Danish-German tunnel works pause for lawsuit

A temporary halt on dredging work for the German side of the sub-sea Fehmarnbelt tunnel to Denmark has been agreed following a court application by activists concerned over the destruction of protected reef habitats.

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Sentences given for safety failings on Irvine housing site

A construction company has been fined and its director disqualified for two years after multiple health and safety failings, giving rise to significant risk, were discovered on a house building site in Irvine, Scotland.

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MPs to scrutinise government action on unsafe cladding

Government announcements on building safety which included a move to make developers pay for the replacement of unsafe cladding on medium rise residential blocks are to be scrutinised by a committee of MPs.

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Watchdog extends probe into Babcock audits

An investigation into audits of engineering services company Babcock International’s finances by PwC has been extended by the Financial Reporting Council.

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Proposals tabled to prevent two tier building safety system

Local authorities are urging MPs to back proposed amendments to the Building Safety Bill which aim to prevent creation of a ‘two tier’ system where buildings below 18m will face less rigorous safety regulations than high rise buildings.

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Construction worker dies after falling from tower

A construction company has been fined after an employee died as a result of falling from a mobile tower; safety was compromised due to the tower being configured incorrectly.

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Housing and infrastructure projects face biodiversity mandate

Proposals on how to implement a forthcoming mandate which will require new housing and infrastructure developments to deliver a biodiversity net gain have been set out for public consultation.

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KPMG admits it misled regulator over Carillion audits 

Auditing giant KPMG’s chief executive has admitted that the firm misled the Financial Reporting Council during its investigations into audits of collapsed contractor Carillion and another company’s finances, as a disciplinary tribunal commenced earlier this week.

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Firms slammed for delaying safety culture changes

Too many construction firms are “hiding” behind trade organisations and waiting for legislation rather than showing proactive leadership in the drive to improve the sector’s building safety practices, according to Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Building safety plans prove controversial with industry

Government’s plan to make developers foot the bill for fixing the cladding crisis on medium-rise flats is too limited to tackle wider fire safety concerns, fails to hold material manufacturers accountable and will impact the availability of insurance across construction, industry commentators have warned.

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