Construction contract awards hold steady in 2019

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Data from Barbour ABI shows the value of all construction contracts awarded in 2019 was just 0.2% higher than in 2018. The value of all construction contracts awarded in 2019 was £59.9 billion. This represents an increase of 0.2% on 2018 which in turn was 15.7% lower than 2017. Whilst contract awards values have levelled off in 2019, the value...

Lighthouse charity sees huge increase in demand for help

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has provided £1.13M of charitable services in 2019 and seen a 56% increase in demand for its 24/7 helpline, it has revealed. The charity saw a rise in the number of construction families needing its wellbeing and financial support in 2019 rising to 2616, with a total of £703,641 of charitable giving to support them.  Mental...

Sheffield’s £500m plans to improve buildings & council housing

Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has laid out plans to spend £500m on building and improving council housing over the next five years. The spending plan has been laid out in the council's housing revenue account (HRA) business plan for 2020/2021, according to The Construction Index. In 2019 Sheffield City Council committed to providing 1,600 new council homes by 2023/24 and this year...

Now is the time to get Britain building, says FMB

Todays’ historic result must draw a line under years of crippling uncertainty that has been so toxic for UK construction, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to the General Election result. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The new Conservative Government has a golden opportunity to sort out Brexit and set out its new vision...

High wind brings down crane jib

High winds bring down crane jib

The jib of a tower crane snapped in the wind last night on a construction site in Surrey. The crane was positioned on a James Taylor Homes construction site in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey. According to reports work had finished for the day when the jib snapped. There were no...

£250,000 Raised at Lighthouse Construction Industry’s Charity Lunch

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A record-breaking quarter of a million pounds was raised at the Lighthouse Construction Industry's Charity lunch, held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London on Friday 6th December. The cash was raised through table sales, live and silent auctions, heads and tails, a raffle and event sponsorship.   All of the...

Willmott Dixon lands £19m academy school in Birmingham

Willmott Dixon Birmingham School

Willmott Dixon has added to its extensive track-record of education projects in Birmingham by being awarded the £19m contract to deliver a new three-story secondary academy school in Yardley Wood. Christ Church, Church of England, Secondary Academy – which is due to open in 2021 – is being built by the Department for Education...

CITB safety test cheats caught in police raids

Police raid CITB training centres

Three safety test workers have been arrested after being caught giving answers to candidates for cash. According to reports, the cheating was exposed by counter-fraud raids on test centres in Cheshire, Essex and London by the CITB, police and the Home Office. CITB audits found that staff was giving correct answers in exchange for money. A member of staff at the Cheshire...

Consumer demand for new homes falls by 8%, says FMB

Consumer demand for new homes has fallen by 8% over the last year to its lowest level since 2013. The news comes after the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) published its results of its House Builders’ Survey, - the only annual assessment of small and medium (SME) house builders in England. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Small house...

Worlds biggest crane starts work at Hinkley Point

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...

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