TfL takeover of Crossrail welcomed

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/civils/tfl-takeover-of-crossrail-welcomed-21-09-2020/ Transport for London’s imminent takeover of Crossrail’s management has been welcomed by a former chair of the capital’s transport committee. Caroline Pidgeon welcomed the news, reported on Construction News on Friday, that Crossrail’s board has been dissolved after holding a final meeting on Thursday and TfL aims to take direct control over the project by the end … Read More

Accepted CSCS Cards

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We have had a number of enquiries recently from individuals who hold a CSCS card (that they have received after doing a non CITB health and safety test) if they can use that card to undertake CPCS training and testing. We have checked with our CPCS monitors and unfortunately do need to confirm that ONLY CITB Health, Safety & Environment … Read More

HS2 seeks digital innovation to speed up construction

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/hs2/hs2-seeks-digital-innovation-to-speed-up-construction-18-08-2020/   HS2 has launched a search for digital innovations to speed up the delivery of the rail-infrastructure megaproject, and will help to commercialise the most promising ideas from entrepreneurs and smaller providers. The organisation’s Innovation Accelerator programme is seeking ways to improve construction efficiency in three key areas: Process automation, reducing or removing paper-based … Read More

Construction employment suffers worst decline in a decade

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/financial/construction-employment-suffers-worst-decline-in-a-decade-11-08-2020/ The number of people employed in the construction sector fell by 83,000 in the second quarter of the year, new data from the Office of National Statistics. The decline in the three months from the start of April to the end of June was the steepest since the first three months of 2010 when … Read More

HS2 delays loom after judges overturn planning rule

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/hs2/hs2-delays-loom-after-judges-overturn-planning-rule-04-08-2020/   Planning permission required for HS2 work could be delayed after the Court of Appeal ruled councils are responsible for assessing the local impact of works for the project, rather than HS2 itself. The verdict is part of a dispute that began more than two years ago, when Hillingdon Council rejected an application from … Read More

Travis Perkins reports 20% drop in turnover

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/financial/travis-perkins-reports-20-drop-in-turnover-28-07-2020/ Revenue at Travis Perkins was down 20 percent for the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. In a trading update this morning, the builders merchant reported a turnover of £2.78bn, compared with £3.48bn in the same period last year. Like-for-like sales in its general merchanting business across the … Read More

Approval for £337m Museum of London

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/buildings/approval-for-337m-museum-of-london-24-06-2020/   Plans for the £337m transformation of a historic central London market into the new home for the Museum of London have been approved. The City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee gave the green light for the project which will see the museum move from its current Barbican home. Earlier this month … Read More

Why post-virus construction needs 3D-printed concrete

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/tech/why-post-virus-construction-needs-3d-printed-concrete-16-06-2020/   The future will be printed in 3D. Lem Bingley talks to the experts at the forefront of construction’s digital transformation amid a global pandemic that has emphasised the need to find different ways of doing things. The coronavirus crisis “has opened the eyes of everyone who works in an office that we can … Read More

271,000 UK construction workers return to work

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Full article with thanks to https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/hr-skills-news/unfurloughed-construction-workers/77551/ Data reveals that the percentage of UK construction workers on furlough decreased from 41% in March and April to 29% in May, according to accountancy group, UHY Hacker Young Around 951,000 of the UK’s 2.3 million construction workers were furloughed in April, as lockdown forced workers to down tools. With many construction sites now reopened, the number … Read More

From coughs to chaos: COVID-19’s impact on site safety

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/agenda/from-coughs-to-chaos-covid-19s-impact-on-site-safety-27-05-2020/ Coronavirus has fundamentally altered working practices on construction sites around the world. How are these high-risk environments reacting to the changes? Zak Garner-Purkis investigates It started with a cough. Two tradesmen were working in a tight space. The first, a self-employed contractor, sounded pretty sick. “Are you coughing?” the second tradesman asked. “I’ve just got a … Read More