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Wednesday27 July 2016

Features

Housebuilding

Market review: After Brexit

26 Jul 16

Brexit has sent shockwaves through the construction industry, though the statistics have yet to reveal the full impact

hospital

Fixing the NHS

22 Jul 16

Health service spending on building maintenance and repairs faces a £4.3bn backlog. But there is good news for the construction industry

Top 150 contractors 2016

Top 150 contractors: The rough & tumble

21 Jul 16

This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 shows the sector pulling out of recession, but economic danger remains

BREEAM

Sustainable sailor: Land Rover BAR

20 Jul 16

The Land Rover BAR sailing team heads to the Solent this weekend for the America’s Cup World Series, with a world-beating race team that embedded sustainability into not just its new base building but also its core ethos. With Sir Ben Ainslie running the show, the team looks set to knock the competition out of the water. Antony Oliver reports

Housebuilding

Top 20 housebuilders 2016

20 Jul 16

Find out who’s in this year’s league of top housebuilders by housebuilding turnover

Theresa May

How Theresa May can avoid a construction recession

13 Jul 16

In these days of lightning fast political changes, and possibly dire economic prospects, prime minister Theresa May has to hit the ground running if she is to prevent construction slipping into another recession

Ecobuild roundtable

Sustainability: The new normal

12 Jul 16

To launch the programme for next year’s show and its central question of redefining sustainability for the construction industry, Ecobuild gathered a panel of experts to debate the question of what sustainability means to them, and to our industry

Egg

This pensions crisis can only get worse

8 Jul 16

Consultants that offered generous final salary schemes decades ago are now suffering the consequences of shouldering huge pensions deficits

The site of Bristol Arena, due to open in 2018, which is being built by Bouygues

Resurgent regional cities

6 Jul 16

Developers and employers are looking outside the capital’s overheated market for opportunities in regional cities. Joey Gardiner goes beyond the northern powerhouse and looks at the prospects for Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow

Off site construction

Off-site construction: Out of site

1 Jul 16

This year has seen some great leaps forward for off-site construction. But is it the future of the industry or a cyclical fad?

Brexit

Brexit: The vote that shook Britain

29 Jun 16

It’s hit construction hard - on the stock exchange, in boardrooms and on sites across the UK, people are starting to rethink an industry that is no longer part of the EU. But what exactly will change and how quickly?

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The construction manager: Last chance to see?

24 Jun 16

Since its heyday in the 1990s, the construction manager has declined in numbers, due to the loss of its natural habitat of rising inflation and wealthy clients. Building assesses whether time has run out for the once-common role or whether it’s about to bounce back

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Hansom: Rule, Britannia

24 Jun 16

As the nation decides whether or not to bind its destiny to Europe’s, we are reminded of the strength of our territorial loyalties - be that to our nation, our home town - or to the desk we’re given to sit at …

Market review

Market review: Ongoing uncertainty

23 Jun 16

The UK economy and the construction sector both continue to grow but concerns over the EU referendum have led to things slowing down in recent months

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Parental leave: Man about the house

23 Jun 16

Many professionals in our male-dominated industry say they want to spend more time with their children. So why aren’t new dads taking up their recent right to shared parental leave? We talk to two fathers who took time out of the workplace

EU

Brexit: No time to hedge our bets

17 Jun 16

As polling cards are readied for the UK’s EU referendum, the construction sector prepares for the possibility of a vote to Leave. Building speaks to professionals about the possible profound effects on labour and material costs, foreign investment, and growth and trade

Grand Union Park

‘The next Canary Wharf and Stratford combined’

16 Jun 16

A planned interchange between HS2 and Crossrail has made an unassuming spot of west London a candidate for the largest regeneration scheme in the UK

Sweets

Sweett hereafter

10 Jun 16

With Sweett’s purchase by WSP PB making it the latest venerable UK consultant to be snapped up by a bigger foreign firm, Building considers how such takeover deals - and the spin-off firms that often result - are changing the market

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Blacklist: ‘We take it very personal’

9 Jun 16

The legal battle against major construction firms for using an employee blacklist has finally been settled out of court to the tune of millions. But for some victims and supporters, the matter is very far from over

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The verdict: BIG's Serpentine Pavilion

7 Jun 16

After 15 years the Serpentine has added four summer houses to its series of single pavilions. Is it enough to revive an ageing format? Ike Ijeh is in no doubt

Zaha Hadid

After Zaha

7 Jun 16

How does a living legend become a lasting artistic legacy?

Laing ORourke

Laing O’Rourke: Behind closed doors

3 Jun 16

Following problem jobs, awkward financial signs and the departure of the chief executive for health reasons, 69-year-old Laing O’Rourke founder Ray O’Rourke has taken the reins once again

World map

Hays international salary survey 2016

2 Jun 16

With an influx of huge construction projects being readied across the world, and a shortage of people to build them, working outside the UK seems like a sure-fire route to a better pay packet

Bishopsgate

The battle of Bishopsgate

27 May 16

The Bishopsgate Goodsyard development in east London was put on hold last month when the city’s departing mayor Boris Johnson deferred a public hearing on the planning application. The decision now falls at the feet of Sadiq Khan, in what could set a precedent for the new mayor’s planning policy

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Market review: Cooling off?

25 May 16

Things are still on the up but are we witnessing a slowdown? And is there any way to rebalance the UK economy away from the service sector?

Qatar

Qatar: Heating up

20 May 16

In the second of a two-part focus on Qatar, Building looks at how easy is it for Western firms to access the construction opportunities in one of the richest countries in the world

Migrant construction workers in Doha - March 2013

Qatar: ‘The scrutiny will be on them’

19 May 16

In the first of a two-part focus on Qatar, Building reveals how, in the light of reports of abuse, huge efforts are being made to improve standards for migrant workers

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Market forecast: Certain uncertainty

17 May 16

Q1 sees the UK construction industry with a more uncertain outlook but it’s not all down to the EU referendum – there are a number of complex factors at play

Doors

Is the door still open on build to rent?

11 May 16

Just when you thought the private rented sector was about to take off, along comes the chancellor and whacks a big tax on the purchase of homes for rent

Sadiq Khan

London’s new mayor: Yes, he Khan

10 May 16

Sadiq Khan has the mother of all in-trays to contend with in his first months as London’s new mayor - everything from housing to Heathrow, Crossrail 2 to controversial planning decisions

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Lands of hope and glory

3 May 16

More and more independent UK consultants are carving out thriving businesses for themselves in foreign lands. So what are the benefits and pitfalls of working abroad - and what’s the secret to competing with larger corporate rivals?

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Planes, trains and automobiles

27 Apr 16

George Osborne is famously a fan of infrastructure - but is he putting his money where his mouth is?

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Market review: Holding steady

26 Apr 16

A month on from the Budget, the construction sector remains in reasonable health despite monthy fluctuations

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Battersea crane tragedy: After the fall

22 Apr 16

Ten years after the Battersea crane tragedy, Joey Gardiner talks to the mother of one of the two men killed in the accident and asks if tower cranes are any safer now than they were a decade ago

Steel

Testing our metal

21 Apr 16

The steel rollercoaster of the last few weeks seems to have ended well, with Greybull’s purchase of Tata’s construction division. But is this, and the government’s call to ‘buy British’, enough to save UK steel?

gender-equality

Gender pay gap: Levelling the field

19 Apr 16

New legislation will mean firms have to publish how much both male and female employees are paid. Will this be the end of the gender pay gap?

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A tale of two mayors

15 Apr 16

With Londoners headed to the polls on 5 May to decide the city’s next mayor, we look at the impact frontrunners Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan would have on the major construction issues facing the capital

Nine Elms

Nightmare on Nine Elms street?

14 Apr 16

The UK’s biggest construction site in west London looks on paper like a dream development in a market desperate for new housing. But amid scare stories of fleeing investors and slashed prices

Leo Quinn

Balfour Beatty: ‘Not short of stellar’

8 Apr 16

When Leo Quinn took over at a troubled Balfour Beatty, he launched a two-year strategy to revive the fortunes of the UK’s largest builder

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House of leaks

7 Apr 16

Never mind fixing the roof while the sun shines – the roof of parliamentary offices Portcullis House has been leaking since it was built 15 years ago

Aquatics Centre

A sensational career

6 Apr 16 | Updated: 8 Apr 16

Building’s architectural correspondent Ike Ijeh pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

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Have you seen the BIM deadline?

1 Apr 16

From Monday, any firm wanting to be considered for public sector construction work will need to be BIM level 2 compliant. Yet just days before the deadline, only about half of companies are using the technology

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Construction materials: Past our peak?

23 Mar 16

It turns out that the construction industry is using substantially less ‘stuff’ than it was 15 years ago. Is this a blip or a victory for resource-efficiency?

ECMR

Market review: A bumpy ride

22 Mar 16

A drop in monthly construction output comes courtesy of a reduction in infrastructure activity, but the bigger picture shows steady growth

Apprentices

Apprentices: ‘The numbers don’t add up…’

17 Mar 16

Three times as many people are leaving the industry each year as are joining, so today’s skills crisis is set to get a lot worse

George Osborne

Budget 2016: Box clever

11 Mar 16

The infrastructure sector may not be expecting much from this year’s Budget, but both George Osborne and Boris Johnson are in contention for the biggest title in the land

Young Architect of the Year nominees 2016

More Young Architects of the Year: On sustainability

11 Mar 16

In the second of our series talking to the nominees for the Young Architect of the Year award, the architects give us their take on sustainability

Young Architect of the Year nominees 2016

Young Architects of the Year: On sustainability

8 Mar 16

Built from the beginning in a context of eco-awareness, the work of these Young Architect of the Year nominees has been green-tinted from the start. But what do they think of the state of sustainability today?

The Co-op’s 3D Reid-designed headquarters in Manchester

The green business case

8 Mar 16

Since its election last year the Conservative government has cut back a lot of sustainability legislation. But can sticking with the eco-building agenda benefit construction firms’ business model anyway?

Housing

Ecobuild: Programme preview

7 Mar 16

The ongoing struggle to build homes, the business case for sustainability and how to drag construction efficiency into this century are just some of the themes of Ecobuild 2016

housing

The R word is back

4 Mar 16

Five years after the coalition cut nearly all funding for regeneration, the government is talking warmly of knocking down estates and rebuilding as part of a ‘blitz’ on poverty. But with just £140m pledged to back the drive and a host of obstacles to overcome, how excited should the development industry be?

Spong

Energiesprong: Sprong is here

3 Mar 16

A runaway success in the Netherlands, a boon for contractors and for occupiers, simple, ready-to-use and straight out of the box: could Energiesprong be the UK housing retrofit market’s new start?

joe

Contractors: The new world order?

26 Feb 16

Contractor Colin Harding has come up with a proposal to totally redesign the industry’s contractural arena - using far fewer consultants and putting sole responsibility for the performance of the building onto one single contractor

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Market review: Slow off the mark

25 Feb 16

Construction output levels saw a further slowdown in Q4 but were still up on the same period last year. Private housing and infrastructure are the bright lights for the year ahead

TFL

TfL: Branching out

19 Feb 16

Transport for London’s plans to develop some 75 sites will make it one of the capital’s biggest developers. Here it names the partners for its £3.6bn development framework

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Make a splash for CRASH at Dragon Boat Challenge 2016

19 Feb 16

Support the construction industry charity and enter this year’s race taking place on 23 June

CRASH chief executive Francesca Roberts with new chair Alan Brookes

CRASH 20th anniversary and expansion into hospices

19 Feb 16

CRASH celebrates its 20th anniversary and expands its services to benefit hospices as well as homelessness charities

falklands

The Falkland Islands: Military precision

18 Feb 16

Replacing former RAF accommodation on the Falkland Islands has meant working in extreme weather conditions and freezing temperatures for the Royal Engineers. And that was only once the 8,000-mile supply chain had been meticulously dealt with

METALS

Market forecast: Pressure drop

16 Feb 16

Market conditions remain positive across the country, but boosts to regional activity put the squeeze on local supply chains and tender prices

prison

UK prisons: Another brick in the wall

11 Feb 16

When plans were announced to close some of the UK’s worst prisons and build nine new ones focusing on rehabilitation, there was near universal approval. Since then, however, doubts have begun to surface

Hinkley C

Hinkley Point C: Shovels at the ready …

10 Feb 16

Construction firms have been poised to build Hinkley Point C since 2007. But nine years later the decision on whether to invest in the £18bn project has yet to be taken

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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

Robot

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

Brexit

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

occupational health

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?

Council estate

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

starter homes

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

Predictions

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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