Saturday13 February 2016



UK prisons: Another brick in the wall

11 Feb 16 | By Mark Leftly

When plans were announced to close some of the UK’s worst prisons and build nine new ones focusing on rehabilitation, there was near universal approval. Since then, however, doubts have begun to surface


Consultants salary survey 2016: Under control?

5 Feb 16 | By Louise Dransfield

A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth, according to this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. But will they be able to keep their feet on the ground?


Consultant's salary survey 2016: Structural Engineers

5 Feb 16

Structural Engineers data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Hinkley C

Hinkley Point C: Shovels at the ready …

10 Feb 16

Construction firms have been poised to build Hinkley Point C since 2007. But nine years later the decision on whether to invest in the £18bn project has yet to be taken


Modern construction: Bring on the robots

4 Feb 16

Construction needs a million extra hands, but no amount of workers from Poland or from apprenticeship programmes are going to fill the gap. Now, technology-driven reform that makes construction less labour-intensive is being proposed – but is it the game changer the industry needs?

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packing a punch

Small housebuilders: Packing a punch

29 Jan 16

For years, volume housebuilders have held sway over the UK’s new homes sales market. But against expectations, the recession has given some small builders the chance to challenge their supremacy

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Peter Hansford

Interview: Peter Hansford

22 January 2016

Until two months ago Peter Hansford was the government’s chief construction advisor. Now the position has been abolished. Here, he talks frankly about the state of the industry and how his legacy will be perceived

Tim Farron

Interview: Tim Farron

15 Jan 16

Leading the Lib Dems may sound like the worst job in politics following the party’s drubbing in last year’s election, but an out-of-sorts Labour sees Tim Farron adopt the role at a time of opportunity

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Image of the week


Image of the week: The Daredevil

12 Feb 16

Picture by doctor from Bangladesh wins CIOB’s 2016 Art of Building digital photography competition

Sketch of the week

Hard Knotts Pass

Sketch of the week: Hard Knotts Pass

12 Feb 16

This week’s sketch is by Tooley and Foster partner Gian Kundi

Hinkely Point C

Online poll: Hinkley

10 Feb 16

Will Hinkley Point C finally get the go ahead? Vote here



Hinkley on hold

12 Feb 16

Will next Tuesday be the day EDF finally gives the go-ahead to a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C?

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Andrew Warren

The DEC decision

11 Feb 16

The government should strengthen, not abandon, the Display Energy Certificate system

Mark Leftly

Prison building: The story of redemption

11 Feb 16

Is Michael Gove right to focus on prisoner rehabilitation rather than punishment in his prison building programme?

John Stapleton

Sticking up for red tape

10 Feb 16

The government’s promise to remove ‘red tape’ to help housebuilders could wipe out effective standards

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Jack Pringle

Gold Medal for the diva

8 Feb 16

With a portfolio that pushes the limits of what is possible, Zaha Hadid proves being relentlessly demanding pays off

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