As Brookfield and Cleveland Bridge are shown the yellow card, others strut the red carpet of fashion week and make good use of neon dancewear. It’s just Davis Langdon that is left feeling a bit blue
The continuing legal saga over Wembley stadium took an embarrassing turn last week for Mott MacDonald and Brookfield Construction (the company formerly known as Multiplex) as the two received a stern ticking off from Mr Justice Coulson. The judge became so fed up with the parties’ failure to agree on which points should be argued that he ordered the opposing sides to reach an agreement that day or he would throw out the entire sub-trial. “Your lack of co-operation is abysmal; that is very apparent to me,” he told the firms’ legal teams. “I feel like I’m refereeing these disputes in a game of blind man’s buff.”
A disturbing tale has been circulating among the Mipim delegates who are girding themselves for next month’s property bash. Some have been saying that their hang-out of choice, Café Roma, has been “demolished”, causing widespread alarm among the champagne-swilling brigade. Well, fear not. Building can reveal that the beloved venue is in fact being refurbished. And the improved bar will be open in time to be swamped by revellers – sorry, businessmen – just like it is every year. Phew.
Unlikely as it may seem for an industry whose garment of choice is a fluorescent high-vis vest, construction was represented at London Fashion Week this Tuesday. The unlikely marriage came courtesy of Gleeds, who sponsored the appearance by “ethical fashion designer” Ada Zanditon.
Alas, the chances of Ada finding a more permanent market within the industry for her work look slight. Her promotional material states that that she is “focused on creating desirable womenswear” – although the description of her work as an “architecturally disciplined collection” may offer some opportunity …
If you’re a small consultant then getting your name to appear top in a Google search is a pretty key task. Have pity then for construction economist Martin Hewes, and his www.hewes-associates.co.uk website, which has been having a tussle for Google top spot with www.hewesassociates.com, the website for Glenn Close’s fictitious law firm in the US television series Damages. Martin has only recently managed to regain top spot from the fake site, which simply sells DVDs of the programme, and is therefore not so useful for anyone after detailed economic analyses of the construction industry. However, he now faces a new challenge: Damages has just returned for a third season on UK television, once more threatening Martin’s position as most searched for Hewes on the internet.
Beds, sofas and trampolines
Russian Ikea bosses have come up with a psychedelic plan to get shoppers spending a few more roubles on lamps called Ulrika and bed frames called Jørn. The group is in talks with none other than Cirque du Soleil about turning the stores’ minimalist entrance halls into circus rings. It seems research showed that a bit of culture is what gets Russians out of bed in the morning – well, if neon pink leotards won’t do the job, what will?