Just some of the figures behind this week’s news on our continued Carillion coverage, Laing O’Rourke’s Dubai Expo deals and shocking welfare facilities statistics.
76 – Carillion’s AWPR workforce
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Construction News revealed that all construction workers employed by Carillion on the scheme have been offered employment by Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try. The delayed AWPR is believed to be one of three major UK projects that contributed to the contractor’s collapse.
68% – Balance of SMEs short of bricklayers
Recruitment for certain specialist trades is the toughest it’s been for 10 years, according to the Federation of Master Builders’ quarterly assessment. A net balance of 68 per cent of the SMEs surveyed reported difficulties recruiting bricklayers, while 63 per cent were struggling to find carpenters during the last three months of 2017.
35,000 – Dubai’s peak
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The contractor will deliver the Expo’s Leadership and Media Pavillions, as well as the ‘Hammerhead’ access road that will serve the Expo’s Al Wasl Plaza centrepiece. Construction is expected to start on site at the end of this month, with the shell and core expected to be finished in October 2019 – a year before the Expo opens.
17% – Shared welfare facilities on site
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The survey of 3,500 Unite members claimed that many sites failed to meet the legal requirements for workplace welfare facilities. Regulations state employers are required to provide drinking water as well as “adequate” toilet, washing and kitchen facilities.
61% – of LGBT+ workers feel being LGBT+ creates barriers
This figure was significantly higher in construction than architecture or engineering, according to CN’s latest LGBT+ survey. Features writer Lucy Alderson analyses how attitudes have changed since the previous year and whether construction still has a long way to go.
4 months – Quintain’s early decision
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The developer, which is behind Wembley’s £2bn regeneration, revealed it had decided against the contract with Carillion due to fears over the contractor’s future “ability to trade”. Quintain instead handed the deal to McAleer & Rushe, with whom it first entered discussions in September.