Coronavirus: Build UK publishes contractual issues guidance

Due to the fast spread of the coronavirus, many in the construction industry are already facing unprecedented issues and foresee further issues – as a consequence, Build UK has published guidance on contractual issues Due to the fast spread of the coronavirus and the continuing escalation in the government’s policy, the situation is changing daily. As all but key workers are asked to self-isolate, as well as site closures and import issues (especially from countries like Italy and China), many in the construction industry are already facing unprecedented issues and foresee further issues as the consequences of the virus escalate. There are a number of practical and contractual issues to cons

Coronavirus update: Support for businesses

Businesses will be able to access government support from today (23 March) to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by coronavirus The chancellor has set out a package of temporary and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The package of measures to support businesses includes: A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England Small business grant funding of £10,000 for a

Coronavirus’ impact on the construction industry

Build UK and CECA take action to support its members amid the coronavirus or COVID-19 impact on the construction industry The coronavirus or COVID-19 has accelerated over the weekend and, along with other sectors such as travel and hospitality, construction will be dramatically and severely affected. Whilst the priority last week was to keep business-critical construction projects open and operational wherever possible, that is likely to change in the weeks ahead. If the government decides to put the country into ‘lockdown’ due to coronavirus, decisions will be taken out of the hands of individual companies and sites may have to close. The impact on the industry’s supply chain, consisting of

£250m wellbeing resort gets the green light in Manchester

Plans for the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester at Peel L&P’s TraffordCity have been unanimously approved by Trafford Council’s planning committee Therme Manchester will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique wellbeing resort never before seen in the UK. With an estimated cost in the region of £250m, it is forecast to attract up to two million visitors per year, within five years, making it the most visited water-based attraction in Europe. Therme Manchester plans At 28-acres, the size of 19 football pitches, the wellbeing resort will be opposite intu Trafford Centre next to Barton Square, with a

The importance of green building to promote wellbeing and sustainability

Sustainable timber construction panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY explores the importance of a green building rating system to promote wellbeing and sustainability In the time since the first green building rating system was established – BREEAM in 1990 – we have come to recognise the potential for buildings to not only safeguard but actively promote health and wellbeing, as well as sustainability. We spend around 90% of our lives indoors – more than enough time for each and every building we encounter over our lifetime to have a tangible impact on our quality of life. Across the world, building regulations and rating systems have evolved to reflect this, helping us to track our progress,

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