Construction Careers Weeks To Inspire Next Generation Of Construction Workers

An initiative to address the lack of skill in the construction sector and make the industry more varied and inclusive is calling for businesses to get involved and inspire the next generation of workers. Organised by Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS), a series of Construction Careers Weeks are taking place late this year in Greater Manchester, Birmingham and London. The weeks aim to take optimistic steps in helping to reduce the skills shortage by informing and inspiring the next generation, so they have a better understanding of their built environment, and the varied careers contained within it. Manchester Construction Careers Weeks will begin on the week commencing 24th September

Revised National Planning Policy Framework Provokes Mixed Feelings

The NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) was launched on Tuesday 24th July 2018 by the Government, and it has already received mixed reviews from professionals throughout the planning sector. The updated framework has replaced the last planning policy document that was created in 2012. Describing areas for improvement such as decision making, making effective use of land and protecting the green belt, the NPPF acts as a point of reference of quality and assists planners who are looking to build housing and other developments in the UK. Unsurprisingly, the National Planning Policy Framework has been met by a range of different views across the planning industry. Welcoming the revised fra

Councils Gain Stronger Powers To Tackle Homes Left Empty

Councils all over England will now have the ability to charge even greater Council Tax premiums on properties left empty for many years, following an amendment to a government bill. Introduced in March of this year, this legislation originally contained a provision for councils to double the rate of tax on properties that had been empty for 2 years or more. The government is currently taking further action and introducing an amendment that would give councils the power to triple the council tax on homes left empty for 5-10 years and quadruple it on those empty for more than a decade. Homes that have been empty for between 2 and 5 years would still be subject to the Council Tax bill being dou

Kier Receive £220,000 Fine Following Roof Fall

£200,000 fine has been sent to Kier following a safety breach that led to a subcontractor’s member of staff falling through a roof and suffering “life changing” head injuries. Kier failed to guarantee that its subcontractor, JHH Engineering Ltd, complied with the systems in place. The subcontractor was also fined a reduced sum of £30,000. Southwark Crown Court explained how, on 1 December 2014, Kier Facilities Services Ltd, as facilities manager, asked JHH Engineering to fix a leak that had been found on a flat roof at Downsell Primary School. While doing the repair work, the JHH employee fell, suffering a life-changing head injury. He has been left with significant cognitive effects includi

Brexit Turmoil To Increase Cost Of House Extensions, Says Research

The premium prices, set by insurance providers, for homeowners who want to add an extension are set to increase due to Brexit. Because of Brexit, there is currently a lack of skilled foreign working here in the UK, meaning that insurers are having to increase the price of premiums. Research from ConstructionInsure.co.uk states that high stamp duty rates and house prices have made home improvements more tempting to homeowners than ever before as record numbers of Britons choose to extend their current homes rather than move to a new house. With more than 120,000 EU migrants working in the UK construction sector, many in skilled positions, experts have warned that the building industry is brac

World’s First Family To Move Into 3D-printed House

For the first time in the world, a family in France has moved into and started living in a 3D-printed house. The property is a prototype which consists of four bedrooms and is an effort to speed up the rate of housebuilding and assist affordability. The house has used curved walls to be able to reduce the effects of humidity within the home as well as digital controls for disabled people to improve accessibility. The home took 54 hours to print – with an additional four months for contractors to include things such as windows, doors and the roof – and costs around £176,000 to build which means that it is 20% cheaper than an identical construction using more traditional solutions. The team no

UK Service Providers Indicate “fastest growth of business activity” Since 2017

The most recent IHS Markit / CIPS UK Services PMI shows that these past eight months have seen the “fastest expansion of business activity”, continuing the sector’s recovery since heavy snowfall related disruption last year in March 2017. The report’s findings exposed: Robust and accelerated upturn in business activity New work increases at fastest pace for 13 months Input cost inflation intensifies in June. The data revealed a big rise of new work received by service providers. This rate of new business growth was the quickest for just over one year, which survey respondents credited to successful product launches, new marketing initiatives and improving economic conditions. However, Brexit

Kier Cancels Mackintosh Building Contract

Two weeks after the fire that ruined Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building, both Kier and the school have decided to terminate the contract. Kier Construction was undertaking refurbishment works on the building, a project required due to an earlier fire in 2014 that caused considerable damage. After two years of work and completion in sight, a second major blaze tore through the Mackintosh Building at roughly 11.15pm on 15 June 2018. On 29 June Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction issued this joint statement: “Following the fire on 15 June, The Glasgow School of Art and Kier Construction Limited confirm they have jointly concluded that the current contract for the Mackintosh Bu

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