Reports issued today and reported by the BBC, say that the UK construction industry expects to create an impressive 180,000 jobs in the next five years. Roughly 30,000 of these jobs will be created in Scotland and almost 18,000 of them in Wales, by 2018. With the construction sector having shown encouraging growth, especially in the latter pa..
Well, there's no doubt the winter weather has brought more than its usual amount of mayhem so far this season, with record waves and storms in the UK, astonishing low temperatures in the US and Canada and a rash of unusually extreme weather events around the world. Naturally, this brings its share of challenges, with construction necessarily hal..
U.K. construction continued to expand in November, as housebuilding surged. Expansion was at the fastest rate for more than six years. The index of construction activity, issued by Markit Economics rose to 62.6 from 59.4 in October, itself a surprisingly high level, as we reported here. Novembers rise again caught economists by surprise, with th..
Construction in the US continued its strong upward trend in October, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. New industrial building was strongest, with ground being broken on several major projects across the country, while domestic housebuilding resumed an upward trajectory after pausing in September. Overal..
Following the improving results in the construction industries of the UK, the US and Australia, the Irish construction industry has also reported a sgnificant improvement in October. With the index supplied by the Ulster Bank, the Purchasing Managers' Index, jumping to 59.4 from 55.7, construction is at its highest level for eight years. Remembe..
While the construction industries in the US and UK showed encouraging signs in recent months, helping to lead their countries' economies towards recovery, the Australian industry has shown an even more spectacular improvement. In October, the Australian Performance of Constrion Index rose an impressive 6.8 points to 54.4, taking above the 50-poi..
UK construction surprised the experts in October by increasing its rate of growth when a slight slowdown was expected. Instead of a decline in the index to 58.7 as expected, the index rose to 59.4. September's index was 58.9. For information, and index of 50 represents zero growth, while one below 50 means a decline. Construction growth..
The US construction industry created 20,000 new jobs in September, and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest for six years. The recovery was also reflected in construction spending, which increased for the fifth consecutive month in August, according to an analysis of new government data. This period doesn't include any p..
There's a good case for claiming that the construction industry employs more different trades and skills than any other industry in the world. An average member of the public gets some idea of this fact when they watch a programme like "DIY SOS", where up to forty different trades might be on site at any one time. A professional in the construct..
"One day someone will explain why it is that just about every building project ends up costing more than the estimate, even when the estimate includes a contingency fund." One of the big drawbacks of competitive tendering (is there any other kind?) in construction is that it encourages optimism about prices, timescales and overruns, even with th..
Construction Materials Testing Has a Vital Role to Play in Raising Standards Worldwide By 'our' I mean to include you, the construction professional, the builder, the architect, the surveyor or the building standards inspector. While building regulations in most of the western world are rigorous (and rigorously enforced), this isn't always tr..
Watch this amazing video of an apartment block collapsing. Not the first or last time we've seen something like this: Luckily, no one was killed or even injured. With hindsight, it looks like a disaster that was waiting to happen. ..
Now that the Highways Agency has been saved from the chop, and with government spending allocated to road building, the industry has a more certain future than had seemed likely for some time. In an austerity environment no spending can be secure, but the general slight upturn, and some signs of a new government intention to at least some primin..
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Accurate, scientific testing of concrete and other construction materials has enabled massive advances in civil engineering in recent decades. Far from being just a low-tech solution for small-scale projects and domestic builders, concrete features in some of the most exciting architectural projects around the world. All this is due to our a..
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