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Saturday20 December 2014

FEATURES

Lego

Jingle bell blocks

19 Dec 14 | By Joey Gardiner

Take five teams of construction professionals, stick them in a roomful of Lego, get them to carry out three slightly offbeat tasks, and award them bonus points for good ideas on where to stick Santa… yes, folks, it can only be Building’s 2014 Christmas challenge

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Review of 2014: Fairy tale endings

19 Dec 14

Continuing our look back at the year gone by, here’s a selection of some of the biggest positive news

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Review of 2014: Grimm Tales

19 Dec 14

Our annual review of construction dwells, for a moment, on the sector’s most depressing stories

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NEWS ANALYSIS

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Calling time on the coalition

12 Dec 14

From the Green Deal to Crossrail, the government made a number of pledges back in 2010 to keep the industry afloat during the grim five years ahead. But how well has it stuck to them?

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Paying the price

21 Nov 14

New research into the housebuilding industry shows that although staff are enjoying higher salaries, they’re also taking on more responsibilities, working longer hours and finding their work/life balance out of kilter.

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COMMENT

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Online poll: 2015

19 Dec 14

Is the construction industry in a strong position going into 2015? Vote here

Michael Dall

2015’s pipeline looks strong

17 Dec 14

As 2014 draws to a close there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the performance of the construction industry

Richard McCarthy

How does your garden grow?

17 Dec 14

It may be an old idea, but if done properly the latest crop of government-approved garden cities could really help meet housing need in a sustainable way

Chris Tinker

No fear of government turning housebuilder

18 Dec 14

Housebuilders will welcome the government’s return to directly commissioning homes if it genuinely increases supply

Noble Francis

Some seasonal cheer

17 Dec 14

As we come to the end of the year and thoughts turn to Christmas, the latest CPA/Barbour ABI Construction index brings us more seasonal cheer

Julie Hirigoyen

A Christmas wish with a twist

15 Dec 14

All I want for Christmas is … for environmental and social concerns to be tackled head on by the real estate sector

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WONDERS & BLUNDERS

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

INTERVIEWS

Paul King

Interview: Paul King

11 Dec 14

Outgoing head of the UK Green Building Council Paul King sees an industry in large part willing to deliver the government’s green agenda. Unfortunately, the government itself has so badly undermined its own policies, the sector is no longer sure what that agenda is any more

John Assael

Interview: John Assael

2 Dec 14

John Assael’s ambition is to grow his practice, win awards and be known as a great employer. But he believes that it’s by achieving this last that the other two goals will be fulfilled. Meet the winner of Building’s Good Employer Guide.

Steve Morriss

Interview: Steve Morriss

28 Nov 14

The £2.3bn merger of US engineering giant Aecom with rival URS made it the UK’s second largest consultant. But where does it go from here and what does the merger mean for the UK? To find out, Building talked to Aecom’s EMEA boss Steve Morriss

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FROM THE EDITOR

Sarah Richardson

We will go to the ball

19 Dec 14

Before 2014 draws to a close, it’s important to look at how the sector can get the most out of 2015

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CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL

Lego

Jingle bell blocks

19 Dec 14

Take five teams of construction professionals, stick them in a roomful of Lego, get them to carry out three slightly offbeat tasks, and award them bonus points for good ideas on where to stick Santa… yes, folks, it can only be Building’s 2014 Christmas challenge

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