Westfield London proposed aerial view

Westfield preaches 'fewer but better' in adapting to new retail reality

Head of design and construction Keith Whitmore talks exclusively to Construction News about how Westfield is adapting to new technology by building bigger and better – and what contractors need to do to win its work.

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Simons hides Waitrose store from view to win hearts and minds

A new Waitrose in Wiltshire demanded extensive consultation and unusual alterations to placate local protests to its picturesque location.

University of Nottingham Chemistry Building fire Sep 14 1

What Nottingham University fire means for timber-frame construction

The blaze that destroyed the university’s new laboratory offered a stark reminder of the risks construction can face. But what impact will this incident have on the future of timber-framed builds?

Calls for political certainty after Scotland votes \'no\' to independence

Reaction: Scotland votes ‘No’

Industry experts have voiced their “relief” after Scotland rejected independence in yesterday’s referendum but some have warned uncertainty still remains.

Julia Evans chief executive BSRIA

Uncertainty - The enemy of investment

As senior politicians of the main political parties fly north for a final push to convince the Scottish electorate on the merit of maintaining the union, it is time to consider the implications if they return to Westminster without the ‘No’ votes they need.

A frustrated Scotsman…

A frustrated Scotsman…

In my view, there is a certain inevitability to independence in Scotland, whatever the voting results this week.

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Infrastructure funding costs could rise in independent Scotland, warns Aviva

Insurance giant Aviva has warned that infrastructure funding could become more expensive in an independent Scotland.

Richard Claxton founder Pellings

Bring back the bank managers!

It is certainly more difficult than it used to be for SMEs to raise finance, and it is particularly difficult for start-ups to raise money from high street banks.

Electrical wiring firms and employees 2007-13_ONS

Scaffolders and electricians in focus as skills shortage deepens

The skills shortage has been driven by several factors, not least the battle among booming housebuilders for key trades, but also the industry’s failure to replace the scores of workers who left the industry and the UK during the downturn.


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