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
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
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
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’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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We consider the role of the chief construction adviser, and identify the key Whitehall construction power brokers
The designer behind the interiors of Building’s new home explains the thinking behind designing an office for the workforce of the millenials’ generation
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?
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?
Ecobuild, in association with ASSA ABLOY, present this free-to-attend live audio webinar at 11am GMT on 17 February - register here
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
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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?
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?
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
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
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
Building’s manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online here - and we want you to register your support
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
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?
WSP’s UK head of building services on what the next 12 months have in store
Cala’s chief executive officer reveals what he’s expecting from 2015
Great Portland Estates’ head of projects looks at 2015 from a client perspective
Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will’s principal and managing director forecasts 2015
Mace’s chief executive predicts what 2015 could have in store for contractors and the wider sector
Continuing our look back at the year gone by, here’s a selection of some of the biggest positive news
Our annual review of construction dwells, for a moment, on the sector’s most depressing stories
Who went where?
The people and stories that thrilled us in 2014
Who and what we loved to hate this year
A collection of the best and most regrettable quotes of 2014
The people we bade farewell to in 2014
Take five teams of construction professionals, stick them in a roomful of Lego, get them to carry out three slightly offbeat tasks, and award them bonus points for good ideas on where to stick Santa… yes, folks, it can only be Building’s 2014 Christmas challenge
Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014
From the Green Deal to Crossrail, the government made a number of pledges back in 2010 to keep the industry afloat during the grim five years ahead. But how well has it stuck to them?
Back in September we introduced you to our Class of 2014: 14 young recruits embarking on their careers in construction. Three months later, we ask them how they’re getting on - and if the industry is living up to their expectations
Criticised for its complexity, the CITB is reforming its method for levying the funds it uses to subsidise industry training. The streamlined plans will see some employees paying less, but for others, it could mean a larger bill.
While Building’s BIM survey indicates that adoption of the technology is increasing, there is growing anxiety about its effect on the dynamics of project teams
New research into the housebuilding industry shows that although staff are enjoying higher salaries, they’re also taking on more responsibilities, working longer hours and finding their work/life balance out of kilter.
Burgeoning workloads have given specialist contractors a boost and signalled a shift in their relationship with main contractors. Some of the big players reveal what they’ll do with their new found powers …
A new generation of developer clients is shouldering its way into a buoyant property market, giving contractors a lot to get up to speed with
After years of clients worrying about subcontractors’ health, suddenly it’s main contractors that seem to be in trouble, caught out by rising costs on fixed price jobs. Building reports on a nervous time of profit warnings and senior management departures
China and India may be the big beasts of the East but UK construction would do well to train its sights on South-east Asia where huge untapped potential lies waiting
With one of the fastest growing populations in London, Croydon is set for a flurry of development over the next five years. But will the borough be able to meet demand for school places?
Widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence, the Building Awards have opened for entry for 2015
George Osborne talks of a creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ but how much faith should the industry put in Westminster’s affirmations?
Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the second of our three part mini-series
Dim the lights and get ready to hide behind the sofa. It’s the return of Building’s Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe
Frank Gehry brings his futuristic architecture to suburban Paris with a privately funded art gallery
The Twentieth Century Society’s 100 Buildings 100 Years project provides a fascinating overview of the history of housing
With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff
Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs
The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?
There’s an upbeat mood in this year’s Top 150 consultants survey with strong growth and jobs being created. It’s now just a matter of finding the staff to keep it going
The great and the good of UK construction took to the stage at The Vaults in London
Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today
The amount of consumer information for home buyers is pitiful, but now a pilot project will test what better home performance labelling might look like in practice
Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 architects online today
Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say
Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide
The Ukraine crisis has brought uncertainty to what should be a flourishing Russian market, but there are still good reasons for doing business there
With a rapidy ageing population demanding high standards of both housing and care, while also imposing a rising cost on public finances, could “extra care” housing be part of the solution?
Building’s draft manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online for consultation here - and we want you to let us know what you think
As the party conference season approaches, Building is now ready to unveil the next stage of its Agenda 15 campaign to create a manifesto for construction for the next parliament.
As we approach the last party conference season before the general election, Building offers a guide to where each party stands on construction issues
What made our consultants and engineers choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
What made our architects choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
What made our contractors and housebuilders choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?
Visitors to the new Lasdun exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians will envy the relationship between client and architect
Global construction is set to boom over the next decade, so where are UK construction consultants most in demand?
When the refurbishment of a refuge for people in crisis ran into trouble, it left the community disillusioned with the building industry. But construction charity CRASH responded to its plea for help
When it comes to school building work, the construction industry has been tasked with doing ‘more for less’, but as the economy picks up is it time for a rethink?
While at the EFA, Mairi Johnson was obliged to espouse a design-averse school building programme she didn’t much care for. Now at Aecom, she is fulfilling her ambitions
Despite rising tuition fees, university applications in the UK have risen to an all-time high. How is the industry is coping with the demand for student accommodation?