Friday09 December 2016

High Court

Interserve goes to court over £165m power plant

9 Dec 16

Firm takes legal action over removal from energy-from-waste job after similar issue at Glasgow plant


Industry output suffers surprise fall

9 Dec 16

Lingering Brexit gloom blamed for output drop in October

Long Lane social housing

London flats at 40% of market rent unveiled

9 Dec 16

Levitt Bernstein-designed council flats part of push by Southwark to build 11,000 low-cost homes

Exchange rates

Cost update Q3 2016

8 Dec 16

Building costs rose overall, with materials cost inflation increasingly contributing to this - labour costs are rising too but at a lower rate


Preserving history

Preserving history

9 Dec 16

The team behind Heritage Building and Conservation are committed to preserving and protecting historic buildings for future generations



Neil Martin: Steady as he goes

8 Dec 16

Since Neil Martin took over at the helm of Lendlease’s European construction operations he has returned the firm to profit and steadied the ship. So the question everyone wants to know is how he did it



Bacton Low Rise: Community blessed

7 Dec 16

The reinvention of the Bacton Low Rise council estate shows that regeneration is as much about residents as construction - and that it is better to view the local community as an asset than a hindrance


What to specify: Residential

6 Dec 16

Rapid rendering, accessible windows, vibrant carpet tiles for student housing, a deep undermount sink and a very thin radiator are among this week’s product news


Sketch of the week

Sketch of the week: Housing layout in Oxfordshire

9 December 2016

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Hannah Smart from West Waddy ADP


New York christmas tree

Image of the week: Festive cheer

9 December 2016

In New York this week, the world’s tallest digitally-animated Christmas tree - a full 204ft - is lit up in Times Square

BUSINESS BAROMETER: Your Interactive Guide to Construction Activity

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The CPA/Barbour ABI Index

At Beaumont, a Country and Coast Homes development in Exeter, CX cavity lintels from Catnic supported the sharp, unusual shape of the buildings

CPD 22 2016: Specifying steel lintels

29 Nov 16

Correct specification and installation is critical to the performance of a steel lintel. This CPD, sponsored by Catnic, outlines the main points to consider


Economic Construction Market Review - November 2016

Market review: Better than expected

29 Nov 16

The economy has lost some momentum since the summer’s Brexit vote, but is doing better than analysts had forecast


New York

How is New York dealing with Trump?

9 Dec 16

New Yorkers are still in shock at the idea of a Trump presidency, but some of those working in construction concede that having in the White House a New York property mogul with a $1tn infrastructure spend on his mind may not be all bad news


Neil Martin - Building Live 2016

Neil Martin: Brexit and the market Video

9 Dec 16

Lendlease’s European construction boss Neil Martin talks to Building’s Sarah Richardson at Building Live about Brexit and the market

Read the Good Employer Guide 2016 - see the top 50 employers



Online poll: Privatised rail

9 Dec 16

Should the £530m East West Rail link be fully privatised? Vote here


Chloe McCulloch

The new reality

9 December 2016 | By Chloe McCulloch

New Yorkers didn’t vote for Trump just as Londoners didn’t vote for Brexit, but whatever their misgivings the business of doing business goes on

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Barbour ABI's November market review is out now

24 Nov 16

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


Hansom HT

Hansom: We’d like to thank …

9 December 2016

We’re far too modest to mention our IBP magazine of the year award last week, ahem, but of course much of our success is thanks to the everyday, sometimes eccentric contributions of building folk - talking of which …



This week in 2001

9 December 2016

15 years ago New York’s authorities wanted to redevelop the area devestated by the 11 September attacks


GEG 2016

Good Employer Guide 2016: Trend Setters

25 Nov 16

An ever-dwindling workforce means the built environment is in dire need of fresh blood. So what improvements are this year’s top 50 employers making to retain staff and entice new recruits?

Autumn Statement


Chloe McCulloch

The new reality

9 December 2016 | By Chloe McCulloch

New Yorkers didn’t vote for Trump just as Londoners didn’t vote for Brexit, but whatever their misgivings the business of doing business goes on

Nigel Goddard

The many rather than the few

9 December 2016 | By Nigel Goddard

To solve the skills shortage, the industry needs to look beyond the narrow confines of apprenticeships for young people

Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Final Account application

9 Dec 16 | By Ted Lowery

Where an adjudicator applies ISG vs Seevic to order payment of a final account application, can the valuation be challenged in a subsequent adjudication?

Peter Hibberd

The ties that bind

9 Dec 16 | By Peter Hibberd

After Brexit, the UK is to go its own way regarding procurement and contracts but it will still have to work within parameters set by others if it is to trade internationally

Mark Halstead

Efficiency in the NHS doesn’t have to mean cost cutting

8 Dec 16 | By Mark Halstead

NHS trusts must squeeze every penny out of limited captial funding, but with some careful thought at in the early stages they can deliver better outcomes

Richard Threlfall

A winning formula

8 Dec 16 | By Richard Threlfall

Creating cities that foster vibrant communities and with the infrastructure in place to secure their economic competitiveness, is no mean feat

Ben Bolgar

Placemaking in student housing

6 Dec 16 | By Ben Bolgar

Involving students, staff and the local community in masterplanning has helped transform this university campus

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