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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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Change is heading tier ones’ waySubscription

Some things are just inherently hard to describe. Take digital construction for example, where even industry experts have slightly different ideas of what it really means.

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Kier’s shorting is about more than BrexitSubscription

A few weeks ago Kier reported a pre-tax profit of £106m. Yet that didn’t do much to ward off the short-sellers, who are still controlling around 10.2 per cent of its stock.

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We're in the dark on drugs and alcoholSubscription

It’s baffling that there is only one piece of major research into how drugs and alcohol is affecting the construction industry – and even that report is more than two years old.

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Apprenticeship levy: Are you being thwarted?Subscription

There are a couple of broad-stroke facts and figures about the new apprenticeship system that are, to say the least, eyebrow raising.

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May should choose her words more carefullySubscription

Theresa May’s preference for ‘skilled’ workers was an unhelpful and sad takeaway from the party conferences.

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Infrastructure won’t recover without a Treasury rethinkSubscription

Theresa May announced last week that the age of austerity was over for the UK.

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HS2's college fails its first yearSubscription

In October last year, the National College for High Speed Rail opened its new Birmingham and Doncaster campuses with a great deal of fanfare.

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Speak up now or face disasterSubscription

Picking apart the last three days of the Conservative Party Conference, there’s been little to excite our industry – and plenty to be worried about.

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HS2: the grenade that must not be chuckedSubscription

People say no news is good news. What HS2 wouldn’t give for even a few weeks of no news.

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Remember Carillion the cowboySubscription

It’s amazing to discover that we still haven’t reached the bottom of the Carillion incompetence barrel.

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Honestly, are we really doing this again?Subscription

Nick Pollard thinks the construction industry has a problem with honesty.

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Mayor Joe and the big PFI questionSubscription

The first question from the presenter caught me off guard.

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Battersea warnings expose affordable faultlinesSubscription

Cast your mind back to last summer and imagine a vast site beside the Thames at a standstill.

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Kier’s presentation problemSubscription

Kier, I’m afraid to say, has a real presentation problem.

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Spurs: Whose risk is it anyway?Subscription

Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy is a renowned negotiator.

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Don't believe Theresa May's housing hypeSubscription

Is there any part of the industry that has seen more false dawns over the past decade than the housing sector?

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Cladding chaos and the folly of quick fixesSubscription

In the aftermath of a tragedy, it is often tempting to seek simple answers to difficult questions, to point to one thing and say, ‘That’s the problem’.

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The two big Kier betsSubscription

Kier will release its annual results on Thursday and the big bets are split over which way the numbers will go.

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CIL bill gives Battersea the bluesSubscription

As far as the former boss of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment is concerned, the law is an ass.

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Tier ones dreaming of 'test tube' marginsSubscription

Galliford Try construction chief executive Bill Hocking used an interesting metaphor to explain tier one margins when I spoke to him this morning.