Tag Archives: UK

Groundbreaking new concrete “recipe” will help cut carbon emissions

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Changes to standards for concrete have been published by BSI, the business improvement and standards company, and could save 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. It is one of the most significant changes to the traditional concrete “recipe” for making concrete since the 1980s, is set to …

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BMF CEO says Autumn statement “missed opportunity”

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BMF CEO, John Newcomb, has welcomed the announcement to make full expensing permanent but highlights that the government has missed several opportunities. These opportunities include: the chance to create new jobs and boost local growth; failing to support a national retrofit strategy which would have improved the energy efficiency of …

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Surge in planning approvals provides hope for construction

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Glenigan reported that construction project-starts has more than halved (59%), against last year, but detailed planning approvals grew 17% compared with the year before. Main contract awards experienced a 27% declined on the preceding period, this is 51% down when compared with the same period last year – regional performance …

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Free online construction carbon database launched by BCIS

James Fiske CEO BCIS

The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) has launched its free-to-access carbon database and is asking for the industry to unite behind it. The first data repository of its kind, it’s Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD) is designed to help drive down carbon emissions by enabling users to both submit data …

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Actis appoints technical manager

Actis Harsha Mistry

Actis has appointed a new technical manager, Harsha Mistry, who will work alongside Thomas Wiedmer in the newly created role. Before joining Actis, Mistry was involved in a variety of hospitality, residential and commercial projects in the UK and India, working closely on-site with builders and craftsman, where her in-depth …

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BESA appoints director of specialist knowledge


Rachel Davidson has been appointed to the new position of director of specialist knowledge at the Building Engineering Services Association. Davidson will have a particular focus on the Building Safety Act and its implications for BESA members and the wider specialist building services sector. “The new Act is just starting …

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Jewson support mental health awareness in construction with its “Big Brew”

Gavin Crane

Jewson has announced that more than 40 of its branches became hubs for mental health support earlier this month, as the builders merchant teamed up with charity Band of Builders to host The Big Brew. The event was designed to raise awareness of mental health challenges in the construction industry, …

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Construction Leadership Council’s statement reports more misery

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The Construction Products Association, which is a part of the Construction Leadership Council, has released a statement explaining that little has changed, in terms of product supply, since last month’s report with good availability across all products and regions. This is largely driven by a continuing overall decline in construction …

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Toolstation shines spotlight at 2023 Young Builder of the Year Awards

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Toolstation has continued its role as the prize sponsor for the 2023 Young Builder of the Year Award organised by Youthbuild UK, the awards were presented on Wednesday 18th October at the Houses of Parliament. The Young Builder of the Year awards are an annual celebration of junior learners and …

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HS2 money could have purchased 280,000 new homes

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Research suggests that the money “wasted” on HS2 could have covered the purchase of over 280,000 new homes across the locations due to benefit from the project. The research, from Stripe Property Group, looked at how the £92bn wasted on HS2 could have helped boost the housing market, and said …

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