Thursday21 August 2014


Birmingham Library

Carillion ends Balfour Beatty chase

20 Aug 14

UK contractor ends talks after it has three successive merger offers knocked back by its contracting rival

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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


NDA denies fault in £200m nuclear legal battle

20 Aug 14

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority defends its procurement process for £7bn Magnox project


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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


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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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Eastbourne Pier fire

Watch: Blaze rips through Eastbourne Pier Video

31 Jul 14

Devastating fire destroys main building on the historic Eastbourne Pier


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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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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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.


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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

Birmingham Library

Carillion ends Balfour Beatty chase

20 Aug 14

UK contractor ends talks after it has three successive merger offers knocked back by its contracting rival

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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

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: 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


Noble Francis

Tentative times

20 Aug 14 | By Noble Francis

The CPA/Barbour ABI Construction Index was 128 in July, slightly lower (4%) than in June

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

Michael Dall

Reaching pre-recession levels

20 Aug 14 | By Michael Dall

The latest quarterly GDP figures were released this month and one could be forgiven for not knowing whether to celebrate the banishing of the recession or worry about an unbalanced and comparatively slow recovery

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

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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

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