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Could Nick Pollard be Balfour Beatty's next CEO?

Following Andrew McNaughton's resignation in May, the Head of UK Construction has been tipped by some for the top job, as the company considers an internal appointment

The benefits and challenges of green building skyscrapers

For the occupants of high-rise buildings and other large places of business to embrace the green trend, the long-term financial and social benefits must be made clear to counteract the instinct for short-term profit

Construction employment up in majority of American states

Construction employment increased in 39 states and DC from a year ago and in 29 states and DC from March to April as "fragile" recovery continues

Incoming Leighton CEO promises cost-cutting measures

Marcelino Fernandez Verdes, who also heads up Hochtief, told Leighton's annual general meeting that management was in the midst of a thorough review of the company in an attempt to simplify its operations and improve efficiencies

Survey points to new wave of London office development

While office space in the capital will be squeezed for the next two years, the current 4.5m sq ft of demolition works will translate into completed schemes, taking off in 2017

IVANKA's bio-concrete water filtration system showcased Milan Design Week

The 1:1 scale Rainhouse installation showcased the company's revolutionary system made of concrete that converts rain to high-quality drinking water

Bilfinger plots UK real estate consultancy takeover

The German engineering and services group has submitted a takeover offer to the nearly 300 shareholders of GVA Grimley Holdings in London, as it seeks to expand its British Building and Facility segment

Drake & Scull signs AED 2.2 billion agreement for TPC Project in Egypt

The company will undertake complete OSBL construction and civil works for Utilities and Offsite Facilities on-site at the Tahrir Petrochemical Corporation Project as part of an international consortium

New York Public Library reverses controversial renovation programme

Library President Anthony Marx said the Mid-Manhattan Library will remain open and instead undergo "the most comprehensive renovation" in its history, abandoning Foster & Partners' plan

Carillion/Amey joint venture wins £775m UK Ministry of Defence maintenance work

A consortium comprising Carillion and Amey has been chosen by the UK Ministry of Defence to maintain and upgrade 49,000 military homes in the United Kingdom.

Efficiency = survival in the construction industry

Fierce competition among construction firms means that efficient processes and communications are a must

UK construction PMI falls 1.7 points in April

The figure stands at 60.8, down from 62.5 in March and the lowest since October 2013, but remains well above the 50 line and the industry has now been growing for a full year

Crossrail boosts popularity of construction careers

A poll of 9,000 workers shows the attractiveness of a career in the industry gowing, with Europe's largest infrastructure project seen as increasing the attraction of working in the sector

[Infographic] Tallest office buildings in the world

A look at the office buildings hitting the heights around the world and some extra details on their construction and uses

Tender detectives: get the edge on your competitors with online research

In a competitive world, knowledge is power, and you should use every available research tool at your disposal to maximise your understanding of the target company

Is your construction business ready to go global? Three steps to success

Many businesses are eyeing opportunities to expand their construction operations into emerging international markets, but there are some key matters to consider first

Safety in the construction industry: Infographic

In honour of the seventh annual Construction Safety Day, this infographic serves as a timely reminder of some of the major dangers to avoid

Tips for making your bid-writing work

To accompany the release of her latest book, bid strategist and writer Jordan Kelly has provided Construction Digital with the following series of tips for creating compelling responses to high-value tender calls

How the US Government incentivises builders and designers to think bigger and greener

American construction companies may have a unique set of tax headaches, but for those companies committed to green building and R&D, the federal government offers some substantial rewards

UK construction employment set to benefit from Balfour Beatty's new training academy

Following a £4.4m Government grant, the international infrastructure group is to set up a national training academy to up-skill its own workforce and provide the young and unemployed with opportunities that lead directly to jobs

Security and surveillance can help contractors keep down insurance costs

With the right security plan in place businesses can lower their premiums while in the construction phase and more permanently down the road

Megaprojects: The $40 trillion savings opportunity

Booz and Co (Strategy&) Partner Christopher Dann explains how the company works with its high profile clients to achieve massive savings in the cost and schedule of $1billion-plus projects

The foundations of a green industry

In response to the demand and pressure to monitor energy usage and cut costs, new technologies are being developed to help the construction industry. Unigro's Development Director gives the low-down

Top five hazards in the construction industry

Our expert examines some of the most common threats to the security and wellbeing of workers on site

How to win construction work from the public sector

With ongoing demand for new schools, hospitals, housing and leisure facilities, the public sector is a rich source of opportunities for UK contractors, says electronic tendering specialist Millstream

April's Construction Digital Magazine is now live

This month's edition takes a look at saving billions on megaprojects, a new app, substation redesigns and monitoring energy usage

AU$615m contract win for Kentz Corp at Ichthys project

The contract was awarded by JKC Australia, and includes Electrical and Instrumentation construction packages for the 8.4m tonnes per annum project

Construction safety training goes 3D

Gaming technology is transferring to construction training to tackle still excessive injury and fatality figures in the industry through an engaging and realistic platform

EU project examines how to put value on green features in buildings

The project was launched to analyse how energy performance and other green features of buildings can be better integrated into the property valuation process

How to recruit the best construction talent

In an industry short on skills, recruitment is a competitive process. Rival firms will be vying for the best talent, so it is crucial to make the most of all available methods in the modern world to find them first

Production in construction up 1.3 percent in Euro area in January

According to statistics released this week by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, construction production rose 1.3 across the EU

Sustainability: How construction can help meet the legislative requirements

In the coming years, new laws will give contractors more responsibility in the battle against climate change

UK construction industry reacts to Budget 2014

Figures in the UK construction industry have welcomed some of the measures as set out by the Chancellor yesterday, with hope for growth in home building and extra funding for apprenticeships

Taylor Wimpey and CITB tackle diversity challenges

The British housebuilder is joining forces with the Construction Industry Training Board in an attempt to encourage diversity of race and background in the industry

How to successfully switch to the cloud

With more than 30 percent of service-centric companies set to move their ERP systems by 2018, the importance of choosing a reputable IT services provider cannot be overstated

Top construction tweets of the weekend

In no particular order, here are the posts that caught our eye on Twitter over the weekend (and morning)

A healthy industry

March's issue of Construction Digital Magazine is now live

The pros and cons of subcontracting

There are a number of reasons why companies choose to outsource work, and the practice comes with both positive and negative effects

Sustainable construction: Who really cares?

Despite the construction industry's avowed commitment to sustainability, it must appeal to the bottom-line as well as the green conscience

Notts firm backs National Apprenticeship Week

Local UK construction company Robert Woodhead promoted the benefits of working in the industry to young people last week

In-depth: Hands-on approach drives efficiency for research facility

Aurecon Group devised a fully integrated solution to deliver a world class and energy efficient environment for the foremost scientists

Fencing must be secure and attractive

The ideal fence serves its purpose as a first line of defence against would-be intruders while looking aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to its surrounding environment

How can you reap the benefits of cloud computing?

Tweet @constructiond or email joel.levy@wdmgroup.com, to have your questions passed on to a Cloud specialist

UK workforce needs another 150,000 by 2050

Research from a construction specialist recruiter has showed that a population of 74.5m in 2050 will require a construction workforce of 1.02m to support the demands of the country

Skills shortage coming Down Under

Australia and New Zealand both require more migrant construction workers to satisfy demand as the sector recovers alongside their economies

FMB report: what SMEs need to know

Discover how the UK Federation of Master Builders are planning to improve the process of completing pre-qualification questionnaires for SMEs

Gas and oil wages raise US construction costs

February 2014 became the 25th consecutive monthly rise in overall North American construction costs, as the price of wages linked to the continuing demand for shale gas and tight upturned sharply

What's your new subbie not telling you?

Wes Simmons, Managing Director at EQUE2, explains how you must audit every subcontractor, or risk the quality of your work and your business's profitability

UK firms partner on North East's largest development project

Leading independent concrete producer Hope pairs up with Miller Construcion to supply 20,000 cubic metres of concrete to a Newcastle redevelopment

Four New York projects for Tutor Perini

The company's subsidiary, WDF Inc, has booked works in the city, collectively worth more than $145 million

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