• The rise of social value

    Robert Walton, Chief Operating Officer at Constructionline, discusses the rise of social value, how it benefits the wider supply chain and the role of procurement in supporting its rise
  • Steel prices on the increase

    Due to world events, British Steel will increase the prices of structural sections for all new orders by £250/t, with immediate eff ect.
  • Putting safety and ethics first

    Culture and attention to whole lifecycle building costs underpin the South East Consortium’s new Procuring For Building Safety guidance
  • Kooltherm K15 announcement

    Following the announcement from the Offi ce for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) regarding Kingspan’s Kooltherm K15 insulation (including two prohibition notices issued by the OPSS in relation to K15) and the withdrawal by the British Board of Agrément of its certifi cate for K15, the National House Building Council (NHBC) has asked registered builder customers for additional information regarding the use of K15 on all sites.
  • DfE appoints The McAvoy Group

    The McAvoy Group is delivering three new educational facilities valued at £40m on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE). One of these, the Cavendish School near Cambridge, will provide a much-needed specialist school for children with autism. It will be the world’s first International Baccalaureate special autism school, with a range of new facilities including multi-functional learning areas, calm and sensory spaces, and a horticultural room.
  • Important safety statement on Kooltherm K15 insulation board

    Following the announcement last month from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) regarding Kingspan’s K15 product (including two prohibition notices issued by the OPSS in relation to K15) and the withdrawal by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) of its certificate for K15, this note explains to NHBC’s registered builder customers the impact on NHBC warranty and/or NHBC Building Control where these are being provided on their sites.
  • CIBSE releases air leakage webinar

    CIBSE has released a webinar on testing for air leakage – the uncontrolled movement of air through a building envelope or component due to the porosity of building fabric materials, interfaces between materials and components and imperfections in the construction of the building.
  • Floating house makes disaster preparedness challenge final

    A team of students from Coventry University have developed a concept for a house that can float whenever a flood approaches and shelter people for at least six weeks during catastrophic weather. The house is attached to four anchoring steel pilings that fix the structure in one place. The walls and roof are constructed using galvanised metal sheets, while multiple recycled plastic barrels are tied underneath the ground floor and act as floatation devices.
  • A taste of the future

    We speak to Dr Tony Hopkin, Midland Heart’s Head of Construction, Quality and Innovation, about his upcoming CABE webinar where he will present the results from the first construction project to model the Future Homes Standard.
  • RIBA Contracts and Law Survey

    RIBA is working with NBS to undertake a Contracts and Law Survey. The UK construction industry is often adversarial, and successful projects rely on clear, timely and proportionate contracting arrangements. As we all face on-going Covid challenges, this is as true now as ever before.