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  • A new plan: Lara Poloni lifts the lid on Aecom’s strategy
    Aecom's EMEA boss is bringing a degree of attitude to the global group's operations, shaking up strategy and demanding improvements on diversity and delivery
  • 11TH APRIL 2019 BY BINYAMIN ALI Still a third less What is the median pay gap? Setting a poor example Where to from here? CN’s analysis of the industry’s 100 biggest firms has revealed women are still paid a third less than men on average. Binyamin Ali digs deeper.
  • On 7 December 2018, Forrest collapsed into administration, leaving a trail of unfinished projects and unpaid suppliers in its wake.
  • The barriers to gender diversity presented by language was the theme of Construction News’ Inspire Me workshop in Bristol this week.
  • A few months back, I was touring a major multi-million-pound project with a business leader and we got lost. It wasn’t surprising, considering how big the project was. But we had trouble asking for directions because none of the workers we encountered spoke English.
  • Fires on construction sites are on the rise, as are the number of fires being caused deliberately. What is driving these upward trends and how can contractors mitigate the risks? Lucy Alderson takes a look at the facts behind the figures.
  • Sites across the UK are complicit in the exploitation of undocumented workers – most of them from overseas. CN has spent six months investigating the industry’s hidden black market – and why prosecutions are so rare.
  • Sustainable refurbs are the hospitality sector’s big trend and offer huge potential for contractors. Lucy Alderson looks at the £50m green revamp of Park Lane’s Grosvenor House to find out more.
  • Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy is a renowned negotiator.
  • Residents have been left in fear and confusion by the slow pace of re-cladding private blocks deemed unsafe. Jack Simpson examines the factors behind the delays and what the future holds for these works.
  • Contractors are tightening their belts by reducing dividend payments and hoarding cash as the UK’s biggest construction players seek to avoid becoming the next Carillion. Here, finance editor David Price explains the financial health of the UK construction industry.
  • AstraZeneca has replaced Skanska with Mace on its Cambridge HQ and pushed back completion of the project to 2020.
  • Countryside Development and Home Group Developments have been selected as the development partners for a £137m regeneration scheme in north London.
  • Residents have called on Lendlease to cover a £3m bill to re-clad a 345-home development after a property tribunal ruled leaseholders were liable for the costs.
  • Corporate pay packets are being scrutinised like never before. CN analysed the accounts of the biggest listed construction firms to reveal who earns the most among the top bosses.
  • The UK is now midway between the government’s announcement of new nuclear sites in 2011 and the 2025 tipping point when swathes of existing supply will be shut down. CN takes the opportunity to analyse how each of the six nuclear new-builds is getting on.
  • Construction has the largest gender pay gap of any UK industry. But behind the data, why is this issue business-critical and what do the experiences of women in the sector reveal about the challenges we must tackle? Lucy Alderson investigates.
  • The government has begun the search for companies to finance and construct a £900m rail line linking Heathrow to the Great Western Main Line.
  • From selling books and groceries through to drone delivery and robot PAs, Amazon seems to have a hand in everything. Should construction feel emboldened or threatened? James Wilmore finds out.
  • Keltbray has agreed a partnership with Canadian construction giant Aecon to target future rail projects across Canada.