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26 February 2010 Contractor tells Serious Fraud Office of its own misconduct

British engineering contractor MW Kellogg is to come clean to the Serious Fraud Office about corruption offences the firm itself engaged in, Building reported. The London-based construction and process engineering ...

26 February 2010 Tory planning green paper has industry up in arms

The Conservatives' planning green paper, which introduces a presumption in favour of sustainable development but devolves more decision-making power to local authorities and communities, was this week met with concern ...

26 February 2010 Construction sector reveals poor 2009 results

Lacklustre year-end results across the construction sector were reported this week. Pre-tax profit at construction giant Morgan Sindall slumped 28 per cent while turnover slipped 13% to £2.2bn.  Kier was ...

19 February 2010 £1.5bn Docklands scheme dissolves into legal acrimony

The developer and bank behind the failed £1.5 bn Silvertown Quays mixed use project are likely to sue the London Development Agency for £60 m. Building reported that the developer, ...

19 February 2010 Testing times for Wates at ConstructionSkills

CIOB president-elect James Wates, who is replacing Sir Michael Latham as chair of CITB ConstructionSkills this April, takes the helm of the organisation amid testing times, Building reports. With the ...

19 February 2010 Morrell wants to see contractors retrofit Acacia Avenue

Contractors need to take a central role in retrofitting 26 million homes to meet carbon reduction targets, chief construction advisor Paul Morrell told Construction News. Morrell placed carbon reduction at ...

12 February 2010 News Round-Up: February 2010

Diversity needs more work Bovis Lend Lease, building repair and maintenance firm Mears Group and Kier Building Maintenance have become the first construction companies to sign up to campaign group ...

12 February 2010 Councils could publish schools plans

New strategic plans for schools estates could give contractors greater visibility about forthcoming work, Construction News reported. Partnerships for Schools (PfS) intends to work with local authorities to create overarching ...

12 February 2010 American firms eye Davis Langdon

Davis Langdon, the UK’s second largest QS which employs 5 000 people, is in takeover talks with two American firms. Building reported that talks with Aecom, the £3.8bn turnover multidisciplinary ...

12 February 2010 Construction Confederation bosses could be liable for pensions black hole

Directors of the defunct Construction Confederation may be held personally liable for the £20.8m black hole in the body’s pension fund after it emerged that the behaviour of individual officers ...

09 February 2010 What issues would you like to see debated in the General Election campaign?

Phillip Hall MCIOB, Hall Construction I want to see active debate on the present and future situation regarding housing stock. The current government target is well behind schedule and proposals ...

05 February 2010 Skanska's sigh of relief over £1bn contract win

Skanska, the Swedish contractor operating in the UK for the past decade, has been named as preferred bidder for the £1bn Essex Building Schools for the Future contract. Construction News ...

05 February 2010 Shock rise in industry fatalities

Internal documents from the Health and Safety Executive and reported in Construction News reveal a sharp rise in construction fatalities. John Spanswick, chair of the  Strategic Forum’s health and safety ...

05 February 2010 Station contractors asked to work for free for a year

Firms bidding for the £695m upgrade to Victoria Station in London may be asked to work without pay for a year, in effect subsidising the project for cash-strapped client Transport ...

03 February 2010 Sustainability begins at school – and with contractors, says Morrell

Zero-carbon eco-schools are to be rolled out across England under plans published by the Zero Carbon Task Force, according to a report in Building. The initial pilot will see 36 ...

01 February 2010 Local authorities start to shun OFT contractors

Local authorities are making moves to exclude contractors implicated in the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into bid rigging from tendering opportunities, says a report in Building. It revealed that ...

01 February 2010 Death of Alan Cherry prompts widespread tributes

Industry figures lined up to pay tribute to Alan Cherry, founding director of Countryside Properties, who has died aged 76 six months after being diagnosed with cancer. Cherry, who was ...