Mandatory embodied carbon assessments urged for buildings

Regulations to mandate whole life carbon assessments for buildings should be introduced by the government, a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee has urged to help address the issue of embodied carbon in the built environment.

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Industry leaders pledge action to ease inflation impacts

The Construction Leadership Council has announced a series of actions which aim to help mitigate the impacts of steep inflation that are hitting companies across the sector. Tackling the issue will require a "paradigm shift" in thinking within the industry, according to law firm Blake Morgan.

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Trial set in £140 million Northumberland hospital dispute

A dispute in which an NHS Trust is claiming damages of £140 million due to a myriad of alleged defects in the construction of an emergency care hospital is set for trial in the High Court later this year.

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Challenge to south coast airport expansion rejected

A High Court judge has refused permission for a judicial review – brought by a group of local residents – which sought to quash planning permission for a runway extension at Southampton Airport.

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Cyber risks threaten construction and legal sectors

Sensitive data held by UK architecture, engineering and construction firms is under ‘clear and present danger’ from ransomware attacks, an industry survey carried out by cyber security specialist Egnyte has found.

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Hinkley Point C faces further delays and cost hikes

Completion of the new nuclear power station being constructed at Hinkley Point has been pushed back by another year while costs on the project have risen by an estimated £3 billion since the start of 2021.

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Public procurement reforms set out in legislation

Government has published the long awaited Procurement Bill, which began its journey through Parliament with its first reading in the House of Lords last week. A number of key points are likely to be of particular interest to the construction industry.

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Ukraine conflict claims start to appear on projects

A third of construction sector organisations have made or seen contract claims concerning the challenges caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine, with many more anticipated going forward, an industry survey conducted by Gleeds has found.

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PFI principles return on aqueduct resilience scheme

A “ground breaking” new contract model which reinvents the Private Finance Initiative will be used for the first time on water company United Utilities’ Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme, following consent from industry regulator Ofwat.

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Fine handed to rail contractor after trench collapse

Rail infrastructure contractor VolkerRail has been fined £550,000 after a worker was buried when a trench wall collapsed on top of him during excavation work beside the railway outside Stafford station.

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