Sunday26 February 2017


Economic Construction Market Review

Market review: Housing leads the way

21 Feb 17 | By Michael Dall

The number and value of construction contracts awarded is rising, with growth in the residential sector especially clear. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction review

A crane

Strategic advances?

9 Feb 17 | By Joey Gardiner

The government’s modern industrial strategy has been welcomed by business groups but are there opportunities for construction to benefit?


New prisons: Not much in the swag bag

2 Feb 17 | By David Blackman

Converting old prisons into housing to fund new prisons in less expensive locations isn’t going according to script

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Fighting for air: Pollution from on-site machinery

23 Feb 17

Sadiq Khan is on a crusade to improve London’s air quality and now has construction firmly in his sights. Joey Gardiner reports on the high levels of pollution coming from building sites, the danger they pose to workers, and the pressure being put on the industry to clean up its act

Houses being built

A quiet revolution?

16 Feb 17

For some, last week’s housing white paper wasn’t worth the white paper it was printed on, but for others it presents a radical shift in policy away from home ownership and towards a much wider range of housing needs


Brexit: What we really really want

10 Feb 17

When Building launched its Building A Better Brexit campaign at the start of the year, we promised a reader survey to find out what the industry wanted the government to take into its negotiations with the EU

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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

Paul Cossell

Paul Cossell: Above and beyond

13 Jan 17

Paul Cossell took charge of ISG last year as the fit-out, construction and engineering firm transferred into private hands, a move which has enabled him to explore areas outside the core business

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Image of the week

Henry Moore exhibition

Image of the week: Flowing forms

24 Feb 17

The finishing touches are made for an exhibition of Henry Moore works, on Tuesday

Sketch of the week

Bluecoat House

Sketch of the week: Bluecoat House

24 Feb 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Martin Douglas, associate director of Bristol-based Pad Design


Online poll: Air pollution

23 Feb 17

Is Sadiq Khan right to clamp down on firms using polluting machinery on site? Vote here


Sarah Richardson

Something in the air

23 Feb 17

Construction should be getting behind Sadiq Khan’s proposals for tackling air pollution from site machinery

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Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: More contracts but mixed fortunes

24 Feb 17

January’s index is up but there are mixed fortunes across sectors

Michael Dall

Housing is a numbers game we are not winning

24 Feb 17

Private housebuilding is the fastest growing sector in construction but major investment is needed to solve the housing crisis

Paul Haxell

Employers must reduce workers' exposure to diesel fumes

23 Feb 17

Diesel fumes are a hazardous substance that can increase the risk of lung cancer, which like all work-related cancers is preventable

Richard Steer 2014

Getting their own house in order

21 Feb 17

The government has been willing to listen to advice from the construction industry when considering the renovation of its home in Westminster. Would it not be wise to listen to our views on the housing shortage and Brexit as well?

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