Thursday23 October 2014


BBC TV Centre

Mace soars to top spot with £350m BBC TV Centre deal

23 Oct 14

Revamp of iconic studios sees Mace top contractors’ league table, with Kier and Costain also strong performers in September


Struggling green firm hits out at failed government policies

23 Oct 14

NWS is the latest Green Deal provider to be stung by slow uptake of the government retrofit schemes

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New Scotland Yard site

Skills shortage deepens as workloads rise at fastest rate in two decades, says RICS

23 Oct 14

Latest RICS construction market survey sees surveyors report the sharpest rise in workloads since 1994

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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Levitt Bernstein's Granada Studios plan for the Manchester Grande

Levitt Bernstein to transform Granada Studios into hotel

23 Oct 14

TV studios where Coronation Street was filmed to become an “event hotel”

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Lead times July-Sept 2014

Lead times: July-September 2014

20 Oct 14

Although there are only four trades reporting an increase in lead times this quarter, there are 10 trades that anticipate increases in the next six months


Model by BIMTechnologies

CPD 30 2014: Ensuring data accuracy on BIM projects

The latest module in our CPD series considers the importance of consistent, accurate data in the BIM process, and the key role played by manufacturers in providing it. This module is sponsored by British Gypsum

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JTI Building

Skin deep: SOM's JTI Building in Geneva

22 Oct 14

SOM’s JTI building in Geneva uses a revolutionary facade that optimises daylight and transparency while meeting tight Swiss regulatory requirements


Curtain walling - Wicona

What to specify: Cladding

21 Oct 14

This week’s cladding products include the refurbishment of a high-rise building at the Darmstadt University in Germany, and wall cladding for a home on the banks of the River Tay

Sketch of the week

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Sketch of the week: Rothenburg market square

17 Oct 14

This week’s sketch is by Bryan Avery, principal of Avery Associates Architects.


new houses

Reviewing the Lyons Review

23 Oct 14

The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?


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Barbour ABI's October market review is out now

23 Oct 14

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


Top 150 consultants 2014

Top 150 consultants 2014: Let the good times roll

17 Oct 14

There’s an upbeat mood in this year’s Top 150 consultants survey with strong growth and jobs being created. It’s now just a matter of finding the staff to keep it going


Bents Green school

Online poll: School spending

23 Oct 14

Should the manifesto contain a pledge for a government-funded programme to address the predicted shortage of new school places? Vote here


Agenda 15 draft manifesto cover

Agenda 15 draft manifesto

22 Sep 14

Building’s draft manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online for consultation here - and we want you to let us know what you think



Hansom: Known unknowns

17 Oct 14

The year 2014 is an unnerving place - nobody’s sure how many chimneys Battersea Power Station has, Bob the Builder has the face of a child, and an app can summon hordes to your door to devour your leftovers


Noble Francis

Growth outside of housing

23 Oct 14 | By Noble Francis

The latest CPA/Barbour ABI Construction Index reached 132 in September, 3% higher than in August and 12% higher than one year earlier

Michael Dall

Diagnosing the drop

23 Oct 14 | By Michael Dall

The latest construction output figures show that the industry remains in a relatively healthy position

Barny Evans

Rocking down to electric avenue?

23 Oct 14 | By Barny Evans

What are the implications of a widespread electrification of cities?

Julie Hirigoyen

How sustainable is your own office building?

22 Oct 14 | By Julie Hirigoyen

A new report shows that high quality sustainable office design is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your staff’s wellbeing and productivity too

Peter Hansford

Without stopping for breath

22 Oct 14 | By Peter Hansford

Work on the Government Construction Strategy continues apace, but there’s still lots to do

Helen Gough

Recruitment for the future

20 Oct 14 | By Helen Gough

We need to have access to the widest range of people possible to ensure we have all the skills we need

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