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Issue : 06 August 2009

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  • South West

    Cornish hotel plans set for debateSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Proposals for a new 45 bedroom hotel and restaurant on a Cornwall landfill site will go before a planning committee on August 13.

  • Alan Ritchie, general secretary of construction union Ucatt, said: "While I recognise the move to issue enforcement notices on the construction companies listed, I believe straightforward prosecutions would have been a more appropriate response.

    Unions call for tougher blacklist actionSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    ICO serves enforcement notices on only 14 of the blacklist subscribers and draws a line under its investigation

  • 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.

    UK contractors urged to form Chinese tie-upsSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

    Delayed Wave One BSF contract winner to be finally announcedSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • 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.

    Falling profit at Keller and Travis PerkinsSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • Noble Francis  CPA

    Industry decline continues but at slower rate amid talk of upturnSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Latest figures for construction and manufacturing output from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply have led to talk of a potential upturn surfacing.

  • Contractors are expected to report falling profit and turnover along with reduced order books in the upcoming results season, according to industry experts.

    More gloom expected from big namesSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Contractors are expected to report falling profit and turnover along with reduced order books in the upcoming results season, according to industry experts.

  • 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.

    EDF bidders could win French reactorSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • Birmingham Hospital

    Contractors flock to ProCure 21+ despite questions over its valueSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    More than 50 contractors this week received pre-qualification questionnaires for places on the £4 billion ProCure 21+ framework.

  • 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

    Industry faces huge race challengeSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • Bob Heathfield, chairman, SECBE

    UK contractors sought for work in LibyaSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    An official delegation from Libya has urged UK construction firms to bid for work in the Middle Eastern country.

  • manchester

    A cheep jobSubscription

    Picture story6 August, 2009

    Roofing contractor BriggsAmasco has begun work on an innovative brown roof scheme at Manchester mixed-use development 1 New York Street.

  • 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.

    Permit launched in roads crackdownSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • 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 tro

    Downloading documents ‘would take 100 days’Subscription

    News6 August, 2009

    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.

  • The £253 million battle over Wembley Stadium is “paralysing” Mott MacDonald, the engineering giant’s lawyers have admitted.

    Wembley battle is “paralysing” MottSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    The £253 million battle over Wembley Stadium is “paralysing” Mott MacDonald, the engineering giant’s lawyers have admitted.

  • Survey finds that CN readers are just as uncertain about the future as they were in the spring

    Industry fears further job cuts in 2009Subscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Survey finds that CN readers are just as uncertain about the future as they were in the spring

  • prison

    Carillion wins £116m prison contractSubscription

    News6 August, 2009

    Carillion has won a £116 million contract to build the new HMP Low Moss for the Scottish Prison service.

  • Vassos Chrysostomou is a visiting fellow at Manchester Business School and director of Evolution-IP,

    How to work collaboratively Subscription

    Features5 August, 2009

    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.

    Wales & West Utilities tenders £20m installation contractSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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.

  • SGB provided scaffolding to main contractor Morrison Construction for maintenance works at Scotland’s Eilean Donan Castle recently.

    Come on EileanSubscription

    Picture story5 August, 2009

    SGB provided scaffolding to main contractor Morrison Construction for maintenance works at Scotland’s Eilean Donan Castle recently.

  • Troubled contractor Haymills has insisted it is “very close” to securing a deal that would save it from administration.

    Haymills "very close" to rescue dealSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    Troubled contractor Haymills has insisted it is “very close” to securing a deal that would save it from administration.

  • House building  housing

    Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to set up £25m frameworkSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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.

  • Matthew Hunnybun is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

    What every HR director should do in a downturnSubscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    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

  • Vaughan Burnand, chairman of Constructing Excellence

    Will being a union member label me as trouble?Subscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    Our experts say no – but make sure it is your decision to join

  • The plea is to give junior management more responsibility and stick up for British industry

    What the future holdsSubscription

    Features5 August, 2009

    The plea is to give junior management more responsibility and stick up for British industry

  • Petra Wilton is director of policy and research at the Chartered Management Institute

    Industry managers reluctant to get away this summerSubscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    About half the managers in the construction industry have not yet booked any summer holiday, according to the Chartered Management Institute. By Petra Wilton

  • Material savings can be made in the quantity of reinforcement for the design of normally reinforced concrete structures

    Reinforcement - what are the options?Subscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    Material savings can be made in the quantity of reinforcement for the design of normally reinforced concrete structures. By Stewart Tennant

  • Matthew Taylor  JCB  Plant

    JCB is fit for futureSubscription

    Features5 August, 2009

    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

  • 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.

    How effective is natural ventilation?Subscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    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

  • m40 1

    Bridges form a roundabout solutionSubscription

    Features5 August, 2009

    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

  • Edinburgh tram line

    Civils helps to lift planning gloomSubscription

    Analysis5 August, 2009

    The region is experiencing tough trading as retail, education and housing are hit hard

  • Wales

    Coleg Morgannwyg invites bids for £16m jobSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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

    Analysis5 August, 2009

    The industrial construction sector has been one of the big casualties of the recession

  • Contractors’ revenue under threat from new regulationSubscription

    Opinion5 August, 2009

    Accounting standards for construction provide consistency for assessing revenue and profit through projects.

  • Infrastructure is a bright spot in the gloom

    Infrastructure is a bright spot in the gloomSubscription

    Features5 August, 2009

    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 today said that turnover for the three months since 1 April 2009 were flat so it had cut more jobs during the period.

    Atkins sheds more jobs after flat turnover Subscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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.

    Taylor Wimpey appoints American boss to group boardSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    Taylor Wimpey today appointed the chief executive of the American arm of the business Sheryl Palmer to the group board.

  • UK construction firm Haymills has placed its Gibraltar arm into liquidation, according to a statement by the Gibraltar government.

    Haymills places Gibraltar arm into liquidationSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    UK construction firm Haymills has placed its Gibraltar arm into liquidation, according to a statement by the Gibraltar government.

  • House sale  housing

    Property prices up for JulySubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    Figures show house prices rose by 1.1 per cent during July for the second time in three months.

  • Construction workers damaging underground electricity cables contributed to 1,890 power cuts in Northern Ireland last year, according to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE).

    Contractors blamed for power cutsSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    Construction workers damaging underground electricity cables contributed to 1,890 power cuts in Northern Ireland last year, according to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE).

  • 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.

    Blacklist firms warned of further actionSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • London £2m waterSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • Perth £4.6m residentialSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • The construction industry has been amongst the worst hit by a credit squeeze on business with lending down by 3.5 per cent between April and June, figures show.

    Lending to construction sector downSubscription

    News5 August, 2009

    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

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • Northampton £22.8m commercialSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • Nottingham £250m infrastructureSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • Lancaster £6.2m educationSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

  • Crewe £77m educationSubscription

    Contract leads5 August, 2009

    Plans approved

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