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Modular builder TopHat consults on 70 job cuts

Volumetric builder TopHat has launched a consultation over 70 potential job cuts, Construction News understands. The Derby-based firm blamed a “challenging market” for the cost-cutting measures. It comes as the UK has seen a sharp fall in housebuilding, partially caused by an increase in interest rates. A TopHat spokesperson said: “TopHat is consulting with employees

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Neil Hargreaves Managing Director Knauf Insulation Northern Europe

It’s time to get ahead of the game on performance scrutiny

Neil Hargreaves is managing director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe Change doesn’t happen quickly in construction. Ours is an industry that tends to value the steady march of progress above riskier leaps into the future. But for those responsible for compliance within their respective organisations, 2023 will not have felt like business as usual. New

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Mace JV picked for £12.6bn Hudson Tunnel project

A joint venture between Mace, Arcadis and tech firm Parsons has been chosen to deliver a $16bn (£12.63bn) US tunnelling project under the River Hudson between New York and New Jersey. The joint venture, named MPA Delivery Partners, will work with client Gateway Development Commission to coordinate stakeholders, contractors and consultants on the Hudson Tunnel

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JeremyHunt

Plant-hire body makes demands ahead of Spring Budget

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has called for a two-year extension to the cut in fuel duty and a relaunched rebate for hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) ahead of the Spring Budget on Wednesday (6 March). The trade body said the government should introduce the measures to “maintain and grow” the construction plant-hire sector as it

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Equans Regeneration quits new-build work after £136m loss

Equans Regeneration is exiting the new-build housing market after it reported a £135.6m loss for 2022. In its first published accounts since being acquired by Bouygues in October 2022, the group admitted that higher turnover failed to prevent a plunge into the red in 2022 amid “particular pressure in the new-build sector”. The firm –

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Rye Demolition

Rye Demolition enters administration

Rye Demolition has gone into administration, having been hit by two winding up orders. The Aylesbury-based demolition specialist, which has worked with housebuilders such as Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Berkeley Group, appointed administrators from Voscap today (28 February). Construction labour agency Lonsite and formwork specialist RMD Kwikform both filed winding up petitions against Rye

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Unite Students plans to recoup 75% of cladding costs from contractors

Student developer Unite Students has said it expects to recoup up to three quarters of the money it will spend remediating dangerous cladding. The developer said it ultimately expects to get back between 50 and 75 per cent of cash spent on on remediation “through claims from contractors”, it said in its 2023 financial results

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Paul Young

Asbestos: the unseen threat in the UK’s green revolution

Paul Young is underwriting manager at Markel The green revolution is with us, and is being touted as a way to be more energy efficient and save money as the cost-of-living crisis impacts the UK. However, the shift to greater energy efficiency for domestic and commercial properties has increased the asbestos risk to contractors, many

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