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Drop in surprise safety visits by the HSE

9 June 16

The number of surprise site safety visits by the Health and Safety Executive fell again last year. Figures obtained by Ucatt show there were a total of 9,219 inspections in 2015/16 compared to 9,656 in 2014/15 – a decrease of 4%. The number of construction inspections has been falling steadily in recent years. In 2012/13… Read More »


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Bovis and St Modwen team up on £900m Midlands scheme

9 June 16

Bovis Homes has appointed St Modwen as commercial development partner to deliver its £900m Stanton Cross development in Wellingborough. The partners will bring forward up to 1.55m sq ft of commercial space on over 100 acres at Stanton Cross. The £900m development has outline consent for a mix of commercial uses including industrial and distribution, offices, retail… Read More »


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Plans go in for £1bn second phase of MediaCityUK

8 June 16

MediaCityUK is set to double in size over the next decade under plans submitted to Salford City Council today. Up to ten new buildings are planned with a development value of more than £1 billion. The second phase will include 540,000 sq ft of offices and 1,800 apartments alongside retail and leisure elements. The plans… Read More »


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Plans in for £80m Liverpool PRS tower block

8 June 16

Joint venture developers Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners have lodged plans with Liverpool City Council for an £80m private rented block of flats on Liverpool’s waterfront. The planned tower rises to 34 storeys and will be located within the Princes Dock development plan, which forms part of Peel Group’s huge £5.5bn Liverpool Waters project. Apache Capital is fully funding… Read More »


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Plans in for Chester’s £300m Northgate Development

2 June 16

The Chester Northgate Scheme aims to deliver around 500,000 sq ft of new retail, restaurant and leisure facilities which are planned to be delivered over two phases of construction. The project has been around in various guises since 1991 with the last version sunk by the 2008 credit crunch. This latest scheme will require a financial investor… Read More »


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Balfour/Mott team smashes motorway resurfacing record

1 June 16

A single highways crew from contractor Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald has set new standards in motorway resurfacing outputs after trialling a new method. The team laid over 1,100 tonnes of road surface in one night, four times higher than expected during an average resurfacing shift. Motorway resurfacing work that would normally have taken seven nights to complete was completed over two nights,… Read More »


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Skanska targets career breakers to ease skills shortages

1 June 16

Skanska is launching a major recruitment drive to attract people back to construction who have taken a voluntary career break. The return to work programme will last 12 weeks starting this September. It is aimed at both men and women who have taken voluntary career breaks of two years or more. The retraining programme could… Read More »


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British Steel name returns as Tata seals £1 deal

1 June 16

Tata Steel UK has completed the sale of its Long Products Europe business to Greybull Capital LLP for £1. The deal will see the return of the British Steel brand and saves thousands of jobs. Bimlendra Jha, Executive Chairman of the Long Products Europe business and CEO of Tata Steel UK said: “As a responsible… Read More »


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Forrest starts third Manchester development

26 May 16

Contractor Forrest has been appointed to build M-One Central, a £12.6m block of flats for in Manchester city centre, for Factory Estates. The Great Ancoats Street development will have 119 apartments over 12 storeys. Designed by architect IDP Group, the building will be clad in oxidised metal panels to fit in with neighbouring structures. Construction… Read More »


Small companies being left behind by “BIM divide”

25 May 16

Government action to make BIM compulsory on larger projects is creating a divide which is causing smaller construction firms to miss out on the benefits of computer modelling. BIM has been mandatory on public sector projects over £5m since last month. But Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) experts are warning that the deadline has created… Read More »


Cleveland Bridge UK returns to profit after four years of losses

25 May 16

Darlington-based steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge UK has returned to profit under its new management team after four years of losses. The specialist bridge contractor, which is owned by Al Rushaid Petroleum Investment Company, has bounced back after a £7m loss in 2014 to report a £2.5m profit last year. Its improved performance was built on revenue… Read More »


What will Stelios say? EasyHotel first half profits fall on costs – but revenues climb above-expectations

24 May 16

EasyHotel is enjoying the easy life: revenues were above expectations for the first half of the year – although profits more than halved on costs. The figures Total sales were up 10.4 per cent to £9.66m for the six months ended 31 March, while total revenues climbed 11.6 per cent to £2.59m, slightly ahead of the board’s… Read More »


East Lancs trains into Manchester prove popular

24 May 16

There has been an 180% increase in the sale of tickets originating in East Lancashire for passengers heading to Manchester in the past year since the Todmorden Curve reopened to enable direct trains into the city. Passengers previously had to change in Hebden Bridge and catch the Leeds train into Manchester. European and Government funds,… Read More »


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Multimillion pound makeover of Cowgate roundabout complete

20 May 16

Newcastle City Council buried a time capsule in the site of the former roundabout to celebrate completing the £4.3m makeover. A multimillion pound makeover at one of Newcastle’s traffic blackspots is complete. What was once Cowgate roundabout has been transformed into a junction, with hi-tech traffic light systems and new pedestrian crossings, along with cycle… Read More »


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Burnham wants Distinctive Brand of Northern Labour

20 May 16

TACKLING the North-South divide has coaxed Andy Burnham away from Labour’s front-line and will form the basis of his campaign to become mayor of Greater Manchester. The Liverpool-born MP, who stood for leadership of the party in 2015, said Westminster has “failed the North” and hopes to make Manchester a “beacon of social justice”. His… Read More »


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Galliford Try bags two Student Projects for £102m

18 May 16

Galliford Try has been selected as preferred bidder for two new major contracts in the student accommodation sector. For Newcastle University it has been selected to construct the new £62m Park View Student Village, consisting of six new student accommodation blocks, ranging from four to 10 storeys. The scheme replaces the existing 1970s buildings in Richardson Road,… Read More »


Bardsley Targets Midlands with New Office

18 May 16

Manchester building firm Bardsley Construction has opened a Midlands base after securing new contracts in the region. The opening in Newcastle-Under-Lyme represents a significant development for the £50m business which had operated solely from its Greater Manchester head office for some 50 years prior to opening an office in Leeds in 2010. The firm’s Midlands office is… Read More »


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Impact of the Northern Powerhouse

24 February 16

Hi Anthony, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. You’ve previously mentioned that knowledge of how Government operates within the commercial sector is limited. Do you think this something that is improving, and, if not, how can the construction industry develop stronger links with the Government? The public sector is changing massively and… Read More »


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Sheffield’s Devolution Deal

24 February 16

With increased investment coming to the North of England in an attempt to redress the balance of the UK’s economy, we spoke with Susan Mahon at the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership about the impact this investment will have for local business.


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Northern Powerhouse will “Change Britain Forever”

5 February 16

It has been two years since George Osborne announced his “devolution revolution”, however, what does the Northern Powerhouse mean for business?


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New ONS data shows the promise of the Northern Powerhouse

19 January 16

Chaired by Lord Andrew Adonis, former Labour Transport Secretary, the independent body will assess the UK’s infrastructure needs to encourage growth across the whole of the UK, and minimise the notable gap between London and the rest of the UK.


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Appropriate Housing is a Basic Need and a Right in our Society

18 January 16

We spoke to Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Chair of the Housing and Planning Commission at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the impact of the Housing and Planning Bill on the Greater Manchester area, as well as their aspirations to become a low carbon hub.


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SME’s Need to be at the Heart of Housing Delivery

16 January 16

We recently interviewed Paul Bogle, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders on the impact of recent government announcements and the importance of SME’s in keeping the industry moving.


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CMA Win Builds Tangerine’s Construction Credentials

15 December 15

The year is ending on a high for Tangerine B2B after it was named PR Agency of the Year at the Construction Marketing Awards 2015. Tangerine was awarded the honour for its work delivering impactful campaigns for clients in the built environment, and its belief that communications in the construction sector can be and should… Read More »


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Interview with Ross Holleron, Projects Director at Zero Carbon Hub

14 December 15

What policies do you expect the government to implement following the climate change talks in Paris? The decisions made at COP21 in Paris will no doubt, in time, begin to influence policies. However for the construction sector the short to medium term will be driven by the European Union’s EPBD and Nearly Zero Energy Building… Read More »


Specifiers and designers are now starting to realise the importance of acoustic design

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Community-Led Development – a New Future?

1 January 70

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What are the main challenges of bringing forward well designed development?

Community groups sometimes lack knowledge of and expertise in design and therefore design quality can be overlooked while groups are getting to grips with project viability and finance. It can help to involve a design facilitator early on to enable groups to work out what their aspirations for the development are. Some architects also specialise in working collaboratively with communities and future residents on the design of new homes (whether the project is led by a community or more conventional housing developer).

How can events like North England Build support communication between relevant stakeholders?

The North England Build Expo can help showcase the role and relevance of all involved in the planning process. Communities and neighbourhood groups are crucial in the planning process and engaging them at the earliest stage helps build trust and confidence for all.

Julia Wallace is Programme Lead at Design Council Cabe. David Waterhouse


New Opportunities for Construction SMEs?

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places are limited).

What are the main challenges of bringing forward well designed development?

Community groups sometimes lack knowledge of and expertise in design and therefore design quality can be overlooked while groups are getting to grips with project viability and finance. It can help to involve a design facilitator early on to enable groups to work out what their aspirations for the development are. Some architects also specialise in working collaboratively with communities and future residents on the design of new homes (whether the project is led by a community or more conventional housing developer).

How can events like North England Build support communication between relevant stakeholders?

The North England Build Expo can help showcase the role and relevance of all involved in the planning process. Communities and neighbourhood groups are crucial in the planning process and engaging them at the earliest stage helps build trust and confidence for all.

Julia Wallace is Programme Lead at Design Council Cabe. David Waterhouse


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Ask Questions Till you Annoy Everyone – Then Ask a Few More!

20 April 16

We spoke with Chris Chivers, President of the CIOB about the route to becoming a construction manager and how to solve the industry skills shortage.


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The weather has definitely been a challenge!

20 April 16

How do you manage a project through the wettest winter on record? We spoke to Steve Chawner to find out how VolkerLaser managed this.


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The Very Nature of the Repair Business Sees us Thrive on Challenges

20 April 16

Mike Aitken, National Sales Manager at Plastic Surgeon, the UK’s leading specialist surface repair firm, looks at the firm’s current projects in the north of England and what challenges lie ahead for the industry.


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We Have to Build More Homes

20 April 16

Planners and planning policy as councils do not seem to understand that time is money in the real world, or that developers need to make a profit to survive. We spoke with Martin Powell, Managing Director of Heron Way Consultants, on how to address this.


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Into the Atmos-phere!

20 April 16

We spoke with Jean Curran, recently installed as MD at Atmos Consulting, who gives us a great insight to the lessons she’s learnt so far.


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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Modular Construction

20 April 16

There can be a number of pitfalls when companies embark on modular construction. We spoke to Ray Nolan of Harlequin Office Furniture on how you can address this.


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North England Build to Showcase Northern Powerhouse Influence

7 April 16

On April 27th & 28th, the leading new construction show, North England Build, will open its doors to the leading construction companies in the north.


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North West based Architects Discuss Completion of Two Mental Health Projects

7 April 16

1.For those who are not yet aware of Gilling Dod, can you tell us a little bit about the company and the types of projects you are involved with? Established for over a Century, Gilling Dod is a forward thinking BIM level 2 Architectural & Interior Design Practice recognised for numerous national design awards. We… Read More »


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Looking to take a step up in your career?

7 April 16

Visit the CIOB on stand E11 and get a better understanding of how you can boost your credibility and earning power. They will run sessions for those interested in joining the CIOB, as well as for members seeking to upgrade. Get advice on applying for the Professional Review and their Chartered Membership Programme, which offers additional help if you need it. Apply for your professional review on stand and you can save £100.


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BSRIA Ceo Panellist At Skills Seminar At North England Build 2016

7 April 16

BSRIA is delighted to announce that its Chief Executive, Julia Evans, will be a skills seminar panellist at the forthcoming North England Build 2016 Expo on Wednesday 27th April, being held at Manchester Central.


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‘POPPING’ in at the Expo!

6 April 16

‘POPPING’ IN AT THE EXPO A Rochdale IT company is thriving by challenging the traditional image of the IT industry, and intends to make sure that delegates that visit their stand will leave having experienced something ‘popping’. You will have to follow the sound and smell over the two days to find the surprise that… Read More »


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Mitigating the Impact of the Great Crested Newt on Property Development

6 April 16

Mitigating the Impact of the Great Crested Newt on Property Development With the North England Build 2016 event rapidly approaching perhaps now is a good time to reflect on how a good environmental consultant can iron out potential environmental constraints during the planning and construction phases of projects. This is applicable for all disciplines within… Read More »


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North England Build 2016 to Launch New Skills Hub Zone

24 March 16

Last week, Chancellor George Osbourne announced major new commitments to construction projects across the UK. In addition to giving the go ahead for the £27bn development of Crossrail 2 in London, a green light was given to significant infrastructure projects across the North of England. Schemes such as HS3 between Leeds and Manchester, the widening… Read More »


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Ensuring Safety on Construction Sites

24 March 16

We spoke with Karla Schon, Group Marketing Manager at Altrad Beaver 84 on their ongoing projects and how to ensure safety on construction sites.


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HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme

24 March 16

We spoke with Alison Ensor, Senior Partner at Foremans LLP on the key accountancy issues faced by the construction industry


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Support the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s ‘One day… to help our own’ campaign

24 March 16

How can we attract new and young talent into our industry when health and safety statistics show it is still incredibly dangerous?


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#NAW2016 – Apprenticeship Alchemy

24 March 16

As part of #NAW2016, Futureworks (Yorkshire) blogs about their shared apprenticeships approach.


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Call on Government to Ensure that Projects can Start and Progress Quickly

24 March 16

Following on from George Osborne’s recent budget announcements, we spoke to Christian Spence, Head of Research & Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on the impact this will have for the north of England. Hi Christian, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. The budget released by Chancellor George Osborne has highlighted… Read More »


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Avantgarde Scotland Talk Security

24 February 16

Avantgarde Scotland tell us about their latest projects in the UK along with the opportunities and threats for the future of CCTV within the construction industry.


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Northern Regeneration is Something that is Close to my Heart

24 February 16

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