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Carillion contracts worth 7.5 billion

Carillion contracts

As the economy continues to come to terms with the collapse of Carillion, the latest figures suggest that on the day of liquidation, the industry giant was the main contractor on 57 construction projects worth a total of £5.7 billion, including a £1.3 billion HS2 contract. This latest information comes from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, who outlined that ten …

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Bricky and chippy shortage reaches record high

Small builders

Two-thirds of those running small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters as construction skills shortages hit a ‘record high’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).   Key results from the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey, the quarterly assessment of the UK-wide SME construction sector, include: More than two-thirds (68%) of construction …

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Safety stand-down to cover whole of construction sector in 2018

stop make a change

Following a successful launch in 2017, the first UK-wide stand-down for the infrastructure sector has plans for growth in 2018 with plant safety and mental wellbeing two key priorities for the coming year. Last April more than 60,000 workers on more than 1000 sites took part in events to support Stop. Make a Change. The initiative saw sites, offices and production facilities …

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Banks must show leniency to Carillion’s SME supply chain, says FMB

Carillion's SME

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on UK Finance’s announcement that the major banks and the Government are working closely to limit the impact of Carillion’s liquidation on small and medium-sized builders (SME) firms, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “It’s absolutely …

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Carillion collapse must be a catalyst for change, says BIFM

Carillion contracts

Following the news that Carillion has gone into liquidation the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued a statement stressing the need to learn from the event and to use it as a catalyst for change. In its statement Carillion said: The news that Carillion has ceased trading is both sad and shocking. The clear priority is to ensure …

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Worker killed falling through skylight

Construction boss jailed

A company has been fined after an employee died following a fall through a skylight. Leicester Crown Court heard how the deceased was working with another employee on the roof, re-siting a heater and new chimney flue, when the incident occurred. He suffered severe injuries and died from these injuries approximately 6 months later. An investigation by the Health and …

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What will 2018 have in store for the construction industry?

construction industry predictions

Ian Anfield, Managing Director for construction audit and contract provider, Hudson Contract, shares his construction industry predictions for 2018. “This time last year, I shared my thoughts on what would dominate the construction agenda in 2017. Some of the observations I made, such as Brexit being linked to skills shortages, were fairly safe, while others, like losing one of the …

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The search is on for the Redland and Icopal Apprentices of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2017, Redland – the manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – has announced the launch of the 2018 Apprentice of the Year: but with an important twist. Redland has joined forces with sister BMI Group company, Icopal, the major flat roofing business. Together they will offer two apprentice awards: one for …

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The Capel Build part 1: The foundations

Capel Build

This is the start of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it while …

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Makita introduces heavy duty cordless angle grinders

cordless angle grinders

Makita has introduced two heavy duty cordless angle grinders to its industrial range powered by twin 18v batteries to give 36v power to the brushless, high performance motor. These new cordless grinders deliver  mains machine type performance with the added benefit of total manoeuvrability. A host of new features, especially in the machine electronics, ensures maximum operating productivity and at …

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