Wednesday25 November 2015

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Osborne to announce 'affordable housing' push

25 Nov 15

Treasury to pledge almost £7bn to housebuilding and target delivering 400,000 ‘affordable homes’ in England

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John Assael

Assael named industry's top employer

24 Nov 15

Assael wins best employer in Building’s Good Employers Guide for second year in a row

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Final approval for Lord's cricket ground expansion

25 Nov 15

Mayor of London approves scheme that will increase ground’s capacity to 29,500


The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex: The second act

18 Nov 15

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

Magnifying glass on a contract

CPD 28 2015: Managing contract risk

19 Nov 15

This CPD module considers how subcontractors can manage the risks to their businesses, focusing on the contract. It is sponsored by Aldermore



Sketch of the week: Church of St Mary Magdalene

20 Nov 15

This week’s sketch is by Ian Dollamore at Urban Infill


Eiffel tower after Paris attacks

Image of the week: ‘She does not sink …’

20 Nov 15

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated with the colours of the French flag in memory of the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks on Paris

A Pirbright Institute scientist working inside a high-containment laboratory in the institute’s Plowright Building

Cost model: Laboratories

17 Nov 15

The UK is a world leader in scientific research and those involved are demanding ever more sophisticated laboratory buildings in which to conduct their work

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Waste not, want not

20 Nov 15

Companies that are choosing a single platform for organising and distributing documents are saving time and reducing hassle


What to specify: M&E

23 Nov 15

This week’s M&E products include the replacement of an underfloor air conditioning system for a Gatwick Airport building, and an upgrade to fire protection systems at the Edinburgh College of Art

Good Employer Guide 2015


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Special application

20 Nov 15

From the outside things may be looking better for specialist firms but money is still tight, especially with some contractors imposing tough terms and long payment times. Is it time for specialists to cut out the middle-men?


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Online poll: Specialist contractors

18 Nov 15

Would it benefit the industry if specialist contractors worked more directly with clients? Vote here



The colour of money

20 Nov 15 | By Sarah Richardson

How much is really at stake for the sector in next week’s spending announcement?

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Barbour ABI's November market review is out now

19 Nov 15

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


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Hansom: Let’s get creative

20 Nov 15

The industry finds many ways to express itself, from a musical property ad, to starring in a TV show, turning a car park into studios, and a straight-up art competition. Even white van men are reinventing themselves


John Assael

Nice work

24 Nov 15 | By John Assael

The chairman of the first company to top Building’s Good Employer Guide two years running encourages the industry to do more to attract new talent

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Richard Robinson

Spending review: Providing the detail

24 Nov 15 | By Richard Robinson

While Osborne’s £100bn commitment to infrastructure is good news, all eyes will be on the detail of the Spending Review for greater clarity

Jeffrey Brown

Touching the void

23 Nov 15 | By Jeffrey Brown

A recent decision shows the consequences of failing to disclose material facts to insurers - dangers the Insurance Act 2015 should help alleviate


The colour of money

20 Nov 15 | By Sarah Richardson

How much is really at stake for the sector in next week’s spending announcement?

Michael Dall

Mixed messages

20 Nov 15 | By Michael Dall

Industry sentiment surveys suggests a growing industry while official statistics show declines in activity

Barny Evans

Overheating in homes: The hot topic

19 Nov 15 | By Barny Evans

What is overheating in homes it and how can the industry deal with it?

Gareth Stringer

No need for miracles

18 Nov 15 | By Gareth Stringer

This cautionary tale around redevelopment of a church shows good housekeeping and communication are key for lenders and project monitors

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