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Tuesday24 January 2017

Contractors

LATEST CONTRACTOR INTERVIEW

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Neil Martin: Steady as he goes

8 Dec 16

Since Neil Martin took over at the helm of Lendlease’s European construction operations he has returned the firm to profit and steadied the ship. So the question everyone wants to know is how he did it

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Andy Steele

Andy Steele: ‘Was that me?’

29 Mar 16

It took Andy Steele just five years to transform Connaught into a £240m-turnover sensation. Can he pull it off again?

Simon Eyers

Simon Eyers: Beating the odds

14 Mar 16

National Apprenticeship Week: Being born deaf and mute hasn’t stopped Simon Eyers landing a job as an electrician at contractor FM Conway

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Life of Pycroft

2 Dec 15

He’s the boy from Bradford, done good – a ‘tough as nails’ business leader who built the Shard and steered Mace to become one of the UK’s most prestigious multidisciplinary construction firms

Stef Stefanou

Interview: Stef Stefanou

16 Jan 15

The former John Doyle chairman unpicks the events that led to the firm’s closure in 2012, and reveals how the industry exposed a darker side in his hour of need

Andrew Davies, Wates

Interview: Andrew Davies

12 Sep 14

When Andrew Davies, Wates’ chief executive, goes to the board next month it will be to tell them how he intends to double turnover at the £1bn family firm. But don’t expect a revolution

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Interview: Gary Sullivan

21 Aug 14

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

Tony Burton Wall

Inteview: Tony Burton

12 Jun 14

The Construction Industry Council’s new chairman wants the body to make a strong case on behalf of the industry’s professionals. He talks about skills shortages, improving the image of construction and stepping into the limelight

Neil Martin, Lend Lease

Interview: Neil Martin

14 Mar 14

It’s been all change in Lend Lease’s European business, with recent years marked by management instability and falling profits. Can the managing director of its construction arm Neil Martin succeed where others have failed and turn the business around?

Brendan Kerr

Interview: Brendan Kerr

24 Jan 14

In 2010, Keltbray, the company Brendan Kerr had bought and built into the UK’s biggest demolition contractor, was in a very tough place. Now it’s poised for its busiest year ever. So what went right and what’s Kerr got up his sleeve next? Joey Gardiner reports

Cyrille Ragoucy

Interview: Cyrille Ragoucy, Lafarge Tarmac

20 Nov 13

The chief executive of Lafarge Tarmac has big plans for the newly merged materials giant. And he’s not going to let a little difference of opinion with the Competition Commission stand in his way

Vinci

Interview: Andrew Ridley-Barker, Vinci

23 Oct 13

Vinci’s construction boss on why the firm is putting airports at the centre of its growth strategy

Skanska

Interview: Mike Putnam, Skanska

27 September 2013

The Skanska UK boss on prompt payment, where he aims to take the firm and his work at the Green Construction Board

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Interview: Mark Reynolds, Mace

20 September 2013

Mace’s new chief executive on how he plans to double the firm’s turnover by 2020

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Interview: Dave Smith, Blacklist Support Group

23 August 2013

The blacklisted engineer on his fightback against the industry - and why he also has the unions in his sights

Lakehouse

Interview: Stuart Black, Lakehouse

25 Jul 13

The Lakehouse executive chairman on how the contractor has managed to defy the downturn

Lend Lease

Interview: Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease

18 Jul 13

Lend Lease has put Pascal Mittermaier in charge of the £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme

BAM

How Bam came top of Google's search

12 Jul 13

Bam Construct UK boss Graham Cash tells Building what winning one of the most prestigious construction jobs of the year means for the contractor

McLaren

Kevin Taylor and Phil Pringle: We like winning

5 Oct 12

Kevin Taylor and Phil Pringle, the two men who built McLaren, on how they created a £400m-turnover contractor in the teeth of an economic crisis – and why they’ve got no plans to sell up

Pycroft

Stephen Pycroft: The man who scaled the Shard

03 August 2012

With no more Shards on the horizon, how will Mace keep moving upwards? The firm’s chief executive explains

Steve Hindley, Midas

Steve Hindley: Mr Happy

20 July 2012

The chair of contractor Midas and the CBI’s Construction Council has a smile on his face. What does he know that we don’t?

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