Crossrail to share best practice with contractors

Crossrail has launched a knowledge-sharing website to spread lessons learned during its construction with the wider industry.

Crossrail.svgCrossrail’s Learning Legacy initiative will share good practice on a wide range of topics, including Health & Safety, Project Management, Engineering and the Environment.

The first tranche of material shares some of the early lessons that have been learned from the Crossrail programme.

It includes technical papers, peer-reviewed case studies and procedures, which have been published on a dedicated website here

Further material will be published every six months during the rest of the project.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive, said: “Passing on the lessons and good practice that we have learned at Crossrail is an absolutely essential part of raising the bar in the delivery of major projects.

“With an unprecedented number of infrastructure schemes around the corner, now is the time to start sharing what we have learned so the UK can build on its reputation for delivering safely, on time and on budget.”

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C J Pryor put up for sale following cash flow crisis

Earth moving specialist CJ Pryor has put itself up for sale as 77 staff face the threat of redundancy.

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The Harlow based firm has also been forced to file an intention to appoint administrators following a cash flow crisis.

CJ Pryor (Holdings) Limited, CJ Pryor (Plant) Limited and CJ Pryor (Contracts) Limited are up for sale while the company continues to “service existing customer orders.”

FRP Advisory has been appointed to handle the process.

An FRP statement said: “”The business specialises in earth moving, civil engineering and related earth moving haulage for infrastructure projects ranging from road building to reservoir construction as well as for quarrying, landfill construction, land restoration and land reclamation.

“The business has nearly 70 years of trading history and works with a range of big construction contractor firms on larger infrastructure projects.

“Owing to a severe short-fall in working capital, management had sought to restructure the business but despite those efforts it has been left with no viable option other than today to send home the majority of its workforce, whilst management explores all options as part of a process to try and secure a longer term more viable future.

“It is anticipated the business will retain a core team of 15 to 20 of its 70 staff, to help service existing orders and liaise with customers, whilst seeking a buyer for the ongoing business and trade.

“In the meantime pressure on cash-flow has resulted in the need to file an intention to appoint administrators in order to secure the business’ current ongoing work and assets in the interest of all its stakeholders.

“The business is currently working with FRP Advisory, the business advisory firm, as it continues to liaise with customers, suppliers and staff and market the business for sale.

“Management would like to thank staff for their hard work and understanding during this period of transition.”

Latest accounts for C J Pryor (Holdings) for the year to March 2015 show the group had a turnover of £27m and made a pre-tax profit of £474,000.

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Lack of new homes could keep UK house prices rising, says Nationwide

House prices are likely to continue to rise in 2016 as building lags demand for homes, the UK’s biggest building society has warned.

The average price of a property in the UK increased by 0.3% in January, and is 4.4% higher than a year ago, Nationwide said.

Robert Gardner, chief economist at the building society, said the pace of growth remained broadly stable, but “the risks are skewed towards a modest acceleration in house price growth”.

He added: “The concern remains that construction activity will lag behind strengthening demand, putting upward pressure on house prices and eventually reducing affordability.”

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jan/27/new-homes-uk-house-prices-2016-nationwide