Worlds biggest crane starts work at Hinkley Point

'Big Carl' The world biggest crane has been shipped over from Belgium to help build the new power station. Construction work at Hinkley Point in Somerset is now well underway, with thousands of workers building a new EDF power station at the site. But amongst the people, vehicles and machines at the site, one structure is dominating the Somerset skyline. The worlds...

Common Sense Prevails As Reverse Charge VAT delayed till 2020

Reverse Charge VAT delayed until 2020

The Government’s decision to delay by one year the implementation of potentially damaging VAT changes for construction companies is a victory for common sense, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Reverse charge VAT was due to come into force from 1st October 2019 but the Government today announced its decision to delay implementation until 1st October...

Construction Industry Charity Publishes Annual Impact Report

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity Club has just published its third annual impact report. The report communicates to the industry, supporters and stakeholders, the impact that the charity is making and how it is helping to make a difference to the lives of our construction workforce and their families.   The total spent on...

UK construction activity moves out of the capital

The value of all construction contract awards in June 2019 was £5.2 billion based on a three-month rolling average, which is an increase of 5.5% on May. Regional analysis shows that the North West was the leading region for contract awards in June with a 36.6% value share. The latest edition of the Economic...

Protecting a Construction Site From the Increasing Number of Thefts

The Construction Index reports that more than half of builders in the UK have been victims of theft, with more than 50% having had their vans damaged and tools stolen. In an interview, FMB chief executive Brian Berry stated that tools were being stolen from vans and directly from construction sites. “Some...

Level playing field needed for SMEs, says FMB

Late payments

Following the publication of the Government's consultation response to the 'Creating a responsible payment culture' call for evidence, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) calls on the public sector to lead by example in order to tackle the scourge of late payments. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The Government’s acceptance there...

Kier top the contractors league table for May with highest value of projects awarded

Kier is at the top of the contractors’ league table for May 2019, thanks to 12 contracts awarded with a total value of £397 million. Construction of the new HM Prison Wellingborough contributed £253 million, while the Paisley Town Hall regeneration also contributed £22million to the total amount. In joint second place were Hill Partnerships and...

The True Cost of DIY

diy related accidents

Having a go at home improvements may be more costly than we think, according to a recent study by construction supplier Burton Roofing. By analysing monthly housing data from the Office of National Statistics and talking to 1,000 UK homeowners, the investigation found that the average UK household will spend £1,150.24 every year on...

Leading social housing provider officially opens Arbroath affordable housing

angus housing association

AN attractive £8.1 million development of 71 much needed affordable homes in Arbroath is to be opened by local MSP Graeme Dey. Cairn Housing Association has worked in partnership with Angus Housing Association to help create 36 of the new homes at Railton Crescent. The affordable development, comprised of one,...

Major Edinburgh Development Approved by Local Council

Plans for the future supply of homes in Edinburgh have been given the go-ahead by Councillors at a hearing. The 655-home development at Cammo Estate is a consortium project by CALA Homes and David Wilson Homes and includes 164 much-needed affordable homes. The development will provide a unique mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, terraced homes, colonies as well...