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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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%,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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....

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

$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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Industry Interviews – Project Director and Business Leader

“Mental illness can affect anyone and certainly affects more people than we know about.  As a leader in the engineering and construction industry, what do I need to do to...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Industry Interviews: Commercial & Legal Risk Management

“Attempt to comply with contractual notice periods from the commencement of the project because ” Name: Philip Miles Length of Time in industry: 30 years. Expertise: Chartered QS, Lawyer –...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Industry Interviews: Project Delivery and Bid Management

“Construction is 90% about people; build a culture that will support one another like a successful football team….” Name: Howard Humffray Length of Time in Industry:  40+ years Expertise: Project...

UK firm fined £500 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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Industry Interviews: Project and Construction Management

“Stick confidently to what you know well and understand what you don’t…….”   Name: Peter Southwell Length of Time in industry: 37 years        Expertise: Project and construction advisory and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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),...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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.”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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),...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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):...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...