Small construction firms’ average debt reaches £484,000

22 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Study shows small firms have up to 16% of their turnover outstanding in unpaid bills

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Minister outlines limit for zero carbon exemption

22 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Small site exemption for zero carbons standard likely to apply to sites of less than 10 homes

Steven Holl's design for the Maggie's Centre at St Barts Hospital

St Bart's Maggie Centre wins planning

17 Jul 14 | By Elizabeth Hopkirk

Steven Holl-designed Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre for St Bart’s hospital has been narrowly approved by City of London planners

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Climate watchdog slams weakened zero carbon homes policy

15 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Committee on Climate Change says it sees “no rationale” for letting small developments off the standard

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Phil Todd

Atkins hires major projects boss

22 Jul 14

Atkins has hired Phill Todd from engineering group Fluor as group managing director for major projects

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Salary surveys

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Hays international salary survey 2014

06 June 2014

As memories of the dark days of recession in the UK fade, working abroad may no longer be a necessity, but is often still an attractive option.Jim Dunton looks at Hays’ International Salary Survey 2014 for regions that are on the up

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Gary Sinden

Adjudication and administration: Show us the money

21 Jul 14 | By Gary Sinden

You can win an adjudication but still lose out if the client goes bust before you get payment of your award. But there are steps you can take to mitigate the risk

Michael Ryley

Zero game

18 Jul 14 | By Michael Ryley

Zero hours contracts offer both employers and workers flexibility - but they should not be used as a way of avoiding employment rights

Stephanie Canham

Assignment: We can't afford to get it wrong

18 Jul 14 | By Stephanie Canham

With notable distinction placed on assignment. What if it’s just not an option?

Simon Tolson

Duty of care

16 Jul 14 | By Simon Tolson

Beware when dealing with product liability. A recent case has shown there are times when goods are not ‘goods’ and breach is not all it seems

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Ryan Greening

A judgment on the JCT term 'appropriate deduction'

14 Jul 14 | By Ryan Greening

A recent case breaks new ground in dealing with how ‘appropriate deductions’ for defects can be deducted by the employer

Lucy Collingwood

The right remedy

11 Jul 14 | By Lucy Collingwood

A recent Supreme Court decision should make it easier for developers to argue that damages rather than an injunction should be awarded in nuisance cases

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These houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed have been externally insulated and then finished with a basecoat, Tonachino protective coating and topcoat from Mapei’s Silancolor range

CPD 16 2014: Render-protected external wall insulation

16 Jul 14

EWI systems are an effective means of improving a building’s thermal efficiency. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Mapei, examines the types of system available, as well as colours, finishes and the relevant standards

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CPD 15 2014: Specifying sustainable paints

10 Jul 14

Paint systems can have a major impact on the environmental performance of a project. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Johnstone’s Trade, outlines the key factors that specifiers need to consider

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Stephen Gee

Get in early

22 Jul 14

The number of women in construction is still woefuly low, says Stephen Gee. We need to engage with schools so that children have a better idea of what construction can offer

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Why be a distance learner?

19 Jun 14

More and more construction professionals who want to gain a competitive edge to progress their careers are turning to distance learning. Just don’t think of it as the easy option

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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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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