Tuesday04 August 2015

The Shard

'Oven fire' causes Shard evacuation

4 Aug 15

A fire at the Shard has forced parts of Europe’s tallest building to be evacuated

Nuclear submarine

Problem Faslane jobs push Morgan Sindall to £27m half-year loss

4 Aug 15

Losses on MoD contracts at Faslane Naval Base see contractor fall £27m into the red during first half of 2015

Arena Central

Galliford Try wins £66m HSBC retail bank HQ

4 Aug 15

Galliford Try has won the £66m contract to build HSBC’s new Birmingham office

Bartlett cost model index

Cost model: Higher education refurb

3 Aug 15

When UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture outgrew its building a decision was needed on whether to demolish and rebuild, or radically refurbish it. The latter course was chosen

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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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


Construction site

Apprenticeships levy: Taxing Times

4 Aug 15

The government’s pledge to deliver 3 million apprenticeships through a levy on large employers has left many in the industry confused as to how the policy will work


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



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


Paul Morrell

Slip slidin’ away

4 Aug 15 | By Paul Morrell

The government’s decisions to ‘renew’ the CLC and scrap the chief construction adviser role have dismayed the industry

Stephanie Canham

A perfect fit?

3 Aug 15 | By Stephanie Canham

Remember to make sure that your contract documents are consistent

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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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

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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?

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