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In the papers - Thursday, 3 April 2008

Severfield - Rowen, one of the contractors for London's Olympic stadium, bucked the gloom surrounding the construction sector with record profits and a doubling of its order book...

A leading building firm is banning its brickies from wolf-whistling at women, saying the "outdated" tradition had become a distraction for young househunters. George Wimpey Britsol has outlawed the practice, for fear of putting off "savvy and sophisticated" buyers visiting sites - The Guardian

The Terminal 5 baggage mountain has been reduced to 17,000 pieces of luggage, British Airways said yesterdaym as the problems at its Heathrow base spread to Terminal 4. The airlne confirmed that a Chicago bound flight took off empty yesterday due to cabin shortages at Terminal that have forced it to operate a number of "phantom flights" over the past month - The Guardian

Britain's leading scientists have told ministers that plans for a new generation of coal power stations pose an unacceptable climate risk, unless greater efforts are made to trap and store carbon pollution they produce. In a letter to John Hutton, business and enterprise secretary, The Royal Society said new coal-fired power stations that fail to capture 90% of their carbon emissions by 2020 should be closed down. The move came as Hutton considers whether to approve Britain's first coal power station for 20 years, at Kingsnorth in Kent - The Guardian

... The structural steel group, which played a lead part in construction of Heathrow's Terminal 5, announced profit before tax up 26.5pc to £38.4m -The Daily Telegraph

European gas companies are pushing up prices in Britain by buying up supplies in summer but not selling back in winter, Centrica claimed yesterday. The comments come at a time of increasing consumer and government concerns over rising domestic bills in Britain - The Guardian

The EU's fledging market for carbon yesterday shrugged off provisional figures showing that Europe's big polluters emitted lower levels of carbon dioxide that allowed last year. The price of carbon permits for 2008 rose by 4% as investors took the view that tighter emissions rules that came into effect this year will mean permit shortages in the future - The Guardian

The Office of Fair Trading is expected to impose multimillion pound fines on 150 construction companies after a bid-rigging scandal into local council contracts worth £3bn. Evidence of wrongdoing is expected to be sent to the construction companies this month as part of the OFT's "statement of objections" – The Times

The Office of Fair Trading is expected to impose multimillion pound fines on 150 construction companies after a bid-rigging scandal into local council contracts worth £3bn. Evidence of wrongdoing is expected to be sent to the construction companies this month as part of the OFT's "statement of objections" – The Times

The greatest achievement of the 2012 London Olympics could be to boost the number of female builders, according to the minister responsible. Tessa Jowell, the Olympics minister, said she wanted the Games to effect a "social transformation" and end the "gross" gender imbalance in the sector, where women account for only 1% of manual trades workers - The Financial Times

Centrica is to pay $300m (£152m) cash to buy US electricity supplier Strategic Energy, as part of the group’s strategy to expand in North America. British Gas’s owner said it would merge Strategic Energy and Direct En­ergy, its North American subsidiary, to form “a top-three supplier of energy to the commercial and industrial market in North America” - The FinancialTimes

The term "listed building" is to be scrapped under the new Heritage Bill. Those who live in or own one of the 370,000 properties protected for their historical or archaeological merit will soon be living in a "registered heritage asset" - The Daily Telegraph

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