Mark Farmer’s government-commissioned report into the construction industry makes for shocking reading. Speaking to Building the author explains his view of the dire state of the industry
The Brexit vote has ushered in a time of widespread uncertainty, but activity in the housebuilding sector has so far held up well. Joey Gardiner looks at what we can learn from this year’s salary survey and and asks how long trading can remain strong
The Brexit vote combined with next year’s apprenticeship levy may give some firms a headache over investment plans but the need for construction apprentices has never been greater
Mark Farmer adopts the analogy of an ailing patient, with symptoms ranging from low productivity to a bad public image
Today’s ‘Modernise or die’ report aims to kick-start reform with this 10-point action plan
Amid negative headlines and political uncertainty, signs of progress on the UK’s next rail megaproject are contradictory at best
For now at least, Theresa May bestrides the political scene, dismantling David Cameron’s legacy and introducing policy changes in housing and infrastructure
The second leg of this year’s Construction Rocks event goes vintage
CRASH honoured its patrons’ unwavering generosity and loyalty at their Annual Reception and Above and Beyond Awards on Thursday 29 September
The very idea of ‘President Trump’ has gone from the realms of jokes and nightmares to potential reality. So as the world holds its breath for the result of November’s US election, David Blackman considers how a Trump presidency would affect UK firms
Building takes a look at four of the highlights of Donald Trump’s career in property development
Hilary Clinton has highlighted the complaints of an architect who used to work for Trump
New bands and a new judge at the first night of this year’s Construction Rocks fundraiser
Sadiq Khan has proved himself a pragmatist - a quality he’ll need to address the capital’s major built environment challenges
As a historic peace deal between the Colombian government and rebel group Farc is signed, Building returns to Bogotá
The economy bounced back after the immediate Brexit vote shock, with higher inflation failing to materialise
The good news is the government has signalled a decision on airport expansion will finally be made this autumn. The bad news is the PM may be swayed more by political pressures than the advice of the Davies Commission to pick Heathrow
The government wants to see one million homes built in England by 2020, but while some housing experts think a little tinkering will get us there, others countenance a far more radical plan
The world of work is changing. Forget being chained to a desk, a boss you only see through their office window
Event at Building’s offices in central London attended by industry guests in the running for construction gongs
The political backdrop to the approaching party conference season looks nothing like it did this time last year. The Brexit vote, which swept Theresa May to power and plunged Jeremy Corbyn into another leadership contest, has many policy implications. So what do the two main parties have to say about construction?
So how’s it looking for construction more than two months after the nation voted for Brexit? Building’s survey of 500 construction professionals suggests that commercial, residential and infrastructure will be the worst hit sectors
So how’s it looking for construction more than two months after the nation voted for Brexit? Building’s survey of 500 construction professionals suggests that commercial, residential and infrastructure will be the worst hit sectors … but that it’s not all bad news
On the 350th anniversary of the fire’s close, Ike Ijeh shows how the disaster heralded enormous changes for architecture and urbanism despite the sidelining of Wren’s grand plan
Some 3.3 million secondary school places will be needed by 2024 - a 20% increase on today - but how will the demand be met?
The university sector has provided a solid pipeline of work for construction over recent years, even in the doldrums of recession. But could demand around higher education fall following the UK vote to leave the EU?
After the shock Brexit referendum result, contractors have found themselves wondering how to adapt to survive in the renewed climate of economic uncertainty
Despite Brexit causing an unwelcome stir, the total level of output is now comfortably above its pre-recession peak
Contractor broadens reach with concrete frame work
The changing nature of manufacturing and enterprise means we need to unlock many sites in our cities, integrating industrial estates with surrounding neighbourhoods
Family firm Sir Robert McAlpine is once again without a boss. So, what happened, and can things be different for the next person to take the job?
Where’s a EU-positive culture vulture to go this summer for a lingering look at all the architectural gems the Continent has to offer? Some industry experts suggest an itinerary …
What with the economy nosediving, an all-consuming construction scandal, massive budget overruns and by the seat of their pants venue delivery - it’s a wonder the Rio Olympics are happening at all
The idea of establishing a northern powerhouse has lost a powerful supporter with the departure of chancellor George Osborne. Is there the will and momentum now in Whitehall to keep the project going?
At a cost of £700m, nearly three times the initial estimate, questions are being raised about the price tag of the former Olympic stadium
Has the LLDC managed to adhere to the legacy promises that won the UK the Olympic bid in the first place?
Brexit has sent shockwaves through the construction industry, though the statistics have yet to reveal the full impact
Health service spending on building maintenance and repairs faces a £4.3bn backlog. But there is good news for the construction industry
This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 shows the sector pulling out of recession, but economic danger remains
The Land Rover BAR sailing team have embedded sustainability into not just its new base building but also its core ethos
Find out who’s in this year’s league of top housebuilders by housebuilding turnover
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
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
Consultants that offered generous final salary schemes decades ago are now suffering the consequences of shouldering huge pensions deficits
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
This year has seen some great leaps forward for off-site construction. But is it the future of the industry or a cyclical fad?
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?
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How does a living legend become a lasting artistic legacy?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 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
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?
George Osborne is famously a fan of infrastructure - but is he putting his money where his mouth is?
A month on from the Budget, the construction sector remains in reasonable health despite monthy fluctuations
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
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
Building’s architectural correspondent Ike Ijeh pays tribute to Zaha Hadid
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
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?
A drop in monthly construction output comes courtesy of a reduction in infrastructure activity, but the bigger picture shows steady growth