Thursday25 May 2017


Experts cast doubts on Tory pledge to build council homes

25 May 17

Manifesto commitment to build a new generation of social housing undermined by lack of funding and targets

Google Kings Cross

Google presses on with revised plans for £1bn HQ

24 May 17

Tech giant to submit plans for King’s Cross scheme redesigned by BIG and Heatherwick Studio next month


Helical steps up London activity

25 May 17

Property developer reveals 66% of its portfolio is based in the capital


Office buildings

Wellness: WELL Building Standard

23 May 17

The WELL Building Standard focuses solely on a building’s impact on people



Housebuilders' ground rent "scandal"

19 May 17

Taylor Wimpey’s doubling of leasehold ground rents has drawn attention to what could be a wider industry practice


Quality Kawneer glazing helps with a Cardiff catalyst

Quality Kawneer glazing helps with a Cardiff catalyst

22 May 17

A building at the heart of Cardiff city centre’s regeneration features Kawneer glazing

Virtual reality

What to specify: BIM

12 May 17

A range of BIM objects have been released including an update on a sketching app that allows customers to pan and zoom simultaneously, and the completed range of Rhinoceros software


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

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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

De Montfort University’s Fletcher Complex

CPD 8 2017: Curtain wall systems: classification, design and testing

19 May 17

Getting the curtain walling design right is essential if a building is to remain watertight. This CPD module, sponsored by Kawneer, outlines the main points to consider


Final match day at White Hart Lane

Image of the week: Hart-breaking farewell

19 May 17

Football fans enter Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium for the final time on Sunday


Sketch index

Sketch of the week: Ducie Street, Manchester

19 May 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Ewen Miller at Calderpeel Architects


Tory manifesto

Conservative manifesto: Council housing’s new best friend?

25 May 17

Offering little new for construction by way of infrastructure commitments, the Tory manifesto nevertheless surprised with its brazen parking of tanks on Labour’s lawn

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Jerome L. Green Science Centre

By the people: Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus

24 May 17

Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus has championed a policy of inclusiveness not only for its students but also in the construction teams that built it

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Sarah Richardson

Double trouble for leasehold houses

19 May 17 | By Sarah Richardson

Housebuilders crippling ground rent increases are causing homeowners anguish


Labour manifesto launch

Online poll: Labour manifesto

18 May 17

Would the policies outlined in Labour’s election manifesto be good for construction? Vote here

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Barbour ABI's May market review is out now

18 May 17

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


Hansom HT

Hansom: The big time

19 May 17

This week in construction is suffused with the heady scent of success, from elected mayors, popular tourist snaps, a cyclist going the extra mile and quite a lot of very, very rich people


Archive oic

This week in 1997

19 May 17

This time in 1997 Building polled readers’ attitudes to their work and the results were far from happy


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?


Paul Lowe

Lessons to be learnt

25 May 17 | By Paul Lowe

PPP agreements have been successful in getting public facilities built but there must be controls so that flaws - like the ones that caused a brick wall to collapse in an Edinburgh school - are prevented

Joey Gardiner

A week in the election

25 May 17 | By Joey Gardiner

The three major parties’ manifestos are out but campaigning was suspended in the wake of the Manchester attack

Bill Page

The rise of the machines

24 May 17 | By Bill Page

Technology is creating opportunities for change in building logistics facilities

Laurence Cobb

Promise to be good

24 May 17 | By Laurence Cobb

Recent years have seen the use of ‘good faith’ provisions in construction contracts. But what does an expression of good faith mean in practice?

Jack Pringle

Housing: Great shakes

23 May 17 | By Jack Pringle

If you look hard enough, something positive has come out of this turbulent world politics and frenzy of electioneering

Grant Lipton

Heritage is absent from the housing white paper

22 May 17 | By Grant Lipton

We need to reintroduce the concept of heritage into the discussion around the expanding our villages, towns and cities

Rudi Klein

Forging stronger chains

22 May 17 | By Rudi Klein

The UK construction industry must become leaner, fitter and more integrated to survive. Will the new government act as a catalyst for this after the election?

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