Issue : 06 August 2009
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Cornish hotel plans set for debateSubscription
Proposals for a new 45 bedroom hotel and restaurant on a Cornwall landfill site will go before a planning committee on August 13.
Unions call for tougher blacklist actionSubscription
ICO serves enforcement notices on only 14 of the blacklist subscribers and draws a line under its investigation
UK contractors urged to form Chinese tie-upsSubscription
The UK’s social housing market could benefit from closer ties with Chinese construction materials manufacturers, new CIOB president Li Shirong has said, including UK contractors making more use of Chinese manufacturing for off-site construction work.
The final wave one contract in the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme is set to be awarded next week – three years and eight months after it was originally put into OJEU.
Falling profit at Keller and Travis PerkinsSubscription
Keller last week became the first contractor in the new results season to report falling profit and turnover, as well as highlighting concerns about increased competition for work.
Latest figures for construction and manufacturing output from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply have led to talk of a potential upturn surfacing.
More gloom expected from big namesSubscription
Contractors are expected to report falling profit and turnover along with reduced order books in the upcoming results season, according to industry experts.
EDF bidders could win French reactorSubscription
Construction firms that make it through the EDF Energy procurement process will be eligible to win work on a new nuclear reactor in France, on top of the four planned new builds in the UK.
More than 50 contractors this week received pre-qualification questionnaires for places on the £4 billion ProCure 21+ framework.
Industry faces huge race challengeSubscription
The UK Contractors Croup has warned that that the industry faces a huge challenge trying to increase its number of ethnic minority workers during the recession.
UK contractors sought for work in LibyaSubscription
An official delegation from Libya has urged UK construction firms to bid for work in the Middle Eastern country.
A cheep jobSubscription
Roofing contractor BriggsAmasco has begun work on an innovative brown roof scheme at Manchester mixed-use development 1 New York Street.
Permit launched in roads crackdownSubscription
Civils contractors have reacted with scepticism to the approval of a new roadworks permit scheme in Kent, and the Government’s pledge of tougher regulation on road works.
Downloading documents ‘would take 100 days’Subscription
Lawyers for Mott MacDonald and Multiplex are locked in debate over which company documents should be disclosed for the £253 million trial, with Multiplex claiming it is impractical to hand over the “10 million or more” documents it has relating to the troubled project.
Wembley battle is “paralysing” MottSubscription
The £253 million battle over Wembley Stadium is “paralysing” Mott MacDonald, the engineering giant’s lawyers have admitted.
Industry fears further job cuts in 2009Subscription
Survey finds that CN readers are just as uncertain about the future as they were in the spring
Carillion wins £116m prison contractSubscription
Carillion has won a £116 million contract to build the new HMP Low Moss for the Scottish Prison service.
How to work collaboratively Subscription
Collaborative working has become a buzzword in the industry. It is a type of partnering that offers the opportunity for everyone in the team to get involved. By Vassos Chrysostomou
Wales & West Utilities is tendering a three-year £20 million multi-lot contract for above ground installations across its gas and heat network in Wales and South West England.
Come on EileanSubscription
SGB provided scaffolding to main contractor Morrison Construction for maintenance works at Scotland’s Eilean Donan Castle recently.
Haymills "very close" to rescue dealSubscription
Troubled contractor Haymills has insisted it is “very close” to securing a deal that would save it from administration.
Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust is to set up a four year framework agreement worth up to £25 million for construction and infrastructure work throughout North and West Yorkshire.
What every HR director should do in a downturnSubscription
With many house building, commercial property development and major infrastructure projects on hold as a result of economic turbulence, human resource directors in the sector are in unfamiliar territory. By Matthew Hunnybun
Will being a union member label me as trouble?Subscription
Our experts say no – but make sure it is your decision to join
What the future holdsSubscription
The plea is to give junior management more responsibility and stick up for British industry
About half the managers in the construction industry have not yet booked any summer holiday, according to the Chartered Management Institute. By Petra Wilton
Reinforcement - what are the options?Subscription
Material savings can be made in the quantity of reinforcement for the design of normally reinforced concrete structures. By Stewart Tennant
JCB is fit for futureSubscription
In uncertain times for the plant industry, JCB’s CEO Matthew Taylor says the company is is good shape with it’s headcount matching its production
How effective is natural ventilation?Subscription
Unlike mechanical ventilation, natural ventilation does not provide a constant rate of fresh air, which can cause indoor air quality (IAQ) and temperature levels to fluctuate. By Paul Newby
Bridges form a roundabout solutionSubscription
In Shakespeare’s home county main contractor Morrison Construction is partway through a deal that will help improve traffic flow, reduce noise and boost safety at a vital highway interchange. Paul Thompson
Civils helps to lift planning gloomSubscription
The region is experiencing tough trading as retail, education and housing are hit hard
Coleg Morgannwyg invites bids for £16m jobSubscription
Coleg Morgannwg is inviting bids for an 18 month £16 million contract to build a new educational facility at its Parc Nantgarw campus in Cardiff.
Manufacturing decline hits startsSubscription
The industrial construction sector has been one of the big casualties of the recession
Accounting standards for construction provide consistency for assessing revenue and profit through projects.
Infrastructure is a bright spot in the gloomSubscription
Last week Construction News took a nostalgic trip through the 1990-91 recession and concluded that the current recession is going to be worse for the industry. Bleaker. Deeper. Longer. It’s all too easy to get tunnel vision.
Atkins sheds more jobs after flat turnover Subscription
Atkins today said that turnover for the three months since 1 April 2009 were flat so it had cut more jobs during the period.
Taylor Wimpey today appointed the chief executive of the American arm of the business Sheryl Palmer to the group board.
Haymills places Gibraltar arm into liquidationSubscription
UK construction firm Haymills has placed its Gibraltar arm into liquidation, according to a statement by the Gibraltar government.
Property prices up for JulySubscription
Figures show house prices rose by 1.1 per cent during July for the second time in three months.
Contractors blamed for power cutsSubscription
Construction workers damaging underground electricity cables contributed to 1,890 power cuts in Northern Ireland last year, according to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE).
Blacklist firms warned of further actionSubscription
An organisation representing workers on the construction blacklist has warned that yesterday’s action by the Information Commissioner was “the tip of the iceberg” of repercussions for the companies involved.
Hounslow £1.3m commercialSubscription
London £2m waterSubscription
Perth £4.6m residentialSubscription
Lending to construction sector downSubscription
The construction industry has been among the worst hit by a credit squeeze on business with lending down by 3.5 per cent between April and June, figures show.
Larkhall £5m infrastructureSubscription
Northampton £22.8m commercialSubscription
Nottingham £250m infrastructureSubscription
Lancaster £6.2m educationSubscription
Crewe £77m educationSubscription