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Mayor of London calls for temporary visa scheme for construction workers

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has called on Government to create a temporary visa scheme for construction workers to alleviate the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on the building industry. The Mayor is proposing that ministers create a ...

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PTSG acquires Nationwide Specialist Services

  Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG), a leading provider of niche specialist services to the construction and facility management sectors in the UK, has completed its acquisition of Nationwide Specialist Services (NSS). North West-headquartered NSS is a nationwide specialist services ...

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Kier re-signs Armed Forces Covenant

The construction and infrastructure services firm has re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, committing to a set of new pledges as it continues its commitment to the Armed Forces community. On Friday, 3 December 2021, Andrew Davies, Chief Executive at Kier ...

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Kier to tackle modern slavery through its mental health first aiders

Kier is the first UK contractor to train its mental health first aiders (MHFAs) to spot the signs of modern slavery and exploitation. With 900 colleagues having become MHFAs at Kier, this new training is being delivered through Jericho, a ...

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International coalition publishes universal standard for reporting embodied carbon in construction

The world’s first universal standard for reporting carbon dioxide emissions used in the building and lifecycle of structures – also known as ‘embodied and operational carbon’ within the construction industry has been published. Globally agreed by 49 prominent professional bodies, ...

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Balfour Beatty bolsters its commitment to hiring apprentices, graduates and trainees

For the second year in a row, Balfour Beatty has bolstered its commitment to young people, publicly declaring its intention to increase the number of Apprentices, Graduates and Trainees by c. 60 per cent when compared to its 2021 intake. ...

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Wates secures place on schools construction framework

Wates Group has been appointed to 11 lots of the Department for Education’s (DfE) new 2021 Construction Framework (CF21). Under the four-year framework, Wates Construction will continue to deliver projects worth £12 million and above in the North and South ...

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Mates In Mind

Over recent years, there has been a much-needed shift of focus to mental health. It comes as recently the Centre for Mental Health announced that globally, we lose 91 million days to sickness, and the average person takes 7 sick ...

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Building recruits

Harvey Gretton, Managing Director at Blayze Group offers expert advice on meeting the challenges of recruiting within the built environment The UK construction industry is facing a serious skills shortage in both professional and practical roles, with young people, ethnic ...

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TfL publishes Sustainable Development Framework to support its property development programme

Transport for London (TfL) has published its Sustainable Development Framework (SDF), which will support its property development programme as it embarks on a large number of residential, commercial, and masterplanning projects across London. The framework, which is closely aligned to ...

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