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Thursday25 August 2016

NEW ANALYSIS

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Contractors' interims: Grave new world

24 Aug 16

After the shock Brexit referendum result, contractors have found themselves wondering how to adapt to survive in the renewed climate of economic uncertainty

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Sir Robert McAlpine: The hollow crown?

Family firm Sir Robert McAlpine is once again without a boss. So, what happened, and can things be different for the next person to take the job?

Manchester

The North goes south

The idea of establishing a northern powerhouse has lost a powerful supporter with the departure of chancellor George Osborne. Is there the will and momentum now in Whitehall to keep the project going?

Top 150 contractors 2016

Top 150 contractors: The rough & tumble

This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 shows the sector pulling out of recession, but economic danger remains

Theresa May

How Theresa May can avoid a construction recession

In these days of lightning fast political changes, and possibly dire economic prospects, prime minister Theresa May has to hit the ground running if she is to prevent construction slipping into another recession

Egg

This pensions crisis can only get worse

Consultants that offered generous final salary schemes decades ago are now suffering the consequences of shouldering huge pensions deficits

Brexit

Brexit: The vote that shook Britain

It’s hit construction hard - on the stock exchange, in boardrooms and on sites across the UK, people are starting to rethink an industry that is no longer part of the EU. But what exactly will change and how quickly?

construction useful

What a Brexit means for construction

At a glance - the likely impact on labour, materials and investment

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The construction manager: Last chance to see?

Since its heyday in the 1990s, the construction manager has declined in numbers, due to the loss of its natural habitat of rising inflation and wealthy clients. Building assesses whether time has run out for the once-common role or whether it’s about to bounce back

EU

Brexit: No time to hedge our bets

As polling cards are readied for the UK’s EU referendum, the construction sector prepares for the possibility of a vote to Leave. Building speaks to professionals about the possible profound effects on labour and material costs, foreign investment, and growth and trade

Grand Union Park

‘The next Canary Wharf and Stratford combined’

A planned interchange between HS2 and Crossrail has made an unassuming spot of west London a candidate for the largest regeneration scheme in the UK

Sweets

Sweett hereafter

With Sweett’s purchase by WSP PB making it the latest venerable UK consultant to be snapped up by a bigger foreign firm, Building considers how such takeover deals - and the spin-off firms that often result - are changing the market

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Blacklist: ‘We take it very personal’

The legal battle against major construction firms for using an employee blacklist has finally been settled out of court to the tune of millions. But for some victims and supporters, the matter is very far from over

Laing ORourke

Laing O’Rourke: Behind closed doors

Following problem jobs, awkward financial signs and the departure of the chief executive for health reasons, 69-year-old Laing O’Rourke founder Ray O’Rourke has taken the reins once again

Sadiq Khan

London’s new mayor: Yes, he Khan

Sadiq Khan has the mother of all in-trays to contend with in his first months as London’s new mayor - everything from housing to Heathrow, Crossrail 2 to controversial planning decisions

M62 motorway

Planes, trains and automobiles

George Osborne is famously a fan of infrastructure - but is he putting his money where his mouth is?

Battersea crane collapse

Battersea crane tragedy: After the fall

Ten years after the Battersea crane tragedy, Joey Gardiner talks to the mother of one of the two men killed in the accident and asks if tower cranes are any safer now than they were a decade ago

Steel

Testing our metal

The steel rollercoaster of the last few weeks seems to have ended well, with Greybull’s purchase of Tata’s construction division. But is this, and the government’s call to ‘buy British’, enough to save UK steel?

Cover Mayoral Election

A tale of two mayors

With Londoners headed to the polls on 5 May to decide the city’s next mayor, we look at the impact frontrunners Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan would have on the major construction issues facing the capital

Leo Quinn

Balfour Beatty: ‘Not short of stellar’

When Leo Quinn took over at a troubled Balfour Beatty, he launched a two-year strategy to revive the fortunes of the UK’s largest builder

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Have you seen the BIM deadline?

From Monday, any firm wanting to be considered for public sector construction work will need to be BIM level 2 compliant. Yet just days before the deadline, only about half of companies are using the technology

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