• Constructing exellence

    Gilbert & Goode was awarded Highly Commended Building Project of the Year for its affordable housing development at Praze-An-Beeble, Cornwall, and the firm’s Pre-Construction Manager Callum Yeowell was named Future Leader at the Constructing Excellence South West awards, held online in December.
  • HS2 2021 graduate recruitment scheme

    HS2 has offered the opportunity to join one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects with a two-year graduate recruitment scheme.
  • True cost of DIY disasters

    During UK lockdown, Google searches for DIY topics increased by 35%.
  • The future of MMC

    Prefabricated homes have been long-heralded as the future of house building; but if the arguments for homes to be manufactured like cars are so compelling, why is factory-built housing not more common? 
  • HSE announces new Chief Inspector of Buildings

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced the appointment of a Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
  • Green roof supply jeopardised by Brexit border disruption

    Construction managers overseeing domestic and commercial projects incorporating green roofs need to plan carefully to best manage supply chain issues created by Brexit.
  • Social value

    How much is social value worth to a business, asks Be Ethical Training?
  • Lockdown highlight energy waste

    Acuity Brands’ second annual State of Energy Management report gave an interesting insight into building management considerations for business premises that remain empty during Covid-19 lockdowns.
  • Leadership in tackling the climate emergency

    Action to confront the climate emergency is at the forefront of the Society for the Environment’s (SocEnv) work, and, with the eyes of the world on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, SocEnv is committed to helping individuals and organisations make 2021 a year of substantive change.
  • Engineering adverts reimagined

    Openreach is radically changing the language it uses in its recruitment adverts after new research from Exeter University revealed that hidden bias deters more than half of female applicants.
  • EU trade deal

    Following the EU trade deal reached in December 2020, the construction industry is relieved that the worry of tariffs and quotas has apparently been avoided.
  • Smarter meter guidance

    To aid with the smart meter roll-out in domestic new build properties, the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) has published new guidance.
  • Wales puts safety first

    The Welsh Government has published updated editions of Approved Document B (Fire safety) volumes 1 and 2, including changes to Appendix A (Assessment in lieu of tests) and an updated edition of Regulation 7 (Materials and Workmanship).
  • BBA and Barbour partner

    The British Board of Agrément (BBA), the UK’s building product certification organisation, and Barbour Product Search, the online product directory for building product manufacturers, are uniting to assist companies wishing to develop sustainable, innovative product development practices.
  • Green homes training

    In September 2020, the government launched the Green Homes Grant scheme. Homeowners and landlords can apply for vouchers to contribute to the cost of energy-saving home improvements – up to £5,000 for most homeowners, or £10,000 for low-income households.
  • Supporting construction

    The recovery in construction activity that was reported in Construction PMI data can be accelerated if the Government takes decisive action in its March Budget, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
  • Hope in the face of adversity

    While the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis on employment and the economy still await to be seen, Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA) has been embarking on a vigorous series of initiatives aimed at attracting people from all age groups, skill sets and backgrounds to boost the workforce in the tool, plant and equipment hire sector.
  • Ongoing Grenfell inquiry

    In January 2021, the Grenfell inquiry was suspended because of rising Covid-19 infections in London.
  • Welcome message February 2021

    The beginning of the year might not have been the fresh start we hoped for. The UK is in the midst of its third lockdown and we are already onto our second Construction Minister of the year.
  • Insurance Standards

    UK warranty and insurance provider for new homes NHBC has launched the 2021 edition of its technical Standards. Effective for every new home covered by an NHBC warranty where foundations are begun on or after 1 January 2021.