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Legal action threatened over plans to axe solar subsidy

4 Sep 15 | By Yoosof Farah

Friends of the Earth to explore legal options after government consults on scrapping solar feed-in tariff

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Private equity firm circles Imtech UK

26 Aug 15 | By Louise Dransfield

Private equity firm Endless in “exclusive negotiations” regarding buying Irish business and three subsidiaries, and is “interested” in UK

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Administrators reveal Longcross Construction owed £30m

20 Aug 15 | By Louise Dransfield

Longcross Construction collapsed owing over £30m following ill-advised expansion

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Planning Houses

All change at top of Henry Boot

28 Aug 15

New executive team announced as housebuilder posts solid half-year results

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Salary surveys

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Hays international salary survey 2015

5 Jun 15

The clamour for talent in the UK is growing and salaries are rising in response

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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

Tony Bingham

Cost budget: Once were warriors

4 Sep 15 | By Tony Bingham

A judge recently cut in half a claimant’s cost budget which was in excess of the amount in dispute. But you can’t blame lawyers – that’s how they were trained for ‘combative litigation’

Francis Ho

Insurance: Blown out of the water

2 Sep 15 | By Francis Ho

Do all-risks policies permit contractors to avoid liability for insured losses? A recent Court of Session case suggests not

Hamish Lal

Refs to review penalties

25 Aug 15 | By Hamish Lal

The law on liquidated damages is regarded by some as unworkable and now the Supreme Court is to look at penalty clauses. Its decision could have profound consequences for construction

Elaine McIlroy and Michael Ryley

Migrant salary rules: Your next headache

3 Sep 15 | By Michael Ryley, Elaine McIlroy

New migrant salary rules coming in next April will make life more difficult for construction companies already hit by skills shortages

David Johnson

Payless notices: Serves them right?

26 Aug 15 | By David Johnson

We all know that an employer has to issue a payless notice if it wishes to pay less than the amount claimed by the contractor. But why do employers continue to fail to serve them?

James Bessey

Adjudication: All aboard

21 Aug 15 | By James Bessey

Once you start adjudication you are tied in to the end of the process, unlike court proceedings where more emphasis is put on settling and cutting the cost spend

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GOOD EMPLOYER GUIDE 2014

Good Employer Guide 2014

Revealed: Construction's top employers 2014

24 Oct 14

We reveal the 50 firms that make up the Building Good Employer Guide 2014 as well as the top five firms picked by the judges for special praise

CPD

Harmonising colour schemes involve two or more colours that sit next to each other on the artist’s colour wheel

CPD 17 2015: Specifying colour

2 Sep 15

The latest in our series of CPD modules examines the key issues when selecting a rooflight, including the diff erent types of glass and operating systems, as well as relevant standards and testing procedures

A bespoke Ridgeglaze rooflight was specified at AFL Architects’ Gloucester Services on the M5 in Gloucestershire

CPD 16 2015: Specifying rooflights

27 Aug 15

The latest in our series of CPD modules examines the key issues when selecting a rooflight, including the diff erent types of glass and operating systems, as well as relevant standards and testing procedures

Premier Inn in King’s Cross, London, designed by Axiom Architects

CPD 15 2015: Innovative BIM in small and medium practices

19 Aug 15

This module, sponsored by Vectorworks, examines the benefits of collaborative BIM technology for smaller architects, and explores how the process worked on two recent projects

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Women in engineering: The only way is up

23 Jun 15

With women making up fewer than 10% of engineers in the UK, what can be done to encourage more to join the profession?

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Building Award Winners: CITB Training Initiative of the Year

30 Apr 15

This year’s shortlisted training initiatives take focus on safety, customer satisfaction and leadership aspects of development, with the results of one scheme proving particularly impressive

Richard Steer 2014

The science of talent spotting

28 Apr 15

We need to get more sophisticated in how we recruit construction professionals - let’s ditch the random CV trawl in favour of focused data analysis

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