Yearly Archives: 2019

Chancellor Pledges Review of IR35 Changes

Chancellor Sajid Javid is promising to review looming freelance tax rule changes which are causing widespread concern in construction. HMRC IR35 rules are due to change next April making contractors liable for determining the tax status of off-payroll professionals. Major … Continue reading

HS2 review ‘could axe part of northern route’

The northern leg of HS2 could be scaled back, it has been reported. The Financial Times said that the Oakervee review is examining the possibility of axing phase 2b of the route from the East Midlands to Leeds and Sheffield. The review is assessing … Continue reading

Skanska prepares for world record pipe-jacking task

A Skanska-led joint venture is starting to prepare the way for a record-breaking pipeline push 30m below the River Humber for National Grid. Eight 610m sections of concrete cased pipes will be pushed through Humber River tunnel The firm has … Continue reading

Counter Offers: To Stay or Not to Stay?

For those unfamiliar with the basic definition; the counter offer is a last-minute bid by a company to retain an employee who has handed in a notice of resignation. Over the years we have seen many a counter offer put on … Continue reading

Amey to pay £215m to exit Birmingham highways PFI

Amey is close to striking a deal that could see it stump up £215m to walk away from its troubled Birmingham highways maintenance PFI contract. Birmingham City Council chiefs are understood to have agreed a proposal with the highways maintenance … Continue reading

Galliford Try issues profit warning

Galliford Try is undertaking a strategic review of its construction business after issuing a fresh profit warning. Further hits have been distilled on the completed Queensferry Crossing The firm said it aimed to reduce the size of the construction business as … Continue reading

Streetwork contractors to be made to give five-year pothole guarantees

The Department for Transport plans to make utilities contractors guarantee their reinstatement’s for five years. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has launched a consultation on increasing the guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks form two years to five years, so that if … Continue reading

£2.3bn London HS2 station contracts awarded

HS2 has named its preferred construction partners to deliver its two major station projects in London. HS2 will more than double capacity at Euston station with 11 new platforms A joint venture between Mace and Dragados has beaten rival bidder … Continue reading