Friday01 August 2014

TOP STORIES

Steve Marshall, executive chair of Balfour Beatty

Balfour boss: Carillion 'not in a position' to make hostile bid

1 Aug 14

Steve Marshall also says Balfour Beatty will soon unveil upgraded investment portfolio valuation to bolster share price

London skyline

Arcadis takeover of Hyder ‘will boost EC Harris’

1 Aug 14

Combined firm will offer ‘full set of services’ in UK and Middle East, Arcadis CEO says

Schoold design

Morgan Sindall takes £120m Pf2 schools batch

31 Jul 14 | Updated: 1 Aug 14

Exclusive: Morgan Sindall beats rivals to take batch of private finance schools in the North-west

DATA

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Top 150 contractors and housebuilders 2014

25 Jul 14

Building’s annual list of the UK’s biggest performers in the construction sector shows that housebuilders have enjoyed the past 12 months most. But many predict the tides are ready to turn for contractors, as Joey Gardiner reports

PROJECTS

Zaha Hadid Softbridge project

Zaha Hadid: Softbridge Project, Oxford

30 Jul 14

The groves of academe have been buzzing with debate about Zaha Hadid’s Softbridge project, now on site at St Anthony’s college, Oxford. But for Bam’s engineering team constructing its cylindrical form in a desperately constrained site was an education in itself

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Eastbourne Pier fire

Watch: Blaze rips through Eastbourne Pier Video

31 Jul 14

Devastating fire destroys main building on the historic Eastbourne Pier

PIC OF THE DAY

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Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14

See our guide to the proposed merger between the two UK contracting giants

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PROFESSIONAL

These houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed have been externally insulated and then finished with a basecoat, Tonachino protective coating and topcoat from Mapei’s Silancolor range

CPD 16 2014: Render-protected external wall insulation

EWI systems are an effective means of improving a building’s thermal efficiency. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Mapei, examines the types of system available, as well as colours, finishes and the relevant standards

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LATEST PRODUCTS

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What to specify: Flooring

21 Jul 14

This week’s flooring products cover everything from a range of decorative designs with safe features to thermally-efficient foundations for a student Passivhaus project

Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: The Harley Gallery

1 Aug 14

This week’s Building sketch is by Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton Architects.

ANALYSiS

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Agenda 15: What you said

1 Aug 14

Building has been asking the construction industry what policies the next UK government needs to adopt - here we review your responses

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The sum of their parts: Mergers and acquisitions

31 Jul 14

There’s no guarantee that mergers will work out for the companies involved - we look at four of construction’s biggest deals

BBCarInfoGraph Index

Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14

See our guide to the proposed merger between the two UK contracting giants

LATEST VIDEO

Michael Fallon

GCS video: Michael Fallon

17 Jul 14

The former Minister of State for Business and Energy discusses low carbon and sustainable construction at the Government Construction Summit 2014

EDITOR'S VIEW

Sarah Richardson

Balfour and Carillion - deal or no deal?

30 Jul 14 | By Sarah Richardson

What would be the potential pros and cons for the industry if this massive merger were to go through?


Hansom

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Hansom: Verse and worse

30 Jul 14

Poetry (of a kind) wins the day for WSP, placemaking finds its place (on the coffee table), Ken doll’s private bits get a once over, Germany beats Argentina (again) and Didcot A power station is blown up out of all proportion

Survey

Crane

Top consultants survey 2014

25 Jun 14

Take part in this year’s survey - deadline extended until Friday 8 August


COMMUNITY OPINION

Laurence Cobb

Keeping the cash flowing

1 Aug 14 | By Laurence Cobb

The fair payment charter is clearly going to need some teeth and enforcement powers but who the teeth will belong to and what the enforcement measures will look like remain to be seen

Luke Burroughs

We must re-empower small and medium-sized housebuilders

1 Aug 14 | By Luke Burroughs

In the 1930s small builders dominated the market. But the current dominance of volume house builders has caused concerns for location and housing quality

James Wates

What a waste of talent

30 Jul 14 | By James Wates

Construction badly needs people with skills yet is failing to appeal both to those who have no experience of work and to those who are drawn to other industries

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Andrew Stunell

Ready to go green?

11 Jun 14 | By Andrew Stunell

The construction industry needs to demonstrate a change in culture if it is to be fully prepared to deliver on the government’s promise of going zero carbon on all new homes by 2016, says Andrew Stunell

Ben Derbyshire

Why I'm running for RIBA Council

1 Jul 14 | By Ben Derbyshire

Architect Ben Derbyshire on why he and fellow architects Andy von Bradsky and John Assael are aiming to reform the RIBA

Stephanie Canham

Assignment: We can't afford to get it wrong

18 Jul 14 | By Stephanie Canham

With notable distinction placed on assignment. What if it’s just not an option?

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