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Procurement to start for £400m Aberdeen bypass

Procurement of the £400m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will start “within days” after the Supreme Court rejected objections to the 28 mile route by campaigners.

The bypass will now be bundled together with the £100m Balmedie to Tipperty road scheme and let as a single contract.

First minister Alex Salmond said work would start immediately with prior information notices to be issued this week and drilling works to commence on site next month.

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GMB calls for firms to come clean on blacklisting

The GMB union has called for construction firms to come clean on the “disgraceful and immoral” blacklisting of workers, following revelations that the information watchdog left up to 90 per cent of potential evidence untouched during its investigation.

The GMB told CN that it hopes to start work over the next week to track down its members among more than 3,000 people listed by the Information Commissioner’s Office as potentially having been blacklisted by contractors.

Meanwhile, UCATT told CN it was was in “ongoing discussions” with the ICO to establish which of its members might be on the blacklist.

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Marks & Spencer sues Lend Lease for 'defective' work

Exclusive: Marks & Spencer is suing Lend Lease Construction (EMEA) Ltd for £1.4 million plus damages and interest, after the installation of what it says was a defective glass system at a Manchester store.

According to documents obtained by CN from the Technology and Construction Court, the glass system was installed on a contract dated 21 July 1999, with works “practically complete” on 8 November of that year.

Read more: Marks & Spencer sues Lend Lease for 'defective' work

Electrical specialist loses £194,000 distillery payment claim

CEL was attempting to recover sums said to be payable for electrical works relating to a project on an alcohol distillery in North Yorkshire.

JMD developments provides new-build and refurbishment works including commercial, residential and civil engineering projects.

A judge found at the end of September that with no adjudication agreement, the decision of the adjudicator was not enforceable, so CEL was not entitled to payment.

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Builder faces jail over toddler's death

A Welsh builder has been sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in the case of a three-year-old girl who was killed when a substandard wall collapsed on top of her.

Builder George Collier was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter today at Mold Crown Court in a case brought by the Crown Prosecution Service. His company, Parcol Developments Ltd, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at an earlier hearing.

Read more: Builder faces jail over toddler's death