Revised plans submitted for UK’s second-tallest building

Revised plans submitted for UK’s second-tallest building

A revised planning application has been submitted for a 74-storey tower in the City of London, which would be the joint-tallest building in Western Europe. The City of London approved plans for a 289 metre building at 1 Undershaft, near the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater, in 2019. Under the consented plans, a 73-storey cuboid tower

Workers shouldn’t fear calling in sick with mental ill health

Workers shouldn’t fear calling in sick with mental ill health

Duncan Rudall is chief executive of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors You may be surprised to learn that 91 per cent of all those working in the built-environment industry have felt overwhelmed at some point in their careers. Indeed, underneath the constant banter and camaraderie that bring the UK’s construction sites to life lie

Contractor wanted for £500m flood-defence work

Contractor wanted for £500m flood-defence work

The River Thames at Egham The Environment Agency is looking for a contractor for up to £500m of flood-defence works on strategic sites in the South East. The sustainability and habitats watchdog launched its hunt for a construction partner for its River Thames Scheme. Works will include building 8km of flood channels, improving flow at

Failure to ban retentions ‘contributing to insolvencies’

Failure to ban retentions ‘contributing to insolvencies’

The continued use of retentions in the construction industry is contributing to company failures, a meeting of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has heard. Newly released minutes from a November meeting show that Isabel Coman, a director at Transport for London and CLC board member, described the issue as one of the most important in

Laing O’Rourke to axe 60 jobs at offsite factory

Laing O’Rourke to axe 60 jobs at offsite factory

Laing O’Rourke’s offsite manufacturing hub, based in Steetley, Nottinghamshire Laing O’Rourke is looking to cut 60 jobs at its offsite factory in a bid to reduce operating costs. The contractor, whose latest financial results saw it plunge to a £288.1m loss on £3.3bn of turnover, blamed delays to projects for the latest round of redundancies.

Interview: Lord Moylan on Homes England’s MMC losses

Interview: Lord Moylan on Homes England’s MMC losses

Lord Moylan Homes England didn’t know what it was doing when it invested in collapsed housebuilders Ilke and House by Urban Splash, Conservative peer Lord Daniel Moylan has suggested in an interview with Construction News. Moylan was speaking after the House of Lords Built Environment Committee, which he chairs, concluded its inquiry into MMC. He

Smash and grabs: when are true value adjudications allowed?

Smash and grabs: when are true value adjudications allowed?

Aidan Steensma is of counsel in the infrastructure, construction and energy disputes team at CMS London A smash and grab adjudication (SGA) involves a party claiming a sum that was applied for but never challenged in a valid payment or pay-less notice (or the ‘notified sum’). The paying party must pay the notified sum before

Housebuilders want Labour government

Housebuilders want Labour government

Sir Keir Starmer talking to Hinkley Point C workers in June 2023 Seven in 10 housebuilders want a Labour government, research has revealed. A poll of 50 residential developers by property consultancy Knight Frank found that more than two-thirds would like sir Keir Starmer’s party to win the forthcoming general election. Conservative prime minister Rishi

Graham lands £70m student digs deal

Graham lands £70m student digs deal

The Bendigo Building Graham is set to build a 661-bed student accommodation block in Nottingham. The contractor has secured a £70m design-and-build deal from developer Bricks Group for the redevelopment of the Bendigo Building in the East Midlands city. The project will see Graham construct a V-shaped block containing a range of apartments from studios

Balfour chasing ‘outstanding sums’ as luxury-flat developer collapses

Balfour chasing ‘outstanding sums’ as luxury-flat developer collapses

60 Curzon Street under construction. Image © 2024 Google Balfour Beatty has said it is still chasing “outstanding sums” relating to a £200m residential scheme in Mayfair after its former client entered administration. Last week Interpath Advisory directors Steve Absolom and David Pike were appointed as administrators of 60 Curzon Street Developments, a single-project, special-purpose