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28 January 2011 Industry fears of a prolonged recession increase

Fears of a prolonged recession in construction grew after both government and private sector analysts published a series of disappointing economic reports. The Office of National Statistics showed that construction ...

28 January 2011 Schools could be 15% smaller and built to standard designs

New secondary schools built in the post-BSF era could be based on just six standardised design templates, and have their space standards squeezed by 15% compared to the current Building ...

28 January 2011 Contractors left behind as utilities move into retrofit

The construction industry is in danger of missing out on domestic retrofit work as utilities companies take on more work in the sector, Construction News reported. Firms such as British ...

21 January 2011 Martin Tidd's blog: Primus Roks its way to growth

Martin Tidd MCIOB, chief executive of City-based Chartered Building Company Primus, and a former director of Multiplex, blogs for CM on the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to a dramatic deal ...

21 January 2011 Fair payment campaign eyes retentions after 30-day success

Following confirmation that central government departments will expect their contractors down to Tier 3 to be paid within 30 days, campaigners for fair payment in construction are turning to their ...

21 January 2011 Roundup: RICS turns judge and jury on members' misdemeanours

The RICS made nearly £140,000 last year from its members in disciplinary hearing fines and legal costs relating to offences that were often unrelated to professional competence, reported Building. The ...

21 January 2011 Roundup: Mears sues Leeds Council over PQQ omissions

Social housing contractor Mears is suing Leeds council for damages after the social housing contractor failed to make the shortlist for a repairs and maintenance tender put out last year, ...

21 January 2011 Roundup: HAs drop contractors to go it alone – and save up to 20%

Four major housing associations are establishing in-house construction divisions to build out their developments, sidestepping contractors and targeting higher quality and cost savings, Construction News reported. London social housing giant ...

14 January 2011 DownUnder blog: Office life in Sydney

By Henry Sell, regional vice president, Hill International As you already know, we have a little over a week left before the holiday season comes to an end. Australia Day ...

14 January 2011 Roundup: Primus picks up Rok contracts and doubles in size

Primus, the company set up by the former directors of Multiplex, has acquired the remainder of Rok’s London and South-east construction business, Construction News reported. The London-based contractor, a CIOB ...

14 January 2011 Roundup: Doctors conclude poor hospital design makes us ill

The British Medical Association is calling on NHS Trusts and healthcare clients to prioritise design in building projects to assist patients recovery, Building Design reported. According to a new report, ...

14 January 2011 Roundup: Backlash against Spurs' plan to demolish Olympic stadium

North London football club Tottenham Hotspur would demolish the Olympic stadium if it wins the competitive bid to take it over after the 2012 games, Building and Building Design reported. ...

10 January 2011 Government aims to support self-build sector

Housing minister Grant Shapps has signalled that he wants to lift the barriers that stand in the way of prospective self-builders, in a move that could stimulate a growth market ...

10 January 2011 PAS 91 partial mandate disappoints industry

The government's decision to mandate the PAS 91 pre-qualification form on all central government construction projects from January 1st 2011 has been welcomed – but also prompted calls for a wider ...

10 January 2011 Roundup: Where to find work in 2011

Transport, energy and water infrastructure projects are among the sectors tipped for growth in 2011, Building reported. The energy sector is earmarked for growth with Infrastructure UK predicting that £100bn ...

10 January 2011 Roundup: Snook's unpaid wages amongst Rok's £280m debt pile

The former chief executive of collapsed contractor Rok, Garvis Snook, is among thousands of employees still owed unpaid wages, Building reported. A total of £6.2m is owed in pay and ...

10 January 2011 Roundup: Infrastructure UK plan to slash civils costs by 15%

The government has drawn up a list of projects designed to demonstrate that 15% can be slashed from the cost of civil engineering schemes over the next five years, Building ...

07 January 2011 News Round-Up: Jan '11

Green Deal’s skills shake-up The Green Deal in the government’s new Energy Bill will lead to the introduction of a new government-backed “quality mark” for multi-skilled individuals and rigorous assessment ...

07 January 2011 Five ways to... Jan '11

Five ways to... improve your chances of winning industry awards in 2011 01 Pick the right awards Be smart about which awards you enter. There are dozens to choose from ...