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25 June 2010 The CIOB goes to China

The CIOB will be holding an international conference in Shanghai next week, concluding with the Institute's first-ever overseas AGM. Members can find out more about the conference, plus linked forums ...

25 June 2010 Prisk promises to simplify procurement

New construction minister Mark Prisk pledged to simplify procurement and strip away unnecessary hurdles such as over-prescriptive prequalification, Building reported. Addressing the industry formally for the first time at a ...

25 June 2010 Architects positive on Gove's plans for free schools

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s plans to relax planning rules to make it easier to turn derelict hospitals, shops and pubs into “free schools” received a cautious welcome from the architectural ...

25 June 2010 Government defers pain on capital spending

Capital expenditure was spared fresh cuts but the industry was left waiting for hard information after spending decisions on housing and school building budgets were deferred under the Budget, Building ...

18 June 2010 Costain managers go back on the tools

Costain is providing its new managers with hands-on experience of working in the building trades, according to news website Construction Enquirer. The firm is concerned that many engineers and supervisors ...

18 June 2010 Zero carbon homes definition due – and then the axe falls

An intensive programme of work has started to finalise a definition of zero carbon homes as quickly as possible, Building reported. The pressure us on to rush out a definition ...

18 June 2010 Government calls halt on £10.5 bn in spending

The Government has pulled the plug on £2bn of schemes, including the £450m Hartlepool hospital and the £27m Stonehenge visitor centre by Denton Corker Marshall, Building reported. Chief Secretary to ...

11 June 2010 Cover pricing is still with us, says OFT report

Contractors believe cover pricing is as rife as it was two years ago despite the £130m of fines imposed by the Office of Fair Trading last September, Building reported. According ...

11 June 2010 Shapps moves to reassure housebuilders

Housing minister Grant Schapps has claimed that housebuilding will increase under the coalition government despite anxiety in the industry that schemes are already being put on hold. Construction News reported ...

11 June 2010 Bovis backs out of ‘unethical' nuclear work

Bovis Lend Lease has pulled out of a possible nuclear deal with EDF energy at the eleventh hour after parent company Lend Lease objected to ‘unethical’ work. Building reported that ...

08 June 2010 World Cup host nation invites CIOB leader to advise on spending

As all eyes turn to South Africa for the World Cup, the country’s construction industry will be enjoying a breathing space between delivering five new-build stadia, including Johannesburg’s Soccer City ...

08 June 2010 News Roundup: June 2010

Construction to be archived The Business Archives Council is to launch a new project to rediscover and make public the valuable historical records on the national built heritage held by ...

04 June 2010 Fears BSF halted within weeks

The government is likely to announce a formal halt to the £55bn school building programme within weeks, Building reported. Building claims that officials are preparing a formal announcement, amid growing ...

04 June 2010 Shard hit by repairs

The 310m tall Shard of Glass tower in London is undergoing essential repairs, putting Mace's deadline for completion under pressure. Building reported steelwork contractor Severfield-Rowen is carrying out remedial work ...

04 June 2010 Laing O'Rourke shuts Gulf division

Laing O’Rourke is to close its Middle East division following deep cuts to the firm’s global workforce that have almost halved staff levels over the past year. Building reported that ...