Sydney street furniture upgrades

Visitors to Sydney can expect a more inviting experience as the City of Sydney begins the installation of digital bus shelters as part of an architect-designed street furniture rollout. The...

More planning controls needed before shops and offices can be converted into homes in the UK

The Construction Industry Council says turning shops and offices into homes without any planning controls is a recipe for disaster. Government proposals to extend so-called permitted development rights, which will...

Westgate Tunnel Soil Issue Bypassed

Sometimes if you can’t kick a goal, you just have to move the posts… The Andrews State Government has announced new rules governing the handling of soil waste from tunneling...

Victorian construction businesses to receive cash grants

The Victorian Government is backing construction businesses most affected by lockdown restrictions with a $196.6 million package of cash grants for thousands of operators as the industry prepares to reopen...

Construction material shortages in the US will continue in 2021

Commercial contractors continue to battle material shortages brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Q4 2020 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. The CCI increased by three...

LendLease to ban diesel from European sites by 2025

The target is set out in the company’s Roadmap to Absolute Zero Carbon, detailing how the business intends to achieve its environmental targets in Europe. Lendlease says it will be Net...

Workplace Manslaughter Laws Now In Effect

As of 1st July 2020 new workplace manslaughter laws are now in effect with employers now liable in cases where negligence contributes to a worker dying on the job. Penalties...

Construction’s career crisis: How did we get here?

Experts weigh in on the factors that made construction a profession for “someone else’s kid,” and the long road ahead to fix it. A four-decade veteran of the construction industry,...

Victorian Government to Fund Cladding Rectification

The Victorian State Government is today announcing the establishment of the Cladding Safety Victoria Authority which will oversee the rectification of flammable cladding covered buildings (including privately owned). The authority...

Steel war brewing in South West Victoria

Unions and local turbine manufacturers are in uproar as a multinational wind farm developer has chosen (cheaper) imported steel to supply the construction of the 218MW Ryan Corner wind farm....

City of Sydney wins approval for visionary plan

The City of Sydney today welcomes the state government’s approval of the City’s new planning framework for Central Sydney, paving the way for the city’s future growth and prosperity. The...

What to do with old wind turbine blades?

Bits of old plastic wind turbine blades are to be trialled for use instead of steel rebar to reinforce concrete on parts of the HS2 project, in the UK. The...

Council approves construction of $800 million tower in Southgate

The Future Melbourne Committee has approved a 21-storey development for 16-60 City Road, Southgate, owned by Singapore’s ARA Asset Management. Currently the site hosts the HWT Tower and IBM Centre...
Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) Nextgen Digital Transformation

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) Nextgen Digital Transformation

Dial Before You Dig (DBYD), the service that protects $388 billion of Australia’s critical infrastructure, has completed an ambitious digital transformation of its delivery platform – with the successful launch...

New technology to improve safety, quality and productivity on construction sites has been development by Monash University

Worksites are busy, complex and dynamic environments. Safety, productivity and quality monitoring requires continuous presence of supervisors on site. Researchers at Monash University have filed a patent for new technology...

Suburban Rail Loop legislation

Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) – as well as the thousands of jobs it’ll deliver – is another step closer with the passing of legislation to enable the city-shaping investment to...

How the Coronavirus will continue to affect the US Construction Industry in 2021

The Construction Industry in the US has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as has Australia and most countries around the world. The Construction Dive in the US reports on...

Industry forecasts in the UK predict a 23% rise in cost of infrastructure projects

The cost of infrastructure construction is set to rise 23% over the next five years, according to latest industry forecasts in the UK. Arcadis’ latest Spring 2021 Market View, entitled...

Australia’s first Diamond Diverging Interchange designed for Bruce Highway upgrade in Qld

The $932 million Bruce Highway upgrade — Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway, has seen a number of novel technologies implemented, including the first Diamond Diverging Interchange ever designed in Australia....

$292m Wollongong Mall Extension Plan

Television rich-lister Bruce Gordon is planning a $292-million mixed-use development in Wollongong. Gordon’s company Birketu Pty Ltd lodged plans to develop an entire block at the end of Crown Street...

Heinz doesn’t only mean beans …

Kraft Heinz has installed new roofs made of recycled plastic packaging on manufacturing facilities in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Holland, Michigan. The food processing giant installed the recycled roofing boards in late...

Improving pedestrian safety

VR technology helps improve pedestrian safety In a new research project from the University of South Australia (UniSA), planned upgrades to roads and pedestrian areas will be simulated using virtual...

Tracks laid under Sydney Harbour

Construction on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project has reached a major milestone, with track laid for the first rail crossing under Sydney Harbour. More than 2400 railway sleepers...

What to do with the waste produced from processing waste?

A 2020 report from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia suggests the “looming waste crisis” is a once in a generation opportunity to embrace energy recovery as an effective way to manage waste...

Cost of goods slowing construction in the US

Across commercial construction in the US, steel price increases in recent weeks have caused contractors to rework the material costs on their jobs. And it’s not just steel, either. Lumber...

Calls for a statewide Asbestos register to stop regional dumping

Regional dumping of hazardous and toxic waste is on the increase in Victoria with high profile sites such as Lara and Lilllimur at the forefront of the deadly practice. The...

Waste not, want not – using aluminium waste to create cement

Rio Tinto have partnered with leading sustainable construction materials company Lafarge Canada to create a cement product using waste from aluminium smelting. Known as Alextra, it’s made from waste –...

App for rating asbestos operatives now available in the UK

Asbestos removal operatives now face the prospect of being publicly named and shamed for their shortcomings or praised to the hilt for their talents, reports the UK’s The Construction Index....

Deal with tech issues early

Information technology often falls under the chief financial officer’s umbrella at construction companies. This means that his or her decision on how to spend money on technology can directly impact...

Planning Overhaul Finalised in Sydney’s Inner West

The future of development in Sydney’s inner west is looking more clear with rezoning in Rhodes and master-planning for Sydney Olympic Park. The state government has finalised the Rhodes Place...

Researchers target 3D printing from forestry waste

A new US research project will investigate the construction of affordable rural housing through developments including using forestry waste to create the input materials for 3D printing. Researchers at Auburn...

Looking for a job on Victoria’s North East Link?

Skills centre links job seekers with Victoria’s Big Build. The Victorian Government has launched the North East Link Skills and Job Centre in Watsonia to connect locals to the 10,000...

Melbourne Arts Centre to undergo major transformation

An additional $241 million will go towards the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project, which will see more than 11,000 jobs created over the life of the build. The additional funding...

Northern Australia Development Program

Northern Australia is a diverse and vibrant region rich in opportunities to drive growth in jobs and investment for the benefit of all Australians. A strong and prosperous north is...

Preparing for the second wave

As Australia continues to navigate our way through the pandemic, many are wary of a ‘second-wave’ of infections particularly with ongoing community transmission in Victoria. The industry has been fortunate...

As Dyldam takes on water, >$1bn in projects in doubt

Western Sydney and Brisbane apartment developer Dyldam is taking on water with reports that the company is struggling with debt as receivers repossess a number of development sites. Problems within...

Stage 4 Lockdown Confirmed To Hit Construction

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has today announced the shutdown measures that will apply to business in the state under Stage 4 Lockdown. For the first time, construction has not escaped...

Adding a Spark to the North East Link tunnels – consortium selected as preferred bidder

Spark, a consortium comprising WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, DIF and Pacific Partnerships, has been selected as the preferred...

Australian Rail Track Corporation awards contracts for Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Loop

The $400 million Port Botany Rail Line Duplication and Cabramatta Loop project is moving closer to construction, with the awarding of two major contracts by the Australian Rail Track Corporation...

US construction industry firms that not only survived, but thrived, in 2020

By getting rid of wasteful practices, hiring new talent and meeting client needs, seven firms came out ahead after a very difficult year. The U.S. business community overall has suffered...

Electric resistant paint can save time and money

The UK’s Network Rail has saved £40m in demolition costs by using an electric resistant paint. In what is being described as a world first, electric resistant paint combined with...

Now is the time, say US Transportation Secretary

While offering few new details of the Biden administration’s forthcoming Build Back Better plan, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told a virtual conference of engineers that now is the...

Is AEMO pulling the plug on solar in VIC?

In a sector that has seen its development pipeline slashed on the back of the RCR collapse and uncertainty on policy and commercial terms, news that AEMO has been intervening...

Federal Government supporting recycling and waste management infrastructure

The May 2021 budget has allocated over $70 million for new recycling and waste management infrastructure, not only to minimise the environmental impact of waste, but also to create jobs...

Confusion Reigns For Tradies in Stage 4

As Victoria enters Stage 4 COVID19 restrictions, confusion abounds with mixed messages and how businesses need to adapt to adhere to the rules. According to the DHHS website (link here):...

Construction Inclusion Week

Building a kinder jobsite to attract new workers More than 1,100 firms took part in the inaugural American event, which focused on issues such as women’s pay, attracting underrepresented workers...

Holding back the tide in Venice

Venice’s new flood gates have been deployed in earnest for the first time. St Mark’s Square would normally have been under water during the high tide, according to The Construction...

Humans are not the only things veggies are good for

A trial is running in the UK, using  hydrotreated vegetable oil in a 25-tonne excavator. Keltbray is running two identical Caterpillar machines,  one on standard red EN590 diesel and one on Green...

Cracks in the system

It is almost impossible for purchasers to predict whether their new apartment will have building defects, a report into the apartment building industry has found. Poor business culture, poor capacity...

10 further level crossings to be removed in Melbourne

The Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) has announced that 10 more level crossings will be removed by 2025, bringing the total to 85 removed altogether. Level crossings will be removed...

Scotland explores floating wind and hydrogen technologies

The Scottish government has awarded a contract to explore opportunities for floating offshore wind and hydrogen supply chains in Scotland and France. The award of the contract to the European...

A hydro project in the Scottish Highlands will be part of STEM learning

Highland Council has begun detailed design of a 92kW ‘Archimedes Screw’ hydroelectric power turbine that is also expected to serve as an educational tool. The £2.5m River Ness Hydro energy...

The City of London is reaching for the skies

Multiplex has achieved practical completion on construction of 22 Bishopsgate, the new tallest building in the City of London. Construction of the £500m building, described as ‘Europe’s first vertical village’...

Construction of homes going up in Eurozone as commercial and civil work declines

A renewed increase in new house-building orders is underpinning growth in the eurozone’s construction sector, though commercial work and civil engineering continue to decline. There has been a record rise...

Multiplex wins contract to build Melbourne’s Quarantine facility

International construction giant Multiplex has won the tender to build a new modular 1,000-bed quarantine facility at Mickleham, Melbourne. Construction is scheduled to begin on The Centre for National Resilience...

COVID19 Support Program

Whilst no-one would deny that the Corona workplace environment is extremely challenging, we should take care not to frame normal human reactions to such challenges as “mental health disorders”. When...

Victoria on Cusp of Approving Windfall Property Tax

The Victorian government looks set this week to pass its controversial Windfall Gains Tax—a 50 per cent levy on the extra value created from rezoning a piece of land. The...

Town Squares on the agenda in Sydney/Adelaide

As news filters through that Adelaide’s Central Market precinct is in line for a $400m redevelopment, another piece has fallen into place in Sydney’s plans for its own town square....

Probuild commences building on $190 million commercial office building in Little Collins Street

Construction has officially commenced on a $190 million commercial office building on Little Collins Street, which is set to be one of the largest strata office builds since the pandemic...

Fast and economical garage conversions patented in the UK

A Newcastle architect has patented a ‘quick and cheap’ system for converting parking garages into bungalows. The Husk concept has been developed by Russell Edwards, who also runs Newcastle architectural...

Giant airbags trial for the protection of roadside workers

Highways England and Kier are trialling a giant airbag to protect road workers from traffic. The vehicle incursion airbag aims to stop motorists driving into work areas at roadworks. The...

Big Housing Build – more than 1000 homes bought

The Victorian Government’s historic Big Housing Build is stimulating the Victorian economy, generating more than $1 billion in construction and development activity – creating 356 direct jobs and 1,246 indirect...

UK’s Bristol Water adopts satellite dam monitoring

Bristol Water has adopted satellite technology to monitor the structural safety of its dams from space The water company is using DAMSAT technology, developed by HR Wallingford in Oxfordshire. Dam...

“A challenging 2022” coming up says Lendlease

Social distancing protocols across construction sites has knocked 16 per cent in revenue off of listed developer and builder Lendlease’s end of year results. Despite ongoing site shutdowns and lower productivity...

Is industry facing a tidal wave of litigation?

As the industry attempts to digest what stage 4 lockdown restrictions will mean, fears are growing around litigation linked to project delays. There is no doubt that there will be...

Swimming Pool And Spa Certification Extension

Victorians now have more time to get their pool and spa safety barriers inspected and certified as compliant, with the Victorian Government acknowledging the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic....

Construction begins on the world’s longest immersed tunnel

The Femern project involves construction of an 18km combined road and rail tunnel linking Germany and Denmark. The tunnel, which will 9m high and 43m wide, is being built by...

Melbournians to get a look at the new airport rail link

First look of Melbourne Airport Rail released for the public The new bridge will be the second highest bridge in Melbourne and span 550m. Concepts have been released, showing the...

NSW construction projects eligible for recycling grants

New grants are open for construction projects that want to reuse waste materials, such as glass or plastic, to help create a circular economy. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)...

Wagners to supply Cross River Rail

Wagners has been announced as the concrete supplier for the Cross River Rail project. Precast production will commence in late 2020 and run for 9 months with tunneling scheduled to...

UK guide to delivery of net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published guidance on overcoming barriers to the delivery of net zero carbon buildings. Publication of  Unlocking the Delivery of Net Zero Carbon Buildings1 follows...

Melbourne’s buildings could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar

Net zero within reach for major Australian city through comprehensive adoption of photovoltaics in built environment  New modelling, on a scale ranging from individual structures through to neighbourhoods and an...

Orange Hire Pitched to Market

Mid-tier equipment rental company Orange Hire is ringing the bell to test the market for a buyer in a pitch led by Greenstone Partners. AFR reports the company holds a...

Block a lane? Prepare to pay in Victoria

State Roads Minister Jaala Pulford today announced a new “Road Occupation Charge” of between $173-$252 per lane per day for construction companies requiring road closures across 11 municipalities in Victoria....

Heavy-lift cranes run by electricity

Electric power is rapidly gaining traction in the realm of small plant, as can be seen from JCB’s latest offering. And now two crane manufacturers have recently unveiled all-electric versions...

Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ community hub completed

Hansen Yuncken has announced its successful delivery of the Victorian Pride Centre, Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ community hub, to celebrate the community’s achievements, as well as Australia’s cultural and social...

NSW local councils confirm funding for major infrastructure and capital works programs

Some local councils in NSW have announced plans to fund major infrastructure and capital works programs. The City of Parramatta has committed to spend $1.24 billion over the next 20...

Robots help install lift in 340 metre tall building in Dubai

Besix Group subsidiary Six Construct, Schindler and the DMCC free trade zone have chosen to use the Schindler Robotic Installation System for Elevators (Schindler Rise), claimed to be the world’s...

Boddington to go driverless

Newmont has announced a $150m investment in an autonomous haulage system at its Boddington gold asset. Following in the footsteps of the IO majors, autonomous fleet is increasingly attractive for...

People in glass houses … can weather the COVID-19 storm

The renovation of Scotland’s Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was a complex challenge even before a global pandemic changed everything, reports the UK’s Construction News. The site’s £70m revamp, known...

The UK’s Spring Budget: what’s in it for the Construction Industry?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set a budget that he hopes will promote an investment-led recovery for the UK as the country emerges from lockdown. Highlights for the construction industry include...

Creating concrete from soft plastic

Soft plastics used to create sustainable concrete carpark and footpath A team of engineers from RMIT have partnered with Victorian recycling organisations Replas, RED Group and SR Engineering to create...

Digital twin of a 300-acre sports and entertainment development created

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles has a digital twin – the first of its kind SoFi Stadium crossed the goal line in time for the 2020 NFL season, despite 49 workers...

Probuild sale blocked by Fed

Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) the South-African owned constructor has announced that the proposed sale of its Australian building arm Probuild has been blocked based on national security risks. The...

Blood-curdling recipe created for space concrete

Quirky news of the day. Scientists from the University of Manchester have developed a concrete-like material made of extra-terrestrial dust along with the blood, sweat and tears of astronauts. In...

The UK’s Climate Change Committee sets out road to Net Zero

The UK government’s advisory committee on climate change has set out details of how the UK can virtually rid itself of carbon emissions 15 years sooner than currently planned. The...

Regional Infrastructure Fund Support Means More Places To Stay Along Famous Silo Art Trail

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting accommodation along the state’s popular Silo Art Trail, giving travellers more options to stop and enjoy regional towns. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas...

“Cluster for warmth” initiative in the UK provides cheaper, greener heating for tower blocks

Leeds City Council has appointed utilities contractor Cenergist to deliver a £24m plumbing job on its tower blocks. Cenergist been appointed to design, build and deliver six district heating network...

A familiar sight is missing from the US urban skyline

Crane counts in North American cities drop for first time since 2017 For the first time since July 2017, the number of cranes in North American cities has decreased, according...

Construction Costs Surge at Fastest Rate in 20 Years

Residential construction cost increases are on the way to outpacing property price rises as Australia records the biggest cost increase since the introduction of the GST. The runaway housing market...

New research into how a circular economy can work in the construction industry

RMIT University in Melbourne, collaborating with the University of South Australia, University of NSW, University of Wollongong and the University of Adelaide have commence a new project that will research...

Research underway on Construction Industry Wellbeing

One construction worker dies by suicide every two days. Construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than in a workplace accident. Men in the construction industry...

Lendlease wins $352.9 million Stage 2 Caboolture Hospital Redevelopment

The Caboolture Hospital redevelopment  project, considered to be a critical health infrastructure project, will increase the hospital’s bed count and provide a modern facility with new specialist healthcare services, to...

Construction commenced on $16 million tavern, the start of an $11 billion master-planned community at Yarrabilba, Qld

Lendlease has started construction on a $16 million family-friendly tavern at Yarrabilba, Brisbane, as part of an $11 billion master-planned community Lendlease in planning for, consisting of a 100+ hectare...

Another Structural Failure Sends Residents Fleeing

Residents of the Green Trees Estate in Ashfield (Inner-West Sydney) were sent out into the cold overnight as the building began cracking and residents reported “popping” noises. Even more startling,...

World Architecture Festival Awards 2021 shortlist announced

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards has announced its 2021 shortlist, celebrating some of the most impressive buildings and landscapes completed across the world between 2019 and 2021. The 200-strong shortlist...

It’s a green machine

An electric powered ring crane that can generate it’s own electricity has been designed and built by Belgian lifting specialists Sarens. The Sarens SGC-90, nicknamed The Little Celeste, might be the...

Do you know what a Dutch roundabout is?

First Dutch roundabout completed in Cambridge in the UK., reports World Construction Network. The roundabout was built by Skanska on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, which awarded the project last...

The tide is turning with the use of drones

Researchers in Scotland and Wales are carrying out a trial involving the use of drones to assess potential sites for underwater tidal turbines. The new method of measuring tidal currents,...

The rise of sustainable investment and it’s impact on construction

On a virtual panel, AEC pros from Skanska and Jacobs discussed the rise of sustainable investment and how it’s impacting construction. To truly build back better, contractors will have to...

Funding boost to Australia’s largest recycling plant

Construction of Australia’s biggest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant, is gaining momentum, with the Federal Government providing a $16.5 million investment into the plant.  The plant is located just outside...

Changing the standard to achieve Scotland’s net-zero target

Construction and manufacturing group CCG (Scotland) has launched a new housebuilding standard designed to respond to Scotland’s target of becoming a net-zero economy. The Net Zero Home standard developed by...

Rechargeable batteries made of cement

Researchers from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have published a new concept for rechargeable batteries made of cement. Dr Emma Zhang...

NSW timber bridges to be replaced in major program

The New South Wales Government will replace more than 400 timber bridges through its $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program, to improve resilience to natural disaster and increase connectivity. Deputy...

Property industry to play critical role in the race to net zero

The Property Council of Australia has announced the important role the property industry will play in achieving net zero. Property Council’s NSW Director Luke Achterstraat said as New South Wales...

UK Government sets up building products regulator

The UK government is setting up a new regulatory body to oversee the safety of construction materials. The construction products regulator will be a division of the Office for Product...

Lendlease sale complete

Lendlease has this week finalised the sale of its engineering arm to Acciona Infrastructure Asia Pacific. The sale has been a long time coming – first heralded back in 2019....

Aerotropolis Green Spaces to be Reduced

Open spaces will be scaled back under proposed changes to the final planning package for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. Proposed changes to the State Environment Planning Policy are on public...

An unforeseen improvement from Covid-19

Academic research into the impact of post-Covid-19 working arrangements on construction sites has found that far from being diminished, productivity may actually have improved. Although total output on construction sites...

Mandated vaccination may provide a chance for a $1 million payout

One lucky Australian will win $1,000,000 just for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, thanks to the newly launched Million Dollar Vax campaign. Focused on accelerating Australia’s vaccination program throughout October, the...

Industry’s cultural issues costing economy $8 billion annually

A new report into the construction industry highlights that urgent change is needed to address cultural issues that are costing the economy nearly $8 billion each year due to workplace...

Nitrate pollution holding up construction projects in Southern England

Millions of pounds worth of construction work has been delayed after local authorities in Hampshire stopped granting planning permissions in a bid to reduce nitrate pollution in the Solent. As...

Construction Dive’s Innovator of the Year

The US’ Construction Dive has awarded Innovator of the Year to NEXT Coalition. Five major contractors have come together to create tech solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. Construction remained essential throughout most...

UK Building Safety Bill

Will Australia follow down this path? The Building Safety Bill is making its way through parliament. Chartered building engineer Kevin Blunden, chairman of Association of Corporate Approved Inspectors, shares insight...

Plastic rail sleepers laid in UK

The UK’s Network Rail has used composite railway sleepers on its main line tracks for the first time. Railway sleeps made from recycled waste plastic have been installed across the...

Arden Arches Taking Shape For More Trains More Often

Workers are completing the delicate job of guiding 60-tonne concrete and brick arch segments into place to create the soaring entrance for the new Arden Station, part of the Metro...

Has the construction industry already caught the virus?

As measures to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus in China (and abroad) remain fluid and changing, the full impact on Australia’s imports and exports remain to be fully realized....

Sustainable project housing for the Indigenous community

Aboriginal Sustainable Homes is a company set up by Brad Draper, a Wiradjuri leader and former rugby league player now businessman, to provide better housing options for Aboriginal people, skills...

City of Melbourne creates peak design bodies

The City of Melbourne will establish two peak bodies to provide design advise on major developments, with 40 leaders from the design sector already appointed. Councillors endorsed the new Design...

Labour Shortfalls Push Australia Down Global Construction Index

Australia has ranked 15th in world for construction workers as the country battles with a skills shortage and a building boom. Average salary, cost of living and safety were the...

May 2021 Federal Budget includes $10 billion over 10 years on Infrastructure

The Federal Government is continuing to support the economy, which is still trying to cope with the long term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One initiative is to prioritise the...

Machine learning: keeping our communities safe via early detection of road defects

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) NSW and ACT Division has collaborated with four councils to trial the use of machine learning, video and Artificial Intelligence in the...

Woolloongabba leads ranking of best places to invest

Brisbane’s inner eastern suburb of Woolloongabba has been named Australia’s best location for residential investment as the nation emerges from the pandemic. Research commissioned by ME Bank revealed the top...

US dealing with cyberattacks in joint venture construction projects in the UK

A string of cyberattacks has hit the U.K. building sector in the past 18 months, Construction News reported, with hackers targeting Bam Construct, Interserve, Bouygues UK, RMD Kwikform and Amey. A payroll...

Trends that will influence the US construction sector in 2021

Several factors – some positive, some less so – are poised to shape the industry this year. Here’s some perspective to ring in the new year: “2020 bad, 2021 good.”...

Spanish port to test if concrete infrastructure can be nature-friendly

Concrete sea wall and armour units that are designed to be hospitable to marine life are to be tested at a Spanish port following the award of EU funding. ECOncrete...

Australian Construction Industry Charter launched for Industry reform

The  Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has launched a ground-breaking Australian Construction Industry Charter to spearhead much-needed industry reform to help ensure stimulus projects are delivered efficiently and their benefits shared and maximised according...

LED lighting to improve road safety

The Victorian and Australian Government are improving safety at 70 locations across regional Victoria with new innovative treatments that will enhance delineation and visibility to reduce the number of deaths...

Next gen technology driving Australia’s rail freight network

A custom-engineered technology for Australian rail freight network conditions will deliver significant safety, operational and commercial benefits for above and below rail operators, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director...

Implementing the Cement and Concrete Net Zero Roadmap(COP26)-Nov 2021

Recorded Sessions available online (cement/concrete and others). With 189 members, including 33 countries, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction is the leading global platform for governments, the private sector,...

$100M digital upgrade to deliver more frequent trains for Eastern Sydney

Contracts worth around $100 million will deliver important upgrades to Sydney’s rail network between Erskineville and Bondi Junction, on the T4 Eastern Suburbs line. The new digital system upgrade will...

Construction restarting in the Big Apple

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city is restarting $17 billion of capital construction projects as part of its pandemic recovery effort. During a press conference,...

US invests $550 billion in infrastructure

US president Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have agreed a US$550 (£395bn) deal to make the country’s biggest investment in infrastructure in nearly a century. The deal...

Heat networks fast-tracking in Scotland

New legislation to accelerate the deployment of heat networks has been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament. The legislation is designed to help cut emissions, reduce fuel poverty and create...

Greenland Tower becomes the tallest residential tower in Sydney

The much-anticipated Greenland Tower reaches completion. Architects face crazy challenges and impossible briefs every day. But BVN and Woods Bagot might have just completed their biggest challenge to date. The...

UK’s first carbon neutral road improvement project

Amey Consulting designed and provided carbon consultancy services on the A590 dual carriageway resurfacing and reconstruction between M6 junction 36 and Brettargh Holt roundabout in Cumbria. Amey’s carbon modelling experts...

New report shows greater transparency needed in the construction of large, international sports facilities

Poor planning, complex contracting, a lack of accountability and high levels of collusion contribute to a “perfect storm for corruption” in the construction of international sports venues, according to a...

Short list for Stage One of Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop announced

The Victorian Government has announced today that CPB Contractors, John Holland and Laing O’Rourke have been shortlisted to building Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop. Works will include construction...

Federal Government acts to alleviate timber crisis

The Prime Minister’s announcement of the Federal Government’s $15 million investment to alleviate the acute timber shortage will safeguard the viability of building and construction businesses around the country. Chief...

What builders in the US are doing to prepare for a winter of their discontent

It may not be news to us that coronovirus is surging in the US.  However, how construction companies deal with the coming winter and the possibility of going into lockdown...

RSL Re-developments

A wave of lucrative, high-profile RSL redevelopments is coming to fruition, with another tranche of proposals under way, but proponents warn that club projects shouldn’t be viewed as low-hanging fruit....

ACTU: Mental Health Equal to Physical Safety

The Age today reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions has identified Mental Health as a key priority on the back of the Productivity Commission report on mental health....

Sydney airport metro rail operator – tender process commenced

The tender process has started to find an operator for the new metro railway line that will service Greater Western Sydney and the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport....

Tidal stream energy comes to Japan

Scottish-built tidal turbine and generation equipment is now producing electricity in Japan for a pilot project. Sustainable energy generation company Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) has designed and manufactured the equipment...

Construction Advisor Launches Industry Insights Monthly

Construction Advisor is pleased to announce the launch of our new monthly report Industry Insights. Each month, we bring you all of the latest news, data and trends as well...

Minimum energy ratings for new buildings in Sydney

In an Australian-first proposal, development applications for new buildings in Sydney will be required to include energy targets and achieve net-zero energy output by 2026. Under the City of Sydney’s...

Trialling sustainable cement in Sydney

Researchers pour environmentally friendly recycled cement University of Sydney researchers have successfully poured sustainable cement pavement made from fly ash and recycled waste, such as ground glass and carbon dioxide....

Construction’s career crisis

An increasing number of job seekers are open to something new. The trouble is, few are likely to set their sights on construction. In America skilled trade companies are desperate...

Victoria to waive PI requirement for surveyors and inspectors.

In an effort to avoid the feared shutdown of construction as surveyors and inspectors struggle to find professional indemnity insurance in the wake of the flammable cladding crisis and structural...

New Glenhuntly Railway station designs revealed

In April this year, the $507 million contract was awarded to an alliance between Acciona, Coleman Rail, Metro Trains Melbourne and LXRP to remove the level crossings at Neerim Road...

METRONET implements new sustainable road surfacing

A new sustainable road surfacing substance, made from recycled materials, will be used for METRONET’s Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project. The road surfacing material, called Reconophalt, is made from...

Solar farm to be constructed at Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant

A 19 megawatt solar farm is to be constructed at the Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP) in Bangholme.  When complete, up to 65% of ETP’s power requirements will come from renewable...

Melbourne’s Nylex clock to get a revamp

Tenders have now been submitted for Stage 2 of the Caydon Property Group‘s redevelopment of one of Melbourne’s timeless icons, the Nylex clock.  Down by the Yarra River in Richmond,...

Environmentally friendly road surfacing – Evergreen Clyde Vic.

Stockland Evergreen, Stockland’s newest masterplanned community in Melbourne’s south-east suburb of Clyde, is set to become the largest residential project in Australia to use the environmentally friendly road surfacing material,...

Gippsland Set To Benefit From Suburban Rail Loop

Gippsland locals will be the first regional Victorians to benefit from Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) with a connection to SRL East set to slash travel times to and from key...

Hansen Yuncken named Managing Contractor for NSW’s flamable cladding removal project

Hansen Yuncken, a leading Australian construction company, has been appointed as Managing Contractor for NSW’s cladding remediation program, Project Remediate. The three-year program is designed by the NSW Government to...

Forest Wind Breezing Towards Reality

The Forest Wind renewable project is another step closer to reality with the QLD government giving it a green light. The massive $2Bn project will deliver 226 turbines and significantly...

A new type of vibration-measuring glove has been developed

Coventry City Council in the UK has ordered a new type of vibration-measuring glove for its highway crews. The HAV-Sentry glove has been developed by Feraru Dynamics to protect wearers...

UGL adds $180m to the pipeline

CIMIC Group company UGL has added approx. $180m in maintenance, shutdown and projects services contracts across QLD and WA. The contracts include a 3 year service contract to Alcoa at...

Advanced Tender Notice for Early Works Package now available for Melbourne Airport Rail

Early works to pave the way for Melbourne Airport Rail. Critical utilities such as water, gas and electricity will be relocated, modified and protected along the Melbourne Airport Rail route as part of a...

Australian firm develops cement-free concrete

Alternative concrete mix saves carbon at London’s Canada Water. UK firm Keltbray reckons that using cement-free concrete has saved developer British Land 240 tonnes of carbon on its Canada Water...

Up, up and away – bridge removal the easy way

When asked to removed an old footbridge over the main railway line in to Stockport, Manchester, contractor J Murphy & Sons was advised it needed to be done fast and...

New heat guidelines for trades in Brisbane

A new policy produced by the CFMMEU and taken up by 140 contractors and subcontractors could see workers in Brisbane stop-work when the thermometer reaches 28C and 75% humidity. The...

Projects in limbo as Ralan group appoints adminstrators

Billions of dollars of apartment developments on the East Coast are in doubt after Sydney developer Ralan Group entered administration. The groups signature project – the $1.4Bn Ruby Collection on...

COVID-19 changing the minds of young people in the UK regarding further education

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things, including young people’s aspirations. According to a new survey, more than a third of 16- to 21-year-olds are less likely to choose a university...

Procore and MYOB launch joint initiative

Business management platform MYOB has launched a joint initiative with Procore Technologies to provide a new platform for construction firms. Procore is a leading provider of construction management software, with...

Sirius Building Plans Unveiled

The Sirius public housing building has been called many things over the years but rarely beautiful. The $150m sale in 2019 led to much public debate about the appropriate development...

Funding for Housing For Seasonal Workers In Mildura

The Andrews Labor Government is securing more accommodation for seasonal workers in Mildura, with the completion of a new facility to help tackle workforce shortages in the Mallee. Minister for...

Board Dismissed as CRR Enters Construction

The independent board of the Cross-River-Rail project in Brisbane have been dismissed as the project moves from procurement to construction. The move isn’t a surprise as the board was originally...

Budgeting/Forecasting? The Quarterly is here… and it’s FREE!

Now in its second year, the Construction Advisor Quarterly is still delivering the best industry insights and best of all this edition is FREE! Project lists, the latest ABS data, forecasts...

Melbourne Airport Rail M80 bridge

Melbourne Airport Rail are building a (rail) bridge and getting over the M80. Under the current proposal, a new rail bridge will be built over the Western Ring Road and...

Road technology going slow in the fast lane

 Road technology used in smart motorways has failed to keep pace with developments in vehicle technologies, researchers have found, reports The Construction Index in the UK. This has major implications...

$1 billion in funding available for local council priority projects

Local councils can now start nominating their priority projects for the third phase of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, with $1 billion in funding available. Deputy Prime...

All non-essential construction halted in Ireland

‘Non-essential’ construction sites to close in Ireland but exemptions including social housing projects near completion can continue There are a number of exemptions to the order. CABINET has agreed to...

Tenders called for $275 million upgrade to Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay, NSW

The Community Consultation Report has been released and tenders called for the $275 million upgrade of 1 km of the Nelson Bay Road from Salt Ash to Bobs Farm, NSW. ...

Measuring the state of Victoria’s roads

ARRB signs six year contract with DOT to measure VIC road network. The Department of Transport, Victoria has chosen the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) for a six year contract...

Construction to start on world’s largest radio telescopes in Australia and South Africa

Construction is set to start on the largest and most complex networks of radio telescopes ever built. Member states of the SKA Observatory (SKAO) – headquartered in the UK – ...

The heat is on – special cement for a special-needs building

Mace UK are building a new advanced imaging centre, known as the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC), at the Harwell science campus in Didcot. The £81m project is for the...

New generation Mercedes-Benz trucks come without wing mirrors

The new Mercedes-Benz Actros drawbar units no longer have wing mirrors.  Instead, they have built-in cameras and screens. Standard equipment on the new model Actros trucks includes MirrorCam, the replacement...

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners join Geelong revitalisation

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners will be taking a central role in the planning, design and implementation of a range of projects in Central Geelong.  Victorian Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas...

Volvo’s Autonomous Wheel Loader Concept Inspired by LEGO Set

What started as LEGO Technic model is now a real machine. Volvo recently unveiled a fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype, the LX03. Formerly referred to as ZEUX, the in-development machine is the...

Weighing up alliance contracting on major infrastructure projects

Alliancing is a complex form of procurement which aims to bind owners (usually government bodies) together with external parties such as consultant teams and contractors. These external parties are referred...

Green power comes to the UK Hire Industry

Plant hire company Think Hire is collaborating with EV3 Power to offer construction sites the ability to recharge battery-powered machinery from renewable energy sources rather than diesel generators. The collaboration...

$62B ‘digital dividend’ available if infrastructure firms update outdated tech

Australia’s property and asset-intensive industries could unlock a $62 billion ‘digital dividend’ by replacing old technology with cloud-based Software as a Service systems (SaaS), according to a landmark economic analysis...

Roberts Co is now an all-Australian company

The Roberts Co Group, a tier one construction company, has acquired the remaining 50 per cent shareholding and will officially change its name to reflect its new Australian-ownership. Italian construction...

Infrastructure Australia calls for submissions to Infrastructure Priority List

Infrastructure Australia (IA) is calling for submissions to the February 2022 publication of the Infrastructure Priority List, having recently announced a major refresh of its Assessment Framework. Infrastructure Australia makes...

VIC Government announces $9M hazardous waste facility

A new hazardous waste recycling facility with the capacity to process a third of the Victoria’s solvent waste each year will be built in Dandenong. According to Environment Minister Lily...

Get ready for Green Star Buildings

Project teams will soon have the chance to use the Green Star Buildings tool, but there’s still time to submit a project using Green Star – Design & As Built....

High-Risk-High-Touch

Because staff approach challenging circumstances with varying degrees of success due to their personality, coping mechanisms and current demands, there will be a bell-curve of response within organisations to COVID-19....

UK Govt requires green commitment on projects

New rules have come into force requiring any company bidding for government contracts worth more than £5m a year must say they will be net zero by 2050. All government...

Vacuuming wet cement to save thousands of hours on site

A new piling technique that saves time and material is being used on the HS2 high-speed 2 rail project in the UK. The new zero trim pile technique uses a...

NSW boosts recycled glass content in asphalt

The NSW Government has announced new guidelines for recycled glass content in asphalt used on infrastructure projects across the state. The current allowance of 2.5% glass content has been raised...

What is reverse factoring and why you should care

Cash may be king but cash-flow is the lifeblood of business – particularly small business. Payment terms have long been a concern for suppliers as different customers offer settlement on...

CIMIC Sells Down 50% Stake in Thiess

CIMIC Group has today announced that it has sold down 50% of Thiess mining services through Elliot Advisors (UK). The stake is valued at between $1.7-$1.9bn giving the Thiess entity...

$1.5 billion to be invested in rail transport in Vic budget

The Victorian Government will invest $1.5 billion in public transport rolling stock, improving the quality of our public transport and creating local jobs. This investment will deliver up to 1,900...

Construction’s plastic waste problem

While the UK as a whole is learning to create less plastic waste, the construction industry is producing more and more. According to an analysis of latest government data, plastic...

Plastic bottles recycled to build Australia’s infrastructure

Packaging company Visy has signed a multi-year partnership to recycle plastic bottles for Australia’s infrastructure instead of landfill. Visy uses food grade recycled Polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for its plastic bottles,...

Approaching $1B in annual revenue, esports market looks to level up construction

2020 was not the best year for esports revenue, as it declined for the first time since data became available a decade ago, JLL reported. The dip was likely temporary,...

Coates Hire CEO Gone

Coates Hire CEO Jeff Fraser has been shown the door after a relatively short stint in the job – taking over in 2016. He oversaw major transformation as the company...

Post-pandemic design of the future

How COVID-19 will change office, hotel and mixed-use design As the U.S. enters the mass vaccination phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the physical threat of COVID-19 could soon be...

Robots on construction sites are becoming a reality

While robotics and automation have revolutionized the way factories build cars and computers — helping companies build new types of products with speed and efficiency not possible or practical with...

Report finds accelerated changes in infrastructure due to Covid-19

Changes in digitisation, local infrastructure use and service adaption have been key responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, a new report has found. The Infrastructure beyond COVID-19 report, comes from a...

7 ways contractors can work sustainability into their procurement practices

A little planning can go a long way towards making projects more socially responsible and environmentally sound. Construction is typically dirty business for the environment. Building construction and operations combined...

New apprenticeships pilot program now underway in South Australia

A new $5 million Marshall Liberal Government Apprenticeships Pilot Program aimed to combat skills shortages in trades including bricklaying, carpentry and painting is underway, with recruiters now appointed. Following a...

Qld contractor fined $40,00 for incomplete and unrestricted scaffolding

The Toowoomba Magistrates Court has fined the contractor for allowing unrestricted access to the scaffolding, whilst parts of the bottom of the scaffolding were missing or unsecured.  Some posts and...

Green streets: why urban greening is vital to our cities

Australia’s capital cities and regional centres are growing. In 2020, Melbourne experienced the largest population growth of all cities in the country with over 80,000 new residents calling Melbourne home....

Come And Meet The Team

We’re exhibiting at the Roads & Traffic Expo in Melbourne on 17th-18th September! Our Director Rosemary Tilley will be presenting a talk: Increasing the wellbeing of people in the construction...

World-wide housing boom puts pressure on resources

Governments around the world are looking to the construction industry to build themselves out of the pandemic. This has led to a shortage in supplies required to fuel the boom,...

CIMIC Starts 2020 with a win

CIMIC has started the new decade in much the same way it ended the last winning $180m in mining services contracts. Subsidiary UGL has been named as the successful party...

Downer’s Reconophalt Receives NSW EPA Accreditation

Downer Group has confirmed that its Reconophalt asphalt alternative product has received accreditation from NSW EPA. The product uses a high content of recycled materials ranging from soft plastics, toner...

Transformative Hervey Bay road project now underway

A new east-west road connection through Hervey Bay will improve accessibility and ease congestion for residents and visitors. The Australian Government is contributing $7.7 million to the project to connect...

Florida ‘vertiports’ to be designed by Aecom and Ferrovial

Aecom and Ferrovial are to design a network of ‘vertiports’ to allow Florida cities to be connected by electric aircraft that take off and land vertically (eVTOL). The partnership’s vertiports...

150 to be retrenched as borer sits idle

Five months on from the discovery of PFAS contaminated soil on the Westgate Tunnel project, the two main tunnel boring machines (TBMs) remain idle with no certain plan for how...

Precast columns solving problems on site

The construction site at St Bede’s Catholic College, Chisholm in NSW has used precast columns as an innovative solution to its new build, reports Built Environment News. Richard Crookes Constructions...

Melbourne workers may get the Melbourne Cup off, but at JCB, holidays start on Christmas Eve

To mark the 75th anniversary of both the company and its owner, JCB is giving all its employees across the world, Christmas Eve off. The business was founded by Joseph...

Planning approval granted for construction of Western Sydney Airport Metro

The New South Wales Government has granted planning approval for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project, with major construction to commence soon. Early works started on Sydney Metro...

UK Government to increase social value requirements when seeking government work

Businesses in the UK seeking to win government work must set out how they will also deliver on the government’s social value priorities, reports The Construction Index. The changes mean...

ARRB Best Practice Guides to help local councils make roads safe

The Australian Roads Research Board has launched a series of ‘Best Practice’ guides, to help local councils create and maintain safer roads.  The latest Guide is on Safe Road Infrastructure,...

Commercial modular construction targetted by Warren Buffet & Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett is forging further into modular construction, leveraging the Berkshire Hathaway-owned MiTek engineered building products and construction software firm to launch a hybrid offsite-on site building model targeted at...

Turner Construction in the US promoting physical and behavioural health on and off the job

Turner Construction, one of the nation’s largest contractors, has initiated an enhanced wellness campaign for workers at a multiyear office project in Boston that goes well beyond workplace health and safety, according...

City reveals blueprint for Sydney’s rejuvenation

New public spaces, green avenues, slow streets, revitalised laneways and a Pitt Street promenade are among new City of Sydney public domain projects set to rejuvenate the city centre, support...

‘Concrete in Life 2020’ photography competition winning photos revealed

Concrete is a material under fire for its carbon intensity but there is no doubting its value, as these award winning-photos demonstrate. The Global Cement & Concrete Association (GCCA) has shared the...

We’ve been busy at Construction Advisor – Check out our recent activity!

Snapshot of recent activities Facilitated workshops including Project Launches, Joint Client/Contractor Forums, Mid-term Health-checks and Lessons Learned Reviews Coached members of senior management in management skills and personal development Implemented...

Stats confirm dust as construction’s biggest health hazard

Breaches in dust control are the biggest health hazard on construction sites, according to latest statistics from the Building Safety Group (BSG). Data analysis of 16,000 site inspections over the...

Residential housing market booming in NZ

The residential building sector is surging in New Zealand, with a record quarterly high in the number of new homes granted consent. The figures show the sector is responding to...

New Infrastructure technology – ‘Gamechangers’ awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers

Every year the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honors infrastructure projects around the country that showcase innovative ways of constructing roads, building bridges and treating water. Whether they’re unique,...

Technology the key to Australian construction industry rebound

With Australia’s economy now shifting strongly from recovery to expansion as a result of a recovery in housing construction in early 2021 the construction sector is poised to expand significantly...

USA’s 2022 Construction Growth Forecast to Top 2019 Levels

Construction starts will rise 6% in 2022, which is above levels for peak year 2019, according to a new forecast by Dodge Construction Network. That’s a drop in growth from...

Geelong Fast Rail – geotechnical investigations now underway

Geotechnical investigations are now underway along the Werribee corridor, with crucial information below the surface essential to determining the best outcome for faster services on the Geelong Line. Drilling of...

UK setting new standards in building mental health facilities

Construction products are now being tested to assess whether they are safe to use in mental health care facilities. A new product certification scheme, called Informed Choices, is being rolled...

There is still an imbalance in the ratio of women to men in the construction industry …

A report from the University of NSW published in 2017 that is still very relevant today. Some of the off-putting factors are just as detrimental to men In Australia, women...

Detailed design and cost analysis for Queensland’s Borumba Dam pumped hydro energy storage facility

The Queensland Government is investing $22 million to investigate the potential to construct pumped hydro energy storage at Borumba Dam, located 70km south-west of Noosa in the Sunshine Coast hinterland....

New research into rail track piling design

A partnership between a university and a UK ground engineering contractor hopes to bring forward geotechnical innovation in the rail industry. Van Elle and Nottingham Trent University have entered a...

The unseen machines behind our biggest infrastructure projects

Don’t let the name fool you: Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are fascinating machines, carving out the underground road and rail tunnels of Australia’s future while leaving life at the surface...

Submissions open for review of dangerous goods act

Submissions are now open for the Victorian State Government review of the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 with serious implications for the construction industry and its suppliers. The statement headline reads:...

New training programme offers ‘green’ building skills

Scotland’s minister for training has hosted the first hands-on session of a new programme designed to help out-of-work construction workers to gain new skills. Jamie Hepburn visited the Construction Scotland...

UK firm fined £500K for safety breaches

Magistrates have handed down a fine of half a million pounds for safety breaches that led to employees of a building materials giant suffering from debilitating hand arm vibration syndrome....

Using tyres in the road after they have been on the road

Tyrecycle is beginning 2021 by paving the way for the increased use of crumb rubber from recycled tyres in roads ahead of the implementation of the Australian Government’s Waste Export...

Planning approved for desalination plant for Lower Hunter region in NSW

NSW’s Hunter Water has been granted planning approval to deliver a new desalination plant in Belmont – providing an enduring supply of water for the Lower Hunter region. The Department...

Offsite construction has the potential to be less expensive and greener

 Arup has teamed up with a tech start-up with the aim of making offsite construction more affordable and greener.  WoHo was founded by a group of engineers, designers and architects...

National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction

The National Science Foundation and the Discovery Partners Institute in the US has established a National Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Construction. The initiative will lead to a first-of-its-kind institute...

Sparkies see dollar signs in the smoke signals

Last week the Victorian coroner delivered her findings into two deaths from smoke inhalation in an East Geelong fire on 13th September 2018. Her Honour found that the deaths could...

Big Data and the Engineering and Construction industries

Big Data = Big Questions for the Engineering and Construction Industry An extract from a white paper by Jay Snyder, Alyssa Menard and Natalie Spare, published by FMI, a leading...

Autonomous Rollers & Pavers deployed on China Highway Project

Chinese construction equipment manufacturer XCMG reports that it has successfully used unmanned asphalt compactors and pavers on maintaining a section of one of the country’s busiest highways. The company says it deployed...

The world’s smartest cities has 4 Australian cities in the top 21

Four Australian cities have been named one of the SMART21 Communities of 2021 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) for the Intelligent Community Awards Program, with Adelaide topping the list....

Earth Friendly Concrete steps up UK presence with local production

Australian construction materials group Wagners is planning to set up three chemical plants in the UK to support local production of its cement-free concrete. Wagners International Operations Pty has registered...

Princes Highway duplication contracts awarded

The Federal and Victorian Governments have awarded construction contracts for the final 43km of the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale in eastern Victoria. To provide more opportunities across...

The war for talent

In the United States the construction industry’s labor shortage has escalated into a full-blown crisis since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Preferred Contractors Association Chief Marketing Officer Hadar Raz...

Have you heard of ‘hear-through” technology?

The new generation of ear defenders will be using ‘hear-through” technology, which reduces loud background noise, but allows a conversation to be held. They also monitor and map exposure to...

ALGA welcomes $150m funding program for safer roads

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed the Australian Government’s $150 million Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, which will provide funding to councils to deliver safer and more productive...

Western Sydney Airport terminal to be built by Multiplex

Multiplex has been appointed to deliver the main airport terminal, apron and airport facilities for the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. It will design and construct all works within...

Embedding sustainability in paving

Australia still has over half a million kilometres of unpaved roads and over 350,000 kilometres of paved roads which will require ongoing maintenance – that’s why it’s important the pavements...

Smart Cities fast-tracked by the pandemic

A review of how the pandemic may have hastened the shift to smart cities has been undertaken by the University of NSW. The sudden, enormous shift of most employees working...

Audit of Construction Labour Firms Damning

An audit of construction labour firms has returned damning results with 80% breaching rules and 64% underpaying workers. The ABCC was critical of the firms and industry but stopped short...

Easy Come, Easy Go, CIMIC To Write-Down almost $1bn

A day after announcing that it had booked between $1.7bn-$1.9bn for selling a 50% stake in Thiess Mining Services, CIMIC Group has today announced that it has failed to claw-back...

Australia’s first WELL recertification awarded at Rhodes Corporate Park, Sydney

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The...

New report finds gender disparity in construction is shrinking

A new report published by Randstad has found female workers still face significant barriers entering and progressing within Australia’s construction industry. Despite a mounting skills gap, the construction sector is...

Construction begins on 100% solar and battery Brisbane neighbourhood

The first concrete slabs have been poured on 53 terrace homes at Carseldine Village, a 100 per cent solar and battery neighbourhood in suburban Brisbane. Carseldine Village is a new...

Building cities of the future out of mass timber

North America is on the cusp of a mass timber revolution, but the smart material faces major obstacles. A building made primarily of wood conjures public fear of fire, but...

Energy-efficient modular system used to construct a Starbucks store in 6 days

Furthering its global sustainability strategy, Starbucks recently built a drive-thru location in Canada using an energy-efficient modular system with near-zero construction waste. Designed, manufactured and constructed by Vancouver-based Nexii Building...

Leaders of the Construction Industry come together to support ACT Construction Apprentice Mental Health

The CFMEU, Creative Safety Initiative (CSI) and Construction Charitable Works (CCW) today launch their mental health training and support program for ACT construction apprentices. CSI will be delivering Mental Health...

United Nations’ panel find actions in the built environment can positively impact climate change.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published scientific evidence designed to remove any doubt that human actions are contributing to climate change and human actions, particularly in...

Designs revealed for South Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail duplication

The Geelong community has been given its first glimpse at the designs for the upgrades to be delivered as part of the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication. The early...

Training funds provided to support UK’s Green Home scheme

With the green homes grant scheme set to start in England next week, the government has allocated £6.9m for a training drive to help ensure there are enough competent tradespeople...

QLD’s construction pipeline to reach $62 billion

According to the latest Queensland Major Projects Pipeline report, the value of the state’s major construction and engineering future is expected to reach $62 billion across the next five years. The report,...

Industrial Manslaughter legislation – are you ready?

The Waste Management Review has presented an excellent article written by Brittany Coles on the changes to Industrial Manslaughter legislation. The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland, together with lawyers...

Brisbane Land Deal for South Bank 2.0

The vision for South Bank 2.0 is crystallising as negotiations progress for a riverfront industrial site in Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of West End. Speaking at the Property Council of Australia...

What does a 21st Century footbridge look like?

The UK’s Network Rail has developed a new footbridge design, made from plastic and quicker to install. Network Rail says that the innovative circular bridge is set to ‘revolutionise’ the...

Perron Group’s $1bn Cockburn WA Quarter Approved

Perron Group’s $1-billion bid to transform a disused site south of Perth into a masterplanned town centre and shopping precinct to be developed over 20 years has been approved. Cockburn...

Gender pay gap widens in the Construction industry

The construction industry now has the second highest gender pay gap, according to results from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WEGA) 2019-20 report. The construction industry was found to have...

Keep Clean Air and Clear Lungs in Construction

Safe Work Australia’s Clean Air. Clear Lungs. campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational lung diseases in workplaces across Australia. Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Michelle Baxter said the...

Multiplex Site Shutdown After Positive Test

A Multiplex site in Melbourne has been shutdown following a 12 positive COVID19 cases in the workforce. The ‘Beyonce’ tower project (otherwise known as Premier Tower) on Spencer St in...

Victorian Health Building Authority appoints Lendlease Building on $492M mental health facilities project

Following the tender for the $492 million mental health facilities project to be delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, Lendlease Building have been appointed as head contractors. The designs...

Design contest for Helsinki waterfront

Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is inviting proposals for the redevelopment of the final old harbour area to be transformed for public use. Operators in the construction, architecture and real estate sectors...

Will $6.2b be enough to fix the problem? And, who’s going to pay?

A CFMMEU commissioned report this week has put a price-tag of $6.2b on fixing the building industries ongoing flammable cladding and structural defects issues. This number is ‘conservative’ as it...

AI adopted on London housing estate

Wates Residential is using helmet cameras to monitor work on the Park East housing estate redevelopment in Erith, London. Footage of the site will be recorded to monitor construction progress...

$34.5B cost for first section of Victoria’s Suburban Rail Loop

The Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) will support 24,000 jobs across Victoria and cost up to $34.5 billion, according to the recently released Business and Investment Case. The Business and Investment...

U.S Construction market shortages and delays

Will Australia face the same issues? Lennar, which is the nation’s second-largest homebuilder, has increased lead times by as much as 7 times in some cases to give manufacturers additional...

Infrastructure plan revealed for 2032 Olympics in Brisbane

Over the next 11 years, facilities throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast will prepare for the games, with an emphasis being placed on using existing facilities. According to...

Creatively re-purposing shopping centres

With lots of square footage and plenty of parking, shopping centers are rethinking ways to give their centralized locations new life. In the US, the traditional concept of the mall...

US News – The humble cooler has a new use during Covid-19

One of the top electrical contractors in the US is employing a new solution to better protect its workers during the coronavirus pandemic, Construction Dive in the US reports.  Rosendin...

California’s Associated General Constractors’ partners with LGBTQ industry group

AGC of California partners with LGBTQ industry group that includes execs from Turner, Jacobs, Gilbane “This is the culture that the industry is adopting and moving toward,” said the CEO...

Augmented reality trials underway in UK

Morrison Utility Services and Eurovia UK have teamed up for a trial of augmented reality technology in the water sector. Morrison Utility Services (MUS) is trying out Augmented Visualisation of...

All-electric truck designed for Construction industry now in use in France

A French plant hire company is set to take delivery of the first all-electric Renault truck designed for construction use. Following the launch of a range of electric trucks for...

Much needed construction skills added to the Priority Migrant Skilled Occupation List

News that the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) has been updated to include a number of skills vital to the transport and construction industries has been welcomed by the...

$500k To Boost Women In Construction

The Victorian State Government will invest $500k over three years to boost the number of women in construction in the state. The money will be spent on a new online...

Concept designs released for key areas along Melbourne Airport Rail

Sunshine Station is to become a transport superhub for Melbourne Airport Rail. New concept designs unveiled by the Victoria Department of Transport show how key areas along the Melbourne Airport...

The October Quarterly Has Landed!

The October edition of the Quarterly is now available for download! In uncertain times, good data and insights are imperative in driving decision making. We bring you all of the...

Cash back incentives firing up renewable energy in Scotland

Homeowners in Scotland will be able to apply for 75% cash back  (up to £7,500) for a renewable heating system, and 40% cash back (up to £6,000) for energy efficient...

New waste service for the Construction industry launched in Scotland

Two companies – both named Hamilton but unrelated – have teamed up to offer Scotland’s construction sector on-site services in waste, recycling and road sweeping. Resource management company Hamilton Waste...

Construction Advisor is a proud supporter of NAIDOC Week

Construction Advisor is a proud support of NAIDOC week, its events and message. To find out how to get involved make sure you visit the foundation website at the following...

New resource to boost gender diversity in rail

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has released its Gender Diversity Resource Guide, containing materials to help rail organisations establish new measures supporting gender diversity in the industry. ARA Chief Executive Officer,...

Victorian State Government implements new procurement approach to aid local companies

The Victorian Government is changing the procurement of the two Suburban Roads Upgrade packages into a $2.2 billion road construction blitz, reports Infrastructure Magazine. In an effort to support the...

Can Construction be done in bank hours?

On the back of the Swinburne study that identified significant issues with mental and lifestyle challenges in the construction industry, another university-backed study has shone a damning light on health...

Talking about mental health on a construction site

Mental health issues are on the rise, with death from suicide rising approximately 13% over the last 10 years.  This is no more evident than in the construction industry, which...

First 6 Star Green Star rating awarded to CBus property in Brisbane

Cbus Property’s iconic 443 Queen St project in Brisbane has been awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star – Design & As Built Version 1.2 Design Review certified rating for a residential tower by the Green Building Council of...

Updated design for Arden Station in North Melbourne revealed

The Victorian government has unveiled updated designs for Arden Station in North Melbourne, part of the Metro Tunnel station project, collaboratively designed by Hassell, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour...

Covid19 Starts to Disrupt the Supply Chain

As we reported early in February, the coronavirus has started to impact on construction supply chains with everything from structural steel, joinery, facades to finishings and fittings facing delays. The...

Every auger needs a halo

An Australian device to help ground boring and drilling tool is being launched in Europe. The Halo, from Digga, uses LED lights around the top of the auger to indicate...

Directors Penalty Notices – are you vulnerable?

‘Phoenixing’ has long been a concern in commerce with construction particularly synonymous with its use. The practice essentially is winding up a company to avoid paying creditors (including staff entitlements)...

EOIs open for major Melbourne Airport Rail sections

Expressions of Interest are now being invited to deliver two major sections of Melbourne Airport Rail, including a new section of elevated rail line and a train station at the...

UK’s Mace Construction achieves net zero carbon emissions in 2020

Aided by an inability to undertake much business travel during the year, construction group Mace has declared itself to have been a net zero carbon business in 2020. Mace reduced...

Carillion directors to face prohibition from the boardroom

The UK government has initiated legal proceedings to have eight former Carillion directors banned from holding boardroom seats. The filing comes three days before the third anniversary of the collapse...

Could NE Link be put on ice?

Calls are growing in the current climate for the Andrews government to pause plans for the North-East Link Project. Already subject to court challenges by multiple councils, the project is...

Time to ‘green up’

With more companies focusing on environmental sustainability, ‘green’ construction practices are increasingly popular. In fact, according to Stefanie Young, vice president, client solutions at the US Green Building Council (USGBC),...

SA investing $3 billion in road upgrades

The SA government is investing close to $3 billion to fix 4,800km of roads, aiming to give locals a smoother and safer journey. The 2021-22 State Budget allocated around $790...
There’s an app for that – stock management made easy

There’s an app for that – stock management made easy

There truly is an app for everything – we’ve come across a new application called countthings. It sounds simple, but this app can analyse a picture or video and count...

State-of-the-art home for the Matildas

The Victorian government has announced that it will be putting over $100 million towards a brand new football complex at LaTrobe University’s Bundoora Sports Park.  The complex will be the...

Improving supply chain safety

Spelling out safety across the supply chain with Coates Hire. Coates Hire has created two safety guides, for truck drivers and load restraint protocols, to promote and embed safe processes...

Parking on plastic bags

A new recycling technology, called Polyrok, is being used to turn plastic bags into a sustainable alternative to aggregate minerals used in concrete. Polyrok is made from soft plastics recovered...

Consultation open for Australian national digital engineering guide

Austroads is seeking the experiences of transport professionals from Australia and New Zealand to help inform the delivery of a new guide for the adoption of digital processes. The Guide to...

Australian construction robot Hadrian X is to be used to build the walls of between 2,000 and 5,000 homes in Mexico.

Robotic technology company FBR agreed to supply GP Vivienda with ‘Wall as a Service’ (WaaS) bricklaying using Hadrian X. FBR’s managing director & chief executive officer, Mike Pivac, said: “We...

Flexible work arrangements for contractors improves wellbeing and job satisfaction

The UK’s Construction Industry’s first industry-wide flexible working study has found that it leads to soaring wellbeing and could help crack recruitment difficulties. Construction companies are being encouraged to adopt...

Pace of new construction work slows across Asia-Pacific region

The rate of new construction projects slowed slightly in the third quarter of 2021, with new infrastructure works making up falls in new residential and commercial projects, according to a...

Houses Shrinking but Apartments Getting Bigger

Apartments are getting bigger, reflecting the Covid-driven desire for extra living space, but simultaneously the size of new houses being built across Australia is shrinking. Nevertheless, compared to most other...

Western Roads Upgrade In Doubt As Contractor Goes Under

The Vic Government Western Roads Upgrade Project is under a cloud as key subcontractor Civilink pulled the pin in August owing creditors over $13m. The head contractor, WBHO, has admitted that...

Lack of travellers impacting San Francisco International airport expansion

After pressing pause twice within the last year, San Francisco International Airport has indefinitely delayed plans for the $1 billion expansion and renovation of Terminal 3. The most recent change...

Changes to New Zealand’s buildings laws to speed up housing construction

Major changes to New Zealand’s building laws have come into force to speed up the supply of housing. Building and construction minister Poto Williams said that the new laws will...

What’s it like inside a 6 star Green building?

Green Start Buildings, a tool that will assist the Industry create healthy, resilient and carbon positive buildings, has been released. Richard Palmer of  Integral Group, part of the tools’ Industry...

Further details on Melbourne’s Airport rail link

More details have been provided on the long-awaited Melbourne Airport rail link. In summary, the rail link will connect with the new Metro Tunnel in Melbourne’s CBD (currently under construction),...

Infrastructure Victoria finalises update to the 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy

Infrastructure Victoria, the state’s independent advisory body on infrastructure planning, has made 94 recommendations for the Government’s consideration. On the whole, the recommendations represent sensible and pragmatic thinking about how...

10* rated energy efficient home built in SA

Latest technology helps create top-of-the-line energy efficient home. South Australia now has its first ten-star rated energy efficient home with construction finished at the Woodforde property in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs,...

Protecting Melbourne’s parks

City of Melbourne councillors will consider new laws to safeguard Melbourne’s winter sunlight, protecting more than 100 city parks from unreasonable overshadowing by new developments. Councillors will consider the final version of the...

Fetch, Spot! Robot dog gathers construction data

Construction Technology implemented in the UK. Trimble (a technology company connecting the digital and physical worlds) has released the X7 3D laser scanner and Trimble FieldLink software that is integrated...

Hard hats now provide even better protection

Hard hats now available with Mips multi-directional impact protection. British hard-hat manufacturer Centurion Safety Products has added a new level of protection to its Nexus helmet. Centurion Safety Products has...

Building for the future in airspace

The London Borough of Southwark’s planning committee has approved construction of a four-storey airspace development in Bermondsey. The planned development on St James’s Road in southeast London. A new development...

Construction Story of the Year – entries now open

Bluebeam and The B1M have launched the Construction Story of the Year award to shine a spotlight on the people and projects that have made a uniquely positive impact on...

EOIs requested for six packages for Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Melbourne Airport Rail has broken the Airport Rail Link project in six major packages. The six major works packages proposed to deliver the project are: Airport Station Package Viaduct Package...

Calculating the carbon footprint of construction equipment

The European Rental Association has launched on online tool to calculate the carbon footprint of all main types of construction equipment. The ERA Equipment CO2 Calculator (equipmentcalculator.org) is free to use and  determines...

Consumer to benefit from rise in renewable energy

There has been a 300% increase in applications for renewable energy development in Victoria over the last four years, and it is anticipated that the interest will remain high, leading...

Warming up to rubber roads

Earlier this year, Amey Streets Ahead, Sheffield City Council’s highway maintenance contractor, laid a trial section to repair a road in Sheffield, UK. The rubber-modified road surfacing material was supplied by local...

New Directory for Recycled Building Products

Sustainability Victoria has this month launched a new online directory of suppliers offering recycled products for use in building and infrastructure. The directory is open to both suppliers and purchasers...

Do you have a truck protection gizmo?

Look carefully and you may start to see strange little metal geometrical gizmos on the back of Amey’s (Amey plc in the UK) highway maintenance vehicles. That’s to stop lorries...

How chain food (fast food) restaurants in the US are redesigning for a digital future

How 5 chains are designing restaurants for a digital future From McDonald’s to Chipotle, brands are spending big on drive-thru, drive-in and pickup technology to grow revenue as the contactless...

Carbon reduction strategy for the construction industry published in the UK

The Construction Leadership Council of the UK (Construction Zero) has published a plan to reduce carbon across the construction sector, from manufacturing and design to construction and operation of assets,...

Millions of dollars of Community & Sporting Grants Announced

Millions of dollars worth of funding has been announced for New South Wales and Victorian community and sport projects. The NSW Government has announced $100 million in grants for new...

Priority COVID19 vaccination access for construction workers

The Victorian Government has announced new measures to support the continued operation of the building and construction industry in metropolitan Melbourne during the current outbreak of COVID-19. Construction workers will now receive...

$306B infrastructure plan for New York announced

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $306 billion spending plan as part of his 2021 infrastructure agenda. In what Cuomo called “the largest, most ambitious plan put forward by any state...

Collaboration between UK and US on US BIM standards

Organisations from the UK and USA have pledged to work together on the development of US building information management (BIM) standards. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been announced between...

Working with councils to create a city in nature

Almost 100 years ago, A Plan for General Development set out the first comprehensive vision for Melbourne’s open space network. While the remarkable legacy of this vision lives on, the...

Parramatta light rail

Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail is one of the NSW Government’s latest major infrastructure projects being delivered by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) to serve a growing...

Transparent shovel bucket for wheeled loaders

Korean machinery manufacturer Doosan Infracore has launched the industry’s first ‘transparent bucket’ system for wheeled loaders. Doosan uses cameras to relay images into the driver’s cab of whatever is in...

Wooden wind towers trialled in Sweden

Vattenfall is to assess a timber tower design by Modvion for potential use in future onshore wind farms. The two companies are to collaborate in the venture, which is expected...

ACT Budget $5 billion infrastructure program

The Australian Capital Territory has announced a massive $5 billion infrastructure program as part of its 2021-22 ACT Budget, to create thousands of jobs and support its economic recovery. With...

Construction & Stage 4 Restrictions

Business Victoria has released its guidelines for the construction industry under Stage 4 restrictions. Along with the already published restrictions around 5 workers per site (small construction) and 25% of...

Women taking up the tools breaks records

The number of women joining the construction workforce has hit a new record, with Queensland leading the country in enrolments for female construction apprentices. The National Centre for Vocational Education...

Questionable design, construction practices likely contributed to Surfside condo collapse

While it may take years to fully unwind what caused the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, it appears that there were multiple points of failure, including questionable...

Refurbishing homes to become Green Homes will cause a skills shortage in the UK

What are we doing about this in Australia?  Will it add to the existing shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry? Retrofitting and refurbishing buildings to the extent necessary...

Oil-free luffing job cranes in use in London

Italian tower crane manufacturer Moritsch Cranes has produced a new luffing jib crane that achieves a narrow out-of-service radius without the potential mess of any hydraulic oil. “The only oil...

3D printed home for sale on Long Island, New York

Just an hour east of the first mass-produced suburb in the United States, a new model of affordable, quick-to-build housing has been realized—and is now for sale—in the town of Riverhead on Long Island’s North...

New report provides blueprint for inclusivity in the construction industry

The Australian Human Rights Institute has released a new report – Building an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace: a blueprint for Australia’s construction industry – which has found that despite improvements in Australian...

Upgrading Albury Stabling To Support New VLocity Trains

Work is set to begin this month on a stabling upgrade at Albury Station which will accommodate new VLocity trains, bringing passengers on Victoria’s North East Line a step closer...

Darwin Comes of Age as Investment Tops $50bn

With a pub crawl by helicopter listed among its top 10 things to do, you could be forgiven for thinking that Darwin is in no hurry to shake off its...

Autodesk launches BuildingConnected in ANZ

Tech giant Autodesk launches global construction tender platform in Australia & New Zealand Autodesk is expanding BuildingConnected into ANZ, the UK and Ireland. The platform has over 1 million construction...

City of Melbourne new urban design requirements

The City of Melbourne’s new Central Melbourne Design Guide is set to overhaul the city’s urban design requirements for the first time in 25 years. Victoria Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has...

Monitoring usage of appliances and equipment reduces site emissions by over 75%

A road-building project in Leeds has almost eliminated its carbon emissions just by automatically switching appliances off when not in use. Balfour Beatty is building a 7.5km two-lane dual carriageway...

Rail Projects Victoria EOI process underway for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link works

Nominations by interested parties closed on 12 June 2021, and Expressions of Interest are due by 2.00 pm on 22 July 2021.  The EOI is for works around Sunshine and...

Recycled plastic noise walls approved

Victorians will soon reduce traffic noise and plastic waste after a new specification to allow recycled plastic noise panels was approved. The game-changing specification follows the successful installation of the...

Record optimism in the British construction industry

British builders are now more optimistic about business prospects that at any time since October 2015, according to the latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers. UK construction companies experienced...

The construction worksite of the future ….

From global supply chain disruptions to adopting strict physical distancing rules to keep construction sites open, the Australian construction industry is learning to respond to this unprecedented era of change. While...

Florida bridge moved in 3 hours using remote-controlled tech

Instead of a month-long demolition, contractor Mammoet used transporters to pick up a bridge over the highway and move it in less than a day. When the removal of a...

NSW Government to Provide $3m Relief to Mascot Towers

Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson today announced a $3m package to assist residents of the Mascot Towers building as they enter a second week of uncertainty on what the future holds.

Don’t let your new industrial building become a stranded asset

Industrial buildings worth billions could become stranded assets, reports the Built Environment News Billions of dollars of industrial buildings face becoming ‘stranded assets’ warns a new report by the Australian and New...

Innovation in prestressed concrete patented

Swiss researchers have patented a process that could help lower the cost and environmental footprint of the world’s most widely used building material, reports Construction Dive in the US. A...

New panel to guide NSW apartment defect insurance

The NSW Government will establish a Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the introduction of decennial liability insurance (DLI) into the Australian market, to better protect apartment buyers. Better Regulation...

NSW Safety Crackdown on Forklifts

Safework NSW is warning businesses using forklifts they will be visited after the workplace regulator releases astonishing figures noting an incident involving a forklift occurs every day, six days week....

Major Roads Projects Victoria – Mordialloc Freeway

The Mordialloc Freeway will improve travel times and ease congestion in Melbourne’s south east, providing safer, more reliable journeys. Since the contract was awarded to the McConnell Dowell Decmil Joint...

Cars to drive on recycled cars…

Fulton Hogan has this week unveiled the first substantial road surfacing works utilising recycled plastic from scrapped cars. The asphalt alternative is created from plastic car parts that would otherwise...

Global power generation construction pipeline is worth $US4.66 trillion

Large-scale investments planned in power generation, reports the World Construction Network. Asia-Pacific has the largest power generation construction pipeline out of the major regions, with $1.67 trillion worth of investments,...

Road repair enters the robotic market

A joint venture between the University of Liverpool and A2e Ltd is seeking to commercial groundbreaking research into the use of AI and robotics in finding and fixing defects in...

How the structure of a deep sea sponge is inspiring construction design of the future

A group of international researchers has shown that the unique skeletal structure of a deep-sea sponge can inspire the design of future skyscrapers. In an article published in Nature today, researchers show...

Recycling oven makes asbestos safe to reuse

Wolverhampton-based Thermal Recycling has opened what is claimed to be “the world’s first socially and environmentally responsible alternative to asbestos disposal”. It is claimed that the chemical and physical composition...

The hands-on Ipswich CBD refurbishment project curbing unemployment, building trust and keeping kids in school

With just two days before the end of term, Year 11 school student Brayden Baker should be laying low, counting down the hours until Christmas holidays. But this is not a...

UK’s Cemex Ventures invests in a US business that seeks to facilitate the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Soil Connect is a digital marketplace for excavation materials, primarily soil and aggregates. The US-based business aims to provide a better, faster and cost-effective way for construction professionals to transport...

Restrictions start to bite in Victoria

Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria have had a major impact on the construction sector with up to 13,000 jobs lost in the sector between July and August. Stage 4 includes...

Australia’s largest PET recycling plant under construction

Construction is now underway on a recycling facility in Albury-Wodonga that will see the equivalent of one billion PET plastic bottles recycled each year. Environment Minister and Federal Farrer Member...

AI (Robotics) in Construction

In Australia and the United States projects are underway using robotic technology as an integral part of the build process. FBR’s Hadrian X construction robot is to be put to...

Inland Rail partners with MATES in Construction

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has partnered with MATES in Construction to ensure there is a dedicated focus on suicide prevention and early intervention in the Inland Rail project’s...

More competition key to keep the costs down on Australian Infrastructure megaprojects

A recent report released by the Grattan Institute states that Australian taxpayers are paying more than they should for infrastructure megaprojects. The ‘Megabang for megabucks: driving a harder bargain on...

Can the Construction industry attract millennials and Gen Z?

Younger workers want flexibility and higher pay, and the industry is trying a variety of tactics to recruit them. Construction employment carries with it a perception that the work does...

Recycled plastic used to build freeway noise wall

In a world first, noise walls along Victoria’s Mordialloc Freeway will be made from 75 per cent recycled plastic collected from households across the state, as part of a drive...

National borders no limit in adjudication rulings

A court judgment on 22nd February 2021 in favour of the claimant in the case of Motacus Constructions Limited -v- Paolo Castelli SpA has reinforced the importance of adjudication as a dispute...

Construction of Qld’s Hydrogen Training Centre commenced

The first sod has been turned on the Queensland Government’s $20 million Hydrogen Training Centre of Excellence at Beenleigh. The new facility is a key part of the government’s plan...

Perth’s Edith Cowan Univerity City campus appoints new Aboriginal cultural advisers for landmark project

Recognition and celebration of Noongar people, culture and history will play a key role in the design of the new ECU City Campus with the appointment of leading cultural advisers...

Downer Wins $600m Ausnet Contract

Downer EDI has today been announced as the winner of the$600m 5 year maintenance contract for power lines in Victoria. Already a key contractor for Ausnet, this announcement expands the...

Tunnels are dug on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

What have Millie, Alice, Joan and Meg done, that no one else has done?  They’ve dug their way to the new Town Hall Station in Melbourne and have broken through...

Federal Government increases support for energy efficient programs in the built environment

The Federal Government is providing additional investment in energy efficiency programs for the built environment, drawing support from major sustainable infrastructure bodies. Increased government funding means programs such as the...

New building regulations for housing development on flood plains wanted by British MPs

Houses are still being built on flood plains, contrary to government policy, and the situation is expected to only get worse. MPs are calling for new building regulations for houses...

Stockland Tops Up Pipeline with 5900 Lots

Unmet demand in the booming house and land market has led Stockland, the country’s largest listed developer, to restock its pipeline with 5900 lots in the first three months of...

Local council monitors carbon footprint via app

The City of Casey community will soon be able to monitor their carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions thanks to a new partnership with climate monitoring app  ClimateClever. The...

$4.53B upgrades to Great Western Highway, NSW on track

The $4.53 billion upgrade to the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow is on track to start next year, with designs for the Cox’s River Road intersection and the...

Leading the way in virtual work experience

With school pupils unable to get work experience during the Covid-19, one firm of architects is letting them do it online. Work experience is generally accept to be a potentially...

$500m bridge upgrade program in NSW

Hundreds of old timber bridges across regional New South Wales will be replaced, with applications now open for the next round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges program. The...

Grocon hits the wall

Iconic developer Grocon has announced that it is entering administration. Following weeks of media speculation, the company attributes its decision to a stoush with Infrastructure NSW over its planned development...

NELA Tender in disarray – Vic Labor in Damage Control

The tender process for the North East Link Project is in disarray after bombshell announcements in the space of 24 hours. On Friday, the CPB led consortium (Onelink) admitted to...

Roads Australia releases latest version of strategic plan

Roads Australia (RA) has released the latest iteration of its three-year rolling Strategic Plan, outlining how it will bring industry, government and communities together – leading progress in Australia’s roads, integrated transport...

Series of construction projects to create over 1,000 jobs

Over a two-month period, $236 million worth of tendered out infrastructure projects are expected to result in the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in South Australia. South Australian Minister...

A four-year works program worth $16.95 million has been approved by the Palaszczuk Government

A four-year works program worth $16.95 million has been approved by the Palaszczuk Government, giving the green light to a series of job-creating infrastructure projects on The Spit at Queensland’s...

Report finds Australia and New Zealand construction leading COVID-19 recovery in the region

The latest IDC InfoBrief report – Road to Recovery: Overcoming COVID-19’s Impact on the Construction Industry with Digital Technologies – has been released. New research shows that 30% of Australian and...

Building Ministers Solve Cladding Crisis… not really

The nations building ministers met in Canberra on Friday to finally provide a solution to the cladding crisis that has plagued the industry for the past 1.5 years. In a...

Scraping roads for repair instead of hacking at them

Highways England has approved the use of an American-made scraping machine to remove road surface membranes instead of using a standard hydraulic excavator. Highways England says that it has invested £650,000...

Eco-friendly blocks saving the shoreline in New Jersey, USA

Blocks that have been designed to combine erosion protection with the regeneration of marine ecosystems are being used in New Jersey, USA. The project involves the installation of marine ‘mattresses’...

Windfall Tax and the Melbourne Property Pipeline

The proposed Victorian windfall gains property tax has the potential to completely change land prices across the state. Meanwhile, developers have never been more hungry for land in an increasingly...

Statewide construction death registry now law in New York State

A new law in New York expands the definition of workers and puts more responsibility on contractors to report fatalities to a state registry of on-the-job construction deaths, including demographic...

Pound Road West upgrade won by Seymour Whyte

  The $135 million project will relieve traffic pressure by connecting South Gippsland Highway to Abbotts Road at Dandenong South. The scope of the project also includes improving access to...

Technology in the construction industry has advanced quickly thanks to COVID-19

Report: Pandemic has accelerated contech adoption The construction industry in 2020 adopted in one year what would have normally taken three, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to commercial real...

Robotics aren’t necessarily coming to take jobs

A growing swell of engineering investment and design is occurring that promises to ease the burden of construction work on employees – not by taking tasks away but by augmenting...

A new sustainable city to be built in Malaysia

An international design competition conducted by the Penang State Government in January this year to transform the Penang South Islands into a sustainable, global destination has been won by Ramboll,...

Industry on notice in scaffolding blitz

Safework NSW is conducting a safety blitz on scaffolding in construction following a number of incidents including 3 fatalities in 2020. The blitz has already resulted in more than 800...

Contractors announced for Ballarat Base Hospital $541 redevelopment

The redevelopment consists of a new emergency department, pharmacy, education and training facilities, theatre rooms, a women and children’s precinct and a central energy plant as well as an additional...

$32 million for Townsville City Deal

Funding from Federal, State and Local Governments in Queensland has been announced to support the Townsville City Deal, a 15-year agreement to support the development of community infrastructure. The investment...

Scotland invests in ‘active travel’ schemes

The Scottish government has provided £22m for three ‘active travel’ projects designed to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle. The money for the schemes in Ayr,...

Eurozone’s downturn in construction continues

The findings came in the latest IHS Markit Eurozone Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). which is compiled by IHS Markit from responses to questionnaires sent to purchasing managers in a...

Construction’s diversity numbers are awful.

Here’s how 3 US based contractors are improving theirs. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, construction is still on the ground floor. Compared to the overall workforce, the construction...

Is this the most innovative stadium design in China?

Xi’an’s upcoming stadium features countless innovative design features to make it stand out, says constructionglobal.com.  Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the new stadium based in Xi’an will be used...

National Construction Code Proposed Changes

Homes across Australia will be more energy efficient if proposed changes to the National Construction Code are pushed through for 2022. Consultation has begun on the final tranche of the...

Qld Contractor Loophole Closure Delayed

The Queensland government has postponed the closure of what many see as a loophole licensing exemption misused by contractors to enter into construction contracts and carry out building work in...

Review to examine role of building industry developers

The Queensland Government is set to examine the role of property developers as part of a review of its building industry fairness reforms, following a recommendation from the Queensland Parliament’s...

Digital Twin Victoria – a data-based digital replica of the state is on its way

The Victorian Government has announced a $35.2 million investment to deliver Digital Twin Victoria – a data-based digital replica of the state. The technology will be used by planners, engineers...

How Green is Green Energy?

Here at Construction Advisor we’re great supporters of renewable energy generation and the transition to a low-emissions economy so a recent article from Bloomberg surprised us. The article states that, in America,...

$70 million sale price for Albert Park project

An abandoned Melbourne hotel has changed hands in a $70-million-plus deal after a bidding war between a number of Australia’s most prominent developers and investors. The former four-star Bayview on...

Connecting Apprentices To The Footscray Hospital Big Build

Victorian jobseekers are invited to join the New Footscray Hospital construction workforce, with the Andrews Labor Government today launching a new Jobs Hub in the heart of Footscray. Minister for...

Name a new train station

The Level Crossing Removal Project is removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert by lowering the tracks and building...

Workplace Readiness Program places indigenous workers with WestConnex

13 Indigenous workers begin new roles with John Holland CPB Contractors on the Rozelle Interchange Project Goanna Services, Asuria and the Aboriginal Advancement Alliance (AAA) are celebrating the placement of...

Work back underway on Metro Tunnel

Despite failing to reach an agreement with the State Government regarding the reported cost blow-outs on the project, the Cross Yarra Partnership has returned to work this week after shutting...

NSW State Design Review panel

A panel of 100 leading design experts will be charged with improving the quality of the built environment across NSW. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the...

Virgin Hyperloop Certification Centre to be built in West Virginia

Virgin Hyperloop have announced that their Hyperloop Certification Centre (HCC) will be built in West Virginia in the US. For the nascent hyperloop technology, Virgin Hyperloop said this announcement marks...

$80 Million In Regional Housing Funding Up For Grabs

The Victorian Government is calling on all developers and landowners in regional Victoria to put forward any developments or vacant land that could be turned into social or affordable housing....

Your new truck can help your sustainability goals

A new range of battery-powered trucks will be available in Europe for regional transportation and construction, with a range of up to 300kms. Volvo are continuing their commitment to sustainability...

Sustainable Housing Providing Hope For Homelessness

The Victorian Government is creating more innovative and environmentally sustainable housing for men experiencing homelessness in Greater Geelong. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the expansion of Samaritan...

Record number of new investments added to Infrastructure Priority List

Infrastructure Australia adds a record number of new investment opportunities to support COVID-19 recovery. Infrastructure Australia has added a record number of new investment opportunities to the Infrastructure Priority List, in a...

Automation risk greatest for construction industry

Close to half of all businesses intend to increase their adoption of robotic process automation over the next year, with construction topping the list of industries most likely to be...

Standards Australia: Driving Standardisation in Road Signs

Standards Australia has revised AS 1742.1, the first part of a 14-part series that provides guidance to users on regulating, warning and road signs. With an increased focus on safety, road...

Mandatory EV charge points “just another tax on builders”?

UK builders have slated government plans for mandatory electrical charge points on all new buildings, saying they are another stealth tax on their business. After a consultation on the topic...

Contract awarded for level crossing removals at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert

The Victorian Government has awarded a $631 million contract to Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro Trains Melbourne to remove two dangerous levels crossings in Melbourne’s east, in partnership with the...

UK Govt to tax developers to cover cost of replacing flamable cladding

The UK government is introducing new levies on developers in England to help free leaseholders from the cost of replacing flammable cladding. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick today announced a ‘Gateway...
National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day and the start of National Reconciliation Week. As we move forward into the 21st century, it is apparent that embracing the diversity of people we have...

Multiplex targets women with flexible working

Multiplex (UK) has joined the ranks of major contractors adopting flexible working programmes. Multiplex Flex is designed to address structural issues linked to gender equity, improving health and wellbeing as...

Modified diggers used in Afghanistan to clear land mines

A fleet of JCBs are being used by The Halo Trust, a British landmine clearance charity to help clear minefields in Afghanistan. Four modified JCB models – a 457ZX wheeled...

MMC panels heralded a success in the UK

Panelised modern methods of construction (MMC) are proving themselves to be viable alternatives to masonry, according to the latest results from a three-year study. Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction...

Recycling glass in South Australia

With the export ban on waste glass now in effect, ResourceCo is leading the charge in giving a second life to glass in South Australia. Following a recent successful trial, ResourceCo is pitching a long-term agreement...

Social value demonstrated at Glasgow University Learning Hub

A new report by Multiplex has demonstrated that construction of a Glasgow University learning hub generated over £135m in social value and economic impacts. Multiplex was the lead contractor for...

UK Government updates fire safety requirements as part of the Building Safety Bill

Building owners could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the Home Office has announced. There will be no limit to the size of...

Proposal for Werribee to become a satellite city in Melbourne’s west

The push to turn Werribee, a western Melbourne suburb part of the City of Wyndham, into a new satellite city to decentralise Melbourne’s population has gained momentum with the release...

Perth Refinery to be shut down

British Petroleum (BP) has announced that it will shut its Kwinana refinery after 65 years of operations. At this point, Kwinana is Australia’s largest refinery operation processing up to 150k...

Road and rail funding puts safety first in Pilbara

BHP and the Western Australia Government have launched the first stage of major road and rail works in the Pilbara region to provide better safety to the local community and...

$90M worth of infrastructure projects for South Australia

Almost $90 million worth of water infrastructure project will be delivered across South Australia to enhance water security, stimulate regional economies and create hundreds of jobs. The 10 projects range...

Victorian Government supports recycling and re-using materials in its infrastructure projects

Ecologiq is a Victorian Government initiative to optimise the use of local recycled and reused materials in government infrastructure projects, reduce waste and contribute to a Victorian circular economy. Roads & Infrastructure...

Fishermans Bend Planning Controls

Interim planning controls have been introduced to help guide the development of a next-generation manufacturing hub at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend. The Victorian government launched its vision for the Advanced Manufacturing...

Testing concrete strength onsite

Indiana’s Purdue University’s concrete sensors target faster build times. Purdue University engineers have developed sensors that could safely speed up a construction timeline by determining concrete strength directly on site...

Digging done and dusted at Aircraft Station

Excavation works at Aircraft Station are now complete, marking a major milestone in building the new pedestrian and cyclist underpass and new station forecourts as part of stage 2 of...

Grid Issues Continue to Drag on Renewables

Tilt Renewables has announced that its $650m Dundonnell wind farm is only running at 30% capacity due to issues with grid connection. The Western Victoria facility was certified in 2018...

Building stronger homes that can withstand natural disasters

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and the Master Builders Association (MBA) are joining forces to develop ways of helping homes cope with natural disasters. The industry groups have heeded...

Sydney Metro surveying contract won by Veris Australia

Veris Australia has been awarded a $2.5 million contract to assist in the delivery of the Sydney Metro southwest upgrade. As part of the contract, Veris will provide surveying services...

Lendlease to be powered by vegetable oil in the UK

Lendlease will eliminate all use of liquid fossil fuels on its U.K. construction sites, the company announced. After two successful pilots at the Glen Parva prison and Manchester Town Hall...

Respect@work

It has been a long journey to bring the issue of sexual harassment in workplaces to the forefront of legislative change, commencing with the announcement of a National Inquiry into...

Did you know you can recycle sports shoes in Geelong?

And why can’t we do it anywhere else in Melbourne? Waste Management Review reports: A Geelong collection point has become a state leader for a running and sport shoe recycling...

A new home for Canada’s historical artifacts

Parks Canada’s new artifact collection facility will be built by Pomerleau under a CA$42m (£24m) contract. Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Ottawa, Toronto) and NFOE Architects (Montreal) designed the 8,200m2 facility, which...

Job Creation Projects To Help Mildura Thrive

The Andrews Labor Government is backing more jobs in the Mallee region, with two companies creating almost 80 new jobs through innovative projects based in Mildura.   Minister for Regional...

The Art of Building photography competition returns for 2020

A global search is on for the best built environment photograph. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched the competition – called The Art of Building –  on October...

What downturn? Shell green-lights $10Bn Arrow

In welcome news, Shell has confirmed that thunder-birds are go… sorry, Arrow Energy is a go. The JV between Shell and Petro-China has confirmed that the CSG field, expected to...

One third of new hires are women at this 120-year-old US construction firm

Construction has a long way to go to move the needle on diversity and inclusion in its ranks. While the industry’s numbers, compared to the nation’s overall workforce, skew heavily white and...

$1.2m campaign to attract women to plumbing careers

Master Plumbers is today (Monday 22 November) launching a two-year $1.2 million “Women in Plumbing” program, partnering with the Victorian Government’s Apprenticeships Victoria, to encourage Victorian women of all ages...

Infrastructure Australia charts a whole-of-system, all-hazards approach to resilience planning

Infrastructure Australia has outlined practical steps to deliver infrastructure that is more resilient to threats such as bushfires, droughts, floods, global pandemic, and cyber-attacks, in new advisory papers released today. It...

NSW trials accurate readings of silica dust in air

Trials have begun in New South Wales for technology that can accurately monitor silica dust levels in the air. The technology has the potential to protect workers from contracting the...

Converting heating from gas to hydrogen

In the UK, the first houses heated by hydrogen gas are being showcased in an industry demonstration, with the use of innovative prototype boilers. Boiler manufacturers Baxi Heating and Worcester...

Construction camp teaches young girls the tools of the trade in the US

From carpentry to electrical work, painting to working with sheet metal, 7th through 12th grade girls in the US are learning it all hands-on at a unique summer camp in...

Lendlease Europe on the road to Zero Carbon emissions

Lendlease Europe have set themselves the task of becoming a 1.5°C aligned company. To do this, they will need to meet the following targets: Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions...

Recycled tramstops for Melbourne

Recycled plastics from kerbside waste will be used to create innovative modular tram stops, making Melbourne’s tram network more sustainable, accessible for people with disabilities and less disruptive to maintain...

Producing hydrogen from waste plastic in Scotland

A site in West Dunbartonshire has been chosen for construction of a plant that will produce hydrogen from waste plastic. Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, will use technology from...

Construction social media influencers

By posting videos about everything from clothes and video games to trucks and even fast food, social media influencers are attracting massive followings. Even in the world of construction and...

Leading by example – the NSW construction co that is changing the rules for a better construction industry

Roberts Co is a tier-one construction company that is changing the way business is done in the Australian construction industry. With reports that the industry is teetering on the point...

Expanded polystyrene blocks to be used in rail platform extensions in the UK

The platforms at Cambridge railway station will be extended using  expanded polystyrene, reports The Construction Index in the UK.  Dyer & Butler has been appointed to extend the platforms for...

The likelihood of fast rail from Melbourne to Sydney is increasing

Fast rail has been on many wish lists in the past, but it is possible it could become a reality. Co-founder of The Demographics Group, Simon Kuestenmacher, believes that foreign...

Challenging terminology in the construction industry

The following is an example of what is happening in the construction industry in the US.  Could this happen here? Lora McMillan, a senior superintendent working for Canadian construction firm...

Residential Apartment Building Act to go live

September 1st 2020 sees the new Residential Apartment Buildings Act take effect in NSW. Drafted in the wake of the structural building issues identified in 2018/19 the Act is the...

Is the construction industry on the cusp of a legal storm?

Fears are growing in the construction industry that a surge of liquidated damages claims may arise on the back of projects delayed by Covid restrictions in 2020. To date, this...

UK News: ‘Obstructing construction’ to become a criminal offence

The Home Office is planning to introduce new legislation to lock up protestors who disrupt transportation or construction. After recent motorway blockages by demonstrators from Insulate Britain, home secretary Priti Patel...

$500 million Melbourne housing precinct project winner announced

The Building Communities consortium has been named by Homes Victoria as the preferred tenderer for the redevelopment of 3 housing precincts in Melbourne.  Homes Victoria is the new Victorian Government...

Thiess secures $1.3B 6 year extension at Curragh

Thiess has announced that it has secured the services contract extension at Curragh mine in Queensland – worth $1.3B over 6 years. Brands Sedgman and UGL will deliver the contract...

Bosses could be liable for worker wellbeing

The Victorian State Government yesterday introduced new workplace manslaughter laws in a bid to toughen penalties and responsibilities for employers. The new laws will include provisions for deaths attributed to...

A new trend in prefabrication

Construction is in the midst of a major technological and process disruption that promises to significantly compress schedules, up productivity and expand savings, according to two leading industry forecasters. Broadly,...

Stage 3 of Adelaide’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital procurement plan revealed.

Stage 1 – construction of a 500-space car park and Stage 2 – upgrade of the cardiac catheterisation facilities – of the redevelopment have now been completed.  The completion of...

An artists haven to be built on the estate of Arthur Boyd

Construction company ADCO has been selected as head contractor for Bundanon Trust’s Riversdale Masterplan, a $22 million site redevelopment on the estate of Arthur Boyd. The project aims to showcase...

State Govt Threatens to Go-It-Alone on North East Link

The Age is today reporting that State Treasurer Tim Pallas is prepared to walk away from the PPP tender process and have the State Government build the freeway itself. The...

It’s not boring in Melbourne

With tunneling work on the Westgate Alternative Tunnel continuing to be on hold due to soil contamination, news today that the Metro Tunnel has ground to a halt too has...

Project Remediate begins first investigation

The first cladding has been removed for investigation as part of Project Remediate, the NSW Government’s billion dollar cladding remediation program. The project aims to remove all flammable cladding from...

International construction market survey 2021 now available

Turner & Townsend’s International construction market survey 2021 has now been published.  Now in its 12th year, this latest International construction market survey brings together data and knowledge from 90...

Innovation on the job – stabilizing hazardous rock face in New Zealand

When New Zealand contractor Fulton Hogan was awarded a contract to remediate a steep unstable rock face overlooking the Port of Otago, it was faced with a number of challenges...

Lack of skilled workers impacting road and rail construction in Australia

Roads Australia (RA) and the Australian Railway Association (ARA) have submitted a joint submission to Federal Parliament, hoping for an update to the Priority Skilled Occupations List. Both RA and...

Lendlease America Launches H3 Wellness Hubs to challenge Chem toilets

Lendlease America has launched its new H3 Wellness hubs to service vertical worksites. The ‘hubs’ are designed to connect directly to sanitation, fresh water and electric services on multi-level construction...

Infrastructure spending boosted across Australia

Last week’s Federal Budget included two big wins for the Construction industry. Firstly, the announcement of an additional $15.2 billion for infrastructure projects across the country. The other win was...

NSW GOVERNMENT TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IN DEFECT FIXES

The NSW Government is ramping up its commitment to restoring consumer confidence in the residential building industry with an investment in defect rectification, as new research finds despite 39% of...

The road to sustainability starts at home

Tyre Stewardship Australia is working with local councils across Australia to transform the way roads are built. Together they are exploring innovative methods to increase the use of crumb rubber...

Sydney logistics space drying up

720,000 sqm of additional Sydney logistics space will be needed just to meet soaring e-commerce sales, according to CBRE’s latest research. CBRE’s new Sydney Industrial & Logistics Land Supply report...

Human Settlements – Climate Action Pathway

It’s 2050 and urban life has never been better. Despite more people living in urban areas than ever before, the world’s towns and cities are now healthy, affordable and inclusive...

Gas to flow in Victoria from 2021

The Victorian State Government today announced that it will roll-back bans on onshore gas exploration from 2021 angering some environmental groups. The ban on fracking and Coal Seam Gas (CSG)...

UK’s Fortel actively working towards increasing diversity in its workforce

Fortel, a leading supplier of labour to the construction industry has set out a new strategy to increase workforce diversity by 25% by 2025. At Fortel, minorities already make up...

Embodied carbon requires immediate attention

Without action, embodied carbon will be responsible for 85 per cent of Australia’s built environment emissions by 2050, according to a new report from the Green Building Council of Australia...

Robots are hitting the roof!

The Jaibot, by Hilti, is designed to assist tradespeople in physically demanding, repetitive installation tasks such as drilling numerous holes in ceilings. “We looked at which routine work on the...

Robotic arm improves safety when working in tunnels

Tunnel safety to be improved by the use of robotic arms. HS2 main works contractor Align plans to use robotic arms to automate hazardous processes in the handling of tunnel...

Three-year pilot project tests coastal armour system designed to mimic natural rock pools

The Port of San Diego and Econcrete have embarked on a three-year pilot project to test a coastal armour system designed to mimic natural rock pools. The project at Harbor...

NSW Appoints David Chandler As Inaugural Building Commissioner

NSW has appointed industry veteran David Chandler as the inaugural building commissioner in the first step to addressing the public’s concerns with the industry. Mr Chandler is an Adjunct Professor...

Westgate Tunnel Project Sinking…

Project owner Transurban has this morning advised the ASX that JV contractors CPB and John Holland are seeking to terminate their contract to build the Westgate Tunnel Project. The project...

Competition to design a hospital for the future now open

The 2021 Wolfson Economics Prize is offering £250,000 for the best design for hospitals of the future. The competition is seeking planning and design ideas that will ‘radically improve’ hospital...

Australia announces world-first ban on plastic exports

The Federal Government has announced the introduction of a ban on the export of mixed plastic waste exports. The ban will end the export of 75,000 tonnes of mixed plastic...

Infrastructure Australia publishes 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan – A reform roadmap to leverage the $110b infrastructure spend and drive the national recovery

Infrastructure Australia has today published its landmark 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan, calling for a new wave of infrastructure reform to fully leverage the Australian Government’s historic $110 billion infrastructure spend...

New Apartment Building Guidelines for VIC

The Victorian State Government has released new development guidelines for apartment building designs. The changes include mandating the provision of communal greenspace, deep soils areas to promote canopy tree growth...

Re-using construction materials

The UK’s Cemex Ventures is investing in a US business that seeks to facilitate the reuse of construction materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Soil Connect helps connect...

Focus on cladding rectification takes attention from other safety hazards in tall buildings

Specialists say focus on cladding comes at expense of other safety measures. Fire protection specialists says that attempts to get dangerous cladding replaced on tall buildings has taken the focus...

West Gate Tunnel Project: Building the portals

More than 200,000 vehicles, including a majority of Melbourne’s commercial traffic, travel on the West Gate Freeway each day. The West Gate Tunnel is aiming to provide an alternative to...

Hurry! You can still have input into Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy

Victorians will need to continue to embrace new ways of living and working in the face of significant technological and environmental disruption, according to Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy released in December...

No Issue With Bricks, It’s the Tradies

While the national construction sector is struggling with constrained supply of timber and steel, there’s still plenty of bricks in the supply chain. The problem is there are not enough bricklayers to lay...

Maryvale Waste to Energy (WtE) Project

Citywide enters MoU for Maryvale WtE project Citywide has entered into a memorandum of understanding to explore participation in a waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Victoria, following the signing of an agreement...

Interstaters eyeing Perth’s residential potential

Investors from outside Western Australia are sharpening their focus on Perth, with affordability, comparatively high rental yields and the potential for capital growth creating a surge in interstate enquiry. Jennifer...

What does the future hold for construction in a Covid19 world?

The construction industry is bracing for what the future may hold as social restrictions expand in the effort to fight the coronavirus spread. In the early days of the virus...

Women lead $17 million construction project in Massachusetts USA

The YWCA in Worcester, Massachusetts, was renovated by a team of women who provided a unique—and welcome—perspective. When Consigli Construction was in the running to take on a $17 million...

In the US, a new climate initiative to cast construction as part of the solution for a lower-carbon future has been revealed

With a nod to the increased focus on climate policy under President Joe Biden’s administration, the Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a new climate initiative to cast construction as...

Putting Tech To The Test On Our Roads

The latest in road maintenance technology is being deployed to help deliver safer and more reliable journeys on Victorian roads. As part of the current Andrews Labor Government’s regional road...

Competition to design the reconstruction of Al-Nouri mosque in the Iraqi city of Mosul has been launched by UNESCO

The ‘Revive the spirit of Mosul’ competition calls for a conceptual design to include the conservation of the standing structures of the prayer hall and its integration into the new...

Prices rocket and buyers get FOMO – should you jump in or hope for a downturn?

To understand what is happening to Australian house prices, it is important not to view Australia in isolation, but to also understand the global trends currently affecting world real estate....

Building Victoria’s new Quarantine facility – call for EOIs now underway

The process to select the builder and the modular contractor for Victoria’s first purpose-built COVID quarantine accommodation facility is underway. The Victorian Government has issued a call for expressions of...

Farewell 2020 and Welcome 2021

Now that you are likely starting to prepare for the new year, it’s time to think about building or reviewing your company’s Business Plan. This means conducting a Kick-off/Planning Session...

Major Steel Manufacturer Enters Administration

SA Structural, a significant manufacturer of structural steel has entered administration. The company supplied to mining, infrastructure, non-residential and commercial builders. One major project expected to be impacted is the...

Bluescope Back On Track

In welcome news for the local building industry which has been sweating on disrupted supply chains and falling material stock, Bluescope Steel has announced that its China operations are back...

‘Asylum’ Island Rezoning Plans Resurrected

Plans to unlock an island with a dark past on the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, opening it to the public for the first time in more than a...

Developers Big Winners in Lending Battle

First, the bad news. A wave of increasing construction costs is hitting Australia’s property development sector. Now, the good news. According to Barwon Investment Partners head of property finance Jonathon Pullin: “It...

Super cool building materials could reduce urban temperatures

A new partnership between the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney will producer new cool building materials that reduce urban temperatures and counteract the effects of...

UGL Books Another $180m in Contracts

CIMIC subsidiary UGL has announced that it has been awarded roughly $180m in oil & gas, maintenance and turn-around works nationally. The contracts include: GLNG Ops Pty Ltd Curtis Island...

Australia’s first lithium-ion battery factory to be built in NSW

Renaissance One, Australia’s first lithium-ion battery factory, is to be built at Tomago in the Hunter region of NSW, announced Energy Renaissance, the manufacturer, in The Industrial and Safety Bulletin...

Super Summer Of Works On Victoria’s Big Build

Victoria’s Big Build will heat up over summer with more than ten thousand construction workers focused on transforming road and rail infrastructure across Victoria in the coming months. There will...

Industry-first construction engineering guide launched

In an industry first, the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia are overhauling the training and development guidelines for construction engineers—setting new and tighter benchmarks for skills and competencies across...

World Quality Day online conference announced

CIOB announces World Quality Day conference The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has announced the first ever World Quality Day Conference. CIOB president Mark Beard will open and close the conference on Thursday 12 November...

Flying crane seen in New York city

Crane ‘flies’ over New York City street to land atop Tiffany & Co. construction project One giant crane lifted another, flew it seven stories through the air and deposited it...

ETU Apprentice of the year: Hannah Watts

ETU Apprentice of the Year stands out in a line-up of strong tradeswomen 17 November 2020 Hannah Watts has been crowned the 2020 ETU Apprentice of the Year, in an...

Faster and safer drywall finishing robot

A San Francisco-based startup has made robots on the jobsite a reality in the form of a drywall taping and finishing machine that combines a 17-foot-high scissor lift with a...

A new suburb for south-east Melbourne

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring the right infrastructure is in place to support a new community in Melbourne’s south east – including thousands of new homes, four new schools and 22 MCG’s worth of...

Construction Industry To Shut Down For Two Weeks

Due to continued concern about case numbers, transmission risk and reduced compliance, construction will shut down in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown for two weeks...

AIA report – what clients really want

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has launched a new report that gives its members new insights into what their clients really think. The Stronger Insights for Stronger Practices – 2021 Client...

NSW’s Big Build – $4.3Bn of Work

Like most states, NSW is looking to fast-track ‘shovel-ready’ projects to aid in the COVID19 recovery. Until now, most of these numbers have lacked detail but the government has now...

Connect Brisbane wins contract for major cable-stayed footbridge over Brisbane River

Brisbane City Council has awarded the construction contract for the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge (KPGB) to the Connect Brisbane team, led by BESIX Watpac and includes Rizanni de Eccher, WSP,...

Taking the train to post pandemic growth

New research has confirmed immediate investment is needed to speed our rail networks as more people consider a move to the regions after COVID-19. A survey of 600 regional and metropolitan residents...

Sydney’s NorthConnex Tunnel wins international lighting award

Sydney’s NorthConnex motorway tunnel has received a prestigious award at the International Association of Lighting Designers Awards. The Excellence Award recognises the Sydney tunnel’s lighting – which was designed not...

Would you like lobster with your concrete?

Patterns inspired by lobster shells can make 3D-printed concrete stronger to support more complex structures, according to new research. The natural strength of lobster shells inspired the research team.  In...

First carbon neutral homes in inner Melbourne to be built in Northcote

Located in inner Melbourne, on the banks of Merri Creek in Northcote, The Wilds is a collection of 15 carbon-neutral homes delivered by Melbourne property developer, Beulah and designed by...

A double-arched bridge floated into place in Hong Kong

A prefabricated double-arch steel bridge weighing more than 10,000 tonnes has been installed in Hong Kong after being floated into place. It arrived in Hong Kong by sea in mid-February...

Victoria Adds Three Years to Cladding Claim Period

The period for home owners in Victoria to make claims over the use of non-compliant flammable panels on their buildings has been extended. Owners now have an additional three years...

Edith Cowan University announces designers for $695 million ECU City Campus project

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has announced that a consortium of leading local, national and international architects will design the new $695 million ECU City Campus, with the appointment one of...

Opposing technologies for LA Metro

LA Metro has chosen two teams that will each explore a different approach for its planned Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. The project seeks build a high-speed high-capacity line that will...

Saving the world, one brick at a time

Mitsubishi looks to advance CO2 capture in concrete, according to Construction Europe magazine. Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is researching the possibility of injecting waste CO2 into concrete, to help reduce the...

SA sawmills to restart in a bid to cut intoconstruction shortages

A decision to allow the resumption of structural timber production in the state’s sawmills will let the industry to play catch up for a week in a bid to reduce...

380% timber price surge cuts down ‘wood-be’ homeowners

Global demand for critical building materials could bring Australia’s residential construction industry to its knees, according to data compiled by Grafa. Australian builders have been left without their most critical...

Tender Writing

Tenders are a necessary means of winning business within construction, but they can take up a huge amount of time and effort involving key staff prior to submission. If your...

Skanska regional office redesigned to meet Covid safety requirements

Skanska USA’s new 17,000-square-foot Portland, Oregon, office is an example of how post-pandemic workplace design can help protect the health of employees but still retain the features that make working...

Northern & Southern Roads Tenders Terminated

In a move that will be welcomed by some but devastate others, the Victorian State Government has pulled the Northern and Southern Suburban Roads Upgrade Tenders. The tender process was...

Watch out for scams hitting the Construction Industry

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a high alert for construction companies and their customers in Australia. The ACSC has reported in the past six months there has been...

The US Federal Aviation Administration approves drone use out of sight line

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted its first approval for a company to operate automated drones without human operators on jobsites to American Robotics. The FAA approved American Robotics’ Scout System, which...

Woodside shelves expansions on Covid19 and oil price

Energy major Woodside has announced that it has deferred up to $50Bn in in expansion plans amid the market turmoil. Key projects put on ice include the $17Bn Scarborough and...

Waste not, want not at Schiphol Airport

Grass clippings from Schiphol Airport are to be used to produce 100,000m2 a year of panels for use in construction projects and as furniture. Ecor is producing the panels, which will...

MWRRG releases new multi-unit development recycling resources

Victoria’s Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) has released new, free resources for property managers and owners’ corporations to help improve recycling in multi-unit developments (MUDs). According to a...

Accelerating heating decarbonization in buildings with the GlobalABC

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: At the COP26 #BuildingsPavilion, a group of nations, companies, and organizations announced the launch of a global collaborative effort to accelerate the adoption of clean heating...

Queensland to build seven mini hospitals

More than 770 construction jobs are set to be created following the appointment of the contractor for a programme to build seven satellite hospitals in Queensland, Australia. The Queensland government...

$300m fund for Building New Regional Homes For Those Who Need It Most

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the state’s biggest ever social housing build and calling on all community housing agencies to put forward proposals for new social housing in...

What is the ultimate price of the “Big Build’ in Victoria?

Since 2014, when Daniel Andrews became Premier of Victoria, the pipeline of infrastructure projects over the next 11 years has nearly doubled to almost 90, costing taxpayers a total of...

Building roads out of ocean waste

How a school assembly led to an invention with the potential to solve the problem of waste plastics. Watching his 8 year-old daughter’s grade making a report to parents on...

Victoria’s Big Build Investment in Housing

More Homes And More Support For Homeless After Hotels The Andrews Labor Government is extending the transition out of emergency hotel accommodation for Victorians who have experienced homelessness during lockdowns...

Public, private teams gear up for lunar construction

Despite the hostile environment for people and machines alike, scientists are on track to make 3D printed structures on the moon a reality. The last time the United States sent...

ADCO wins $90m Group Flight Training Centre

ADCO has today been announced as the successful bidder for the new Qantas flight training facility to be built at Kingsford Smith Airport (Sydney). The facility will include a range...

NSW’s Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme moves online

The New South Wales Government has moved the Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme (SBBIS) online to help protect consumers from defective building work and simplify bond management. Under the...

Shortlisted companies announced for $1.8B Coffs Harbour bypass

Construction on the Coffs Harbour bypass, the biggest infrastructure project in Coffs Harbour’s history, is a step closer to commencing with the shortlist of companies invited to tender for construction...

It’s not London Bridge that’s falling down …

A restoration program on a grand scale is needed to repair the Palace of Westminster in London – aka the Houses of Parliament.  Preferably without any politicians or peers inside. 100...

Brisbane Airport Ready For Take-off

In an event full of symbolism, Virgin Australia flight VA781 took off from the new Brisbane Airport runway on Sunday marking the practical completion of the $1.1Bn project. First started...

Regional Rail Design Challenge 2050 – Competition for schools

An opportunity for students across regional Victoria to pitch their ideas on the future of public transport with the expansion of the Regional Rail Revival Design Challenge 2050 competition. After...

Suspension trauma can be a thing of the past

After a worker experiences a fall and is hanging in a harness, blood can accumulate in his or her veins, which can lead to orthostatic intolerance, a condition that occurs when...

SA circular economy grants now open

South Australia’s Circular Economy Market Development Grants Program will provide up to $100,000 in funding per applicant for market development projects involving recycled materials. Local councils, industry associations, not-for-profit organisations,...

The rise and rise of printed homes

Printed homes are a reality – but there is still a way to go.  There are many pilot projects testing out various materials and methods. One thing they all have...

Ferrovial in collaboration to develop ‘roads of the future’

Ferrovial is to collaborate with companies including Microsoft and 3M to target the development of ‘roads of the future’. The AIVIA Orchestrated Connected Corridors initiative will develop smart roads and...

Investment in Housing for Women

The Victorian Government is ensuring women at risk of homelessness have access to safe and secure housing thanks to the transformation of outdated rooming houses. A former 22-bedroom Fairfield rooming...

When grass and concrete is a good thing

When you see concrete paving with loads of grass growing through it, it’ll be one of two things: either the paving has failed catastrophically, or you’re looking at something widely...

Sales of construction equipment set to fall globally

The Covid-19 pandemic will see sales of construction equipment fall in almost every country of the world this year, with global sales of construction equipment expected to be down 16%,...

Smarter Hobart Challenge – Smart bus shelter winner selected

An innovative bus shelter that can use vibration and sound to inform passengers of an approaching bus has won the top prize in a design challenge that explores the future...

Notre Dame in the US

Catholic University of America team recreates truss for Notre Dame Cathedral The piece will be presented to France as a gift. The biggest goal of authenticity for Tonya Ohnstad, visiting...

Changes to the NSW infrastructure contributions system could open up billions of dollars of productivity

Sweeping changes to the infrastructure contributions system could unlock up to $12 billion of productivity benefits over the next 20 years, according to a new report from the NSW Productivity Commission to...

UK government approves new pulse air test

The UK government has approved the use of a new method for testing air tightness as an official compliance measurement tool in the recently-revised building regulations. The low-pressure Pulse test...

Zero-emission buses on trial in Victoria

As part of the Victorian Budget 2020/2021, the State Government will invest in new sustainable public transport options, including a trial of zero-emission buses which is set to start in...

What’s better than walking on the water …..

Walking through it. A revolutionary jack-up barge is helping to build a sea wall in Devon in the UK.  The WaveWalker jack-up barge is an eight-legged device with hydraulic jacks...

Thiess Locks in $2.5Bn 5-year Contract

CIMIC contractor Thiess has announced that it has been awarded a 5 year mining operations contract at Jellinbah Group’s Lake Vermont Coal Mine in Queensland. The contract is worth approx....

MRPV trials new road safety equipment

Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) has been trialling a new road safety and traffic management equipment as part of the M80 Ring Road upgrade project in Melbourne. With the aim...

Verve Constructions Joins List of Struggling Builders

Following the collapse of apartment builders Ralan Group and Stellar in 2019 another scalp has been taken in Melbourne based developer Verve Constructions. Verve was currently in various stages of...

3D virtual model being built to help manage the power distribution network in Tasmania

Fugro has delivered the first data for a 3D virtual model it is building to help manage the power distribution network in Tasmania, Australia. It will create a ‘digital twin’...

Don’t box us in – industry needs room to move

Australia’s urban areas are growing, and so is the industry’s urban freight task. The future looks bright to some – with new homes, increased amenities, and everything from your shoes...

Onsite Rental Group Goes Back to Market

Major equipment rental supplier Onsite Rental Group is going back to market looking for some fresh cash. Following a failed IPO in 2019, debt-for-equity swap in 2017 and a number...

UK HSE targets construction in mental health initiative

Construction is one of five sectors being specifically targeted in a new campaign aimed at helping businesses recognise the signs of work-related stress. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) says...

The UK’s public sector goes modular

NHS Share Business Services in the UK has opened the next generation of its modular buildings framework. NHS Shared Business Services is a joint venture between the UK’s Department of...