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Construction and Rail

30/06/17

Output in the Construction Industry fell 0.6% in the 3 month on 3 month time series, driven mainly by 0.9% fall in all new work, this representing the first 3 month on 3 month fall in construction output since September 2016.

Construction output also fell on month to month comparison in April 2017 by 1.6%.

The fall in all new work in 04/17 was offset by a sizeable rise in Infrastructure  activity which grew 5.7% compared with March 2017. 

15/05/17

HSE is seeking Engineers and professionals to join their ranks who will be dedicated to improving health and safety on construction sites across all sectors.

06/02/17

HSE has published its draft Construction Sector Plan for 2017/18.

The Executive is very keen to receive comments on this draft - please go to HSE's Strategies and Plans webpages or follow on social media #HelpGBWorkwell where you can download a social media pack.

05/12/16

The Government has published details of the UK's £500bn pipeline of investment in infrastructure, which indicates more work for the construction industry than at any time in the past.   According to IPA the Treasury Department behind the document is the most comprehensive ever.

It includes:-

  • a new £2.6bn package for transport networks including £1.3bn for roads and local transport networks.
  • a £5.3bn housing investment package including a £3.2bn Housing infrastructure fund to support the delivery of up to 100,000 homes and an additional £1.4bn investment aimed at providing 40,000 new affordable homes.

The three sectors with the highest level of investment to 2020/21 are transport -£92bn; energy -£79bn and utilities -£59bn.

Of the £92bn transport investment more than £20bn is going on Roads and nearly £15bn on high speed rail. 

05/09/16

HSE is reviewing the requirements in H&S legislation for the inspection or thorough examination of work, plant and equipment.  If you are a Contractor, sub contractor plant provider or etc.,  HSE want to hear your views about how well these requirements are working and how they may be improved to promote effective and proportionate approaches to equipment inspection.

 

Last month saw the release of HSE's new 'HEALTH IN CONSTRUCTION - THE FACTS' poster on work related ill health amongst construction workers in Great Britain.  The poster visualises the key information in an infographic style, allowing health and safety professionals to easily educate their workforce about the scale and consequences of poor health management in the Construction Industry. Contact  HSE to obtain your poster.

29/08/16

New figures just released have revealed that the number of new homes built has increased by 6% in the last year.   139,030 new homes were completed in the year to June 2016, numbers having continued to build gradually over the last two years.

The news is a welcome boost to the Government who is committed to an £8bn investment to build 400,000 more affordable homes to rent and buy.

Many of RDUK's  key external works contractor Clients  are heavily committed to the UKs national housebuilding Groups and are thus benefitting from this increase in output. 

 

06/06/16

A recent Construction Industry study has revealed that Scotland has experienced the biggest overall growth in the UK, with activity rising by more than 20% on the previous year.   New housing and public sector infrastructure work drove the boom.

However George Osborne's plans for increased spend in the "northern powerhouse" has a lot of ground to make up, with overall infrastructure activity falling on the previous year over the area, and this despite major road and rail projects such as those around Manchester, Warrington and Preston.

03/05/16

Scotland's private and social house builders continue to be extremely active across the country and consequently our key Client list who operate as preferred sub contractors to these FTSE listed house builders are equally busy and currently stretched in manpower provision.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you are seeking a new and challenging role in the field of setting out engineering; site supervision/ganger; machine operator; crane superviser; groundworker.

Just contact Darren on 01324 613198. 

29/02/16

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral route, currently being constructed by Aberdeen Roads Ltd a jv of three of the UKs leading services and construction groups, is utilising a more durable 'long life' road pavement specification which will provide substantially lower maintenance costs.

The cost benefit is one element of an overall saving of £220M  identified at pre contract stage, when comparing the estimated scheme cost and the contract value.

RDUK Ltd is pleased to be associated with this prestigious infrastructure project through the provision of  skilled and semi skilled operators to various stakeholder businesses on the scheme. 

 

08/02/16

Total's new Gas Plant on Shetland, commissioning now, represents the UK's largest individual building programme since the London Olympics.  

Construction work having commenced in 2010, the Plant will provide 500million cubic ft. of gas per day, and sustain 10% of UK gas requirements.

RECRUITMENT DIRECT UK LTD is pleased to have been associated with this challenging construction project, through the provision of skilled and semi skilled resource to a range of specialist contractors and sub contractors on site.

 

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain's national regulator for construction  workplace health and safety.  It aims to reduce work related death, injury and ill health.  It does this through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

RECRUITMENT DIRECT UK LTD is pleased to uphold the ideals of the Health & Safety Executive. 

 

07/12/15

HSE's Autumn Construction Refurbishment initiative has produced disappointing results.

Peter Baker HSE chief inspector of Construction has challenged the refurbishment industry to act now and protect their workers after 46% of sites fell below standards during this recent inspection initiative.

Welfare; exposure to carcinogens such as silica and asbestos; manual handling; noise; vibration and work at height were the main areas of concern.  

 

16/11/15

Glenigan has reported a 16% increase in the value of contracts being put on the back burner in the 3 months to August 2015.

The Federation of Master Builders stated that the figure was unsurprising with a large proportion of their SME membership claiming falling workloads.

It would appear only the insolvency lawyers will benefit!!

 

 20/10/15

A recent Project Management paper inspired by the Toyota Motor Corporation which looks inter alia at a delivery approach focussing on maximising value by minimising waste and integrating best practices such as collaboration and holistic perception is one of a number of such investigations which has identified a growing dilemma within the Construction Industry.

This dilemma relates to the need to transfer knowledge  from the large ageing 'Baby Boomer' workforce [before these individuals retire] to the rising generation of construction workers , both labourers and supervisors.

PMI has produced an all embracing article 'BUILDING BRIDGES' which looks at this subject in some detail.   

 

21/09/2015

Strong reports abound that the proposed withdrawal of subsidies on windfarms from April 2016 is already causing the brakes to apply to new development plans in this sector,  the effect having disproportionate impact  on Scotland as 70% of on- shore wind farms in the UK planning system are in Scotland.

In defence of the decision, the Energy Change Secretary maintains the decision to withdraw subsidies will give local communities the final say over new wind farms.

 

07/09/2015

Many of our northern Clients are now heavily involved in Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route where earthworks are making good progress.

Further, works on permanent bridge and culvert structures particularly on A944, River Dee crossing  and at Craibstone are now in clear evidence.   Blasting of hard rock has this week got underway with the potential for the arisings to be converted to various roadstone grades. 

 

 01/09/2015

With Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers reporting further falls in UK Construction sectors [other than housing] some good news for future years was welcome this week.  

The Chancellor on a visit to Faslane has announced that £500M will be spent over a 7 year period to establish Faslane as the base for the Navy's entire UK submarine fleet. This is likely to create up to 1300 new construction jobs in the area.

A further slice of  good news from HS2 confirmed that civils work on the £42bn High Speed 2 rail programme WILL start in 2018, after doubts over  delays. 

Ministry of Defence has chosen 5 construction contractors for a £250M Defence Infrastructure  D&B framework for Scotland, this the third DIO framework to be awarded under the Next Generation Estate Contracts [NGEC] programme.

The framework for capital works will deliver more complex projects and cross region programmes each up to the value of £50M.     The selected 5 Companies will compete against each other in mini competitions for each project. 

 

June 2015

Our Clients are now active on a further phase of the A1 improvement in the North of England - 13 miles of new motorway and 11 miles of local access roads being created on this vital arterial route. 

In the north of Scotland the long awaited Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is now going through its first season earthworks programme.   This is Scotland's largest NPD (non profit distributing) contract, the Project being facilitated by a joint venture of three of the UK's largest Construction Investment  and PF Businesses, and being delivered by their  respective Construction arms.   A completion date of winter 2017 is forecast.

The burgeoning wind farm industry within the UK is threatened by the Government's Energy secretary announcement that subsidies for on shore wind power will end on 1st April 2016. The move means the potential loss of thousands of jobs and millions of pounds in investment being scrapped, within an energy sector considered to be one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy.