Construction News

All the latest stories from across the Construction sector.

 

Steel materials prices surge as impact of Ukraine war bites

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2022  

The prices of steel building products surged in March due to the impact of the war in Ukraine and ongoing energy price volatility 

 


 

Jewson protects customers and colleagues against skin cancer risks

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2022  

Jewson is joining forces with leading cancer charity, Melanoma UK, to help protect builders and its own colleagues from the dangers of skin cancer 

 


 

70% of tradespeople have been offered sex at work

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2022  

Seven in 10 tradespeople in the UK have been propositioned at work with a third experiencing unwanted physical touching, according to a new report 

 


 

Face-to-face product training return at Baxi’s Commercial Training Academy

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2022  

Baxi Commercial Solutions has announced the return of face-to-face product training at its Warwick Commercial Training Academy 

 


 

Electrical industry needs to stop propagating divide says expert

Posted: Monday, May 23rd, 2022  

Electrical industry need to be more welcoming if it is to solve generational skills crisis 

 


 

Tradespeople urged to re-examine contracts and insurance policies before working onsite

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022  

If you’re bringing your tools onsite, there is a good chance your insurance policy won’t cover them if they are stolen. Clive Holland, host of The Clive Holland Show caught up with Clare Reed, principle, EMW Law to see how tradespeople can best protect themselves 

 


 

Trade Decorator Live brings industry together for debut exhibition 

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022  

Trade Decorator Live offers painters and decorators a chance to see the latest kit, view product demos, attend seminars and network with colleagues 

 


 

Summer slowdown fears as latest contract award data droops

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022  

Contract awards and planning approvals in April were well below those seen in March according to the latest Snap Analysis from leading construction industry intelligence provider Barbour ABI 

 


 

Analysis of contract awards suggests recession might be coming

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022  

The latest report from construction market monitoring firm Barbour ABI suggests recession might be coming given a fall in both contract awards and planning approvals 

 


 

Three in four fire doors fail checks

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022  

AA leading fire door inspection organisations has revealed that 75% of fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard and 31% were never fit for purpose 

 


 

Naima Ben-Moussa calls for tradespeople to support domestic abuse survivors

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2022  

Winner of the Trade Hero of the Year award calls for volunteers as she expands of the reach of Rebuilding Lives charity 

 


 

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill needs to work for local builders to build local homes, says FMB

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2022  

If we are to fix the housing crisis, this is the moment for the Government to reverse the decades-long decline of micro and SME builders 

 


 

Leeds plumbing contractor sinks with loss of 30 jobs

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2022  

One of the largest plumbing and heating contractors in the Yorkshire region has called in administrators with the loss of around 30 staff jobs 

 


 

How tradies are earning more than doctors and GPs around the country are 'abandoning' bulk billing because it's sending them broke

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2022  

Australian doctors are urging the government to ditch bulk billing amid claims tradies earn more in 15 minutes than a local GP 

 


 

Develop Training embark on project to improve the quality of life for communities in Kenya

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2022  

Leading provider of Compliance, Technical and Safety training, Develop Training is embarking on a project that will help to change the lives of communities in remote and impoverished areas of Nakuru, Kenya 

 


 

Altruistic plumber wins 2022 Local Hero Award

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

James Anderson, who started a charity to help elderly and vulnerable people, has been named the winner of the SGS Engineering Local Hero Award 2022 

 


 

Doubt cast on 300,000 homes target

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

Housing secretary Michael Gove has said the government will “do everything it can” to build 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the decade, as promised in the Conservative election manifesto 

 


 

Two seriously injured in London steelwork collapse

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

Two workers were seriously injured in a major steelwork collapse at contractor Ardmore’s Hammersmith Town Hall project in West London 

 


 

ECA calls for stronger competency requirements in Building Safety Act

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

Leading electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA has called for more stringent competency requirements in the new Building Safety Act, which came into law on 29 April 

 


 

Carpentry and joinery education playing catch-up in the UK

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

More government funding needed to improve Further Education Colleges throughout UK, says president of Institute of Carpenters 

 


 

British Gypsum offers free mental health training to staff and customers

Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2022  

Plastering giant designs 45-minute online course with Mates in Mind to help tradespeople spot the signs of mental distress 

 


 

Ambitious Queen’s Speech

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022  

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed the ambition of the Queen’s Speech which contained thirty-eight bills but is disappointed at the lack of detail on some key elements 

 


 

Majority of UK plumbers experience mental health problems due to work

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022  

A new study has found that 81% of UK plumbers experience mental health problems due to work-related issues 

 


 

Timber imports return to pre-COVID levels

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022  

A new study has found that 81% of UK plumbers experience mental health problems due to work-related issues 

 


 

How a hard-working Aussie tradie has been forced to shut his business and go back to university due to spiralling cost of living crisis

Posted: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022  

A builder who's been on the tools for more than 25 years has been forced to close his business for good due to crippling costs and supply issues that he says have just about broken him 

 


 

Laurence Lane takes home Electrician of the Year award

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022  

London-based sparkie wins Electrician of the Year category, sponsored by Schneider Electric at Fix Radio Tradesperson of the Year event 

 


 

Dan Tempest wins Plumber & Heating Engineer of the Year gong

Posted: Monday, May 9th, 2022  

Dan Tempest storms to victory in the Plumber & Heating Engineer category at last week’s award ceremony 

 


 

Danny Madden comes out on top to win Roofer of the Year

Posted: Monday, May 9th, 2022  

Danny Madden sees off stiff competition to clinch Fix Radio’s Roofer of the Year 

 


 

Recovery slows as storm clouds gather over construction

Posted: Monday, May 9th, 2022  

Construction buyers reported another strong rise in output in April – but the speed of recovery lost momentum as storm clouds continue to gather over the industry 

 


 

CPA slashes construction growth forecasts

Posted: Monday, May 9th, 2022  

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has downgraded its forecast for industry growth from 4.3% to 2.8%