Saturday23 August 2014


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Arcadis scores ‘technical knockout’ in Hyder bid war

22 Aug 14

Hyder share price rises above Arcadis offer price, but analysts deem Japanese counter bid unlikely

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T&T alleges 'price manipulation' over £750m framework

22 Aug 14

Exclusive: Claims contained in Turner & Townsend legal challenge to the government’s massive public sector consultants framework

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Retrofit work slumps to lowest level in over a year

22 Aug 14

Amount of work under Green Deal and ECO retrofit schemes hits its lowest level in over year


Location of contracts awarded (July)

Getting there

21 Aug 14

While the economy is slowly returning to health, July did witness a slight decrease in construction levels


Lime pozzolan

The advantages of lime pozzolan

19 Aug 14

Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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Eastbourne Pier fire

Watch: Blaze rips through Eastbourne Pier Video

31 Jul 14

Devastating fire destroys main building on the historic Eastbourne Pier


Speller Metcalfe's Western Power Distribution Depot

'Very exciting shed' wins highest ever BREEAM score

22 Aug 14

Speller Metcalfe’s Western Power Distribution depot scores 102% under BREEAM standard

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These houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed have been externally insulated and then finished with a basecoat, Tonachino protective coating and topcoat from Mapei’s Silancolor range

CPD 16 2014: Render-protected external wall insulation

EWI systems are an effective means of improving a building’s thermal efficiency. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Mapei, examines the types of system available, as well as colours, finishes and the relevant standards

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What to specify: Housing

7 Aug 14

This week’s housing products include the installation of Redland 49 roof tiles to prevent the vortex effect for homes under the Heathrow flight path and a 150 window replacement job for Kirklees council

Sketch of the week

Roger Fitzgerald sketch

Sketch of the week: South Bank

22 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Roger Fitzgerald for charity Article 25’s annual 10x10 event


Procurement on trial

Procurement on trial

22 Aug 14

Construction firms are increasingly emboldened to take the government to court over its procurement decisions, but who’s to blame?

Gary Sullivan 3

Interview: Gary Sullivan

21 Aug 14

Gary Sullivan, co-founder and chairman of Wilson James, explains what the army can teach construction

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Carillion ends pursuit of Balfour Beatty

22 Aug 14

Analysts say Balfour has missed an opportunity after rejecting Carillion’s £2.1bn revised offer for a merger

More merger analysis


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Barbour ABI's August market review is out now

20 Aug 14

Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review for August is now available to download


Joey Gardiner

Challenging times

22 Aug 14 | By Joey Gardiner

In regards to procurement, the public sector is already held to a far higher standard than private clients



Hansom: Fantasia

22 Aug 14

Create your own unique buildings using Lego bricks, see your dreams of a replica Eiffel Tower come true, watch as a dead monarch’s head comes back to life, be amazed as Battersea’s crumbling towers are resurrected …


Joey Gardiner

Challenging times

22 Aug 14 | By Joey Gardiner

In regards to procurement, the public sector is already held to a far higher standard than private clients

Allister Hayman

Beware the wrong acquisition

22 Aug 14 | By Allister Hayman

What can we learn from the month-long Balfour Beatty-Carillion kerfuffle?

Debbie Hobbs

How do we get GB to move from G to B?

21 Aug 14 | By Debbie Hobbs

If property investors are to improve the energy performance of their assets they need clarity on the government’s long-term aims

Noble Francis

Tentative times

20 Aug 14 | By Noble Francis

The CPA/Barbour ABI Construction Index was 128 in July, slightly lower (4%) than in June

Michael Dall

Reaching pre-recession levels

20 Aug 14 | By Michael Dall

One could be forgiven for not knowing whether to celebrate the banishing of the recession or worry about an unbalanced recovery

Richard Steer 2014

A suitable case for treatment

20 Aug 14 | By Richard Steer

Medical advances, improved technology and increasing outpatient numbers have transformed the construction challenge - so the decade-old NHS estate guidance needs some radical updating

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