Member and industry related news to help keep you up to date in the areas of trade, health and safety, training and funding.

27th February 2020

Bookings Open for CONSTRUCT Day 2020

Bookings are now open for CONSTRUCT Day 2020, which will be held on Friday 25 September! This year, the event is set out to be bigger and better than ever, as we are excited to announce that the event will be held at the spectacular London venue, Tobacco Dock. Located just east of the City of London, Tobacco Dock is one of the capital’s biggest venues and is the perfect location to hold the highly anticipated annual event. To book places at CONSTRUCT Day, please complete our booking form and return to

With our new venue, there are now more opportunities to promote your brand in front of the industry’s key players. Tobacco Dock offers a vast range of branding opportunities throughout the venue, so with our various sponsorship packs you can get your company name seen by all! CONSTRUCT Day is a sell out event with over 600 guests in attendance, and offers an excellent opportunity to be associated with best practice in the sector, as well as raising your profile. To find out more about sponsoring CONSTRUCT Day, take a look at the Sponsorship Pack. If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, contact Megan Gee.

24th February 2020

Member Interview Series: Phil Petz – Byrne Bros

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Phil Petz, Director of Byrne Bros. Phil discusses various challenges that the sector are facing today, such as the reduction of embodied carbon in concrete by the use of polymers and de-skilling work by using standard systems. Read the full interview to also find out Phil’s opinions on how common standards can support the sector and how partnering between main contractors and Tier 2 contractors could be improved. You can access the full interview here.

27th January 2020

Member Interview Series: Toby Hemsley – Stephenson Group

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Toby Hemsley, Managing Director at Stephenson Group. Toby argues that the biggest challenge in industry remains as recruiting the next generation, particularly employees on-site. He explains that a way of tackling this could be “making the supervisor’s role compelling and rewarding to attract new talent and encourage individual development and advancement”. Toby also discusses the best ways to reach out to the younger generation in order to tackle this issue, and what other opportunities are in store for the concrete structures industry. You can read the full interview here.

19th December 2019

Member Interview Series: Martyn Price – O’Halloran & O’Brien

CONSTRUCT recently interviewed Martyn Price, the Workforce Development Director at O’Halloran & O’Brien. Martyn highlights the main challenges that the concrete structures industry is facing, including the industry’s ‘image problem’. He goes on to talk about the breadth of opportunities available in the industry, but the lack of pathways to take advantage of them. Martyn also covers topics such as collaboration, resources and showcasing talent in the industry. “We struggle to articulate the breadth of opportunities we’ve got and the real technical and professional opportunities there are within the sector.” You can read the full interview here.

3rd December 2019

Member Interview Series: Steve Regan – Carey’s Civil Engineering

CONSTRUCT recently started interviewing member companies to get an insight into the challenges members face, but also their achievements and goals in the constantly changing concrete industry. Our second instalment with immediate past Chairman, Steve Regan of Careys Civil Engineering, gives an insight into the implications of Brexit, and what consequences this will have on the sector, as well as speaking about what Careys are doing to tackle these issues. “One of the things we’re looking at now is how a construction business can work with agility”. You can read the full interview here.

9th October 2019

CONSTRUCT Awards 2019: Winners Revealed

The winners of the CONSTRUCT Awards 2019 were announced at the glittering awards ceremony in conjunction with CONSTRUCT’s flagship event, CONSTRUCT Day. The event took place on Friday 4 October 2019, with an excellent turnout of over 500 industry guests in attendance.

Following the exhibition and networking in the morning, the awards commenced and were hosted by the hilarious comedian, Hal Cruttenden. Five winners were recognised for their outstanding achievements in the sector, from innovative new products and systems, to the hardworking, committed workforce that support the construction industry. The categories included; Projects over £2.5m, Projects under £2.5m, Health & Safety, Unsung Hero and Young Achiever.

Careys Civil Engineering took home the Projects over £2.5m Award for their project, Principal Tower. The project demonstrated a number of firsts in the UK for high-rise construction, including the installation of optical fibre cables in the concrete columns and walls.

Oliver Connell & Son was awarded the Projects under £2.5m Award for the Royal College of Pathologists. This project was a great demonstration of how concrete can be made sustainable through the use of ribbed floor slabs, making the overall structure lighter.

J P Dunn Construction won the Health & Safety Award with their innovative new system, Deck Box.

Dave Heneghan from A J Morrisroe & Sons was awarded Unsung Hero, and Macauley Stock from Southern Concrete was awarded the Young Achiever Award.

CONSTRUCT would like to thank everyone who donated to our official charity, the Lighthouse Club. Guests raised over £6,000 for the charity, which will go towards helping relieve poverty suffered as a result of an accident, disability or ill health by people employed or formerly employed within the building and civil engineering industries and allied trades in the UK including their widows and children.

CONSTRUCT Day was incredibly well supported and without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put on such a fantastic event. Our thanks go to Premium sponsors: BRC Reinforcement, Hunnebeck, Marney Construction, MPB Structures and PERI; our Standard sponsors: RMD Kwikform; and our Award sponsors: EasyBuild, Invisible Connections, Ischebeck Titan and Rawlplug.

CONSTRUCT Chairman, Neil Marney said:

“The standard of entries at this year’s CONSTRUCT Awards was extremely high, and to see the hard work and excellence celebrated by the sector at such a joyous event makes me proud to represent CONSTRUCT as Chairman. CONSTRUCT Day never disappoints and is always a brilliant opportunity for members to come together and network in a relaxed, enjoyable environment. Although it has been a tough year for the construction industry, the high standard of work shown by our members proves that even in difficult circumstances we are able to produce quality construction to the highest standards.”

You can download the full press release here.

2nd October 2019

Prepare for the Introduction of Reverse VAT

A few months ago, HMRC released guidance on the new VAT system which will affect the construction industry across the UK. The Construction Services Domestic Reverse Charge, also known as ‘Reverse VAT’, refers to a new way of collecting VAT from businesses that provide construction services in the UK and within the scope of the construction industry scheme (CIS). The new system means that VAT will no longer be paid to businesses in the supply chain, unless they are providing those services directly to the end user. Instead, the responsibility will sit with the businesses that receive the construction services, in an attempt to ensure the Government is recovering the correct amount of VAT and tackle fraudulent activity.

If your business is both VAT registered and CIS registered, this will affect you. Those receiving the construction services will pay VAT directly to HMRC, and therefore, tier 2 contractors working for other contractors will not receive VAT on their construction services. This will have major implications on cash flow, as cash that you may be using as working capital will no longer be available under reverse VAT. If you are a tier 1 contractor, it is likely that cash flow in the short term will improve, however, VAT payments at the end of each quarter will increase.

The original date for the introduction of Reverse VAT was 1 October 2019. However, after a recent call from 15 organisations, including Build UK and the National Federation of Builders (NFB), the process has been delayed by a year and will now be introduced on 1 October 2020.  These organisations raised their concerns about the new system, and argued that the timing was not appropriate due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. They also raised the negative implications of reverse VAT, including a loss of productivity, reduced cash flow and have a negative impact on job security. Small businesses are particularly at threat, as on average 44 hours per year (6 working days) are spent on VAT compliance. It is important to be aware of these changes, and be fully prepared for the affect this will have on cash flow when the time comes.

To help businesses prepare for the new system, Build UK has prepared a practical guide and short film.

27th August 2019

CONSTRUCT Interviews Chairman Neil Marney

To find out what our members are getting up to, CONSTRUCT has set up interviews with member companies to get an insight into the challenges, achievements and goals our members have working in the concrete structures sector. Our first interview was with CONSTRUCT Chairman, Neil Marney of Marney Construction. The interview looks into Neil’s background in construction, why he took on the role of chairman, his objectives as chairman and more! You can read the full interview here.

14th August 2019

Shortlist Announced for the CONSTRUCT Awards 2019

CONSTRUCT announces the shortlist for the CONSTRUCT Awards which will be held on Friday 4 October 2019, at The Brewery in London.

The awards are combined with CONSTRUCT’s flagship event, CONSTRUCT Day, where the concrete sector come together to network and celebrate excellence in the industry.

It was a record year for entries, which were divided into the categories of Projects over £2.5m, Projects under £2.5m, Health and Safety, Unsung Hero, and Young Achiever. The shortlisted entries are as follows:

Projects over £2.5m

Projects under £2.5m

Health & Safety

Unsung Hero

Young Achiever

The judging panel consisted of industry experts including Kathy Calverley (Concrete Society), Geoff Taylor (Almacantar Ltd), Jenny Burridge (The Concrete Centre) and Dave Campbell (CONSTRUCT Manager). The judges were extremely impressed by the standard of entries this year, and were pleased to see the great projects that CONSTRUCT members are delivering, and also the hardworking individuals that are contributing to this fantastic sector.

Judge Geoff Taylor said, “I would like to congratulate all those who made the shortlist. The projects and individuals that were entered demonstrate dedication to providing high quality work, whether that be a concrete structure or a milestone made in improving health and safety in the industry. It was very tough narrowing these entries down, but it is great that the awards allow these companies and individuals to get the recognition that they deserve.”

CONSTRUCT day includes an exhibition and networking in the morning, followed by a three-course meal and entertainment provided by the hilarious comedian, Hal Cruttenden, leading in to the awards ceremony. The event will also be raising money for the charity, Lighthouse Club, the only charity to provide financial and emotional support to the construction community.

Dave Campbell, CONSTRUCT Manager said “The CONSTRUCT Day is the highlight of the concrete industry’s calendar. In addition to the glittering awards ceremony to celebrate this year’s winners, the event is coupled with a concrete focused exhibition, three-course lunch and entertainment throughout, with over 600 people from across the concrete industry in attendance. It’s an event not to be missed!”

Places for this year’s CONSTRUCT Day can be booked via the Booking Form.

CONSTRUCT thanks its sponsors for supporting this event: PERI Ltd, Rawlplug, RMD Kwikform, BRC Reinforcement, Ischebeck Titan, Marney Construction and Invisible Connections.

To download a PDF version of the press release, click here.

15th May 2019

CONSTRUCT Awards Entries are Now Open!

Award entries for the CONSTRUCT Awards have now opened! If you have a project that you would like to submit for the 2019 CONSTRUCT Awards, please complete our entry form. To find out more about entering the awards, visit our dedicated awards page.