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Tuesday03 May 2016

Features

M62 motorway

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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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