Issue : 23 July 2009
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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.
A stalled hotel project on the Strand, central London, has been put into receivership after months of inactivity and legal disputes.
An informal support network for blacklisted building workers has been established following a meeting this week at Westminster.
Firms 'must drive a hard bargain'Subscription
Driving a hard bargain may be essential if public and private-sector construction companies are to survive the recession, according to research.
A £1.1 billion plan to electrify two major rail lines has been formally unveiled by the Government today.
Carillion wins £275m Oman parliament jobSubscription
Carillion has clinched a £275 million parliament project in Oman.
Blacklist: firms’ invoices revealedSubscription
Skanska and Sir Robert McAlpine were both invoiced more than £25,000 by blacklist firm during 2008
Firms distance themselves from dataSubscription
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's £5,000 fine met with industry shockSubscription
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
Contractors escape FOI extension – for nowSubscription
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.
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.
More than 500 extra workers will be drafted in on the Heron Tower construction site over the coming months as the project continues to progress.
Plans to build a major new access road to Cardiff Airport have been scrapped.
Plans unveiled for Plymouth city redevelopmentSubscription
Plans to overhaul Plymouth city centre, including the development of a new retail quarter, are being unveiled by the council this week.
Wates to build £40m five-star hotelSubscription
Wates has secured a £40 million contract for a five-star country hotel in Yorkshire.
Helical Bar confident over future developmentSubscription
Property company Helical Bar has said it has improved its financial position and is currently assessing acquisition and development opportunities.
London £2.6m residential & retailSubscription
London £5m residentialSubscription
Aberdeen £11.8m educationSubscription
Glasgow £10m retailSubscription
Morgan Est wins £21m Welsh Water contract Subscription
Morgan Est has won a £21 million contract to build two new Advanced Digestion Plants for Welsh Water.
Lincoln £2.7m commercialSubscription
Grantham £3.7m residentialSubscription
Rochdale £20m educationSubscription
Suffolk £16m highways frameworks up for grabsSubscription
Suffolk County Council is looking to set up three 41 month framework agreements covering minor highway works worth up to a total of £16 million.
Blackpool £23m educationSubscription
Southampton £19.4m educationSubscription
Southampton £20m healthSubscription
Wellington £15m residentialSubscription
South Petherton £20m healthSubscription
Warwick £8m educationSubscription
Burton-On-Trent £8m residentialSubscription
Leeds £40.2m residential & commercialSubscription
Bradford £100m residential & commercialSubscription
Workington £10.1m residentialSubscription
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne £4.5m retailSubscription
Ipswich £5.3m infrastructureSubscription
Huntingdon £13.5m retail & residentialSubscription
Deeside £5.5m commercialSubscription
Cardiff £13m residential & commercialSubscription
May Gurney signs £91m North Lincs BSF dealSubscription
May Gurney will today sign a £91 million Building Schools for the Future deal for North Lincolnshire Council.