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CN Briefing

CN Briefing

Battersea Power Station

Battersea warnings expose affordable faultlinesSubscription

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

Haydn Mursell chief executive Kier cropped

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’.

Kier worker_man with van

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.

Battersea Power Station

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.

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'I built that' – stories that keep us building bigSubscription

I’ve found a lot of people in the industry have an “I built that” story.

Eye person people face worker slavery abuse mental health

Help us investigate: Drugs and alcoholSubscription

In 2016, the Considerate Constructors Scheme revealed some worrying research.

CN100 index graphic v2

Who'd want to be a tier one?Subscription

Parts of this year’s CN100 analysis make for tough reading.

CN100 2018 news writeoff index

The age of expansion is overSubscription

The results are in for this year’s CN100 and what they tell us is cause for concern at the country’s largest firms.

Generic housing Wates Living Space Erith Park development

Is the NPPF illegal?Subscription

Those pesky environmentalists are at it again.

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Crossrail delay: A hammer blow for constructionSubscription

Scattered across the Construction News desk at the moment are a number of oyster card holders.

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The C-word… help us investigateSubscription

A couple of months back, three identical letters arrived at the CN offices.

EU flag tear break exit European Union flag Brexit referendum

Deal or no deal: Are your contracts Brexit-ready?Subscription

In 212 days the UK will officially leave the European Union.

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Ireland must build more than just bridgesSubscription

Property prices in Dublin have grown by almost 100 per cent since their post-crash low of 2012.

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Channel 4 presents: Carillion for the massesSubscription

If you didn’t watch Channel 4’s Dispatches on Carillion last night but you read the CN Briefing, you didn’t miss much.

Andrew Wyllie CEO chief executive Costain

Costain the consultantSubscription

“So, farewell then […] it would be surprising if the company was still around in a year’s time,” The Independent wrote of Costain in its business pages back in 1995.

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Time to break out the fine China?Subscription

Malaysia’s new administration is cancelling Chinese state-backed projects, as it tries to wean itself off its neighbour’s friends-with-benefits investment policy.