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Balfour Beatty takes £12m revenue hit after court case

10 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Firm wins arbitration case but gets settlement much lower than expected

Planning Houses

Crown Estate's 5,000-home scheme wins planning

7 Apr 14

A 5,000-home scheme in Breckland, Norfolk, has been given the go-ahead by planners

High speed Javelin train at Ashford station, HS2

MPs call for ring-fenced HS2 environmental protection budget

7 Apr 14 | By Vern Pitt

Environmental Audit Committee report warns of cuts to environmental mitigation if construction costs spiral upwards

Construction site

Aggregates giants Lafarge and Holcim to merge

7 Apr 14 | By Iain Withers

Deal will create largest global player in the cement, concrete and aggregates markets

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Appointments

Handshake

Balfour Beatty poaches senior Network Rail director

15 Apr 14

Uma Shanker joins contractor as chief operating officer of Balfour Beatty’s M&E arm

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Salary surveys

housebuilders salaries

Housebuilders' salary survey 2013

12 Dec 13

Over a few short months, the housebuilding industry has moved from stagnation to skills crisis, with firms paying staggering bonuses to hang on to staff. Here are the findings of the Building/PSD Group 2013 housebuilders’ salary survey

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Legal

Alastair Young

Adjudicator jurisdiction: Between a rock and a hard place

17 Apr 14 | By Alastair Young

A case from January illustrates the potential difficulties of seeking to limit the jurisdiction of an adjudicator and how, consequently, their decision may be wider than expected

James Bessey

Forum shopping: Retail therapy

15 Apr 14 | By James Bessey

Tempting as it may be to shop around for your preferred adjudicator, the courts won’t look kindly on it - and you might end up with a longer dispute than you bargained for

Ann Mingoue

Guaranteeing the guarantees

9 Apr 14 | By Ann Minogue

What happens when a firm agrees to deliver a bond or collateral warranty and then fails to do so? Mr Justice Ramsey, it seems, thinks ordering specific performance may be a solution

Steven Carey

Third party funding: A third wheel?

7 Apr 14 | By Steven Carey

Stopjoin Projects Ltd vs Balfour Beatty Engineering Services highlights issues which arise when third parties get involved in financing construction companies

Robert Blundell

Offshore wind power: Winds of change

7 Apr 14 | By Robert Blundell

Legal and regulatory hurdles are making offshore wind power unneccessarily expensive. Before the next round of projects is procured, we need to cut the costs in half

Tony Bingham

Jackson Reforms: Justice going cheap

4 Apr 14 | By Tony Bingham

Andrew Mitchell found himself falling foul of the new Jackson Reforms when it came to costs in the ‘Plebgate’ case. But what will the changes mean for construction disputes?

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CPD

Rsks associated with modern methods of construction

CPD 5 2014: Risks associated with modern methods of construction

28 February 2014

This module examines the best ways to manage the risks associated with MMC during the design and construction process. It is sponsored by LABC Warranty

The Dali system at the LMB in Cambridge includes presence detectors and multisensors that link to both the lighting and HVAC controls

CPD 4 2014: Dali and integrated building services

28 February 2014

This module explains the applications of the open protocol for digital lighting, and its integration into a building-wide open system. It is sponsored by Delmatic

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Careers

Trouble at the top

Trouble at the top

10 Apr 14

Bad managers can have a big impact on staff morale and productivity levels, and they could even pose a serious threat to the industry’s upturn. So why are there so many of them?

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Skills shortages: Let the right ones in

20 Feb 14

With the upturn in work has come predictions of a skills shortage. But the CIC’s Jack Pringle thinks the need for architects, QSs and engineers is already so critical that we should be sourcing them from outside the UK and Europe

career landscape

Careers: Should I stay or should I go?

31 Jan 14

For young UK construction professionals looking with gloom at this country’s embattled industry, overseas work has long seemed a tempting prospect. But as work here picks up, can the UK retain and even regain its skilled staff? Mike Brown reports

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Student

The Beacon Centre in Blackburn

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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