Issue : 09 July 2009
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Going for best cost or best valueSubscription
In these tough times, when everyone is under pressure to cut prices, companies must either be the cheapest or best value.
Success can be ensured from past lessonsSubscription
Crossrail must have clear and achievable goals and be informed by commercial and engineering factors alone. By Tom Pemberton and Peter Sheridan
Change managed in a timely mannerSubscription
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
Breaking the ground at CrossrailSubscription
London’s £15.9bn Crossrail project hits the ground running with piling for the new Canary Wharf station. By Ruby Kitching
Special H&S prosecutors appointedSubscription
Health and safety issues in Scotland are to be handled by specialist prosecutors, according to solicitor general Frank Mulholland.
NI £20m boost for social housingSubscription
Social housing projects in Northern Ireland are getting a £20 million boost from Stormont funds in an attempt to support the construction industry.
Barratt and Redrow report rise in salesSubscription
The housing market has shown more signs of stabilising after building giants Barratt Developments and Redrow reported increased sales and a steadying of prices.
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 Developments has reported a £370 million reduction in debt and full year completions in line with expectations.
UKTI: Cash in on EU’s £10bn plansSubscription
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 cuts tube bid to £6.7bnSubscription
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.
Ashford collapse leaves jobs up for grabsSubscription
Tens of millions of pounds of construction contracts are up for grabs after Birmingham-based Ashford Construction went into administration.
Harrow counts cost of stalled collegeSubscription
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.
Firms eye multi-billion pound Chinese marketSubscription
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.
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.
Mott Macdonald awaits Iraq rulingSubscription
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.
Raise the roofSubscription
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
Willmott Dixon and Arup sued over flooded labsSubscription
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 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.