Jackie Whitelaw's stories
Nuttall posts record order bookSubscription
Major awards from Crossrail, London Underground and the water industry have helped push Bam Nuttall’s forward orders to a record £967M, up £252M or 35% on last year.
Mace named NCE/ACE Major Consultant of the YearSubscription
Over 170 of the industry’s top names gathered at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards last week to see Mace scoop the prestigious gong for major firm.
Work in hand for UK consultants has dropped a dramatic 36% on last year according to the figures presented by 233 companies for the 2011 NCE Consultants File, published this week.
New Network Rail chief executive David Higgins suggested this week that more rail infrastructure could be delivered by private sector operators, contractors and suppliers as the company decentralises.
Programme management expertise will be crucial to Network Rail’s efforts to drive down costs on the UK railway and meet the challenge of providing vital new capacity, according to new chief executive David Higgins this week.
Last month Balfour Beatty announced it was planning to trim its UK supply chain by two-thirds. Jackie Whitelaw talks to Mike Peasland, the boss of the company’s Construction Services UK division, to find out why this is happening.
Consultants awards 2011 shortlist is announcedSubscription
Which consultants had the best year in the tough times of 2010?
Innovation versus risk: this year’s battleSubscription
Innovation is being presented by the country’s construction businesses as the way to deliver the infrastructure the country needs at a price it can afford to pay. We don’t need to cut our fees, we’ll just do it better, is the party line.
Since joining NCE my career has given me something of a Blue Peter existence, including helicopter rides to north sea gas rigs, a roam around the dome of Sizewell B, dinner in a crossover cavern and being stranded in Denver with the US olympic judo squad. Highpoint: the Channel Tunnel breakthrough party; low point: frog soup in China. Areas of Interest I have been writing about construction all my adult life and still find it fascinating.
Balfour Beatty’s Construction Services UK division has revealed plans to cut the number of suppliers it works with from 27,000 to 10,000.