Skills Gap Could Threaten Net-Zero Goals

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/skills/skills-gap-could-threaten-net-zero-goals-23-02-2021/ The industry’s skills shortage means the UK could be unable to achieve a zero-carbon economy by 2050, a group of industry leaders has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank has warned that policies are needed to address the 750,000 construction workers that could retire or be on the verge of … Read More

Oxford seeks firms for £1bn offsite housing plans

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/buildings/contracts/oxford-seeks-firms-for-1bn-offsite-housing-plans-15-02-2021/ Oxford City Council is searching for contractors to deliver sustainable housing using modern methods of construction under a framework worth up to £1bn. The council expects to deliver around £490m of new housing via the framework, which will be managed by its wholly owned company Oxford City Housing. Projects will be split into two … Read More

NUMBER OF FURLOUGHED CONSTRUCTION STAFF RISES

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Full article with thanks to https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/number-of-furloughed-construction-staff-rises/5110135.article Value of industry claims rocketed 116% in December The number of construction employees currently on furlough is increasing, according to the latest HMRC statistics. In construction, the number of furloughed staff peaked on 14 April with 723,600 people furloughed, with this falling to 130,700 at 31 October. But HMRC said this figure increased to … Read More

Bristol Beacon gives update on construction work and live programme for 2021

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Full article with thanks to https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/bristol-beacon-gives-update-construction-4880873 The £48.8m transformation at the historic venue is making progress The events industry was one of the first to get shut down when coronavirus started to spread and it’s likely to be one of the last to return. With the new variant wreaking havoc on festival organisers’ plans for 2021, many connected with the sector are … Read More

Construction Skills Certification Scheme launches “Virtual” CSCS card and the “My CSCS” app.

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A virtual CSCS card is the same as the plastic card but stored within the My CSCS app on a smart device, such as a mobile phone, rather than in a wallet or pocket. Virtual cards benefit the card holder and their employer by providing both with instant access to the individual’s training and qualification records and eliminating the need … Read More

Industry leaders back £525bn home improvement plan

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Full article with thanks to https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/industry-leaders-back-525bn-home-improvement-plan The Construction Leadership Council is calling for a national education programme for UK homeowners to persuade them to spend £525bn on getting the builders in.   The mass education campaign is a precursor to a ‘national retrofit strategy’ published by the Construction Leadership council to promote home improvement schemes. It says: “The UK has … Read More

Building back better, greener, faster: transforming the construction sector

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Full article with thanks to https://ipa.blog.gov.uk/2020/12/09/building-back-better-greener-faster-transforming-the-construction-sector/ The vital role that the construction sector plays in supporting the country is clear to see, it represents over 6% of all GDP and 7% of the UK’s total workforce which is spread right across the country. You only have to look at the COVID-19 crisis to see the importance of our infrastructure and … Read More

Crossrail gets extra £825m to complete construction

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/12/01/crossrail-gets-extra-825m-to-complete-construction/ An £825m extra government funding package has been agreed to complete the construction of Crossrail. The financing deal has been thrashed out between Transport for London, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the government for the final phase of the project. Project bosses feared the scheme could have been “mothballed” without the extra funding. The funding will initially … Read More

HS2 opens bidding for first works on phase 2a

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/11/25/hs2-opens-bidding-for-first-phase-2a-works/ HS2 has fired the starting gun on bidding for the first major works contracts to be awarded on Phase 2a of the project linking Birmingham to Crewe. The ‘Early Civils Work – Package 2’, will be worth £50m and will be awarded through the government’s existing Construction Works and Associated Services framework. HS2 said … Read More

JCB launches electric telehandler and dumper

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Full article with thanks to https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/11/18/jcb-launches-electric-telehandler-and-dumper/ JCB has launched its first-ever electric site dumper and telehandler expanding its offer from the one-tonne excavator launched three years ago and its small tracked dumpster in the E-Tech range. Both machines are being sold as clean air and low noise alternatives and JCB has extended operating times launching a new universal standlone charger … Read More