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Morgan Lovell sued over McLaren tower refurb

Morgan Lovell is being sued for over £1.3 million over allegations of failures with the air conditioning system installed in the McLaren Building, Birmingham.

The office design and build specialist, part of the Morgan Sindall group, was engaged by Bruntwood 2000 Beta Portfolio under a £4m contract signed in 2009, to carry out refurbishment works on the 21-storey building in the centre of Birmingham.

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False self-employment in construction industry 'robbing Treasury of £1.9bn'

Construction firms are increasingly using payroll companies to "codify false self-employment" in the industry, robbing the Treasury of around £1.9bn a year and leaving workers without even the most basic of employment rights, according to a new report.

The study, the Great Payroll Scandal, has been commissioned by construction union Ucatt.

It claims that workers are forced to sign contracts with payroll companies in order to obtain work. While in reality the worker is an employee for the construction company, they are officially classed as self-employed. This means they can be sacked without warning, do not receive holiday or sick pay, have no pension provision and are denied access to employment tribunals.

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Galliford Try escalates Athletes' Village row with £8m counterclaim

Galliford Try Construction has slammed J Reddington’s management and “extraordinarily poor” safety performance on the site of the Olympic Athletes’ Village build, as the contractor filed an £8m legal counter claim.

In August, J Reddington Ltd launched a £7m claim against the contractor, relating to the construction of the Athletes’ Village for London 2012.

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Firm fined after joists give way on Leicestershire site

Building firm W J Edge & Sons Builders has been fined after a worker fell five meters before being struck by a wooden board and concrete blocks.

The man fractured his elbow and nose after a partially-built floor gave way in Brook Street, Shepshed, on 26 January 2012.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that he was helping to construct the second floor of a new build house for Hinckley-based W J Edge & Sons when the joists collapsed onto first floor joists, that then also gave way.

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Sir Robert McAlpine paid blacklist boss Ian Kerr's legal costs

The man fined £5,000 for holding a blacklisting database in 2009 has revealed Sir Robert McAlpine paid that and other costs, and said that he was the wrong person to prosecute.

Ian Kerr, the former owner of The Consulting Association – which was shut down after an Information Commissioners Office raid in 2009 – spoke for almost three and a half hours in front of the Scottish Affairs Committee on blacklisting yesterday.

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