Friday28 August 2015


Government framework restructured after SME fears

28 Aug 15

Delayed consultants deal will be upped from six to 23 lots as value rockets to £2.9bn in fees

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Public sector to spend £1 in every £3 on SMEs

28 Aug 15

If 2020 target is hit it would mean extra £3bn spent on SMEs per year


Kier retains £1.5bn Scape minor works framework

28 Aug 15

Maximum value of projects that can be delivered through the framework increased from £2m to £4m



Image of the week: When you wish upon a star…

28 Aug 15

Welcome to ‘Dismaland’, Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’ in Weston-super-Mare

AECOM indices

Cost update Q2 2015

25 Aug 15 | Updated: 25 Aug 15

Materials cost inflation falls again but construction weekly earnings continue to outperform those of the wider economy

A bespoke Ridgeglaze rooflight was specified at AFL Architects’ Gloucester Services on the M5 in Gloucestershire

CPD 16 2015: Specifying rooflights

27 Aug 15

The latest in our series of CPD modules examines the key issues when selecting a rooflight, including the diff erent types of glass and operating systems, as well as relevant standards and testing procedures

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Sketch of the week: Longcross

28 Aug 15

This week’s sketch is by Jonathan Hill, chairman of Scott Brownrigg


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23 Jul 15

Read the latest Steel Insight digital supplement


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Crossing the line

28 Aug 15

With the Calais crisis still a hot media topic, the government is on the warpath against construction companies employing illegal workers. But is the sector doing enough to make sure it doesn’t get caught out?


York House

A day at the office: Your guide to human happiness

26 Aug 15

How can you use design to actively influence and improve people’s lives? British Land is using its own headquarters as a test bed for incorporating wellbeing principles that it hopes will foster a happier, more productive workforce.



Online poll: Illegal labour

26 Aug 15

Will the government crackdown on illegal foreign labour cause problems for the construction industry? Vote here

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Barbour ABI's August market review is out now

20 Aug 15

Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review for August is now available to download



Immigration: The crackdown is coming

28 Aug 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The employment of migrant labour has been a problematic issue for construction for a long time


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Hansom: Tales of the unexpected

28 Aug 15

Swimming pool architecture reaches a new high this week, Balfour Beatty has something eyebrow raising in the claims department, there’s a prototype design for bonsai-sized flats and sexiness is found in unlikely places

Mumford Wood

What to specify: Residential

21 Aug 15

This week’s residential products include timber sliding sash windows for Alain de Botton’s A House in Essex project, and an external wall insulation that better suits the Georgian and Victorian brickwork often found in northern cities



Immigration: The crackdown is coming

28 Aug 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The employment of migrant labour has been a problematic issue for construction for a long time

Simon Rawlinson

Skills crisis: Performance anxiety

27 Aug 15 | By Simon Rawlinson

Construction’s skills crisis could put a break on growth in the sector. Tackling low productivity is essential if construction is to remain affordable

David Johnson

Payless notices: Serves them right?

26 Aug 15 | By David Johnson

We all know that an employer has to issue a payless notice if it wishes to pay less than the amount claimed by the contractor. But why do employers continue to fail to serve them?

Hamish Lal

Refs to review penalties

25 Aug 15 | By Hamish Lal

The law on liquidated damages is regarded by some as unworkable and now the Supreme Court is to look at penalty clauses. Its decision could have profound consequences for construction

Helen Gough

We need another brick in the wall

24 Aug 15 | By Helen Gough

Brick and labour shortages are exacerbating the housing crisis, we need to be looking for sustainable solutions

Chris Tinker

Will the budget undermine housing delivery?

21 Aug 15 | By Chris Tinker

What impact will the Conservative’s cut to rents paid for affordable housing have on delivery?

Nick Raynsford

Stealing is good

21 Aug 15 | By Nick Raynsford

Bent on pursuing its ideological objectives, the government has dismissed the Lyons and Armitt reports. Instead, it should plunder them and present the best solutions as its own

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