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Editor's pick of the week

So, interest in the £1.2 billion Forth Bridge contract has stepped up a gear with two more joint ventures from the big hitters - including Laing O’Rourke - set to be vying for the job, Construction News can reveal this week.

Elsewhere Crossrail has put two major tunnelling jobs out to tender on the £16 billion project.

In his first speech since Rita Donaghy’s report into construction fatalities, Health and Safety Executive chief inspector of construction Philip White has urged the Government to focus on safety when awarding construction contracts.

Subscribers to Construction News receive an indepth look into the flailing commercial sector but there is said to be light at the end of the tunnel with recovery for the sector set for… 2013. This weeks regional breakdown focuses on the North-west, plus a look at the increasing stabilisation of the housing market.

Results season is upon again with a number of firms publishing results for the first half of 2009 this week. And it’s been a bit of a mixed bag.

Laing O’Rourke pushed its turnover past the £4 billion mark, Carillion saw a pre-tax profit rise of a whopping 92 per cent and Bovis Homes reporting a loss of £8.6 million and Styles & Wood made a loss of £1.1 million.  

The Built Environment Marketing Awards are open for entries. For details on how to enter see or contact Philippa Mackenzie at or on 0207 728 4632.

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Nick Edwards
Construction News