Wednesday01 October 2014



The Russian dilemma

26 Sep 14 | By Iain Withers

The Ukraine crisis has brought uncertainty to what should be a flourishing Russian market, but there are still good reasons for doing business there

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Sketch of the week: City scape

26 Sep 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Lauren Cordeiro, a year 10 work experience student who spent a week at bptw partnership this summer

Milan expo pavillion

Image of the week: Putting the 'bee' in British …

26 Sep 14

UKTI present Wolfgang Buttress and BDP’s competition-winning design for the British pavilion at next year’s Milan Expo

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Procurement on trial

Procurement on trial

22 Aug 14

Construction firms are increasingly emboldened to take the government to court over its procurement decisions, but who’s to blame?

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Earls Court

Earls Court: That's show business

7 Aug 14

Plans to redevelop 77 acres of prime real estate in Earls Court - entailing the demolition of London’s landmark exhibition centre - have become mired in political wrangling. But is there really any doubt as to how it will end?

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jeremy blackburn

Conservatives put housebuilding centre stage

1 Oct 14

There is much to like about the Conservatives’ push on housebuilding but it leaves renters out in the cold

John Deasy

Engineers do Stirling work too

1 Oct 14

The RIBA Stirling prize is the UK’s highest award for architects. But perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the other people who have a hand in making buildings work effectively

Pete Baxter

Inspiring the next generation

30 Sep 14

Economic recovery can only be postive for construction, but it does mean we have to persuade graduates to choose our sector over all the others

John Alker

Cameron's speech highlights green battle lines

1 Oct 14

Sadly, the debate over sustainability policy is becoming increasingly polarised

Brian Berry

Tory conference: Lively but with little housing direction

30 Sep 14

Despite grassroots support the Conservative party, like Labour, doesn’t seem committed to the housebuilding push we need


How will we cope with accelerated change?

30 Sep 14

It’s a challenge for firms and individuals alike to keep up with the pace of change in this digital age, but one approach that can help is life-long learning

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Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wonders & blunders with Gill Parker

12 Sep 14

London resident Gill Parker thrills to the Sackler Gallery’s contemporary spirit but is less than charmed by a sixties housing estate that has ghettoised its residents

Florey building, Oxford

Wonders and blunders with Nicola Rutt

13 Jun 14

Nicola Rutt finds Oxford University’s Florey Building ‘brave and beautiful’, but thinks more recent student accommodation, Unite’s post-Olympic Stratford development, is ‘overbearing’ and ‘confused’

Pimlico wonder

Wonders and blunders with Andrew Henriques

3 Jun 14

Andrew Henriques believes that his old school in Pimlico, designed by John Bancroft in the sixties, was a shining example of brutalist architecture. While its replacement is a lesson in ticking boxes


Phil Wilbraham

Interview: Phil Wilbraham

25 Sep 14

Phil Wilbraham, the man who oversaw two Heathrow terminals, now has to implement the airport’s new framework strategy, which means driving down construction costs

Andrew Davies, Wates

Interview: Andrew Davies

12 Sep 14

When Andrew Davies, Wates’ chief executive, goes to the board next month it will be to tell them how he intends to double turnover at the £1bn family firm. But don’t expect a revolution

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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Sarah Richardson

Music to our ears

26 Sep 14

The Labour party gathering in Manchester has set the tone for debate and the mood music for the sector is encouraging

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