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New tool lets cost managers keep tabs on embodied carbon

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A new tool has been launched that allows cost managers to measure the level of embodied carbon associated with projects. The Embodied Carbon Calculator, developed by global professional services company Turner & Townsend, enables cost managers to evaluate the carbon footprint of projects they are working on, from the design…

New commercial work pushes output to record high

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Construction output has reached a record high – growing by 1.5 per cent in May, largely thanks to new commercial work. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that output for all work increased to £15.1bn in May – the highest level since the body started publishing…

Lord Callanan named as new construction minister

Lord Callanan

Lord Callanan has been named as the new construction minister. The Conservative politician was appointed parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in February 2020. But he has now been asked to take over construction responsibilities on a "temporary basis", the government has…

Salford Media City office development set to triple in size

Media City Salford office development

An office being developed in the heart of Media City, Salford, is set to triple in size, according to revised plans. Investment group Peel Media already has planning consent for a 117,000 sq ft office building at the 200-acre mixed-use property development in Greater Manchester. However, the company has now…

Building safety minister adds to flurry of resignations

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Building safety and fire minister Stephen Greenhalgh has resigned. Writing to the prime minister last Friday afternoon (8 July), Greenhalgh (pictured) said it was “the right time for me to resign” after Boris Johnson announced his own intentions to stand down from office earlier in the week. The member of…

Sizewell C planning decision delayed again

The proposed Sizewell C site in Suffolk

The government has delayed its decision on a planning application for the Sizewell C nuclear plant again. An update on the project – proposed by French energy giant EDF – was set to be shared today (8 July). However, business minister Paul Scully revealed yesterday that a decision on whether…

Morgan Sindall Highways managing director exits

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Morgan Sindall Highways managing director Paul Gott has left the group. After 15 years at the company, Gott leaves to “pursue other opportunities”, according to a spokesperson for Morgan Sindall. Gott was managing director of the Highways business for just under five years, and had also operated as managing director…

Major contractors sign pledge to cut concrete carbon emissions

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Several large contractors have committed to reducing their concrete carbon emissions and accelerate work towards net-zero targets as part of a global initiative. A total of 17 concrete-using businesses have signed up to the ConcreteZero pledge, which aims to achieve 100 per cent net-zero concrete by 2050. Firms that have…

Mott MacDonald leadership changes as Haigh exits

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Mott MacDonald has announced a shakeup of its senior leadership team amid the departure of its long-serving executive chair, Mike Haigh. Haigh, who has worked for the global engineering, management and development consultancy for 42 years, will be replaced by James Harris. Meanwhile, Cathy Travers becomes group managing director, stepping…