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30 July 2010 Defence Estates outlines £500m-a-year spending programme

The MoD’s Defence Estates could offer opportunities for firms hit by public sector cuts, Construction News reported. Steve Rice, the Next Generation Estate Contracts programme manager told Construction News that ...

30 July 2010 ODA to sell off Stratford site to raise funds

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is preparing plans to sell off the site next to Stratford International station to return money to the Treasury after the 2012 Games, Building reported. ...

30 July 2010 Whitehall covered up £705m of Part L savings

Civil servants covered up potential reductions of £705m in domestic and commercial energy bills linked to the planned extension of Part L in order to help former housing minister John ...

23 July 2010 TfL puts all work on hold

Transport for London has put all new projects on hold and all existing projects under review, Building reported. All new projects are on hold until “at least” the finalisation of ...

23 July 2010 Villagers to build homes without planning permission

Villages in England will be able to build new homes without getting planning consent from their local authority under new Government plans, Construction News reported. The Right to Build initiative ...

23 July 2010 Strong figures hide gloomy outlook

The strongest figures for construction output since 2008 hide a more pessimistic outlook, Building warned. In constant prices, output in the three months to May was as strong as in ...

16 July 2010 Double Dip warnings threaten industry

Industry fears of a double-dip recession grew this week as commercial development re-entered decline and analysts warned firms that they faced more job cuts, insolvencies and the possibility of a ...

16 July 2010 Firms switch to ‘free schools' initiative

Consultants and architects are racing to re-organise their Building Schools for the Future teams so they can bid for the government’s “free schools” initiative, Building reported. Several firms have formed ...

16 July 2010 Egan blasts contractors over BSF

Sir John Egan, author of the seminal ‘Rethinking Construction’ report, has attacked the way contractors treated the scrapped Building Schools for the Future scheme. Egan, who is a member of ...

15 July 2010 AIF Knowledge Base footage now 'live'

The CIOB were invited by the AIF (Access Industry Forum) to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s three-day Safety & Health Expo.   On behalf of the CIOB, Brian ...

13 July 2010 BSF replacement not due until 2011

The review into future school building work will not be completed until the end of the year, Building reported. Senior industry figures told Building this could mean it will be ...

13 July 2010 Government abandons 700 BSF schools

The Government this week abandoned the £55 bn Building Schools for the Future programme, cancelling over 700 school schemes, Construction News reported. About £7.5bn of capital investment already pledged will ...

13 July 2010 Schapps cuts eco-town funding by half

Funding for the first four of Gordon Brown's eco-towns was quietly slashed by 50% last week while plans for a further six developments have also been dropped, Building Design reported. ...

08 July 2010 Snap decisions

Vote for your favourite in photo competition The closing stages of selecting just 12 finalists from nearly 1,100 entries in the CIOB’s Art of Building digital photography competition had all ...

02 July 2010 Teachers strike over Islington BSF revamp

A £17m revamp of a secondary school in Islington, currently being built by Balfour Beatty under Building Schools for the Future, has prompted teachers to walk out on strike. Buildig ...

02 July 2010 Olympic quangocrats top pay league

Four out of the top ten earners on a list of high-salaried quango employees are leading the construction of the London 2012 Olympics, Construction Enquirer reported. Figures published by the Cabinet ...

02 July 2010 Douglas urges UK firms to look to £16bn Abu Dhabi project

Tony Douglas, the former chief operating officer of Laing O’Rourke who was recently appointed chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, has urged UK firms to seek a role on ...

02 July 2010 News Roundup: July/August 2010

Training targets man in a van Construction’s micro-businesses – commonly characterised as the “man in a van” brigade – are to be given a skills boost in a pilot initiative ...