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Boles: Error to invest further in London before north

Nick Boles: Failure to back HS2 would be 'historic error'

Construction minister Nick Boles has said it would be a “historic error” to fail to back HS2 or to make “huge” investments in London’s infrastructure before improving transport links in the North.

Janet Dawson group HR director Carillion

Ban the Box: Don't ignore potential of past offenders

By Janet Dawson

Each year thousands of people are released from prison having completed their sentence and many more individuals receive convictions that result in court fines or community sentences.

CEO session CN Summit 2014

CN Summit: CEOs debate the future of construction


It’s an encouraging time to be in construction but fundamental problems must be tackled, according to six of the sector’s top chief executives as they debated crucial industry challenges at the Construction News Summit.

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Profit warnings for listed construction firms on the rise

There were nine profit warnings from six construction companies in the first three quarters of 2014, more than there were in the whole of 2013.

Exclusive: Graham Shennan departs Morgan Sindall

Morgan Sindall managing director Graham Shennan has departed the business, Construction News can reveal.

Balfour Beatty shareholders approve Parsons Brinckerhoff sale

Balfour Beatty shareholders have approved the sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global at its general meeting today.

McLaren restructures London region with two appointments

McLaren has announced the appointment of two regional directors to manage the London region as managing director Graham Sturge takes personal leave.

Speller Metcalfe lands £22m Stratford hospital

Speller Metcalfe has been awarded the £22m contract to redevelop Stratford Hospital in the Midlands.

Argent eyes resi expansion, while Derwent and GPE to 'dabble'

Major commercial developer Argent has said that residential will be a “significant” part of its future pipeline, according to its partner Nick Searl who was speaking at the Construction News Summit 2014.

10% growth in Manchester projects

Construction in Manchester is continuing to recover, with projects under construction growing 10 per cent in the past year.

Three shortlisted for Land Securities Buchanan Galleries

Three contractors have been shortlisted for Land Securities’ £230m revamp of the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in Glasgow.

Barr Construction lands £30m Middlesbrough retail park

Barr Construction has been awarded the contract to build a new £30m retail and leisure park in Middlesbrough.

HS2 requires global construction advice and new transport hub

The UK construction industry needs to “learn lessons from elsewhere in the world” where new design and construction techniques have helped build high-speed rail quicker and cheaper, according to HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins.

Over £100bn of Chinese investment to flow into UK

More than £100bn-worth of investment will flow into the UK by 2025, creating opportunities for joint ventures and strategic partnerships between UK and Chinese construction firms, according to new research.

Regional leaders seek new devolved funding powers

Business leaders from Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland have backed increased spending powers for local authorities.

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Construction News front cover 31 October 2014

Construction News digital edition – 31 October 2014

An eight-page special from the Construction News Summit 2014 includes a review of the contractor CEO panel; commercial pipelines and client priorities; Cabinet ministers debating transport policy; regional outlook and investment opportunities and housing sector prospects. Plus: a Morgan Sindall scheme to deliver a university building is combining traditional roofing methods with cutting edge sustainable initiatives to meet the mark.