From George Osborne to Lord Stunell, some of the quotes from 2017 in construction

“When I was growing up, British workers were travelling out to Germany and elsewhere”

George Osborne laments the loss of labour opportunities for UK workers following Brexit

“The banks laugh at you when you tell them the figure. They wouldn’t even get out of bed for that sum”

Lipton Rogers’ Peter Rogers on construction’s margins problem

“Probably as good or better a hire as Carillion could have hoped for”

Cenkos analyst Kevin Cammack on the beleaguered contractor’s coup in luring Andrew Davies from Wates to become its new chief executive

“The first rule of contracting is: if you don’t understand the risk or don’t have the people to construct that asset, don’t do it”

Former Balfour Beatty executive Nick Pollard, now the boss of a recycling firm, wonders why Interserve ever got into the energy-from-waste market

“This brings us to the bad news. There will be nobody to build them”

Lord Stunell warns that the government’s promised post-Brexit building boom on housing and infrastructure schemes might run into a few snags

“It is highly likely that some of the broader analysis that will go on post-Grenfell around building regulation will look at systemic failings in our industry”

Mark Farmer – author of last year’s industry review 

“CITB has a fundamental governance weakness: it is not closely and regularly accountable to the industry it exists to serve” 

Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn isn’t impressed with the training group. He changes his mind a few weeks later

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