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20 December 2012 Anna Stewart and expecting the unexpected

Let's admit it shall we? There couldn't have been many in the sector who really held out hope that a woman would be running the ship at a major contractor ...

20 December 2012 Comment: Well done Anna, now let's have quotas

Whilst the news of Anna Stewart's appointment as CEO at Laing O'Rourke from April 2013 will not be wholly unexpected to anyone familiar with the company, it is certainly to ...

20 December 2012 BuildingSMART deal will hasten BIM adoption

The BRE’s takeover of the organisation aimed at making BIM systems talk to each other will speed the development and adoption of the collaboration technology, experts claim. From 1 January ...

20 December 2012 Construction is fifth largest employer - census

Construction is the fifth largest sector for employment in England and Wales and Essex is the region with the highest concentration of construction workers, according to data released this week ...

20 December 2012 Don't try this at home: ladder idiots exposed

After three months of picture submissions and voting, the Ladder Association's Idiots on Ladders campaign has discovered the biggest “ladder idiot” in the UK. From 1 September the Ladder Association ...

20 December 2012 CM comment: PF2, 4 out of 10, must try harder

Yippee! At last the government has announced details of the PFI reforms and we have PF2, which has received a warm response from the industry. This may be because we ...

20 December 2012 Welsh simplify public sector procurement

  The Welsh Government has approved measures to simplify public procurement and increase opportunities for smaller contractors. Welsh finance minister Jane Hutt confirmed that the Welsh Government will adopt all ...

20 December 2012 Crumbs of comfort in autumn statement

The industry has given a lukewarm reaction to the chancellor’s autumn statement, pointing out that many of the projects securing funding had previously been announced, and that the plans will ...

20 December 2012 CM Comment: Phew! No hidden nasties in PF2

The new version of PFI, to be known as PF2, was finally unveiled this week and the end result looks to be well worth the wait, writes Denise Chevin. The ...

20 December 2012 New BIM website aims for one million users

A new website that aims to become the online destination for any contractor, consultant or client interested in furthering their knowledge of BIM has secured the support of Autodesk and ...

20 December 2012 Green retrofits hit by lack of training

Low carbon domestic refurb projects carried out under the previous government’s £17m Retrofit for the Future programme suffered from poor management and a lack of supply chain support, an independent ...

10 December 2012 Plans for ICIOB divide membership

The CIOB has received mixed reaction to its plans to drop the incorporated membership grade as part of the Institute’s modernisation strategy. The Institute’s 39,000 members and around 6,000 student ...