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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.

Steve Hemmings head of sustainability Siniat

Building tall: will practical requirements hamper efficiency efforts?

By Steve Hemmings

South London will soon be welcoming the construction of a new high-rise. Planning permission was granted last month for the 42-storey ‘Jenga Tower’, which will incorporate a mix of apartments, offices and leisure facilities. 

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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?

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Mace has been selected by developer Stanhope as preferred construction manager for the redevelopment of BBC Television Centre in west London.

New leaders named for Galliford Try while 70 staff exit after Miller Construction buy

Exclusive: New directors have been appointed to three of Galliford Try’s regional building businesses following its acquisition of Miller Group’s construction arm.

Greg Fitzgerald to exit Galliford Try

Greg Fitzgerald will stand down as Galliford Try chief executive by the end of 2015 after 33 years with the company.

Crane hire firm charged with corporate manslaughter after 2011 driver death

A crane hire company has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a crane driver in a crash.

United House and Bullock Construction merger to create £300m turnover firm

United House is merging with Bullock Construction in preparation for a “major” expansion in its private residential business.

Crest Nicolson sees small fall in sales after Help to Buy boom

Housebuilder Crest Nicolson has reported a slight slowdown in sales but said they remain well above historic rates.

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.

M&E firm Hurleypalmerflatt buys consultancy

Mechanical and electrical engineering firm Hurleypalmerflatt has bought consultancy Andrew Reid & Partners.

Lend Lease names project director for £1.5bn scheme

Lend Lease has named former development director of its £1.5bn Elephant & Castle regeneration, Rob Heasman, as its new project director.

‘No radical change’ following Keepmoat takeover, says CEO

The chief executive of Keepmoat has said there will be “no radical change” to the business after two private equity firms bought the housebuilder in a deal rumoured to be worth £400m.

Exclusive: Nuclear boss forms ‘contingency plan’ for Scottish independence

Exclusive: The majority stakeholder of a major nuclear power project in the UK is forming a “contingency plan” should Scotland vote ‘yes’ to independence this week.

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Construction News front cover 19 September 2014

Construction News digital edition – 19 September 2014

Improved performance scores on Crossrail are standing contractors in good stead to win further infrastructure work; in his first interview, the new chief executive of the CITB tells Construction News that he is ‘serious about change’ in the organisation; the Thames Tideway Tunnel is branded ‘evil’ by a council leader after the scheme was given the green light; what the University of Nottingham fire means for timber-frame construction.