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25 November 2011 Twin win for Construction Manager

Construction Manager's contributing editor Stephen Cousins (pictured right) was doubly honoured for his writing last night at the prestigious IBP awards for writing in the built environment. Cousins won 'Sustainable ...

25 November 2011 A short term boost but not a long term answer

Shelagh Grant, chief executive of the cross industry body, the Housing Forum on the government’s new housing strategy. Early morning, 21 November and housing is the top story on the ...

25 November 2011 The long-awaited Green Deal consultation

Green Deal Consultation: UK Green Building Council’s, Policy and Campaigns Consultant, Richard Griffiths analyses what’s in the long-awaited paper... The long-awaited Green Deal consultation was finally released on Wednesday, with ...

25 November 2011 Green deal consultation: SMEs Face Green Deal squeeze

Brian Berry, FMB Director of External Affairs laments the lack of opportunity for small firms The long awaited Green Deal consultation paper has finally arrived but small and medium sized ...

25 November 2011 £200m to boost Green Deal

An extra £200m funding for the Green Deal has been announced following the launch of the consultation on the scheme, Building reported. Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said ...

25 November 2011 Autumn Statement puts construction at its heart

Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement on Tuesday will have at its heart government plans to unlock £50 billion of private sector investment in construction and infrastructure, Construction News reported. This ...

25 November 2011 Lend Lease wins £35m National Theatre contract

Lend Lease, the Australian property group, has won the prestigious £35m contract to redevelop the National Theatre. Lend Lease beat rival Mace to take on the construction management role, Construction ...

18 November 2011 UK launches new £1m global engineering prize

A new £1M engineering prize to celebrate outstanding advances and innovations in engineering globally, was launched by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Opposition leaders in London yesterday. The biennial ...

18 November 2011 Atkins profits down and Mace vie with Skanska for £120M job

Atkins operating profits fell by 20% in the six months to the end of September to £24.6M, compared with £30.9M over the same period last year. This was on a ...

18 November 2011 Mixed news for house building

The latest government figures on housebuilding, released as a separate survey by the Federation of Master Builders, combined with higher reservation rates for new Barratt homes sent out mixed messages ...

18 November 2011 More government mandate for BIM

The government is set to invest millions in the construction industry to encourage the take-up of Building Information Modelling, reported Building magazine this week. Speaking at Autodesk's BIM conference in ...

11 November 2011 Tender prices to fall again

Tender prices to fall again Forecast reveals no improvement in 2012. Stephen Cousins reports. Tender prices are set to fall further next year as contractors scramble for work amid falling ...

11 November 2011 Call to act on social housing row

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has urged the government to break the logjam that has delayed the Homes and Communities Agency’s £1.8bn social housebuilding programme after housebuilders warned the row ...

11 November 2011 Solar tariff cut greeted with fear and fury

The dramatic cut to the feed-in tariff has been condemned by the industry, local government and environmental organisations who fear the destruction of UK solar power industry. 100 leaders of ...

11 November 2011 Figures show £1bn construction spend creates 32,000 jobs

New research from the construction industry reveals that £1 billion spent on construction would create 32,000 jobs locally, Construction News reported. The regional analysis, commissioned by the UK Contractors Group, ...

11 November 2011 Output up but recession draws near

The Office of National Statistics has revised construction output upwards but fears of recession still loom, Building reported. The latest set of construction figures show that ouput fell 0.2% between ...

11 November 2011 Adjudication versus mediation

Michael Dawson, looks at the pros and cons of the different dispute resolution processes  Changes to the  Construction Act came into effect on 1 October 2011, enabling changes to the ...

09 November 2011 News roundup: Nov/Dec 2011

Tender prices to fall again Forecast reveals no improvement in 2012. Stephen Cousins reports. Tender prices are set to fall further next year as contractors scramble for work amid falling ...

04 November 2011 Construction director in the dock charged with Manslaughter

Individuals, not companies are facing charges for Manslaughter in new cases being brought forward by the Crown Prosecution Service. The latest sees George Collier, a director at Welsh firm Parcol ...

04 November 2011 £700m Preston Tithebarn scheme abandoned

Lend Lease’s £700m Preston city centre Tithebarn regeneration scheme has been scrapped after anchor store John Lewis pulled out, Construction News reported. The council said the scheme, designed by architect ...

04 November 2011 Willmott Dixon rates outstanding

A Willmott Dixon Primary Care Centre is the first healthcare building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding, Construction Enquirer reported. BRE Global confirmed the Houghton-le-Spring centre, built in partnership with Sunderland Primary ...

04 November 2011 Ucatt election in chaos

The contest over the leadership of Ucatt descended into farce after watchdog the Certification Office warned the union is running the risk of invalidating another election, Building reported. The watchdog ...