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22 October 2010 CSR Part 1: where the axe fell

Capital budgets across governmental departments were left in ruins following Wednesday’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Projects and programmes were scrapped, re-scoped or re-phased and funding models were rethought as the reality ...

22 October 2010 CSR Part 2: the knock-on effects

Major retailers, large businesses and major public sector organisations such as local authorities were unexpectedly hit a £3.5bn carbon tax in the CSR. The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, ...

22 October 2010 CSR part 3: the fate of the quangos

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment became an unexpected casualty of the CSR, after it was announced that drastic funding cuts at its sponsor department, the  Department of ...

18 October 2010 Insurer battles housebuilder over timber frame fire

Taylor Wimpey and others are facing a £2.6m court battle against their insurers for the catastrophic fire that destroyed a residential block in west London in June 2008, Building magazine ...

18 October 2010 Lord Young: we need clearer, simpler H&S regime in construction

A government report into health and safety and the compensation culture has recommended more clarity on laws to be followed by the construction industry, Construction News reports. Lord Young was ...

18 October 2010 Fate of construction quangos still in the balance

The fate of several familiar quasi-governmental construction organisations still hangs in the balance, despite last week's government cull of 192 quangos. CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment ...

13 October 2010 Editorial: Stirling sets a standard — so why isn't it higher?

Our Alternative Stirling Prize delivered some interesting insights. Not just in revealing the behind-the-scenes stories of buildings that are normally presented to the public only in the most flattering of ...

13 October 2010 CIOB seeks course changes

The CIOB is working to revise the requirements construction courses have to meet to receive its backing. The Institute will expect to see more non-technical “transferrable” skills in accredited university ...

13 October 2010 News Round-Up: Oct 2010

Student numbers take a dip The number of undergraduate students applying for and being accepted onto construction-related degree courses has taken a worrying dip in the recession, according to figures ...

13 October 2010 Have you thought of...Oct10

...Asking a tailor to measure up your next building? With the invention of a new product known as “concrete cloth”, it’s not such a far-fetched idea. Giving a whole new ...

13 October 2010 Bob McKittrick: Coming clean on costs

We live in an age of accountability — and a new research project argues that it extends to the public sector clients procuring construction projects out of our taxes One ...

08 October 2010 Results: contractors steal a march as architects struggle

Contractors Carillion and Willmott Dixon are showing increases in workloads and profit as architects Fosters and Make post record losses, according to reports in the construction press this week. In ...

08 October 2010 Morrell backs BIM on public projects

The government’s chief construction adviser has indicated that building information modelling will become obligatory on publicly-procured projects, according to reports in Building and Building Design, the weekly for architects. Both ...

08 October 2010 Industry quangos prepare for the worst

The future of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is on a knife edge as the government prepares to announce which quangos it will axe, reports Building magazine. ...

07 October 2010 National Poetry Day

Construction is a deeply practical business, but there’s also time for reflection, and perhaps even room for the odd moment of poetry. To mark National Poetry Day on October 7, ...

01 October 2010 Governments demands better deal from contractors

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude met with 34 companies including Interserve, Balfour Beatty and Carillion earlier this week in a move to renegotiate contracts they hold with central ...

01 October 2010 Training body awaits talks on its future

Industry training body CITB-Construction Skills will meet government ministers next week in a bid to clarify its future after reports that it was to be privatised, according to Construction News. ...

01 October 2010 Foster academy slated over design faults

A flagship academy school, designed by Foster & Partners, has been branded a “nightmare” by the principal who runs it, reported Building Design, the weekly for architects. The £31 m ...