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Agenda mar12


News and views 04 Coalition failing SMEs


SMEs believe they are missing out on public work.


06 Gearing up for BIM Government unveils initiatives aimed at increasing BIM knowledge.


08 Sharp decline in sandwich courses Tuition fees hike starts to bite, plus Chris Blythe.


10 Leader Energy performance gap leaves question mark over rating system.


11 Feedback Letters; and readers relate what the new normal means for them.


12 Comment Roderic Bunn on the worrying gap between buildings’ eco ratings and their actual performance.


Features 14-17 Cover Story The New Normal The post-recession expectation of a return to prosperity has failed to materialise... and we’d better get used to it.


18 Breaking up is hard to do What will Scottish independence mean for construction — if it happens?


24 Adventures in time and space Vinci Construction UK takes CM on a test drive through its 4D BIM model for the Tottenham Court Road station upgrade.


29 Why we specified... Tekla Structures BIM system. Plus tips of the trade and products.


31 CPD: Building Information Modelling How to make the much-vaunted technology a reality.


50 Have you thought of... Putting your foot in it; applying asphalt on a sloping embankment; visiting the Brick Lane Gallery?


CM’s new CPD Zone has generated huge interest from CIOB members as the most popular destination on our website. Check it out at construction- manager.co.uk


Cover: Andy Smith


Construction professional 20


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Coming to a town hall near you... From 1 April councils are being handed new powers to borrow cash — good news for construction? Back to basics


Consequential losses. Case notes


Garry Winter on a case that highlights the dangers of tampering with extension of time clauses. The social media revolution Do you have policies in place for social communication?


Five things you should know about...


... getting more from the CDM coordinator.


+ Contact 35-46


CIOB looks for more carrot and stick in Green Deal consultation — plus a regional focus on Ireland.


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