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27 August 2010 Proof of timber frame fire risk

Fire safety experts called for an investigation after government data revealed the first conclusive proof that timber-frame buildings suffer more damage than other kinds of structure in a fire, Building ...

27 August 2010 Laing O'Rourke closes Abu Dhabi arm and cuts thousands of staff

Laing O’Rourke has shut its dedicated Middle East arm and cut its global workforce by almost half to 18,222 people, Building reported. Employee numbers at Laing O’Rourke fell from 35,753 ...

27 August 2010 Connaught investigated by MP

An MP is investigating the nationwide performance of troubled social housing firm Connaught, Construction News reported. Simon Wright, MP for Norwich South, contacted fellow members of parliament, as well as ...

20 August 2010 Rok shares up after accounting problems

Shares in troubled social housing maintenance and construction firm Rok jumped ten per cent after the company appeared to draw a line under problem contracts in its plumbing, heating and ...

20 August 2010 Mayor sets out aspirations on London housing

London Mayor Boris Johnson has published controversial new space standards for the capital’s new homes, Building reported. The standards, contained in the London Housing Design Guide, stipulate 73 specific requirements, ...

20 August 2010 Just 58 students sit Advanced Construction Diploma

Only 58 students have completed the new advanced construction and built environment diploma course, reported the Construction Enquirer website. Figures published this week by the Joint Council for Qualifications show ...

13 August 2010 QSs fear Aecom's DL takeover could cut work

A number of large QSs have sought assurances from Aecom that its £204m acquisition of Davis Langdon will not damage their relationship with it, or mean they lose future work, ...

13 August 2010 Housebuilding needs bigger incentives, industry claims

Councils must be offered greater incentives if significant progress is to be made in stimulating the housebuilding market, Construction News reported.  Housing minister Grant Shapps this week said the government ...

13 August 2010 Legal threats spurred BSF approvals, contractors claim

The threat of legal action from contractors ensured that the government approved scores of "sample" secondary school projects and academies, Construction News reported. In a series of tough negotiations, a ...

06 August 2010 Bournemouth picks Morgan Sindall for £500m PPP

Bournemouth council has named Morgan Sindall as its preferred development partner to steer the £500m regeneration of the seaside resort’s town centre, in one of the first examples of a ...

06 August 2010 RTPI-led consortium speaks out against ‘localist' planning

A wide-ranging coalition of 29 planning, property and construction groups has written to the communities secretary Eric Pickles criticising the government’s drive to a “localist” planning system and requesting an ...

06 August 2010 Aecom buys Davis Langdon for £200m

Davis Langdon, the UK cost and project consultant, has been bought by acquisitive American giant Aecom in a deal worth £200m.  Davis Langdon, which turns over around £270m per year ...