Government launches biggest upgrade of nation’s buildings in a generation

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Homes, schools and hospitals across England are set to be greener and cheaper to run thanks to a £3 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s buildings Around 120,000 construction jobs are expected to be supported by the new government funding schemes launched today. Homeowners can sign up for big savings on upgrades to their homes under the government’s £2 billion Green...

Construction site face mask guidance updated

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The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published new guidance on the use of face coverings on construction sites. In response to the latest government guidance, the CLC now recommends that where workers on site are not required to wear Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and their workplace (which may include welfare and changing facilities, site offices or site meeting rooms) meets...

Industry urged to adopt new NHS Covid-19 app

NHS COVID-19 APP

Industry leaders have urged all firms in UK construction to lead the way in ensuring the widest possible uptake of the NHS COVID-19 app. The app which launched today (24 Sep) in England and Wales, will enable QR check-in at venues and sites. And will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace,...

CITB extends support for apprentices through Covid-19

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CITB is offering support to help find a new employer for any displaced apprentice as part of a raft of measures to keep skills within the industry. Any construction apprentice is now eligible to receive CITB support if they lose their job or apprenticeship. This means around 11,000 apprentices across the construction industry, more than the 7,000 currently contracted with...

8 out of 10 subcontractors return to sites

CLC update SOP to version 6

Nearly 80% of subcontractors are now back on construction sites according to data from the construction industry's biggest payer of 'subbies'. Hudson Contract shows 117,591 payments to freelance construction workers in August, compared to a peak of 149,067 in February and a trough of 80,625 in April. The data shows demand for labour has recovered to 79% of pre-lockdown capacity Hudson's managing...

£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...

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