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Surveyors proving to be slow on the uptake with BIM

Surveyors proving to be slow on the uptake with BIM

28 Aug 2015: Half of surveying firms have yet to start using building information modelling (BIM) on a regular basis, despite most of them recognising that failure to do so is a mistake. more »

After 30 years, Jamie Boot moves upstairs

After 30 years, Jamie Boot moves upstairs

28 Aug 2015: Contractor/developer Henry Boot is having a boardroom shuffle. more »

Balfour Beatty fined for dropped load

Balfour Beatty fined for dropped load

28 Aug 2015: A Balfour Beatty company has been fined after a worker was injured by a half-tonne load dropped from a crane after it escaped the slings. more »

Ductwork apprentice standards approved

Ductwork apprentice standards approved

28 Aug 2015: Standards which future apprentices in the ductwork and service and maintenance sectors of the building engineering services industry will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained government approval. more »

‘This glove will self-destruct in two years’

‘This glove will self-destruct in two years’

28 Aug 2015: Concern about construction workers’ old gloves filling up landfill sites has led to the development of what is said to the world’s first fully biodegradable synthetic work glove. more »

Slough petitions against rail depot plan

Slough petitions against rail depot plan

27 Aug 2015: Slough Borough Council has submitted a petition against government plans to build a railway depot in Langley. more »

Aggregate Industries boss jumps to Breedon

Aggregate Industries boss jumps to Breedon

26 Aug 2015: Breedon Aggregates co-founder and chief executive Simon Vivian is stepping aside, to be succeeded by Pat Ward from Aggregate Industries. more »

New boss for roof truss supplier

New boss for roof truss supplier

26 Aug 2015: Alex McLeod is the new managing director of roof truss manufacturer Crendon Timber Engineering. more »

Sellafield workers step up industrial action

Sellafield workers step up industrial action

25 Aug 2015: Construction and maintenance operations at the Sellafield nuclear power plant is set to be disrupted as workers from nine subcontractors take further industrial action in a dispute about union representation. more »

More appointments at WSP

More appointments at WSP

25 Aug 2015: WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has recruited three new technical directors. more »

Marshalls has eye out for acquisitions

Marshalls has eye out for acquisitions

28 Aug 2015: Marshalls, the paving block and landscaping products supplier, saw its pre-tax profits rise 48% in the first half of 2105 and is hungry for more growth. more »

Self-healing concrete trials start

Self-healing concrete trials start

28 Aug 2015: Field trials of self-healing concrete have begun at the Heads of the Valleys highways improvement project in South Wales. more »

Builders call for Cabinet Office SME target to be extended to local government

Builders call for Cabinet Office SME target to be extended to local government

28 Aug 2015: The government’s Cabinet Office has outlined plans to spend a third of its procurement budget on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). more »

Housing maintenance workers in dispute

Housing maintenance workers in dispute

28 Aug 2015: There is continuing industrial unrest at Staffordshire housing association Aspire Housing, with construction maintenance workers staging a 24-hour walkout on Tuesday 1st September. more »

Private equity firm set to take over Imtech UK & Ireland

Private equity firm set to take over Imtech UK & Ireland

27 Aug 2015: Private equity firm Endless LLP is in exclusive talks to take over the UK and Irish operations of M&E contractor Imtech. more »

Carillion on course despite softer orders

Carillion on course despite softer orders

26 Aug 2015: Carillion has reported strong growth in its UK construction activities in the first half of 2015, contributing to a 21% leap in group revenues, although new orders slowed. more »

Approval for Worcestershire Parkway

Approval for Worcestershire Parkway

26 Aug 2015: Worcestershire County Council has granted planning permission for a new £22m railway station. more »

Sita Sembcorp tells CNIM Clugston to respond to exploitation claims

Sita Sembcorp tells CNIM Clugston to respond to exploitation claims

25 Aug 2015: Sita Sembcorp is urging the main contractor building its waste-to-energy plant in Teesside to respond to union allegations of worker exploitation. more »

Wash tidal gauge improves flood forecasting

Wash tidal gauge improves flood forecasting

25 Aug 2015: A new tidal gauge has been installed at a cost of £6m in The Wash, 4km off the Lincolnshire coast. more »

Haulage firm hammered for fatal ladder fall

Haulage firm hammered for fatal ladder fall

25 Aug 2015: A Norfolk-based haulage company has been fined £150,000 plus £88,000 costs after a driver died from injuries sustained from a fall from a ladder. more »

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