Construction Industry

Project starts grind to a halt

In the June to August summer months this year project starts plummeted as soaring material, energy and fuel costs hampered industry activity.

The September 2022 edition of Glenigan’s Construction Review reports that there was also a 12% fall in main contract awards compared to the preceding three months.

On the plus side, there was a 5% increase in detailed planning

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Environment Agency blocks HVO

HVO has becoming widely used in UK construction

Environment Agency contractors have been told that they must stop using HVO fuel on EA sites from 30th September due to concerns that it is not always as environmentally friendly as advertised.

Although HVO is more expensive than regular diesel, it is sold as  90% net carbon neutral. Producers says that

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Gleeson hits target of 2,000 homes a year

Chairman Dermot Gleeson

In the year to 30th June 2022 Gleeson Homes sold precisely 2,000 new homes. This was an increase of 10.4% on the previous year (2021: 1,812 homes), although the 2021 number had been boosted by delayed completions carried over from the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

Group revenue for the year was up 29% to £373.4m

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Cardiff canal uncovered for city centre development

Churchill Way is ripped up to expose the long-buried dock feeder canal

A 70-metre section of the long-buried dock feeder canal is now becoming a central feature of Cardiff City Council’s £6m Canal Quarter development.

Consulting engineer Atkins was appointed by Cardiff Council to design the Canal Quarter development, working with quantity surveying sister company Faithful & Gould, which is

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Standard proposed for construction product competence

Front cover of the white paper

The Competence Steering Group (CSG) was tasked with ending the scandal exposed by the 2017 Grenfell Tower – architects and contractors believing the salesperson that products are fit for purpose.

Specifically, the CSG was tasked with responding to the competence issues raised in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report Building a Safer Future and the subsequent

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