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24 September 2010 Davis Langdon flags up move into management consultancy

Davis Langdon is moving into general management consultancy, senior partner Rob Smith has told Building magazine. The move is the firm’s first change of direction since it was bought last ...

24 September 2010 Ex-Connaught clients turn away from Lovell deal

Research by Building magazine shows most councils will re-tender contracts that had been awarded to failed social housing contractor Connaught. Morgan Sindall's attempt to pick up more than half of ...

24 September 2010 Taskforce expected to tell ministers "we can build modular schools"

A taskforce established by the coalition government to draw up plans for a new schools building programme is set to tell ministers they can build every school they want to ...

20 September 2010 Secret ballot elects QS chair

David Bucknall, chairman of Rider Levett Bucknall, is to chair the QS professional group of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He was elected by secret electronic ballot last ...

20 September 2010 Directors pay increases over £5m, despite profit falling

Payments to directors at the top 100 contracting firms have increased by £5.5 million in their most recent financial year, while many groups have seen turnover and profits fallen. Research ...

20 September 2010 Connaught Collapse

Collapsed social housing firm Connaught had a £42m black hole in its accounts, according to a report in this week’s Building magazine. Administrator KPMG found that £42.m of its £94.3m ...

14 September 2010 News Roundup: Sept 2010

Green learning goes online Hundreds of users are expected to sign up for a new online course in sustainability designed to provide the industry with a common language on green ...

10 September 2010 Morgan Sindall grabs Connaught housing contracts

Morgan Sindall’s affordable homes division Lovell has struck a £28m deal to buy the majority of Connaught’s ongoing social housing contracts, according to the Construction Enquirer website. The sale, finalised ...

10 September 2010 Biomass not a low carbon fuel, says report

Burning biomass fuel may be responsible for higher carbon emissions than previously estimated and lead to less energy efficient buildings, according to a study from a sustainable building association and ...

10 September 2010 Aggregates industry faces OFT probe

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation into the UK aggregates sector after complaints of elevated prices and domination by a small number of major players, reports Construction ...

07 September 2010 Your chance to win an iPad: Terms & Conditions

Newsletter Prize Draw Terms & Conditions  Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or over. To enter the prize draw, you must fill in your details as requested and ...

03 September 2010 OFT fines to come down, say contractors

Several of the 25 contractors appealing against a combined £79m fine by the OFT for collusion on pricing have said they expect to get back “millions”, Building reported. The upbeat ...

03 September 2010 Planning changes see 100,000 homes withdrawn

Councils have walked away from pledges to build 100,000 social homes since being told by central Government to scrap building targets, Construction News reported. A study carried out for the ...

03 September 2010 Contractors call for changes at HSE

Contractors have called for changes in the way the Health and Safety Executive  operates, Construction News reported. The call comes as Lord Young prepares to announce the results of his ...