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Posted: 29th February
By: rlf

Construction workers denied access to auto-enrolment pension scheme

According to a new report published in the Guardian, there has been a dramatic rise in the construction industry of the number of construction workers being made to register as self-employed by their employers.

Not only that, but these construction workers are being made to use ‘umbrella’ companies to receive their wages, meaning they’re missing out on pension contributions.

Umbrella companies operate by ...

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Posted: 24th February
By: rlf

Construction news: the world’s first underwater village

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live underwater? Well the reality may be closer than you think. Now that's what we call construction news.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut recently revealed his plans for 'Aequorea' - the world's first underwater eco-village.

Designed as an alternative place for us to live in order to reduce our carbon footprint, the village would comprise of a series of inv...

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Posted: 16th February
By: rlf

Government proposes national minimum bedroom size for HMO landlords

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of a drive to stop landlords carving up houses into ever smaller rooms to maximise rental income.

The proposal was sparked by an outcry over “rabbit hutch properties” - many costing as much as £1,000 a month, as landlords cash in on the booming housing market - partic...

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Posted: 10th February
By: rlf

Infrastructure news: France develops world’s first solar powered road

At the World Efficiency Congress in Paris earlier this year, transport infrastructure specialist Colas unveiled an innovative product that caused a media storm. That product was Wattway, the world’s first road surface that generates solar electricity.

Wattway, also known as ‘the Solar Road’ - is the fruit of five years of research and development in a partnership between Colas, a subsidiary of the Bouygues g...

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Posted: 3rd February
By: rlf

Achieve project manager excellence with behavioural assessments

What is a project manager to do? Procurement is the bane of their lives. It’s an essential practice, but one that’s often riddled with delays, bureaucracy and red tape. But having the right people in place is a critical success factor on any construction project, particularly high-value and complex ones.

A client that chooses the right contractors will secure a supply chain with the right capability at the out...

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Posted: 2nd February
By: rlf

"The new museum is magnificent. We know that the museum will attract local people and visitors from far and wide – it will give a major boost to the local economy. The area is internationally recognised for its attractions. We hope that The Novium will help to enhance this reputation even further. Myles Cullen, local councillor"

Myles Cullen, local councillor