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MyTAG to support skills certification

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.

Construction turns the focus to values

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 and BESA partner to join-up digital construction

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.

Calls for new safety regulator to have more power

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.

Looking to the regions

Crane surveys show business buoyant in construction markets in four cities around the UK, no doubt tipping a growth in FM opportunities too.

Home Office opens fire safety consultation

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.

Carillion collapse: construction industry blames auditors

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.

Directors of fit-out firms disqualified

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.

Construction Products Association looking for FM's help

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.

UKGBC offers circular economy guidance

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.

CMA busts fit-out cartel

Five office fit-out firms will pay fines totalling £7m after admitting to being involved in a cover bidding cartel.

Interserve awarded hospital contract in Wales

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.

100% Hackitt campaign launched

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.

RIBA, CIOB and RICS launch quality tracker tool

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.

Cushman & Wakefield buys into design & build

Recent years have seen the big property services groups moving rapidly in the direction of becoming 'full service' providers and managers of work environments.

Construction insolvencies jump after Carillion liquidation

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.

Hackett worries about another Grenfell

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.

Another Carillion loose end tied up

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.

BIM: challenges and opportunities for FM

BIFM has published a new Leaders' Forum report focused on the challenges and practical solutions for embedding building information modelling processes across the sector.

UKGBC launches circular economy programme

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 locks up West Yorks police deal

Interserve has been appointed as the single principal supply chain partner for a force-wide security services framework at West Yorkshire Police.

BCO publishes guidance on health and wellbeing

A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.

Call for combustible cladding moratorium

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.

Industry bodies largely positive on Hackitt Review

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.

Campaign focuses on air pollution in construction

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.

Carillion fallout continues

Following news of Carillion’s liquidation on Monday, question marks over the stability of another government supplier have emerged.

Retentions issue coming to parliament

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.

Change at the top in Interserve

Bruce Melizan, Managing Director of Interserve Support Services, has stepped down from the board as part of the organisation's ‘Fit for Growth’ programme.

Group warns on risk to subcontractors' money

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.

BIM: take-up grows but challenges remain

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.

Scotland looks hard at BIM progress

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.

BIFM takes on design and construction process

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'.

BSI updates FM briefing standard

BS 8536-1, Briefing for Design and Construction: code of practice for facilities management, has been revised and extended.

Interserve marks BIM milestone

Earlier this month the support services and construction group became the first main contractor to be certified as BIM Level 2 compliant.

BIM: private sector challenge remains

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.

BREEAM for refurbs and fit-outs launched

The latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability rating schemes has been unveiled, focusing specifically on refurbishment and fit-out projects.

Sustainable building test site gets underway

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.

Nationwide offers working at height app

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.

Challenging the perception that sustainability costs

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.

BIM bandwagon rolls on

The rate of take-up of building information modelling is high and accelerating, according to the fourth annual NBS National BIM Survey.

RICS warns on BIM challenge

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.

FM leaders tackle construction

The BIFM's most recent FM Leaders Forum focused on early engagement of facilities management in the construction process.

BIM is the future: survey

Results from a major survey of views on building information modelling found over 70% of respondents declaring it the 'future of project information'.

Diversity pays

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.

CIC unveils BIM hubs

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.

BIM gets a boost

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.

Cracking the BIM code

Building Information Modelling is becoming a major subject in the design and construction sectors, which means FM needs to get involved too.

Interserve launches new school formula

The construction to services group has unveiled an innovative solution that reduces the cost and time of school construction by 25%.

Joint low carbon construction plan due

The Government has announced that it intends to work with the construction industry to 'decarbonise' the built environment by 2050.

Builders' art

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.

Sign of the times: specialists struggle

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.

Contractors think different to survive

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.

Seismic shift in European construction in the works

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'.

Industry calls for clarity on cuts

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.

Businesses set to throw away millions on unnecessary fit-outs

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 industry needs sustainability milestones

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.

RICS launches fit-out rating system

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.

Other shoe drops on bid-rigging issue

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.

Soul searching in the construction sector

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.

Companies respond to OFT fines

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.

Bid-rigging decision: 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.

Government announces carbon fitness review for construction

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.

Construction industry to get top-level champion

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.

EC Harris warns on tender pricing

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.

Tender prices falling as prospects look grim

Tenders prices for building work are falling as contractors compete for shares of an ever smaller pie.

Tender prices fall as building work slumps

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.

Where have all the leaders gone?

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.

Building work prices ease

A bit of good news for a change - tender prices for building works are falling.

Sharp rise in building tender prices

No surprise here: the price of new construction work rose sharply in Q4 2007, with tenders rising well ahead of general inflation.

CIOB advises on waste plans

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.

Site waste management plan regulations due

April will see the introduction of new regulations covering any construction project in England costing more than £300,000.

Tender prices continue to rise

Tender prices are set to show a solid increase despite market volatility, according to the latest survey by consultants EC Harris.

BSRIA laments gaps in info

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.

Construction top 100 revealed

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.

Green strategy not joined up, says CIOB

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.

HSE warns on refurbishment risks

The Health & Safety Executive has declared that almost a third of refurbishment sites are putting the lives of workers at risk.

Green building cheaper than we thought

A major new survey concludes that the cost of green construction is typically over-estimated by 300%.

The future has to be green, CIOB says

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.

Baffled by fit-out jargon?

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.

Construction gets sustainability goals

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.

Skanska BSF project to pilot 'waste neutrality'

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.

Olympics effect driving up building costs

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.

Surge expected in works tender prices

Tender prices for building works are set to rise faster than previously expected says real estate consultancy EC Harris.

OFT reveals biggest bid rigging investigation

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.

Construction industry: go green or die

The UK construction industry faces commercial extinction if it does not come up with building designs that help people adapt to climate change.

New website offers waste guidance

A new website that provides small businesses with guidance on their environmental obligations has been launched.

Building Regs consultation 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.

Corruption common in UK construction, CIOB says

Over half of UK construction professionals believe that corruption is commonplace within the industry according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Building.

Ground-breaking agreement on Olympic construction

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.

Construction industry still failing on green agenda

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 on the up

Construction tender prices are expected to rise faster than retail price inflation, according to a forecast by international consultancy EC Harris.

Construction industry plagued by 'culture of fear'

Senior managers in the construction sector are blaming an atmosphere of 'corporate caution' for the obstructions they face when it comes to making decisions.

Constructing Excellence launches customer relations toolkit

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 launches building alterations tool

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.

OFT targets Midlands contractors

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.

Survey shows managing risk is top concern in built environment

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 star sings praises of recycled material

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.

Built environment gets new change organisation

A new organisation has been formed to drive forward change in the UK built environment industry.

CIOB launches 'good timber' guide

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.

BCO rewards Duffy for 'unique' contribution

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'.

Builders look to women to ease skill shortages

The construction industry is calling for thousands of women to train as builders and other trades people to help ease a growing skills shortage.

Inquiry slams Holyrood process

The Scottish Parliament building is three years late and almost £400m over budget. Now we know why, but will heads roll?

New centre of excellence for fire safety research

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.

Lower margins put construction firms in danger

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.

Building control functions to be tested

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 gets out of US construction

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 wins interior contract for Durlacher

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.

Web tool for managing risk in concrete repair launched

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.

Construction industry throws weight behind H&S

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.

Best practice a 'myth' says report

The commonly accepted notion of 'best practice' is a myth according to an academic report comparing the construction and aerospace industries.

Companies say ‘no' to building corruption

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 does second deal with Nottingham Trent University

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 will not Galliford Try again

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 demolition becomes e-learning opportunity

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.

Red alert on green building regs

The time for building planners and developers to prepare for new environmental regulations is now, a construction law expert has warned.

Price over partnering

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.

Leasing option for affordable fit outs

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.

NHS business is building

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.

Construction industry 'improving' says study

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.

1bn lost to poor communication in construction

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.

CIC says construction should get higher government profile

The Construction Industry Council has expressed disappointment that following the government reshuffle, construction has been packaged with small business at the DTi.

NAO report reveals cost overruns on 13 Arts Council schemes

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.

Amec to quit majors group

Britain's biggest construction company is pulling out of the Major Contractors Group.

BT launches online service for building projects

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.

New build in half the time?

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.

BRE tackles building handover problems

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 starts digging London's biggest student village

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.

Best practice pays off, says DTI

To be precise - £362m in profits over the past four years, according to construction minister Brian Wilson.

New Yorkers to share views on World Trade Center designs

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.

Construction client group folds

The Confederation of Construction Clients has shut itself down, pending replacement with a new organisational structure next year.

Construction growth trend holds firm

The construction sector in the UK continued to expand strongly in October, marking the 45th consecutive month of growth.

Minister to open CIB construction conference

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.

Why your construction costs could be up by more than 10%

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.

Putting more force behind DDA regulations

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has published proposed new rules to ensure that all buildings are fully accessible to disabled people.

Call to arms goes out for battle against retentions

Trade contractors are stepping up their campaign to smash the hated retention system as a government lobbying campaign swings into action.

Kier wins £29.5m Whitehall design and build

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 rivals in auditions for BBC work

Two firms are in the frame for a £50m deal to build BBC Scotland's new digital broadcasting centre in Glasgow.

Five chosen for NHS Estates pilot

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.

40% of architects say ‘don't rebuild the WTC towers'

Nearly 40% of UK architects are against the rebuilding of New York's World Trade Centre, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September.

Minister says Rethinking Construction is the future!

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.

London aims high for 20 new towers

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.

'Rethinking Construction' initiative to be extended

Construction Minister Brian Wilson is due to announce today that Rethinking Construction" will be extended for another two years."

Design and construction industry launches new alliance

A new body was launched today to improve communication between the design and construction industries.

Bechtel to take over Laing's National Physical Laboratory contract

Bechtel has been drafted in to sort out Laing's contract to rebuild the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in west London.

Safety central to new construction body

The construction Minister has placed health and safety at the top of the agenda for the industry's new Strategic Forum.

Carillion snubs risky Welsh job

Carillion is the latest contractor to walk away from the Wales Millennium Centre, claiming the £60 million scheme is too risky" to take on."

Construction transfers to DTI

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.

Lack of skyscrapers will damage London, says Ken

London mayor Ken Livingstone has warned that London's economy will suffer if more tall buildings are not allowed in the capital.

Task force initiative on construction procurement

The Local Government Task Force (LGTF) has launched the first ever practical guide to implementing Rethinking Construction for local authorities.

Sir John Egan to chair CIB successor group

Sir John Egan has stepped in to head a new industry strategic forum following the demise of the Construction Industry Board.


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BIM: why contractors and FM providers need to work together

Building information modelling is not new. Nor is the tension between building contracting and facilities management. Mike Knapp argues the case for closer collaboration.

A brief history of Carillion

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.

Fire Safety - Filling in the Gaps

Malcolm Brown writes: October 1st saw the biggest reform of fire safety law in England and Wales in over 30 years.


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Pre-construction: the devil is in the detail

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.