Issue : 23 July 2009
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Chancellor in £350m PAYE crackdownSubscription
The Treasury is proposing plans to tackle what it calls “false self-employment”, which could land the construction industry with a bill of up to £350 million through an increased cost of labour.
E On to start works on Oldbury nuclear siteSubscription
Construction services group Hydrock has been appointed by E On to carry out the preliminary ground investigation for the proposed new nuclear power station at Oldbury, in Gloucestershire.
Councils overpay by £300m-plusSubscription
Contractors face tighter scrutiny of charges for local authority contracts after it was revealed they are overpaid by at least £300 million a year.
Mixing new and oldSubscription
Willmott Dixon has secured a £30.5 million contract to build Oxford Academy’s new home on Sandy Lane West, in Oxford.
The number of construction firms running into difficulties is starting to fall
Safety lobbyists have welcomed the jailing of building site employer Colin Holtom, who was this week sentenced to three years in prison for the manslaughter of a teenage labourer.
Tenders open on £500m Tees energy plantSubscription
The construction of the £500 million Tees Renewable Energy Plant has been approved by the Government.
Builders demand new carbon pledgeSubscription
House builders have questioned who will pick up the bill for the Government’s reiterated pledge for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016.
Balfour Beatty subsidiary Birse Civils has installed a 51 m span gantry across the east/west bound carriageway of the M62, at J23 to the east of Huddersfield.
Doubts remain as to who will fund the construction of the £2.3 billion Forth River crossing, with Westminster urged to “stand firm” and resist demands for extra money for the new bridge.