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    Kier: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

    2019-09-25T05:00:00Z

    Comparisons with Carillion and Interserve only hardened when Kier posted a £245m pre-tax loss — but some see a good business that can rebuild

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    Industry bodies launch construction quality app

    2018-10-09T06:00:00Z

    Free-to-download tool ‘Quality Tracker’ aims to provide a ‘constant reminder of quality targets’

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    Planning for change

    2018-06-15T06:00:00Z

    The English planning system is in need of a total overhaul, according to the recent Raynsford review. What kind of changes might we implement to create a more straightforward system and one that puts people and communities at its core?

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    Ten years on: Could it happen again?

    2018-06-01T08:20:00Z

    Ten years on from the crash of 2008, how has the industry changed  – and if another downturn strikes, will we be better placed to respond effectively?

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    Product fire testing: safe as houses?

    2018-03-27T06:00:00Z

    Construction product safety has been highlighted in the wake of the Grenfell fire. Thomas Lane unravels the complexities of the present system

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    Back to school: Funding formula

    2017-09-07T10:26:00Z

    Universities’ investment in their campuses continues to be strong but for how much longer? Brexit and Labour’s election pledge to scrap fees are giving vice-chancellors the jitters.

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    Safety in numbers

    2017-09-01T06:00:00Z

    The Definitive Guideline to health and safety sentencing was brought into force last year, signalling larger and more discretionary fines. What is its impact so far on SMEs in particular and what does it signal for safety in the sector?

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    PFI: In the balance

    2017-08-25T06:00:00Z

    With the risk of taking on work rising and the pipeline of promised projects yet to materialise, is the fate of PFI as a funding mechanism up in the air?

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    Shots in the dark

    2017-08-24T06:00:00Z

    Commentators are starting to predict a gloomier picture for the UK economy and the construction sector due to the negative effects of constant political uncertainty

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    Features

    No place like home: Staycations, Part 3

    2017-08-15T06:00:00Z

    Looking for a vacation without airport stress and high costs? Read the third part of a trip around the UK’s best holiday destinations

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    No place like home: Staycations, Part 2

    2017-08-14T06:00:00Z

    Looking for a vacation without airport stress and high costs? Read the second part of a trip around the UK’s best holiday destinations

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    No place like home: Staycations, Part 1

    2017-08-11T06:00:00Z

    Looking for a vacation without airport stress and high costs? Read the first part of a trip around the UK’s best holiday destinations

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    Rail infrastructure: Losing track, Part 2

    2017-08-10T06:00:00Z

    Read the second part of a tour of the UK’s major planned rail schemes. What are the chances of them hitting the buffers?

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    Rail infrastructure: Losing track, Part 1

    2017-08-09T07:00:00Z

    Read the first part of a tour of the UK’s major planned rail schemes. What are the chances of them hitting the buffers?

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    Carillion: A cautionary tale

    2017-08-04T06:00:00Z

    The UK’s second-biggest contractor has posted some pretty alarming figures recently, from its £695m debt to its £845m writedown. But how did it get into this state, how can it get out again, and what does it mean for the wider industry?

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    DUP: Done deal?

    2017-08-03T10:06:00Z

    With the Conservatives and DUP agreeing increased funding for the region, and a sizeable chunk of it going to infrastructure projects, Northern Ireland looked to be the big winner from June’s election. But does ongoing political turmoil put much of this construction work at risk?

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    Battersea: ‘The toughest project in the world'

    2017-07-21T06:00:00Z

    Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment has not had an easy time of it lately, with profit margins plummeting and costs soaring. The development company behind the scheme speaks exclusively to Building about the scale of the problems

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    Qatar: ‘This dispute has escalated beyond any reasonably sane level’

    2017-07-13T06:00:00Z

    With tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and its allies rising by the week, many are fearful of the impact this row could have on construction companies working in the Gulf state, the World Cup 2022 preparations, and Qatari investment in UK projects

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    Features

    Show us the money, Mr Hammond

    2017-07-07T06:00:00Z

    When Philip Hammond announced last month that UK Guarantees would include construction, many viewed it as a lifeline for infrastructure projects unlikely to have access to funding from the European Investment Bank after Brexit. But will this replacement work?

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    Features

    In Grenfell’s shadow

    2017-07-06T06:00:00Z

    After the immediate shock of the Grenfell Tower fire, local authorities and housing associations are trying to work out what it all means for the social housing sector. Joey Gardiner reports