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Sat April 21 2018

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Special feature: Scaffolding & Access

System scaffold gives Big Ben the once-over and special goods hoist gives Canary Wharf a lift

Special feature: Safety

Technology is no panacea, but here are three ways in which it can make construction safer

Special feature: Attachments

Investment in specialist attachments has taken a waste company into demolition. Meanwhile a piling firm has launched a dedicated attachments division

Special feature: Plant Hire

New plant hire firms find their footing, LED light towers have a bright future and why “diesel is still king”.

Special feature: Building Information Modelling

BIM has been the ‘next big thing’ for several years now. But has it really delivered any benefits yet?

Special feature: Recruitment & Training

CITB decides it's time to rethink its role in the industry. And are we succeeding in attracting more women to construction?

Special features: Earthmoving

Shifting the earth on England’s biggest road project and standing by for the first HS2 muckshifting packages

Special Feature: The decline and fall of Carillion

Phil Bishop pieces together the story of the biggest corporate failure in UK construction history.

Special feature: Cladding

Clever cladding – from Lafarge Holcim’s photo-voltaic concrete to re-roofing Leicester University’s famous engineering building

Selected features:: Archived stories

Why ‘mega-projects’ fail; see-through wood; building the Met Office’s new super-computer; Crossrail’s fit-out phase – and more

Selected features: Plant

JCB lifts the lid on top-secret project; why entrepreneurs should keep it in the family; scientists develop seismic bridge solution – and more

Special Feature: TCi Magazine

A collection of recent features including: Consolidation centres; tackling asbestos; Welsh roads and more

Special Feature: Plant Special

CPA studies ‘unintentional operation’, hirers latch on to attachments and how the hire industry recovered from recession

Special Feature: Roads

All change at Catthorpe, one of England’s biggest bottlenecks. Highways England pilots new maintenance contract. And paving with solar panels

Special Feature: Plant

Some of the cleverest developments in lifting technology and an interview with Hewden’s last-ever CEO

Special Feature: Rail

Why did the government call a halt to Network Rail’s upgrade programme?

Special Feature: Piling & Ground Engineering

Who are the top 10 piling contractors in the UK? What’s new in piling equipment? And has London’s basement bubble burst?

Special Feature: Interiors & Fit-out

Phase-change materials for cool schools, smarter contractors needed for smart systems. And Brighton Uni gets a funky refurb

Special Feature: Demolition & Recycling

How demolition contractors are reinventing themselves as experts in waste management – plus other stories

Special Feature: Bricks & Blocks

Masonry is the backbone of the building industry – and for good reason. Brick makers are investing heavily to boost production

Special Feature: PPE on parade

A round-up of recent developments in personal protective equipment and working apparel

Special Feature: Access & scaffolding

How a Danish manufacturer came to the aid of Canterbury Cathedral’s conservators. Plus an analysis of the top 20 scaffolding contractors

Special Feature: Intermat 2015

What was new in the world of construction plant in 2015?

Special Feature: Concrete

Kijstra precast’s brief foray into the UK; manufacturers mine fly-ash deposits; and Laing O’Rourke pours a big slab

Special Feature: Plant and Technology

The latest in drones, tower cranes and the likely demand for plant on HS2

Special Feature: Flood Protection

Amphibious houses, porous concrete and one ingenious businesswoman’s solution to surface-water flooding

Special Feature: Plant Hire

What does the BBC's Crane Gang tell us about the crane hire industry? Recovery sparks a spending spree. Fairfax Plant Hire goes for growth.

Special Feature: Health & Safety

HSE’s “fees for intervention” – they’re unpopular but they’re here to stay

Special Feature: Structural steelwork sector

Billington boss Steve Fareham looks back over his career, but Severfield CEO Ian Lawson has a vision for the future

Special Feature: Cladding & Insulation

German cladding firm Sto wants to work with contractors

Special Feature: Scaffolding & Access

Deja va continues with news that SGB, the UK's most recognisable scaffolding brand is making a comback after an absence of more than five years.

Special Features: Earthmoving

Reborn Hewlett Construction revives stalled Corby scheme Joint venture tackles Sussex coastal realignment

Special Feature: Health & Safety

Interview with Heather Bryant & we look at Cutting the Red Tape ...