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Mace mulls legal challenge to CH2M's £170m HS2 win

16 Feb 17 | By Iain Withers

Sources suggest Mace could launch High Court challenge “within days”

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CITB to cut levy by a third

16 Jan 17 | By Yoosof Farah

Consultation on proposals will start next month

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Appointments

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Buro Four promotes two to board

25 Jan 17

Ian Higgs and David Boles have been appointed to consulant’s board of directors

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Salary surveys

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Contractors' salary survey 2016: All to play for

18 Nov 16

Brexit uncertainty has put a brake on wage inflation among contractors, but the latest salary survey from Hays shows opportunities are still out there

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Student

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First Impressions: DLA's Beacon Centre

Building’s student panel from Nottingham Trent share their thoughts on the building in Blackburn

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Legal

Ian Yule

It was never a problem before

22 Feb 17 | By Ian Yule

The rule of ‘estoppel by convention’ is increasingly significant in disputes about payment or payless notices. So, what is it and what do the courts say about it?

Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Issuing payment notices

17 Feb 17 | By Ted Lowery

Was a contractor’s interim payment notice valid and, if so, had the employer issued an effective payless notice?

James Bessey

Scoring an own goal

9 Feb 17 | By James Bessey

A benefit of arbitration is that it stops details of a dispute becoming public. But, as a case involving a football manager shows, if you challenge the arbitration you lose that advantage

Jeffery Brown

Had enough of experts?

17 Feb 17 | By Jeffrey Brown

Expert reports are not ‘expected or required’ in the new edition of the pre-action protocol for construction disputes. But construction claims have less chance of settling without them

Howard Bassford and Michael Fry

Turning the tide

10 Feb 17 | By Howard Bassford and Michael Fry

Tidal power could revolutionise UK energy infrastructure. Here, the firm that advised on planning for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay describes the challenges of that landmark scheme

Laurence Cobb

Defects: Making it right

3 Feb 17 | By Laurence Cobb

Contractors are expected to come back and repair any defects after completion of a scheme but if they refuse – or an employer does not ask them – who carries the cost?

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CPD

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CPD 2 2017: Implementing lean construction

14 Feb 17

Lean construction can be applied at every stage of a project to cut waste and improve efficiency. This CPD, sponsored by Newforma, discusses the challenges of implementing this approach and how they can be overcome

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CPD 1 2017: Living walls

6 Feb 17

A living wall incorporates vegetation into facades or other internal or external walls. This CPD, sponsored by ANS Global, will examine the benefits and the key design considerations

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CPD 23 2016: BIM levels of detail

19 Dec 16

Levels of detail define the content of a BIM project at different stages. This CPD, sponsored by Vectorworks, outlines the main points to consider

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Careers

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Mentoring: Support act

25 Jan 17

Mentoring is touted as an effective way to help employees starting off in their careers to work their way up the ladder. So what do those who have signed up to be mentored get out of it? Yoosof Farah asked three of them

Nigel Goddard

The many rather than the few

9 December 2016

To solve the skills shortage, the industry needs to look beyond the narrow confines of apprenticeships for young people

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Good Employer Guide 2016: Trend Setters

25 Nov 16

An ever-dwindling workforce means the built environment is in dire need of fresh blood. So what improvements are this year’s top 50 employers making to retain staff and entice new recruits?

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