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ICF National Conference 2012 16-17 May

Construction National ICFFuture Forestry - Meeting the needs of society in the 21st century.   CBI Conference Centre, Centre Point, New Oxford Street, London
Did you predict the public’s reaction in February last year to the Government's proposed change in woodland ownership in England? Do you have a clear idea of the international and domestic forces that will shape forestry and forestry businesses over the next decade? Do you know all about carbon trading and how forestry fits in?

We’ve seen the industry's reaction to policy decisions, huge public concern over forest sell-offs, biosecurity challenges, changing planting demands, economic drivers that bring tough financial decisions, increased and often bureaucratic legislation, and a potential long-term skills shortage on the horizon. The list goes on.

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A new future for Freeman's Reach

Construction National freemans reachThe Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Durham County Council and a development consortium led by Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP have entered into a development agreement to invest £27 million into a scheme that will breathe new life into a derelict site in the heart of Durham City, which will secure up to 1,200 jobs as well as regenerate the historic riverside site.

Neil Graham (HCA), Helen Hawkley (National Savings and Investments), Neil McMillan (Carillion), Cllr Neil Foster (Durham County Council) & Allan Cook (Arlington Real Estate) outside the disused ice rink

The 0.77ha Freeman’s Reach scheme on the east bank of the river Wear will replace the disused ice rink that was bought by the Regional Development Agency and is now owned by the HCA. Following community consultation, a detailed planning application will be submitted to the Council in the autumn.

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Big jobs fair on the way to Gloucester

JOB hunters look this way – a huge event aimed at getting hundreds of people back into work could provide the answer. Severn Vale School, in Quedgeley, will play host to more than 40 employers and training providers all looking for talent.

The likes of EDF Energy, Carter Construction, the Royal Navy, Glevum Security and Dyson are all on board for the event, which takes place on Monday from 2pm to 5pm. It has been pulled together by Gloucester MP Richard Graham. Talks with employers about coming on board for the event started towards the end of last year. He said: "This will be the fourth one we have done and at the last jobs fair in Barnwood, 500 people turned up over the course of the day.

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Waste on an Olympian scale! £335,000 of taxpayers' money goes on giant toadstools sculpture in muddy Dorset field to mark London games.

From an artistic point of view, it doesn't look like a medal contender.
And at a cost of £335,000 to the taxpayer, this Olympic sculpture might not win any prizes for value for money either.
The 17 sandstone boulders mounted on 8ft stainless steel poles are being built in a muddy field in Weymouth, Dorset, near where the Olympic sailing events will be held.

The designers say they will 'inspire' people who see them in the run-up to the Games, and represent the 'dramatic' coastline. The formation of the pillars is supposed to represent a flock of birds or shoal of fish.

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Boost for Infrastructure Welcomed by Construction Industry

The Construction Products Association welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement confirming an increase for investment in infrastructure projects in today’s Autumn Statement, although overall capital spending continues to fall.

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