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Construction companies urged to link up with universities and colleges

A construction expert at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has cited a missed opportunity in the sector, with companies failing to plan for the future during the economic downturn, and is urging innovative action to address the issue.

Rob Leslie, a course leader at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University (RGU) and a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in Scotland, believes that businesses are now panicking as the industry’s skills shortage starts to bite with a large percentage of the workforce rapidly approaching retirement age and fewer graduates coming through from universities and colleges.

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Building industry to have access to greenest products and designs

Builders and developers will have access to a new, all-purpose commercial innovation centre for energy efficient building designs, products and services launched today.

The CMS Innovation Hub in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire will be a showcase for the latest energy saving products and devices for the building of homes and workplaces, produced by leading construction and supply firms.

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MK Surveys captures latest utility detection and mapping system

MK Surveys, based in Milton Keynes, is the first company in the world to take delivery of an advanced, ground penetrating radar (GPR) system, supporting further expansion of its fast growing utility department. 

The purchase of Opera Duo, the latest innovation for utility location and mapping by market leaders IDS, further strengthens MK Surveys’ capability in this expanding market.

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Sustainable Concrete Solutions by Costas Georgopoulos

The challenges facing humanity in the 21st century include climate change, population growth, overconsumption of resources, overproduction of waste and increasing energy demands. For construction practitioners, responding to these challenges means creating a built environment that provides accommodation and infrastructure with better whole-life performance using lower volumes of primary materials, less non-renewable energy, wasting less and causing fewer disturbances to the natural environment. Concrete is ubiquitous in the built environment. It is therefore essential that it is used in the most sustainable way so practitioners must become aware of the range of sustainable concrete solutions available for construction. While sustainable development has been embedded into engineering curricula, it can be difficult for students and academics to be fully aware of the innovations in sustainable construction that are developed by the industry. 

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Construction, Design and Management 2014 - A recipe for disaster

Recently the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published their proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and issued a consultative document. We believe that the proposed 2014 Regulations, if adopted, will set the building industry back over 30 years in terms of fatalities and serious injuries to those working on construction projects.

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RICS UK Construction Market Survey, Q1 2014

The private housing sector is driving a construction industry revival, although skills shortages threaten the pace of recovery, according to the latest RICS Construction Market Survey for Q1 2014. 

The speed at which confidence is returning to the market is revealed by the fastest rate of growth in workloads since the Construction Market survey began in 1994 (net balance 43 percent), with improvement being driven by the private sector and, in particular, the commercial housing sector over the next 12 months. Most significantly, the effects are expected to be felt across the whole of the UK, rather than exclusively reserved to the London and South East hotspots. In the North of England, 44 percent of respondents reported rising workloads, up from 40 percent at the end of 2013.

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Construction activity on the rise after weather-hit February

A report released today reveals that construction activity rose to pre-Christmas levels last month, after a sharp drop in February due to the bad weather. 

With the value of contracts awarded worth £5.2 billion in March - an increase of 7.2 per cent on the month before - experts are hopeful it will put the industry back on an upward trajectory with the value of new contracts rising by almost 25 per cent year-on-year. 

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ISG wins coveted Queen’s Award for International Trade

International construction services company, ISG has won a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in recognition of the company’s sustained success in overseas expansion.

As the UK’s most prestigious business accolades, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise highlight outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, international trade and sustainable development. ISG successfully demonstrated to the judging panel that its strategic diversification into new growth markets and geographies across the globe deserved recognition at the very highest level.

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Can nature help restore harmony in our cities?

Our cities are facing an uncertain future. Underground roads and automated transport, permeable pavements and water roofs, vertical farming and even glowing trees – from large-scale interventions to smaller scale enrichments, cities in the future will need to look vastly different to cities now.

Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure – shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ that encompasses parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. To realise this vision, green infrastructure has to now take a more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.

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British building confidence on the up, driven by house builders

Britain’s builders are at their most confident since 2007 as the Government’s Help to Buy scheme swells optimism among construction firms. Following the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply’s latest findings, house builders are driving the industry forward and the rise in residential building is growing at one of the fastest rates since 2007.*

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has also noticed a boom in registrations, going up from an average of 528 per month in 2007 to 815 per month in 2014. Areas in the UK where marked registrations have increased include the Midlands and the South East.

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UKATA calls for action in Global Asbestos Awareness Week

The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is backing this year’s Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April) by focusing on public awareness of the on-going dangers of asbestos and supporting US initiatives to make this a truly global campaign moving forwards in the wake of growing asbestos fears post 9/11.

“We still have legacy issues in the UK, but asbestos remains a global problem,” said UKATA Chairman Eddie Strong. “Asbestos is still the biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK and this figure is likely to rise as people develop asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma much later in life and up to 30 years after initial exposure. The aftermath of September 11 has also given new impetus to issues surrounding asbestos.”

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