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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

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A 'pause' on the now-or-never nuclear projectSubscription

“We have to start now or we will not get it built – starting now is the only way we’re going to do that.”

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Parliament delivers more heat and less lightSubscription

Last night’s withdrawal vote defeat was another highly energetic political spectacle that generated much heat and noise but provided no illumination.

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Trading conditions like no other Subscription

Data from Dun & Bradstreet in November last year painted a clear picture of how susceptible construction firms have been to unexpected shocks over the last two years.

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We need to raise the alarmSubscription

“Things just aren’t the same after a fire,” Bowmer & Kirkland health and safety director Mark Blundy says. 

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Crossrail: A series of disputed eventsSubscription

Flanked by six empty seats, Sir Terry Morgan sat opposite 10 people at City Hall who were there to grill him about who knew what and when about the delayed opening of Crossrail.

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It's time the public sector paid on timeSubscription

Prompt payment is set to be the biggest point of contention between government and the construction industry this year.

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Why good performance is no longer being rewardedSubscription

Costain gave the market a positive, albeit very brief, update on how it performed in 2018 this morning.

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Do we really have an image problem?Subscription

Many in the construction industry have told me a major cause of the skills crisis is due to a lack of marketing.

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The most wonderful time of the year?Subscription

For many, Christmas can be a time to share with family and friends, eat (and drink) too much, give and receive gifts.

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Grenfell: The wait goes onSubscription

After almost 100 days of sitting, phase one of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has wrapped up.

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A tale of two debt pilesSubscription

The news today has been dominated by two stories about borrowing money to stave off a crisis.

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'Tis the season for fear and trepidationSubscription

In a normal year, the start of December is when everything begins to wind down.

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Power swings towards the specialistsSubscription

Power in contracting swings like a pendulum.

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So HS2, what does 'cost pressure' mean?Subscription

I’ll admit it: watching on as the reportedly outgoing Crossrail and HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan attempts to settle scores with his employers has been riveting.

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Kier's peers won't delight in its credit fearsSubscription

In October CN invited directors from some of the UK’s largest tier ones to discuss what the contractor of the future might look like.

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Offsite: The cautionary tale of mini-cabs and mobilesSubscription

“Biscuit manufacturers don’t get told to invest in flour mills” said Quintain CEO Angus Dodd, with a shrug of the shoulders.

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A refuge from the coldSubscription

Homelessness is a terrible situation for someone to find themselves in at any time.

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HS2's industry reputation is on the lineSubscription

Ask the general public about HS2 and one of the recurring themes that emerges is confusion.