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Editor's pick of the week

So what a week it’s been for Haymills. First they’re on the brink of administration and now Vinci is swooping in to buy the flailing contractor in a bid to rescue the firm.

Interserve revealed recession-defying this week, despite the Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade survey showing 75 per cent of firms reporting a reduction in order books, up from 65 per cent in Q1.

But eight major construction teams are set to compete for up to four places on the Highways Agency’s £2 billion major projects framework and 30 are fighting it out for a place on a £348 million housing framework.

In this week’s issue we focus on market forecasts and an analysis of business opportunities in the education sector and Northern Ireland - as well as a special focus on winning work in the East Midlands.

In our features sections we cover the key issues for CN readers - claims, contract law, productivity, training and more.

And Alex Hawkes looks at what the housing sector tells us about what shape the recovery will take….

The Built Environment Marketing Awards are open for entries. For details on how to enter see www.cnplus.co.uk/bema or contact Philippa Mackenzie at philippa.mackenzie@emap.com or on 0207 728 4632. Check out RossSturley’s latest blog on avoid the clichés of construction marketing.

And keep abreast of all the industry news and gossip on our new blog page, where our legal reporterRhiannonHoyle and business editor Nick Whitten will be bringing you the stories behind the headlines.

See the latest on the Wembley legal battle between Multiplex and Mott MacDonald and find all the background to the case in our legal section.

If you haven’t subscribed to Construction News you can still access dozens of stories this week covering every corner of the industry.

Nick Edwards
Editor
Construction News