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Editor's pick of the week

After 18 months since the idea of the role was first tabled, QS Paul Morrell was named the Government’s first Chief Construction Adviser this week.

Speaking to Construction News Mr Morrell said that he will use his position to examine ‘the most urgent priorities’ for the industry and ‘won’t be holding out a begging bowl on the industry’s behalf.

The Office of Fair Trading has stood firm on its decision to focus on use of turnover rather than profit when handing-down fines in relation to its bid-rigging investigation – despite strong opposition from the industry. Click here for our extensive OFT coverage.

Elsewhere, six firms are in the running for the final two main contracts to be let on the £1.1 billion Athletes’ Village project for the 2012 Olympics.

And our technical section focuses on the roof being put into place on the Aquatics Centre – ‘technically one of the biggest challenges of the build.’ Complete with latest images of the project.

Kier chief executive-in-waiting Paul Sheffield talks to Construction News following his appointment, announced last Thursday.

Subscribers to Construction News will receive an analytical look at the recession and its effects on construction business failures – as a wave of insolvencies are expected following dramatic falls in future workloads.

And this weeks Winning Work looks at student accommodation and opportunities in the sector as it fares well in through the recession.

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

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

Find out about our latest construction trade missions to India, the Middle East and North Africa.

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Nick Edwards
Construction News