Friday31 July 2015

Brandon Lewis

Housing minister defends social landlord rent changes

31 Jul 15

Brandon Lewis speaks exclusively to Building about the government’s pledge to build 275,000 affordable homes

Intu's Watford shopping centre extension

Cost of Watford mall revamp jumps 48%

30 Jul 15

Client Intu says cost of mall refurbishment and extension has soared following Bam’s departure

Manchester City Centre

Manchester unveils city centre masterplan

30 Jul 15

Plans include raft of new development sites


Tracker: June 2015

29 Jul 15

Orders continue to rise sharply across each sector, making the overall construction activity index’s drop into negative territory for the first time in almost three years a nasty surprise. Experian Economics reports

When specifying wetrooms for disabled use, it is essential to ensure that the floor surface can be gripped by tyred wheels

CPD 14 2015: Integrated solutions for wetrooms with tile and stone coverings

21 Jul 15

The latest module in our CPD series introduces the key considerations in the design and installation of walk-in shower areas. This module is sponsored by Schlüter-Systems

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Steel Insight 13

23 Jul 15

Read the latest Steel Insight digital supplement


Zak Ové sculpture British Museum

Image of the week: Heights at the museum

30 Jul 15

Zak Ové’s seven-metre high sculptures are installed in the British Museum’s Great Court


63 Compton Street sketch

Sketch of the week: 63 Compton Street

31 Jul 15

This week’s sketch is by architect Richard Doone


York Art Gallery: A new mezzanine level reveals the once secret gallery

York Art Gallery: Show time

28 Jul 15

Architects working on the £8m refurbishment of York Art Gallery have peeled away decades of callously inappropriate interventions to unlock a wonderland of architectural secrets


Brandon Lewis

Interview: Brandon Lewis

31 Jul 15

The Conservative government is pushing forward a radical policy agenda - nowhere more so, perhaps, than in housing. Building talks to housing minister Brandon Lewis about his ambition to promote home ownership, the housing association fallout and ditching the zero carbon homes target. Photography by Julian Anderson



Online poll: A future for retrofit?

29 Jul 15

Will a significant programme of retrofitting homes continue after the government’s cancellation of Green Deal funding? Vote here


Sarah Richardson

The war on green

31 Jul 15 | By Sarah Richardson

As another green policy goes up in smoke, does the government risk failing to live up to its obligations?

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Barbour ABI's July market review is out now

23 Jul 15

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


hansom for i pad

Hansom: All downhill from here

31 Jul 15

Tolkien fans support a venture to create a real-life Hobbit holiday home, team Mace prove their construction skills know no bounds as they enter the Red Bull soapbox race, and Chelsea top the house price Premier League


What to specify: Roofing

6 Jul 15

Green roofs, clay roofs and even BIM-ready roofs. Whatever you’ve currently got in mind for roofing solutions, these manufacturers can top it


Sarah Richardson

The war on green

31 Jul 15 | By Sarah Richardson

As another green policy goes up in smoke, does the government risk failing to live up to its obligations?


BIM: Diverse approaches to a common standard

30 Jul 15 | By Peter Trebilcock

Setting a standard aims to avoid the delays, costs and conflicts which arise but some industry bodies are developing their own

Debbie Aplin

Too many questions

29 Jul 15 | By Debbie Aplin

As the UK housing shortage comes closer to crisis point the government is rolling out a number of policies to make affordable homes available. But is it making the problem better or worse?

Ann Mingoue

JCT MPCC: Major projects, minor details

28 Jul 15 | By Ann Minogue

The JCT Major Project Construction Contract is now widely recognised. But confusion over some of its provisions has come to light

Rebecca Rees

Procurement: Optimum results

27 Jul 15 | By Rebecca Rees

A string of high-profile repair and maintenance jobs have failed recently. Is the problem connected to how some clients carry out procurement at the beginning of the job?

Sarah Richardson

Hold that axe

24 Jul 15 | By Sarah Richardson

The restructuring of construction roles could stall relations between the industry and government

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John Sinfield

Why CLC changes cut out the foundations from construction

24 Jul 15 | By John Sinfield

The restructuring of the Construction Leadership Council means a third of the industry is not represented at the top table

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