financial close on a project to construct and manage a new hall of residence - the next step in the huge transfer deal of 2002.
Rok has made two offers for GallifordTry, but says that now its latest has been rejected, it is withdrawing from any interest in the acquisition.
Salford University's School of Construction and Property Management - the UK's top rated research-led school for the built environment - intends to give students a near hands-on experience of demolition.
The time for building planners and developers to prepare for new environmental regulations is now, a construction law expert has warned.
The Specialist Engineering Contractor's Group surveyed 528 specialists involved in local government contracts across the UK and found out that price still wins over partnering and quality - contrary to central government advice.
Workplace fit out company Morgan Lovell has introduced a lease finance package for companies who want to fit out and furnish their offices without draining their cash reserves.
Bovis/Lend Lease consortium Catalyst Healthcare has been selected to design, build, fund and manage a £170m cancer care centre in Leeds under PFI. Meanwhile NHS Estates has detailed its preferred supplier list for the ProCure 21 initiative.
Sales growth, profitability and ROCE in the construction sector are all better than in many other parts of British industry according to a new report from the DTI-funded Construction Best Practice.
The annual cost of rectifying construction defects caused by poorly detailed drawings and operatives being given incorrect instructions has been put a ¬£1bn and blamed at least in part on inefficient communication.
The Construction Industry Council has expressed disappointment that following the government reshuffle, construction has been packaged with small business at the DTi.
A damning National Audit Office report published today revealed that out of 15 building projects funded by the Arts Council of England, 13 were over budget.
Britain's biggest construction company is pulling out of the Major Contractors Group.
Build Business, BT's online collaboration service for the construction industry, has gone live with a promise that all members of the project team will be able to work more easily and effectively regardless of location.
Construction Minister Brian Wilson has launched a £1.5m research initiative that he hopes will lead to new offices being built in half the time it currently takes.
The Building Research Establishment has launched a new protocol for preparing and handing over a building and its documentation, developed specifically to deal with the shortcomings in current handover practice.
Jarvis UPP has started to build a new student village at Greenwich for which it will also provide FM services for 30 years. The move means Jarvis' investment in the HE sector is now over ¬£300m.
To be precise - ¬£362m in profits over the past four years, according to construction minister Brian Wilson.
The five boroughs of the Big Apple - together with Long Island - are to be joined together in an innovative 'broadcast' meeting to allow residents to comment on the new plans for the downtown site.
The Confederation of Construction Clients has shut itself down, pending replacement with a new organisational structure next year.
The construction sector in the UK continued to expand strongly in October, marking the 45th consecutive month of growth.
Getting better value from construction initiatives is the theme of the Revaluing Construction conference - a theme close to many facilities professonal's hearts, as costs have rocketed by more than 10% in the last six months.
The aggregates levy, PFI and spiralling insurance premiums are to blame for contractors tendering at costs of around 11% more than they did this time last year, says RICS.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has published proposed new rules to ensure that all buildings are fully accessible to disabled people.
Trade contractors are stepping up their campaign to smash the hated retention system as a government lobbying campaign swings into action.
Kier Build, the major projects arm of Kier Group, has been awarded a £29.5m design & build contract to provide a new headquarters building for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Two firms are in the frame for a ¬£50m deal to build BBC Scotland's new digital broadcasting centre in Glasgow.
NHS Estates has selected five companies to deliver construction projects in the North West and West Midlands under the NHS ProCure 21 initiative. The five, selected from 12, are Costain, Interserve Projects, Laing, Medicor and Norwest Holst.
Nearly 40% of UK architects are against the rebuilding of New York's World Trade Centre, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September.
Construction Minister Brian Wilson has urged key construction figures to revolutionise the industry using the Rethinking Construction framework to deliver better sustainability, value and safety.
The architectural profession has rallied behind the concept of skyscrapers in the light of the World Trade Center collapse, as London mayor Ken Livingstone presses forward with plans for up to 20 new towers for the capital.
Construction Minister Brian Wilson is due to announce today that Rethinking Construction" will be extended for another two years."
A new body was launched today to improve communication between the design and construction industries.
Bechtel has been drafted in to sort out Laing's contract to rebuild the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in west London.
The construction Minister has placed health and safety at the top of the agenda for the industry's new Strategic Forum.
Carillion is the latest contractor to walk away from the Wales Millennium Centre, claiming the ¬£60 million scheme is too risky" to take on."
A new department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will take over responsibility from the DETR on green and countryside issues, rural, countryside and sustainable development. It will sponsor the Environment Agency.
London mayor Ken Livingstone has warned that London's economy will suffer if more tall buildings are not allowed in the capital.
The Local Government Task Force (LGTF) has launched the first ever practical guide to implementing Rethinking Construction for local authorities.
Sir John Egan has stepped in to head a new industry strategic forum following the demise of the Construction Industry Board.
Building information modelling is not new. Nor is the tension between building contracting and facilities management. Mike Knapp argues the case for closer collaboration.
Recently, Carillion reported pre-tax losses of £1.153m for the first half of 2017. It is the latest chapter in the sometimes tumultuous history of one of the FM market's most active businesses.
Malcolm Brown writes: October 1st saw the biggest reform of fire safety law in England and Wales in over 30 years.
Having a detailed pre-construction phase undertaken before starting the design and build or upgrade of a data centre facility has a number of major benefits, says Jon Healy.