Wednesday24 August 2016



Market review: Get comfortable

23 Aug 16 | By Michael Dall

Despite Brexit causing an unwelcome stir, the total level of output is now comfortably above its pre-recession peak


The new grand tour of Europe

12 Aug 16

Where’s a EU-positive culture vulture to go this summer for a lingering look at all the architectural gems the Continent has to offer? Some industry experts suggest an itinerary …

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A smart move

12 Aug 16 | By David Blackman

Today’s retirees enjoy incomes higher than their 20-something counterparts and many are sitting on large family homes. No wonder investors have their eye on the UK’s retirement market

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Contractor's interims: Grave new world

24 Aug 16

After the shock Brexit referendum result, contractors have found themselves wondering how to adapt to survive in the renewed climate of economic uncertainty

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Sir Robert McAlpine: The hollow crown?

12 Aug 16

Family firm Sir Robert McAlpine is once again without a boss. So, what happened, and can things be different for the next person to take the job?


The North goes south

3 Aug 16

The idea of establishing a northern powerhouse has lost a powerful supporter with the departure of chancellor George Osborne. Is there the will and momentum now in Whitehall to keep the project going?

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Richard Saxon

Interview: Richard Saxon

4 Aug 16

Richard Saxon, chair of the Joint Contracts Tribunal, speaks to Building legal columnist Francis Ho about new kinds of contracts, the competition, and where he thinks the industry is heading

Tony Giddings

Interview: Tony Giddings

15 Jul 16

Few people have done more to change the face of the UK’s cities than Tony Giddings, who stood down as partner at Argent at the end of last year

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Image of the week: Dancing on the edge

12 Aug 16

Performers at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games

Sketch of the week


Sketch of the week: Snooker club

12 Aug 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Patrick Ward, a director at Haysom Ward Miller Architects

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Online poll: McAlpine

12 Aug 16

Is Sir Robert McAlpine right to look beyond the traditional family-run business model? Vote here



McAlpine: Like one of the family

12 Aug 16

The decision of the intensely private, family-run business to hand control to an outsider by appointing the first chief executive in its 147-year history was a momentous shift in strategy

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Michael Dall

Construction: A sector under scrutiny

24 Aug 16

Figures which show the impact the EU referendum has had on the industry are starting to be released, but the picture still isn’t clear

Simon Rawlinson

Team GB: Reflected glory

24 Aug 16

Team GB’s glittering success in Rio was the result of a brilliantly executed campaign. Surely there must be lessons for construction?

Holly Porter

Tackling discrimination in construction

22 Aug 16

Diversity in our industry needs to be a concrete target, not a nice thing to have

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Jon White

Getting the best from lean techniques

19 Aug 16

Lean production techniques work for manufacturing and the principles for applying them to construction are essentially the same

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