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26 March 2010 Tories to hand social housing grant to elected mayors

The Tories are planning to funnel £3 bn a year of funding to build new social housing directly to elected mayors if they win the election, Building reported. The Homes ...

26 March 2010 Budget silent on cuts but offers boost to housebuilders

Chancellor Alistair Darling pledged to slash the regulatory costs of housebuilding and to deliver development land in a “new deal” for housebuilders, Building reported. However, there was no news on ...

26 March 2010 Ray O'Rourke consolidates power as Laing O'Rourke heads overseas

Laing O’Rourke finance director Iain Ferguson quit last week and commercial head Anna Stewart has stepped into his shoes, Building reported. Construction News also highlighted that it is the second ...

22 March 2010 BSF procurement model at risk

The Local Education Partnership procurement model at the heart of Building Schools for the Future is at risk of being watered down or abandoned, construction industry leaders have warned. Balfour ...

22 March 2010 OFT firms off the hook as council abandons legal action

Leeds City Council will now not take reprisals against contractors named in the Office of Fair Trading probe after lawyers advised that the evidence is too weak for action. Legal ...

22 March 2010 Contractors urged to take funding risk to get market moving

Law firm Eversheds has called on well-financed contractors to complete projects before getting paid, Construction News reported. By waiting for payment until a project is completely built contractors can help ...

12 March 2010 Tesco outsources design and QS work to India

Tesco has started to outsource work on UK projects to Indian architects and quantity surveyors based in India. Building reported that the retailer flew the workers to Britain last year, ...

12 March 2010 First movers take up green retrofit challenge

Contractors Kier Group and Rok are first off the blocks to enter the £28bn market for retrofitting the UK’s existing housing stock of 26 million homes, Construction News reported. Kier, ...

12 March 2010 Tories progress plan for private safety inspections

A Conservative government would allow “low risk” construction companies to arrange their own independent safety audits, providing immunity from Health and Safety Executive inspections. “If a Conservative government is elected, ...

12 March 2010 News Round-Up: March 2010

Youth centres get £270m A little-known government-funded programme to build facilities for young people will move up a gear in the next few months as new build and refurbishment work ...

11 March 2010 UK gets to the point in Shanghai

Heatherwick’s Expo vision comes to life So how exactly are they going to build that? When the dramatic CGIs of Thomas Heatherwick’s competition-winning UK Pavilion for this year’s Shanghai Expo ...

11 March 2010 Charities seek CIOB members to help with Haiti recovery

CIOB members looking for an opportunity to take part in Haiti’s reconstruction effort are being urged to contact charity Article 25, which has thousands of positions available for experienced construction ...

08 March 2010 BBC turns on industry in wake of NAO criticism

The BBC’s head of property launched an attack on the construction industry in response to a stinging National Audit Office report on three of the broadcaster’s projects. Building reported that ...

08 March 2010 Construction firms post against-the-odds results

Balfour Beatty, the UK’s biggest contractor, announced healthy results for 2009, with turnover breaking the £10 billion barrier for the first time. Building reported an 8 per cent rise in ...

08 March 2010 Government floats Warm Homes, Greener Homes plan

Plans to green Britain’s 26m existing homes have been unveiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change under the government’s Warm Homes, Greener Homes strategy. Building reported that the ...