Planning reforms target accelerated infrastructure approvals

Deregulating reforms to the planning system which promise to speed up consent for major infrastructure projects have been outlined by the government in a mini-Budget delivered by the new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng.

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Project delays and insolvencies remain key risks for sector

Increasing insolvencies remain a significant risk to projects and supply chains in the construction sector and clients must stay aware of the need to share risks responsibly, warns the latest market view report from Mace.

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Industry failing to measure carbon emissions on projects

Three quarters of UK construction projects are making no measurement of operational carbon emissions across their lifecycle while more than half do not measure embodied carbon, a survey from RICS has highlighted.

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Standard proposed for construction product competence

Radical change is needed to ensure the competence of those supplying and using construction products following the Grenfell Tower disaster, according to a White Paper which proposes a new standard for assessing their proficiency.

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Major injunction granted to block HS2 site protests

High Speed 2 has secured an injunction from the High Court to block protesters from disrupting work to deliver the railway across the length of its route from London to Crewe via Birmingham. The court order will apply to a number of named defendants as well as to “persons unknown”.

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Probe into Gatwick station death handed to HSE

An investigation into the death of a slinger signaller on a project to redevelop Gatwick Airport train station – where Costain is the main contractor – has been handed over to the Health & Safety Executive by police.

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Contractor punished after worker takes fatal fall from roof

A roofing contractor based in the north west of England has been handed a suspended prison sentence after an employee fell from a roof ladder at a site in Burnley and died at the scene.

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Building structural safety concerns raised by engineering group

Concerns that increasing numbers of new buildings may not be structurally safe have been called to attention by a chartered engineer reporting to Cross-UK, who warns of failures to appoint sufficiently qualified engineers and a lack of appropriate design scrutiny.

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Call to avoid ‘race to the bottom’ as downturn strikes

Clients and contractors should learn lessons from the global financial crash of 2008-2012 to avoid ushering in another ‘race to the bottom’ of overly competitive bidding as a new economic downturn takes hold, according to Arcadis.

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Genoa bridge trial restarts following prior postponement

A trial in which 59 individuals are facing various charges in relation to the fatal collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa in 2018 is recommencing this week after its first hearing was postponed in July.

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