Wednesday25 May 2016

Douglas McCormick

Sweett name in balance following WSP takeover

25 May 16

Consultant expects to see amount of overseas work soar in wake of £24m deal


Consultants vie for £500m Whitehall revamp job

25 May 16

Arcadis and Turner & Townsend among firms vying for major upgrade programme

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Brexit would hit construction for years to come, says Hill chief

25 May 16

Andy Hill and Great Portland Estates’ James Pellatt are latest big names to sign up to Building’s campaign


Tate Modern extension, London, by Herzog and de Meuron

Tate expectations

23 May 16

Herzog and de Meuron’s much-delayed extension of the Tate Modern saw the architect handed the rare opportunity of returning to a project having worked on the original


BIM: Cost vs benefits

24 May 16

The industry is frequently told it must engage with building information modelling, but there is little information available on the cost versus benefit balance of integrating BIM into a construction project


What to specify: BIM

24 May 16

The latest software tools and building products with BIM objects to help integrate data as part of the construction process featured in this week

Joie De Vivre, a private residence in Oregon, features thermally broken Reynaers CS 68 windows

CPD 12 2016: Sustainable aluminium window systems

12 May 16

High-performance windows are crucial to reducing the energy use of buildings. This CPD introduces key aspects of glazing and frame design, as well as the relevant standards and guidance. It is sponsored by Reynaers


Michael Heseltine

Heseltine: ‘I haven’t yet been told to shut up’

5 May 16

While most 83-year-olds settle for a quiet life and daytime TV, Lord Heseltine’s time is taken up spearheading the government’s regeneration agenda



Image of the week: Mind the step

20 May 16

An installation designed by Dutch architect MVRDV



Sketch of the week: Natal Parks Board heaquarters, South Africa

20 May 16

This week’s sketch is by architect Karen Rainsford


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Steel Insight 16

20 May 16

Read the latest Steel Insight digital supplement



Market review: Cooling off?

25 May 16

Things are still on the up but are we witnessing a slowdown? And is there any way to rebalance the UK economy away from the service sector?



Stamping out abuse

19 May 16 | By Sarah Richardson

Amid a flurry of evidence about the horrific conditions some workers in Qatar have faced, it is easy to say that workers’ rights and their enforcement need extensive reform


Sadiq Khan

Online poll: Housing quota

25 May 16

Should London mayor Sadiq Khan take a tough line on affordable housing quotas for new developments? Vote here

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Barbour ABI's May market review is out now

19 May 16

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


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Hansom: The History boys

20 May 16

Khan looks back at his predecessor’s record, two museums cause bidding wars (of different sorts), some politicos put aside old quarrels and there’s more history than we can dig up. Plus, Robert De Niro’s waiting (to open a hotel)



This week in 2006

20 May 16

22% of Britain’s energy was provided by 12 nuclear power stations, but all but three were set to be closed by 2020


Chris Tinker

Housebuilding: For starters…

25 May 16 | By Chris Tinker

The government’s pledge to create 200,000 starter homes by 2020 is ambitious, and must be paired with clear regulation from the off to avoid confusion and delays

Rudi Klein

Someone to watch over SMEs

24 May 16 | By Rudi Klein

The government is preparing to appoint a small business commissioner to provide advice and consider complaints on payment issues. But how much power will they really have?


Flood resilience – built in, not an afterthought

23 May 16 | By David Balmforth

How can we build new homes without increasing the flood risk of existing communities further downstream?

Dave Cheshire

Is the circular economy the way forward?

20 May 16 | By David Cheshire

Construction should look at a more circular approach to reduce the amount of waste it generates

Raid Abu Manneh and Dany Khayat

Road to Morocco

20 May 16 | By Raid Abu-Manneh, Dany Khayat

With Africa a future engine of global growth, Morocco is a potential gateway to the continent for UK construction companies


Stamping out abuse

19 May 16 | By Sarah Richardson

Amid a flurry of evidence about the horrific conditions some workers in Qatar have faced, it is easy to say that workers’ rights and their enforcement need extensive reform

James Wates

See you in the boardroom

18 May 16 | By James Wates

Questions remains over the government’s target of 3 million apprentices by 2020 but we owe it to generations of young (and not so young) people to change our thinking about what apprenticeships are and how we use them

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