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Canary Wharf Citibank tops out on time and on budget

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The topping out of Citibank at Canary Wharf, by Foster and Partners, was celebrated last Wednesday, 'on schedule, on budget and to the exact specification' according to George Iacobescu, chief executive of Canary Wharf Ltd at a reception to mark the occasion.

The building is the second phase of construction at Canary Wharf which started almost exactly ten years ago. Situated between the tower and Foster's new station for the Jubilee Line Extension, the 5600m2 Citibank building comprises two linked blocks of 22 and 28 floors, with three parking levels below ground. Completion is scheduled for the end of 1999 and Citibank hopes to mark the Millennium with the move into its new building.

Subbies are 'Cinderellas of the industry', says report

Specialist contractors need to sort out problems of adversarial or fragmented relationships and a lack of customer focus if their full potential is to be used within the construction industry, a report for Reading Construction Forum argues.

Unlocking Specialist Potential, by Mohammed Saad and Martyn Jones of the University of West of England, argues that subcontractors are often treated as the Cinderellas of the industry. Since they are responsible for up to 80 per cent of the value of construction work done, the 30 per cent cost savings demanded in the Latham report will not be achievable unless their problems are resolved. The report sets out ways of tackling the problems, some of which specialist contractors can undertake themselves, and others which require the co-operation of other members of the construction team.

The report, price £20, is published by Reading Construction Forum, tel 0118 931 8766. See Practice, page 53.

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