Prison sentences passed for construction tax fraud

A man has been jailed and three other people handed suspended prison sentences for attempting to steal more than £260,000 in a Northern Ireland based construction tax fraud conspiracy.

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Suspended sentences and fines after fatal manhole crush

Two construction companies and two people have been sentenced after a worker was fatally injured while clearing debris from a manhole on a house building site in Boston, Lincolnshire.

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Call to consider fluctuation provisions amid spiralling costs

Greater legal safeguards may need to be considered by contractors to reduce risks caused by unexpected price hikes as material, labour and energy costs continue to rise, a construction lawyer has warned.

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Housing association wins £10.8 million in cladding dispute

A housing association has been awarded £10.8 million in damages and costs from contractor Mulalley & Co following a landmark ruling in July which was the first High Court judgment on a claim concerning defective cladding on a high rise building since the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Plan to punish uncooperative developers over fire safety moves ahead

Government has put in motion plans for a new ‘responsible actors’ scheme which will see developers blocked from the housing market if they fail to remediate historic fire safety issues such as combustible cladding in residential buildings they are responsible for.

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Timber firm fined £80,000 after worker hurt in barn fall

A Devon-based timber company has been ordered to pay a fine of £80,000 plus costs after an employee fell through a stairwell while working on a barn conversion, suffering serious injuries.

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Model insurance clause published for high rise remediation work

Projects to replace dangerous cladding on high rise residential buildings have been boosted by the publication of a new model insurance clause covering fire safety risks.

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Project starts decline following new building regulations

New building regulations which since June require carbon dioxide emissions from new buildings to be around 30% lower than previous standards could be partially to blame for a decline in project starts, according to construction market analyst Glenigan.

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Fire safety warning issued over building ventilation

The Building Engineering Services Association has issued an urgent warning about a potential fire safety weakness in building ventilation systems, following reports of fire dampers being installed incorrectly.

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Call to expand ‘value-added’ approach to construction

Improvements to long-standing issues affecting the construction sector have followed in the wake of Covid according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Building.

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