Just how sustainable is PV?
Construction Management Magazine
by Dave Edwards
1d ago
On Earth Day, Dave Edwards asks questions about the ethical and environmental impact of photovoltaic panels, their manufacture, use and disposal. Should we be questioning the sustainability credentials of PV? (Image: Dreamstime) As a construction cost consultancy, ensuring we deliver the best value for clients while keeping an eye on the latest developments and tech is key. With electrical installation specialist Powercor, we’ve engaged in several solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. But are they really sustainable? Do the benefits, both financial and ethical, outweigh the costs? The benef ..read more
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Video | ‘Detective’ dogs help Scottish Water locate leaking pipes
Construction Management Magazine
by Cristina Lago
1d ago
Scottish Water has deployed a team of sniffer dogs to help find leaking water mains in rural Scotland. The specially trained dogs can locate leaks in pipes in rural areas where the water does not always show on the surface. The four canine helpers – springer spaniels Kilo and Denzel; cocker spaniel Mylo; and labrador cocker spaniel cross Tico – have been trained by ex-military dog handlers to detect the smell of chlorine in treated water. Stewart Hamilton, a Scottish Water customer services operations team manager, said: “It is often very difficult in wet, boggy terrain to source leaks ..read more
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Firefighters rescue worker after trench collapses at construction site
Construction Management Magazine
by Cristina Lago
5d ago
On Tuesday (16 April) London Fire Brigade firefighters rescued a man trapped at a construction site in Charlton, South East London. A trench of approximately 12m long and 4m deep had collapsed and trapped the worker up to his waist in sand and clay. Five Fire Rescue Units formed part of the Brigade’s response, deploying specially trained urban search and rescue crews to the scene. Crews worked to make the scene safe and rescue the trapped person. Yesterday crews in #Charlton carried out a rescue operation after a trench at a building site collapsed, trapping a man in sand and clay. Urb ..read more
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Building Safety Regulator urged to clarify Gateway 2 design requirements
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by Denise Chevin
5d ago
The Building Safety Regulator (BSR) has been urged to provide more clarity on the design requirements for project approval of higher-risk buildings. The Association for Project Safety (APS), which represents almost 4,000 design risk professionals, made the call after the BSR said that completed designs for high-rise residential buildings will not always be required for Building Control approval at Gateway 2. The BSR must approve the designs of higher-risk buildings before construction work can start. During a BSR webinar in January, Neil Hope-Collins, operational policy lead for higher-ri ..read more
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London once again the world’s most expensive city to build in
Construction Management Magazine
by Cristina Lago
5d ago
London is back at the top of the ranking of the most expensive construction locations in the world. The UK capital is followed by Geneva (2nd), Zurich (3rd) and Munich (4th), according to the Arcadis International Construction Costs 2024 report. Double-digit price growth in Munich has propelled the Bavarian capital significantly up the rankings. It has overtaken US cities including New York (5th) and San Francisco (6th) in terms of relative cost to build.  UK and Ireland’s cities ranking 10 most expensive cities 10 least expensive cities London (1/100) 1. London 100 ..read more
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CIOB Awards 2024: President’s Award
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by CM Staff
5d ago
Paul Morrell: Promoting change in policy and industry CIOB president Sandi Rhys Jones chose Paul Morrell as recipient of the 2024 President’s Award for his work at government and business level to encourage change and innovation in the construction industry. The CIOB President’s Award is a way to recognise an individual who has made a significant impact on the industry, and it is my pleasure to present it to someone I have known for more than 40 years. This recipient’s professional skill and understanding of the reality of business, combined with their longstanding commitment to improving ..read more
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CIOB Awards 2024: Rising Star
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by CM Staff
5d ago
Winner Gold Award: Jessica Haskett, Kier Construction Jessica Haskett hit the ground running when she joined Kier Group’s Construction division in 2021 as a graduate design manager. She had studied an MEng in Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and, while there, had led a team to victory in an international sustainability competition which saw her travelling to Dubai to oversee the installation of a zero carbon prefabricated home that her team had also designed and manufactured. Haskett’s aptitude for leadership and organisation meant that she soon moved from supporting desi ..read more
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CIOB Awards 2024: Sustainability
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by CM Staff
5d ago
Winner Gold Award: Saul Humphrey FCIOB, Saul D Humphrey LLP and Anglia Ruskin University With a 40-year career in construction to build on, Saul Humphrey is on a mission to embed sustainable practice into the industry. He is doing this with a multi-pronged attack: as a sustainability consultant, advising pioneering projects; as a part-time professor and academic; as a business owner who is walking the walk; and as an influencer and speaker. Other finalists Ian Armstrong ARCO2 Architecture Rakesh Chavda VolkerFitzpatrick Through his consultancy, which recently attained B Corp status, Hump ..read more
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CIOB Awards 2024: EDI Individual
Construction Management Magazine
by CM Staff
5d ago
Winner Gold Award: Katy Robinson, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Having started her construction career as an apprentice quantity surveyor at an SME, Katy Robinson is keen to encourage others to follow her into the industry. Now a senior project manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, she is working to make construction sites a more welcoming place for women and minority groups. Robinson co-founded the Yorkshire branch of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in February 2022. Since then, NAWIC has held over 15 school events involving over 4,600 young women from 5 ..read more
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CIOB Awards 2024: EDI Company
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by CM Staff
5d ago
Winner Gold Award: ED&I Team BBVS, Old Oak Common Station, HS2 The equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) team for BBVS joint venture – Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra – at HS2’s Old Oak Common Station aims to go beyond legal and contractual requirements to demonstrate industry-leading practice and achievements. The EDI programme, which began in 2020 with the project, aims to take best practice from each of the BBVS parent companies, test whether it works at Old Oak Common and then share successful measures with the HS2 Integrated Project Team (IPT) and supply chain partners. For in ..read more
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