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Friday23 June 2017

Features

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Election 2017: What’s what?

14 Jun 17

After last week’s shock election result, what does this hung parliament mean for some of the biggest issues facing construction?

Border

‘Projects won’t be delivered’

22 Jun 17

With the industry dependent on EU workers, major restrictions on immigration as part of a ‘hard Brexit’ could be disastrous

A clearly signposted open door at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a fire extinguisher next to it

Online poll: Fire safety regs

21 Jun 17

Does Part B of the Building Regulations need to be re-examined following the Grenfell Tower fire? Vote here

Grenfell Tower fire

Grenfell Tower: Construction facts

16 Jun 17

Building’s technical editor considers what is known about the building and the recent upgrade

Directors' in boardroom

Online poll: Directors' bonus pay

15 Jun 17

Should shareholders more actively restrict directors’ bonus pay? Vote here

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How did construction’s candidates perform in the election?

15 Jun 17

Building spoke to three construction professionals who were standing in the general election, here is how they got on…

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How did construction vote in the election?

15 Jun 17

After the shock election result last week, we asked Building readers to tell us how they actually voted in an online poll

Bridge

Scrutiny on the bounty

15 Jun 17

Last month’s shareholder rebellion at Balfour Beatty’s AGM shows investors are now more willing to challenge large pay packets for the industry’s executives

10 Downing Street

Who’s who in government?

14 Jun 17

Who in Theresa May’s reshuffled team will have an effect on construction?

Mark Reynolds

What happens in a hung parliament?

9 Jun 17

A guide to what a hung parliament means and what the impact could be for construction

Building A Better Brexit

Full house: Welcome to Parliament

9 Jun 17

Now that the election is over, a new parliament will convene. But are the incoming crop of MPs fully aware of how important the construction industry is for the UK economy?

Palace of Westminster

Online poll: New government

9 Jun 17

What area of policy should the new government focus on to boost the UK construction sector? Vote here

CCS framework

CCS framework: No pain, no gain

8 Jun 17

The industry has waited a long time for the government’s £2.9bn construction consultancy framework. But doubts remain that all the problems have been ironed out. So will the wait have been worth it for the 32 firms on the scheme?

Polling station

Election 2017: Hanging in the balance

2 Jun 17

Policy on major construction projects could have a substantial impact on some hotly-contested marginal seats

Election 2017 leaders

Building's election survey results in full

2 Jun 17

View the full results from over 1,100 readers who took part in our survey to find out who construction is backing in the election

10 Downing Street

Online poll: GE2017

1 Jun 17

Who do you think will win next week’s general election? Vote here

money

Economy watch: Output declines

1 Jun 17

Output has fallen month on month but levels of investment are continuing to rise

World map

Hays international salary survey 2017

1 Jun 17

This year’s Hays International Salary Survey shows that potential pickings for candidates are a lot richer overseas. The ‘Trump bump’ and Australia’s infrastructure boom are fuelling the already-strong international demand for UK construction professionals

Consumer Price Index

Economy watch: Inflation on the rise

26 May 17

A CBI survey of manufacturers shows that output is up - and it’s not just due to sterling’s fall in value

Flats under construction

Market review: Slow out of the blocks

26 May 17

While the recent economic results show only limited growth for the first quarter, the number of construction projects in April jumped by more than 25% on the previous month

Theresa May

Online poll: Conservatives' housing policy

25 May 17

Do you think Theresa May’s council housing policy will help to solve the housing crisis? Vote here

Tory manifesto

Conservative manifesto: Council housing’s new best friend?

25 May 17

Offering little new for construction by way of infrastructure commitments, the Tory manifesto nevertheless surprised with its brazen parking of tanks on Labour’s lawn

Homes

Housebuilders' ground rent "scandal"

19 May 17

Taylor Wimpey’s doubling of leasehold ground rents has drawn attention to what could be a wider industry practice

Labour manifesto launch

Online poll: Labour manifesto

18 May 17

Would the policies outlined in Labour’s election manifesto be good for construction? Vote here

Coins

Economy watch: Layers of uncertainty

18 May 17

As the general election approaches and uncertainty around Brexit continues, economic indicators are starting to get darker

Corbyn

Labour manifesto: Cornucopia of delights or a suicide note?

17 May 17

With the Tories so far ahead in the polls, you might be forgiven for thinking the (official) launch this week of Labour’s manifesto is a bit of an irrelevance

City-of-London

London drops down T&T's global costs league

16 May 17

Latest global markets report from Turner & Towsend sees New York topple Zurich as the most expensive for property development

BIM

BIM: ‘They just don’t get it’

12 May 17

The latest survey from NBS shows take-up is growing but raises concerns that private clients don’t understand BIM and that the government is failing to enforce its own mandate

City of London

The great Brexit buy-up?

10 May 17

With sterling devalued but growth prospects strong, UK firms have rarely been more tempting to overseas buyers, as the recent takeover approach for Atkins may show. So could current market conditions signal a buying frenzy?

Hospital corridor

Just what the doctor ordered

3 May 17

The NHS has a maintenance backlog amounting to at least £5bn and it’s getting worse by the day as funds from the capital budget are raided to keep the health service running

Market review

Market review: A bump on the road?

2 May 17

A monthly decrease in construction work belies longer-term growth, with the number and value of contracts substantially higher than a year ago. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

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Housing: The forgotten crisis

28 Apr 17

Already it has been dubbed the ‘Brexit election’, so will this single issue overshadow all others, including how to tackle the housing crisis?

on site

Volunteering: The world of good

26 Apr 17

Volunteering your professional skills can lead to job satisfaction, improved skillset and an open outlook

Election 2017 leaders

The Brexit election

26 Apr 17

Before the parties nail down their manifestos, we take a look at what construction might expect from June’s vote

Montreal

What next for Atkins and SNC Lavalin?

21 Apr 17

Deal creates £7bn turnover US and European consultancy powerhouse

Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge: Troubled crossing

19 Apr 17

Dame Margaret Hodge’s recent report on the controversial Garden Bridge has highlighted the question of whether the mayor of London should pull the plug on the project

What does a general election mean for construction?

18 Apr 17

More uncertainty looms - as Brexit debate set to dominate 8 June election

Here’s the snag …

Bovis: Here’s the snag …

13 Apr 17

Bovis Homes recently set aside £7m to deal with its torrent of snagging complaints from buyers of its properties - and it’s not the only housebuilder criticised for selling unfinished and faulty homes

Sustainability

Sustainability: Dropping the ball

13 Apr 17

Environmentalists have been alarmed by Trump’s reversal of US climate change policies and signs that Brexit has diverted the UK government away from sustainability priorities

Former police station

Schools for scandal?

7 Apr 17

The government has put its all behind its manifesto commitment to provide 500 free schools, with £10bn of funding to back it up

London skyline

Commercial towers: Riding high

6 Apr 17

The prospect of Brexit may not have stalled the wave of tall buildings under construction, but the market for towers is set to change as prime resi slumps

Drones

Drones: Something in the air

31 Mar 17

Put it this way: would you rather inspect the slipform of a tall tower by dangling off the 45th storey or by sending up a drone to do the job?

Obstacle course

Contractor's results: Fighting fit?

30 Mar 17

The annual results of the big contractors have shown an industry in somewhat shaky shape to withstand the inevitable challenge of exiting the EU

Cover

Is nuclear in meltdown?

24 Mar 17

Work on Hinkley C’s construction may be about to start but hopes for a whole new fleet of power stations are at risk after a ‘crisis’ in market confidence triggered by EDF’s Hinkley delivery problems

Market review

Market review: Earning more for less

23 Mar 17

The total value of construction contracts increased in February but the number of projects went down. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction Market Review

Building A Better Brexit

Manifesto: Working for a better Brexit deal

17 Mar 17

Our Building a Better Brexit campaign asked over 2,000 construction professionals what could make leaving the EU work for them

BIM

BIM: It’s good to talk

16 Mar 17

The lack of a consistent approach to BIM software product data means that exchanges can be inaccurate and cause problems

Construction site

Budget 2017: Wake-up call

15 Mar 17

The chancellor has now ditched his planned increase to the self-employeds’ NI contributions, but what would the impact have been on 40% of construction’s workforce?

Planning Houses

What next for Bovis?

13 Mar 17

Galliford Try’s all-share tilt at Bovis is more likely to succeed than Redrow’s part-cash/part-share offer

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Consultants salary survey 2017: The bold and the bountiful

10 Mar 17

Strong hiring intentions and employee caution post the Brexit vote mean those prepared to move jobs could be richly rewarded - as may firms prepared to be aggressive in sourcing new hires

Welcome to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Building a wall

9 Mar 17

The UK region most hard-hit by the economic crash and the most reliant on EU trade, Northern Ireland is preparing for another body blow as Brexit negotiations threaten to put a barrier between it and its neighbour, the Republic of Ireland

Apprentice Alamy

How will T-levels affect construction training?

7 Mar 17

Industry gives a mixed reaction to the government’s latest technical training initiative

Apprentices

The apprentice

3 Mar 17

As the government’s new apprenticeship levy kicks big questions remain over how it will work

Philip Hammond

Budget preview: Inside the box

2 Mar 17

Philip Hammond is not known for showmanship or drama - perhaps that’s for the best, given the wider political and economic upheaval. But the last-ever spring Budget is even more of a mystery than usual

Silvertown Quays

Ecobuild 2017: Regeneration now

1 Mar 17

The construction industry is in the throes of a major drive to renew and revive communities - but how is it best done? Ecobuild 2017 next week will attempt to address this question

Pollution

Fighting for air: Pollution from on-site machinery

23 Feb 17

Sadiq Khan is on a crusade to improve London’s air quality and now has construction firmly in his sights. Joey Gardiner reports on the high levels of pollution coming from building sites, the danger they pose to workers, and the pressure being put on the industry to clean up its act

Economic Construction Market Review

Market review: Housing leads the way

21 Feb 17

The number and value of construction contracts awarded is rising, with growth in the residential sector especially clear. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic & Construction review

Houses being built

A quiet revolution?

16 Feb 17

For some, last week’s housing white paper wasn’t worth the white paper it was printed on, but for others it presents a radical shift in policy away from home ownership and towards a much wider range of housing needs

Megaphone

Brexit: What we really really want

10 Feb 17

When Building launched its Building A Better Brexit campaign at the start of the year, we promised a reader survey to find out what the industry wanted the government to take into its negotiations with the EU

Building's Brexit survey results in full

10 Feb 17

View the full results from over 2,000 readers who took part in our survey to find out the Brexit deal construction needs

A crane

Strategic advances?

9 Feb 17

The government’s modern industrial strategy has been welcomed by business groups but are there opportunities for construction to benefit?

Cars in flood

Hell or high water

3 Feb 17

The North-west may have been spared flooding so far this winter, but the occurence and severity of the region’s floods is steadily increasing

Prison

New prisons: Not much in the swag bag

2 Feb 17

Converting old prisons into housing to fund new prisons in less expensive locations isn’t going according to script

Woman

Redressing the balance: Women engineers

27 Jan 17

With just 9% of UK engineers women, the sector clearly has a long way to go to achieving a diverse workforce

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Market review: Contract values fall

26 Jan 17

Despite the vote to leave the European Union, construction output remained healthy in 2016, but the value of contract awards declined over the year

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Mentoring: Support act

25 Jan 17

Mentoring is touted as an effective way to help employees starting off in their careers to work their way up the ladder. So what do those who have signed up to be mentored get out of it? Yoosof Farah asked three of them

53W53

The sky’s the limit

20 Jan 17

New York is home to some of the most pioneering modern engineering feats - a 7,000-ton hovering stadium roof, impossibly skinny skyscrapers and a mammoth flood defence system disguised as a park

Building A Better Brexit

Brexit: Make yourself heard

19 Jan 17

As Theresa May makes clear that she favours full separation from the EU and we approach the March deadline to trigger Article 50, Building launches a survey to find out what readers want from the Brexit deal, both for your business and the wider industry

Dragon-Boats

Construction industry Dragon Boat Challenge

11 Jan 17

The Construction Dragon Boat Challenge is back!

New homes being built at a garden village

It takes a village

11 Jan 17

The government’s recent commitment to back 14 new garden villages sounds like a lovely idea, providing 48,000 much-needed homes in stand-alone communities

Economic Construction Market Review - December 2016

Market review: A bumpy ride

4 Jan 17

The Autumn Statement put its money behind infrastructure projects - but forecasts warn that difficult times lie ahead

Hinkley

2017: The mists of time to come…

3 Jan 17

It’s been a long time since the industry - and the country - has faced a year of such uncertainty. Joey Gardiner tries to make sense of it all

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2016 untangled - part two

19 Dec 16

Even people who like surprises are likely to end 2016 wondering if there isn’t something to be said for ‘boring and predictable’. The Building team reports on the rollercoaster highs and lows of one of the weirdest years on record

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2016 untangled - part one

16 Dec 16

Even people who like surprises are likely to end 2016 wondering if there isn’t something to be said for ‘boring and predictable’. The Building team reports on the rollercoaster highs and lows of one of the weirdest years on record

Building's Christmas cocktail making

Christmas charity challenge: Good mixers

15 Dec 16

Nothing is better to round off an unsettling year than a nice stiff drink. So Building invited three teams from the construction industry to find out who could make the best festive cocktail, as part of our Christmas charity appeal for Crash

New York

How is New York dealing with Trump?

9 Dec 16

New Yorkers are still in shock at the idea of a Trump presidency, but some of those working in construction concede that having in the White House a New York property mogul with a $1tn infrastructure spend on his mind may not be all bad news

Tour of a building site

Autumn Statement: Hit and miss

30 Nov 16

Last week’s Autumn Statement trumpeted an extra £1.4bn for 40,000 affordable homes, but is the government set to miss its own target?

Economic Construction Market Review - November 2016

Market review: Better than expected

29 Nov 16

The economy has lost some momentum since the summer’s Brexit vote, but is doing better than analysts had forecast

GEG2016

Good Employer Guide 2016: Winners

25 Nov 16

Find out the overall top five winners in this year’s Good Employer Guide

Good Employer Guide 2016

Good Employer Guide 2016: Diversity challenge

25 Nov 16

Women and people from ethnic minorities make up just 10% of the UK building industry’s total employees, and new recruits are few and far between. So what are firms doing to widen construction’s gene pool?

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