HS2 advanced civil works

Six shortlisted for HS2’s £240m advanced civil works contracts

HS2 has invited six firms to tender for advanced civil works (ACW), a two-part enabling works contract for the phase 2a route from the West Midlands to Crewe.
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Will construction supply shortages dent safety progress?

The Government’s bid to ‘build back better’ has reaffirmed an urgent need to improve construction output. Ian King, COO at Zeroignition explains why Brexit and the pandemic have together created a storm within the industry.

Actis’ Hybrid insulation ‘the best thing since sliced bread’

Builders working on a 6,700 sq ft barrel-roofed house in the Cotswolds say the Actis Hybrid insulation products they installed in it are ‘the best thing since sliced bread’.
Angel Tas, Construction, tax abuse,

Construction director banned for tax abuse

A construction director from Arbroath, Scotland, has been banned for 7 years after failing to explain more than £700,000 worth of expenditure.
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Wates and DfE begins work on first net-zero schools

Wates Group will use modern methods of construction to build some of the UK’s first net-zero schools, supporting the country’s ambitious climate goals.
Cryfield student residences, student village, Warwick

Kier hands over £57m student village in Warwick

Kier has successfully completed the final phase of the Cryfield student residences at the University of Warwick.
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Go-ahead for £60m Manchester inland surfing lagoon

McKinney Group has been given the green light for plans to deliver a £60m inland surfing lagoon in Manchester.

Protecting classic cars with SterlingOSB Zero

Bindloss Dawes has used West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero products to create a workshop and garages for an avid classic car collector.
innovation central darlington

Willmott Dixon secures £8m Innovation Central in Darlington

Willmott Dixon has been appointed by Darlington Borough Council to deliver the £8m Innovation Central in Darlington.
Greenprint for Investment, Glasgow

Glasgow launches £30bn ‘Greenprint for Investment’

Glasgow City Council has launched its 'Greenprint for Investment', a portfolio of investment projects designed to give a significant boost to the city's target to reach net-zero by 2030.
Construction management platform

Procore unveils multiple platform updates

Procore Technologies, Inc. has unveiled multiple platform updates to further meet the needs of its global customers.



BIM and CAD product

Vectorworks launches 2022 BIM and CAD product line

Design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has released the 2022 version of its BIM and CAD product line.
mining software

Bentley Systems acquires mining and exploration software specialists

Bentley Systems’ Seequent business unit has acquired Canadian mining and exploration software company, Minalytix.
mars concrete

Concrete-like material developed from space dust and astronaut blood

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed a concrete-like material made of space dust and the blood, sweat and tears of astronauts.
project management software

Elecosoft launches Powerproject Collaboration Cloud

Great construction work should never be held up by poor project management. To help companies deliver more projects on schedule, within budget, stress-free, Elecosoft has launched Powerproject Collaboration Cloud.
fungi landslips

Study to explore how fungi could prevent landslips

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde, Cardiff University, the University of Naples Federico II and engineering company BAM Ritchies, are exploring the role of fungi in helping to prevent landslips.



precision engineered smart homes

370 precision engineered smart homes to be delivered at Eddington

Present Made has been appointed by the University of Cambridge to develop sustainable smart homes as part of its ambitious 150-hectare Eddington masteplan.
premier modular bopas

Premier Modular achieves BOPAS accreditation

Premier Modular has achieved BOPAS accreditation for its modular living solutions, after its expansion into the residential sector.
modular office development

Modular office development complete in Gloucestershire

Modular building specialist Enviro Building Solutions has completed a £2.3m three-storey modular office development for South Gloucestershire Council.
engineered wood panel products

A mindful eco build from Blue Sky Property Services and West Fraser

Timber frame specialist, Blue Sky Property Services has specified West Fraser’s engineered wood-based panel products to deliver a mindful eco build.
RIBA Plan of Work, DfMA,

RIBA publishes latest DfMA guidance

The RIBA has published new Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) guidance, acknowledging the proven potential of DfMA solutions to produce not only good outcomes but great architecture.


PBC Today August 2021

PBC Today August 2021

Welcome to the August edition of PBC Today, which explores everything from climate risk in the built environment, carbon reduction and net zero ambitions to calls for a radical new national housing policy, how the industry can cope with material shortages and the case for incentivising MMC.
BIM Today

BIM Today June 2021

Welcome to the June edition of BIM Today. In this issue, we look at everything from boosting digital skills in the construction workforce to the potential of digital twins in achieving net zero carbon, the future of drone technology in the UK and the role of 4D visualisation in improving health and safety.

The future of housebuilding and construction

In this new ebook, the Access Group argues that the lack of supply, when combined with emerging challenges and barriers at home and internationally, mean the construction industry must now accept that the old ways of working alone are not going to solve the problem.

Premier Guarantee: Pre-plaster

This Pre-plaster ebook by Premier Guarantee gathers together Technical Updates offering additional guidance on a number of key areas.

Premier Guarantee technical updates: Roofs

This ebook brings together a collection of Technical Updates from Premier Guarantee covering roof design, installation, maintenance and performance standards to satisfy its warranty scheme.



Digital Construction Week is back this November

Join us from 24-25 November for Europe’s leading innovation and technology event for the built environment, live and in-person at ExCeL London

Automist – Intelligent Fire Suppression from Plumis

Automist by Plumis is an award-winning fire suppression system, designed for cost efficient construction of modular homes.

West Fraser – wood-based panel products

West Fraser is a world-leading manufacturer of engineered wood-based panel products used extensively throughout construction, furniture and DIY industries.


What do CAD software users say about BricsCAD®?

BricsCAD® is Computer Aided Design software for people who build things. It’s the best choice for drafters, designers, architects, and engineers.

Accessibility isn’t an add-on when it comes to awards

Ian Streets, managing director of About Access, marks down the judges who hand out accolades for inaccessible design.

Covid-19 and the reinvention of the construction industry

Asite has launched a research report examining how the construction industry can adapt to survive, using digital technologies in the face of Covid-19.