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23 September 2011 Libya open for business, new government to tell UK firms

Representatives from the Libya's transitional government will be in London next week persuading construction companies to return to the country to help rebuild it. Guma El Gamaty – the UK ...

23 September 2011 Rush on to sign contracts to beat new construction laws

Firms rush to sign up construction contracts before the new construction laws take effect, explains Steven Hayward, solicitor at IBB Solicitors. The pending amendments to the Construction Act 1996 (“the Act”) ...

23 September 2011 Laing schools model cuts costs by 30%

A new standardised schools model by Laing O’Rourke and Atkins will cut costs by up to 30% less per pupil to build, Building reported. The model uses standardised building components ...

23 September 2011 Major public land release for housing

The government will launch a major initiative to boost housing supply with a forthcoming announcement on the release of public land, communities minister Andrew Stunell has said. Building reported that ...

23 September 2011 Hospitals in PFI debt crisis

The Government has been contacted by 22 acute hospital trusts who claim they are struggling to stay afloat because of the weight of their PFI deals, the Daily Telegraph reported. ...

16 September 2011 Galliford Try rewards staff with pay rise

Galliford Try, the house building and contracting group, has awarded its 4000 staff their first pay rise in three years, said the head of construction Ken Gillespie. Speaking to CM, ...

16 September 2011 Are you ready to manage without a retirement age?

Freda Line, Extending Working Lives Engagement Manager, Capita Consulting explains the new regulations covering older workers that need to place in for October 1st Do you know what you now ...

16 September 2011 ODA's Shiplee joins Laing O'Rourke

Howard Shiplee, Olympic Delivery Authority head of construction, will leave the quango to join Laing O’Rourke at the end of the month. Shiplee, 64, told Building that he would be ...

16 September 2011 Housebuilders fury at “shameful” homes attack

Housebuilders have responded with fury to accusations that they are building “shameful shoebox homes”. A new report from the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA), based on 80 sites across ...

16 September 2011 Government U-turn on green energy

The government has been accused of reneging on its energy efficiency commitments, backtracking on plans to roll out Display Energy Certificates for commercial buildings, Building reported. Chancellor George Osborne is ...

12 September 2011 Contractors get Whitehall mentors

X Factor-style mandarins will meet contractor bosses to solve problems. Michael Glackin reports Contractors on public sector contracts are set to get X Factor-style “mentors” in the shape of senior civil servants ...

12 September 2011 Fire safety rules hit timber frame

Contractors are warning that the cost of complying with more stringent fire safety requirements on multi-storey timber frame developments could lead to many switching back to traditional construction, writes Michael Glackin. ...

12 September 2011 Talks to decide future of CSCS cards after chairman survives vote

Contractors and unions are to hold crunch talks in a fresh bid to oust Construction Skills Certification Scheme chairman Trevor Walker. The talks follow August’s failed attempt to force Walker’s resignation ...

09 September 2011 Construction Manager of the Year Awards projects worth £4.5 billion

This year’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards have attracted a record number of submissions with project entries totalling £4.5 billion. There are eleven categories in the awards. The bulk ...

09 September 2011 CBI survey slams UK infrastructure

A new CBI survey of 447 businesses, conducted in partnership with KPMG, paints a damning picture of UK infrastructure. The survey shows that 58% rate the UK’s infrastructure as worse ...

09 September 2011 Unite fury at HCVA bid to “de-unionise”

An alternative agreement drawn up by eight contractors that walked out of the Joint Industry Board wage agreement has been branded as a bid to “de-unionise” the industry, Building reported. ...

06 September 2011 Five ways to… make the most of Twitter

01 Get signed up and join in Twitter is a great networking site that can help professionals in the loop. Users have just 140 characters to post their messages. Signing up at ...

06 September 2011 News round-up: Sept11

September 11 memorial to open On the day after the 10th anniversary of Al-Qaeda’s September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center the National 9/11 Memorial, designed by architect Michael ...

02 September 2011 Balfour Beatty buys fit-out firm for £8m

Britain’s largest contractor, Balfour Beatty this week acquired Opl Group, the award winning design, fit-out and refurbishment company for £8m. Opl Group, which was founded in 1994 by Neil Laughton ...

02 September 2011 JCT's new edition responds to changes to Construction Act

The JCT’s chairman, Professor Peter Hibberd explains the changes The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) will launch the next edition of its contracts at a reception at the House of Commons ...

02 September 2011 Birmingham extends its Green Deal

Non-domestic public buildings will be included in Birmingham City Council’s Green Deal scheme, Construction News reported. The Green Deal, which plans to spend £1.2 billion on retrofitting buildings in Birmingham, ...

02 September 2011 Fast track affordable house building planned

Plans to quickly boost affordable house building to help stimulate the economy are under consideration by the Government and the Greater London Authority. The Greater London Authority is considering plans ...

02 September 2011 Companies could be forced to disclose PFI profits

Contractors should be forced to disclose their profits on PFI schemes, an influential parliamentary committee has said. But industry leaders warned the plans could push up costs and deter companies ...

02 September 2011 BT Tower doubles capacity for 2011 Open House

London's iconic 158m BT Tower will be showcasing its famous panoramic revolving views of London to over twice as many visitors this year with the announcement that they will be ...