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Issue : 23 July 2009

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  • High Court justice

    OFT case against Crest Nicholson 'infringed the principle of equal treatment'Subscription

    News24 July, 2009

    But the High Court has also ruled, aside from its dealings with Crest Nicholson, the OFT acted fairly by implementing a fast track offer in its major cover pricing investigation.

  • strand

    Urvasco's mothballed Strand scheme in receivershipSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    A stalled hotel project on the Strand, central London, has been put into receivership after months of inactivity and legal disputes.

  • Investigation

    New blacklist support group to investigate potential class actionSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    An informal support network for blacklisted building workers has been established following a meeting this week at Westminster.

  • recession

    Firms 'must drive a hard bargain'Subscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Driving a hard bargain may be essential if public and private-sector construction companies are to survive the recession, according to research.

  • rail track

    Govt reveals £1bn plan to electrify major train linesSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    A £1.1 billion plan to electrify two major rail lines has been formally unveiled by the Government today.

  • carillion logo

    Carillion wins £275m Oman parliament jobSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Carillion has clinched a £275 million parliament project in Oman.

  • Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine were invoiced for by far the largest amounts by a company which ran a blacklist of construction workers, Construction News can reveal.

    Blacklist: firms’ invoices revealedSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine were both invoiced more than £25,000 by blacklist firm during 2008

  • graph newspaper shares

    Firms distance themselves from dataSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Contractors Morgan Est and Bam Construct are among a host of contractors trying to distance themselves from the blacklisting scandal, with claims they were “non-active members” of the Consulting Association.

  • Ian Kerr

    Ian Kerr's £5,000 fine met with industry shockSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The £5,000 fine handed down to Ian Kerr, who controlled a construction worker blacklist accessed by some of the industry’s biggest companies, has been met with shock by legal experts and safety lobbyists alike

  • The Ministry of Justice has announced it is to extend the Act to make more public information available in what justice minister Michael Wills described as a move to “further increase transparency in public life”.

    Contractors escape FOI extension – for nowSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Contractors in the public sector have this week escaped an extension of the Freedom of Information Act to cover their work, but the Government has not ruled out their possible inclusion under the laws in the future.

  • 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.

    Chancellor in £350m PAYE crackdownSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

  • Managing director Dr Brian McConnell said: “We recognise the importance of the Portland Project to securing energy supplies and we are looking forward to a continuing and increasing involvement in the project where we can continue to add value.”

    E On to start works on Oldbury nuclear siteSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

  • Partnerships UK chief executive James Stewart said: “We already work with 4ps in the schools and waste sectors and it makes good sense for us now to move forward by combining our respective strengths in a number of other areas.”

    Councils overpay by £300m-plusSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Contractors face tighter scrutiny of charges for local authority contracts after it was revealed they are overpaid by at least £300 million a year.

  • Willmott Dixon has secured a £30.5 million contract to build Oxford Academy’s new home on Sandy Lane West, in Oxford.

    Mixing new and oldSubscription

    Picture story23 July, 2009

    Willmott Dixon has secured a £30.5 million contract to build Oxford Academy’s new home on Sandy Lane West, in Oxford.

  • PwC construction partner Jonathan Hook said: “At least the figures are down on the previous quarter, but I wouldn’t read too much into the fall."

    Company collapses easing but PwC still warns of ‘difficult times ahead’Subscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

    Wall fall boss jailed for three years over teenager’s deathSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

  • The construction of the £500 million Tees Renewable Energy Plant has been approved by the Government.

    Tenders open on £500m Tees energy plantSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The construction of the £500 million Tees Renewable Energy Plant has been approved by the Government.

  • 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.

    Builders demand new carbon pledgeSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

    Managing motorwaysSubscription

    Picture story23 July, 2009

    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.

  • Forth Crossing

    Funding for £2.3bn Forth bridge remains up in the airSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    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.

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