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

Questions raised over London projects despite TfL’s £1.6bn bailout

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/financial/questions-raised-over-london-projects-despite-tfls-1-6bn-bailout-20-05-2020/ All of Transport for London’s (TfL) construction projects have been placed under review after it secured a £1.6bn financial lifeline last week. An eleventh-hour deal was sealed with Whitehall on Thursday to keep London’s transport operator afloat. Under the terms, TfL will receive a £1.1bn grant and a loan of £500m, with the option … Read More

COVID19 strikes a hammer blow to UK construction sector

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Full article with thanks to https://www.buildersmerchantsnews.co.uk/COVID19-strikes-a-hammer-blow-to-UK-construction-sector/49583 Ragene Raithatha Construction & Infrastructure Senior Associate at global legal business, DWF, comments on the CIPS/IHS Markit construction PMI figures for April 2020 “COVID-19 has severely impacted the sector which has resulted in the fastest decline in UK construction output since the survey began 23 years. “The sector has taken a blow as the … Read More

Test construction workers for COVID-19, says union

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/health-and-safety/test-construction-workers-for-covid-19-says-union-28-04-2020/ The Unite union has called for coronavirus testing to be rolled out to construction workers to help stop the spread of the disease. Last week the government announced that essential workers and members of their households could be tested for the virus if they were showing symptoms. Among those on the list of eligible … Read More

Coronavirus update for construction

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.building.co.uk/focus/coronavirus-update-for-construction-22-april/5105654.article Build UK’s update the industry amid the covid-19 outbreak  Build UK continues to work on behalf of its members and the wider industry in response to coronavirus and we are currently focussed on the following: Opening up the supply chain by demonstrating the demand for materials Liaising with the Local Government Association to facilitate the … Read More

Funding for training

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards/qualifications/funding-for-training/   We are aware the cost of training to obtain a qualification can be an issue for many people seeking to enter the industry, or already employed and wishing to upskill. The cost of training is determined by the numerous training companies delivering training and will vary depending on who is delivering the training … Read More

Coronavirus update for construction: Monday 30

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-update-for-construction-monday-30/ Covid-19 Update – 30 March 2020 Introduction This short briefing has been prepared on behalf of the UK construction sector to brief companies and individuals on the ongoing repercussions of the Covid-19 coronavirus for our sector. Covid-19 Webinars ACE has announced a new online webinar series to help its members and the wider industry … Read More