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Procurement 2.0: How a Scottish model is conquering EnglandSubscription

An innovative approach to public sector procurement that started in Scotland is now making waves for two English councils on the south coast – with major implications for public clients.

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Drugs and alcohol: What's happening on site?Subscription

A third of construction operatives have seen someone under the influence on site. Lucy Alderson speaks to workers and experts to identify where enforcement is falling short and assess the scale of the problem.

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Under the influence: How drinking cultures are changingSubscription

The UK’s alcohol consumption is declining – but is construction following suit? Binyamin Ali investigates industry attitudes to drinking to find out how much action is being taken and just how far the sector has come.

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HS2’s skills college: What’s holding it back?Subscription

The National College for High Speed Rail opened two sites 12 months ago. One year on, funding and student shortfalls have raised questions about its viability.

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HS2 at 10: The costs, conflicts and controversySubscription

As the client behind the £55.7bn line approaches its 10th birthday, CN looks at the major pressure points the line has faced on the road to main construction.

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Crossrail: What's really delaying the £15.4bn mega-projectSubscription

Construction News investigates the detailed reasons behind the scheme’s nine-month setback – and whether more delays could follow.

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Apprenticeships turf war: Who's in charge of standards?Subscription

What happens when the standards of a professional body are at odds with those of the Institute for Apprenticeships? Binyamin Ali examines how the resulting turf war is damaging the industry’s skills pipeline.


Nudge in the right direction: Using psychology to boost safetySubscription

‘Nudging’ – using psychological techniques to influence people’s behaviour – was employed by former PM David Cameron and is now being applied in the construction industry. But how effective is it? Lucy Alderson takes a look. 

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Grosvenor hotel upgrade shows what clients wantSubscription

Sustainable refurbs are the hospitality sector’s big trend and offer huge potential for contractors. Lucy Alderson looks at the £50m green revamp of Park Lane’s Grosvenor House to find out more.

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Inside Spurs' stadium: 'I’ve never in my life worked like that'Subscription

CN exclusively reveals allegations that site chaos, confusion and ill-discipline lie behind the delays to Tottenham Hotspur’s £850m stadium.