Wednesday20 August 2014

TOP STORIES

BBC TV Centre

Two firms battling it out for £400m BBC TV Centre

20 Aug 14

Exclusive: The race for the key role on Stanhope’s redevelopment of the iconic BBC studios in west London is down to two firms

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Balfour Beatty rejects improved Carillion offer

20 Aug 14

Firm brands business plan “too risky” after consultation with major shareholders

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Brookfield bags £40m Leicester square project

20 Aug 14

Brookfield Multiplex to undertake Make-designed revamp of landmark building in central London

DATA

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Procurement update

18 Aug 14

Construction is now 12 months into its recovery and project procurement has become much more challenging - even in the regions. SImon Rawlinson of EC Harris takes soundings from projects and considers the best options in a fast-moving market

PROJECTS

Lime pozzolan

The advantages of lime pozzolan

19 Aug 14

Lime pozzolan concrete’s environmental and flexibility advantages could make it a revolutionary replacement to conventional concrete types. But the foundations of this ‘new’ material can actually be traced back to ancient history

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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LATEST VIDEO

Eastbourne Pier fire

Watch: Blaze rips through Eastbourne Pier Video

31 Jul 14

Devastating fire destroys main building on the historic Eastbourne Pier

PIC OF THE DAY

Grid Architects' scheme for recladding north London's Archway Tower, for developer Essential Living.

Grid Architects wins planning for revamp of Archway Tower

18 Aug 14

Scheme to re-clad north London office block for developer Essential Living as part of its conversion into 100 private-rented flats

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PROFESSIONAL

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

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LATEST PRODUCTS

Pavilion

What to specify: Housing

7 Aug 14

This week’s housing products include the installation of Redland 49 roof tiles to prevent the vortex effect for homes under the Heathrow flight path and a 150 window replacement job for Kirklees council

Sketch of the week

Portland Place

Sketch of the week: Portland Place

8 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Félicie Krikler, associate director at Assael Architecture.

ANALYSIS

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Interview: Gary Sullivan

20 Aug 14

Gary Sullivan, co-founder and chairman of Wilson James, explains what the army can teach construction

INFOGRAPHIC

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Infographic: Balfour Beatty and Carillion mega-merger

30 Jul 14

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

EDITOR'S VIEW

Sarah Richardson

What are you reading this summer?

15 Aug 14 | By Sarah Richardson

Holiday season is the perfect chance to catch up on some great Building articles you may have missed this year - as selected by our industry contributors


Hansom

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Hansom: Heads and tales

8 Aug 14

Land Securities’ New Ludgate office development brings up tales of headless maidens, bear-baiting and rhinoceroses, while a PV expert suggests that solar panels across the UK are facing the wrong way


COMMUNITY OPINION

Ben Derbyshire

What eighteenth century Rome can teach us about making places

20 Aug 14 | By Ben Derbyshire

Why generating ‘street life’ - in all its senses - is the key to building successful cities

Richard Steer 2014

A suitable case for treatment

20 Aug 14 | By Richard Steer

Medical advances, improved technology and increasing outpatient numbers have transformed the construction challenge - so the decade-old NHS estate guidance needs some radical updating

Tracy Smyth and Jim Byard

Health as well as safety

20 Aug 14 | By Jim Byard and Tracy Smyth

The HSE wants to consolidate the message that exposure to hazardous substances and dusts containing silica is as much of a health risk as on-site safety

Lindy Patterson

Termination at convenience

19 Aug 14 | By Lindy Patterson

Terminating a contract is never an easy call to make, and it could have a strong impact on later damages payments should you act too hastily, as these cases demonstrate

Matthew Rhodes

Passivhaus' power as a quality standard for buildings

18 Aug 14 | By Matthew Rhodes

The Passivhaus standard can improve all sizes and types of projects - I’ve seen the evidence

Debbie Aplin

Housing's on the up – but can we meet demand?

18 Aug 14 | By Debbie Aplin

Planning, skills and finance barriers remain before we can meet the UK’s housing needs

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