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Expert advice on the Construction VAT reverse charge set to impact the UK

Expert advice on the Construction VAT reverse charge set to impact the UK You have probably heard about VAT changing for the construction industry later this year, but some of the information about those changes can be very complex for non-tax-experts. This article prepared by transatlantic legal firm Womble Bond Dickinson, aims to give you …

EBRD supports Unigran to energise the construction industry in Ukraine

EBRD supports Unigran to energise the construction industry in Ukraine Increased availability of high-quality building materials for Ukraine’s construction industry will be secured following the expansion of Unigran Group with support  from the EBRD. Unigran, the country’s leading producer of granite aggregates, associated building materials and services, will receive an EBRD loan of up to …

GAP Hire Solutions shortlisted for prestigious Construction News Talent Award

GAP Hire Solutions shortlisted for prestigious Construction News Talent Award GAP Hire Solutions has been shortlisted in the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year category at the prestigious Construction News (CN) Talent Awards 2019. The award category acknowledges organisations that strive to recognise and improve its employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. GAP’s entry …

Network Rail partners with young engineers contest to help their inventions take-off

Network Rail partners with young engineers contest to help their inventions take-off Network Rail has become a national partner in a UK-wide competition to find the young engineers of the future, with the 2019 edition launched at Gatwick Airport. The competition – “If you were an engineer, what would you do?” – is a free, …

Clearview shortlisted for two Highways Awards

Clearview shortlisted for two Highways Awards Two road safety schemes delivered at opposite ends of the UK have each been named as finalists in the 2019 Highways Awards. Clearview Intelligence has been shortlisted in the Road Marking Project of the Year category for enhanced delineation in Guernsey and the Road Safety Scheme of the Year …

Sustainable and regulatory-compliant additives will augment growth opportunities

Sustainable and regulatory-compliant additives will augment growth opportunities Growth opportunities in the global construction additives market look promising over the next six years. A global uptick in construction activities, stringent building codes and environmental standards, and increasing usage of concrete admixtures are key factors driving the global construction additives market revenues towards $16.97 billion by …

JPG in Leeds launches strategic Land Engineering service

JPG in Leeds launches strategic Land Engineering service Leeds based civil and structural engineering consultancy JPG Group has launched a dedicated new division in Strategic Land Engineering (SLE). The unique new service links geospatial analysis with its existing engineering consultancy to provide full, early stage, site viability assessments to its clients. JPG’s Strategic Land Engineer …

MANN+HUMMEL completes acquisition of Hardy Filtration in Canada

MANN+HUMMEL completes acquisition of Hardy Filtration in Canada MANN+HUMMEL has announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Hardy Filtration, a Canada-based air filtration company. This will expand the global footprint and manufacturing capabilities of Tri-Dim Filter Corporation´s business, which MANN+HUMMEL acquired in 2018. MANN+HUMMEL is a global, family-owned company providing filtration solutions for automotive …

NAPA’s latest Practical Guide looks at Procurement and Sustainability

NAPA’s latest Practical Guide looks at Procurement and Sustainability The third instalment in the Sustainable Asphalt Pavements: A Practical Guide series, “Procuring and Evaluating Sustainability,” is now available. The 14-page book outlines how public projects are starting to incorporate and reward sustainable construction practices. The book will be formally released this Friday, August 9, during …

Institute of Quarrying honours high-achieving student Geologists

Institute of Quarrying honours high-achieving student Geologists Ten high-achieving students studying Geology at universities across the UK have been recognised for their continuous hard work and announced as an Institute of Quarrying (IQ) National Student Award winner. The second-year geologists of the future were nominated by their respective universities for continuous hard work and passion towards …

SsangYong awarded contract for 32 modified Musso vehicles for Highways England

SsangYong awarded contract for 32 modified Musso vehicles for Highways England SsangYong Motors UK has been awarded a contract to supply 32 vehicles to Highways England, to be deployed initially in Highways England areas in the north west (area 10), the south east (area 3) and the midlands (area 9). To improve the maintenance and …

Clearview Intelligence demonstrates ITS commitment with innovation hub

Clearview Intelligence demonstrates ITS commitment with innovation hub A flagship innovation hub of excellence created by Clearview Intelligence to promote its range of sustainable ITS solutions has been unveiled to company owner Sir John Madejski ahead of its official opening in autumn. Building on the relocation of its headquarters from Bicester to Milton Keynes at …

Nokian Heavy Tyres acquires Finnish heavy equipment wheel company Levypyörä Oy

Nokian Heavy Tyres acquires Finnish heavy equipment wheel company Levypyörä Oy In line with Nokian Heavy Tyres growth strategy, the company is acquiring a Finnish heavy equipment wheel company Levypyörä Oy. With its two business lines, wheels and steel structures, Levypyörä serves several original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in forestry, agriculture and earthmoving applications. …

Doka and Waco Africa and Form-Scaff sign exclusive Formwork agreement

Doka and Waco Africa and Form-Scaff sign exclusive Formwork agreement Austrian formwork company Doka GmbH has signed a distribution agreement with South-African-based Waco Africa Pty Ltd for the exclusive distribution of Doka products and systems across sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The agreement which came into effect on 1st August 2019 will see …

Laying the foundations for equality in the construction sector

Laying the foundations for equality in the construction sector It is 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York sparked the international Pride movement, 50 years since people stood up and said enough is enough to the hatred, prejudice and violence they faced on a daily basis. In those 50 years, …

EBRD invests €250m for urban transport renewal in Poltava

EBRD invests €250m for urban transport renewal in Poltava The population of Poltava, in the Ukraine will soon enjoy journeys on up to 40 new energy efficient and ecologically friendly trolley low-floor buses thanks to a €10 million European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) loan. The project will be the first investment under the …

Ferrovial awarded €274m water treatment contracts in Texas

Ferrovial awarded €274m water treatment contracts in Texas PLW Waterworks, owned by Ferrovial Agroman subsidiaries Webber and Cadagua, has been selected to participate in the construction of two water treatment plants in Texas with a combined value of $312 million, equivalent to €274 million. Firstly, the company will execute two contracts as part of the …

Infrastructure procurement models need new framework for effective future investment

Infrastructure procurement models need new framework for effective future investment Infrastructure procurement of UK projects risks being constrained by lack of evidence on long-term investment outcomes and could have strategic implications for the UK’s ability to meet growing demand for infrastructure services and its Net Zero emissions targets. The lack of a strong evidence base …

Construction in Australia forecast to regain growth from 2020

Construction in Australia forecast to regain growth from 2020 The construction industry in Australia, which is currently facing a troubled period, is set to regain growth momentum from 2020 on the back of a range of major infrastructure development programs and projects, according GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. GlobalData’s report, ‘Construction in Australia …

Fieldfisher wins case against Network Rail in competition case

Fieldfisher wins case against Network Rail in competition case European law firm Fieldfisher has won a hard fought stand-alone competition case in the Competition Appeal Tribunal for its client Achilles Information Limited (“Achilles”), against Addleshaw Goddard acting for Network Rail. The claim arose from changes to the way in which Network Rail, which owns and …

McCann and fellow sponsors turn Chilwell Manor Golf Club’s vision into reality

McCann and fellow sponsors turn Chilwell Manor Golf Club’s vision into reality A new practice area was unveiled at Chilwell Manor Golf Club on Monday 10th June after several local sponsors, including Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann, donated time and resources to help with the transformation. The golf course, situated close to McCann’s …

JCB expands in Latin America with $25m investment in Brazil

JCB expands in Latin America with $25m investment in Brazil JCB has announced a $25 million investment in its Brazilian operations as the company gears up for growth in the Latin America region. The investment was confirmed as JCB hosted the Governor of the State of São Paulo, João Doria at the company’s World HQ …

CASE sponsors Team Schwabentruck in the 2019 FIA European Truck Racing Championship

CASE sponsors Team Schwabentruck in the 2019 FIA European Truck Racing Championship From 25 May to 6 October 2019, the Fédération Internationale De L’Automobile European Truck Racing Championship (FIA ETRC) takes place across eight different countries, including Germany, Italy, France, Slovakia and Spain. This year, CASE is proud to sponsor driver Steffie Halm of Team …

Rockwheel owner Rokla to buy Hartl Crusher

Rockwheel owner Rokla to buy Hartl Crusher German rotary cutter manufacturer Rokla GmbH, which operates under the Rockwheel brand, has announced its acquisition of Austrian crusher and screening bucket specialist Hartl Engineering & Marketing GmbH. The deal, which became effective on 27 June 2019, includes the use of the Hartl brand, inventory and intellectual property. …

Dunedin in New Zealand selects Telensa to deliver Smart Street Lighting

Dunedin in New Zealand selects Telensa to deliver Smart Street Lighting Telensa, the leading provider of connected lighting and smart city data applications, has announced that its smart street lighting system has been selected by Dunedin City Council (DCC) as part of a contract with Broadspectrum to upgrade Dunedin’s streetlighting network. There are approximately 15,000 …

Besblock ends up sponsoring disabled cricket team thanks to a chance haircut

Besblock ends up sponsoring disabled cricket team thanks to a chance haircut Award-winning concrete block manufacturer Besblock has signed a sponsorship deal with Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team after a chance meeting in a barber shop. Besblock MD Andrew Huxley was sitting in the chair next to Shaun Rigby, one of the team’s stars, when they …

StreetLight Data expands accurate traffic counts to Canada

StreetLight Data expands accurate traffic counts to Canada StreetLight Data, Inc, the leader in Big Data analytics for mobility has launched Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) metrics for Canada on the StreetLight InSight® platform. Providing the most accurate, on-demand traffic volumes for over 4.5 million miles of Canadian and U.S. roadway spanning 2018 and 2017, …

Abu Dhabi Roads Infrastructure – Connecting Cultures and Enabling Economies

Abu Dhabi Roads Infrastructure – Connecting Cultures and Enabling Economies From having no paved streets to building some of the world’s best, most modern, fully integrated and sustainable road networks and infrastructure, Abu Dhabi has undergone a remarkable transformation in the last 50 years. Today, the UAE capital has established itself as a key economic …

Rio Tinto showcases its rare red and pink diamonds at exclusive mine site preview

Rio Tinto showcases its rare red and pink diamonds at exclusive mine site preview Rio Tinto has unveiled its annual showcase of the world’s rarest pink and red diamonds in an exclusive preview at the Argyle mine site in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 64-diamond collection, including three Fancy Red diamonds and …

John Deere Construction and Forestry build new training facility in Illinois

John Deere Construction and Forestry build new training facility in Illinois John Deere recently completed the construction of a 7,500 square foot facility in Coal Valley, Illinois to better meet internal training demands of their John Deere Construction and Forestry divisions, along with supporting customer visits and events. The building is part of the Construction …

AfDB 5 priorities are making a vital contribution to Africa’s integration

AfDB 5 priorities are making a vital contribution to Africa’s integration The African Development Bank (AfDB) is delivering on its ambitious goals and making positive progress in achieving their development and operational targets. This is according to the 2019 Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER), which the Bank released at the Annual Meetings held from 11-14 …

UNOPS highlights landlocked developing countries need better infrastructure

UNOPS highlights landlocked developing countries need better infrastructure A new UNOPS report highlights the critical role of infrastructure in helping landlocked developing countries combat development challenges, and offers potential solutions to ensure countries reap long-term benefits from improved infrastructure. Landlocked countries face particular development challenges. Geographical constraints limit their access to international markets and intensify …

Innovative Highways England road signs go multilingual

Innovative Highways England road signs go multilingual Electronic message signs have gone all multilingual in a ground-breaking initiative to improve roadworks information for lorry drivers. Highways England has started giving roadworks information in nine foreign languages on several of its portable electronic variable messages signs. The system works with an automatic number plate reader in …

EU commits to boosting economy by investing in efficient transport

EU commits to boosting economy by investing in efficient transport On Monday 8 July at the seat of the European institutions in Madrid, the European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB) and Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) explained one of the Investment Plan for Europe’s key priorities: its commitment to transport to drive sustainable economic growth. …

InTouch’s SmartWater product featured in House of Commons debate

InTouch’s SmartWater product featured in House of Commons debate MPs in the House of Commons debated the use of smart city technology, as 5G prepares to roll out across the UK. Lancashire-based InTouch Ltd’s SmartWater work was highlighted in the parliamentary discussion by David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale. Dr Lisa Cameron, Shadow …

Manitou MD takes seat on Construction Equipment Association Management Council

Manitou MD takes seat on Construction Equipment Association Management Council Following the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) AGM at Plantworx Construction Exhibition, Chief Executive, Rob Oliver, announced a new member of the Management Council – Mark Ormond, Manitou UK’s Managing Director. Commenting on the announcement Rob said, “I’m really pleased to welcome Mark to the Management …

ACOEM acquires Air Monitors Ltd to expand smart cities presence

ACOEM acquires Air Monitors Ltd to expand smart cities presence ACOEM Group has accelerated its international expansion plans with the acquisition of Air Monitors Ltd, the exclusive distribution partner of ECOTECH® products in the United Kingdom. Air Monitors Ltd represents many of the world’s leading environmental technology manufacturers and is recognised by leading government and …

Airspeeder could be the new flying motorsport for the 21st Century

Airspeeder could be the new flying motorsport for the 21st Century Airspeeder, a radical new airborne motorsport for the 21st century will make its global public debut at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s largest automotive garden party. The thrilling new Airspeeder race series, which combines the format of Formula E, the thrills …

Dassault Systèmes named key Digital Transformation supplier by Groupe PSA

Dassault Systèmes named key Digital Transformation supplier by Groupe PSA Dassault Systèmes announced today that Groupe PSA has named the company a key digital transformation supplier. This distinction makes Dassault Systèmes the first and only software provider today in Groupe PSA’s global network of 8,000 suppliers to be formally recognised by the automaker as a preferred …

Carr’s Group acquires NW Total Engineered Solutions to bolster engineering capability

Carr’s Group acquires NW Total Engineered Solutions to bolster engineering capability Carr’s Group, the Agriculture and Engineering Company, announces the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of NW Pump & Valve Limited, the holding company of NW Total Engineered Solutions Limited (“NW Total”), a service and manufacturing company providing value added solutions to the …

EIB improving the highway of the seas between Sweden and Finland

EIB improving the highway of the seas between Sweden and Finland The European Investment Bank has signed a €70 million loan with Kvarken Link Oy, a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by the municipalities of Umeå in Sweden and Vaasa in Finland, to acquire a new ferry to create a highway of the seas, transporting …

UK Patent case highlights employee rights over intellectual property

UK Patent case highlights employee rights over intellectual property A recent decision by the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) highlighted the need to tread carefully when it comes to the entitlement to patent rights in an invention. The court ruled in favour of the employer, Netsweeper, after consideration of the “normal duties” of the …

ASV and Yanmar sign definitive merger agreement

ASV and Yanmar sign definitive merger agreement ASV Holdings, Inc.,  a leading provider of rubber-tracked compact track loaders (CTLs) and wheeled skid steer loaders (SSLs) in the compact construction equipment market has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with an affiliate of Yanmar Holdings (Yanmar). Under the terms of the agreement, …

Leica Geosystems and Autodesk expand collaboration to streamline construction documentation

Leica Geosystems and Autodesk expand collaboration to streamline construction documentation Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, today announced further cooperation with Autodesk to offer streamlined communication construction documentation and collaboration by integrating the field software Leica Captivate and iCON with Autodesk BIM 360. With the increasing complexity of construction projects and massive amounts of information generated, …

VolvoCE brings in the hackers to optimize digital diversity

VolvoCE brings in the hackers to optimize digital diversity Changing technologies mean every company needs to stay ahead of the digital curve, but few go so far as inviting hackers to take over their systems. Yet Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has embraced digital diversity and did just that. Volvo CE’s first hackathon ‘Hack Sprint’, …

Costain awarded sole maintenance service provider by United Utilities

Costain awarded sole maintenance service provider by United Utilities Costain, the smart infrastructure solutions company, has been appointed as sole Maintenance Service Provider by United Utilities across its operations under a framework contract for an initial period of five years with an option to extend to ten years. Under the contract Costain will provide overall …

Ferrovial sells 65 percent of Malaga’s Ausol toll roads to Meridiam for €447 million

Ferrovial sells 65 percent of Malaga’s Ausol toll roads to Meridiam for €447 million Ferrovial, through Cintra, has reached an agreement to sell 65% of Ausol I and Ausol II toll roads, in Malaga, to French infrastructure fund Meridiam for €447 million. The deal will provide Ferrovial with a capital gain of €474 million and …

EIB and National Bank of Greece launch €650m green and urban infrastructure scheme

EIB and National Bank of Greece launch €650m green and urban infrastructure scheme New investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and urban development projects across Greece will be supported following the first agreement under a new €650 million infrastructure investment initiative. The National Bank of Greece is the first partner bank under the Infrastructure Fund …

Isuzu D-Max Pickup partners with Tough Mudder for 2019

Isuzu D-Max Pickup partners with Tough Mudder for 2019 Isuzu UK has been appointed as the official automotive sponsor for the Tough Mudder obstacle course series throughout the UK for the remainder of 2019. The partnership will kick off with Tough Mudder’s high profile Scotland event at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire on June 15-16. Isuzu …

True Value Engineering delivers better performance and lower costs

True Value Engineering delivers better performance and lower costs Value engineering is a phrase that has divided the industry. At a time when the sector is under close scrutiny around the quality of what we build, value engineering – which not so long ago referred to a supply chain working to deliver best value – …

JCB a British success story continues expanding on a global scale

JCB a British success story continues expanding on a global scale JCB, the world’s third largest construction equipment brand by volume, has 22 plants on four continents: 11 in the UK and others in India, Brazil, the USA, China and Russia. The company employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. JCB is privately-owned by the Bamford …

KfW IPEX-Bank finances €50 million expansion of Norwegian railway industry

KfW IPEX-Bank finances €50 million expansion of Norwegian railway industry KfW IPEX-Bank is providing the Norwegian Bane NOR Eiendom AS (BNE) with funds equivalent to around €50 million (NOK 500 million) to finance the expansion of the Norwegian railway related properties. The loan will be disbursed in Norwegian kroner and has a term of 10 …

Talent in Logistics research reveals significant recruitment problems

Talent in Logistics research reveals significant recruitment problems A new report by Talent in Logistics reveals the logistics sector has a significant recruitment problem, which could potentially cause the nation to grind to a halt. Only 8% of young people consider the sector to be an attractive career option and an astounding 42% don’t even …

SWARCO Traffic signs new framework agreement with the University of Warwick

SWARCO Traffic signs new framework agreement with the University of Warwick SWARCO Traffic Ltd has signed a new contract with the University of Warwick to provide leading traffic solutions and smart technologies to manage car park occupancy and deliver leading parking guidance across the entire campus, based on the outskirts of Coventry. The contract will see …

VolvoCE leading diversity in construction

VolvoCE leading diversity in construction With a diverse workforce one of the key ways to promote innovation and creativity, how can a male-dominated industry like construction achieve better equality and diversity? We discuss how to get there with a pioneering team leader from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) who is doing just that. Leading Volvo …

Clearview award nomination is a reflection of successful safety scheme

Clearview award nomination is a reflection of successful safety scheme A route safety scheme initiative that has been described by drivers as a “superb improvement” and a “fantastic use of taxpayers’ money” has been shortlisted for a national award. On Thursday, 13 June, representatives from Clearview Intelligence and States of Guernsey will attend the 2019 …

Bristol builders saddle-up with Brompton Bike Hire to ease congestion

Bristol builders saddle-up with Brompton Bike Hire to ease congestion Builders on one of Bristol’s biggest developments will be adding a green tick to their environmental credentials thanks to an innovative partnership with Brompton Bike Hire. Construction workers at the landmark Assembly Bristol project will saddle up on eight iconic Brompton bikes to commute to …

GSSI receives USA Presidential Award for Exports

GSSI receives USA Presidential Award for Exports The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, this week presented Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc, (GSSI) with a Presidential Award, the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. In total, Secretary Ross honoured 48 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award, the highest recognition any …

ADB funded roads in Fiji helping to revive their rural economy

ADB funded roads in  Fiji helping to revive their rural economy The Fiji road network is being repaired and upgraded to improve mobility, safety, and climate change resilience. ADB is helping to finance work that is boosting trade, tourism, and education. Apisai Ketenilagi of the Fiji Road Authority said: “This road, the King’s Road, was …

UNECE adopts recommended sustainable procurement for responsible business practices

UNECE adopts recommended sustainable procurement for responsible business practices Public procurement alone represents 15-20% of global GDP, while procurement commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Public Procurement (GPA) have been estimated at around €1.3 trillion. This is enormous purchasing power that can drive investment and innovation towards more sustainable procurement and production and …

Probrand reveals IT issues are costing the UK £3.4bn per year in lost productivity

Probrand reveals IT issues are costing the UK £3.4bn per year in lost productivity According to Probrand, new research has revealed that UK Businesses are losing out both financially and on productivity levels due to their workplace IT systems. A survey of 1,137 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by the technology …

ADB helping modernise Railway Fleet and Services in Uzbekistan

ADB helping modernise Railway Fleet and Services in Uzbekistan The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $170 million loan to help improve the Uzbekistan railway fleet through the procurement of 24 state-of-the-art electric locomotives. The new locomotives will enhance the performance of the railway system by offering cleaner, more reliable, and efficient passenger and …

ADB provides largest ever non-sovereign loan for Railway Electrification in India

ADB provides largest ever non-sovereign loan for Railway Electrification in India The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement to provide $750 million equivalent in Indian Rupees in long-term financing—the largest single non-sovereign loan ever committed by ADB—to Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) to fund the Railways Electrification Project, as part of a broad …

EIB fund €200m Danish rail network link to Fehmarn tunnel

EIB fund €200m Danish rail network link to Fehmarn tunnel The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a loan agreement with A/S Femern Landanlaeg, the company managing the Danish contribution to building of the “Fehmarn Belt” railway connection between southern Denmark and Hamburg in Germany. The €200 million loan is guaranteed by the Danish state. …

Volvo Construction and SDLG consolidating Excavator lines for the China Market

Volvo Construction and SDLG consolidating Excavator lines for the China Market Volvo Construction Equipment and Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery (SDLG) will further extend its cooperation to accelerate the profitable growth journey. As of December 2020, all excavators from 15 tons made for the Chinese market will be consolidated into one product line based on the …

Clarkson takes to the helm at Triton Construction

Clarkson takes to the helm at Triton Construction Triton Construction has announced that regional construction heavyweight Paul Clarkson has been appointed Managing Director to head up the business based in Yorkshire and the North West. Clarkson takes over from Triton founder Michael Parkinson who becomes Chairman to lead other development interests for the company. Triton …

Brokk expands demolition machine business with new demo and Service Centre

Brokk expands demolition machine business with new demo and Service Centre Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of the remote-controlled demolition machine, has opened the doors to its new Demonstration and Service Centre in St. Joseph, Missouri, expanding its North American coverage and bringing the number of Brokk locations to three. Randy Glidewell and Mike Brott …

Canadian Construction Industry to reach US$304.6 billion in 2023

Canadian Construction Industry to reach US$304.6 billion in 2023 The Canadian Construction Industry output value was estimated to be US$291.2bn in 2018. This is expected to grow to US$304.6bn in 2023 (measured at constant 2017 US dollar exchange rates), at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.90%, according to GlobalData, a leading data and …

National Audit Office reports on the A303 and Stonehenge Tunnel

National Audit Office reports on the A303 and Stonehenge Tunnel The Amesbury and Berwick Down project – which involves building a tunnel beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site – is at an early stage but there are risks and uncertainty around it being delivered on time and achieving the benefits government hopes it will bring, …

Kier launches Mental Health video series to support construction workers

Kier launches Mental Health video series to support construction workers A video mini-series has been launched by Kier Highways in a bid to break down the barriers associated with talking about mental health issues. Motorways and highways are a high risk environment for construction workers and this traditionally male-dominated industry represents a typical demographic in …

Fleet services giant leading way on Highways England Passport scheme

Fleet services giant leading way on Highways England Passport scheme A nationwide commercial vehicle provider has reached a significant milestone as part of its commitment to road safety as Go Plant Fleet Services has now put more than 200 of its drivers through the Highways England Passport scheme. And it has revealed plans to ensure every …

Construction begins on £12.5m village outside Stonehaven in Scotland

Construction begins on £12.5m village outside Stonehaven in Scotland Construction has begun on 91 homes at Mackie Village on Ury Estate in Stonehaven, Scotland, by FMR Construction for Hillcrest Housing Association. Local stakeholders including Andrew Bowie MP, Cllr Sarah Dickinson and Cllr Sandy Wallace joined Andrew Rae from FM Construction and Angela Linton, Hillcrest Housing …

Power Grids are a significant target for Hackers

Power Grids are a significant target for Hackers Imagine this apocalyptical scenario: lights in your city go out, networks go dark, public transport stops. Suddenly, everything shuts down because hackers have targeted the power grids. Sounds scary, right? The problem is, this is not just the imagination of some Hollywood screenwriter – tech developments are …

Sir John Armitt challenges the Government to build a future infrastructure fit for a post-Brexit Britain

Sir John Armitt challenges the Government to build a future infrastructure fit for a post-Brexit Britain National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has today called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use this autumn’s Spending Review to commit to a once-in-a-generation transformation of the UK’s transport, energy and technology networks. In a letter …

EU creates €200m CEF Transport Blending Facility for sustainable transport

EU creates €200m CEF Transport Blending Facility for sustainable transport In March the European Commission (EC) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the new CEF Transport Blending Facility, an innovative financial instrument to support projects contributing to the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the transport sector in Europe. With an initial budget of …

EIB and EU support investments in Safer Transport Platform with a special focus on roads

EIB and EU support investments in Safer Transport Platform with a special focus on roads At the TEN-T and CEF Conference in Bucharest, the EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc together with Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Vazil Hudák launched the “Safer Transport Platform” to promote safety as a key element for transport …

Shortlisted road safety schemes give drivers a clear view of approaching hazards

Shortlisted road safety schemes give drivers a clear view of approaching hazards Innovative road safety solutions which use Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) to warn drivers of approaching hazards have contributed to two out of three finalist schemes at the Scottish Transport Awards (STA). In the category for Most Effective in Road Safety, Traffic Management and …

USCO SpA purchases Midland Steel Traders Parts Group

USCO SpA purchases Midland Steel Traders Parts Group The UK’s leading undercarriage and wear parts specialist Midland Steel Traders Ltd (MST) has recently been purchased by their Italian supplier and world leader in the after-market earth-moving machines components, USCO S.p.A. MST were formed in 1963 in Walsall by Ken Whitehall and has grown to become …

Boomtime for Australian Infrastructure Investors

Boomtime for Australian Infrastructure Investors The Australian Government intends to invest AUD$100 billion over ten years from 2019-2020 in Australian Infrastructure around the nation. Both major parties, Labour and the Coalition, promise to spend billions on new rail and road projects and improvements to hospitals and schools. Transport and infrastructure companies should be well positioned …

Gatic Slotdrain joins the Alumasc WMS Drainage Centre of Excellence

Gatic Slotdrain joins the Alumasc WMS Drainage Centre of Excellence The Alumasc WMS Drainage Centre of Excellence will add Gatic Slotdrain to its portfolio from July 2019. The strategic move will mean the physical relocation of Gatic’s Slotdrain operations from their Dover site to the modern facility in Halstead, Essex. The Centre will now facilitate …

NAO report looks at the challenges of completing Crossrail

NAO report looks at the challenges of completing Crossrail In a report, published today, the National Audit Office (NAO) states that Crossrail is past the point of no return; nearly £16 billion has been spent, tunnelling was completed in 2015, trains have been ordered and some are already in service. The way Crossrail has been …

National Audit Office reports on Network Rail’s sale of railway arches

National Audit Office reports on Network Rail’s sale of railway arches The sale in February 2019 by Network Rail of a commercial property portfolio, comprising primarily of railway arches, raised £1.46 billion which was a fair price and more than expected. However, the long-term value for money of this transaction will depend how Network Rail …

Volvo Financial Services iLABX program draws to a close with a Demo Day

Volvo Financial Services iLABX program draws to a close with a Demo Day Volvo Financial Services’ iLABX program draws to a close with a Demo Day showcase event this week, featuring some of the brightest startup companies from around the world. Seven startup companies from around the world will take to the stage to showcase …

Anglo American a founding sponsor of the World Bank Climate Smart Mining Fund

Anglo American a founding sponsor of the World Bank Climate Smart Mining Fund Anglo American has today committed to the World Bank’s Climate Smart Mining Fund initiative, by becoming a founding donor to the Climate Smart Mining Facility. It is the first-ever fund that is dedicated to making mining for metals and minerals a more …

Clearview looks at lack of free parking driving jobseekers away

Clearview looks at lack of free parking driving jobseekers away A survey by Clearview Intelligence has revealed the importance of free parking at the workplace, with a lack of spaces, car park charges and inconvenient locations all cited as reasons that could influence a decision to resign. Free car parking would influence 78% of employees’ …

FCA announce EnergiMine participation in the Green Fintech Challenge

FCA announce EnergiMine participation in the Green Fintech Challenge The FCA has today announced the participants of the Green FinTech Challenge. EnergiMine, a start-up based in Manchester, has successfully been accepted on the FCA’s Green FinTech Challenge. The challenge is aimed at firms developing innovative financial products and services that assist in the UK’s transition …

Doka Campus introduced the multi-faceted world of formwork to bauma 2019

Doka Campus introduced the multi-faceted world of formwork to bauma 2019 From April 8 through to April 14, Munich was once again the largest international meeting place of the construction sector. With 620,000 visitors from 200 nations, bauma 2019 managed to attract the largest number of visitors in its 65-year history, making the event a …

CEA and HMG Report reveals UK Construction ranked top in Europe

CEA and HMG Report reveals UK Construction ranked top in Europe At PLANTWORX 2019 (11-13 June, East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough) the construction machinery manufacturers will demonstrate to visitors why the UK construction sector is ranked number one in Europe with a 24% market share. The prospect of Brexit has not had …

SWARCO Traffic signs framework agreement in Northern Ireland

SWARCO Traffic signs framework agreement in Northern Ireland SWARCO Traffic Ltd has signed a new framework agreement with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI Roads) in Northern Ireland, to provide leading traffic solutions and smart technologies throughout the country. The new contract will see SWARCO Traffic supply all school signs and Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS), fully …

McCann wins fourth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award

McCann wins fourth consecutive RoSPA Gold Award Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has been named as a winner of the RoSPA Gold Award for a fourth consecutive year for successfully ensuring the safety of both its staff and contractors within the workplace over the previous 12 months. The company has achieved the Gold …

STRABAG SE confirms record earnings for 2018

STRABAG SE confirms record earnings for 2018 The publicly listed construction group STRABAG SE posted several records in 2018 again: Not only did the output volume and the order backlog – as reported – reach their highest level in company history, but the earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and the net income after minorities …

Young UK Professionals urge next generation to share their vision for infrastructure

Young UK Professionals urge next generation to share their vision for infrastructure The UK National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel (YPP) today invite young people to share their vision for the future of infrastructure in the UK, as they mark one year on from their establishment. Having pledged to ensure the next generation have a …

Which countries are investing the most in construction?

Which countries are investing the most in construction? Around the world, business is booming for the construction industry. Not only are countries looking to house an ever-growing population, but they are also looking to compete on a global scale to grow as nations. Some countries are fuelled by sheer speed of growth, while others are …

1 in 12 work in Project Management and contribute £156bn to the UK economy

1 in 12 work in Project Management and contribute £156bn to the UK economy New research, commissioned by the Association for Project Management (APM) and conducted by PwC UK, has for the first time revealed the scale of the contribution the project profession makes to the UK economy. The new report, entitled ‘The Golden Thread’, …

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer Solar Generator

Prolectric acquires the Solatainer Solar Generator Prolectric, the UK’s fast-growing supplier of temporary solar lighting and off-grid power for highways, rail & infrastructure projects, has acquired the Solatainer® solar generator. The Prolectric acquisition includes all Solatainer assets and intellectual property. The Solatainer is the UK’s first autonomous solar-powered off-grid generator and has a proven track …

EIB invests €4 billion for transport, business, clean energy and climate resilience

EIB invests €4 billion for transport, business, clean energy and climate resilience The EIB (European Investment Bank) approved today a total of €4 billion of new financing to facilitate private sector investment and improve transport, clean energy generation and access to clean water in 18 countries. “The EIB is Europe’s climate bank, the largest public …

Highway Care wins RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices

Highway Care wins RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety practices Highway Care, has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff, customers, clients and contractors get home safely at the end of the working day. Highway Care has achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health …

Body worn cameras transforming safety in the parking sector

Body worn cameras transforming safety in the parking sector Edesix, UK-based market leaders in the provision of Body Worn Cameras, will be joined by Vigilant Solutions to showcase its new Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology at Parkex 2019, in addition to Edesix’s renowned Wearable Camera solutions. Also part of the Motorola Solutions group, Vigilant …

10 bespoke impact protection vehicles driving success for A Cones

10 bespoke impact protection vehicles driving success for A Cones Traffic management specialist A Cones has become the first customer to benefit from a new strategic alliance which is transforming the sector’s vehicle supply market. The Black Bourton, Oxfordshire-based operator has commissioned a fleet of 10, highly bespoke impact protection vehicles (IPVs) built by the …

GlobalData indicates US-China trade tensions clouding US construction industry outlook

GlobalData indicates US-China trade tensions clouding US construction industry outlook The ongoing US-China trade war could significantly impact the US construction industry if no deal between the two countries is reached in the coming months, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Many of the Chinese goods, such as steel, aluminium and Canadian lumber, …

Bury Council turns to Yotta for reactive Highways and Street Lighting maintenance

Bury Council turns to Yotta for reactive Highways and Street Lighting maintenance Technology company, Yotta has won a two-year contract to deliver its flagship connected asset management software solution, Alloy, and supporting services to Bury Metropolitan Borough Council. The council plans to use Alloy to help manage the reactive maintenance of its highway networks and …

VMS industry gets a boost with SWARCO and SRL Traffic Systems collaboration

VMS industry gets a boost with SWARCO and SRL Traffic Systems collaboration SWARCO and SRL Traffic Systems have agreed a significant new collaboration in the Variable Message Sign (VMS) industry. SRL have purchased 100 mobile VMS from SWARCO in a deal valued in excess of £2.25 million, representing a significant development for the UK market. …

Liebherr-France SAS invests €5 million in new assembly line

Liebherr-France SAS invests €5 million in new assembly line Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar has put a new assembly line into operation. It is based on the principles of lean management, and will thus contribute to further improvements in quality and productivity. Overall, the company has invested €5 million in the XY-metre-long production line. The main …

Construction and manufacturing top Workplace Happiness League Table

Construction and manufacturing top Workplace Happiness League Table On International Day of Happiness, a new nationwide survey of British workers reveals appreciation is key to the workplace happiness of the nation’s employees with 80% saying that feeling appreciated is important to their happiness at work – ahead of salary (58%) and feeling trusted (55%). However, …

Mental health, diversity and technology driving the future of the construction workforce

Mental health, diversity and technology driving the future of the construction workforce The construction industry has experienced a series of uncertainties and labour shortages over the past few years. Looking into what factors are directly affecting the nation, world leading recruiter Randstad has interviewed some of the construction industry’s key players, to find out what …

Annual salary survey reveals Project Management is a positive and weather-proof career choice

Annual salary survey reveals Project Management is a positive and weather-proof career choice The findings of the latest annual ‘Salary and Market Trends Survey’ from the Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered professional body for the project profession, suggests that the future of project management is bright – with nearly eight out of ten …

Ritchie Bros. sees record attendance for US$56+ million auction in Texas

Ritchie Bros. sees record attendance for US$56+ million auction in Texas Ritchie Bros.’ Fort Worth auction site set a new bidder record during its first auction of the year last week, attracting close to 7,200 people to participate in its US$56+ million auction. More than 4,800 items from 670+ owners were sold in the two-day …

CABE Conference set to debate professional excellence

CABE Conference set to debate professional excellence Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is delighted to announce its annual two-day conference and exhibition will take place in Manchester on the 3-4 October 2019. Themed Achieving Professional Excellence, the conference will be continuing the conversation of competency, culture and value engineering started last year by Dame …

Awards and honours at the International Slurry Surfacing Association Convention

Awards and honours at the International Slurry Surfacing Association Convention The 57th Annual Convention of the International Slurry Surfacing Association was held in February 18-21, 2019, in Cancun, Mexico. Founded in 1963, the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) is a non-profit association dedicated to the interests, education and success of slurry and micro surfacing, chip …

Siemens Mobility awarded four year contract by DfI in Northern Ireland

Siemens Mobility awarded four year contract by DfI in Northern Ireland Siemens Mobility has been awarded a new four-year contract by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in Northern Ireland. The contract covers both the maintenance and development of the existing traffic management systems, which are largely located in Belfast, and replaces the previous contract which …

NAPA updates Use of Shingles in Asphalt Pavements Guide

NAPA updates Use of Shingles in Asphalt Pavements Guide Across the United States, about four out of every five homes have asphalt shingle roofs. Annually, as those roofs are replaced and maintained, about 12 tons of waste shingles are generated, and another 1.2 million tons of manufacturing waste shingles are generated during the production of …

Research shows the British public think public transport is outdated and unfit for purpose

Research shows the British public think public transport is outdated and unfit for purpose The British public feels the public transport sector does not meet its expectations of modernisation and functionality, according to new research commissioned by Fujitsu. The research, conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Fujitsu, paints a stark picture of consumers’ experiences and …

A look at the factors driving Britain’s Construction Companies to innovate

A look at the factors driving Britain’s Construction Companies to innovate Businesses who innovate and develop new products, services and processes – generally put themselves ahead of competitors and are in a better position to adapt to any changes in the needs/expectations of their customers. Those companies that fail to innovate, will undoubtedly suffer from …

Indian Construction estimated to grow to US$690.9 billion by 2023

Indian Construction estimated to grow to US$690.9 billion by 2023 Positive developments in economic conditions, improvement in investor confidence and investments in transport infrastructure, energy and housing projects have helped the Indian construction industry regain growth momentum in 2018, with output value increasing from US$464.9bn in 2017 to US$505.7bn, says GlobalData, a leading data and …

AGD Systems acquires Radix Traffic Ltd

AGD Systems acquires Radix Traffic Ltd Leading manufacturer of ITS product solutions, AGD Systems Limited, has acquired Radix Traffic Limited as part of its ambitious plans for growth. Radix, which is based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the largest manufacturer of ‘rotating cone’ tactile equipment to assist visually impaired pedestrians at signalised crossings. Radix designs and …

Eurovia Contracting South to install high-tech Digital CCTV system across Dover district

Eurovia Contracting South to install high-tech Digital CCTV system across Dover district Eurovia Contracting South’s CCTV division will install a new high-tech digital system across Dover, Deal and Sandwich after being awarded a £280,000 contract that will also improve public access Wi-Fi. The existing system and current CCTV control room will be significantly upgraded, after …

ALE custom transport solution delivers historic WW2 Rescue Launch

ALE custom transport solution delivers historic WW2 Rescue Launch ALE has designed bespoke equipment to complete the jacking, transportation and installation of a fragile Second World War rescue vessel, Rescue Motor Launch (RML) 497, in Hartlepool, UK. The specially-tailored solution minimised disruption at the docks and during the heavy haulage transportation, and was the most …

MVIS and Bartco UK achieve ISO Health and Safety Management accreditation

MVIS and Bartco UK achieve ISO Health and Safety Management accreditation Intelligent transport system (ITS) solution providers, MVIS and Bartco UK, have further cemented their reputation for quality service, becoming two of the first companies in the sector to achieve the 45001:2018 accreditation for ISO Health and Safety management. The new certification joins existing accreditations …

Network Rail slashes red tape for investors and builders as railways open for business

Network Rail slashes red tape for investors and builders as railways open for business Sweeping new reforms to how railway projects are run – cutting cost, internal bureaucracy and red tape – are making Britain’s railways more attractive commercially to investors and builders, meaning passengers and taxpayers could see more improvements in the future, paid …

Eurovia UK invests £7m in PolyBitumens plant to enhance the UK highway network

Eurovia UK invests £7m in PolyBitumens plant to enhance the UK highway network The Member of Parliament for Thurrock, Jackie Doyle-Price, has today officially opened PolyBitumens, the new state-of-the-art production plant in Thurrock, which represents a £7.0m investment by Eurovia UK to improve the long-term sustainability and resilience of the UK highway network. This multi-million-pound …

Global Intumescent Coatings market set to grow at over 4.5 percent up to 2024

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SIKA acquires leading Concrete Repair manufacturer in Canada

SIKA acquires leading Concrete Repair manufacturer in Canada Sika has agreed to acquire King Packaged Materials Company, a large independent Canadian manufacturer of dry shotcrete and mortars for concrete repair. With the acquisition Sika will further expand its geographical footprint in Canada and improve its growth potential in the home improvement, construction, mining and tunnelling …

Awards and honours at the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association annual meeting

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SOCOTEC acquires Survey Associates to strengthen infrastructure monitoring

SOCOTEC acquires Survey Associates to strengthen infrastructure monitoring SOCOTEC, the leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services in the UK, has enhanced its monitoring capabilities with the acquisition of Survey Associates Ltd, specialists in high quality manual survey monitoring, correlation and topographical surveys. Based in Uckfield, East Sussex, Survey Associates Ltd is actively involved …

Morris Site Machinery awarded trusted supplier status

Morris Site Machinery awarded trusted supplier status Leading equipment manufacturer Morris Site Machinery has been awarded ‘Trusted Supplier’ status in recognition of its quality and commitment to best practice. The Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers accreditation from The Hire Association of Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) is a hallmark of quality in training, safety, …

Association for Project Safety launches annual CDM and Student Designer Awards

Association for Project Safety launches annual CDM and Student Designer Awards The national search is now on for champions in design and construction health and safety risk management. The annual awards of the Association for Project Safety [APS] aim to harness the power of industry leaders to help reduce deaths, accidents and ill-health associated with …

British customs expert advises Transitional Simplified Procedures for Brexit

British customs expert advises Transitional Simplified Procedures for Brexit British businesses importing goods from the EU should consider applying for and using Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) to prepare for Brexit and avoid huge delays at ports, regardless of the outcome of current negotiations, a leading expert from The Customs People warns. HMRC unveiled the procedures …

Komatsu announces purchase of forestry machine manufacturer TimberPro

Komatsu announces purchase of forestry machine manufacturer TimberPro Komatsu America Corp. a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro Inc. The acquisition is expected to close on April 1st 2019, subject to completion of the closing conditions. Established in 2002, TimberPro is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer …

The I in BIM – Who actually owns the data and the database holding it?

The I in BIM – Who actually owns the data and the database holding it? Data is big business. An article from May 2017 in The Economist described the dependency of the global economy on data flows. Whether these are being used to develop A.I., improve manufacture, enhance medical research, reveal individual consumer preferences, or …

UK Construction Equipment sales showed modest growth in 2018

UK Construction Equipment sales showed modest growth in 2018 Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market grew by 2% in 2018, after experiencing a fall in the last quarter of the year. Prior to the 8% reduction in sales in Q4 (compared with Q4 2017), the trend over the previous two …

The future of alternative dispute resolution?

The future of alternative dispute resolution? Alternative dispute resolution, also known as ADR, is often used in construction and professional negligence disputes. In early December a working group of the Civil Justice Council published its ADR and Civil Justice Final Report, November 2018 which makes recommendations about ADR following the working group’s review of the …

Severn Trent is looking for a robotic water infrastructure assessment partner

Severn Trent is looking for a robotic water infrastructure assessment partner Water and waste company, Severn Trent, is on the lookout for new and innovative ways to manage its water pipe network, and is now looking to the innovation and technology sector to help provide solutions to some very specific issues. The company is looking …

Ritchie Bros hits US$297+ million in the world’s largest equipment auction

Ritchie Bros hits US$297+ million in the world’s largest equipment auction A sea of equipment stretched over the 220-acre Ritchie Bros. auction site in Orlando, FL last week as the company hosted its largest auction ever. Over six days the company sold a staggering 13,350+ assets for a record US$297+ million—up seven percent from last …

Traffic Group Signals to launch at Traffex 2019

Traffic Group Signals to launch at Traffex 2019 Traffic Group Signals, a new division of The Traffic Group, will launch at Traffex 2019 on 2-4 April at the NEC Birmingham. The Traffic Group has a portfolio of market-leading businesses focused on product solutions designed to help create safer, greener and more efficient traffic and transport …

NIC recommendations could ensure the UK benefits from world class infrastructure

NIC recommendations could ensure the UK benefits from world class infrastructure Ministers have a real and exciting chance to set the course for the UK to have world-leading infrastructure, Sir John Armitt said today. The chairman of the NIC (National Infrastructure Commission) pointed to the action taken to date to enact the Commission’s recommendations – and …

MPA Group partners with the CEA to offer advice on tax relief for research

MPA Group partners with the CEA to offer advice on tax relief for research The CEA has formed a partnership with The MPA Group to provide help and advice for members on claiming tax relief on their R&D activity. This is because only one in four eligible companies claim the tax relief that is available …

CABE announces support for two AIAC Malaysia Contract Publications

CABE announces support for two AIAC Malaysia Contract Publications The publications – The Standard Form of Building Contracts, Main Contract and Sub-Contract (AIAC 2019 SFC) – provide comprehensive and unified contract templates that help to eliminate contract dispute by providing clear and unbiased standardisation. The publications have been designed so that users can now customise …

Metso welcomes Quinn Company of California to aggregates distributor community

Metso welcomes Quinn Company of California to aggregates distributor community Metso is pleased to welcome California-based Quinn Company to its USA distributor family as Quinn expands their Southern California customer offering by joining the Metso Community. Quinn is celebrating 100 years of business after getting its start in agriculture. Today, the company sells and leases …

ASPIN advances asset protection with Oxifree Global alliance

ASPIN advances asset protection with Oxifree Global alliance Aspin is introducing the next step in advanced asset protection for the rail, highways and infrastructure sectors with an exclusive new strategic alliance with Oxifree Global Ltd, the award-winning worldwide specialists in tackling corrosion. Oxifree TM198 will now be available as part of the Aspin range of …

JCB announces exciting partnership with new British Motor Racing Team

JCB announces exciting partnership with new British Motor Racing Team JCB has announced an exciting partnership with a new British motor racing team as the company continues to expand its presence in global markets. The partnership with SportPesa Racing Point F1 team (formerly Force India) will see prominent JCB branding on the two cars driven by …

The second biggest hotel in Europe is in a quiet Somerset town.

The second biggest hotel in Europe is in a quiet Somerset town. In Bridgwater, just a few miles from the M5, a brand new huddle of buildings has become a temporary home to nearly 1,000 people. Or, more specifically, nearly 1,000 men. The hotel was built by French energy giant EDF as a place to …

Collaboration and road layout innovation lead to UK national recognition

Collaboration and road layout innovation lead to UK national recognition Highways England, WJ Group, and Clearview Intelligence have been collectively shortlisted for the Improving Customers’ Journeys category at the annual Highways England Awards in March. It follows the successful completion of an £8.5 multi-disciplinary project along a 9.4 kilometre stretch of the A38 between Ripley …

The demise of PFI – gone but not forgotten

The demise of PFI – gone but not forgotten During the course of his Budget speech on 29 October 2018 the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said: “I have never signed off a PFI contract as Chancellor and I can confirm today that I never will”. It might be nit-picking to point out that PFI as a …

Heathrow unveils new locations for popular Business Summit series

Heathrow unveils new locations for popular Business Summit series More businesses than ever before will work with Heathrow to explore new global markets and supply chain opportunities, as 11 locations are set to host Heathrow Business Summits, announced today. Speaking at Heathrow’s first National Growth Conference, Heathrow’s Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye announced locations across the …

Eurovia Contracting South wins £1.6m CCTV Control Room relocation contract

Eurovia Contracting South wins £1.6m CCTV Control Room relocation contract Eurovia Contracting South’s CCTV division has been awarded the contract for the relocation of a CCTV Control Room for Stevenage Borough Council on behalf of the Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership. The £1.6 million Control Room design and build scheme, which has been funded by the Hertfordshire …

Highways England to host webinar ahead of £20m revolutionise roads competitions

Highways England to host webinar ahead of £20m revolutionise roads competitions Highways England is calling on the country’s most creative minds to join a webinar next Thursday (14 February 2019) to explain how they can submit their ideas to help revolutionise roads and driving. The company aims to build on the nation’s great history of …

Military into Logistics

Military into Logistics Logistics is an essential part of the military, with members being trained to a high standard of driving and maintenance, equipping soldiers with a trade for life. This is why logistics and transport companies can find great benefits from recruiting army leavers, not only as a way of managing the current driver …

Today’s Horizon – CEA Annual Conference programme announced

Today’s Horizon – CEA Annual Conference programme announced The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) Annual Conference, sponsored by machinery manufacturer SMT, is taking place on 21st March 2019, hosted at the new home of Plantworx Construction Exhibition, at the East of England Arena in Peterborough. Moderating the conference is Chris Sleight, Managing Director, Off Highway Research. …

Transport Systems Catapult seeks innovators for major Highways England contract

Transport Systems Catapult seeks innovators for major Highways England contract The Transport Systems Catapult is looking for innovative developers and organisations to support Highways England’s incident management and operational planning of the strategic road network, in a significant tender opportunity. The winner of the tender will develop a simulation and visualisation platform to support the operational …

Is Brexit making construction workers leave or are they leaving their options open?

Is Brexit making construction workers leave or are they leaving their options open? Results from a survey of over 10,500 construction workers carried out by world leading recruiter Randstad, has revealed that one in three EU nationals have considered leaving the UK because of the Brexit referendum. The truth is that it’s the potential drop …

STRABAG’s ZÜBLIN extends mining contract in Chile

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New research shows Construction Industry failing to attract young people

New research shows Construction Industry failing to attract young people Less than one in ten young people would consider a career in construction, even though more than half are interested in subjects that qualify them for the industry, new research by L&Q has revealed. L&Q, one of the UK’s largest housing associations and developers, surveyed …

ALE expands with new team and strategy in the USA

ALE expands with new team and strategy in the USA As part of their expansion in the USA, ALE has set up a permanent branch by moving offices to the Houston, I-10 Energy Corridor, and expanded their US operational capability by recruiting additional experienced personnel and investing in the latest heavy lifting and transport equipment. …

Diesel Laptops launch Virtual Diesel Technician Program

Diesel Laptops launch Virtual Diesel Technician Program Diesel Laptops, the leading distributor for commercial truck diesel diagnostic software, hardware, and services, has announced the launch of its innovative Virtual Diesel Technician Program. This program is a first in the commercial truck and off highway industry and is a real solution to the current diesel technician …

A year of legal developments in construction and what 2019 may hold

A year of legal developments in construction and what 2019 may hold Things never stand still in the construction industry and so, as expected, we saw a lot of change in 2018 from the point of view of legal and industry changes and other developments. In this article by Simon Lewis – Partner, Michelle Essen …

Cross department planning and collaboration is the way forward for UK local authorities

Cross department planning and collaboration is the way forward for UK local authorities Historically, individual departments within local authorities have tended to work in isolation. They have developed their own plans and strategies and then focused on executing them as efficiently as possible. But in doing this, they have typically worked alone. There are multiple …

The new BENNINGHOVEN product philosophy

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VINCI UK Foundation calls for applications from charities to fight social exclusion

VINCI UK Foundation calls for applications from charities to fight social exclusion VINCI businesses across the UK and the Republic of Ireland are once again calling for funding applications from projects that help people suffering from social exclusion by improving their access to employment, mobility and housing. The application process is open until the 31st …

EIB approves €4.8 billion of transport, business, urban and energy financing

EIB approves €4.8 billion of transport, business, urban and energy financing The European Investment Bank – EIB on Tuesday approved a total of €4.8 billion of new financing for private sector, transport, energy, housing and water investment. This included €864 million support for investment outside Europe. Stakeholder discussion on EIB priorities and engagement Demonstrating the …

Cleverciti demonstrates strong momentum in the Global Smart Parking Market

Cleverciti demonstrates strong momentum in the Global Smart Parking Market Cleverciti Systems Corp., a leader in comprehensive, high-tech solutions for outdoor and on-street parking detection, monitoring and guidance, marked the end of 2018 with strong results across its business as more organizations look to leverage intelligent, IoT-based solutions to streamline parking operations. Cleverciti secured 13 …

CABE Malaysia Conference addresses shared global challenges

CABE Malaysia Conference addresses shared global challenges A number of issues facing the construction industry – the impact of the Hackitt report and future directives of UK legislation; the true value of sustainable buildings and standardisation of contracts – have been debated at a conference in Malaysia, illustrating the fact that many issues are not …

LandQ to scale up off-site ambitions with new construction strategy

L&Q to scale up off-site ambitions with new construction strategy One of the UK’s largest housing associations and developers is scaling up its off-site ambitions and has developed its own Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) strategy. Today, L&Q announced plans to deliver all of its new build homes using some form of MMC by 2025. …

Fast growing Bristol business on the lookout for more apprentices

Fast growing Bristol business on the lookout for more apprentices The ETM Group / ETM Recycling, a Bristol highways maintenance and recycling company, is on the lookout for more apprentices as it looks to continue its rapid rise in the South West, which will include a new £4million recycling plant opening in April. Since Britain …

The ups and downs of a VARIDESK

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Epiroc wins large order for new copper mine in Peru

Epiroc wins large order for new copper mine in Peru Epiroc AB, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has been awarded a significant order from Anglo American for its new copper mine in Peru. Anglo American has ordered multiple drill rigs and related equipment to be used at its new Quellaveco …

Scope sees slower growth, rising costs and challenges for construction in Europe

Scope sees slower growth, rising costs and challenges for construction in Europe Europe’s construction sector faces modest revenue growth and mostly stable profit margins in 2019, but the credit outlook is in danger of deteriorating as the business cycle turns, particularly for smaller companies with less international reach. Scope Ratings says slowing economic growth and persistent …

Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe welcomes new MD Jongho Chun

Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe welcomes new MD Jongho Chun Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe (HCEE) has announced the appointment of Jongho (J.H.) Chun as the new Managing Director. The new MD brings broad experience with him in Finance, Sales Strategy and Marketing from the HCE Korean headquarters based in Seoul (South Korea). J.H. Chun’s role is …

UK Housebuilding boosts construction as infrastructure projects fail to materialise

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Volvo Construction Equipment reports 2018 sales up 27 percent

Volvo Construction Equipment reports 2018 sales up 27 percent Supported by a fourth quarter that saw sales up 21% and deliveries increase by 24%, Volvo Construction Equipment ended its strongest year ever buoyed by good demand from all major regions and all industrial segments. Volvo Construction Equipment ended 2018 strongly, not only posting its best …

Grand opening for TMP Solutions’ new manufacturing site in Wednesbury

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Crafco’s Lisa Zentner honoured by Women of Asphalt

Crafco’s Lisa Zentner honoured by Women of Asphalt Crafco’s Lisa Zentner will be featured in the “I am a Woman of Asphalt: 100 Days until World of Asphalt 2019” countdown sponsored by Women of Asphalt (WofA). The distinction is being bestowed on 100 females across the globe with noted accomplishments in the asphalt industry. Zentner …

BAM acquires stake in Irish modular homes specialist MHI

BAM acquires stake in Irish modular homes specialist MHI Royal BAM Group’s Irish operating company has acquired a non-controlling share in leading modular homes provider Modern Homes Ireland (MHI). MHI constructs quality assured steel-framed homes and commercial buildings within a precision-controlled environment with units being up-to 95 per cent constructed before leaving the factory. Financial …

Is it time to move partnership a stage further this year?

Is it time to move partnership a stage further this year? “Re-thinking” the industry is a common topic of debate in construction at the minute, with “innovation” and “collaboration” being popular buzzwords. Following the Hackitt Review, there is an increasing call to overhaul the way the construction industry works and introduce a “clear model of …

NAPA calling for all US Asphalt Mix Producers to join in their Annual Survey

NAPA calling for all US Asphalt Mix Producers to join in their Annual Survey Every asphalt mix producer in the United States is asked to participate in the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s annual survey on the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt. This survey is conducted by NAPA under a cooperative agreement with the …

EIB funds 2 new €155m cruise ferries for Irish Continental Group

EIB funds 2 new €155m cruise ferries for Irish Continental Group The European Investment Bank is providing €155 million to finance two new passenger and vehicle ships for the ICG subsidiary Irish Ferries. The two ferries will increase passenger and cargo capacity on routes to Ireland, replace older and smaller vessels and significantly reduce emissions from …

Traffic Management division growing at rapid rate at ETM group

Traffic Management division growing at rapid rate at ETM group The Traffic Management division of a Bristol highways maintenance and recycling company has seen big growth since its inception just over two years ago. The ETM group, which includes highway maintenance and ETM Recycling, has had a hugely successful 2018 and its traffic management side of …

Major acquisition boosts Go Plant Fleet Services’ nationwide fleet

Major acquisition boosts Go Plant Fleet Services’ nationwide fleet One of the UK’s leading providers of specialist commercial vehicles has completed a major deal to extend its growing nationwide operation. Go Plant Fleet Services has acquired 266 vehicles formerly owned by Gulliver’s Truck Hire in a deal worth more than £13 million. The agreement features …

Metso receives favorable court decision in China on infringement of IP rights

Metso receives favorable court decision in China on infringement of IP rights Metso has received a favorable decision by the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court’s in China that fully supports Metso’s claims against Shenyang Sanland Mining Equipment Manufacture Co. and Shenyang Sanland Crusher and Grinder Equipment Manufacture Co. Ltd. for infringement of Metso’s intellectual …

Boris Johnson MP chooses the JCB factory for his keynote speech

Boris Johnson MP chooses the JCB factory for his keynote speech Boris Johnson MP, former Mayor of London and former Foreign Secretary visited JCB’s World HQ on Friday to deliver a keynote speech. He spent three hours at Rocester, Staffordshire touring the Story of JCB exhibition as well as the backhoe loader production line, where …

EBRD sets ambitious 2019 goals as it steps up support for 2030 global development agenda

EBRD sets ambitious 2019 goals as it steps up support for 2030 global development agenda The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has set ambitious goals for 2019 in support of the global development agenda after another year of strong delivery in the 38 emerging economies in which it invests across three continents. The …

Experts warn business to prepare for customs declaration complications post-Brexit

Experts warn business to prepare for customs declaration complications post-Brexit EU and British businesses of all sizes that import and export between the EU and the UK are urged to put plans in place for their customs declarations forms ahead of an anticipated 200 million rise in the documents after Brexit, according to experts at …

ULMA Construction rebrands digital presence

ULMA Construction rebrands digital presence “We back you up, wherever your projects may be” is the message which ULMA is introducing the new image and content for its international corporate websites as well as for its local websites. The main motivation of the development of this digital project involves the optimization of ULMA’s digital presence …

Metso to deliver a large-scale pellet plant to Tata Steel in India

Metso to deliver a large-scale pellet plant to Tata Steel in India Metso has won a significant order to deliver a large-scale iron ore pellet plant and related engineering services to Tata Steel for the expansion of the Kalinganagar operation located in Odisha state in India. The order has been booked in Metso’s 4th quarter …

A commitment to fix the system – the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Report

A commitment to fix the system – the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Report Following on from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, where the fire breached compartmentation of the block resulting in the loss of 72 lives and many more being made homeless, the government commissioned an independent …

ADB President meets Samoa Prime Minister to discusses infrastructure development

ADB President meets Samoa Prime Minister to discusses infrastructure development Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr. Takehiko Nakao and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi met today to examine opportunities for expanded collaboration and sign an agreement establishing a permanent ADB office in Samoa. Mr. Nakao also met Minister for Finance and ADB Governor …

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completes €3.9bn project financing

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) completes €3.9bn project financing The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is announcing financial close today, with €3.9 billion secured from public and private lenders. The EBRD is part of this consortium with a €1 billion loan syndicated to a group of 16 commercial banks with €500 million being provided on the Bank’s …

AIIB to develop Infrastructure as an Asset Class in emerging Asia

AIIB to develop Infrastructure as an Asset Class in emerging Asia The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Board of Directors has approved US$500 million for a managed credit portfolio that aims to develop infrastructure as an asset class, develop debt capital markets for infrastructure and promote the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles …

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply

EIB approves €3.8 billion in financing for transport, energy, business and water supply During the COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved investment worth hundreds of millions of Euros for projects to fight climate change and help countries to deal with its consequences. Among these projects …

Ritchie Bros. celebrated their 60th anniversary by winning multiple leadership awards

Ritchie Bros. celebrated their 60th anniversary by winning multiple leadership awards Ritchie Bros. is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018 with multiple leadership awards for members of its executive team. Chief Executive Officer Ravi Saligram was recently recognized as B.C. CEO of the Year (Enterprise Category) by Business in Vancouver and as one of the …

Company sports teams are one of the best employee incentives

Company sports teams are one of the best employee incentives The workforce is increasingly keen for companies to offer more team-based perks such as company sports teams, according to new research. A study of 2,315 UK workers published in the 2018 Great Perk Search Report by Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, shows that …

UK workers are risking GDPR penalties by forwarding work emails to personal accounts

UK workers are risking GDPR penalties by forwarding work emails to personal accounts A survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider Probrand.co.uk, has revealed that an incredible 64% of people admitted to having forwarded a customer email to their personal email account in the four months …

BAM planting 150,000 trees to celebrate their 150th anniversary

BAM planting 150,000 trees to celebrate their 150th anniversary In 2019 Royal BAM Group nv turns 150. To underline the Group’s commitment to sustainability, the European construction company will plant 150,000 trees throughout 2019. More information about the history of BAM and the various jubilee activities can be found on their website here. Carpentry shop …

140 year old Drewitt Construction expands into construction services in West Midlands

140 year old Drewitt Construction expands into construction services in West Midlands Drewitt Construction, a family-run business with over 140 years of history has branched out to offer construction services in the West Midlands. Headed up by Alex Drewitt, the sixth generation of the Drewitt family, who founded the Drewitt Group in 1877, which has …

Eurovia Infrastructure receive Gold Award at Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards

Eurovia Infrastructure receive Gold Award at Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards Eurovia Infrastructure has received a Gold Award at the Considerate Constructers Scheme 2018 National Company and Supplier Awards. The business was praised for the high standards of safety and housekeeping on its sites at the annual event which serves to reward the companies which have …

Clearview ends 2018 on a high way

Clearview ends 2018 on a high way A road safety initiative implemented by Clearview Intelligence along a major trunk road in Scotland has contributed to an international road safety award. Scotland TranServ was named the winner of the Innovative Road Safety Solutions category at the annual Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards for a series …

Dura Vermeer and HAL24K partnership to drive smart infrastructure

Dura Vermeer and HAL24K partnership to drive smart infrastructure As part of its strengthened commitment to digitization and sustainability, construction company Dura Vermeer will make a strategic investment in data intelligence scale-up HAL24K. The companies enter into a partnership to solve complex, infrastructural asset and mobility issues. Thanks to this collaboration, Dura Vermeer will gain …

Receiving operations commence on first Gulf Region Wind Farm

Receiving operations commence on first Gulf Region Wind Farm ALE has demonstrated its wind expertise and turnkey capabilities as they start the receiving operations of wind components in Oman for the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) first-ever wind farm. The global heavylifting contractor has been contracted for the full turnkey scope for the Dhofar Wind Project, …

SIKA opens plant in Guatemala and strengthens presence in Central America

SIKA opens plant in Guatemala and strengthens presence in Central America Sika has opened a new production plant in Central America, located in Palin in the metropolitan area of Guatemala City. This move further expands the company’s market position in the emerging countries of the region. The portfolio of locally manufactured products includes concrete admixtures, …

New partnership programme will help cities to plan for the future

New partnership programme will help cities to plan for the future The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North …

£1,000 Christmas BONUS tops off a strong year for JCB

£1,000 Christmas BONUS tops off a strong year for JCB JCB today delivered some festive cheer to thousands of UK employees – the company’s biggest Christmas bonus for more than a decade. Around 7,200 employees at JCB’s 11 plants across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham will receive an extra £1,000 in their pay packets. The last …

EIB supports transport infrastructure in Slovakia

EIB supports transport infrastructure in Slovakia The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 320m to the Slovak government for transport infrastructure in Slovakia. The EIB funds will co-finance priority projects that will be supported by EU funds within the period 2014-2020. This loan is the second tranche of the EUR 670m EIB lending package, …

Volvo CE inaugurates Customer Experience Centre in China

Volvo CE inaugurates Customer Experience Centre in China A new Customer Experience Centre was inaugurated on November 28th at its regional headquarters in Shanghai, accompanying the official launch of Volvo Services in China during bauma China 2018. Customers, dealers and media, as well as Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, Tomas Kuta, Volvo CE Senior …

Paving Maintenance Supply Stores to Rebrand to Crafco

Paving Maintenance Supply Stores to Rebrand to Crafco Effective January 1, 2019, all Paving Maintenance Supply Inc.(PMSI) stores will be renamed “Crafco Pavement Preservation Supply Centres.” The move aligns the 13 nationwide locations with parent company Crafco, as Crafco continues to expand in the pavement preservation industry. A Crafco company since 2008, PMSI has long …

House of Lords to debate report on off-site manufacture for construction

House of Lords to debate report on off-site manufacture for construction Today, the House of Lords will debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report “Off-site manufacture for construction: building for change.” Among those listed to speak are several members of the Committee including Lord Fox, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy …

Institute of Quarrying Scottish Branch celebrates first President’s Award

Institute of Quarrying Scottish Branch celebrates first President’s Award The enthusiastic application and effort of the Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) Scottish Branch in its promotion of quarrying has at last been recognised, winning the coveted President’s Branch Trophy for the first time in its history. Andrew Gillon, IQ Scottish Branch Chairman, accompanied Ian Christie, Secretary, and …

All aboard and bound for Antarctica

All aboard and bound for Antarctica A ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of equipment needed for building a new wharf at Rothera Research Station in Antarctica has begun its month-long journey to the white continent. The new wharf, being built over the next two Antarctic seasons, will provide safe berthing and efficient unloading for the …

VINCI Energies supports Initiatives-Coeur sailboat to raise €112K for heart charity

VINCI Energies supports Initiatives-Coeur sailboat to raise €112K for heart charity Since VINCI Energies became a key sponsor and Performance Partner of the Initiatives-Coeur sailboat in 2017, it has rallied its employees, customers and partners to help save children’s lives all over the world, as well as use its unique expertise to improve the performance …

Highways England looking for smart alliances for England’s busiest motorways

Highways England looking for smart alliances for England’s busiest motorways Highways England has today invited companies to join a £4.5bn alliance to improve motorway journeys and continue work to connect the country, to deliver the roads of the future. The government company has launched the procurement process for its Smart Motorway Alliance. It needs six …

Cleverciti Systems part of Unreasonable Impact to tackle Global Issues and Jobs

Cleverciti Systems part of Unreasonable Impact to tackle Global Issues and Jobs After a rigorous selection process involving hundreds of world-class companies from across the UK and Europe, Cleverciti Systems has been chosen to join 10 other growth-stage ventures in the 2018 Unreasonable Impact UK and Europe programme. Through 5 December 2018, these entrepreneurs on …

New survey reveals strong public support for British infrastructure investment

New survey reveals strong public support for British infrastructure investment Sir John Armitt today welcomed a new survey showing strong public support for investment in infrastructure – and recognition of its benefits to the wider UK economy. The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said this demonstrated the importance of planning for meeting the UK’s …

RSMA 2018 Awards takes a look at the winners

RSMA 2018 Awards takes a look at the winners The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) gave widespread recognition to member companies and individuals for outstanding achievements at its annual conference and awards ceremony recently. Here’s why each one of them caught the judges’ attention. SMALL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR 2018 – SPONSORED BY GEVEKO Awarded …

A quarter of UK drivers call for dash cams to be compulsory

A quarter of UK drivers call for dash cams to be compulsory New research from GoCompare Car Insurance reveals that a quarter of UK drivers would be happy to see dash cams in cars made compulsory. Dash cams, a small video camera attached to a car’s dashboard or windscreen, recording the road ahead – are …

ALE and OM Heavylift expand to provide full service of port operations at Port of Dundee

ALE and OM Heavylift expand to provide full service of port operations at Port of Dundee ALE has expanded its heavylifting services by establishing a non-disclosure agreement with the Port of Dundee and OM Heavy Lift to provide the full service of port operations. ALE, the global heavylifting specialists who provide the handling, transportation and …

Tarmac and SkillForce partner to help students into professional employment

Tarmac and SkillForce partner to help students into professional employment Tarmac, the UK’s leading construction solutions business has launched a ground-breaking educational programme with SkillForce to help students prepare for the world of work, becoming the first company to partner with the pioneering national educational charity. The jointly designed, bespoke one-year programme will support students …

100 is the magic number as Jet Plant Hire invests in Wirtgen road planer

100 is the magic number as Jet Plant Hire invests in Wirtgen road planer One of the largest road planing contractors in the UK, Jet Plant Hire, has invested in its hundredth Wirtgen machine after securing funding from Lombard Asset Finance. The Evesham-headquartered company has used the £265,000 funding package to purchase a new Wirtgen …

Taylor and Braithwaite partner up to go UK wide with TBS Plant Ltd

Taylor & Braithwaite partner up to go UK wide with TBS Plant Ltd Taylor & Braithwaite directors, Paul Taylor and Ian Burton have joined forces with Steve Corner and Brian Conn to form sister company TBS Plant Ltd. The newly formed company will function in the image of Taylor & Braithwaite, supplying market leading plant …

Road Marking excellence recognised at the 2018 RSMA Awards

Road Marking excellence recognised at the 2018 RSMA Awards The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) gave widespread recognition to member companies and individuals for outstanding achievements at its annual Conference and RSMA Awards Ceremony yesterday. RECOGNITION OF APPRENTICES This year, for the first time, the RSMA acknowledged the achievement of those individuals who have during …

Defensibility of claims under the new Well-managed UK Highway Infrastructure Guidance

Defensibility of claims under the new Well-managed UK Highway Infrastructure Guidance The Well-managed Highway Infrastructure Code (WMHI) was published in October 2016, but its two year transition period has now ended. The code was touted as a review of existing practice, as opposed to a complete rewriting, with the focus shifting to a risk-based approach …

Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt named Leader of the Year 2018

Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt named Leader of the Year 2018 The newspaper Affärsvärlden, together with PA Consulting, Mannheimer Swartling, Wipro and Korn Ferry, has appointed the Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt “Leader of the year 2018.” Enthusiasm, deep industry knowledge and extensive teamwork are factors the jury points out as …

The Transtec Group awarded Gordie Howe International Bridge engineering works

The Transtec Group awarded Gordie Howe International Bridge engineering works Pavement engineering firm The Transtec Group is part of the Bridging North America team which was awarded the Gordie Howe International Bridge public-private partnership (P3) project. Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced the selection of the team to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Gordie …

EBRD reports a bright future for the world of work

EBRD reports a bright future for the world of work A revolution in global work patterns confronts the world with complex challenges, but the threat of upheaval can be turned into an opportunity with the right policy responses, according to a new study from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD’s Transition …

Bristol City Council wins Best Smart City Award with help from Siemens Mobility

Bristol City Council wins Best Smart City Award with help from Siemens Mobility Bristol City Council was named winner of the ‘Best Smart City Project’ at this year’s Smarter Travel Awards, receiving the award for its outstanding Traffic Control Service which moved into the council’s Operations Centre in 2017. From the Operations Centre, Bristol’s Traffic …

Mineral Products Qualifications Council to host inaugural BIG Event at MP House

Mineral Products Qualifications Council to host inaugural BIG Event at MP House The Mineral Products Qualifications Council is hosting their inaugural BIG Event at MP House on Thursday the 29th November. Established in 1983 to help develop and maintain industry training needs, the organisation was originally known as Quarry Products Training Company Ltd and are a …

Volvo to deliver 700 city buses to Bogotá Colombia

Volvo to deliver 700 city buses to Bogotá Colombia Volvo Buses has in a public tender with Fanalca/Transdev and Somos K been awarded 700 city buses to Bogotá in Colombia. The buses will operate in Transmilenio, Bogotá’s BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system. The new orders are the largest in ten years for Volvo Buses in …

Driver shortages in the trucking industry – an India perspective

Driver shortages in the trucking industry – an India perspective Rajesh Neelakanta from BVC Logistics offers insights into India’s trucking industry driver shortage and the developments which are mitigating the problem. Turning to Europe and the US – he offers tips to turn the crisis around. Across the globe, it can be said that Logistics …

Planned and ongoing Construction projects in world’s megacities valued at US$4.2 trn

Planned and ongoing Construction projects in world’s megacities valued at US$4.2 trn A total of 6,645 planned and ongoing construction projects by the world’s megacities, valued at US$4.2trn and fueled by the increase in population, are sparking interest in residential and infrastructural developments, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. The United Nations …

Construction survey shows digital marketing more effective then traditional advertising

Construction survey shows digital marketing more effective then traditional advertising The construction industry is pushing aside traditional marketing options in favour of digital platforms, a new survey has revealed. The poll by full-service marketing agency PMW Communications saw digital platforms taking the top three spots in a list of construction companies’ marketing priorities. Conducted at …

Institute of Quarrying Student Awards presented at the Tower of London

Institute of Quarrying Student Awards presented at the Tower of London Winners of the 2018 Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Student Awards were presented with their awards at this year’s Fellows Lunch against the impressive backdrop of the Tower of London. The eight students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products received their awards …

New Institute of Quarrying strategy looks at creating future leaders

New Institute of Quarrying strategy looks at creating future leaders Attendees at this year’s Institute of Quarrying (IQ) Fellows Lunch at the Tower of London were served up much more than culinary delights, as plans for the organisation’s future strategic and operational direction were unveiled. Incoming IQ president Phil Redmond presented IQ’s ‘Creating Future Leaders’ …

Chelsea Pensioners join JCB for unique Armistice commemorations

Chelsea Pensioners join JCB for unique Armistice commemorations Digger maker JCB today marked the centenary of the World War One Armistice in three unique ways. A team of JCB apprentices and graduates has created a distinctive art installation which holds 255 ceramic poppies. It has been made by a team of more than 30 ex-services …

DEG invests US$4m in motorcycle Rent2Own to promote mobility in Myanmar

DEG invests US$4m in motorcycle Rent2Own to promote mobility in Myanmar Mobility is an important requirement for the economic development of a country, especially for rural regions. In Myanmar, for example, two thirds of all working persons live in the countryside. In order to improve mobility in the country, Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) …

Hitachi Construction partners with KTEG to expand European market and develop electric machinery

Hitachi Construction partners with KTEG to expand European market and develop electric machinery Hitachi Construction Machinery Co Ltd announced earlier this month that they have formed an agreement with KTEG Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung GmbH, the group company of European Hitachi Construction Machinery’s distributor Kiesel GmbH, to establish a new company to develop electric construction machinery …

SANRAL and Wirtgen sign MoU to level the playing field for smaller contractors

SANRAL and Wirtgen sign MoU to level the playing field for smaller contractors The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) and Wirtgen Group South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will give small enterprises better access to the road construction machinery they need to execute major SANRAL-owned projects. The agreement will afford small …

ADEPT’s Dragon’s Den puts through successful SMART places projects

ADEPT’s Dragon’s Den puts through successful SMART places projects The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has announced the projects that have gone through to the next round of their SMART Places Live Labs competition. Funded by project sponsors including the Department for Transport, SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, and …

Improving the construction industry’s understanding of modern slavery

Improving the construction industry’s understanding of modern slavery Have you noticed that every few months, there is a headline in the news about modern slavery and that quite often it is related to the construction industry? It is no great surprise then that, on 30 July, the British Government announced that it planned to launch …

Ringway Jacobs on a winning streak

Ringway Jacobs on a winning streak Essex Highways is part of The Safer Essex Roads Partnership, which won the ‘Road Safety, Traffic Management & Enforcement’ category at the National Transport Awards 2018 for their ‘Extra Eyes’ campaign. The campaign encourages road users to submit footage showing dangerous road user behaviour, in a bid to reduce …

IQ Quarry Garden wins Association Excellence Award

IQ Quarry Garden wins Association Excellence Award The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is celebrating its recognition at the fourth annual Association Excellence Awards, hosted at the KIA Oval in London on Friday 12th October 2018. IQ’s ‘Quarry Garden’ campaign was judged the winner in the ‘Best Marketing, PR or Social Media Campaign’ category at the …

The Hyundai Effect and a new beginning for Hyundai Construction Equipment

The Hyundai Effect and a new beginning for Hyundai Construction Equipment Last week Hyundai Construction Equipment Europe (HCEE) invited me to their brand-new headquarters at Tessenderlo in Belgium to attend one of their Experience Days. HCEE is literally using a hands-on approach, inviting potential customers to Belgium for a “total Hyundai immersion” program. Hands-on with …

RIDGWAY Rentals invests £17.5m in pre Brexit Britain

RIDGWAY Rentals invests £17.5m in pre Brexit Britain Following a 3 year consolidation period. Nationwide Plant Hire company, RIDGWAY Rentals Ltd., is making a £17.5M investment in new machines to cope with current and future demand. The huge shopping list of nearly 200 machines has been split between 4 manufacturers. Hydrema, JCB, Hitachi plus the …

Balfour Beatty appointed sole contractor for £2 billion UK Scape Infrastructure frameworks

Balfour Beatty appointed sole contractor for £2 billion UK Scape Infrastructure frameworks Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been appointed as the sole contractor to Scape Group’s second generation civil engineering frameworks, valued at a combined total of up to £2.1 billion revenue. The two new frameworks, open to all …

New branding for Caterpillar machinery reflects Cat premium quality

New branding for Caterpillar machinery reflects Cat premium quality Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and work tools will soon have a new look. The company is replacing the current “Power Edge” caterpillar trade dress (Cat trademark on a black background accented with a diagonal red bar) with a fresh new graphic design called “Cat Modern …

Metso celebrates its 150th anniversary

Metso celebrates its 150th anniversary In 2018, Metso is celebrating their 150th anniversary. The story of Metso started in 1868 as a local ironworks, and is linked to the development of urban environments and the modern way of life. Metso has evolved through a series of mergers, acquisitions and divestments. With operations now in more …

Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support technology-driven sustainable infrastructure

Multilateral banks reaffirm pledge to support technology-driven sustainable infrastructure The heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GI Forum) today reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver inclusive, resilient, and technology-driven sustainable infrastructure. The important role of technology in this goal was at the heart of …

Pakistan launches first outbound Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) transport

Pakistan launches first outbound Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) transport IRU member, PNC-ICC, issued the first Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) carnet this week to Pakistani transport operator, TCS Logistics, ahead of the departure today, which is marked by a ceremony in Karachi. The launch follows recent meetings in Istanbul between Afghanistan and Pakistan – where TIR …

JCB auctions off customised digger for The Royal British Legion

JCB auctions off customised digger for The Royal British Legion As the nation prepares to mark the Centenary of the World War I Armistice, JCB is digging deep to help a charity which supports the Armed Forces. The Staffordshire-based digger maker has created a unique ‘Lest We Forget’ mini-digger, with symbolic red poppy livery, which is …

EBRD and other Development Finance Institutions increase use of blended finance

EBRD and other Development Finance Institutions increase use of blended finance A new report by international Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) shows for the first time the scale of concessional blended finance to support transformative investments in challenging markets and deploy private sector funds to achieve the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainability Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Mattia Romani, EBRD Managing Director, …

Kilimanjaro Summit Success in Aid of Maggie’s Cambridge

Kilimanjaro Summit Success in Aid of Maggie’s Cambridge Ramsey based company SidewinderUK.com supported their Finance Director Dawn Phillips and her friend Tina Cross who has recently returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for local cancer charity Maggie’s Cambridge. “It’s a privilege to be able to give something back to our local community and …

Sub-Saharan Africa construction growth faster than any world region over next five years

Sub-Saharan Africa construction growth faster than any world region over next five years Sub-Saharan Africa will have the fastest growing construction industry among all major regions in the world over the next five, years growing on average by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 6.6% a year, from 2018 to 2022, according to GlobalData, …

Building on firm foundations to deliver the UK’s future infrastructure

Building on firm foundations to deliver the UK’s future infrastructure Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today releases its latest paper in response to the first ever appraisal of the country’s future infrastructure need by the National Infrastructure Commission. If the industry is to deliver the vital infrastructure required to empower towns and cities, improve …

Looking for clarity in Construction and EU Procurement in No-Deal Brexit

Looking for clarity in Construction and EU Procurement in No-Deal Brexit In nearly six months’ time, on 29 March 2019 at 11pm UK-time to be more exact, the UK is expected to leave the EU. The construction industry has already started to feel the impact of Brexit, and has ongoing concerns about, amongst other things, …

Record sales for JCB as global markets stay strong

Record sales for JCB as global markets stay strong JCB set new records for turnover and machine sales in 2017 as global markets continued to rebound strongly during the year, the company announced today. The Staffordshire-based construction and agricultural machinery maker revealed that its sales turnover in 2017 rose by almost 28% to £3.35 billion …

Goldwyn’s lie: no contract? All is not lost

Goldwyn’s lie: no contract? All is not lost Despite best intentions, parties sometimes end up in a commercial relationship without any written contract, due perhaps to: an administrative error; or the need to commence the job as quickly as possible, leaving the completion of a written contract, seen as a formality, for a later date. …

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C

Collaborative JV to deliver engineering and support works at Hinkley Point C Today, representatives from Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock joined forces to officially form the MEH Joint Venture; an innovative new partnership between Hinkley Point C and all Tier One MEH (Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC) and support services contractors to …

Energi Mine rewards EV rentals through partnership with 3F EV

Energi Mine rewards EV rentals through partnership with 3F EV 3F EV, an award-winning UK company which currently provides a fleet of Tesla models for rentals and car sharing, today announced a partnership with Energi Mine, the blockchain platform that financially rewards energy saving behaviour using EnergiTokens (ETK). The partnership will see 3F EV customers …

Metso welcomes Tennessee based Stowers Machinery to distributor network

Metso welcomes Tennessee based Stowers Machinery to distributor network Stowers Machinery Corporation will offer Metso’s mobile and stationary crushing and screening products to Eastern Tennessee contractors in the construction, recycling and demolition markets. Stowers Machinery Corporation employs more than 350 people. Headquartered in Knoxville, it has six store locations in five cities throughout East Tennessee …

Scott Parnell awarded trademark for their innovative safety fencing

Scott Parnell awarded trademark for their innovative safety fencing Civil engineering firm Scott Parnell has been granted registered trademark status on its TouchSafe® GRP palisade fencing – the only product available that is capable of completely eliminating electricity conduction. TouchSafe® is produced using super strength, lightweight materials, which are corrosion-resistant. Designed following years of painstaking …

Wellbeing at work highlighted in webinar from IQ Academy

Wellbeing at work highlighted in webinar from IQ Academy The importance of wellbeing at work and its relationship to safety, leadership and engagement will be the focus of this month’s ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinar from IQ Academy. Dr Carolyn Yeoman, Operations Director of OCAID Wellbeing, will present the 30-minute ‘Creating Wellbeing’ webinar from 12.30-13.00 on …

UAE runs first intermodal transport under TIR

UAE runs first intermodal transport under TIR The United Arab Emirates is an important trade hub with a robust economy. TIR offers huge potential for improving transit connectivity between ports and borders with free zones and integrating them into the global logistics chain. The UAE’s strongest trading partners are India and China – both part …

The Women of Asphalt Council renamed Women of Asphalt – WofA

The Women of Asphalt Council renamed Women of Asphalt – WofA The Women of Asphalt Council has been renamed as Women of Asphalt (WofA) and launched a newly redesigned website and its inaugural podcast. The website has been expanded to serve as a hub for WofA membership, including a wide range of relevant, useful information …

Urban Vision swops streetlights for a Totem Pole

Urban Vision swops streetlights for a Totem Pole What’s the difference between a streetlight and totem pole? Not a great deal if you work for Urban Vision, the joint venture between Galliford Try, Salford City Council and Capita Simons which carries out streetlighting and highways maintenance projects for the Council. Urban Vision was called upon …

Migration Advisory Committee recommendations would cripple UK construction, says FMB

Migration Advisory Committee recommendations would cripple UK construction, says FMB The UK Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, which sets out a series of recommendations for the new immigration policy post-Brexit, would cripple the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the MAC report, published this morning, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of …

Chicago Smart Mobility Project wins ITS Midwest Project of the Year

Chicago Smart Mobility Project wins ITS Midwest Project of the Year The Chicago Smart Mobility (CSM) Project, Phase 1, recently won the ITS Midwest 2018 Project of Year Award. The project supports the City of Chicago’s Smart City Initiative and includes the planning, design, and deployment of an integrated system that ties numerous diverse systems …

Trade can transform the Middle East

Trade can transform the Middle East During a visit to Muscat this week, Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of IRU, turns his thoughts to history and the role that transport might play in lifting the fortunes of the region – politically, economically and socially. At the end of the Second World War there was devastation …

RJ Models shows off their Architectural Office Building Models

RJ Models shows off their Architectural Office Building Models RJ Models has made hundreds of excellent office building models and won widely appreciations from its clients, including the world top-level architectural design firms, such as Foster + Partners, SOM, OMA, KPF, Zaha Hadid Architects, etc. Office building models are used in a very wide range …

Network Rail and JCDecaux £280m advertising deal to transform passenger experience

Network Rail and JCDecaux £280m advertising deal to transform passenger experience JCDecaux SA (Euronext Paris: DEC) and Network Rail have signed a deal that will see the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide deliver an improved station environment with a 100% digital transport environment at Network Rail stations. The partnership will see Network Rail managed …

Is the ELD Mandate in the US Working?

Is the ELD Mandate in the US Working? The answer to the above question is yes – but not without some repercussions. The ELD Mandate is the most recent, widely encompassing directive laid down by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). In a nutshell, the ELD Mandate makes it mandatory for all commercial vehicles over …

Volvo Construction inaugurates new headquarters

Volvo Construction inaugurates new headquarters Volvo Construction Equipment has moved into its new headquarters on the same site as other Volvo business areas at Campus Lundby in Gothenburg. To mark the move, an inauguration ceremony was held on September 3rd, which was attended by senior company leaders and around 500 employees. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo …

Parsons awarded Nevada Traffic Safety Engineering Design Contract

Parsons awarded Nevada Traffic Safety Engineering Design Contract Parsons was recently awarded a 2-year services agreement to provide traffic safety engineering design services to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). The firm has been providing traffic safety engineering services to NDOT for the past 10 years. The first firm to deliver a design project through …

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects

BAM awarded €60 million citydev.brussels multifunctional projects citydev.brussels, the public body responsible for the urban development of the Brussels-Capital Region, has awarded BAM the contracts for two new projects in the Brussels borough of Anderlecht. Both projects (with a combined value of €60 million) were jointly developed by the property development companies of BAM Belgium …

Covers’ Help for Hospices aiming to raise £30,000 for charity

Covers’ Help for Hospices aiming to raise £30,000 for charity Covers Timber & Builders Merchant will once again be hosting its hugely successful charity initiative Covers’ Help for Hospices in September, and aiming to raise £30,000 on behalf of local charities. Now in its fourth year, the charity campaign supports 13 hospices across the South …

RH Claydon takes on Kumho Truck Tyre distribution in the UK

RH Claydon takes on Kumho Truck Tyre distribution in the UK Kumho has enjoyed a successful working relationship with renowned tyre distributor R H Claydon for some 20 years and has now appointed the company to handle its truck tyre distribution requirements for the whole of the UK mainland. A third-generation family business, R H …

Ringway Engineers Leadership Programme culminates in Antarctica Expedition

Ringway Engineers Leadership Programme culminates in Antarctica Expedition A Ringway engineer will take part in a three-week expedition to Antarctica at the culmination of a prestigious 12-month leadership programme which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. Louise Batts will be the only highways engineer and …

Volvo Construction’s five rules of Global Distribution

Volvo Construction’s five rules of Global Distribution How do you transport one of any 100,000 spare parts across the globe at any given time? Here we look at the intricate choreography Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has perfected to ensure their global distribution network keeps everything is in the right place at the right time. …

Have fun with the Cones: Helping Corporate Britain educate children

Have fun with the Cones: Helping Corporate Britain educate children Meet the Cones! Conestance, Conerad, Cone-Vera and Conen. Yes, there are some stray ‘e’s in there – Cones need Cone names! The Meet the Cones ‘conecept’ was born following countless journeys up and down the M1 and sitting, inevitably, in road works surrounded by big-foot …

Blakedale founder shares secrets to success

Blakedale founder shares secrets to success Fred Smith, founder of Fred Smith Street Lighting and Blakedale Limited, has fulfilled an ambition to write and publish his autobiography. Milk to Motorways tells the story of Fred’s life and achievements, from growing up in the 1940’s and ’50s, to milkman and motorway entrepreneur. Fred writes about the …

Highways England volunteers pitch in to help Cornwall villagers with recreation ground project

Highways England volunteers pitch in to help Cornwall villagers with recreation ground project The Highways England team behind a proposed A30 upgrade in Cornwall are not only concentrating their efforts on improving lives with their dualling scheme – they have also been busy helping a village near Truro with their community project. Highways England is …

Volvo CE North America launches a new blog – The Scoop

Volvo CE North America launches a new blog – The Scoop Tailored for a mix of owners, operators and fleet managers, The Scoop by Volvo CE North America provides practical content that is helpful in day-to-day equipment management, operation and selection. Volvo Construction Equipment has launched a blog, called The Scoop, aimed at construction professionals …

StreetLight Data raises $10m to accelerate data transformation in the Transportation Industry

StreetLight Data raises $10m to accelerate data transformation in the Transportation Industry StreetLight Data, Inc., the mobility analytics company that brings real-world travel patterns to light, today announced that it has closed $10 Million in Series C funding. StreetLight Data’s proprietary solution, StreetLight InSight, is an online SaaS tool designed for Smart Cities and the …

Hitachi Rail Europe presents SIDERISE with Manufacturing Partner Award

Hitachi Rail Europe presents SIDERISE with Manufacturing Partner Award Hitachi Rail Europe has awarded SIDERISE, global leader in the development, design and manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal solutions, with its prestigious ‘Manufacturing Partner of the Year Award’. The award is in recognition of the company’s ability to provide a range of high quality, engineered …

Balfour Beatty works in partnership to keep vital defence construction capability intact

Balfour Beatty works in partnership to keep vital defence construction capability intact Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today published its paper “Defence construction: keeping vital capability intact”. The bespoke capability in the UK defence construction and infrastructure industry, which has been developed over many years, should be protected and developed and considered when awarding …

Balfour Beatty is driving forward on customer focussed delivery in Highways

Balfour Beatty is driving forward on customer focussed delivery in Highways Four million people use Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) each day. This is forecast to grow by a further 40% by 2040 with the cost of congestion expected to increase by 63% by 2030. Over the coming decades, both the Strategic Road Network …

National Transport Industry Award shines the spotlight on LED road stud scheme

National Transport Industry Award shines the spotlight on LED road stud scheme A route safety scheme which uses SolarLite Active LED Road Stud technology to “revolutionise” safety on a major trunk road through Scotland has been shortlisted for a national transport industry award. Clearview Intelligence, in partnership with Transport Scotland, Amey and Edinburgh Napier University, …

The UK heatwave puts the spotlight on the Construction Industry’s legal obligations

The UK heatwave puts the spotlight on the Construction Industry’s legal obligations The UK Met office issues an Amber weather warning and tells Britons to “stay out of the sun” during this summer’s heatwave. As temperatures reach near record highs of 33.3°C, and are predicted to rise further, it is important that the risks to …

Construction leaders launch charity to transform cancer support and fundraising

Construction leaders launch charity to transform cancer support and fundraising Building industry leaders have come together to launch a new cancer charity aiming to transform cancer advice and support for people working in the Construction and Built Environment sector as well as raising money to help fund research to beat cancer sooner. Andy von Bradsky, …

ASPIN bolsters Executive Team to support developments to grow the business

ASPIN bolsters Executive Team to support developments to grow the business Aspin, a leading provider of engineered solutions for the UK’s infrastructure sectors, has strengthened its executive team with the confirmation of a number of senior appointments. Gren Edwards, formerly Director of Rail at Costain has been appointed as Chairman, bringing nearly 40 years’ experience …

VolvoCE wins Content Marketing Award for The Megaproject Listing series

VolvoCE wins Content Marketing Award for The Megaproject Listing series Volvo Construction Equipment (VolvoCE) has scooped a top prize at the prestigious Content Marketing Awards for its global digital campaign ‘The Megaproject Listing’. The recognition from one of the most respected international marketing awards is testament to the campaign’s ability to connect with enthusiasts from …

Cyden with the contract – Concurrent delay and the allocation of risk

Cyden with the contract – Concurrent delay and the allocation of risk Last year, North Midland Building Ltd v Cyden Homes Ltd provoked much discussion as to whether the prevention principle should take precedence over freedom of contract, in circumstances where parties had agreed on the allocation of risk of concurrent delay. In the first …

McCann reduces their carbon footprint with fleet of hybrid electric vehicles

McCann reduces their carbon footprint with fleet of hybrid electric vehicles Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has made a substantial commitment to protecting the environment with the introduction of a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles – reducing the company’s carbon footprint. McCann works on major infrastructure projects nationwide and within its fleet, it …

McCann wins coveted RoSPA Gold Award

McCann wins coveted RoSPA Gold Award Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann recently collected its third consecutive RoSPA Gold Award for its ongoing commitment to health and safety in the workplace. The company achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), with …

NAPA Honours Asphalt Industry Leaders for Operational Excellence

NAPA Honours Asphalt Industry Leaders for Operational Excellence Awards Program Celebrates Safety Innovations, Ecological Operations, Community Involvement, and Marketing Practices The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) honoured the winners and finalists of its 2017 Operational Excellence Awards at a special ceremony last week during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Boston. “NAPA members strive for excellence …

Tarmac moves to a regional transport model for cement hauliers

Tarmac moves to a regional transport model for cement hauliers Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business, is to restructure the distribution model for its Cement and Lime division to deliver an enhanced service for its customers. A comprehensive strategic review has informed the decision to move to a more flexible …

gabo Systemtechnik boosts capacity for Microtube Systems and expansion into Britain

gabo Systemtechnik boosts capacity for Microtube Systems and expansion into Britain gabo Systemtechnik GmbH, a leading European system supplier for telecommunications, continues to grow vigorously in response to sustained strong demand. The company is currently adding 10,000 square metres to its production and storage facilities at its main site in Niederwinkling, in Lower Bavaria. By …

GKD Technologies supports expansion with expanded team

GKD Technologies supports expansion with expanded team GKD Technologies is a leading provider of systems designed for safeguarding personnel and machines. Based in the South of England, the company design, develop and produce height, slew and load safety control systems for Road Rail vehicles (RRV’s) and general construction equipment including excavators. The company has seen …

Heathrow completes first stage of search for Innovation Partners

Heathrow completes first stage of search for Innovation Partners Today, Heathrow completed the first stage of its search for innovation partners. This initiative sets out to encourage fresh thinking around how Heathrow delivers the expanded airport. As Heathrow enters the delivery phase of the project, following an overwhelming vote of support in Parliament, the airport …

Green fingered railway volunteers support Wolverhampton community project

Green fingered railway volunteers support Wolverhampton community project A team from Network Rail has taken time out from managing and surveying lineside vegetation to support a local community project in Wolverhampton. Network Rail employees can use ‘volunteer days’ to allow them to switch from their normal roles in offices or work sites and use their …

Belt and Road co-operation discussed at Ukraine China economic forum in Kiev

Belt and Road co-operation discussed at Ukraine China economic forum in Kiev A Ukrainian and Chinese economic forum focusing on the Belt and Road Initiative took place in Kiev on the 4th June, attracting more than 200 participants. During the event, Chinese and Ukrainian officials and representatives of business and industry explored ways to consolidate …

EBRD Board approves €500 million for Trans Adriatic Pipeline

EBRD Board approves €500 million for Trans Adriatic Pipeline The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Board of Directors have approved a €500 million loan for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), a priority project of the European Union (EU) and the Energy Community. The 878 km pipeline will start at the Greek/Turkish border, …

NM Group launches ex-offender construction training initiative

NM Group launches ex-offender construction training initiative In a new initiative to address the industry’s skills gap, national construction and engineering firm NM Group (North Midland Construction Plc) has launched a training programme for ex-offenders. Providing the skills and opportunities needed for people to turn their lives around, NM Group has helped develop a training …

New Holland appoints Pat Smith as its new UK and ROI Business Director

New Holland appoints Pat Smith as its new UK and ROI Business Director Pat Smith has joined New Holland as Business Director UK & ROI upon the retirement of Andrew Watson, after 31 years with the company. Pat joined from T H White Ltd, one of New Holland’s leading dealers, where he worked for the …

The Ride to Success – How a partnership led to growth for Chicago Trucking Company

The Ride to Success – How a partnership led to growth for Chicago Trucking Company From serving a few surrounding counties to spanning the entire Midwest, Catom Trucking has grown significantly over the years. But it isn’t catchy advertising or feet-on-the pavement sales efforts the construction and aggregates equipment hauling company credits for its success; …

British buildings will be safer by Co-operation

British buildings will be safer by Co-operation A new agreement between the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the Association for Project Safety (APS) will help ensure British buildings are safer and better designed. The new partnership aims to enhance the professionalism of building construction, management and engineering in the United Kingdom. The Memorandum …

BIM there, done that?

BIM there, done that? In our recent review of the second edition of the CIC BIM protocol (Second Helpings) we noted references to an Asset Information Model (AIM), which had been introduced into the second edition and suggested that the implications of using the protocol for the Facilities Management (FM) phase of a project needed …

Balfour Beatty marches forward with Armed Forces Covenant commitment

Balfour Beatty marches forward with Armed Forces Covenant commitment Balfour Beatty today announces that it has re-signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant as part of its ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant provides a framework for businesses in the UK to ensure that veterans, reservists and their partners are treated …

Innovate with Highways England and be a part of the fourth industrial revolution

Innovate with Highways England and be a part of the fourth industrial revolution Could you create a road surface that heals itself to make it more resilient for the future? Do you have an idea or product that will help prepare the highways infrastructure for the coming of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV)? If you or …

ONE4ALL calls for Construction and Property Businesses to recognise staff in free awards

ONE4ALL calls for Construction and Property Businesses to recognise staff in free awards UK  Construction and Property businesses have the opportunity to nominate, recognise and reward their exceptional staff for free as the annual One4all Spotlight Awards returns. The One4all Spotlight Awards is a free to enter awards scheme that recognises the best employees in …

Liebherr breaks ground on new logistics centre to increase production

Liebherr breaks ground on new logistics centre to increase production Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH starts a new investment in the future in Kirchdorf an der Iller, thus strengthening the development of the original location of the overall Liebherr Group. The first construction phase of the logistics centre for production started on 11 June 2018 with an official ground-breaking ceremony. …

Eurovia Contracting wins two Institution of Civil Engineering Awards

Eurovia Contracting wins two Institution of Civil Engineering Awards Eurovia Contracting North has won two prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Awards in recognition of successful partnership schemes with local authority clients. The £5.4m Peppermint Junction scheme in Lincolnshire was recognised as the region’s winning Medium-sized Engineering Project, and the £3m Lubbesthorpe Strategic Employment Site …

Technology Award for smart hydraulic Hybrid Excavator from VolvoCE

Technology Award for smart hydraulic Hybrid Excavator from VolvoCE A concept for a smart hydraulic hybrid excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment has received the Volvo Technology Award 2018. Engineers from Volvo Construction Equipment are celebrating after winning the Volvo Technology Award for their smart hydraulic hybrid excavator concept. The innovation – which is currently just …

Network Rail is streamlining their procurement process to encourage SME’s

Network Rail is streamlining their procurement process to encourage SME’s Network Rail has launched its new technology Supplier Qualification System (SQS), designed to improve market engagement, provide greater visibility of business opportunities and reduce the time it takes to award contracts. The SQS, which includes IT services and goods across Technologies, Professional Services, Solution Delivery …

Costain moves their technology centre to North Somerset

Costain moves their technology centre to North Somerset Costain, the smart infrastructure solutions company, is expanding its technology centre with a move to new accommodation on the Weston Gateway Business Park near Worle, North Somerset. By the end of the year, some 150 colleagues will have relocated from Yatton to the new business park just …

Will online shopping reshape our cities and transport infrastructure

Will online shopping reshape our cities and transport infrastructure E-commerce has changed our shopping habits, and is also influences logistics, city infrastructure planning and properties. The impact will become more and more apparent as online shopping continue to increase driving deliveries and changing the way people interact with current retail centres. With e-commerce turnover increasing …

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards

Eurovia UK wins RoSPA Order of Distinction and Gold Fleet Safety Awards Eurovia UK has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. Eurovia UK has achieved an Order of Distinction (16 consecutive Golds) and Fleet Safety …

Deloitte Global looks at the top 10 issues shaping the Mining Industry in 2018

Deloitte Global looks at the top 10 issues shaping the Mining Industry in 2018 As commodity prices enjoy another bull run, how is the mining industry reacting to change? Professional services firm Deloitte Global identified 10 key trends facing the industry in their recent Tracking the Trends report. Here Deloitte’s Global Leader of Mining Phil …

New Holland appointed official partner to the Goodwood Estate

New Holland appointed official partner to the Goodwood Estate New Holland Agriculture, as part of the CNH Industrial group, is an Official Partner to the Goodwood Estate, the unique sporting estate in West Sussex. Home to the Dukes of Richmond since the 1690s, and centered around one of the UK’s finest Jacobean Grade I Listed …

Parsons Rouchleau Mine Bridge project wins Diamond Partnering Award

Parsons Rouchleau Mine Bridge project wins Diamond Partnering Award Parsons Corporation recently won the International Partnering Institute’s (IPI) 2018 John L. Martin Partnered Project of the Year Award for their work on the Rouchleau Mine Bridge project in Minnesota, USA. The project won the Diamond Award in the civil construction category for projects valued between …

European Commission Vice-President visits Talgo EIB-financed innovation project

European Commission Vice-President visits Talgo EIB-financed innovation project Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, today visited the innovative projects being developed at Spanish company Talgo’s Madrid plant with Investment Plan for Europe support from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Dombrovskis was joined by representatives from the EIB, which signed a …

Businesses challenged to ditch paper as environmental impact reaches all-time high

Businesses challenged to ditch paper as environmental impact reaches all-time high A new campaign has been launched to challenge businesses to reduce their paper usage, following recent research which found that a third of UK workers admit to printing out unnecessary paper documents every single day. In a survey of 1,000 employees, conducted by award-winning …

Australia’s Infrastructure budget for 2018 to 2019 connects regions and creates jobs

Australia’s Infrastructure budget for 2018 to 2019 connects regions and creates jobs The Australian Government will invest more than $75 billion in nationally significant transport infrastructure budget projects over the next 10 years, including new funding of $24.5 billion for projects and initiatives which will improve Australians’ lives across every State and Territory. This investment …

Britain’s great motorist rip-off

Britain’s great motorist rip-off Motorists provide the Treasury with over £50 billion every year in taxation yet only £2 billion of that is invested in maintaining the local road network. The impact of the lack of investment is a deteriorating road network that costs motorists a further £1.7 billion a year in repair bills due …

Balfour Beatty awarded £43.5 m Beauly to Keith overhead line and cabling works

Balfour Beatty awarded £43.5 m Beauly to Keith overhead line and cabling works Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded two contracts worth c. £43.5 million for the Beauly to Keith 132kV modernisation programme. Both contracts have been awarded by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), …

Heathrow boosts international trade with new routes to Chinese cities

Heathrow boosts international trade with new routes to Chinese cities Heathrow today welcomed the arrival of two new direct routes to the Chinese cities: Wuhan and Sanya. Both destinations are a first for direct routes into Heathrow, the connection to Sanya is a first for Europe. These routes will allow for over 6,000 metric tonnes …

Lessons from Carillion might lead to retention reform in the UK construction industry

Lessons from Carillion might lead to retention reform in the UK construction industry The UK Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill 2017-19 (the “Aldous Bill”) was introduced as a Private Members’ Bill in January by Peter Aldous MP and is expected to have its second reading in June this year. The aim of the Aldous Bill …

Putting a price on delivering a good driving experience

Putting a price on delivering a good driving experience When considering new schemes, be they route safety, congestion management or capacity improvement schemes, it is easy to get consumed by the technical details such as the specifications around road design, surrounding topography considerations, and of course the ever increasingly difficult funding process. Part of the …

E-Z Drill expanding their dealer network with Mid Country Machinery

E-Z Drill expanding their dealer network with Mid Country Machinery E-Z Drill, a leading manufacturer of concrete drilling and doweling equipment, has added Mid Country Machinery to its dealer network. In addition to Mid Country’s Fort Dodge, Waterloo and Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, locations, customers can also purchase and rent E-Z Drill equipment from the dealer’s Brewerton, …

Volvo Construction explores the future of Mining with Off-Highway Research

Volvo Construction explores the future of Mining with Off-Highway Research Is the global mining industry ripe for an equipment recovery – or still suffering the hangover of the boom years? Here Chris Sleight, managing director of analyst Off Highway Research, shines a light on what to expect. Things are seldom ‘normal’ in the world of mining. …

Eurovia hails their Dementia Friends in Dementia Action Week

Eurovia hails their Dementia Friends in Dementia Action Week Eurovia is marking Dementia Awareness Week by hailing our own Dementia Friends who are making a positive difference to the lives of people with the condition. Eurovia is one of the first construction companies to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society initiative and there are now …

KINSHOFER acquires Atlas Transverse Cutter business

KINSHOFER acquires Atlas Transverse Cutter business KINSHOFER, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, has acquired the Atlas Transverse Cutter business from Atlas GmbH, a Germany-based crane and excavator manufacturer. The transverse, or drum, cutters are the first in KINSHOFER’s line of crane and excavator attachments, allowing the company …

Record production and factory expansion marks HAMM’s 140th year

Record production and factory expansion marks HAMM’s 140th year HAMM, the oldest manufacturer of road building machines in the world, is celebrating the 140th anniversary of its foundation. Fittingly, the innovative company is maintaining a successful course with its modern compaction technology, as the latest production figures show. In 2017, for example, HAMM produced more …

UK’s biggest road upgrade first project to commit to Armed Forces Covenant

UK’s biggest road upgrade first project to commit to Armed Forces Covenant The A14 Integrated Delivery Team, which is delivering the UK’s biggest road project on behalf of Highways England, has pledged its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, making it the first construction project to become part of the scheme in its own right. …

European Investment Bank funds Seychelles main harbour expansion

European Investment Bank funds Seychelles main harbour expansion During a public ceremony held in the presence of H.E. Danny Faure, President of the Republic of the Seychelles, agreements were signed between the European Investment Bank, the European Union and the Seychelles Ports Authority to finance the rehabilitation and expansion of the commercial part of the …

Womble Bond Dickinson explores the second edition of the CIC BIM Protocols

Womble Bond Dickinson explores the second edition of the CIC BIM Protocols The second edition of the CIC BIM protocol was published in April. It is intended to reflect current practices and standards and to be a more flexible document to use alongside different contractual arrangements. It will fit more easily with the other documents …

ADM promotes US Manufacturing Industry during I Make America event

ADM promotes US Manufacturing Industry during I Make America event Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc. talked with its U.S. House representative about issues important to the manufacturing industry during an I Make America event. Rep. Jim Banks toured ADM’s Huntertown, Indiana facility May 2, answering questions from workers and sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with …

Chartered Association of Building Engineers votes in favour of Chartered Engineer Status

Chartered Association of Building Engineers votes in favour of Chartered Engineer Status The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) has today announced it will go ahead with its application to become a licensed member of the Engineering Council. This decision comes following a successful members’ vote. Licensed Member status would pave the way for CABE members …

Tarmac supports a new protocol to prevent labour exploitation

Tarmac supports a new protocol to prevent labour exploitation Tarmac has strengthened its commitment to safeguarding employees within its business and the construction industry by becoming the first organisation in its sector to sign up to a public initiative aimed at eradicating modern slavery and labour exploitation. Launched by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority …

INTERMAT 2018 heralded a wave of innovation and new business

INTERMAT 2018 heralded a wave of innovation and new business The 2018 edition of the international exhibition for construction and infrastructure was a lively and vibrant event, confirming the growth perspectives of a sector driven by innovation and which has set its sights firmly on the future. 173,300 visitors, including 30% from outside France from …

Construction equipment sales in the UK show nearly 6 percent growth in Q1 2018

Construction equipment sales in the UK show nearly 6% growth in Q1 2018 Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market grew by 5.7% in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, according to the UK equipment statistics exchange.* This is an encouraging outturn, against the background …

Sacyr Foundation collaborates with NGOs to supply water in Makuyu, Kenya

Sacyr Foundation collaborates with NGOs to supply water in Makuyu, Kenya The Sacyr Foundation has signed an agreement to with two NGOs in Kenya for a project to install about 5.5 km of pipes, plus the manholes and necessary connections, to supply drinking water to the villages of Kaseve and Kitune (Muranga district) with a …

Highways England signs deal with contractors to improve road construction times

Highways England signs deal with contractors to improve road construction times Highways England has signed a deal with contractors across the country to enable the company to respond more quickly when motorways and major A roads need to be resurfaced. With research showing road surface quality continues to be an area of concern with drivers, …

Minnich Manufacturing hosts US Congressman for AEM I Make America Event

Minnich Manufacturing hosts US Congressman for AEM I Make America Event Congressman Bob Gibbs visited Mansfield, Ohio, equipment manufacturer Minnich Manufacturing to meet with employees and speak about how ongoing policy deliberations in Congress affect local manufacturers. Gibbs met with Minnich executives and employees during an I Make America event at the company. I Make …

Tarmac Innovation Challenge celebrates supplier collaboration

Tarmac Innovation Challenge celebrates supplier collaboration Drone technology, cutting-edge pumping systems and state-of-the-art data monitoring software are among the exciting innovations set to be taken forward by Tarmac as part of its 2018 Innovation Challenge, an initiative designed to deliver added value and greater efficiency to further improve customer experience. The company’s Procurement and Innovation …

Heathrow signs landmark deal to host the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle Fleets

Heathrow signs landmark deal to host the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle Fleets Heathrow, Jaguar and travel services company WeKnowGroup have signed a landmark deal that will see a fleet of up to 200 fully-electric Jaguar I-PACE vehicles available to passengers for travel to and from Heathrow. The service, to roll-out in summer 2018, will create …

Volvo’s Building Tomorrow movie scoops Brand Film Festival award

Volvo’s Building Tomorrow movie scoops Brand Film Festival award Celebrating the best of brand storytelling throughout Europe, Volvo CE’s ‘Building Tomorrow’ short film has been presented with a bronze award in the Brand Film Festival in London. Rubbing shoulders with mega brands such as Samsung, BMW, Bacardi and Chanel, the latest Volvo CE brand movie …

SWARCO leads the way in Tour de Yorkshire

SWARCO leads the way in Tour de Yorkshire SWARCO Traffic is helping local authorities during the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 with its innovative mobile Variable Message Signs (VMS). The mobile VMS incorporates SWARCO Traffic’s proven, state-of-the art LED technology with a high contrast ratio, wide viewing angle and excellent character uniformity. Operating from a very …

The Here and There of Dirt

The Here and There of Dirt Providing dirt contractors with critical cut and fill quantities for their projects In the early 2000s, Jim Hammond did something historic in his life. He decides to shift his highway and heavy civil construction career to begin working for the toughest boss he’s ever known… himself. Hammond launched Hammond …

Grundon achieves IQ PRIME – Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction status

Grundon achieves IQ PRIME – Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction status Three mineral extraction sites operated by one of the UK’s leading suppliers of sands and aggregates have been recognised as achieving Professional Recognition in Mineral Extraction (PRIME) status by the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). Grundon Sand & Gravel’s Kennetholme Quarry in Berkshire, Frith End …

SE10 achieves highest ever position in PR Week’s Top 150 agency rankings

SE10 achieves highest ever position in PR Week’s Top 150 agency rankings International PR agency SE10 has jumped up the PR Week Top 150 UK Consultancies 2018 rankings – reaching 106th – the highest position the agency has achieved since entering the respected chart in 2010. A combination of new client wins, expanded service offerings …

Ethical business certification for Mabey, a leading UK construction services company

Ethical business certification for Mabey, a leading UK construction services company Mabey Group’s UK construction services business announced today that it has become one of the first companies in the country to gain independent certification to ISO 37001, a management system designed to uphold ethical business. ISO 37001 is only achieved by those companies that …

Heathrow’s Export Café is Open for Business

Heathrow’s Export Café is Open for Business Heathrow is treating delegates at this year’s Multimodal cargo conference with samples of the most popular British food items exported from the airport. With its first mobile “Export Café,” Heathrow is highlighting the role it plays as the country’s biggest port by value, supporting the international growth of …

Download a detailed guide to the new GDRP Legislation and Camera Recording Systems

Download a detailed guide to the new GDRP Legislation and Camera Recording Systems Brigade Electronics has created a pack that customers can download from their website to provide a detailed guide to new data regulations with regards to cameras and recording equipment. Emily Hardy, Brigade’s Marketing Manager said: “Many customers remain unsure of the new …

VolvoCE’s Insight Report promises insightful solutions

VolvoCE’s Insight Report promises insightful solutions The new Insight Report from Volvo Construction Equipment promise customers a solution to better manage machine utilization and efficiency, reduce unplanned downtime, and monitor productivity. Volvo Construction Equipment continues to maximize operational savings for customers with the launch of Health Report and Summary Report, a new fleet analysis service …

Walki’s upgraded insulation production unit boosts safety and efficiency

Walki’s upgraded insulation production unit boosts safety and efficiency Walki’s revamped multi-layer insulation line responds to the increasing demand from the insulation industry. The updated production line gears up Walki’s quality management and development with new and improved features, including measurement and camera systems, data collection and storage as well as analysis. Simultaneously, it has …

The Grand Paris Project shows how Volvo can support the world’s largest projects

The Grand Paris Project shows how Volvo can support the world’s largest projects The Volvo Group is working together in order to meet the demands of the Grand Paris project – Europe’s largest construction site. Demonstrating its unique ability to provide a number of solutions for customers on major infrastructure schemes worldwide, the business areas …

Volvo demonstrates their strengths and successes at Intermat Paris 2018

Volvo demonstrates their strengths and successes at Intermat Paris 2018 Large technical, social and climate forces are driving the global economy. The Volvo Group comes to Intermat with a package of machines and services that deliver customer success – demonstrating its eagerness for ‘Building Tomorrow’. In a changing society, Volvo has the machines, the services …

McCann wins RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for third consecutive year

McCann wins RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for third consecutive year Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann, has completed a hat trick of successive award wins after being announced as a winner for a third consecutive year at the impending RoSPA Health and Safety Awards for ensuring the safety of its staff and …

Gate 7 wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade

Gate 7 wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade Multi-award-winning company Gate 7, based in the North East of England, is an innovative company specialising in the supply of decals and printed components to the Construction equipment, Agricultural and Industrial Machinery markets. Gate 7 announced today (21st April 2018) that the business has …

Bartco UK promotes research integration to benefit worldwide traffic management innovation

Bartco UK promotes research integration to benefit worldwide traffic management innovation Closer integration of the research and development operations of two intelligent transport system (ITS) firms will promote slicker product innovation for the benefit of traffic management organisations worldwide. UK VMS manufacturer and creator of integrated ITS solutions, Bartco UK, is evolving its partnership with its …

Fluvial Innovations scoops a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Fluvial Innovations scoops a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Poole-based Fluvial Innovations has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has selected the firm as winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation. Fluvial Innovations has been awarded the prestigious accolade for the development of its flood defence system, Floodstop, which protects properties against the cost …

Construction PR Agency SE10 wins prestigious Queen’s Award

Construction PR Agency SE10 wins prestigious Queen’s Award International PR agency SE10 is one of a handful of British businesses to be bestowed The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade on Her Majesty’s 92nd birthday. As the highest honour for UK businesses, it places global PR firm SE10 – staffed by journalists and former …

Liam Fox launches awards for Best Business Partnership of the Future

Liam Fox launches awards for Best Business Partnership of the Future International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, today launched the GREAT Innovation in Action Awards to find the best partnerships between UK and Asia-Pacific companies. Twelve shortlisted trade projects all demonstrate how new ideas can transform the way we work, live, play or learn …

What would you do if a member of your team had a cardiac arrest?

What would you do if a member of your team had a cardiac arrest? In England, only 8% of people survive a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A major contributor behind this statistic is that only 30 – 40% of bystanders intervene upon seeing someone collapse. Mark Gilmore, managing director of Aero Healthcare, a provider of …

Association of Equipment Manufacturers wants more Millennials on the Jobsite

Association of Equipment Manufacturers wants more Millennials on the Jobsite Construction has often been considered one of the last industries to embrace technology. That is starting to change, however, as construction companies look for new ways to change the mindset of those working at the jobsite. Enter the younger generation, otherwise known as millennials. They …

Keyline team uses pedal power to cycle Scotland in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Keyline team uses pedal power to cycle Scotland in aid of Prostate Cancer UK A group of staff, suppliers and customers from heavy building materials supplier Keyline are gearing up to take on the challenge of cycling from its Dumfries branch to its Inverness depot in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The route, which covers …

Ammann Australia expands

Ammann Australia expands Solid growth has led Ammann Australia to relocate its headquarters, warehouse and training centre to better serve its customers in the region. The facility was moved from Narangba to a new location about 10 km north in Caboolture. The move took place in January 2018. “This move is a reflection of Ammann’s …

Sacyr Mutu-Ya-Kevela School project opened by President of Angola

Sacyr Mutu-Ya-Kevela School project opened by President of Angola The President of the Republic of Angola, Joao Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, has inaugurated the Liceo Mutu-Ya-Kevela School in Luanda following the comprehensive rehabilitation undertaken by Sacyr Somague, a subsidiary of Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras for US$22 million. Sacyr Somague has carried out the integral rehabilitation of …

Ringway secures 10 year maintenance services contract across the Bracknell Forest

Ringway secures 10 year maintenance services contract across the Bracknell Forest Ringway has been awarded a one-year extension to its term service contract in Bracknell Forest. The yearly extension is the third in succession and added to the original seven-year contract which started in 2014. The contract can be extended annually for a further four …

Police HGV on final patrol after catching over 5,000 careless drivers

Police HGV on final patrol after catching over 5,000 careless drivers An unmarked HGV cab is taking to the road for the final time after catching over 5,000 careless drivers in the past three years. The cab has travelled 99,000 miles on motorways and major A roads since the safety initiative began, spotting an average …

Highways England student challenge turns into Wacky Races

Highways England student challenge turns into Wacky Races A team of Highways England staff is supporting the Brimsham Green School students as part of a programme focused on turning the students’ fundraising ideas into a reality while completing personal challenges to develop their confidence, teamwork and resilience. The students challenged staff to select a theme …

Unlocking Community Benefits in Scotland

Unlocking Community Benefits in Scotland The ground breaking Procurement Reform Act (Scotland) has undoubtedly delivered significant benefits since its introduction in 2014. While the act was visionary, in its latest paper “Unlocking Community Benefits: A Scottish Perspective”, Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, outlines a number of recommendations to support further change. To ensure that …

SIKA launches new Mortar Production in Vietnam

SIKA launches new Mortar Production in Vietnam Sika is pushing ahead with the significant expansion of its plant in Bac Ninh in northern Vietnam, underscoring its commitment to dynamic growth in the country’s booming construction market. A state-of-the-art facility for mortar production has come on stream alongside the existing production of concrete admixtures. This most …

British Builders Merchants report 8.4 percent growth for 1st quarter 2018

British Builders Merchants report 8.4% growth for 1st quarter 2018 Builders merchants have reported an increase in sales of 8.4% in January (compared to January 2017) lifted by one additional trading day. This buoyant start is supported by growth in all categories, with landscaping performing strongest, up 14.5% from last year. These strong results buck …

British workers demand more automation

British workers demand more automation A new report suggests that fear of automation among British workers is not as prevalent as people assume. Findings indicate that in many cases, employees would actually welcome greater automation in the workplace – with nearly half claiming they could get between 25 and 50 per cent more work done …

Highways England hails concrete repair project for boosting diversity in construction

Highways England hails concrete repair project for boosting diversity in construction A team carrying out Britain’s largest concrete repair project is targeting local schools to drive up the number of girls choosing a construction career. At the same time as refurbishing the M5 Oldbury viaduct, the team is working to improve both the capacity and …

Hill Engineering wins Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Award again

Hill Engineering wins Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Award again Newry based attachment manufacturer, Hill Engineering has been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies for the fourth-year running, in the Deloitte BMC Awards Programme, receiving the much coveted ‘Gold Standard’ award. Hill Engineering secured the award by demonstrating superior business performance for the fourth …

EnviroBuild named Ethical and Green Business of the Year at FSB London Awards

EnviroBuild named Ethical and Green Business of the Year at FSB London Awards EnviroBuild, the Southwark-based sustainable construction company, has been awarded the Federation of Small Business London Ethical and Green Business of the year award. The London based award recognises innovation, enterprise and accomplishment within ethical and green business. The FSB awards are held in …

Balfour Beatty will ‘Open Doors’ to projects and potential career opportunities

Balfour Beatty will ‘Open Doors’ to projects and potential career opportunities This week, Balfour Beatty welcomes members of the public to its construction sites across the UK to support Build UK’s Open Doors event. This popular, annual event welcomes members of the public from all age ranges and professions including students, those seeking guidance on …

Ringway sponsors CIHT Innovative Women in Transport and Engineering exhibition

Ringway sponsors CIHT Innovative Women in Transport and Engineering exhibition A new exhibition that aims to encourage future generations of women to consider careers in transport and engineering is being sponsored by Ringway, with an employee from its joint venture company, Ringway Jacobs, leading the way. The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation unveiled its …

Metso signs landmark mining services agreement in Brazil

Metso signs landmark mining services agreement in Brazil Metso has signed a significant service agreement including refurbishment services for screening equipment used in mining applications, related spare parts and support. This new agreement is Metso’s largest service contracts of this type in the Brazilian market. With Metso’s solution, the customer is aiming to increase screen …

Liam Fox launches Awards for Best Business Partnerships of the Future

Liam Fox launches Awards for Best Business Partnerships of the Future International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, has launched the GREAT Innovation in Action Awards to find the best partnerships between UK and Asia-Pacific companies. Twelve shortlisted trade projects all demonstrate how new ideas can transform the way we work, live, play or learn …

The Value of Co-operative Purchasing Procurement

The Value of Co-operative Purchasing Procurement Co-operative purchasing contracts have become steadily more popular at the US Federal, State and local levels. However, many people either don’t know they exist or don’t understand the advantages of using them. A co-operative contract allows a group of buyers with a common interest to pool their buying power, …

Skills shortage in the UK construction sector

Skills shortage in the UK construction sector Article by Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales from law firm Womble Bond Dickinson The construction sector is in the grips of a skills shortage which is limiting construction activity and increasing labour costs at the same time. The shortage has recently hit its worst recorded level and …

Aurecon appoints new Roads leader ahead of times of significant change

Aurecon appoints new Roads leader ahead of times of significant change Recognising the increasing pressure on road infrastructure from growing populations and transformative technologies, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Nial O’Brien as Global Service Leader – Roads. Having been with Aurecon for nearly 13 years and based in Sydney, Nial previously …

City law firm launches service to help protect sub-contractors from unfair construction contracts

City law firm launches service to help protect sub-contractors from unfair construction contracts UK commercial law firm, Al Bawardi Critchlow, today launched a range of legal services specifically designed to enable smaller contractors and subcontractors in the construction sector to negotiate fairer contract terms with their larger employers. These services include free-of-charge, half-day workshops to …

Eurovia UK and Ringway Jacobs first business to achieve new safety standard ISO 45001

Eurovia UK and Ringway Jacobs first business to achieve new safety standard ISO 45001 Eurovia UK group and Ringway Jacobs, its joint venture company, have become one of the first businesses to successfully achieve conformity to ISO 45001 – the new international standard for occupational health and safety management best practice. The highways maintenance and …

British Tradespeople are some of the happiest

British Tradespeople are some of the happiest Tradespeople – including those working in construction, are some of the UK’s happiest workers, according to new research. A survey of 1,024 UK workers, by workplace incentives and rewards provider, One4all Rewards, and published in The 2018 Happiness Survey, surveyed employees from different age groups, genders and industries, …

Construction site camera system scoops Highways England Safety award

Construction site camera system scoops Highways England Safety award An innovative dual camera system which can spot both road workers speeding through construction sites and road users who illegally drive through cones has been hailed a potential life saver. SAFETYcamThis winning system, the first of its kind, is housed in one vehicle, and is currently …

Manitou group launches recruitment drive Join the Up Movement

Manitou group launches recruitment drive Join the Up Movement The Manitou group, world leader in rough-terrain handling, is launching a 2018 recruitment campaign to fill more than 300 positions at its French sites. The available jobs encompass the full range of the company’s professions and include all contract types. The group is leading this campaign …

GSSI – Geophysical Survey Systems launches new dynamic website

GSSI – Geophysical Survey Systems launches new dynamic website GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, has launched its dynamic new website. With a completely redesigned look and feel that makes it easier than ever to use, the website’s homepage is designed to help customers explore GSSI’s product range. It features …

Navigating the highways industry procurement process for SMEs

Navigating the highways industry procurement process for SMEs The UK government has committed to 33% of central government procurement spend going to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by 2022 (previously 2020). The latest figures show that spend with SMEs in the financial year 2015/2016 was at 24%. So there is still some way to …

JCB creates 600 new jobs to meet unprecedented demand

JCB creates 600 new jobs to meet unprecedented demand Unprecedented global demand for JCB equipment will see the company create 600 new jobs in the next three months – with 200 available for immediate start. A very healthy order book at the Staffordshire-based company means JCB needs over 200 operatives immediately; including welders, paint sprayers …

Lubricating the wheels of the CV industry

Lubricating the wheels of the CV industry The UK’s fastest growing commercial vehicle motor factor business, Digraph, has agreed a supply agreement with lubricant blender, Millers Oils. The new partnership enhances Digraph’s oils range, which meets or exceeds the exacting manufacturer requirements for every truck in the UK. The new agreement comes at an exciting …

SIKA establishes National Subsidiary in Honduras

SIKA establishes National Subsidiary in Honduras Sika is laying the foundation for further growth in Central America by establishing a national subsidiary in Honduras. With the new subsidiary customers will benefit from faster supply of Sika products and solutions as well as an expanding product range. The new national subsidiary will enable Sika to broaden …

JLG parent company Oshkosh Corp named a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company

JLG parent company Oshkosh Corp named a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company Oshkosh Corporation, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and the parent company of JLG Industries, Inc., was recently honored by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies®. This is the third consecutive year that JLG …

The Traffic Group acquires market-leading ANPR specialist MAV Systems

The Traffic Group acquires market-leading ANPR specialist MAV Systems The Traffic Group Limited (TTG) – formerly AGD Group Limited – has today announced the acquisition of MAV Systems Limited (MAV). MAV is a leading global supplier of ANPR cameras that has achieved continued success from its ability to meet specific partner requirements across multiple sectors. …

Productivity failings in the Construction Industry blamed for project delays

Productivity failings in the Construction Industry blamed for project delays Investment in building and infrastructure is booming, yet on average large-scale projects run more than 20 months behind schedule. According to research by the McKinsey Global Institute, an astonishing 98% of large-scale schemes around the world run 80% over budget and almost two years behind …

Ringway Hounslow Highways helps local school pupils develop the skills to succeed

Ringway Hounslow Highways helps local school pupils develop the skills to succeed Ringway Hounslow Highways has given local school students a taste of the workplace by teaming up with an award-winning social enterprise that aims to give pupils the skills and aspiration to succeed. Staff at the highways service provider have worked with Enabling Enterprise …

Heathrow Airport reveals key British trade routes are already full

Heathrow Airport reveals key British trade routes are already full Britain’s exporters risk being held back by a lack of access to key trading markets, new data has revealed today. As Britain prepares to leave the EU, the data shows that key routes from Heathrow to Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, Los Angeles, Tokyo Haneda and Dubai …

The Manitou group inaugurates new Research and Development Test Center

The Manitou group inaugurates new Research and Development Test Center The Manitou group, a world leader in rough-terrain handling, is inaugurating its new test center, “R&D Test Center”. This innovative building makes it possible to perform endurance and durability tests on all Manitou prototypes. Inaugurated in the presence of a number of elected officials, this …

JCB provides industrial backdrop for BBC’s Question Time

JCB provides industrial backdrop for BBC’s Question Time JCB was put in the national spotlight last night when the company played host to BBC One’s Question Time. Programme host David Dimbleby fielded questions from guests including former Labour Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis, Chief Executive of Siemens UK Juergen Maier, …

SWECO scoops Scotland Excel Award for Edinburgh Workplace Travel Planning Programme

SWECO scoops Scotland Excel Award for Edinburgh Workplace Travel Planning Programme Engineering, environment and design consultancy firm Sweco has been recognised for developing a workplace travel planning programme for Edinburgh at this year’s Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards. The business was named winner in the ‘Partnership Working’ category, seeing off stiff competition from four other …

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund celebrates successful 2017

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund celebrates successful 2017 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) ended 2017 with ten transactions signed and all its key performance indicators achieved. The new transactions represent US$200 million in loan commitments, bringing EAIF’s committed loan portfolio to US$750 million. The Fund is rapidly approaching having 45 active projects in its portfolio, …

Engineering, environment and design consultancy SWECO set for Irish expansion

Engineering, environment and design consultancy SWECO set for Irish expansion Engineering, environment and design consultancy firm Sweco is set to grow its operations in Ireland following appointment to several national frameworks. The company, which established an office in Cork in May 2017, plans to double its headcount to 20 over the next 12 months to …

Carillion’s demise: what lessons can we learn?

Carillion’s demise: what lessons can we learn? Angus Dent, CEO of ArchOver looks at the lessons we can learn from the downfall of Carillion As the dust begins settling on the collapse of Carillion, we move to the damage assessment phase – but question marks remain over the fate of at least 43,000 jobs. 30,000+ …

IRONCLAD Marketing signs up Solesbee Equipment and Attachments

IRONCLAD Marketing signs up Solesbee Equipment and Attachments Solesbee’s Equipment & Attachments LLC, a premier equipment and attachments manufacturer, has selected IRONCLAD Marketing as its Agency of Record. Based in Fargo, North Dakota, IRONCLAD is now managing Solesbee’s marketing efforts. A division of the KINSHOFER Group, Solesbee’s is a full-service heavy equipment attachment manufacturer offering …

Highways England awards Daisy IT Support Services contract

Highways England awards Daisy IT Support Services contract Daisy Group has further consolidated its growing presence at the heart of the nation’s critical infrastructure – by winning a £2.6m deal to provide crucial support to Highways England. The UK’s leading provider of IT, telecoms and cloud services will supply an end user service desk function …

Stage by Stage – New book and website a paradigm shift in commissioning and completions

Stage by Stage – New book and website a paradigm shift in commissioning and completions There was a time when commissioning was a casual and arbitrary process; a small team gathering toward the end of a construction project to ring a few alarm bells, turn a few motors and check off some boxes on their …

Mercedes-Benz’s first Polish engine plant to be built by STRABAG

Mercedes-Benz’s first Polish engine plant to be built by STRABAG The publicly listed European construction group STRABAG SE builds a new engine plant for Mercedes-Benz in Poland. The order for the construction of the largest production and assembly hall, which has a total value of approximately € 61 million, will be carried out in a …

Fixing the construction industry’s productivity problem

Fixing the construction industry’s productivity problem The construction industry has had a troubled history with productivity Even the smallest construction projects are multi-disciplined events that involve hundreds of individual actions. When scaled up to mega project size, managing the sequencing of man, machine and material so that the right things are done at the right …

Quebec Iron Ore signs long-term strategic services partnership with Metso

Quebec Iron Ore signs long-term strategic services partnership with Metso Quebec Iron Ore Inc., a subsidiary of a Montreal-based iron development and exploration company, Champion Iron Limited, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Metso for the maintenance of Metso equipment with a Life Cycle Services contract. This agreement will provide QIO with maximum availability …

New way of working brings opportunities for suppliers across the North West UK

New way of working brings opportunities for suppliers across the North West UK Suppliers from across the North West region have had the opportunity to understand how they can get involved in future Highways England construction contracts worth £500m. The industry day at the DW Stadium in Wigan was an opportunity for Highways England to …

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Network Rail Stoneblower contract

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Network Rail Stoneblower contract Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a four-year contract worth more than £40m for the operations and maintenance of Network Rail’s fleet of track maintenance machines, known as Stoneblowers. The contract will deliver a minimum of 2,800 maintenance shifts per year across the UK …

Hyundai dealer celebrates top Construction Salesman’s 44 year career

Hyundai dealer celebrates top Construction Salesman’s 44 year career Andy Parnham has been selling construction equipment since 1979. He joined Ernest Doe as a 16-year old workshop apprentice in 1974 on the construction side of the business. Straight out of the workshop Andy applied for an Ernest Doe demonstrator role – but was not successful. …

Wolverhampton City Council partners with local business in wake of Carillion debacle

Wolverhampton City Council partners with local business in wake of Carillion debacle Two leading independent Midlands construction firms, Jessup Brothers and Besblock, have formed a partnership with Wolverhampton City Council to give the city’s regeneration plans a boost. Privately owned developer Jessup Brothers from Cannock has been appointed as the main contractor for the construction …

Keep an Eye on these 10 Infrastructure Trends in 2018

Keep an Eye on these 10 Infrastructure Trends in 2018 Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, where he urged Congress to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reported 10 infrastructure predictions for 2018 through its CONEXPO-CON/AGG ‘365’ online newsletter. The predictions come from a TRC Companies’ …

John Holland tackles gender pay equity

John Holland tackles gender pay equity Operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, John Holland has been transforming city skylines, connecting regional centres and providing vital infrastructure for more than six decades. Today, John Holland has announced a win for gender pay parity by adjusting the salary of women found to be paid …

Building world class Universities

Building world class Universities Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has today published its paper “Universities Fit for the Future: How to thrive in a skills economy”. Universities in the UK have a vital role in addressing critical skills shortages and unlocking economic growth and productivity; however, while the UK currently has record numbers of …

Study reveals Heathrow routes to China add £510 million per year to UK GDP

Study reveals Heathrow routes to China add £510 million per year to UK GDP As Prime Minister Theresa May sets off on a trade mission to China, research out today underscores the value of frequent, direct connections between the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow, and China. It also identifies the urgent need to add capacity …

KINSHOFER appoints IRONCLAD Marketing as Agency of Record

KINSHOFER appoints IRONCLAD Marketing as Agency of Record KINSHOFER, one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, has selected IRONCLAD Marketing as its Agency of Record. The Fargo, North Dakota-based company is managing KINSHOFER’s marketing efforts. One of the world’s leading sources of high-quality attachments for excavators and loader cranes. …

Retentions: has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster?

Retentions: has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster? Jonathan Hyndman, Partner at Rosling King looks at the common place use of cash retentions in the construction industry. Some £3 billion of retentions remain outstanding in the UK construction industry at any one time. With the collapse of Carillion, however, has the industry …

SACYR wins waste cleaning and collection contract in Bogotá

SACYR wins €170m waste cleaning and collection contract in Bogotá SACYR, through its subsidiary Valoriza Servicios Medioamb