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26 November 2010 Paul Morrell: Ambition in the Age of Austerity

Paul Morrell, the government's chief construction adviser, gave the eighth annual JCT Povey lecture to an invited audience on 18th November. This is an edited and shortened version of his ...

26 November 2010 Chinese fraudsters fake British architects' identities

Chinese con artists posing has British architects have cloned websites and submitted fraudulent bids to Chinese clients in an effort to win work, reports Building. Architect Broadway Malyan had its ...

26 November 2010 Shapps scraps proposed housebuilding regs

Housing minister Grant Shapps has dropped plans to introduce new basic design and sustainability standards for publicly-funded housing that could have added £8,000 to the cost of building homes. Shapps ...

26 November 2010 Shepherd dumps direct employees for subcontractors

Shepherd Construction has said it will replace its directly employed workforce of 120 tradespeople with subcontractors, reports the Construction Enquirer website. In a move that reflects the high cost of ...

19 November 2010 Scotland and Wales to slash capital budgets

Scotland’s capital spending budget is to be slashed by 36 percent under a draft budget announced by finance secretary John Swinney, reports the Construction Enquirer website. The country is facing ...

19 November 2010 Modular manufacturers move on British housebuilding

Offsite manufacturers are making bold steps to infiltrate the UK housebuilding sector as the industry struggles to make efficiencies in the wake of government spending cuts, reports Construction News on ...

19 November 2010 CB&I handed first blacklisting fine

CB&I has become the first contractor to face legal action in the wake of last year’s construction trade union blacklist scandal, reports Building. Ashford employment tribunal ordered CB&I to pay ...

12 November 2010 Denise Chevin's blog: are we serious about climate change?

Are we serious about climate change or not? Or is the government simply keen to pay lip service?  I ask these things in the wake of a new survey of ...

12 November 2010 Rok collapse leads to scramble for contracts

Contractors are tussling over the remains of failed contractor Rok, after the social housing repair and maintenance and newbuild contractor unexpectedly went into administration this week, reports Building. Building reports ...

12 November 2010 Self-employed trades' wages fall below employees

Wage rates among freelance trades people have dropped to the extent that some are paid less than equivalent company employees, according to new research from freelance contract and payroll provider ...

12 November 2010 London commercial schemes set to go ahead

Major development schemes in The City London were given the go-ahead this week, indicating a thaw in commercial sector activity, according to reports in Building and Construction News. Meanwhile, there ...

11 November 2010 News Roundup: Nov/Dec 2010

High street offers PV deals Marks & Spencer has launched a solar PV and solar thermal hot water installation business, becoming the third household-name retailer to offer the service direct ...

11 November 2010 Row over Hamburg concert hall goes to court

One of the most ambitious projects on site in Europe ended up in court last month, as the client for the much-delayed and over-budget concert hall in Hamburg launched legal ...

11 November 2010 Back page Have you thought of…Nov/Dec10

...reducing the danger faced by cyclists on roads? It’s a sad fact that 2,710 cyclists either lost their lives or were seriously injured on UK roads in 2009, according to ...

05 November 2010 Low-carbon homes' failure demands 2016 rethink, says report

Low carbon housing is failing to deliver the efficiency savings promised at the design stage, forcing the industry to rethink how it delivers zero carbon homes by 2016, according to ...

05 November 2010 FM contractors hit suppliers with rebate demands

Facilities management contractors are  forcing subcontractors to offer “cash-back” deals worth to 8% of the value of contracts, reports Building. Industry heavyweights Carillion and Norland are thought to be among ...

05 November 2010 James Wates ousted from Government client group

CIOB President James Wates has been asked to leave the Public Sector Construction Clients, a government procurement group run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The move is ...

01 November 2010 UK civils projects in spotlight as costs rise 60% above EU average

UK civil engineering projects cost almost two-thirds more than the European average, demanding a complete rethink of how they are procured, regulated and delivered, said the interim report of a ...

01 November 2010 Prince's Foundation eyes Cabe design review role

The Prince of Wales’ architectural charity is drawing up plans to carry out design reviews after the closure of government quango Cabe, reports Building Design, the weekly paper for architects. ...

01 November 2010 Cuts will lead to overcapacity, consolidation and job losses

A spate of company takeovers and job losses could be the consequence of the reduced workload following from public spending cuts announced last week, reports Construction News. Public sector work ...