fire safety

Major UK housebuilders commit funds to fire safety works

Several of the UK’s major housebuilders have announced focused pots of funding to be used on the replacement of cladding and other fire safety issues. Taylor Wimpey has £125m in its own fund, while Persimmon and Barratt Developments are allocating £75m and £56m respectively. Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, Pete Redfern, said the fund would […]

bimsafe

Keep your construction site protected with BIMsafe

Construction companies are being urged to sign up to BIMsafe to protect sites and workers. The BIMsafe technology will allow you to easily identify any potential health and safety risks that may occur on your construction project. Do you want to: ​avoid large fines from the HSE and the Environment Agency? make sites safer for […]

x ray vision technology

Contractors trial 3D smartphone ‘X-ray vision’ of buried services

Contractors Morrison Utility Services and Eurovia UK are trialling new ‘X-ray vision’ technology to give workers a 3D picture of underground services. Workers use smartphones to access 3D images to help avoid cable and pipework strikes. Piloted on Thames Water and Yorkshire Water contracts, the Augmented Visualisation of Underground Services technology is being dubbed a […]

environment agency board members

Three new board members appointed to the Environment Agency

Environment Secretary George Eustice has appointed Dr Stewart Davies, Ines Faden da Silva and Lilli Matson to the Environment Agency Board. The appointments began on 1 February 2021 and will run for four years until 31 January 2025. Board members provide non-executive leadership challenge and support to the Environment Agency’s executive through regular Board meetings, […]

protect newts Lancashire

Innovative scheme to protect newts and promote sustainable development in Lancashire

Natural England has launched a new scheme in Lancashire to help conserve local populations of great crested newts whilst promoting sustainable development. The scheme will create a network of ponds providing vital habitat for the biggest native newt, helping to join up sometimes isolated populations and helping them to thrive. Great crested newts have seen […]

biodiversity

CIRIA Big Biodiversity Challenge 2021 launches

Are you ready to #DoOneThing to enhance biodiversity on your construction site? CIRIA launched its BIG Biodiversity Challenge launch event on the 23 February, urging construction sites to submit entries. After last year’s hiatus, the #BIGChallenge returns this year to celebrate biodiversity enhancements undertaken by the construction industry. The launch introduced this year’s challenge and awards […]

BREXIT UK Environmental Legislation

Update on BREXIT and the effect on UK environmental legislation

The UK’s membership of the European Union ceased on 31 January 2020 and the ‘Transition Period’ ended on 31 December 2020. Read on for an update on how Brexit is impacting UK environmental legislation. Despite having left the EU, the consequences of former membership remain within the UK’s current legislation. It follows that much of […]