• BSRIA warns BIM readiness for 2016 is essential

    BSRIA is concerned by the fact that three quarters of surveyors believe non-adoption of BIM could seriously hinder the UK construction sector over the next year, according to research published by the RICS.

  • ECIC issues double cover warning to contractors

    ECIC, the specialist insurer for the construction sector is urging contractors to check they are not doubling up on insurance cover for goods in transit.  This follows a spate of submissions for Contractors All Risks (CAR) cover where insurance quotes were also being sought for the same contractor, for Goods in Transit insurance.  In many cases only one type of cover is necessary for adequate protection for goods in transit, offering contractors the potential of premium savings.

  • Construction sector recruiter becomes first UK recruitment firm to join Institute of Customer Service

    Peace Recruitment, an Edinburgh based recruitment consultancy focused on the construction, property and engineering sectors, has become the first recruitment company in the UK to join the Institute of Customer Service.

    Peace aims to be the recruitment company of choice in Scotland for the construction, property and engineering sectors over the next five years and sees joining the Institute as a key step forward in making this happen.

  • The necessity for inventiveness – the circular economy

    The necessity for inventiveness  – the circular economy

    BSRIA has jointly hosted an event with ECA – Engaging the Circular Economy. This event showcased the potential of an innovative regenerative system that will change the way construction and building services currently operates regarding refurbishments, new build and maintenance of buildings. A salient takeaway was that society realises that it needs to change its thinking and modus operand (1). But is more awareness of the impact of not doing so needed? 

  • Trade bodies respond to government sector deal

    Trade bodies respond to government sector deal

    ECA and BESA agree with government aims but want early action to help the supply chain.

    The government’s newly announced Construction Sector Deal has been backed by ECA, the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body, and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

  • Digital transformation of built environment sector

    The IET is hoping to be heavily involved in any digital transformation of the built environment.

    Rick Hartwig, IET policy lead for built environment, said: “We are inspired by the ambition of the sector deal. The IET is looking forward to playing a role in improving the quality of our built environment and making a step change in productivity. We aim to support the digital transformation of the sector.

  • Growth for utility network leadership team

    Energy Assets Group has appointed Phil Cafferkey as general manager of Dragon Infrastructure Solutions (DIS).

    Cafferkey joins Northampton-based DIS with significant experience and expertise, with a remit to maximise operational effectiveness across residential and commercial connection markets throughout England.

  • Building better homes faster

    Bsria’s Building Better Homes Faster 3 event took place on Friday 13 July 2018. The key messages were: when it came to quality – prevention is better than cure; upskilling and innovation are needed; attracting new entrants – including women into the industry and new and modern methods of working – including offsite build.

  • Last chance

    Energy 2018 sponsored by Total Gas and Power kicks off today, at Birmingham’s NEC until 11 October.

    EksoWorks will be demonstrating its latest exoskeleton technology, helping to reduce injuries in the construction industry, where workers are five times more likely to report poor health. Visitors can experience working with weightless tools using the Ekso ZeroG or feel the benefits of the 5 – 15lb lift assist that the EksoVest provides through upper body elevation and support.

  • Role model of the year announced at UK Construction Week

    Breaking down barriers in construction, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, an engineering project manager at Aecom, has been named Role Model of the Year at UK Construction Week (UKCW).

    Recognised for her passion for inspiring the next generation into construction, Andreasik-Paton was presented with her award by Steph McGovern, journalist at BBC Breakfast and Barbara Res, the female engineer behind Trump Tower, at UKCW on 10 October.

  • Smart building hits Milton Keynes

    The Smart Green and Green Building Expo will be held in the Arena MK, Milton Keynes on 1 May 2019.

    The event will bring together over 1,500 construction companies, developers, policy makers, project owners, building owners, government and municipal bodies, architectural and design firms, facility managers, property managers, large industrial companies and key suppliers of smart and sustainable building technology and equipment.

  • Call to action for investment in training

    The UK is on the verge of what is probably the most momentous change to its business climate since it entered the Common Market 40 years ago, and yet the construction sector is struggling to meet historical challenges, let alone those which it will inevitably face post-Brexit.

  • Earnings slump for most self-employed electricians is over, says Hudson Contract

    Hudson Contract monthly pay data reveals earnings bounce back to average of £1,124 a week during February.

  • Construction industry body launches ‘Safety Steps’; a go-to guide for those working at height

    The Construction Industry Advisory Council (CONIAC) has launched a new campaign to ensure that those working in the sector are taking their safety seriously when at height. The new campaign is spearheaded by the guide ‘Safety Steps’.  

  • Offsite construction is safer, faster, greener and cheaper, according to ECA survey

    Whether it’s prefabricated homes or modular hotels, the construction industry is embracing the process of constructing buildings offsite, and it seems there are some significant benefits associated with going offsite vs traditional construction methods. In fact, a new survey by the ECA, CIBSE and SELECT has found that offsite construction is safer, faster, greener and cheaper. 

  • Coronavirus impact survey launched

    A new engineering services industry survey has been launched by ECA, BESA and SELECT to monitor the impact of coronavirus on the industry.

  • SELECT calls for ring-fenced accounts in response to retention consultation

    SELECT, the campaigning body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland, has added its voice to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the use of cash retentions in construction.

  • Construction bodies issue guidance to clarify working practices during coronavirus crisis

    The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) forum has provided clarity for the sector in Scotland following advice from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday 25 March that all building sites with the exception of any hospital work should close.

  • Sector must pull together ‘ethically and fairly’ to overcome coronavirus, says SBCC

    The chair of the Scottish Building Contracts Committee (SBCC) has urged the construction sector to forget its differences and work together to overcome the potentially devastating impact of coronavirus.

  • CICV Forum praises Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme roll-out

    The newly-established Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has hailed the “speed and efficiency” of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme roll-out – but has said the real test will be if all claims are paid on time.