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New findings highlight sustained construction growth

THE Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed significant growth within the construction industry over the past twelve months. According to a recent report, Output in...

Social media key for self-employed construction workers

Recent findings have revealed that 42% of self-employed workers within the construction industry rely heavily on social media sites to advertise themselves and scout...

Three quarters of construction workers would welcome on-site drug testing

THE team at business insurance website www.constructaquote.com has investigated random drug testing on construction sites. Their research follows a recent legal case won by a bus...

Construction confidence soars as industry anticipates new regulations

CONFIDENCE within the Scottish construction industry has reached a record high of PLUS 29, up three points on the rating recorded at the end of...

CDM 2015: are you ready?

Claire Mills at bto solicitors outlines the changes coming into effect with the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. CDM 2015 will replace CDM...

Chancellor urged to use budget to drive infrastructure

GOVERNMENT should step up and utilise the final Budget before the General Election to show its commitment to infrastructure, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)...

Construction employers report increase in women entering the industry

A new poll conducted by a leading business insurance website has discovered that over three quarters of employers within the construction sector have witnessed...

£125 funding needed to achieve sustainable housing

IN light of John Swinney’s recent Budget speech, which focused largely on the social inequality caused by fuel poverty, Philip Hogg, Chief Executive of trade...

Construction to grow but election may hinder prospects

CONSTRUCTION output is forecast to increase 5.3% in 2015 and 17.8% by 2018 according to the latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association. However, growth is...

Kier to undertake hospital review and inspection

KIER Construction will carry out a survey and review of the fabric and building services at Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock and Royal Alexandra Hospital...

Property Home Report’s success confirmed

SHEPHERD Chartered Surveyors has welcomed the Scottish Government’s five-year review of the Home Report which has confirmed its popularity amongst home buyers and sellers. Introduced...

Skills shortages remain despite new high for construction industry

AS 2014 draws to a close, confidence within the Scottish construction industry has reached a new high. The latest survey shows industry confidence at a high...

Builders find latest planning statistics ‘depressing’

THE latest official planning statistics reveal that the time taken to decide major housing developments has increased by six weeks to over 41 weeks. Branded ‘depressing’...
Awards and accreditation reflect Xervon Palmers’ commitment to safety

Awards and accreditation reflect Xervon Palmers’ commitment to safety

Scaffolding contractor Xervon Palmers has won a prestigious gold award and the coveted Construction Award for Safety at the annual AstraZeneca awards – and...
New training course gets off the ground

New training course gets off the ground

One-day CISRS Operative Training Courses (COTS) were launched this autumn, with the first courses being held at NETA Training in Stockton-On-Tees. Before an initial trainee...
Rest of UK urged to embrace timber

Rest of UK urged to embrace timber

The Structural Timber Association (STA) has called on the UK housebuilding industry to increase timber construction to 30% of all new homes. Formerly the UK...
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Why we’ve changed our name

The timber industry is going through an evolution; it is no longer defined simply by the supply of timber kits, it is driven by...
Safety first as NASC’s annual report shows improvement

Safety first as NASC’s annual report shows improvement

NASC, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, has launched its latest Safety Report, documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all 201...
We have Joist the thing!

We have Joist the thing!

ITW’s SpaceJoist range claims to be stronger than the competition – and has exceptional sound resistance. Following the launch of the SpaceJoist SJ10 (254mm) web...
Builders turn to timber as brick shortage continues

Builders turn to timber as brick shortage continues

A brick shortage across Britain is encouraging more housebuilders to use timber frame, according to Stewart Milne Timber Systems. The shortage, brought on by a...

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