Thursday31 July 2014


Library of Birmingham, Carillion, Mecanoo

Carillion hits out at Balfour over 'unilateral' end to merger talks

31 Jul 14

Carillion says it is still considering its position over merger, saying it still believes there’s a “powerful” case to combine two firms

Carillion balfour beatty

Balfour Beatty left ‘weak’ after rejecting Carillion bid

31 Jul 14

Analysts say “odd” announcement leaves firm open to hostile take over bid from rival contractor

Neil McArthur

Arcadis to buy Hyder for £256m

31 Jul 14

Global consultant, and owner of EC Harris, set to pay premium of 40% for UK engineer


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Tracker: June 2014

30 Jul 14

Positive signs as the construction activity index remains unchanged at 57, while, at the sector level, both non-residential and civil engineering experience boosts. Experian Economics reports


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


Oxford Station 4

Masterplan unveiled for £75m Oxford station revamp

28 Jul 14

Newly-demerged practice AHR unveils plans, which include three residential and three commercial buildings

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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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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: Skinners Kent academy

25 Jul 14

This concept sketch of Skinners Kent Academy was a collaboration between Matt Golds and Dan Smith of Hunters South Architects.


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


Top 150 v2

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

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Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14 | Updated: 30 Jul 14

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



Top consultants survey 2014

25 Jun 14

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


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

David Higgins

GCS video: David Higgins

17 Jul 14

The chairman of High Speed 2 takes a look forward at leadership and change at the Government Construction Summit 2014


Sarah Richardson

It's a shambles now but will it get even worse?

25 Jul 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Learning from the launch of the Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework



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



Top consultants survey 2014

25 Jun 14

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


Rachel Fisher

A failure to plan

31 Jul 14 | By Rachel Fisher

If housing is a long-erm priority for the UK, the planning system does not recognise it

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

Comments (2)

Sarah Richardson

Balfour and Carillion - deal or no deal?

30 Jul 14 | Updated: 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?

Tony Williams

Is this good night for Balfour Beatty?

29 Jul 14 | By Tony Williams

Balfour Beatty used to be my pin-up boys, so what has gone wrong?

Steven Carey

Set-off: Know the setbacks

28 Jul 14 | By Steven Carey

Set-off is a term that is regularly heard in the construction industry, but does everyone know exactly what it means?

Jill Carey

Caught in the Act

28 Jul 14 | By Jill Carey

Your brilliant idea to develop part of an existing building could easily be scuppered by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 - so best to get advice early

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