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Keeping hold of the workers they currently employ is the most important aim to employers in the industry, a survey revealed One third of UK  construction  firms are already feeling the effects of  Brexit , according to new data, but most companies have not yet taken any action to deal with it. Research from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) shows that the number of construction employers feeling the impact...
It forecasts that average output in construction will grow 1.3 per cent annually, with 158,000 jobs created over five years More than 150,000 UK construction jobs are set to be created over the next five years despite Brexit uncertainty and Carillion’s collapse, according to a new report. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts 15,350 carpenters and 9,350 labourers will be needed as more homes are built. The...
Ireland West Airport has appointed a joint venture of Lagan Airport Maintenance and Clare Civil Engineering (LCJV) to carry out runway rehabilitation following an early contractor involvement process. The appointment of the contractor for the project at the airport in Knock follows an EU tender process. This design and tender process was led by Atkins Ireland following its appointment last year by Ireland West Airport as specialist...
A leading construction boss in the UK says government and councils need to provide greater transparency on project pipelines as construction output was shown to shrink to its lowest level since 2012. According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, output fell 2.8% month-on-month in December, contributing to a longer-term drop of 0.3% in Q4 of 2018. Rolling three-month growth fell by 0.3% in December 2018,...
A whopping £18 million in funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation is set to revolutionise the construction industry through new technology. With this in mind, four new research projects aiming to speed up assembly, save money, and improve the quality of UK building projects have been announced by the cutting edge group. They Include: Manufacturing integrated building components using digital hybrid Concrete...
The East Midlands is tackling staff shortages within the construction industry though the government’s funding initiative. Partners in Nottingham has been given a slice of a £22 millions funding pot, which will launch construction academies with Nottingham College.  The aim is to get more people into construction training and jobs. The new academies will bring training to construction sites to allow learners to apply...
The £1bn ($1.3bn) plans to turn Olympia London into a multi-purpose cultural hub have been approved by planners. YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International – which own the historic exhibition centre – submitted plans to Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2018 to turn the 14-acre site into a destination with hotels, restaurants, performance venues and office space. Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC are...
Exactly one year on from Carillion’s collapse and a host of major construction companies still appear unable to stand on their own two feet without exploiting their suppliers. Tier one contractors continue to pay their suppliers way later than agreed and withhold retention monies rightfully owed to the suppliers – just like Carillion did. UK construction and services giant Carillion went into administration in January 2018...
Industry activity hits three-month low in December as uncertainty continues to rise The UK construction sector ended 2018 on a weaker footing, hitting a three-month low in December amid fading demand for commercial projects and the growing risk of a no-deal Brexit. According to the  Markit/Cips UK construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which is closely watched by the Bank of England and the Treasury as an early...
Are you looking to get yourself a job in construction? Well, luckily for you there’s never been a better time, as there is currently a shortage of skilled workers in the industry. However, as you may already know, this industry is very competitive so it’s important that your CV stands out from the crowd. In this piece, we’ll give you tips on how best to pad out your CV as well as outline which roles on the construction...
Scottish construction firms have grown at a slower rate than their counterparts south of the border in the last three years, according to new figures. Factors including rising costs, challenges in securing high margin work and difficulties accessing lending are being blamed for the comparatively poor performance. A report by accountants  Henderson Loggie  analysed accounts from 1,708 construction companies across Great...
The UK’s largest privately-owned contractor, Laing O’Rourke, today said it would not be able to file its annual report until Christmas at the earliest, citing “delays with historic turbulence in the construction sector.” Construction is under “enormous pressure” as a result of the withdrawal of funding and the demise of companies like Carillion, its chief executive Ray O’Rourke said. Laing...