Wednesday17 September 2014

TOP STORIES

BBC TV Centre

Mace wins race for £400m BBC TV Centre

17 Sep 14

Exclusive: Mace sees off competition from Lend Lease for main role on redevelopment of iconic BBC TV Centre in west London

Pinnacle

City primed for new Pinnacle tower plan

17 Sep 14

City of London design chief is expecting a fresh planning application with an entirely new design for the stalled Pinnacle tower

United House's contracting business merges with Bullock

17 Sep 14

United House will continue as a stand-alone developer

PROJECTS

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Coming out on top

16 Sep 14

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower have found a way to extend its height without additional foundations or a dramatic redesign

PROFESSIONAL

Curtain walling remains a popular choice for London’s commercial developments

CPD 23 2014: High-performance insulation for curtain wall facades

The facade is one of the key elements governing the thermal performance of office buildings, which can be undermined by large expanses of glazing. This CPD module, sponsored by Dow Corning, examines two solutions

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DATA

Tracker: August 2014

Tracker: July 2014

2 Sep 14

Construction activity remains consistent as the index picks up five points for the month, while the orders index sees a small incline and residential experiences a significant uptick

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

Latest League Tables

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The CPA/Barbour ABI Index

PIC OF THE DAY

Mexico airport

Fosters to design new Mexico City airport

12 Sep 14

Foster + Partners appointed to design world’s largest airport

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LATEST PRODUCTS

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What to specify: Regulations

3 Sep 14

This week’s regulations products include the installation of Taraflex flooring in a Stockport gym to match sports surface regulations, and ensuring that the Library of Birmingham meets watertight requirements

Sketch of the week

Mike oades

Sketch of the week: Almaty

12 Sep 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architect Mike Oades at Atomik Architecture.

Class of 2014

The class of 2014

The class of 2014: Contractors and housebuilders

17 Sep 14

Meet the latest intake of construction professionals - all of them just weeks into their new careers. So what made them choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

SCOTLAND VOTE

Scotland

Will they stay or will they go?

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

Michael Dall

The impact of a yes vote on the construction market

Scottish independence would be a large step into the unknown for Scotland and the rest of the UK

Sarah Richardson

Beware unconscious uncoupling

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

MARKET REVIEW

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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

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Hansom: Plaudits and brickbats

12 Sep 14

There’s a lot to celebrate this week - both at the Holcim Awards in Moscow and at HLM’s 50th. Elsewhere, though, the industry is in the dock and a hideous building gets planning approval in Brum


COMMUNITY OPINION

Tony Williams

Farewell Greg Fitzgerald

17 Sep 14 | By Tony Williams

I’ll be sorry to see the Galliford Try boss go but he has done his bit for the firm and the industry

Julia Parks

Housing standards review: Highs and lows

17 Sep 14 | By Julia Park

The government has unveiled national space and security standards – but things remain to be done

Francis Ho

For all practical purposes

16 Sep 14 | By Francis Ho

A case on the familiar topic of a professional’s duties in certifying practical completion

Ben Derbyshire

Fears over towers miss the point

15 Sep 14 | By Ben Derbyshire

Super-dense schemes can work in London as long as they reinforce street spaces

Stephanie Canham

Learning to get ahead of the game

15 Sep 14 | By Stephanie Canham

Stereotypical substandard student accommodation is changing

Sarah Richardson

Wasted energy

12 Sep 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Political parties need to be clear on their sustainability policies for the future

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