Berkeley sees housing starts fall 30% in London

Berkeley Group said housing starts in London have fallen 30% in recent months as reservation rates also dropped 16%. The figures were contained in a trading statement to the City today covering the period November 1 2016 to February 28 2017. The fall in reservation rates covered the post-Brext period from August to February but […]

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Infrastructure and housing lead the way as construction contracts hit two-year high in February

Boosted by strong performances in infrastructure and housing, the value of UK construction contracts hit its highest figure for more than two years to reach £6.4 billion in February, the latest statistics reveal. According to the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, the 15.4 per cent increase on the same month […]

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Record numbers starting construction apprenticeships, says CITB

Construction apprenticeship start ups have risen 25 per cent in the past two years to hit a 13-year high with almost 25,000 people signing up to a training course, new figures reveal. According to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the number of starts has substantially increased in 2015/16 – from 19,973 in 2014 to […]

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Spring Budget 2017: key announcements

Technical training and funding for schools and infrastructure topped the bill for the construction sector as Philip Hammond delivered his spring budget to Parliament. As expected, the chancellor confirmed plans to invest £500 million a year into technical education with the introduction of T Levels. Aimed at those aged 16-19, it is hoped the technical […]

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Morgan Sindall replaced on £24m London schools trio

The London Borough of Brent has replaced Morgan Sindall on a trio of primary school schemes in the north London borough after failing to agree final contract terms. Morgan Sindall secured the work expected to be worth £24m last May under a pre-construction services agreement. Since then the firm has failed to agree final prices […]

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New Digital floor insulation product instructional app launched for house builders

Derbyshire-based expanded polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer, Springvale (, has launched a new free instructional mobile app. The quick and easy installation guide will help building contractors using Springvale’s suspended ground floor insulation product; Beamshield Plus. The app is available for smartphones and tablets and will sit along the range of online digital resources already available. Produced […]

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Bidding Opens for £50m NHS Deal

An NHS body has opened bidding for a four-year public sector contract valued at £50m. Types of work to be delivered under the NHS London Procurement Partnership deal include building surveying services, civil engineering services and project management services. Interested parties have until 30 March to submit expressions of interest. The official notice in OJEU […]

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Museum of London move to Smithfield Market passes funding hurdle

Plans to turn one of London’s finest Victorian market buildings into a museum for the capital have moved closer after the Museum of London said it had raised £180m toward its £250m target for the redevelopment. In the first big funding milestone for the project, the City of London Corporation — the Square Mile’s local […]

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Building a Sustainable Future With Cross Laminated Timber

Cross laminated timber (CLT) has proven to be an amazing alternative to traditional building materials such as steel, concrete, and masonry. The sustainable construction market continues to grow, and for the foreseeable future, is not showing signs of slowing down. Widespread adoption of greener building practices means sustainability is more mainstream and less of a […]

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3D Repo Develop Health & Safety Virtual Reality App for Balfour Beatty and Highways England

3D Repo is working with Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Highways England to deploy a Virtual Reality (VR) simulation for Zero Harm Health and Safety Training. Part of the Smart Motorway programme, the fully immersive simulation is designed to prevent on-site accidents by making highways construction and maintenance projects safer through improved training. Featuring different real […]

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London’s January housing starts up, apartment construction spikes

After a banner year in 2016, housing construction in the London area got off to a flying start in January thanks to a spike in multi-family units. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) said there were 522 housing starts last month, compared to 112 in January 2016. All of the improvement was in the volatile multi-family […]

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