• Superstructure design challenge

    Bentley Education’s Digital Twin Design Challenge is a student contest to reimagine a realworld location and design a structure using the Minecraft video game.
  • 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.
  • New NHQB code

    The New Homes Quality Board (NHQB) has published a code of practice for the housebuilding industry and is working to oversee the creation of the New Homes Ombudsman Service to provide “robust independent redress” for new build buyers who have “issues with their new home or developer”.
  • Toilets amend to Building Regs in NI

    Northern Ireland Finance Minister Conor Murphy (pictured, right) has announced changes to building regulations, which make Changing Places toilets a requirement in buildings commonly used by the public. The statutory guidance will apply to certain types of new buildings or existing ones where there is a material change of use. It will come into effect on 30 June 2022
  • Free mentoring for digital skills

    Digital Construction Skills (DCS) has launched a free mentoring service to support businesses in implementing digital processes and techniques. DCS is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board to help construction companies develop the skills they need to drive digital transformation in their business.
  • BREEAM Awards winners announced

    BRE has revealed the winners at the BREEAM Summit and Awards 2022 – a thought leadership and networking conference followed by a celebration of sustainable building design.
  • New CSIC Low Carbon Learning course

    The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is expanding its Low Carbon Learning programme with a second free-to-att end course focused on the fabric and structure of sustainable buildings. Supported by Skills Development Scotland through more than £175,000 from the National Transition Training Fund, CSIC is off erring valuable training for people in the construction sector looking to upskill and reskill.
  • 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.
  • Building Safety Manager role under threat

    The UK Government has taken note of concerns raised by leaseholders about the structure of the future safety regime outlined in the Building Safety Bill and is removing the duty to appoint a Build-ing Safety Manager (BSM).
  • Stewart McArthur's year as President

    It only seems like yesterday I was writing my first President’s welcome, and what a year it has been. I have met many members from all over the UK and Ireland, and while I have unfortunately not been able to physically visit the international chapters, I have enjoyed the opportunity to present virtually at both the Malaysia and Hong Kong chapters.
  • CITB chief campaigns for ex-offenders in pilot scheme

    Tim Balcon, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has written to construction employers to invite them to take part in a pilot scheme that will not only offer job opportunities to ex-offenders but help employers fill their skills gap.