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
Continuing our look back at the year gone by, here’s a selection of some of the biggest positive news
Our annual review of construction dwells, for a moment, on the sector’s most depressing stories
Who went where?
The people and stories that thrilled us in 2014
Who and what we loved to hate this year
A collection of the best and most regrettable quotes of 2014
The people we bade farewell to in 2014
Why are this year’s Bond Street Christmas lights modelled around the motif of peacock feathers
Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014
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?
CIOB’s Art of Building competition entry shows the construction of a new metro line in Amsterdam, Holland
George Osborne and Danny Alexander leave the Treasury on Wednesday
Back in September we introduced you to our Class of 2014: 14 young recruits embarking on their careers in construction. Three months later, we ask them how they’re getting on - and if the industry is living up to their expectations
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.
Work starts on a test line for the new T-pylon designed by Bystrup
Forensic archaeologists begin examining the fire-damaged Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art
While Building’s BIM survey indicates that adoption of the technology is increasing, there is growing anxiety about its effect on the dynamics of project teams
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.
Burgeoning workloads have given specialist contractors a boost and signalled a shift in their relationship with main contractors. Some of the big players reveal what they’ll do with their new found powers …
A new generation of developer clients is shouldering its way into a buoyant property market, giving contractors a lot to get up to speed with
After years of clients worrying about subcontractors’ health, suddenly it’s main contractors that seem to be in trouble, caught out by rising costs on fixed price jobs. Building reports on a nervous time of profit warnings and senior management departures
The One World Trade Center in New York opens, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks
China and India may be the big beasts of the East but UK construction would do well to train its sights on South-east Asia where huge untapped potential lies waiting
With one of the fastest growing populations in London, Croydon is set for a flurry of development over the next five years. But will the borough be able to meet demand for school places?
Widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence, the Building Awards have opened for entry for 2015
George Osborne talks of a creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ but how much faith should the industry put in Westminster’s affirmations?
Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the second of our three part mini-series
Dim the lights and get ready to hide behind the sofa. It’s the return of Building’s Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe
Frank Gehry brings his futuristic architecture to suburban Paris with a privately funded art gallery
The Twentieth Century Society’s 100 Buildings 100 Years project provides a fascinating overview of the history of housing
With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff
Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs
Firefighters battle against the flames at Didcot B power station
The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?
There’s an upbeat mood in this year’s Top 150 consultants survey with strong growth and jobs being created. It’s now just a matter of finding the staff to keep it going
Scunthorpe steelworks, which is set to be sold by owner Tata Steel
The great and the good of UK construction took to the stage at The Vaults in London
Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today
The amount of consumer information for home buyers is pitiful, but now a pilot project will test what better home performance labelling might look like in practice
Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 architects online today
Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say
Nick Clegg explains his policy on garden cities to the Lib Dem party conference
Boris Johnson wows the Conservative party conference using piece of building material
Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide
The Ukraine crisis has brought uncertainty to what should be a flourishing Russian market, but there are still good reasons for doing business there
UKTI present Wolfgang Buttress and BDP’s competition-winning design for the British pavilion at next year’s Milan Expo
With a rapidy ageing population demanding high standards of both housing and care, while also imposing a rising cost on public finances, could “extra care” housing be part of the solution?
Building’s draft manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online for consultation here - and we want you to let us know what you think
As we approach the last party conference season before the general election, Building offers a guide to where each party stands on construction issues
As the party conference season approaches, Building is now ready to unveil the next stage of its Agenda 15 campaign to create a manifesto for construction for the next parliament.
What made our consultants and engineers choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
What made our architects choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
What made our contractors and housebuilders choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
Is this what the City of London will look like in 2030?
Visitors to the new Lasdun exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians will envy the relationship between client and architect
Global construction is set to boom over the next decade, so where are UK construction consultants most in demand?
When the refurbishment of a refuge for people in crisis ran into trouble, it left the community disillusioned with the building industry. But construction charity CRASH responded to its plea for help
When it comes to school building work, the construction industry has been tasked with doing ‘more for less’, but as the economy picks up is it time for a rethink?
While at the EFA, Mairi Johnson was obliged to espouse a design-averse school building programme she didn’t much care for. Now at Aecom, she is fulfilling her ambitions
Despite rising tuition fees, university applications in the UK have risen to an all-time high. How is the industry is coping with the demand for student accommodation?
Combining the benefits of high enviromental efficiency and prefabricated design and assembly, the student-designed H.O.U.S.E is setting the benchmark for regulation friendly housing
What effects would a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum have on the industry?
Scotland’s architectural pedigree goes back well before the 1707 Act of Union, and whatever the result of the referendum, its architects will continue to transform the built environment well beyond the bonnie braes of their homeland
Construction firms are increasingly emboldened to take the government to court over its procurement decisions, but who’s to blame?
Plans to redevelop 77 acres of prime real estate in Earls Court - entailing the demolition of London’s landmark exhibition centre - have become mired in political wrangling. But is there really any doubt as to how it will end?
The spotlight turns to sustainability policy and ways to promote longer-term infrastructure planning
Building has been asking the construction industry what policies the next UK government needs to adopt - here we review your responses
Newly elected RIBA vice-president Sydney Champan wrote a column challenging the abandonment of plans for the Thames Estuary airport in Building, 2 August 1974
There’s no guarantee that mergers will work out for the companies involved - we look at four of construction’s biggest deals
Moving-floor technology may seem the stuff of fictional super-villain lairs, but the leading hydrodynamics laboratory at Plymouth University has employed the technology to support one of the largest energy wave test sites in the world
Plenty of young people across the UK are signing up for construction training - the real problem, according to a report out today, is that many are taking courses that simply don’t meet the industry’s needs.
The ‘performance gap’ between the design of new homes and their as-built energy use can no longer be ignored. And according to the Zero Carbon Hub, the only answer is to fundamentally shake up the way that the industry works
This year’s extreme weather has highlighted the increasing risk of flooding and the difficulties faced in prioritising investment. EC Harris examines the UK’s approach to flood risk management
Public sector work has kept much of the construction industry off the critical list for the past six years but with the private sector now in increasingly robust health, how much is government really needed as a client?
Cross-laminated timber is fast establishing itself as a quicker, greener alternative to concrete or steel structural frames. With the market growing threefold in the past two years, is it time to consider it a genuine rival to the big two?
As the Institution of Civil Engineers delivers a worrying State of the Nation report on UK infrastructure, Building charts the changes that the sector believes should be prioritised by the next government
Twenty years after the publication of Sir Michael Latham’s Constructing the Team, Joey Gardiner looks back at the report’s impact, whether it changed construction for the better and if its grand ambitions survived the financial meltdown
Technology used to build the world’s largest McDonald’s is being adapted to build temporary, highly flexible, 100% recyclable housing in Holland. Could the model be brought here to solve the UK’s affordable housing crisis?
As the Green Construction Board marks its second birthday, not everyone has found reasons to celebrate. But the board’s defenders point to impressive delivery of a 162-point action plan. Now it needs to convince others it can make a difference