Thursday30 March 2017


Mace warns HS2 legal action still on the cards in contract dispute

30 Mar 17

Threat comes a day after CH2M walked away from disputed deal

Nick Raynsford

Housing white paper won’t deliver, warns Raynsford

30 Mar 17

Former housing and construction minister says government rhetoric ‘out of line with reality’


Heathrow unveils £650m extra spend as Brexit starting gun fired

30 Mar 17

Shareholders say cash boost is ‘major signal of confidence’ in UK



Bush Theatre: Open audition

29 Mar 17

In its renovation of west London’s Bush Theatre, Haworth Tompkins was asked to make the building and the theatre it contains accessible and approachable to all the local community. The result, says Ike Ijeh, is full of twists and turns


Tracker: February 2017

28 Mar 17

Activity growth in the sectors was positive this month, as the residential and non-residential indices both increased, and the total activity index recorded a significant improvement


Market review

Market review: Earning more for less

23 Mar 17

The total value of construction contracts increased in February but the number of projects went down. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

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82% of construction industry investing in sustainability strategies

82% of construction industry investing in sustainability strategies

15 Mar 17

A market insight into sustainability attitudes and practices’, reveals key findings from a survey commissioned by Tata Steel in March 2016


What to specify: Flooring

21 Mar 17

This week, new flooring solutions include a vinyl range targeting the education market, Forbury Place’s choice of access flooring in Reading and an aluminium decking system at Manchester’s XYZ building

Sustainable steel

CPD 6 2017: Sustainable steel buildings

30 Mar 17

Steel offers sustainability credentials through the whole life-cycle of a building, and is an excellent choice of framing material to deliver high-scoring BREEAM projects. This CPD module, sponsored by the BCSA, outlines the main points to consider


Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz. THE END, by Heather Phillipson.

Image of the week: Get a dollop of that

24 Mar 17

Two winners of the next commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square announced on Tuesday


Sketch for online

Sketch of the week: Homes at Dunstall Farm

24 Mar 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Niamh Hession, associate at Pad Design


Obstacle course

Contractor's results: Fighting fit?

30 Mar 17

The annual results of the big contractors have shown an industry in somewhat shaky shape to withstand the inevitable challenge of exiting the EU


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Building A Better Brexit

Manifesto: Working for a better Brexit deal

Our Building a Better Brexit campaign asked over 2,000 construction professionals what could make leaving the EU work for them


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Online poll: Drones

29 Mar 17

Will drones be a useful tool for QSs? Vote here?


Sarah Richardson

Nuclear chill

24 Mar 17 | By Sarah Richardson

Concrete is about to be poured at Hinkley, but future nuclear projects are beset with problems

Budget 2017

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Barbour ABI's March market review is out now

16 Mar 17

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



Hansom: Beside the sea

24 Mar 17

As usual, Mipim was a rich hunting ground for me to get the lowdown on the latest property news and catch up with old industry pals. This year, delegates enjoyed an unusual piece of artwork …


Archive image: How to make friends and influence parliament

This week in 2002

24 Mar 17

Building wrote that the construction industry had finally worked out how to get its voice heard by government 15 years ago



Consultants salary survey 2017: The bold and the bountiful

10 Mar 17

Strong hiring intentions and employee caution post the Brexit vote mean those prepared to move jobs could be richly rewarded - as may firms prepared to be aggressive in sourcing new hires


Bruno Dupety

Bruno Dupety: Action man

17 Feb 17

In 2014, Bruno Dupety was brought in to sort out Vinci’s UK construction arm: managing some massive project losses, refreshing the leadership team and restructuring struggling parts of the business


London debate at Building Live

Delivering London’s construction pipeline for the next five years Video

23 Dec 16

Building Live debate highlights - With new mayor Sadiq Khan now in place, what are London’s priorities for growth?


Simon Tolson

The second post

30 Mar 17 | By Simon Tolson

Some cases involving standby letters of credit have been reassessed by the Court of Appeal. So what clarifications of the law were made this time around?

Jonathan Gaskell and Gavin Deeprose

Differences of opinion

30 Mar 17 | By Jonathan Gaskell, Gavin Deeprose

Even if plans for a second independence referendum don’t come to fruition, Brexit could create a greater divergence between Scottish and English construction law

Jack Pringle

Brexit: Small world

29 Mar 17 | By Jack Pringle

London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

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Barny Evans

Should energy use be increased if it boosts productivity?

28 Mar 17 | By Barny Evans

When thinking about the function of a particular building it is important to remember sometimes increasing energy use may be beneficial

Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17 | By Félicie Krikler

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

Al Watson

Housing white paper: Beware unknown unknowns

27 Mar 17 | By Al Watson

While the government is preoccupied with Brexit, the housing crisis has been laid at the door of local authorities and developers

Steve Cooper

Why is infrastructure being underfunded?

27 Mar 17 | By Steve Cooper

Europe and the US are falling behind on infrastructure spending, which is a mistake no country can afford to make

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