Urban redevelopment by decree in Turkey –   International
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Construction lawyer Metehan Sonbahar, who took part in the early days of the protests, explains how a secretive approach to urban development backfired so spectacularly.

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Costain to build £650m ‘power plant’ lagoon in Swansea bay
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Costain has secured a deal to build a 9.5km long electricity-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, part of a £650m project that could be the first of several lagoons in the Severn estuary area.

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Thinking of starting a business? | Business Wales
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If you have an idea that you want to develop into a business, we can help you get started and improve your chance of success. You can get a range of free services from Welsh Government to help you start and grow your business, including:

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Eric Pickles – energy efficiency implementation “˜incoherent”
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Two leading British members of European Parliament have formally written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, complaining about the “incoherent “way in which he is choosing to implement a European energy saving directive, upon which they were the joint rapporteurs.

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Lend Lease launches resi brand at the Elephant
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After years of building homes for other people, development giant Lend Lease has finally taken the plunge in the UK and launched a residential arm under its own brand. And its first scheme will be the huge regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area of London.

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Best practice for pitched roofs
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Since the introduction of the 2013 NHBC Technical standards, which include significant changes regarding roof constructions, it has become important that housebuilders follow the recommendations. Failure to do so can hold up the release of the Buildmark Warranty and cause all manner of problems for housebuilders and home buyers alike. Nonetheless, it is apparent that […]

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Why transformerless UPS systems are ultimately the most economical choice
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Data centre sites seeking to replace legacy transformer-based UPS systems can be tempted to buy more of the same, on the basis that it is proven technology. However, an investigation of Total Cost of Ownership reveals that transformerless topology offers savings benefits due to improved operating efficiency and other factors. In this article Kenny Green, […]

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Costain Group PLC : Public Funding For Innovation – Clear The Air Energy
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Costain has secured funding from the Government linked *Technology Strategy Board’s £18million competition to develop the civil nuclear supply chain. Costain has been selected to develop three innovative technologies to reduce the cost of treating and storing nuclear waste

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New rules unify building product standards
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From 1 July manufacturers of building products will be obliged to provide more information about their performance. The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is intended to harmonise standards across the EU and create a level playing field for cross-border trade. However, experts are concerned that the regulations, which will be accompanied by mandatory CE marking, will […]

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How time flies when you’re procrastinating – Maria Willis: Construction coach
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First of all it has taken me ages to write this piece, writes Maria Willis, and before you all fall off your chairs in mock amusement, it is unfortunately true! Why? Because I was merrily rejecting my own medicine and procrastinating away. It’s not that I didn’t want to write this or that it isn’t […]

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We need to talk about blacklisting, says CIPD chief
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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is urging construction companies and industry institutions to participate in a cathartic open debate about the practices that led to the ongoing blacklisting scandal.

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