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25 March 2011 Sir Frank Lampl's exceptional life

This biography and interview with Sir Frank Lampl was first published in 2009, as a chapter in a book celebrating twenty eminent members of the CIOB, from its inception in ...

25 March 2011 Sir Frank Lampl: tributes from John Spanswick and Alan Crane

John Spanswick FCIOB, who retired as chairman of Lend Lease last month, kept in regular touch with Sir Frank Lampl up until his last illness. Lampl retired from Bovis in ...

25 March 2011 Budget 2011: planning shake-up and zero carbon re-think

The shake-up in the planning system announced in the budget has been welcomed by house-builders, the website Construction Enquirer reported. Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a raft of far-reaching changes which ...

25 March 2011 Budget 2011: public projects to slash costs by 20%

The government aims to cut the cost of public procurement by 20 % by using the the standardisation of building design to drive down costs, Building reported. In its ‘Plan ...

25 March 2011 Anger and legal threats over cuts to PV energy tariffs

Local groups and developers have reacted angrily to the government’s planned reductions of feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic solar energy, Construction News reported. The planned cuts to incentives announced by climate ...

18 March 2011 UKCG plans new future for industry apprenticeships

The UK Contractors Group is examining two new innovative routes for construction apprenticeships, aimed at making it easier for contractors to provide training opportunities as well as updating apprenticeships for ...

18 March 2011 Fukushima crisis sparks fears around UK's nuclear programme

Fears about the future of the UK’s £50bn new-build nuclear programme are growing as government and industry take in the implications of the ongoing crisis at Japan's Fukushima power station, ...

18 March 2011 OFT cover pricing fines slashed after appeal

Around a quarter of the 103 construction firms facing Office of Fair Trading fines for cover pricing are likely to see their penalties slashed after six initial appeals saw penalties ...

18 March 2011 £860m on table for Renewable Heat Incentive

The government has announced details of its £860 m Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, Construction News reported. The scheme will offer financial incentives to companies and private individuals for installing technologies ...

11 March 2011 Leaving Libya: a personal story from a political crisis

Until three weeks ago, the CIOB's Libya “ambassador” Brian Greenhalgh FCIOB FRICS was working as a commercial manager for Aeroports de Paris Ingenieurs (ADPI), the project manager and designer for ...

11 March 2011 “We need to be more flexible”, says CITB-ConstructionSkills

CITB-ConstructionSkills has pledged to review the courses it funds and get better at meeting the industry's needs, following the news that the government threat of abolition or restructuring has been lifted. ...

11 March 2011 'On-demand' bonds make unwelcome comeback

Clients are seeking “nasty” on-demand bonds from contractors as a defensive response to the economic downturn, Construction News reported. On-demand bonds require winning bidders to place a sum of money ...

11 March 2011 Carbon Plan sets timetable for green economy

The government’s Carbon Plan, published this week, has been welcomed across  the  construction industry. The Carbon Plan, published two weeks before this year’s March 23rd budget, sets out a timetable ...

11 March 2011 Skanska's green deal is MIPIM talking point

Skanska and Arup’s new green venture aims to generate turnover of £200m, Building reported. The contractor  has formed partnerships to work with Arup and GE to provide a “one stop ...

08 March 2011 News Roundup – March 2011

Maude: help us buy smarter Paymaster general Francis Maude has outlined a plan to open up public sector construction contracts to new entrants and SMEs, and rethink “rigid” framework deals ...

04 March 2011 Construction boards need better gender-balance, urges Lowe

All companies in the construction sector are being urged to set and publish targets for the number of women in their boardrooms in their annual reports. The call, from CITB-ConstructionSkills ...

04 March 2011 Chrissi McCarthy's diversity blog: taking up the Davies Report challenge

You may or may not be aware that last week, Lord Mervyn Davies published Women on boards. The report looked at every sector of the economy, but it’s certainly true that ...

04 March 2011 Morrell's tenure hangs in the balance

Construction minister Mark Prisk has stopped short of confirming that chief construction adviser Paul Morrell will stay in his position in the long term, Construction News and Building reported. Amidst ...

04 March 2011 Government takes lesson in sustainability from 2012 games

The government is aiming to improve sustainability in procurement by taking lessons from the 2012 Olympics, Construction News reported. BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield, who is also a construction products ...

04 March 2011 Stamp duty cut for Green Deal homes on the cards

The Treasury could offer homeowners stamp duty incentives in the Budget to encourage them to retrofit their homes under the Green Deal, Building reported. The measure would be a victory ...