Construction News

All the latest stories from across the Construction sector.


Industry expert calls for greater control over sparkie qualifications

Posted: Thursday, October 21st, 2021  

The flood of short courses and competing certifications and qualifications has created a confused landscape in the electrical industry. The industry needs to take command of the situation, argued Paul Meenan on last week’s Electrical Show 



CITB and CIOB join Stand Together to clamp down on modern slavery

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021  

Stand Together wins support from construction sector trade associations for SOS hand signal 



London Councils outlines ambitious £98 billion plan to retrofit London homes

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021  

London boroughs ask government to release £30 million of investment ahead of November spending review to kickstart citywide retrofitting scheme 



Construction journalist claims trades need more government support

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021  

Construction sector journalist, Tim Clark argues more needs to be done by the government to support the construction sector as they face rising material prices and labour shortages 



Diamondback’s Connor Crook outlines plans for product expansion in Carpentry Show interview

Posted: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021  

Since taking over cult tool belt manufacturer Diamondback in 2016, Connor Crook has taken the brand to new heights. In five years, he has grown the product range, expanded production capacity and crafted an aspirational brand that has customers crying out for more.  



Women Installers Together makes cheerful return at Installer Show

Posted: Friday, September 24th, 2021  

Female installers are coming together next week to discuss green technology, training initiatives and... well being women in the trade. 



Drug and alcohol abuse is still rife in the industry

Posted: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021  

In a pre-pandemic survey, 35% of construction workers said they had seen colleagues working under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. Nearly two years later, there are no signs that the sector has cleaned up its act. 



Heating engineers must embrace new skills warns expert

Posted: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021  

The environmental crisis means that the UK’s 130,000 Gas Safe Registered engineers must move away from gas boilers and embrace emerging skills and technologies 



Start-up businesses join Clive Holland Show

Posted: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021  

Ray Taylor, Ross Dickinson and Steve Roberts all appeared on the Clive Holland Show to talk about their entrepreneurial journey 



DIY SOS puts shout out for joiners and plumbers for Hull project

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2021  

DIY SOS is looking for joiners and plumbers to create an adventure campsite for St Michael's Youth Project just outside Hull. The project will feature as a special Children in Need episode of the popular programme. 



Are you tired but wired? You need to talk to somebody

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

The scale and depth of the mental health crisis in the construction industry is scary, and it is getting bigger. It is estimated that two people in the sector commit suicide every working day in the UK and Ireland. It is way past time we all start to work on a solution 



One in four gas appliances are unsafe warns Gas Safe Register

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

With Gas Safety Week kicking off in September, there is still work to be done to raise awareness about safety issues. 



Mates In Mind Launch Survey For Mental Health in Construction

Posted: Friday, September 10th, 2021  

With mental health being such a huge issue across the country but specifically in construction, mental health charity Mates In Mind have launched a survey to find out some more information… 



Man Paralysed from Waist Down Explains Incredible Trade Journey

Posted: Thursday, September 9th, 2021  

John Poulter was training for Britain’s strongest man when he was badly injured by a forklift driver – but fails to accept defeat and is now a widely respected tradesman, despite his injuries.  



Stop stressing and get organised: four important business lessons for all tradespeople

Posted: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021  

Long hours, endless paperwork and few holidays mean lots of stress and little relief for many small businesses and sole tradespeople. But by getting on top of your finances, using technology to streamline your operations, and hiring good people you'll put your business on a solid footing.  



Select campaigns to end retention payments

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021  

Select is calling for an end to retention payments. According to the trade association, the system favours clients and tier one contractors and unfairly penalises small and medium sized businesses. 



Expert slams ‘shocking’ van security

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021  

According to Jeff Scott, director of Sussex Installations van security is a low priority for manufacturers, despite vans making up the three most stolen vehicles in the UK in 2019-2020.



CITB policy director defends apprenticeship strategy track record

Posted: Friday, August 27th, 2021  

In the last two years CITB has increased the level of grants for apprentices, and worked closely with apprentices, colleges and employers to improve the pipeline of people entering the industry. However, as the public rebuke from Build UK shows, the training board still has some way to go before it restores confidence among key stakeholders. 



'Buyers beware' of new housing stock warn housing experts

Posted: Friday, August 27th, 2021  

Intense pressure from developers is resulting in shoddy workmanship and low-quality housing. Problems range from poorly installed doors, faulty ducting, out of tolerance walls and floors, no insulation, missing fire cavity barriers and fake weep-beds. 



London thieves snatch £17.5 million worth of tools in 2020

Posted: Thursday, August 26th, 2021  

Crime stats from the Metropolitan Police show that GBP£17.5 million worth of tools were taken last year. Although the figure was an improvement on the 2019 total, crooks still managed to swipe an average of £57,000 worth of tools every day in 2020. 



23 steps to securing your van

Posted: Thursday, August 26th, 2021  

The top three stolen vehicles in the UK between 2019 and 2020 were all vans. Given the poor level of standard security on most models, tradespeople cannot assume their van (and livelihood) is secure just because they double-locked the doors. Sussex Installations highlights some of the most important points to consider when it comes to locking up your van for the night. 



Less talk and more action: it's time for the industry to get moving on climate change

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

The latest IPCC report left little room for doubt – humans are driving ‘unprecedented’ climate change. With the built environment responsible for an estimated 43% of emissions, it's time for the construction sector to push through rapid change to reduce its carbon footprint. 



Everybody needs to get onboard to solve the skills deficit

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

It is no secret the construction sector is facing a skills crisis - between May and July vacancies in the industry hit a 20 year high. As the industry's traditional talent pool is drained by a rush to get into university, there is an urgent need to fix the apprenticeship system and make the sector more appealing to the next generation. 



9 tips to cope with the materials shortage

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

The materials shortage is expected to last until the end of the year. According to the ONS, the lack of materials and skilled staff is putting the brakes on construction output. Given trying times are ahead, we've compiled nine tips to cope with ongoing material shortages. 



Tool theft won’t stop until it is made harder and carries serious punishment

Posted: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021  

Eight out of ten builders have had their tools nicked. According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) tool thieves cost an average builder GBP£10,000 and six working days over the course of their career. But despite all this cost and misery, nothing is being done.  



‘No Jab, No Job’ the Pimlico Plumbers Debate

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Pimlico Plumbers are set to introduce a ‘No Jab, No Job’ policy for employees, with reference to the COVID-19 vaccine. 



ROCKWOOL launches Green Homes Grant companion app

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

ROCKWOOL Green Homes Grant app supports homeowners with energy efficiency scheme. 



Research raises concerns for government’s environmental targets in the Construction Sector

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Uponor’s recent Whitepaper has revealed that many industry professionals believe there needs to be big changes in the construction industry, in order to meet the government’s net-zero environmental targets by 2050.  



Construction Community: Tarmac launches the Blue Circle 'One of the Family' Podcast

Posted: Monday, January 25th, 2021  

Tarmac Cement have launched their ‘One of the Family’ Podcast this month, aimed to support struggling Tradespeople and Construction workers.  



Protrade launches eco-friendly foil pack in mission to champion a greener future for the Construction Trade

Posted: Thursday, January 21st, 2021  

Protrade launches eco-friendly foil pack in mission to champion a greener future for the construction trade.