Despite acute problems on its borders and ongoing political instability, not to mention a permanently-pending EU membership application, Turkey has new build figures the UK can only dream of. But is it open to UK firms getting in on the act?
From the outside things may be looking better for specialist firms but money is still tight, especially with some contractors imposing tough terms and long payment times. Is it time for specialists to cut out the middle-men?
What will the London skyline look like in the year 2145?
Wage inflation among contractors may have slowed in the past year, but it’s still a pretty good time to ask for a pay rise
With just over four months to go before BIM level 2 will be required on all central government projects, Building reveals the responses to its second annual BIM survey. There’s good news … and there’s bad news
Raising tuition fees gave university estates a shot in the arm, in terms of investment. But with student numbers predicted to fall and competition fierce, how can institutions maintain that momentum?
In the week of the publication of Global Construction 2030, Building was given exclusive access to the report’s findings, and the answers are not necessarily what you’d expect
As the chancellor prepares to unveil the latest Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Building asks where will the cuts be made
Office construction is at its highest point since the credit crunch. So why aren’t the main players full of confidence for the future?
Future-gazing economists don’t have to look very far to see threatening signs on the horizon for the construction industry. As the CPA revises its forecasts down, should we be calling time on the recovery?
With demand outstripping supply, selectivity was the dominant theme for contractors this year. And a failure to attract tenderers led to more creative approaches to procurement. But will these changes be lasting or is this just the current stage of a cyclical process?
Building wants your help in getting behind the BIM hype with this online reader survey
While politicians wrangle over the number of homes they propose to build, housing stock is falling woefully behind the UK’s needs
Building magazine’s publisher hosts an event for leading industry figures
This year’s housebuilders’ salary survey finds that wages and bonuses are both on the up. But how long will it last?
Now that employers have cottoned on to the link between wellbeing and improved productivity, pressure is growing for clients to start taking the concept seriously
In the first of a series of articles leading up to the Building Live conference, Joey Gardiner reports on the opportunities in infrastructure
Birmingham council has scrapped its energy efficiency drive. We look at how the £1bn Birmingham Energy Savers scheme and the Green Deal’s fates were inextricably bound, and what the city’s options are now
As the major influence on Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policy, Richard Murphy has had a lot to talk about over the last few months. But what might the much-trailed people’s QE mean for the construction industry?
Labour conference showed the party is currently split into three significant factions
With some main contractors taking delivery expertise back in house in the hope it will reassure clients they can get the job done, Joey Gardiner asks if the subcontracting model has had its day
The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is edging closer to reality, with backing from China. But the nearer it gets to going ahead, the greater the opposition gathering against it. Can the industry finally start believing it will happen?
Housing minister Brandon Lewis has publicly stated that he wants to see over one million homes built in the next five years. But can the sector meet this challenge?
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that total construction output remained flat over the quarter, but registered above levels recorded for the same period last year. Experian Economics reports
In the week the EC Harris name is dropped as part of Arcadis’ global rebrand, Joey Gardiner asks why the historic names are disappearing from construction – and if the benefits of rebranding outweigh the risks
Despite wobbles in the global economy and a dip in private commercial construction, overall activity in the industry remains strong
The sector is booming, yet failing to attract fresh blood, so staff are in high demand. With big money on offer, now could be the time to move between firms. But be aware of the dangers that move could bring
In the UK’s newly recovered economy there is plenty of work for this year’s top 150 consultants, allowing them to pick and choose what they bid
The 28th annual industry yachting event takes place at Cowes, Isle of Wight
Building’s full Top 150 consultants 2015 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today
What do the four main parties have to say on construction?
Building’s full Top 150 consultants 2015 survey is out on Friday, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 architects online today
Alarmed by the pace at which construction costs are rising, more and more clients are putting their projects on hold
Housing associations are being forced to find efficiencies, with some taking repairs and maintenance work in-house and leaving private contractors out in the cold
The Department for Education is scratching its head over how to meet the demand for 25% more school places at a time of rising construction inflation and a dearth of available urban land
With contractors more choosy about the projects they bid for, and inflation eroding HE’s fixed tuition fee income, can universities remain attractive to the industry?
With the Calais crisis still a hot media topic, the government is on the warpath against construction companies employing illegal workers. But is the sector doing enough to make sure it doesn’t get caught out?
July saw construction activity levels pick up, in a reflection of the wider economy during the spring months
With government policies that cut rents and extend Right to Buy, housing associations are feeling the strain. But Geeta Nanda of Thames Valley Housing has an alternative approach
Building catches up with the class of 2014 to find out if, having made it through their first year, life in construction is all they’d hoped it would be
It’s been called the greatest flop of the last parliament. But why did the Green Deal, the government’s flagship retrofit scheme, fail so spectacularly?
The government’s pledge to deliver 3 million apprenticeships through a levy on large employers has left many in the industry confused as to how the policy will work
Building talks to housing minister Brandon Lewis about the Conservative government’s radical policy agenda
The Budget has given us a taste of this Conservative government’s economic policy and forecasts for the sector are also looking strong
Five years ago Building profiled 10 small, young firms whose fresh thinking and bright ideas stood in stark contrast to the gloomy economic environment at the time. Now, we revisit them to see how these cutting edge companies have fared while the industry has started to recover. So who has prospered, and who has struggled?
After the Conservatives’ unexpected torching of construction policies, we look at the driving force behind this drastic industry shake-up
This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 list shows the sector pulling out of recession and with a spring in its step. But with big losses for some contractors pushing down profits, and margins increasing by a mere 1.2%, the danger remains they could still fall flat on their backs.
Network Rail is a huge client for the UK construction industry but with the Department for Transport increasingly frustrated by engineering overruns, can chief executive Mark Carne safeguard the company’s future?
New Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn has wasted no time making his mark on the contracting giant. But so far his actions haven’t managed to stem the flow of senior figures departing the troubled firm
Reduced costs and the ability to attract finance are critical to the viability of the UK wind industry, and with the government recently withdrawing onshore subsidies, the focus on offshore has never been greater
Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has come down emphatically in favour of a third runway at Heathrow, but the politics are so fraught and planning issues so labyrinthine that a final decision still looks a long way off
David Blackman looks at the vanishing chances of making green retrofit a national infrastructure priority
Freed from the shackles of coalition government, chancellor George Osborne will be outlining some quite different policies and priorities when he presents his emergency Budget next week
Steve Elliott took Morgan Sindall’s fit-out business to an industry-leading position. After taking a year out he’s ‘got the band back together’ at BW Interiors and is thinking big again
Readers react to our recent feature on QSs failure to price projects accurately
With women making up fewer than 10% of engineers in the UK, what can be done to encourage more to join the profession?
With funding of apprenticeships under threat and training providers not always churning out people with the right skills, how will we get the workers we need?
When PC Harrington Contractors collapsed into administration in May, it had debts of around £28.4m and just £900 cash in the bank. We reveal the true story of the firm’s demise
QSs are supposed to price a job accurately and de-risk procurement. But some clients are wondering what they’re paying them for
Hear views from key players on how BIM is being used on one of the capital’s landmark infrastructure projects
Lack of investment in UK infrastructure could be a serious barrier to economic growth, but is the government prepared to pay for it?
Hear views from architects, contractors and QSs on the Conservative government’s school building plans and the impact of tight budgets on projects
The clamour for talent in the UK is growing and salaries are rising in response
Our Inside Westminster series continues with a look at the government’s plans to devolve powers to mayor-led cities and regions
25% more new school places will be needed in the next five years than the previous five, yet the government is cutting overall capital funding by 16%
With a dire shortage of homes in the country, what has the government got to do to get housing working again?
Wates eyes expansion, while Shepherd Group focuses on modular builder Portakabin
Construction’s professions could effectively disappear within a decade, according to the author of a challenging report
Following a surprise result which leaves the Tories free to rule without coalition partners, what can construction expect from the next parliament?
Costs are being estimated for the critical repair job needed to the Houses of Parliament - with some suggesting the Palace of Westminster has just 20 years before it’s unusable
Here’s a preview of some of the new products on display at the May Design Series, from bathroom brassware to infrared-controlled radiators
Andy Pearson looks at four housing design proposals that could transform the way we live
As part of our May Design Series preview, Sebastian Conran and Daniel Hopwood offer their perspectives on how interior design is changing
The May Design Series focuses on the key trends and issues affecting interior design - and explores them in a compelling conference and seminar programme
Company chiefs and heads of industry bodies from across the sector set out their messages to the prime minister
With all predictions pointing to a hung parliament, what could happen after the election?
This week two members of our panel of floating voters highlight vital areas of construction policy that will require the attention of the next government, whatever its political make-up
This week we catch up with our panel of floating voters, first selected during the 2010 election, to ask what they think the different parties offer the industry and who they are intending to vote for this time around
Conservative party’s secretary of state responds to Building’s manifesto aims