Appeal court rules on adjudication enforcement for insolvent firms

A High Court ruling which dismissed an insolvent construction company’s application for a summary judgment to enforce an adjudicator’s decision in its favour has been upheld by the Court of Appeal in John Doyle Construction v Erith Contractors.

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Construction Playbook reforms need accelerating, says CBI

Reforms set out in the government’s Construction Playbook to improve procurement practices and other aspects of project delivery must be accelerated to help the sector drive forward post-Covid recovery, a report has urged.

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New offence planned for blocking construction

Government is planning to introduce a new offence for protestors who obstruct the construction of authorised infrastructure as part of a package of measures designed to tackle disruption to transport networks and key projects.

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UN report targets shift to greener infrastructure

Radical changes to the way governments around the world plan, design and manage infrastructure are urged to help tackle climate change in a landmark United Nations report, which claims infrastructure is responsible for 79% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Company fined for asbestos safety breach

A construction firm has been fined for safety breaches after failing to take necessary steps to protect employees from exposure to asbestos while they were removing false ceiling tiles during a shop conversion project in Hull.

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Construction Law publishes October 2021 issue

A Supreme Court ruling with implications for interpreting liquidated damages clauses, the role of adjudication in construction and proposed changes to building safety legislation are among topics covered in the latest printed edition of Construction Law which reached subscribers this week.

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Carbon reduction enshrined in procurement rules

Companies bidding for work on large Government projects must set out carbon reduction plans and commit to achieving net zero or face exclusion under new procurement rules which are now in force.

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Planning reform proposals set out to speed up consents

Key elements of the planning regime for major infrastructure need reviewing to help modernise and speed up the sometimes onerous process of gaining consent for projects, according to a new paper from the National Infrastructure Planning Association.

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Collaboration targeted through southern rail contracts

Network Rail is seeking to achieve a step change to how railway works are delivered in its southern region through the adoption of Project 13’s principles of collaboration under a new contracts arrangement worth up to £9.6Bn.

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Fine issued after worker suffers football stadium fall

A construction firm has been fined after a worker fell 11 metres down a stairwell at a football stadium in Hertfordshire when the concrete floor he was working on collapsed, suffering partial paralysis.

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