Friday01 August 2014


London skyline

Arcadis takeover of Hyder ‘will boost EC Harris’

1 Aug 14

Combined firm will offer ‘full set of services’ in UK and Middle East, Arcadis CEO says

London housing

Private housing continues to drive growth

1 Aug 14

NHBC figures show number of new homes rose 9% in second quarter - but number of public homes falls 11%

Schoold design

Morgan Sindall takes £93m Pf2 schools batch

31 Jul 14

Exclusive: Morgan Sindall beats rivals to take batch of private finance schools in the North-west


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Agenda 15: What you said

1 Aug 14

For the past six months, Building has been asking those in construction what policies the next UK government needs to adopt in order to generate the best possible environment to stimulate growth and innovation in the sector. Building reviews your responses in part one of our Agenda 15 analysis


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


BBCarInfoGraph Index

Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14

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

More buildings


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

More professional


Linoleum flooring Gerflor

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: The Harley Gallery

1 Aug 14

This week’s Building sketch is by Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton 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

BBCarInfoGraph Index

Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14

See our guide to the proposed 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

Balfour and Carillion - deal or no deal?

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?



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


Luke Burroughs

We must re-empower small and medium-sized housebuilders

1 Aug 14 | By Luke Burroughs

In the 1930s small builders dominated the market. But the current dominance of volume house builders has caused concerns for location and housing quality

Jeffrey Brown

Sharing out the risks

1 Aug 14 | By Jeffrey Brown

BIM is supposed to help eliminate design risk but the different parties on a project must make sure that their responsibilities and liabilities are clearly defined

Vern Pitt

The Green Deal: Are we back at square one?

1 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

The sector must capitalise on customer interest now that the £120m government incentive has closed

Didcot power station demolition

Image of the week: Powering down

1 Aug 14

Local gathered in Oxfordshire to watch the destruction of Didcot power stations cooling towers

Sarah Richardson

Balfour: Another twist, but not the end

31 Jul 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Balfour Beatty’s decision to walk away from merger talks with Carillion is far from the conclusion of this story

Rachel Fisher

A failure to plan

31 Jul 14 | By Rachel Fisher

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

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