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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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Medicating the late payment ‘disease’Subscription

Late payments are a “disease”, a product of the “broken relationship” between large and small companies.

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The most dangerous thing on a siteSubscription

He’d not slept properly for weeks, the single bed at his digs was too small.

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Do you remember lessons in a portacabin?Subscription

I have many fond memories of my secondary school. But sitting through certain lessons in a portacabin that was little more than a shack at the bottom of a school field was not one of them.

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Cable. Cameron. Clegg. CarillionSubscription

Parliament TV rarely provides genuine entertainment, but there was a notable exception during a debate on Carillion earlier this year.

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Grenfell’s construction legacy starts to emergeSubscription

A leaked report from building standards experts BRE has provided the first proper expert analysis of the faults that contributed to the Grenfell tragedy last June.

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Fantasy Carillion model exposes accounting flawsSubscription

Walking home from work last week, I was greeted by a Carillion van sitting outside Shoreditch High Street station.

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Why Spain could teach us a thing or twoSubscription

Spain’s construction sector was one of the hardest hit in Europe when global recession struck a decade ago.

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Women: Are you angry?Subscription

Women in construction: are you angry? I imagine the answer is yes.


Think we’re on top of asbestos? Think againSubscription

A third of construction workers don’t know that asbestos can cause cancer – in London it’s almost two-thirds.

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Carillion: Has the worst of it just begun?Subscription

Tomorrow the UK construction industry will enter its 86th post-Carillion day.

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Nowhere left to hide for constructionSubscription

It’s official: construction has the biggest gender pay disparity of any UK industry, reporting a median pay gap of 25 per cent.

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Why Chinese contractors aren't following investorsSubscription

China’s largest developer, the £30.5bn-valued Country Garden, officially entered the UK market this month after acquiring an east London brownfield site with a development value of £400m.

Finances will worsen if the sector does nothing

Finances will worsen if the sector does nothingSubscription

In many industries, tales of bosses using their credit cards to pay staff or dipping into personal savings to keep their businesses going are few and far between.

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Interserve enjoys a (short) Easter breakSubscription

Interserve finally got a break last week when it announced it had reached an agreement on new financial terms with its lenders. 

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Simple HGV changes could make roads saferSubscription

An industry veteran recently shared a few ideas with me, all on the subject of improving the road safety of construction vehicles.

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AWPR: Delivered at what cost?Subscription

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Richard Howson’s art of the dealSubscription

Richard Howson looked up at the committee with big doe eyes.


Poor payment? Get in touchSubscription

Poor payers deserve “consequences”, Build UK chairman and Mace deputy chief operating officer Mark Castle told me earlier this month.

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Carillion: Did government have its head in the sand?Subscription

A rather interesting painting hangs behind Carillion joint inquiry co-chairs Rachel Reeve and Frank Field.

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Churchill's office kicks off a week of inspiration Subscription

It’s funny to think that Winston Churchill could have been standing in the exact place I’m brushing croissant crumbs off my coat. I am inside what used to be his office, after all.