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Solving the refurbishment problem in car parks and tower blocks

Unsafe, unsightly and environmentally unfriendly… faced with these challenges, owners and contractors are looking for effective ways to turn tired constructions into desirable buildings. David Fraser, business unit manager at SFS, considers the problems and explains how NVF2F, a new generation of subframe, can bridge the gap.
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Deconstruct UK to replace Wates on Grenfell Tower contract

Deconstruct UK Ltd will take over from Wates on the Grenfell tower safety and maintenance contract.

Construction output up 5.8% in March

Construction output increased by 5.8% in the three months leading to March 2021, the largest monthly growth since July 2020, according to the latest ONS figures.
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Northstowe project boosts construction of sustainable schools

A webinar hosted by Stora Enso, with The B1M showcased the case study of the Northstowe Learning Community in Cambridgeshire, a 15,000m2 project that utilised cross...
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Material shortages still problematic for roofing industry

Growth for the roofing industry during the first quarter of 2021 has been hampered by recruitment difficulties and continued material shortages and price rises, according to the Q1 State of the Roofing Industry survey produced by Glenigan for NFRC.
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Government seeks views on new residential developer tax

The government has revealed further details of its new residential developer tax, as it seeks views on the proposed design features of the tax.
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The cladding crisis: A way forward

More than three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, hundreds of thousands of people are living in high-rise properties fitted with dangerous cladding. Mark Clinton, head of the construction and engineering group at law firm Irwin Mitchell, offers a 10-point plan to point policy in the right direction.
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Experts to review system for testing construction products

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has appointed two experts to lead an independent review of the system for testing construction products.
Building owners, cladding

Why do building owners still not know basic asset details? 

Richard Robertson, business development director at Cadline, developer of DynamicAIM, looks at the Grenfell tragedy four years on and why building owners still do not know basic asset details.
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Building defects and their impact on fire safety

Steve Cooper, partner responsible for fire engineering at Hollis, provides insight on dealing with building defects and their impact on fire safety, and improvements that can be made to building regulations.
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True cost of cladding remediation works could hit £50bn

The government’s £5bn cladding remediation fund ‘won’t scratch the surface’ for what is required to make every high-rise development EWS1 A1 compliant, says Colmore Tang Construction.
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ENGIE secures £120m contract to deliver fire remediation works

ENGIE has been appointed by Optivo to deliver fire remediation work worth £120m, both organisations will work closely with residents to provide comprehensive solutions.
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Abri acquires land to build mixed-use scheme in Bristol

Abri, who will be working with Change Real Estate, has acquired land at The Old Brewery in Southville to build 107 affordable homes and seven commercial units.

Roofers concerned about material shortages, data shows

When asked to rank their top three concerns for 2021, almost half of roofing and cladding contractors (48%) put material shortages at the top of the list, according to the State of the Roofing Industry Survey, by Glenigan for NFRC.
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Government pledges extra £3.5bn to end unsafe cladding crisis

Hundreds of thousands of leaseholders will be protected from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes, as housing secretary Robert Jenrick unveils a 5-point plan.
Construction regulator, Grenfell Inquiry

Roundtable: New national construction regulator launched

The government has launched a new national construction regulator to ensure safe building materials are used in new homes following “deeply disturbing allegations of malpractice” by some construction product manufacturers at the Grenfell Inquiry.
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Cladding remediation yet to start on 45 towers

All high-rise buildings in the social sector and student buildings are now fully remediated or have work underway to remove unsafe ACM cladding, according to recent government figures.
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Colmore Tang launches cladding remediation service

Colmore Tang Construction has launched a cladding remediation service to provide a complete solution for those seeking to replace dangerous cladding.
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Khan calls for £3bn cladding levy on private developers

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the government to introduce a £3bn levy to be imposed on private property developers and housebuilders to pay for cladding replacement work.
Building Safety

Building Safety proposals ‘lack requisite detail’, says British Safety Council

The government’s new building safety proposals lack ‘requisite detail’, says the British Safety Council.
Building Safety Bill,

Building Safety Bill welcomed but ‘more detail needed’

The government must improve on the detail if it is to prove that its new Building Safety Bill will drive reform in the industry, according to a new report by the HCLG.
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Lambeth orders action over fire safety failings at private tower block

Lambeth Council has urged action over “significant fire safety deficiencies” at a private tower block in Streatham.
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Ringley appoints head of engineering to tackle cladding crisis

Ringley Group has appointed Jon Curtis as head of its building engineering division to spearhead its response to the cladding crisis.
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Committee condemns ‘badly missed’ cladding remediation target

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has condemned the ‘badly missed’ target to make thousands of Grenfell-style cladding homes safe, as it urges the new 2021 deadline be met.
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Building Safety Bill: Fundamental change or fundamentally flawed?

The publication of the Building Safety Bill last month was touted as a once in a generation opportunity to improve how buildings are designed, Richard Waterhouse, NBS’ chief strategy officer, explores the bill in more detail.
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Rendall & Rittner to manage recladding of Sheffield’s Metis Apartments

Managing agent Rendall & Rittner has been appointed to manage the recladding of Metis Apartments in Scotland Street, Sheffield.

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