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Saturday06 February 2016

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Consultants salary survey 2016: Under control?

5 Feb 16

A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth, according to this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. But will they be able to keep their feet on the ground?

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Structural Engineers

5 Feb 16

Structural Engineers data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Environmental/Geotechnical Engineers

5 Feb 16

Environmental/Geotechnical Engineers data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Civil CAD Technicians

5 Feb 16

Civil CAD Technicians data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Architects

5 Feb 16

Architects data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Architectural CAD Technicians

5 Feb 16

Architectural CAD Technicians data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Interior Designers

5 Feb 16

Interior Designers data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Professional Quantity Surveyors

5 Feb 16

Professional Quantity Surveyors data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Consultant's salary survey 2016: Building Surveyors

5 Feb 16

Building Surveyors data from this year’s Hays Consultants’ Salary Survey. A calmer economic climate has finally let consultants slow the rate of pay growth

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Modern construction: Bring on the robots

4 Feb 16

Construction needs a million extra hands, but no amount of workers from Poland or from apprenticeship programmes are going to fill the gap. Now, technology-driven reform that makes construction less labour-intensive is being proposed – but is it the game changer the industry needs?

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Small housebuilders: Packing a punch

29 Jan 16

For years, volume housebuilders have held sway over the UK’s new homes sales market. But against expectations, the recession has given some small builders the chance to challenge their supremacy

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Does training need a reboot?

28 Jan 16

The industry is changing rapidly, with companies urgently trying to attract a new generation of talent and projects increasingly dependent on new technologies – it’s vital that the way we train changes too

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Brexit: Ins and outs

21 Jan 16

With an EU referendum looking likely for the summer, the implications of a Brexit are becoming starker – and time is running out for the industry to take a stand

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Online poll: Leaving the EU

20 Jan 16

Would leaving the EU damage the UK construction industry? Vote here

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Occupational health: Fit for purpose

14 Jan 16

The construction industry has made huge progress on on-site safety in the last 20 years but health conditions have largely been neglected. Are things starting to change?

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Online poll: Sink estates

13 Jan 16

Will the £140m funding the prime minister has promised be enough to spur the regeneration of 100 of the UK’s worst `sink’ estates? Vote here

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Building intelligence: Q3 2015

12 Jan 16

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that total construction output dropped across the quarter, but is marginally up on a year ago

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A non-starter?

8 Jan 16

In a week in which the government announced its intention to ‘directly commission’ up to 13,000 homes, you might think it had begun, finally, to get a grip on housebuilding. But its flagship Starter Homes policy is set to shake up the development industry, causing delays - and fears it won’t actually lead to more homes being built

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Predictions 2016: What does your future hold?

8 Jan 16

What lies in wait for construction in 2016? We read the cards on the projects, the politics and the policies set to shape the year ahead – while key industry insiders predict what the major talking points for the next 12 months will be

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Predictions for 2016: Politics

4 Jan 16

What are the challenges, key developments and government policies that look set to shape 2016? Building asked key industry insiders to make a call on what they think will become the major talking points of the next 12 months

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Predictions for 2016: Economy

4 Jan 16

What are the challenges, key developments and government policies that look set to shape 2016? Building asked key industry insiders to make a call on what they think will become the major talking points of the next 12 months

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Predictions for 2016: Clive Fenton

30 Dec 15

McCarthy and Stone’s chief executive takes a look at what 2016 might have in store for housebuilders

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Predictions for 2016: Matthew Bonning-Snook

29 Dec 15

Helical Bar’s director makes his predictions for the year ahead

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Predictions for 2016: Ann Bentley

24 Dec 15

Rider Levett Bucknall’s global chairman considers the year ahead from a consultant’s perspective

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Predictions for 2016: Andy Steele

23 Dec 15

Osborne’s chief executive looks at 2016 from a contractor’s perspective

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Predictions for 2016: Paul Monaghan

22 Dec 15

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ director looks at 2016 from an architect’s perspective

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Review of 2015: Part 3

18 Dec 15

Part 3 of Building’s end-of-year TV guide features Christmas blockbusters – the biggest tales of 2015

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Building Christmas challenge: A touch of frost

18 Dec 15

Five construction figures and two Building journalists sculpt landmark buildings. Who kept their cool and who felt a nasty chill?

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Review of 2015: Part 2

17 Dec 15

Part 2 of Building’s end-of-year TV guide features a year in quotes and remembers those the industry said goodbye to

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Review of 2015: Part 1

16 Dec 15

Building’s end-of-year TV guide picks out the people, stories and events that were unmissable over the past 12 months. First off, Christmas specials

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Normal service resumed?

11 Dec 15

Following a turbulent 12 months of engineering delays, in-fighting and inadequate planning, Network Rail’s fortunes seem to have turned following George Osborne’s increase to capital spending and Sir Peter Hendy’s reconfigured spending programme. So has the company got away with it?

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Paris summit: Feeling the heat

10 Dec 15

At this week’s UN Climate Change Summit, the UK could no longer boast of having the greenest policies in the room. So after several months of Conservative policy changes, how is the country measuring up to its own targets?

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Infrastructure: Tunnelling

8 Dec 15

Significant investment in rail, water and energy infrastructure will drive a strong pipeline in tunnelling for the next decade across the UK. The design and engineering of tunnels can mitigate their impact and optimise construction

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Environment Agency on flooding: 'We're doing our bit. Are you doing yours?'

7 Dec 15

The director of strategy and investment joined industry experts to debate flood preparedness in the UK

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The Chinese are coming

3 Dec 15

With Chinese developers becoming a prominent fixture in UK construction, what must firms here do to compete with the Chinese contractors they bring with them

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Water Matters debate: Is the UK flood ready?

30 Nov 15

Highlights of lively Water Matters panel debate where Janet Street-Porter quizzes Environment Agency and industry representatives

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Let's talk Turkey

27 Nov 15

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?

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In pics: London 2145

27 Nov 15

What will the London skyline look like in the year 2145?

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Contractors' salary survey 2015: Rise and shine

26 Nov 15

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

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Special application

20 Nov 15

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?

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It’s the final countdown

19 Nov 15

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

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Universities: Short-term fix

12 Nov 15

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?

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Where will the UK be in 2030?

11 Nov 15

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

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Spending cuts: Where the axe falls

5 Nov 15

As the chancellor prepares to unveil the latest Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Statement, Building asks where will the cuts be made

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Commercial developments: Playing catch-up

4 Nov 15

Office construction is at its highest point since the credit crunch. So why aren’t the main players full of confidence for the future?

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Economic recovery: On the turn?

30 Oct 15

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?

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Market forecast: A change of mood

29 Oct 15

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?

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What do you really think about BIM?

29 Oct 15

Building wants your help in getting behind the BIM hype with this online reader survey

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Housing: Home delivery

28 Oct 15

While politicians wrangle over the number of homes they propose to build, housing stock is falling woefully behind the UK’s needs

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Construction leaders reception

22 Oct 15

Building magazine’s publisher hosts an event for leading industry figures

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Housebuilders' salary survey 2015: Making hay…

22 Oct 15

This year’s housebuilders’ salary survey finds that wages and bonuses are both on the up. But how long will it last?

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Wellness: The ups and downs

21 Oct 15

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

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Infrastructure: Hitting home

16 Oct 15

In the first of a series of articles leading up to the Building Live conference, Joey Gardiner reports on the opportunities in infrastructure

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BES: Birmingham or bust

15 Oct 15

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

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Can Corbynomics get Britain building?

8 Oct 15

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?

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Not plane sailing

8 Oct 15

Labour conference showed the party is currently split into three significant factions

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Bringing it all back home

7 Oct 15

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

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Nuclear haste

2 Oct 15

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?

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1 million homes: Hitting the mark

1 Oct 15

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?

Building intelligence: Q2 2015

30 Sep 15

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

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Corporate rebrands: Name dropping

25 Sep 15

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

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Market review: Hold steady

24 Sep 15

Despite wobbles in the global economy and a dip in private commercial construction, overall activity in the industry remains strong

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Moving jobs: Watch your step

21 Sep 15

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

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Top 150 Consultants 2015: Work in progress

18 Sep 15

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

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Little Britain Challenge Cup 2015

18 Sep 15

The 28th annual industry yachting event takes place at Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Top 150 Consultants 2015: Engineers

17 Sep 15

Building’s full Top 150 consultants 2015 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today

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Conference season: Get the parties started

17 Sep 15

What do the four main parties have to say on construction?

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Top 150 Consultants 2015: Architects

16 Sep 15

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

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Construction on hold

11 Sep 15

Alarmed by the pace at which construction costs are rising, more and more clients are putting their projects on hold

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Housing associations: Going it alone

10 Sep 15

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

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School places: Do the math

4 Sep 15

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

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University challenge

3 Sep 15

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?

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Crossing the line

28 Aug 15

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?

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Market review: Regaining momentum

25 Aug 15

July saw construction activity levels pick up, in a reflection of the wider economy during the spring months

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Interview: Geeta Nanda

21 Aug 15

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

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Class of 2014: One year later

20 Aug 15

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

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The Green Deal: 'A catastrophe from start to finish'

7 Aug 15

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?

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Apprenticeships levy: Taxing Times

4 Aug 15

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

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Interview: Brandon Lewis

31 Jul 15

Building talks to housing minister Brandon Lewis about the Conservative government’s radical policy agenda

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