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15 December 2011 Industry people reveal their Secret Santas

As Christmas approaches, with its seasonal good will, we know that some figures from the year remain a bête noir, and therefore deserve some special yuletide attention. We ask figures ...

15 December 2011 The year in pictures: 2011

It's been a rocky twelve months, but the world's made it through earthquakes, political struggles and economic meltdown. Here Jan-Carlos Kucharek looks at the events, UK buildings and construction stories that made the headlines of the year.

09 December 2011 Crane aims to inject passion into construction

New CIOB President Alan Crane pledged to bring a buzz back into construction as he prepares to take over from James Wates, deputy chairman of the Wates Group. Speaking about ...

09 December 2011 Lofstedt review brings common sense to health and safety

Peter Caplehorn, technical director of Scott Brownrigg explains the implications of the Lofstedt review on health and safety. Two weeks ago ministers Chris Grayling MP and Mark Prisk introduced the ...

09 December 2011 When partnerships go wrong

Forming an alliance with another firm can be fraught with problems. Riz Aziz, director of built environment consultant Dina Proj-X shares a few pointers for success One of the many ...

09 December 2011 Affordable homes being pushed by landlords

Over three quarters of landlords with the lion's share of grant allocations for the the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Homes programme are planning on pushing development forwards in order ...

09 December 2011 Carillion to lay-off 1500 staff

Contractor Carillion has confirmed this week that it plans to axe 1,500 positions in direct response to the government's proposal to half the feed-in tariff rate.  The move comes after ...

09 December 2011 CSCS Chairman resigns

Chairman of the CSCS, Trevor Walker resigned this week, to be replaced by former  Labour MP Michael Clapham, after a four month leadership stand-off. Building magazine reported that Walker stepped ...

02 December 2011 Large firms don't have the skills to take SME work

There has been much talk about the big operators moving into the smaller contractors’ market place whilst the competition for construction works remains intense. That’s nonsense says Shaylor’s framework director Martin ...

02 December 2011 The Leitch Legacy – five years on

Five years ago this month, against a backdrop of world-leading employment rates and fourteen years of uninterrupted growth in the UK, Lord Sandy Leitch produced his comprehensive skills review. The ...

02 December 2011 The listening client

The extra cash for construction in the Autumn Statement shows the government is listening to the sector’s needs, says Simon Matthews director of consultant HLG Associates. As one expects in ...

02 December 2011 Industry praises Autumn statement

The Chancellor’s Autumn statement has received a warm welcome from industry leaders  and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Building reported. 500 projects were backed or brought forward as part ...

02 December 2011 4,500 Carillion staff on notice

Carillion has put its entire energy services division of 4,500 staff on notice of redundancy following the government’s decision to cut solar power subsidies, Building reported. The staff were told ...

02 December 2011 ODA's Armitt joins Berkeley

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman and former Network Rail boss John Armitt is joining Berkeley Group as deputy chairman, Construction News reported. Armitt will first become a senior independent director before ...