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Issue : 09 July 2009

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  • Chris Ashworth, founder of Competitive Advantage Consultancy

    Going for best cost or best valueSubscription

    Opinion9 July, 2009

    In these tough times, when everyone is under pressure to cut prices, companies must either be the cheapest or best value.

  • Crossrail must have clear and achievable goals and be informed by commercial and engineering factors alone

    Success can be ensured from past lessonsSubscription

    Opinion9 July, 2009

    Crossrail must have clear and achievable goals and be informed by commercial and engineering factors alone. By Tom Pemberton and Peter Sheridan

  • Lord Adonis and Boris Johnson

    Change managed in a timely mannerSubscription

    Opinion9 July, 2009

    Adoption of the New Engineering Contract Third Edition (NEC3) on Crossrail means situations will arise over an employer risk item or where the project manager will issue instructions to change the scope of the works. By Charles Wilsoncroft

  • The Giken piling rig installing the first tubular steel pile with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Boris Johnson in attendance

    Breaking the ground at CrossrailSubscription

    Features9 July, 2009

    London’s £15.9bn Crossrail project hits the ground running with piling for the new Canary Wharf station. By Ruby Kitching

  • Scotland

    Special H&S prosecutors appointedSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Health and safety issues in Scotland are to be handled by specialist prosecutors, according to solicitor general Frank Mulholland.

  • pile of cash

    NI £20m boost for social housingSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Social housing projects in Northern Ireland are getting a £20 million boost from Stormont funds in an attempt to support the construction industry.

  • House sale  housing

    Barratt and Redrow report rise in salesSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    The housing market has shown more signs of stabilising after building giants Barratt Developments and Redrow reported increased sales and a steadying of prices.

  • football goal

    Strikes stall work on South Africa's World Cup stadiumsSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Some 70,000 construction workers in South Africa could strike for a second day today in a pay dispute between unions and contractors on the stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

  • Barratt chief executive Mark Clare

    Barratt reports £370m debt reduction in trading updateSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Barratt Developments has reported a £370 million reduction in debt and full year completions in line with expectations.

  • France is spending £100bn on its railways over the next 20 years

    UKTI: Cash in on EU’s £10bn plansSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    UK contractors have been told to target more than £10 billion worth of European building works scheduled to commence under fiscal stimulus packages in neighbouring countries.

  • Tube Lines has shaved “half a billion pounds” off its £7.2 billion proposal to maintain three of London’s underground lines but warned the time to screw down the price is over.

    Tube Lines cuts tube bid to £6.7bnSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Tube Lines has shaved “half a billion pounds” off its £7.2 billion proposal to maintain three of London’s underground lines but warned the time to screw down the price is over.

  • Tens of millions of pounds of construction contracts are up for grabs after Birmingham-based Ashford Construction went into administration.

    Ashford collapse leaves jobs up for grabsSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Tens of millions of pounds of construction contracts are up for grabs after Birmingham-based Ashford Construction went into administration.

  • The failure of the Learning and Skills Council to cough up cash for a £140 million college refurbishment in Harrow, north London, has scuppered at least £150m worth of additional redevelopment.

    Harrow counts cost of stalled collegeSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    The failure of the Learning and Skills Council to cough up cash for a £140 million college refurbishment in Harrow, north London, has scuppered at least £150m worth of additional redevelopment.

  • China is emerging as a key prospect for rail infrastructure projects, with 42,000 km of tracks slated for construction over the next 10 years.

    Firms eye multi-billion pound Chinese marketSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    China is emerging as a key prospect for rail infrastructure projects, with 42,000 km of tracks slated for construction over the next 10 years.

  • ODA chairman, John Armitt told Construction News: “We’ve always deliberately designed the stadium to have the option of scaling it back.”

    2012 Olympic stadium changes won’t increase costsSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    The chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority has said that a possible redesign of the stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games to retain it as a permanent 80,000-seater venue would not increase construction costs or cause delays ahead of the Games.

  • Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has defended accusations that it put employees working on the reconstruction effort in Iraq at risk, claiming “there is no evidence to prove” construction workers in Iraq are safer travelling in armoured cars than in

    Mott Macdonald awaits Iraq rulingSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has defended accusations that it put employees working on the reconstruction effort in Iraq at risk, claiming “there is no evidence to prove” construction workers in Iraq are safer travelling in armoured cars than in ordinary vehicles.

  • Roofing contractor BriggsAmasco is on track to complete a £5 million contract to build the roof for Union Square – Hammerson’s £250m retail and leisure development in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre – by the end of July.

    Raise the roofSubscription

    Picture story9 July, 2009

    Roofing contractor BriggsAmasco is on track to complete a £5 million contract to build the roof for Union Square – Hammerson’s £250m retail and leisure development in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre – by the end of July.

  • Costain, Ferrovial, Balfour Beatty and Atkins among the firms working to secure NI roads job

    Big names team up for A5 upgrade in Northern IrelandSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    Costain, Ferrovial, Balfour Beatty and Atkins among the firms working to secure NI roads job

  • The Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK are suing Willmott Dixon Construction and consultancy group Arup over “severe leaks” found in one of their laboratories in Hertfordshire.

    Willmott Dixon and Arup sued over flooded labsSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    The Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK are suing Willmott Dixon Construction and consultancy group Arup over “severe leaks” found in one of their laboratories in Hertfordshire.

  • The Berners Hotel in central London 1

    Shepherd stalls work on Berners Hotel amid payment rowSubscription

    News9 July, 2009

    The refurbishment of The Berners Hotel in central London has hit the skids in recent weeks after a multi-million pound payment row broke out between the venue owner and contractor Shepherd Construction.

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