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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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The cure for ironic laughterSubscription

Hands up if you look forward to your IT department rolling out a new platform or app?

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Grenfell: One year on, none the wiserSubscription

In the early hours of this morning, the now-covered Grenfell Tower was bathed in a green light.

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Inspired in ManchesterSubscription

This morning CN took its Inspire Me campaign up to Manchester – the first event we’ve put on outside of London for nearly a decade (with many more planned).

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First minister: Take some responsibilitySubscription

Nicola Sturgeon may have struggled to recall the costs of setting up an independent Scotland when grilled by Channel 4 last week.

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What we need from the Grenfell inquiry is claritySubscription

This week we heard the opening statements at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry from representatives for the bereaved and the survivors, along with those for parties involved in the building’s refurbishment.

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Flawed safety data must be tackledSubscription

One thing my investigation into health and safety on the £745m Aberdeen bypass showed me is that numbers lie.

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Heathrow offers a chance to smarten upSubscription

A third runway at Heathrow has moved a step closer today – the latest twist in a saga that has been epic in duration, if not progress.

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'I built that' isn't enough for the next generationSubscription

Chairing our CN Rising Stars roundtable last week (to be published online this Thursday), I was struck by the way intelligent young people are being made to fight to get a break in this industry.

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Modernise or die? A real exampleSubscription

Mark Farmer’s 2016 assessment of the construction industry was stark: the sector was in bad health.

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Retentions: We can't miss this chance for changeSubscription

Fragmented, adversarial and antagonistic: these are all words that are often levelled at the construction industry.

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Contractors wanted for Africa's engine roomSubscription

I was recently reminded of a TV ad for Legoland.

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Earls Court and the pitfalls of masterplansSubscription

It feels like barely a day goes past without fresh news concerning a major London regeneration project.

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Canada Water: 4 things I learned about the £4bn siteSubscription

The first time I visited Canada Water, it was by accident.

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Can last week's public kicking change construction?Subscription

Construction took a kicking last week.

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Cladding ban confusion wreaks havoc for HackittSubscription

“The regulatory framework I am proposing is designed to deliver a fundamental change in the industry,” Dame Judith Hackitt said in her briefing to journalists this morning.

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Licensing for all contractors? Subscription

The FMB’s new initiative, entitled ‘Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction’, received a curious launch at the Commons last week.

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Interserve's bonuses: Not exactly SMARTSubscription

Interserve’s chief executive Debbie White and chief financial officer Mark Whiteling have perhaps the toughest management jobs in the industry right now.

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Interserve and Kier beware: The knives are outSubscription

Any construction firm with an outsourcing arm better watch their back: the big outsourcers are out to get you.

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Lagan Construction: Big dreams that turn into nightmaresSubscription

The demise of Lagan Construction is the sort of story that is becoming all too familiar in the construction industry.

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Will Amazon enter the construction jungle?Subscription

“We’ve had some successes over the years in our quest to meet the high expectations of customers. We’ve also had billions of dollars’ worth of failures along the way.”