• New maintenance train fixing 75 defects a night
    New maintenance train fixing 75 defects a night
    Network Rail’s new mobile maintenance train, dubbed a ‘workshop on wheels’, has led to a step-change in track repairs. Since April 2016 Network Rail has been the £6.5m mobile maintenance train (MMT) to replace defects...
  • European construction output drops slightly
    European construction output drops slightly
    Output across Europe’s construction sector dropped slightly in June compared to May, though remained stable in the Eurozone. The figures from the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, also show a fall of 0.6% between June 2015...
  • Study makes case for Oxford-Cambridge Expressway
    Study makes case for Oxford-Cambridge Expressway
    A report published yesterday by the Department of Transport says that improved connections between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge could boost the economy. The £512,000 study by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Halcrow and Steer Davies Gleave...
  • Government unveils apprentice levy proposals
    Government unveils apprentice levy proposals
    The government is seeking views on the details of its proposals for a new funding regime for apprenticeships, with a levy on larger businesses and training subsidies for smaller firms. The levy charged to employers...
  • New scheme hopes to improve supply chain payment
    New scheme hopes to improve supply chain payment
     The government’s Construction Leadership Council has published a new payment charter for the construction supply chain. The difference between the new Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter (CSCPC) and the old Prompt Payment Code is that...
  • Cemex launches second Valuemix operation
    Cemex launches second Valuemix operation
    Cemex UK has set up a volumetric concrete and screed service in Dorset to serve smaller building projects. It is the second outlet for Cemex’s Valuemix operation; its first was set up in Altrincham in...
  • CITB to strengthen leadership team
    CITB to strengthen leadership team
    The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is looking to add a fifth member to its executive team to improve its relations with construction employers. The CITB says the recruitment of an additional director is part...
  • Design contest launched for Ipswich bridges
    Design contest launched for Ipswich bridges
    Suffolk County Council is holding a design competition for two new bridges over the River Orwell in Ipswich. The £77m Orwell Crossings Project will see the proposed construction of two new crossings near the town’s...
  • Crossrail lessons inform new sprayed concrete guide
    Crossrail lessons inform new sprayed concrete guide
    New guidance on the safe application of sprayed concrete has been published by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS). Specifically, the guidance addresses the failings that were identified as contributory causes to the death of concrete...
  • Surveyors report slowing growth
    Surveyors report slowing growth
    Latest workload survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows growth continuing to soften as EU uncertainty delays investment. Private commercial and industrial sectors saw the most significant slowdown in the second quarter of...
  • Size of mergers declines in engineering and construction
    Size of mergers declines in engineering and construction
    Latest figures from PwC show a decline in the average size of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global engineering and construction sector. The quarter saw 68 deals overall, 19 of which were in the...
  • Support offered for redundant Dunne employees
    Support offered for redundant Dunne employees
    Government and unions are offering their support to former employees of the Dunne Group who were made redundant when the company collapsed last week. The Scottish government is running two support clinics in West Lothian...
  • New chief for Construction Youth Trust
    New chief for Construction Youth Trust
    A former Chanel Tunnel engineer has been appointed chief executive of the Construction Youth Trust. Carol Lynch joins the trust on 3rd October 2016. Current executive director Christine Townley, who has been with the trust...
  • CITB funds drone training for roofers
    CITB funds drone training for roofers
    Flying remote-controlled model aircraft might once have been something construction workers did at the weekend for leisure, but now they can receive training in the pursuit for their work. Liverpool-based roofers Lacy Roofing is getting...
  • Chelmsford school ordered to pay £46k for disturbing asbestos
    Chelmsford school ordered to pay £46k for disturbing asbestos
    An Essex school has been fined after poorly planned and managed refurbishment work exposed school staff and others to asbestos. Chelmsford Crown Court heard that managers at The Boswells School in Chelmsford decided to convert...