Friday28 November 2014



Sketch of the week: 23m2

28 Nov 14

This week’s sketch is a chalk drawing drawn to help envisage London Housing Design Guide standards


The cost of training an industry

28 Nov 14 | By Joey Gardiner

Criticised for its complexity, the CITB is reforming its method for levying the funds it uses to subsidise industry training. The streamlined plans will see some employees paying less, but for others, it could mean a larger bill.

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This week in 1974

28 Nov 14

Architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia win the redevelopment job of a Cambridge University campus

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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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Is the north on the up

Is the north on the up?

31 Oct 14

George Osborne talks of a creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ but how much faith should the industry put in Westminster’s affirmations?

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Hansom: Howzat?

28 Nov 14

Winter blunderland

Jack Pringle

Building without prejudice

27 Nov 14

There are opportunities for British firms to aid in rebuilding countries with troubled pasts, such as Lebanon and Iraq, provided we leave any preconceptions at the door

Steve McIntyre

What makes a successful council building?

25 Nov 14

Local authorities are complex organisations serving a huge range of community needs, so the buildings they use have to be ultra adaptable

Building skills

Online poll: CITB levy

27 Nov 14

Is the CITB right to reform the way it collects the levy, even if large labour agencies have to pay more? Vote here

Debbie Aplin

The regeneration game

26 Nov 14

Companies wanting to develop outside of the M25 have been held back by a lack of investment in infrastructure. But schemes and funding are now coming forward to regenerate some of our major cities

Simon Rawlinson

The BIM gatekeepers

21 Nov 14

Faced with the need to train a large number of the construction industry in BIM, where do you start? Focusing on the gatekeepers will have the biggest immediate impact

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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


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

Alan Brookes

Interview: Alan Brookes

24 Oct 14

The UK chief executive of EC Harris on parent company Arcadis’ acquisition of Hyder, and the firm’s own growth ambitions 

Pat Ward

Interview: Pat Ward

9 Oct 14

The new boss of Aggregate Industries is working overtime to ensure a recovering market has all the materials it needs and to improve the firm’s relationship with the supply chain

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Sarah Richardson

Coming soon

28 Nov 14

George Osborne’s Autumn Statement is unlikely to be a blockbuster, but there will be plenty for the sector to look out for

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