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MIPIM UK: Housing crisis tops agenda

The inaugural MIPIM UK was disrupted by protestors calling for ‘homes for people, not profit’. But after negotiating her way through the protest, Construction News property correspondent Robyn Wilson found affordable housing one of the many topics at the forefront of developers’ minds.

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Willmott Dixon and the challenge of public procurement claims

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Willmott Dixon this month lost a legal battle against Hammersmith and Fulham Council over the award of a housing R&M contract to Mitie. Why did it lose and what lessons does it provide for other contractors when challenging public procurement decisions?

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Scottish pipeline: Where are the opportunities in Edinburgh and Glasgow?


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BIM an 'exportable skill' for UK contractors in emerging economies

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Ferrovial consortium pays £1bn for three airports

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Wandsworth approves Battersea phase 3

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Everyman Theatre beats bookies' favourite to win Stirling Prize

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Contractor appointed to start £400m Leeds scheme

Commercial Estates Group has appointed I & H Brown to the £400m Kirkstall Forge development in Leeds.

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Construction News front cover 17 October 2014

Construction News digital edition – 17 October 2014

Contractors are facing the highest pressure on costs for four years as labour rates increased again in Q3 this year, while materials prices continue to cause headaches for firms; Legal & General is considering a major swoop into the private rental sector through new plans for a new £1bn development arm to deliver homes for the market; new Skanska joint venture will see up to £500m invested in onshore wind projects.