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

UK construction firms split over coronavirus shutdown

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Whole article with thanks https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/25/uk-construction-firms-split-over-coronavirus-shutdown Bellway and Barratt among developers to close sites but Berkeley and others stay open. Many of Britain’s biggest housebuilders and construction firms, including Persimmon, Barratt and Bellway, have shut their building sites in response to the coronavirus outbreak, while others including the London luxury home builder Berkeley Group have angered workers by refusing to halt work. … Read More

Coronavirus: Only go to your job if you cannot work from home – Hancock

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52022417 People can go to work if they cannot do their work at home, the health secretary has said, amid confusion over the new coronavirus restrictions. It comes after calls for clarity, including from construction workers, about Monday’s wider shutdown measures. Matt Hancock also said Tube services should be running “in full”, after being asked … Read More

COVID-19: construction briefing – 20 March

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/health-and-safety/covid-19-construction-briefing-20-march-20-03-2020/ The following briefing has been produced in collaboration between the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, CITB, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Products Association, Federation of Master Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers, as part of a series of daily briefings designed to share consistent guidance and advice with … Read More

Construction braces itself for widespread site closures

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Whole article with thanks from https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/03/17/construction-braces-itself-for-widespread-site-closures/ Contractors are urgently calling on Government to issue clear contingency plans on project delays as the threat of site closures looms in the battle against Coronavirus. The industry’s two big trade bodies, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Build UK, warn that the Government’s present aim to keep construction projects open will likely change … Read More

The legal impact of the coronavirus crisis

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/agenda/opinion/the-legal-impact-of-the-coronavirus-crisis-16-03-2020/ As cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increase throughout Europe and the UK, the adverse impacts on the construction industry are becoming a reality. Industry clients and contractors need to consider both employment guidance and the impact delays may have on project completions. Employment issues While it is important to discourage unauthorised absences, an employer’s primary … Read More

2020: The year of offsite construction?

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Whole article with thanks https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/guides-reviews/offsite-construction-2020/72394/ Offsite construction is not new but the need to deliver tighter build programme, higher levels of cost control and increased quality, while at the same time the industry faces a skills shortage, means its profile in the UK has arguably never been higher Indeed, offsite manufacturing is at the heart of the government’s Construction 2025 … Read More

UK PMI: Construction expands at fastest rate in over a year

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Full article with thanks to https://www.cityam.com/uk-pmi-construction-expands-at-fastest-rate-in-a-year/ UK PMI: Construction expands at fastest rate in a year The UK construction sector had a rough 2019, but house-building has picked up (via Getty Images) UK construction output rose at its fastest rate in over a year in February, a survey showed today, as new orders picked up at a fast clip. The … Read More

New roads face Heathrow-style court action threat

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Full article with thanks to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51665682   Plans for a £28.8bn roads programme could be challenged in the courts for breaching the UK’s laws on climate change. The plans, due to be published next month, don’t take into account commitments on reducing emissions, the BBC has learned. They are likely to face legal challenges from environmentalists. On Thursday, a court … Read More

Why we cannot overlook the challenges facing the construction industry

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Whole article with thanks to https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/construction-challenges/72438/   The government needs to form active partnerships with leading companies within the private sector to ensure the UK can meet its infrastructure goals, says Jerald Solis, CEO of Experience Invest   The recent cabinet reshuffle saw Sajid Javid resign in what was probably the biggest blow to the prime minister during his short tenure. The former chancellor is a talented … Read More