Construction industry urged to sign asbestos petition

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Campaigners for research into asbestos-related diseases are seeking support from the construction industry for their petition to get a House of Commons debate.

The online petition on the government website calls for “dedicated long-term funding for research into the causes, treatment, and potential cure of those diseases related to exposure from asbestos”.

A petition of 100,000 signatures is needed to raise the issue of this illness within the House of …

School gate company fined after child’s head is trapped

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The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company for failing to install adequate guarding on an electric gate that trapped a young child at a primary school in Stourbridge.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court yesterday (10th July) heard that on 25 September 2012 an eight-year-old boy was injured when his head became trapped between the edge of the closing gate and the gate post. The child suffered significant bruising to …

Victims win first stage of blacklisting suit

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Legal action to get compensation for blacklisted construction workers opened in the High Court yesterday with a green light for the case to proceed to the next stage.

The judge hearing the case agreed that the companies involved in blacklisting have a case to answer. He ruled that the hundreds of separate cases made by victims of blacklisting will be heard together, under a group litigation order (GLO).

In a …

Steel bending breakthrough claimed

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A steel bending company is claiming that it has a new development to save significant construction costs and time in the erection of offshore wind turbines.

Barnshaws Metal Bending says that it has developed new methods for cold bending rectangular hollow sections (RHS) for base platform support rings that are used as an integral part of the structure of turbines.

Barnshaws can now curve 400*200*16 RHS and 450*250*16 RHS to …

Mullins moves from Heathrow job to GB

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GB Group has recruited Steve Mullins from Laing O’Rourke to head up the central & south division of its construction arm, GB Building Solutions.

At Laing O’Rourke Mr Mullins he had responsibility for delivery of the shell, core and envelope of Heathrow Airport’s new £1bn Terminal 2, which opened to passengers last month.

At GB Building Solutions he will take charge of the offices in Sunbury and Rugby.

GB operations …

MoD plans £300m rehabilitation centre

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Injured service personnel will in future be able to get care at a new £300m defence rehabilitation centre to be built near Loughborough.

Rehabilitation services currently delivered at Headley Court, near Leatherhead in Surrey, are being moved to a new purpose-built location at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough.

Construction at Stanford Hall will start next year.

The centre will be part funded by donors led by the Duke of Westminster, who …

Diggers to Donuts: supermarket for JCB factory site

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JCB has done a deal to build a supermarket on its old Heavy Products factory in Uttoxeter.

JCB has agreed in principle to sell two acres of its 22-acre site to the retailer. Subject to final planning consent, Waitrose will build a 2,800m2 store and is aiming to open before the end of next year. Construction of housing elsewhere on the site could begin this year.

JCB chairman Lord …

Industry output fell back in May

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Construction industry output fell by 1.1% in May 2014 but remains around 3.5% higher than in May 2013, according to latest official estimates.

Having increased by 1.2% in April, output dropped back again the following month, latest data from the Office for National Statistics reveal. Both new work and repair & maintenance fell by 1.1% in May 2014.

Compared with May 2013, output in the construction industry increased by 3.5%. …

Spurs stadium CPO approved

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Plans for a new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium have moved forward after the government approved the site acquisition deal.

Ministers have agreed with a compulsory purchase order (CPO) made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the project to go ahead.

Building a new 56,000-seater stadium next door to its current White Hart Lane home is part of a wider regeneration plan for the area – the …

Plans in for Castleford stadium development

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Developer Lateral Property Group has submitted plans for a £135m retail development and stadium complex with Wakefield Council.

The 10,000 capacity stadium will be home to Castleford Tigers Rugby League Club. The shops will pay for it.

Lateral Property is looking to develop a site at Glasshoughton, next to Junction 32 of the M62.

GMI Construction is already lined up as contractor for the project. The aim is to start …