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Editor's pick of the week

Contractors will urge energy companies to engage them early on plans for nuclear new build projects after draft policy statements unveiled this week showed a clear direction towards a new nuclear programme based around 10 sites.

Laing O’Rourke has announced that chief operating officer Tony Douglas is to step down from the role as Ray O’Rourke delays leadership change.

Balfour Beatty and Geoffrey Osborne have clinched the main civils package on the £300 million Highways Agency construction management framework.

Work and pensions secretary Yvette Cooper will meet trade bodies and lobby groups next week to discuss how recommendations from the Donaghy report into construction deaths can be implemented across the industry.

This week CN reports on the Conservatives plans for planning, regeneration and the IPC at the CN Tory briefing.

And Olympics chief John Armitt has rubbished speculation that aggressive tendering has slashed the cost of the Athletes’ Village.

Subscribers to Construction News will receive an indepth look at the commercial sector. It is set to make £8 billion in 2009, under half of what the sector secured in 2007.

Winning Work focuses on Edinburgh and Glasgow this week – despite the trying times for these cities, the Commonwealth Games is helping contractors.

Alongside this is the usual realm of Contract Leads for work across the country – available extensively online.

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Nick Edwards
Construction News