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Balfour Beatty: ‘unvalued’ and ‘unloved’, says boss

Exclusive: Balfour Beatty ‘undervalued’ and ‘unloved’, says new CEO

Balfour Beatty has been “undervalued” and “unloved” in recent times, its new group chief executive has said.

Jaimie Johnston Director at Brydenwood

Lessons learnt from 20 years on the front line of DfMA

By Jaimie Johnston

There are a huge range of offsite solutions available in the construction industry.

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Shard developer Irvine Sellar: 'We were told we would never build it. We did'

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From swinging 60s fashion king to Western Europe’s tallest tower: the man behind the Shard speaks exclusively about the challenges of development and how he’s far from finished redefining London’s skyline.

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Kier in talks over build-to-rent projects

Kier is looking to grow its build-to-rent portfolio and is already in talks over “a number of” housing schemes.

Vince Cable: Offsite construction will kickstart revolution

Offsite construction will “change the structure of the industry”, according to business secretary Vince Cable.

‘Unclear’ procedures contributed to Crossrail worker death, jury finds

An inquest into the death of Crossrail worker René Tkacik has found that “unclear” processes and an “unclear” definition of the exclusion zone he was in when he died contributed to his death.

Costain boosts profit by 4.5% as revenue breaks £1bn barrier

Costain has smashed through the £1bn revenue barrier while reporting underlying year-on-year profit growth of 4.5 per cent for 2014.

Construction activity grows at fastest rate for four months

Construction activity rebounded in February following a dip towards the end of 2014, with expansion at its fastest rate since October 2014.

Taylor Wimpey’s profits jump as housebuilder surge continues

Taylor Wimpey has become the latest UK housebuilder to post impressive financial results after recording a 68 per cent jump in its profit before tax for 2014.

Boris has ‘serious concerns’ over planning system

London mayor Boris Johnson said he has “serious concerns” about the UK’s planning system.

New CEO named for Bouygues Construction

Philippe Bonnave has been named as the new chairman and CEO of Bouygues Construction, following a board of directors meeting today (3 March).

McAleer & Rushe wins three hotel deals worth £37m

McAleer & Rushe has won three hotel contracts in Edinburgh worth a combined £37m.

ISG in the red as problem contracts bite

ISG has unearthed a significant loss in its half year results, following a “deterioration in project performance” on contracts procured more than 18 months ago.

Poor payment practice 'endemic', says boss of defunct firm

The former managing director of a timber frame business that went into administration last month has slammed major contractors for “industry-wide” payment problems.

Balfour Beatty wins £400m Olympic Park resi scheme

Balfour Beatty has made its first entry into the housing development market with a £35m investment in a 1,500 home scheme on the edge of East London’s Olympic Park.

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Construction News front cover 6 March 2015

Construction News digital edition – 6 March 2015

Laing O’Rourke chairman Ray O’Rourke was joined by the business secretary Vince Cable on the contractor’s Elephant Road site to see the firm’s advanced manufacturing up close, and Construction News caught up with the pair afterwards; Balfour Beatty’s new chief executive explains how he plans to get the business back to its ‘rightful place’ as industry leader; Crossrail death court case concludes; and how prefab is bringing down bills.