Friday28 April 2017

Palace of Westminster

Election hiatus will hit major public projects

27 Apr 17

Public building programmes, including the revamp of the Palace of Westminster, face weeks of delays


Taylor Wimpey to bear £130m lease hit

27 Apr 17

House builder said the leases were introduced in 2007 “in good faith”

Construction site

Multiplex storms to the top of both contractor tables

27 Apr 17

University of Glasgow’s £700m Gilmorehill campus extension places firm at top of civils and non-civils leagues

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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The CPA/Barbour ABI Index


Election 2017 leaders

The Brexit election

Before the parties nail down their manifestos, we take a look at what construction might expect from June’s vote

Lead times index April 2017

Lead times: January-March 2017

25 Apr 17

Lead times have changed for five packages and four are increasing again, but many packages still expect no change in the next six months despite increased workload and enquiries


What to specify: Water

20 Apr 17

Solutions this week are the very pinnacle of products for all water applications, from a drainage solution for an alpine lodge to an axially split pump range


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What does a general election mean for construction?

18 Apr 17

More uncertainty looms - as Brexit debate set to dominate 8 June election


Xu Weiping

Meeting Mr X

21 Apr 17

Far from being a mysterious and distant figure, Xu Weiping of Chinese developer ABP is happy to talk about the thousands of office blocks he is building in China, as well as the 35-acre scheme at Royal Albert Dock - and his plans for many more

George Dixon Academy

CPD 7 2017: Rainscreen cladding

11 Apr 17

Rainscreen cladding, which uses an inner and outer leaf to create a seal against moisture, has been in use for decades. But modern systems offer a more flexible, lightweight protection. This CPD module is sponsored by Kalzip


May at Downing Street

Image of the week: All eyes on her

21 Apr 17

Members of the press assemble at Downing Street on Tuesday



Sketch of the week: 40 front doors in Frome

21 Apr 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architectural designer and illustrator Michael Paul Lewis


The medical centre is scheduled to be finished in June

Notes from a small island: Tristan da Cunha's medical centre

27 Apr 17

Building a medical centre is all in a day’s work for Galliford Try. But it’s a different matter when the work takes place on a volcanic island 2,000km from the nearest inhabited land. This is a prefab new-build with a difference

Building Awards 2017 - Enter now


Ray Orourke

Online poll: Laing O'Rourke

27 Apr 17

Will Laing O’Rourke float on the London stock exchange? Vote here


Here’s the snag …

Bovis: Here’s the snag …

13 Apr 17

Bovis Homes recently set aside £7m to deal with its torrent of snagging complaints from buyers of its properties - and it’s not the only housebuilder criticised for selling unfinished and faulty homes



What next for Atkins and SNC Lavalin?

21 Apr 17

Deal creates £7bn turnover US and European consultancy powerhouse


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on site

Volunteering: The world of good

26 Apr 17

Volunteering your professional skills can lead to job satisfaction, improved skillset and an open outlook


Chloe McCulloch

Snap election: Construction’s chance

21 Apr 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

The general election is a chance for the industry to make its case to politicians of all parties

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Barbour ABI's April market review is out now

27 Apr 17

Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review for April is now available to download


Hansom HT

Hansom: A touch of class

21 Apr 17

This week, a sheikh is inspired by Shepherd’s Bush and Westfield (who could not be?), Joanna Lumley is perhaps too close to her champagne-quaffing alter-ego, and Pink Floyd’s guitarist gets a luxury home in Hove


Bridge over the River Thames image of page

This week in 2002

21 Apr 17

As the disputes over the Garden Bridge drag on, Archive looks back to a less cynical but equally fraught time for bridge building in London


London debate at Building Live

Delivering London’s construction pipeline for the next five years Video

23 Dec 16

Building Live debate highlights - With new mayor Sadiq Khan now in place, what are London’s priorities for growth?


Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Mixed fortunes continue

27 Apr 17 | By Noble Francis

The rise in orders in the year to March masks variation across the sectors

Rebecca Larkin

A slowdown in consumer spend

27 Apr 17 | By Rebecca Larkin

Retail sales fell in the three months to March as inflation has begun to outpace growth in pay

Gurbinder Grewal and Frances Gordon-Weeks

Reporting payment practices: Line of duty

27 Apr 17 | By Gurbinder Grewal

Regulations have come into effect to make large firms report on their payment practices. Can the duty to report bring about a culture change in construction?

Richard McCarthy

Feeding into the industrial strategy

26 Apr 17 | By Richard McCarthy

The construction and development industries have a special part to play in the government’s industrial strategy. We have to optimise how we approach infrastructure and asset-use to make sure it is a success

Dave Rogers

Will Laing O'Rourke go public?

25 Apr 17 | By Dave Rogers

Firm plays up FTSE experience of new chairman Sir John Parker

Vick Webb

Untapped technology

25 Apr 17 | By Vicki Webb

Brexit and the skills crisis could be what the construction industry needs to make some really innovative break-throughs that will improve efficiency and productivity

Debbie Hobbs

What's the social value of an office building?

24 Apr 17 | By Debbie Hobbs

A recent study has tried to quantify the social impact an office development can have on a local area, the theory being if you can measure it you can maximise it

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