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Construction holds strong during pandemic – but what does the future...

While Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on many industries, the construction industry has so far emerged relatively unscathed. But the impact of the shock to the wider economy, the withdrawal of government support and longstanding and unresolved industry issues will mean the sector is likely to face challenges over the longer term, warns BDO’s head of construction Paul Fenner.
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ARB launches safety and sustainability guidelines for architects

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has published new guidelines for all architects on fire and life safety design and sustainability.
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HSE appoints first chief inspector of buildings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed Peter Baker as chief inspector of buildings to lead the new Building Safety Regulator.
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Birmingham uni launches new fire engineering course

A new fire engineering course has been launched by Birmingham City University to address post-Grenfell skills shortage concerns.
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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.
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BIM: Coming of age in 2021

Robin Lawson, managing director of building services engineering company, Ameon, looks at BIM in 2021 and shares his hopes for the sector.
PBC Today February 2021

PBC Today February 2021

Our first edition of 2021 looks at how architecture, engineering and construction are facing up to the challenges of planning reform, project delivery, digital transformation and moving towards a net-zero future against the backdrop of Covid-19 and lockdown 3.0.
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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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New regulator to ensure construction products are safe

A new regulator for construction products has been established to ensure materials used to build homes are made safely.
Get It Right Initiative

What is the ‘Get It Right Initiative’ and why does it...

Darren Graham, marketing manager at Viewpoint, explores the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) and what it means for your construction business.
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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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CIOB launches fire safety certification

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is set to launch a certificate in fire safety for construction, due to begin on 17 February 2021.
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Grenfell inquiry suspended due to latest lockdown

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been temporarily suspended due to the latest Covid-19 lockdown.
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Fire safety bill risks ‘fuelling the cladding crisis’

The government's flagship law intended to avoid another Grenfell-type tragedy is at danger of worsening the cladding crisis that has paralysed parts of the UK housing market, warns managing director at Ringley.
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Campaign to tackle ‘shameful’ removal of fire safety from PI insurance

‘Shameful’ removal of fire safety from professional indemnity insurance leaves building owners uninsured in Grenfell aftermath, warns Ingleton Wood.
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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.
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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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Working groups call for single source of truth for product data

Fareed Patel, owner of Hamari Agency, takes a look at what manufacturers need to do to organise their product data.
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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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Blueprint to improve competence in fire and built environment sector

The Competence Steering Group (CSG) has published a blueprint to improve competence for those working on higher-risk buildings and drive culture change in the fire and built environment industries.
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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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Construction manufacturers urged to ‘digitise product data’

A new initiative aims to get manufacturers in the construction industry to take ownership of their product information, this project is being supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the UK BIM Alliance.

Why are we failing on ventilation in existing buildings?

Good ventilation is essential in controlling damp, mould and pollutants but a lack of compliance with Building Regulations in this area is widespread. When we’re not getting it right with new builds, what hope is there for proper ventilation in existing buildings, asks James Berry of the Property Care Association.
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Building Safety Bill delivers ‘biggest changes’ to safety for 40 years

The government will publish its landmark Building Safety Bill to deliver the biggest changes to safety for nearly 40 years.

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