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IUK chief: ‘Chancellor to increase value of UK Guarantee scheme’

The chancellor George Osborne is set to raise the value of the UK Guarantee scheme for infrastructure projects in the Autumn Statement, the head of Infrastructure UK has revealed.

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Manage flooding with green infrastructure

By Steve Chatwin-Grinde

In light of the Thames Tideway Tunnel planning approval last month, I believe the construction industry has a greater role to play in safeguarding our towns and cities from flooding.

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What makes a good merger: lessons from industry M&A

By Mark Leftly

Mergers and acquisitions have dominated recent headlines, with the Balfour-Carillion saga in particular capturing the industry’s attention. But why did that deal fail and what must CEOs consider when looking to take over rival firms?

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Balfour Beatty's costs soar £36m on Olympic Stadium job

The cost of Balfour Beatty’s £154m Olympic Stadium conversion job has rocketed by £36m, following complexities installing a new stadium roof.

Galliford Try lands £77m in office deals

Galliford Try has been appointed to deliver two office contracts in Northamptonshire and Surrey, worth a combined £77m.

Lovell takes the lead on £80m King's Lynn housing scheme

An £80m housing scheme has moved forward with the appointment of Lovell as preferred bidder.

Industry prompts HS2 shake-up of first phase works packages

High Speed 2 has revised the value of its first phase construction packages following feedback from UK construction firms, with more than £1bn added to the value of surface route works deals.

Investigation under way as man injured in crane collapse at Wates site

A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries following a crane jib collapse on Saturday at a site in Newcastle.

Greg Fitzgerald to deputise as Galliford Try chairman steps down

After four years on the board, Ian Coull has left his role as non-executive chairman of Galliford Try with immediate effect.

Green Deal assessments up 11%

The total number of Green Deal assessments grew by 11 per cent between August and September, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Cala Homes' revenue on track to triple by 2016

Cala Homes has said it is on track to deliver a three-fold increase in its revenue by 2016, after it posted a 22 per cent leap in group revenue for the year to 30 June 2014.

Major fire breaks out at Didcot Power Station

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of a fire at Didcot B Power Station in Oxfordshire.

Three new directors appointed to HS2

HS2 has announced that Christine Emmett, Neil Masom and Baroness Jo Valentine have been appointed by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin as non-executive directors.

Osborne appoints supply chain director from Balfour Beatty

Osborne has appointed John Robeson as its new supply chain director for its construction business.

Arcadis completes double takeover

Arcadis has confirmed the takeovers of both engineering consultant Hyder and architect and design firm Callison.

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Construction News front cover – 24 October 2014

Construction News digital edition – 24 October 2014

When good deals go bad: with mega mergers and consolidation on the rise, Construction News examines the potential pitfalls when UK firms assess mergers and acquisitions; churches to solve housing crisis? Sir Michael Lyons tells CN why the Church of England and Sainsbury’s can play its part in solving the UK housing shortage; Dalian Wanda on its aims to treble turnover to $100bn through hotels and resi expansion.