Friday29 August 2014


Tesco Extra

Tesco slashes building budget

29 Aug 14

Retail giant cuts capital expenditure again as it issues another profit warning


Recovery puts pressure on architects to find staff

29 Aug 14

Areas such as London and Scotland facing recruitment issues


Construction leaders fear impact of Scottish 'yes'

29 Aug 14

Industry figures voice fears that a vote for independence would lead to downsizing of firms north of the border


Aecom indices

Cost update: Q2 2014

27 Aug 14

Construction output recorded no change compared with the last quarter, while new housing construction is the primary reason for rises in new work output


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

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Broadway Malyan Chengdu

Broadway Malyan to design urban district in China

27 Aug 14

Firm to masterplan new urban district in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province

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Vectorworks BIM software was implemented during the planning of Moorlands College in Christchurch multi-use teaching and community spaces

CPD 17 2014: BIM for small practices

As of 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects must implement level 2 BIM. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Vectorworks, defines levels of BIM

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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

TfL / Gotham building

Sketch of the week: 'Gotham city hideout'

29 Aug 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Warren Williams at Julian Cowie architects



Will they stay or will they go?

29 Aug 14

What effects would a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum have on the industry?

Mark Davey

Interview: Mark Davey

28 Aug 14

Defying five years of recession, cladding company Lakesmere has experienced rapid growth. MD Mark Davey reveals how the firm beat the downturn


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Barbour ABI's August market review is out now

20 Aug 14

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


Sarah Richardson

Beware unconscious uncoupling

29 August 2014 | By Sarah Richardson

A vote for Scotland’s independence could mean big changes for the sector



Hansom: Plastic bricks and mortar

29 Aug 14

Monaco plans to become home to the most expensive apartment in the world, we mark a posthumous birthday for an early pioneer of suspension bridges, and a Lego visitor centre is made out of… you guessed it


Sarah Richardson

Beware unconscious uncoupling

29 August 2014 | By Sarah Richardson

A vote for Scotland’s independence could mean big changes for the sector

Matthew Jones

Property: Waving a green stick

29 Aug 14 | By Matthew Jones

Plans are afoot to compel private landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties - ignore them at your peril

Vern Pitt

Retrofit work looks set to bump along the bottom …

29 Aug 14 | By Vern Pitt

Is there still hope for the Green Deal?

Simon Rawlinson

Growing pains

28 Aug 14 | By Simon Rawlinson

While the Monetary Policy Committee ponders a rise in interest rates, they’d be wise to take a closer look at what’s happening in construction - where lessons can be learned that have a bearing on the wider economy

Tony Bingham

No messing north of the border

28 Aug 14 | By Tony Bingham

This case from the Scottish Court of Appeal reiterates the point that adjudication should not be held up by minor technical points

Iain Parker

Dating, to engagement, to marriage

27 Aug 14 | By Iain Parker

With demand for construction services now outstripping supply, firms are becoming more choosey when picking partners

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