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Construction Manager picks up prestigious award

June 30th, 2011 Comments off

The excellent Construction Manager magazine was recognised this week when it picked up a prestigious award.

Construction Manager, the official magazine of the CIOB was named Subscription Magazine of the Year 2011, by International Building Press. Judges praised the design and content of the magazine which is circulated to over 33,000 members of the CIOB. The magazine has been published since 2009 by Atom Publishing, MD Stephen Quirke commented: “We are passionate about editorial excellence and it’s fantastic that our efforts in raising the standards of the magazine have been recognised in this way.

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Aedas Architects’ “Sandcrawler” will be completed in Singapore next year

June 29th, 2011 Comments off

1696430_SandcrawlerAedas Architects has designed regional headquarters for Star Wars creator Lucasfilm in Singapore. The “Sandcrawler”, named after a sci-fi vehicle owned by the Jawa people in the Star Wars films, will also contain office space within a 10-storey, 24,000m2 metallic glass horseshoe block “floating” 13m above the ground. It will also include a double-height, 100-seat cinema. Construction is under way and is due to be completed next year.

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Kate Middleton ‘renovates marital home’

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

The Kensington Palace cottage, in which Kate Middleton and Prince William are to move, is said to be undergoing renovation.

It was reported in the Daily Mirror that the Duchess of Cambridge did not like the building’s decor and has initiated a home improvement programme.

A source close to the royal couple declared that the property is too old and stuffy for her and she felt it smelled musty and damp.

“Kate had little say in her marital home, but the only time she’s put her foot down was when it came to interior design,” the individual added.

She “has a keen eye for contemporary, effortlessly cool styling”, the friend concluded.

The Duchess has allegedly ordered 15 candles and six sprays to reduce the odour of the rooms.

It is also claimed that Prince William was willing to let Kate take control in this area.

The couple married at Westminster Abbey on April 29th and are anticipated to move into the cottage in July.

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Expert predicts self-build changes

June 27th, 2011 Comments off

The self-build market will be particularly strong in the future but will have altered considerably from its present state, according to a leading expert.

Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine editor Jason Orme noted that the government is “keen to develop” a model that will result in more people erecting their own property.

Currently, issues such as land and finance access, complicated building legislation and guidelines or the lack of a fixed price discourage people from entering this market, he claimed.

“There will be a whole new group of people who do not want to deal with the hassle” and are not interested in making the same profits of a traditional self-builder, the expert predicted.

Mr Orme explained that he anticipates these customers will buy serviced land, which will already have planning permission, before “selecting houses off-plan at a fixed price”.

“It is self-build, but not as we know it,” he concluded.

This follows a recent statement by housing minister Grant Shapps, who asked mortgage lenders to increase the financing options available for those who wish to construct their own dwelling.

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June 23rd, 2011 Comments off
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Vocational students build village welcome signs

June 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Aspiring house builders and bricklayers have built three signs and performed some repairs to the village hall in Ryther, Selby.

Damien Docherty and Joel Gardner, alongside tutors Harpal Sambhi and Robin Chappell, were involved in the construction project, which used stones carved by masonry teacher Paul Hill and his students.

The York Handmade Brick Company produced the bricks and Poppleton Community Railway Nursery donated plants.

Mr Sambhi said: “Projects like this really help students to see how live work needs to be planned and executed.”

He explained that students benefit from experiencing work outside of college environments and can put it on their CVs to impress future employers.

“Everyone involved fully enjoyed the project,” he concluded.

The college has 80 full-time vocational courses and is ranked fourth in the country for achievements in level three courses.

Around 400 students from the facility go to university every year, principal Alison Birkinshaw declared, adding that she is “delighted that we can celebrate vocational success and achievement”.

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London construction project set to go ahead

June 20th, 2011 1 comment

An £850 million building project on Broadgate in London by British Land looks set to go ahead.

It is expected to create 5,000 construction jobs over the next five years and provide further economic growth in the area.

The company hopes to meet particularly high sustainability standards by having the largest solar panel array of any commercial premises in the capital, as well as a rainwater harvesting scheme as part of an innovative design by architect practice Make.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt rejected a proposal by English Heritage to list properties in the area to prevent redevelopment, which it had viewed as some of the “best and most representative buildings” of the 1980s.

Chris Grigg, chief executive of British Land, stated that he was “delighted” by this decision, which will allow this area “to continue to evolve as a sustainable and flexible office location” as well as ensure number five Broadgate can meet the expected needs of potential and existing occupants.

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Home building market value ‘falling’

June 17th, 2011 2 comments

Lge-NewHouse1EThe underlying value of home construction starts in the UK dipped in the three months up to May 2011 compared with the same period 12 months ago, according to figures from one industry analyst.

Social housing fell 28 per cent while residential projects initiated by the private sector declined by 32 per cent during this time, with value in the sector overall decreasing 31 per cent, Glenigan reported.

This is in “stark contrast” to the “rapid government-funded growth” of the same time last year, economics director for the firm Allen Wilen declared.

He has forecast “a modest uplift in project starts” during the latter half of 2011, despite the fact that house prices are expected to remain weak in the near future.

His comments follow a Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) announcement of a 14 per cent decline from March to April in home loan lending.

CML chief economist Bob Pannell said it was difficult to understand the implications of this due to “statistical noise”, but Mr Wilen stated that it painted “a glum picture for the housing market” and underlined the conditions faced by builders.

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2014 athletes village work starts

June 16th, 2011 Comments off

Construction Companies in Glasgow have started  work on the athletes’ village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Around 6,500 competitors and officials will be accommodated at the 38 hectare site in Dalmarnock, three miles from the city centre. After the competition, there will be over 30o private houses, 300 rented homes and a 120-bed care home for elderly people.

Glasgow City Council has managed to get work started on time despite a stand-off with one resident, Margaret Jaconelli, who refused to leave her home, however, she was evicted on March 24 after a six-day dispute.

Councillor Archie Graham, executive member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “This development will leave one of the most visible examples of both the legacy from the Games and Glasgow’s regeneration, with the plans showing homes that will provide a memorable environment for athletes in 2014 and an attractive location for all those living in the development thereafter.”

The site will bring up to 130 new jobs, although a total of 820 people will work on the project which includes 60 apprentices and 200 construction workers. Of the new jobs, 36 will be created by sub-contractors and suppliers for the work, 24 of them will also be apprentices.

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Improved pay offer on behalf of 500,000 Construction workers

June 15th, 2011 Comments off

Construction unions UCATT, Unite and the GMB have agreed an improved pay offer on behalf of 500,000 workers covered by the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC). The pay offer of an increase in all rates of 1.5% to be paid from Monday 5 September 2011 was agreed on 8 June. An earlier offer of 1.25%, not covering all pay grades and not coming into force until 2012, had been rejected by the unions.

The union negotiating team also put forward proposals, which were accepted, to begin talks in early 2012 on a new deal to address what it said were the “low basic rates of pay for construction workers.” George Guy, acting general secretary of UCATT, who led the negotiations, said: “This offer ends the pay freeze for construction workers. It has been made clear to employers that future increases must properly reflect rising costs and the difficult, demanding, and skilled work undertaken by construction workers.” Phil Davies, National Secretary for Construction of the GMB, said; “This offer was the best that can be achieved under the current economic conditions. The union side is committed to significantly improving the agreement over the coming years.”

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