Tuesday28 March 2017


Market review

Market review: Earning more for less

23 Mar 17 | By Michael Dall

The total value of construction contracts increased in February but the number of projects went down. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

Building A Better Brexit

Manifesto: Working for a better Brexit deal

17 Mar 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

Our Building a Better Brexit campaign asked over 2,000 construction professionals what could make leaving the EU work for them


BIM: It’s good to talk

16 Mar 17 | By Ike Ijeh

The lack of a consistent approach to BIM software product data means that exchanges can be inaccurate and cause problems

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Construction site

Budget 2017: Wake-up call

15 Mar 17

The chancellor has now ditched his planned increase to the self-employeds’ NI contributions, but what would the impact have been on 40% of construction’s workforce?

Philip Hammond

Budget preview: Inside the box

2 Mar 17

Philip Hammond is not known for showmanship or drama - perhaps that’s for the best, given the wider political and economic upheaval. But the last-ever spring Budget is even more of a mystery than usual


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

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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

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Image of the week

Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz. THE END, by Heather Phillipson.

Image of the week: Get a dollop of that

24 Mar 17

Two winners of the next commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square announced on Tuesday

Sketch of the week

Sketch for online

Sketch of the week: Homes at Dunstall Farm

24 Mar 17

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Niamh Hession, associate at Pad Design


Online poll: Nuclear power

22 Mar 17

Should the government invest in the construction of the next generation of nuclear power plants? Vote here


Sarah Richardson

Nuclear chill

24 Mar 17

Concrete is about to be poured at Hinkley, but future nuclear projects are beset with problems

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Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

Barny Evans

Should energy use be increased if it boosts productivity?

28 Mar 17

When thinking about the function of a particular building it is important to remember sometimes increasing energy use may be beneficial

Steve Cooper

Why is infrastructure being underfunded?

27 Mar 17

Europe and the US are falling behind on infrastructure spending, which is a mistake no country can afford to make

Noble Francis

CPA/Barbour ABI Index: Variations from sector to sector

23 Mar 17

February’s index is up, following on from a rise in January, but sector performance varies

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