Friday, 15 August 2014

UK Construction Market Update - July

Good news again in July as the UK construction industry heads into a period of sustained growth; with expected growth to be greater than 4% for 2014 and 2015. RIBA Insight’s monthly briefing states that the UK Construction market is leading the way for construction growth across the whole of Europe. This expected growth is based on the ONS’ Output in the Construction Industry for June and Q2 2014, which reports that annual growth for construction output in Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013 is estimated to be 4.8%. The Construction Products Association’s Summer Forecast also highlights that in the next 2 years construction is forecast to grow about 10.0% and contribute nearly £11 billion to the UK economy.

Monday, 11 August 2014

CSCS Changes FAQ - Part 1

One Contractor is stating that they will not allow CSO green card holders on site unless they have passed the Site Safety Plus Operative Test. Is this a CSCS requirement?

No - The current green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card remains valid until its expiry date. From 1st July 2014 the CSO card is no longer being issued and has been replaced by the new green Labourer card. To obtain this new Labourer card, applicants need to pass the new Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment or a recognised equivalent. The one day Site Safety Plus (SSP) Operatives training course has been recognised as an equivalent. There is no requirement to achieve both the new Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Award AND the one day SSP Operatives training course to obtain the new Labourer card. If you are aware of any contractor requiring both, please advise CSCS and we will investigate further.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Thinking of Upgrading your Accommodation?

Ok, so unless you've just won the lottery and for some bizarre reason, still want to flatshare - this probably isn't a suitable upgrade... but we can still dream right?

Introducing the priciest London flatshare we've found of all time.

Located in Hyde Park Gate, the three-bedroom apartment features chandeliers, a dining hall, a gym, a daily cleaning and linen service and a 12-seat dining hall. Plus, en-suite bathrooms, a roof terrace and balconies overlooking Hyde Park. Fancy as!

Sound good? It’s available to rent for a mere £21,000 a month. That’s a whopping £1,783 a week per tenant. That’s ten times the average London rent.