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Bill Hocking: Dealer's choice

2018-01-19T12:22:00+00:00By

Bill Hocking, boss of Galliford Try’s construction arm, might have felt he’d been dealt a bad hand when he took over the job two years ago, but now that he holds all the cards, he’s moved to reduce the risk the firm takes on

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Neil Martin: Steady as he goes

2016-12-08T06:00:00+00:00

Since Neil Martin took over at the helm of Lendlease’s European construction operations he has returned the firm to profit and steadied the ship. So the question everyone wants to know is how he did it

Andy Steele

Andy Steele: ‘Was that me?’

2016-03-29T15:29:00+01:00By

It took Andy Steele just five years to transform Connaught into a £240m-turnover sensation. Can he pull it off again?

Simon Eyers

Simon Eyers: Beating the odds

2016-03-14T15:09:00+00:00By Yoosof Farah

National Apprenticeship Week: Being born deaf and mute hasn’t stopped Simon Eyers landing a job as an electrician at contractor FM Conway

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Life of Pycroft

2015-12-02T13:05:00+00:00By

He’s the boy from Bradford, done good – a ‘tough as nails’ business leader who built the Shard and steered Mace to become one of the UK’s most prestigious multidisciplinary construction firms

Stef Stefanou

Interview: Stef Stefanou

2015-01-16T06:00:00+00:00By

The former John Doyle chairman unpicks the events that led to the firm’s closure in 2012, and reveals how the industry exposed a darker side in his hour of need

Andrew Davies, Wates

Interview: Andrew Davies

2014-09-12T06:00:00+01:00By

When Andrew Davies, Wates’ chief executive, goes to the board next month it will be to tell them how he intends to double turnover at the £1bn family firm. But don’t expect a revolution

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Interview: Gary Sullivan

2014-08-21T16:00:00+01:00By

Gary Sullivan, co-founder and chairman of Wilson James, explains what the army can teach construction

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Inteview: Tony Burton

2014-06-12T06:00:00+01:00By

The Construction Industry Council’s new chairman wants the body to make a strong case on behalf of the industry’s professionals. He talks about skills shortages, improving the image of construction and stepping into the limelight

Neil Martin, Lend Lease

Interview: Neil Martin

2014-03-14T06:00:00+00:00By

It’s been all change in Lend Lease’s European business, with recent years marked by management instability and falling profits. Can the managing director of its construction arm Neil Martin succeed where others have failed and turn the business around?

Brendan Kerr

Interview: Brendan Kerr

2014-01-24T06:00:00+00:00By 1 comments

In 2010, Keltbray, the company Brendan Kerr had bought and built into the UK’s biggest demolition contractor, was in a very tough place. Now it’s poised for its busiest year ever. So what went right and what’s Kerr got up his sleeve next? Joey Gardiner reports

Cyrille Ragoucy

Interview: Cyrille Ragoucy, Lafarge Tarmac

2013-11-20T09:30:00+00:00By Adam Branson

The chief executive of Lafarge Tarmac has big plans for the newly merged materials giant. And he’s not going to let a little difference of opinion with the Competition Commission stand in his way

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Interview: Andrew Ridley-Barker, Vinci

2013-10-23T11:53:00+01:00By Adam Branson

Vinci’s construction boss on why the firm is putting airports at the centre of its growth strategy

Skanska

Interview: Mike Putnam, Skanska

2013-09-27T00:00:00+01:00By

The Skanska UK boss on prompt payment, where he aims to take the firm and his work at the Green Construction Board

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Interview: Mark Reynolds, Mace

2013-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By

Mace’s new chief executive on how he plans to double the firm’s turnover by 2020

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Interview: Dave Smith, Blacklist Support Group

2013-08-23T00:00:00+01:00By

The blacklisted engineer on his fightback against the industry - and why he also has the unions in his sights

Lakehouse

Interview: Stuart Black, Lakehouse

2013-07-25T06:00:00+01:00By Adam Branson

The Lakehouse executive chairman on how the contractor has managed to defy the downturn

Lend Lease

Interview: Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease

2013-07-18T06:00:00+01:00By Adam Branson

Lend Lease has put Pascal Mittermaier in charge of the £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme

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How Bam came top of Google's search

2013-07-12T06:00:00+01:00By Adam Branson

Bam Construct UK boss Graham Cash tells Building what winning one of the most prestigious construction jobs of the year means for the contractor

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Kevin Taylor and Phil Pringle: We like winning

2012-10-05T00:00:00+01:00By

Kevin Taylor and Phil Pringle, the two men who built McLaren, on how they created a £400m-turnover contractor in the teeth of an economic crisis – and why they’ve got no plans to sell up

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