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27 January 2012 Containing the cost of defective work claims

A claim brought by Ocado against Carillion highlights some straightforward but essential points that can have a dramatic effect on the financial scale of claims arising from defective work says ...

27 January 2012 Warwickshire buys UK's first off-the-shelf school

Warwickshire County Council has become the first local authority to buy an off-the-shelf school from main contractor Willmott Dixon. The £2.2m school will be built to a design from the ...

27 January 2012 Shepherd loses first round of £10m court battle

Shepherd Construction has lost the first round of a £10m High Court case against its own lawyer Pinsent Masons, which the contractor accused of “negligence” last year in the drafting ...

27 January 2012 Experts attack plans to scrap schools BREEAM

Government plans to drop BREEAM assessments for school construction projects have sparked a wave of criticism from industry experts, including the CIOB’s Alan Crane. The Department for Education is proposing ...

27 January 2012 45,000 jobs to go this year as construction's “lost decade” continues

Bleak economic prospects have hit employment with a further 45,000 jobs likely to go this year, according to a CITB-ConstructionSkills report. The training body’s five year forecast found that 2012 ...

20 January 2012 Farrell urges incremental airport expansion

One of the UK's most influential architects and master planners has called on the Government to invest more in West rather than east London, and consider an incremental approach to ...

20 January 2012 Be glad to be a gay-friendly employer

What do the Rugby Football League, MI5 and Barclays have in common? They have made it into a list of top employers to work for if you're gay. When will ...

20 January 2012 UK firms eye up Tripoli

The first British construction delegation to post-Gaddafi Libya set out for Libya this week, Building reported. British Expertise lead the expedition which is thought to include 10 of the organisation’s ...

20 January 2012 MOD and NHS Estates in shake up

Two of the government's largest estates are undergoing radical shake ups, which is delaying the awarding of contracts. The Ministry of Defence’s move to bring on board a private sector partner ...

20 January 2012 Green Deal: now high street giants demand change

More pressure was being put on the government this week to change proposals in its beleaguered Green Deal as the consultation period came to an end. A group of leading ...

13 January 2012 Government own-goal or long term sustainable solution?

John Meadows, managing director at Schott Solar, calls on the solar PV sector to meet the challenges created by the tariff reduction head on and embrace the proposed link between ...

13 January 2012 Red tape challenged

Let’s provide regulations that help the consumer says Shelagh Grant, chief executive of the Housing Forum. The much anticipated housing and construction theme of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge is ...

13 January 2012 Loft insulation to plummet when Green Deal introduced

The Green Deal, the government’s flagship green policy to transform the energy efficiency of 14m homes appears doomed to fail, with the revelation of its own figures showing the number ...

13 January 2012 More public sector work in doubt as MOD reviews contracts

Up to £600m worth of work expected to be let by the MOD this year will not go ahead. The government department has put it £5bn construction and facilities management ...

13 January 2012 Civils specialist WJ Harte goes into administration with loss of 500 jobs

Scottish civil engineering group WJ Harte has become the latest casualty of the recession, going into administration with the loss of 500 jobs. All 722 staff at the South Lanarkshire ...

09 January 2012 Blythe spearheads modernisation

New qualifications at the centre of sweeping changes for Institute. Michael Glackin reports. CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe has set out far-reaching plans to modernise the professional body, including changes ...

09 January 2012 £1bn waste-to-energy plant plans

A high-tech company chaired by Paris Moayedi, the former Jarvis boss, is looking to raise up to £1bn to build at least 10 new waste-to-energy plants over the next three ...

09 January 2012 Salaries static as economic outlook worsens

Construction professionals will be financially worse off again this year with employers set to offer below inflation wage rises at best, or maintain salary caps for a third successive year. ...

09 January 2012 Building Regs to get red tape challenge

Building Regulations and other statutory construction regulations are to be made open to public scrutiny this month. They will be released on the government's Red Tape Challenge website on 12 ...

06 January 2012 Solar installations continue dramatic decline

Crisis continues to engulf the solar industry as major landlords say that a reprieve in the cut of the feed in tarriff won't convince them to restart PV schemes, reported ...

06 January 2012 OFT gives go ahead to Apollo Keepmoat merger

Social housing specialists Apollo and Keepmoat are set to merge by the end of this month after the Office of Fair Trading gave its approval, reports Construction News. The contractors ...

06 January 2012 Thomas Vale in JV to bid for Passivhaus schemes

Midlands contractor Thomas Vale has formed a joint venture with an architectural firm to capitalise on their success building the UK’s first ever Passivhaus standard accredited primary school, reports Construction ...

05 January 2012 News round-up: Jan 2012

In brief Census plots eco-cities worldwide A survey of ecocities across the world carried out by Westminister University puts China at the top of the league table with 25 eco-based ...