Brussels set to demand 30% energy efficiency increase

28 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

European Commission outlines plans to increase energy efficiency in buildings by 2030


Balfour Beatty and Carillion in merger talks

25 Jul 14 | By Allister Hayman

Balfour Beatty and Carillion have announced that they are in talks about a possible merger

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F+G pays out £3.3m in Manchester tower battle

25 Jul 14 | By Iain Withers

Firm pays out to settle a £9.9m High Court dispute over alleged failings on an abandoned tower project in Manchester

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Contractor makes £200m claim after failed nuclear bid

25 Jul 14 | By Vern Pitt

Energy Solutions files for damages after losing £7bn decommissioning job to Babcock-led consortium

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Construction appointments: 25 July 2014

25 Jul 14

McLaren Construction, Lovell and JH Shouksmith and Sons are among the firms announcing appointments this week

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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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Steven Carey

Set-off: Know the setbacks

28 Jul 14 | By Steven Carey

Set-off is a term that is regularly heard in the construction industry, but does everyone know exactly what it means?

Jill Carey

Caught in the Act

28 Jul 14 | By Jill Carey

Your brilliant idea to develop part of an existing building could easily be scuppered by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 - so best to get advice early

Simon Lewis

Playing by the rules

25 Jul 14 | By Simon Lewis

The ‘Plebgate’ affair may not have been very edifying but it did give the courts the opportunity to issue guidelines on Civil Procedure Rule 3.9 - on granting relief from court sanctions

Tony Bingham

Books for the beach

25 Jul 14 | By Tony Bingham

It’s summer and you’ll be wanting to pack some reading matter for the hols. Well, Construction Contract Variations will have you on the edge of your lilo

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

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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. 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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