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

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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

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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...

Small builders workload dips for the first time in six years

Workloads for small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms have taken a dip for the first time in six years, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q1 2019 shows that the array of problems for small, local builders have taken their toll and have now put the sector...

Wood wins key role on Hinkley Point C project

Wood has secured a new contract to provide a construction design management advisor service for the Hinkley Point C new build nuclear power station project in the UK. The new contract gives Wood a key strategic role in the project's Technical Management and Acceptance team, which is responsible for implementing construction regulations and managing design risk assessments. Effective immediately, the contract...

New Technology To Revolutionise UK Construction

New Technology Revolutionise UK Construction

A whopping £18 million in funding from United Kingdom Research and Innovation is set to revolutionise the construction industry through new technology. With this in mind, four new research projects aiming to speed up assembly, save money, and improve the quality of UK building projects have been announced by the cutting edge group. They Include: Manufacturing integrated building components using...

Council guilty after worker crushed by pack of roof trusses

Darlington Borough Council has been fined £28K after a labourer was injured when a pack of roof trusses fell on him. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 5 October 2017, the self-employed labourer was working for two brickies sub-contracted to Darlington Borough Council. He was walking past the front of the building plot at Allington Way, Darlington, when a pack...

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