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Autumnal slowing for construction output

Latest official estimates have output in the construction industry declining 2.0% in November 2014 compared to the previous month.

In November 2014 all construction work decreased by 2.0% compared with October 2014 but increased by 3.6% compared with November 2013.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) Output in the Construction Industry figures for November show all types of construction work declining, month-on-month, except public housing repair & maintenance. However, repair and …

Wienerberger’s Innovation Park house to pilot new BRE standards

Construction starts this month on the next home at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

The ‘Wienerberger e4 brick house’, designed in conjunction with Arup, will be the first house built to the Building Research Establishment’s New Homes Standard, which will be introduced in March

Founded in Austria in 1819, Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks as well as number one on the clay roof tile market, BRE …

Electrical fault blamed for glulam lab fire

The fire that destroyed a laboratory that Morgan Sindall was building at the University of Nottingham last autumn was probably caused by an electrical fault and became devastating because of the construction methodology chosen, an official report says.

With the £20m glulam building only 70% complete, there were no fire doors, limited glazing and open voids between floors whenmt he fire took hold on 12th September 2014

The official report …

Record order book for Taylor Wimpey

House-builder Taylor Wimpey starts 2015 with a record order book and brimming with confidence.

On 31st December 2014 Taylor Wimpey’s order book stood at £1,397m, excluding joint ventures, which is up 12% on the £1,246m of 12 months before.

This order book represents 6,601 homes (31st December 2013: 6,627 homes). “We view this as the optimum size for the business at this point in the cycle,” said chief executive …

CDM 2015 draft guidance now out

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published draft guidance on the legal requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Subject to parliamentary approval CDM 2015 will come into force on 6th April 2015. These will replace the existing CDM 2007 regulations.

HSE chief inspector of construction Philip White said: “The guidance may be subject to change while the regulations are awaiting parliamentary approval but we want duty …

Network Rail blames tools for over-runs

Disruption to train passengers on the East Coast main line on 27th December has been blamed on faulty plant.

On 27th December thousands of passengers using King’s Cross and Paddington services in London suffered severe delays and disruption after Christmas engineering works ran over schedule. Network Rail launched an immediate investigation into what went wrong and has now published its findings.

Chief executive Mark Carne said: “A number of things …

And the biggest idiot is…

A campaign to promote ladder safety has found its 2014 Biggest Idiot on a Ladder.

The Ladder Association campaigns for users to replace their old ladders with new ones, and then use them safely. It runs a part exchange trade-in scheme. It also holds photo competition in tandem that invites people to send in photographs of dangerous ladder use.

The Ladder Exchange programme traded 15% more ladders in 2014 than …

New directors at Scottish surveyor

Scottish chartered surveying firm DM Hall has appointed three new directors and three new associates from within the business.

Laurence Neil in Aberdeen, Michael McDonald in Elgin and Greig Baxter in Inverurie have each been promoted to director of DM Hall.

Laurence Neil has been with the Aberdeen office since 1989. Michael McDonald joined the Elgin office in 2002 as a graduate trainee and took over running it last year. …

Kingspan warns against reusing flooring panels

The growing trend of recycling access flooring carries a significant risk of failure, a leading manufacturer has warned.

Kingspan Access Floors, the UK’s leading supplier of access flooring, has warned about the dangers of contractors taking up raised floors from buildings being renovated or demolished and then reusing them elsewhere.

The flooring panels are structural components and there is no way of knowing what stresses have been imposed upon them …

BIM chief quits Mace for Aecom

Aecom has appointed David Philp as director of building information modelling (BIM) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

David Philp has joined Aecom from Mace, which he joined only in January 2013 as head of BIM. Before that, he was with Balfour Beatty.

Mr Philp is also head of BIM implementation at the Cabinet Office where he is responsible for the mobilisation and implementation of Level Two BIM across …