Friday29 August 2014


Construction site

Top QS firms clash with RICS over qualification reform

28 Aug 14

Critics fear proposed changes would ‘dumb down’ the flagship Assessment of Professional Competence

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High Court

Pick Everard defends £750m consultants framework

29 Aug 14

Project Management and Full Design Team Services framework has been embroiled in a legal dispute

Rathbone Place

Lend Lease hiring drive despite £14m Europe construction loss

28 Aug 14

European construction arm shrugs off poor results and ‘positions itself for growth’ through increased pipeline


Aecom indices

Cost update: Q2 2014

27 Aug 14

Construction output recorded no change compared with the last quarter, while new housing construction is the primary reason for rises in new work output


Lime pozzolan

The advantages of lime pozzolan

19 Aug 14

Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history

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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


Broadway Malyan Chengdu

Broadway Malyan to design urban district in China

27 Aug 14

Firm to masterplan new urban district in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province

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Vectorworks BIM software was implemented during the planning of Moorlands College in Christchurch multi-use teaching and community spaces

CPD 17 2014: BIM for small practices

As of 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects must implement level 2 BIM. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Vectorworks, defines levels of BIM

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What to specify: Housing

7 Aug 14

This week’s housing products include the installation of Redland 49 roof tiles to prevent the vortex effect for homes under the Heathrow flight path and a 150 window replacement job for Kirklees council

Sketch of the week

Roger Fitzgerald sketch

Sketch of the week: South Bank

22 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Roger Fitzgerald for charity Article 25’s annual 10x10 event



Will they stay or will they go?

29 Aug 14

What effects would a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum have on the industry?

Mark Davey

Interview: Mark Davey

28 Aug 14

Defying five years of recession, Winchester-based cladding company Lakesmere has experienced rapid growth in a sector that has seen many UK firms fade away. Managing director Mark Davey reveals how the company beat the downturn

Carillion balfour beatty

Carillion ends pursuit of Balfour Beatty

22 Aug 14

Analysts say Balfour has missed an opportunity after rejecting Carillion’s £2.1bn revised offer for a merger

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Barbour ABI's August market review is out now

20 Aug 14

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



Hansom: Plastic bricks and mortar

29 Aug 14

Monaco plans to become home to the most expensive apartment in the world, we mark a posthumous birthday for an early pioneer of suspension bridges, and a Lego visitor centre is made out of… you guessed it


Matthew Jones

Property: Waving a green stick

29 Aug 14 | By Matthew Jones

Plans are afoot to compel private landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties - ignore them at your peril

Vern Pitt

Retrofit work looks set to bump along the bottom …

29 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Is there still hope for the Green Deal?

Sarah Richardson

Beware unconscious uncoupling

29 August 2014 | By Sarah Richardson

A vote for Scotland’s independence could mean big changes for the sector

Tony Bingham

No messing north of the border

28 Aug 14 | By Tony Bingham

This case from the Scottish Court of Appeal reiterates the point that adjudication should not be held up by minor technical points

Simon Rawlinson

Growing pains

28 Aug 14 | By Simon Rawlinson

While the Monetary Policy Committee ponders a rise in interest rates, they’d be wise to take a closer look at what’s happening in construction - where lessons can be learned that have a bearing on the wider economy

Iain Parker

Dating, to engagement, to marriage

27 Aug 14 | By Iain Parker

With demand for construction services now outstripping supply, firms are becoming more choosey when picking partners

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