Wednesday01 April 2015

Chris Wise

Chris Wise

Wet behind the ears

19 Feb 14

It turns out that the problem of flood protection, which has flummoxed generations of politicians, can be solved in an afternoon by some engineering undergraduates. But will the government listen?

Chris Wise

A riff on the luxury of time

4 Oct 13

The Royal Designers Summer School inspires Chris Wise to reflect on the civilising quality of time and buy a flamenco guitar

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Gus Alexander


How I learned to love part L

22 October 2010

The Building Regulations - it hardly needs saying - must be greeted with fear and loathing. But oddly, says Gus Alexander, they can instil a feeling approximating joy - if only for 10 seconds

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Gus Alexander

Country matters

27 August 2010

For the architect, the country offers variety, novelty and the prospect of tanned craftsmen toiling in the wolds. But if you want control over a project, stick to the city

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Amanda Levete

Amanda Levete

Rulers were made for…

17 December 2010

You can’t measure the value of design with any kind of measuring stick - and anyone who suggests you can deserves a rap on the knuckles

Amanda Levete

Why we should train architects on the job

19 November 2010

Higher education is going to become increasingly inaccessible, so why don’t we create ways of training while working

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Richard Steer

Richard Steer 2014

A matter of public record

11 Mar 15

In a skills-strapped construction sector, contractors can start to pick and choose who they want to work for. So public bodies better start playing nice

Richard Steer 2014

Housing: A pre-election blame game

25 Feb 15

As politicians struggle to explain how they will address the housing shortage they inevitably start to criticise housebuilders and their business models

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Nick Raynsford

Nick Raynsford

Time to be heard

5 Mar 15

MPs are frequently having their ears bent by lobby groups opposed to construction activity, but the run-up to May’s election is a real opportunity to redress the balance

Nick Raynsford

Expect the unexpected

17 Oct 14

The really exciting thing about next May’s general election is how unpredictable it is. But there is one thing you can be sure of: the outcome matters for construction

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Michael Latham


You can’t ditch the indispensable

15 October 2010

We’ll soon know whether the government intends to sell off ConstructionSkills. Whatever happens, our industry will still insist on a levy to pay for training, says Sir Michael Latham

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When will they ever learn?

18 July 2008

Despite the abundance of evidence that good clients get cheaper projects, many still insist on lowest price and highest cost. Councils, for example. Sir Michael Latham asks, why?

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Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan

The right kind of bribe: BAA's Steven Morgan on project roles

09 October 2009

Roles and expectations should be set in stone before a project starts. And if you really want a good job done, says Steven Morgan, add some sweeteners into the mix

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Kevin Cammack

God help the first-time buyer

26 March 2010

They won’t be getting a lot of assistance from banks, government, housebuilders or themselves. And that’s not good news for the rest of the market

The balfour beatty phenomenon

20 November 2009

This contractor’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff will be prompting its rivals to ask whether expansion might be a far-sighted strategy in tough times

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Greg Verhoef

How planning can save you money

04 February 2011

We can save costs by advanced organisation and getting those involved in a project to work together, says Greg Verhoef. But alas, we’re missing opportunities to get the best out of each other

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So this is sharing the pain?

12 November 2010

Everybody is asking everybody else for a discount just when they are least able to offer one. We all end up losing out and undermining the relationships we need if we are to thrive

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