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Call to end big builder ‘dominance’
MPs have called for an end to the dominance of big home-building firms to fix the "broken" housing market. The communities and local government committee said the eight biggest firms built more than half of all new homes. Read the full article here.
Civils work fuels construction rise
The UK construction industry grew at its fastest rate so far this year, driven by a strong performance in civil engineering. April saw output rise sharply to 53.1, up from March’s figure of 52.1 – above the growth threshold of over 50.0.. Read the full article here.
Safer training a virtual reality
Skanska is using 1:1 scale virtual reality to train its temporary works supervisors and coordinators in a safe and flexible environment. The training programme simulates six different temporary works set ups, including a large cofferdam excavation fortified with steel props and sheet piles. Read the full article here.
BIM helps refurb Lord’s media centre
Technology-led design approach allowed design team to insert objects into a space as intuitively as placing a physical object in a room. The JP Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s cricket ground won the RIBA Stirling Prize in the year it opened. Read the full article here.
CITB to launch offsite training
The CITB has revealed plans to develop new offsite manufacturing courses and qualifications to help upskill the next generation of apprentices. The announcement comes as a new report reveals how the use of offsite methods is set to soar across the industry. Read the full article here
Challenging perceptions of construction
The industry must open dialogue between young people and educators if it is to address its image problem, says London Chair of CIBSE Young Engineers Network. It’s been well documented that there is a skills shortage in the UK construction industry. Read the full article here
New scheme to support mental health
Lighthouse and the Considerate Constructors Scheme launch new initiative to support the mental health agenda in the construction industry. Companies and suppliers can now provide their workforce with handy wallet-sized Construction Industry Helpline cards. Read the full article here
Setting new standards
Worlds greenest terminal launches at Oslo Airport, setting new standards in sustainability. The competition-winning design, which uses snow as a coolant, has achieved the world’s first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for an airport building. Read the full article
Tidal bridge goes Dutch
Eindhoven company's floating bridge to generate power for 500 thousand Indonesians. Extension and completion of the power system will take it to an installed capacity of 90MW to 115MW, serving more than half a million people. Read the full article here