£1.3bn Investment in Construction Confirmed

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The government has confirmed details of a £1.3bn investment in the construction industry to deliver 45,000 homes and create 85,000 jobs. Tens of thousands of new homes and other vital infrastructure construction projects were given the green light today. The nearly £1.3 billion of investment was announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. The move is part of the government’s comprehensive plan...

Impact Report: Construction Industry Helpline sees a 57% rise in demand

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The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has just published its fourth annual impact report which communicates to the industry, supporters and stakeholders, the impact that the charity is making and how it is helping to make a difference in the construction industry. The report details the huge increase in demand for their 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline services, the introduction of free...

Actavo expands Shoring operations into Scotland

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Actavo Hire and Sales has announced that it will continue to expand its shoring operations across the UK starting with Glasgow. The company has twenty-three branches in the UK and has established Shoring operations in Uxbridge, Raunds and Birmingham.  The company’s UK shoring operation is focussed on a range of trenching products ensuring excavation work is carried out using the...

£1,000 payout for each worker brought off furlough

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The Chancellor has today unveiled plans to retain UK construction jobs and help to get youngsters into the industry. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised UK firms a £1,000 payout for bringing each staff member back into work and off furlough. The money will be paid out to businesses who still have the furloughed staff in full-time work at the end of...

Latest SOP version says site canteens can reopen

Latest SOP version says Site Canteens can reopen

Belly busting breakfasts are back after the CLC publishes its latest version of the Site Operating Procedures, allowing site canteens to reopen. In line with the recent government's revision to social distancing guidance, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published Version 5 of its coronavirus Site Operating Procedures (SOP). Although minimal changes in other areas from Version 4 the latest SOP...

‘Build build build’ PM set to announce New Deal for Britain

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today announce a “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today (Tuesday 30th June) announce a “New Deal” which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy. In a speech in the West Midlands, the Prime Minister...

Animation provides safety advice for workers returning to site

CICV Forum offer advice on safe return to work

The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV) has produced a short animation which aims to put workers in the picture about a safe return to work. The 90-second film produced by Scotland's CICV Forum outlines key health and safety steps that all staff should take during the return to work. Entitled Working Together, the 90-second animation illustrates the positive day-to-day measures that workers in the...

CIOB calls for Covid testing stations on major construction sites

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The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has called on the Government to set up Covid-19 testing stations on major building sites. The institute said it would help the industry bounce back quickly and safely by ensuring any outbreaks are tracked and traced quickly. The recommendation for large construction sites in Britain to be integrated into the new NHS Test and Trace...

Construction recovery plan to last two years

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The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has laid out its post-coronavirus rescue plan for the construction industry. Called the Roadmap to Recovery, the plan has three phases which will be carried out over the next two years. Construction leaders hope that within the two years the industry could bounce back more professional, productive and profitable. The three-phase plan starts with the Restart phase,...

Latest Site Operating Procedures place ‘workers at risk’ warns Unite

site operating procedures put workers at risk says Unite

Construction union Unite has sent an open letter to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), warning that the organisation’s site operating procedures (SOP) are placing workers at risk. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began the various versions of the CLC’s operating procedures have acted as a template for safe site operation with the latest version of the SOP, (version 4) published last...

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