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Balfour Beatty admits to Olympics blacklist checks

Workers bidding to work on the London 2012 Olympic Games for Balfour Beatty were subject to blacklist checks, the firm has admitted.

Building can reveal a letter sent to Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive Dennis Hone from Balfour Beatty construction chief executive Mike Peasland (pictured below) said the firm, which built the Olympic aquatics centre, used the services of blacklisting organisation the Consulting Association (TCA) in 2008 to check on 12 prospective Olympics workers, all of whom were later employed.

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Cullum McAlpine to give evidence on blacklisting

An influential committee of MPs has called Sir Robert McAlpine director Cullum McAlpine, one of the figures most implicated in the blacklisting scandal, to appear in public next week.

The Scottish Affairs Committee has called Cullum McAlpine to give evidence to the committee next Tuesday as part of its ongoing investigation into blacklisting.

The news comes as the London Assembly passed a motion yesterday calling for the Mayor Boris Johnson to show that no blacklisting has taken place on the £15bn Crossrail project.

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UK Power Networks hit with £420,000 bill after explosion death

The worker, John Higgins, was 59 years old. He was killed at the Bishops Hall Lane station in Chelmsford in May 2008, when a transformer tap charger he was working on exploded.

The firm supplies power to the East of England, as well as London and the South East.

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Brookfield Multiplex settles £16m Pinnacle dispute

A £16m legal wrangle between the developer of the £1bn Pinnacle tower in the City of London and contractor Brookfield Multiplex has been settled, removing the imminent threat of insolvency from the stalled project.

As Building reported last month, the owners of the Pinnacle - the City of London’s tallest tower project - offered a settlement to end a legal dispute with contractor Brookfield Multiplex over £16m in unpaid fees.

Now Brookfield has confirmed it has reached an agreement with the owners of the scheme.

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High Speed 2 challenged in High Court

The £34 billion High Speed 2 rail link faces five High Court challenges from a group of 18 councils, Heathrow Hub Ltd, Aylesbury Park Golf Club and two from the HS2 Action Alliance.

The councils allege that the Department for Transport reached the decision through a flawed consultation and inadequate environmental assessment.

They are all members of the 51m Alliance, which is named after the estimated £51m cost of the project to each parliamentary constituency.

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