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Tuesday26 May 2015

Features

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It’s time to fix the housing crisis

22 May 2015

With a dire shortage of homes in the country, what has the government got to do to get housing working again?

Handshake

Wates and Shepherd deal - at a glance analysis

21 May 15

Wates eyes expansion, while Shepherd Group focuses on modular builder Portakabin

Construction professions

Professions: Now you see them, now you don’t

21 May 15

Construction’s professions could effectively disappear within a decade, according to the author of a challenging report

David Cameron and cabinet

The next five years

14 May 15

Following a surprise result which leaves the Tories free to rule without coalition partners, what can construction expect from the next parliament?

Inside Westminster

Inside Westminster: Bringing the house down

14 May 15

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

Hygienic, hard-wearing surfaces

Interiors products: What’s new?

14 May 15

Here’s a preview of some of the new products on display at the May Design Series, from bathroom brassware to infrared-controlled radiators

Compact living and micro-homes

Can better design help to solve the housing crisis?

13 May 15

Andy Pearson looks at four housing design proposals that could transform the way we live

Sebastian Conran and Daniel Hopwood

How interior design is changing

12 May 15

As part of our May Design Series preview, Sebastian Conran and Daniel Hopwood offer their perspectives on how interior design is changing

MDS

May Design Series preview: Three days in May

11 May 15

The May Design Series focuses on the key trends and issues affecting interior design - and explores them in a compelling conference and seminar programme

Election 2015

Election special: Now listen here...

08 May 2015

Company chiefs and heads of industry bodies from across the sector set out their messages to the prime minister

 Parliament

Election 2015: What happens in a hung parliament?

7 May 15

With all predictions pointing to a hung parliament, what could happen after the election?

Floating voters: The next government’s priorities need to be …

7 May 15

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

eric pickles

Eric Pickles' letter to the construction industry

1 May 15

Conservative party’s secretary of state responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Floating voters: Which way are you leaning?

1 May 15

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

Election 2015

Election special: The parties compared

01 May 2015

With less than a week to go until the election, and all parties having finally published their manifestos, how do the parties line up on the key issues for construction?

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage’s letter to the construction industry

30 Apr 15

Leader of UKIP responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Argent

Building Award Winners: Construction Client of the Year

30 Apr 15

Argent has become synonymous with high-profile city centre regeneration projects, such as London’s King’s Cross, which it pulls off with style - so not surprisingly the best in the industry are lining up to work with this client

Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks (Simons Group)

Building Award Winners: The Test of Time

30 Apr 15

These projects employed bold design features that have seen the finished articles flourish, particularly when it comes to meeting their ambitious sustainability targets

Greg Fitzgerald

Building Award Winners: Chief Executive of the Year

30 Apr 15

Galliford Try’s Greg Fitzgerald has steered the firm through years of mergers and growth, culminating in last’s year’s acquisition of Miller Construction - and all while earning the respect of his peers and colleagues along the way

Tony Giddings

Building Award Winners: Personality of the Year

30 Apr 15

When it comes to unlocking the potential of complex city centres, Argent partner Tony Giddings is one of the best in the business. You just have to look at scale of change at London’s King’s Cross to appreciate the extent of his achievements as his firm is showing some of the fastest growth in the sector

New UK Housing

Inside Westminster: Housing by numbers

30 Apr 15

In this election’s battle of the building stats, a major focus has been that worryingly few houses have been built in the last five years. But is this the coalition’s fault? Could other parties do better?

FK Group

Building Award Winners: Specialist Contractor of the Year

30 Apr 15

All of the nominees for this year’s specialist contractor category have experienced impressive growth in recent years, with the winner showing true innovation in its work

One Embankment Place

Building Award Winners: Building Magazine Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

This category included a number of high-profile schemes but was ultimately won by a refurb project that has transformed a dated office building into a landmark ‘business hotel’

Vaudeville Court (Levitt Bernstein)

Building Award Winners: Small Project of the Year (up to £5m)

30 Apr 15

The overall winner of this category was a pioneering London housing project, built over an old garage court, which aims to replace anonymity with intimacy and connectivity

Newacton Nishi (Arup)

Building Award Winners: International Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

These projects from around the world demonstrate exceptional design, innovative sustainability measures and aim to inspire the cities they inhabit - as this year’s winner did in Canberra, Australia

Leadership Development Programme (Hoare Lea)

Building Award Winners: CITB Training Initiative of the Year

30 Apr 15

This year’s shortlisted training initiatives take focus on safety, customer satisfaction and leadership aspects of development, with the results of one scheme proving particularly impressive

Five Pancras Square (Kier Construction and Bennetts Associates)

Building Award Winners: Sustainable Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

Laing O'Rourke - Now It's Personal

Building Award Winners: BIM Initiative of the Year

30 Apr 15

This category acknowledges those companies that have gone the extra mile to integrate BIM into the everyday fabric of their business, with the winner ensuring that all staff get hands on with the technology

Mace

Building Award Winners: Major Contractor of the Year (over £300m)

29 Apr 15

For those who think you can never win two years running, here’s proof that you can. The competition was tough but Mace’s commitment to safety, to client engagement and to financial success, gave it the edge once again

St Bede's Independent Living

Building Award Winners: Housing Project of the Year

29 Apr 15

This year’s housing projects have been chosen for exceptional design work and for providing a boost to their local community, with one entry standing out on both these factors

Kingspan Insulated Panels

Building Award Winners: Manufacturer of the Year

29 Apr 15

All of these manufacturers have launched pioneering products that have helped to improve building performance and respond to the needs of building users, with one entry proving particularly innovative

The Berkeley Group

Building Award Winners: Housebuilder of the Year

29 Apr 15

In a year that has seen housebuilders as the centre of attention, these four were singled out not just for their strong financial results, but for their work towards the betterment of the sector

Core Five

Building Award Winners: Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff)

29 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

Faithful and Gould

Building Award Winners: Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (100 staff or over)

29 Apr 15

Any firm that can help deliver a €1bn stimulus to Greece’s economy deserves an accolade, but Faithful+Gould bags our top prize for the pure scale of its ambition - including a push into commercial property

PRP Architects

Building Award Winners: Architectural Practice of the Year

29 Apr 15

The sheer energy at play at PRP this year - developing a range of innovative typologies for housing, sharing its knowledge of housing with the rest of the industry, and pushing for design quality - makes it a worthy winner

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Building Award Winners: Engineering Consultant of the Year

29 Apr 15

WSP might well have been awarded the top prize for the sheer number and prestige of its projects over the past 12 months alone, but the energy and intelligence it puts into improving life for its staff clinched the win

FM Conway

Building Award Winners: Contractor of the Year (up to £300m)

29 Apr 15

There were three strong contenders for this category - including last year’s winner - but FM Conway’s consolidation of its reputation for delivering on time and on budget and the testimonials it gets from its clients won the day

Kate Corrigan, Turner and Townsend

Building Award Winners: Woman of the Year

29 Apr 15

Building’s Woman of the Year award is a new award designed to recognise and promote the achievements of women working in construction. Seven inspirational women were shortlisted but one of them had the edge

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett’s letter to the construction industry

28 Apr 15

Leader of the Green party responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Betting the house

Right to buy: Betting the house

24 Apr 15

Joey Gardiner scrutinises the Tories’ plans to extend right to buy to housing associations

Election 2015

Floating voters: Five years on

23 Apr 15

Building catches up with a group of senior floating voters from the construction industry to ask them what they learnt from the last election

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband’s letter to the construction industry

23 Apr 15

Leader of the Labour party responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg’s letter to the construction industry

23 Apr 15

Leader of the Liberal Democrats responds to Building’s manifesto aims

A diverse approach

A diverse approach

21 Apr 15

Despite an impending skills shortage, the number of women and workers from ethnic minority backgrounds in construction is woefully low. Joey Gardiner asks three employers what their companies are doing to increase workforce diversity

Attitudes to BIM

BIM survey results: Levelling off?

17 April 2015

The government is backing it. Firms are paying top dollar for people that can do it. So why does the number of firms using building information modelling actually seem to be falling?

Power up for Level 3

BIM: Power up for Level 3

16 Apr 15

The strategy document for BIM Level 3 - Digital Built Britain - is big on aspiration but comes up a little short on the details

Brookfield

Brookfield Multiplex: A decade later

10 Apr 15

As main contractor on the delayed Wembley stadium and chief player in the legal battle afterwards, Multiplex became a byword for tough contracting. But 10 years on the firm is set to become a £1bn turnover contractor

The Farrell Review

The Farrell Review: Into the long grass?

2 Apr 15

One year on from the publication of Terry Farrell’s review of architecture and the built environment, it’s time to see whether the government is prepared to support good design - or whether it will favour continued procrastination

Stratford Academy, under construction

Do priority schools add up?

1 Apr 15

The picture emerging from some of the few completed priority schools is one of cut-price, smaller buildings with potentially higher long-term maintenance costs

crossrail_PA_photos

Inside Westminster: One for the road

20 Mar 15

Continuing our series looking at construction from inside the corridors of power in the run-up to the election, Mark Leftly asks if the coalition’s track record on infrastructure is anything to celebrate

UKIP posters

UKIP: The vocal minority

12 Mar 15

Control immigration and large areas of British countryside will not need to be destroyed by housebuilding, says UKIP. Nationalist populism at its most simplistic, perhaps, but the party’s anti-development stance is bearing down on politics at a local level

Apprentices

Apprentices in construction: One step forward…

6 Mar 15

For construction to exploit the economic recovery, it will need about 30,000 new skilled workers each year - that’s about double the number of apprentices the industry is training up

Birmingham’s new John Lewis store

Birmingham’s buzz

6 Mar 15

Not so long ago, the greatest thing about Birmingham was finding a road out of it. But in little more than a decade it has transformed itself into a thriving urban centre that businesses and people are flocking to be part of

Ecobuild seminar speakers

Ecobuild seminar highlights: Look who’s talking

2 Mar 15

Ecobuild’s seminar and conference programmes will feature more than 400 speakers from industry, government and beyond. Here, some of these experts give a sneak preview of their key messages

Power in the union

Power in the Union

27 Feb 15

It seems increasingly possible that the UK will vote to leave the EU in 2017. For many sustainability professionals, this would be a nightmare scenario

50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

26 Feb 15

New research is casting further doubt on long-held claims that a new-build property is necessarily cheaper to run than a refurbished Victorian home

Houses of Parliament

Ecobuild 2015 programme preview

24 Feb 15

From an election manifesto for construction to the latest in biophilic design, there is something for all tastes at Ecobuild. Andrew Brister picks out some of the highlights

Zappos HQ, Las Vegas

Get happy: Wellbeing in buildings

23 Feb 15

There is a strong body of evidence of the tangible ways that building design can improve wellbeing. Now an increasing number of major clients are realising that this is not just good for employees’ health - it’s good for business

Steve Gee 5

Steve Gee: The contender

20 Feb 15

Not content with being the boss of QS John Rowan, Steve Gee is standing as Liberal Democrat candidate for his local constituency of Epsom and Ewell. Building is joining him on the campaign trail

Inside Westminster

Inside Westminster: The Inner Circle

20 Feb 15

We consider the role of the chief construction adviser, and identify the key Whitehall construction power brokers

240 Blackfriars interior

240 Blackfriars: Welcome to our new home

20 February 2015

The designer behind the interiors of Building’s new home explains the thinking behind designing an office for the workforce of the millenials’ generation

Architects

Architecture: The diversity problem

13 Feb 15

An architectural education will last seven years and leave you with debts in excess of £50,000. So is it becoming a pastime exclusively for the rich?

Small housebuilders

SME housebuilders: Small talk

12 Feb 15

The proportion of homes built by small housebuilders has halved in recent years. So, with listed builders increasing output and reporting record profits, why are their smaller competitors still struggling to make ends meet?

BIM

Webinar 2 2015: The BIM Journey

10 Feb 15

Ecobuild, in association with ASSA ABLOY, present this free-to-attend live audio webinar at 11am GMT on 17 February - register here

Consultants salary survey 2015

Consultants salary survey 2015: Up, up and away

6 Feb 15

Inflation-busting pay increases and robust recruitment growth characterise this year’s Hays consultants’ salary survey. But employee discontent and ongoing skills shortages could deflate the widespread optimism

240 Blackfriars

Webinar 1 2015: Sustainable concrete

30 Jan 15

Hear from architects and engineers of exemplar concrete buildings 5 Pancras Square and 240 Blackfriars. Register for free here

Prepare to be boarded

Prepare to be boarded

30 January 2015

With the recession over, rising turnover and damaged valuations have left construction firms in a climate perfect for acquisition deals. Are you in a position to grow your business or is it time to sell up?

Careers

BIM: World’s your oyster

29 Jan 15

The use of BIM is becoming more widespread throughout the globe. So what opportunities does this offer those with BIM skills who want a job abroad?

agenda15imageindex

Why we're backing Agenda 15

23 Jan 15

Our Agenda 15 campaign manifesto sets to influence the next government by setting out what construction needs to thrive. Here’s why some of those who have signed up to support it think this initiative is so important

Paris

Top European contractors: Plus ca change

23 Jan 15

Deflation has darkened the mood across the eurozone’s construction markets, putting the long-awaited recovery on hold once more. Building examines what continued stagnation means for firms on both sides of the Channel

Unwanted site

No man’s land: Unwanted supermarket sites

15 Jan 15

Supermarkets are responding to the UK’s shift in shopping habits by massively cutting back their development programmes, leaving the construction industry and affected communities wondering what will happen to the unwanted sites

Agenda 15 logo

Agenda 15 manifesto

9 Jan 15

Building’s manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online here - and we want you to register your support

Agenda 15

A manifesto for construction

9 Jan 15

Our Agenda 15 campaign aims to influence the next government by telling politicians what construction needs to thrive. Here, we explain the manifesto aims and how you can support them

predictions

Definitely maybe: Predictions for 2015

7 Jan 15

May’s general election is a dead certainty to happen but what are the other key developments, challenges and government priorities that will shape construction’s year?

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: Philippe Honnorat

5 Jan 15

WSP’s UK head of building services on what the next 12 months have in store

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: Alan Brown

2 Jan 15

Cala’s chief executive officer reveals what he’s expecting from 2015

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: James Pellatt

31 Dec 14

Great Portland Estates’ head of projects looks at 2015 from a client perspective

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: Jack Pringle

30 Dec 14

Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will’s principal and managing director forecasts 2015

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