Rhiannon reports on all aspects of the construction industry but specialises in health and safety and legal issues.
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PC Harrington plots Middle East pathSubscription
PC Harrington chairman Pat Harrington believes the specialist contractor and plant hire firm can increase Middle Eastern turnover dramatically within two years.
Contractors to vie for Westfield fit-outSubscription
Retailers are set to begin procuring contractors for the fit-out of retail units at Westfield’s £1.45 billion Stratford City development.
Hampshire-based contractor MJ Gleeson is in a £4 million legal tussle with 12 of its former subcontractors after “numerous defects” were allegedly found on a school project the team completed in Milton Keynes seven years ago.
Step forward for £3bn coal plant plansSubscription
Contracting giants hungry for new energy work are expected to soon be in talks with Peel Energy over its plans for a £3 billion multi-fuel power station at Hunterston, North Ayrshire.
Dozens of education, transport and leisure projects are at risk in Oxfordshire after the county council announced a review of its £500 million capital budget.
Bovis CEO Nick Pollard to leave groupSubscription
Bovis Lend Lease chief executive Nick Pollard is understood to be stepping down after less than two years in the role.
Contractor fined £45k over lift fatalitySubscription
Kent-based contractor J Brown Services has been ordered to pay £45,000 in fines and costs after a fitter was crushed to death in a lift accident in Mayfair in 2005.
Cornwall development company Norwegian Homes has been fined £4,500 for failing to undertake a survey for the presence of toxic asbestos fibres at a demolition site in Perranporth.
ODA scraps 'key' Olympic Park turbine Subscription
Plans for a 130m-high wind turbine at the Olympic Park site in London have been abandoned, the Olympic Delivery has announced today.
Former Carillion executive director David Hurcomb has been appointed as chief executive officer at building services firm NG Bailey.
“I think there’s definitely more optimism here than [there was] last year,” London mayor Boris Johnson declared as he give his whirlwind keynote speech to a packed auditorium at the 21st MIPIM conference in Cannes last week. But it was a statement that undoubtedly left the flock divided, with in fact more groans to be heard amongst the crowd than cheers.
Construction has never got the attention and support that many other industries have had. As chief construction adviser Paul Morrell told CN last month the industry is often misunderstood by politicians – as a result it comes across to Government as though it doesn’t have a plan for its own future
John Spanswick is right. The Health and Safety Executive’s new figures on construction deaths for last October and November certainly do raise alarm bells.
Perhaps it is unsurprising the Ministry of Justice’s plans for an overhaul of limitation periods were scrapped.
Finally, some good news for the housing sector: housebuilders are back on the hire.
I almost thought it was going to be a double-whammy last week. First E.On put the brakes on its popular £1.5 billion Kingsnorth scheme, then Danish energy giant Dong came out saying it was pulling out of the planned £2bn Ayrshire plant up north.
There’s a whole gamut of measures being used to track the recession, from spiralling output to sliding company profits. But one that has proved a stark indicator is the attendance at this year’s Little Britain Challenge Cup – the construction industry’s annual regatta.
In six months time, tiny regional engineering firm Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings will face a court in Bristol.
It is fair to say Mr Justice Coulson has taken on the £253 million Wembley trial with a fair bit of enthusiasm, injecting a dose of wit into its first case management hearing in his usual style.
Many were waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the judicial review against the OFT, sparked by Crest Nicholson’s claims it had been unfairly treated in the whole “bid-rigging” investigation.