News

25 February 2011 Earthquake in Christchurch points to troubled months ahead

The city of Christchurch is still in shock after Tuesday's devastating earthquake and resulting loss of life – on Friday, reports suggested 113 confirmed fatalities with around 200 missing. While ...

25 February 2011 42 Mace staff among UK nationals fleeing from Libyan crisis

Over a hundred UK construction professionals were among the estimated 3500 Britons attempting to flee from the chaos and violence that erupted in Libya this week, writes Stephen Cousins. But ...

25 February 2011 RIBA report urges architects to toughen up or die

Architects need to become more commercial and competitive if they are to survive, Building Design reported. A new report from RIBA think tank Building Futures claims the profession needs to ...

25 February 2011 Morgan Sindall lays off 600

Morgan Sindall has laid off 600 ex-Connaught staff transferred to its social housing division, Building reported. About 2,500 staff were transferred from collapsed social housing firm Connaught to Lovell, Morgan ...

25 February 2011 Results point to “fragile” recovery

Despite a fragile market, a number of contractors posted profits last year point to a “progressive recovery”, Building reported. Both Kier and Galliford Try reported increased profits despite a challenging ...

18 February 2011 Green Deal training deal is accelerating, says CITB-ConstructionSkills

“Green Deal” training schemes, qualifications and accreditation will be well co-ordinated despite the high number of training organisations involved, CITB-ConstructionSkills has told Construction Manager. The sector skills council was responding ...

18 February 2011 Government floats controversial plan to tear up frameworks

Government plans to end the “procurement oligarchy” of major contractors consistently winning framework deals have provoked strong reactions in the industry, Construction News reported. SMEs welcomed the plans, outlined by ...

18 February 2011 DownUnder Blog: travellers' tales from our ex-pat in Australia

Henry Sell, a regional vice president for Hill International in Australia, is writing a blog to interest UK construction professionals in the idea of relocating to Australia. Follow his posts ...

18 February 2011 Tesco pulls plug on PV after feed-in review

Tesco has put large-scale plans to fit solar panels on its properties on hold following the government’s review of feed-in tariffs, Building reported. The news comes as leading figures in ...

18 February 2011 £385,000 fine after first corporate manslaughter trial

Ground testing firm Cotswold Geotechnical has been fined £385,000 after becoming the first ever company to be found guilty of corporate manslaughter, Construction News reported. Geologist Alexander Wright, 27, was investigating ...

11 February 2011 Carillion buys green firm Eaga in £300m deal

Construction giant Carillion has acquired green energy firm Eaga in a deal worth more than £300m, Construction News reported. The £306.5m cash deal makes Carillion the largest player in the ...

11 February 2011 Laing O'Rourke email sees 12 sacked

Twelve people have been sacked by contractor Laing O’Rourke for forwarding an inappropriate email, Building reported. A further twelve employees were given a final warning as a result of the ...

11 February 2011 Procurement focus on value for money questions sustainability

The government is reviewing public procurement to focus on value for money in place of Big Society and sustainability initiatives, Construction News reported. £10 billion of wider policy initiatives which ...

11 February 2011 John Bale's blog: Let's not write off the Big Society yet

What, if anything, might the Big Society mean for the construction industry?  To the public as a whole (according to opinion polls) it seems to mean either a fig-leaf to ...

09 February 2011 News roundup: February '11

Support for NSCC campaign A campaign by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) to banish retention funds has gained support from some CIOB Chartered Building Companies, although others feel the ...

09 February 2011 Construction charities wait for Haiti's boats

One year on from the earthquake that killed 230 000 people in Haiti and left between 1 and 2 million homeless, the rebuilding effort has yet to start in earnest. ...

07 February 2011 Chrissi McCarthy's diversity blog: why women should have their own management training

Chrissi McCarthy MCIOB runs Constructing Equality, a training provider and consultancy specialising in equality and diversity in the construction sector. She blogs at www.constructingequality.blogspot.com Having received some more funding to ...

07 February 2011 Rising material costs set to squeeze contractors

Contractors are being caught between sharply rising materials prices and falling workloads, the website Construction Enquirer reported. It quoted the RICS Construction Market survey, which showed that material costs increased ...

07 February 2011 Bill proposes mandatory apprenticeships on public work

A private members bill that could force firms across all sectors to take on more apprentices is winning support across the political spectrum, Construction News reported. The Apprenticeships and Skills ...

07 February 2011 Willmott Dixon to deliver off-the-shelf school buildings

A  partnership between contractor Willmott Dixon and Scape, the building procurement one-stop-shop run by a consortium of local councils, is claiming to offer a 20-30% per cent cost saving on ...