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L\'Obscurier - June 2015

L’Obscurier - a message to the AJ

3-Jun-2015 | By L’Obscurier

To the Editor, Architects’ Journal. Do not open until June 2015

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Exclusive: government faces legal action threat after Green Deal axe

29-Jul-2015 | By ,

Exclusive: The government could be taken to court by Green Deal providers left high and dry after its surprise decision to axe the energy efficiency financing scheme.

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Property group plans £500m PRS investment

29-Jul-2015 | By

Exclusive: Private rented sector investor Delph Property Group has embarked on a major five-year investment drive to pile £500m into its PRS stock.

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Quintain set for £700m takeover by Lone Star

29-Jul-2015 | By

Quintain has announced agreement on the terms of a sale to Bidco, owned by Lone Star, in a move that will accelerate development of its multibillion-pound Wembley Park scheme.

Balfour Beatty worker killed on M3

Balfour Beatty worker killed on M3

28-Jul-2015 | By

A Balfour Beatty worker has been killed while working on the M3 in Surrey.

Number of firms in financial distress jumps 31 per cent

23,000 construction firms in financial distress in last year


More than 23,000 construction firms said they have experienced “significant” financial distress over the last 12 months, according to new data from business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

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Government to crack down on late payment


The government will appoint a small business commissioner in a bid to change the culture of late payments and unfair practices.

Amber Rudd

Government axes Green Deal 'to protect taxpayers'


The government has axed the Green Deal amid concerns about low take-up and “industry standards”.

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Green Deal 'a catastrophe from start to finish'


The government had failed to listen to the construction industry over the Green Deal and needs urgently to devise a new energy efficiency strategy, according to a leading trade body.

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Competitions: editor's pick 24.07.15

21-Jul-2015 | By

Masterplanning IWM Duxford, upgrading the National Library of Poland and a 52 hectare industrial district near Ipswich. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

The MOSI warehouse building

Competitions: editor's pick 17.07.15

14-Jul-2015 | By

The Museum of Science and Industry’s new gallery, a Hans Christian Andersen visitor attraction in Denmark and Stirling’s National Curling Centre. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions