Smith and Wallwork provides this week’s doodle – a concept sketch for Milton Keynes gallery
NBS’ annual BIM survey suggests that uptake of the collaborative technology has risen sharply over the past year. But is it really becoming the industry norm?
Bosses of employee-owned companies claim greater engagement and increased profitability. So why isn’t everyone doing it?
Manchester council’s FM team were initially reluctant to use BIM in the operation of the city’s newly refurbished Central Library. But then they were shown how much time it could save, even on changing a lamp… Thomas Lane catches up with the team in part three of a series that follows a BIM project from start to finish
With nearly 250 towers set to be built in London alone - the vast majority of them residential - Brian Smith, Mital Dholakia and Richard Heseltine of Aecom highlight the main design and cost considerations in reaching for the skies
Illustrator John Holder sketched M&S Cheshire Oaks, a Simons Group project, at various stages of its development
Bad managers can have a big impact on staff morale and productivity levels, and they could even pose a serious threat to the industry’s upturn. So why are there so many of them?
As construction becomes ever more energy efficient, attention is turning to facilities management to deliver greater carbon and cost savings. Phil Birch of Sweett Group examines how the purchasing and management of cleaning and catering operations can reduce a building’s environmental impact
Few issues are more contentious in construction than payment practices. So will a new fair payment charter that asks contractors to commit to shorter payment times actually work - or merely add to the pile of previous failed attempts to reform the industry?
Thanks to Dan Meis of architect Woods Bagot for his sketch of the week
Three years on from its devastating earthquake and tsunami, Japan is, for the first time, signalling that it needs help rebuilding homes and communities. For UK construction firms willing to dig in, this could mean new opportunities
Ofgem’s announcement last week that the six big energy firms face a competition inquiry has spooked the market and alarmed construction firms relying on new energy generation capacity. But are things really as bleak as they seem?
Watch how architect Make designed and built a recycled cinema at Ecobuild this year
In a radical move that seems bound to increase labour costs, the government is clamping down on temporary site workers claiming to be self-employed. And as if that wasn’t bad enough news for construction companies using this kind of labour, they’ve only got two weeks to prepare for the change
Thanks to Simon Smith of Smith and Wallwork for sending in his sketch of the week
Thanks to Bryan Avery of Avery Associates Architects for sending in his sketch of the week
Damage to UK roads due to flooding has put a spotlight on the condition of our highways, at a time when the maintenance backlog is already estimated to be at least £10bn. Barbra Carlisle and Brian Fitzpatrick of EC Harris examine the key issues
In the latest in our series on Building’s Agenda 15 campaign ahead of the next election, and fresh from the Ecobuild sustainability event, we report on what the industry wants the government to do about green regulation
Thanks to David Grech for sending in his sketch of the week
Ahead of next week’s Budget, Building looks at the measures the construction industry can expect to emerge from Osborne’s red box
Support the construction industry Charity and enter this year’s race taking place on 26 June
Energy secretary talks about improvements to the Green Deal finance plan and the target to upgrade one million homes
As recent events have starkly illustrated, the UK can no longer ignore the growing risk of floods. But what can planners and designers do to manage our rising water levels? Here four of the country’s leading experts give their views
Munish Datta, head of property plan A & FM, Marks & Spencer on his companies talks at Ecobuild this year
David Ball, chairman of David Ball Group, talks about his companies next generation of products
Robert Cohen previews his talk at Ecobuild
Dr Tim Fox previews his talk at Ecobuild
Find out what happened at Ecobuild yesterday
Munish Datta previews his talk in the Building Perfomance and BIM content zone
Dr Tristan Kershaw and Tony Barrett preview their talks
Rachel Coxcoon previews her talk at Ecobuild
Stephen Passmore of the Energy Saving Trust previews his talk
Peter Wilder of Wilder Associates previews his talk at Ecobuild
Ecobuild speakers highlight design talks at Ecobuild today
Ecobuild speakers highlight retrofit and refurbishment talks at Ecobuild today
Water, Waste and Materials content zone highlights at Ecobuild
Building interviews CEO of the World Green Building Council ahead of Ecobuild this week
The transformation of King’s Cross includes some of the UK’s most sustainable office buildings - and concrete is key to all of them
Despite signs of economic recovery, the scale of homelessness in the UK is undiminished. In fact, a combination of changes to the benefits system and funding cuts to charities means the outlook for the most excluded in society looks even more uncertain
In the first of a new series Ike Ijeh takes a satirical look at London’s incoherent approach to tall buildings
Meet two charities CRASH supports: one for people in inner London recovering from addiction, the other supporting a community living in a former convent in Brighton
The Pilsdon Community is a working farm in Dorset, which provides a refuge for people in crisis and intermittent respite for homeless people. But when they engaged a contractor to renovate a dilapidated barn and stables to create extra space they got their fingers burned. Here’s how working with CRASH and its patrons has rebuilt trust in the building profession
The construction industry continued to support CRASH even through the worst years of the downturn. But now that the economy is picking up, the charity is more ambitious than ever
Ecobuild and the Landscape Institute launched a competition for ideas on how to turn the Royal Docks into a green infrastructure space for east London. Ahead of the winner being announced at this year’s Ecobuild event, Thomas Lane reports on some of the top proposals
As a long-standing patron of CRASH, the managing director at British Gypsum Mike Chaldecott believes he’s found an efficient form of charitable giving for his company
In the expanding universe of sustainability, many stars shine out in the firmament. Building celebrates the sector’s top 50 brightest talents
There’s little time left to comment on the draft BREEAM UK New Construction 2014. Yetunde Abdul, BREEAM scheme development manager, takes you on a whistlestop tour of the main changes
Here’s your visitors’ guide to the content zones and speakers at Ecobuild, along with some highlights of the talks to come
Once trumpeted as a way of raising housing output by as many as 50,000 homes a year, custom build was responsible for barely a fifth of that figure last year. So what’s the hold-up and can anything be done to reinvigorate the market?
The pressures on today’s environment are many and Ecobuild is the stimulating forum in which to explore, exchange and debate the possible solutions. Ike Ijeh picks out some of the key themes at this year’s event
A recovery of sorts is under way, but large parts of the industry are still struggling to grow. As part of Building’s Agenda 15 campaign, we want to hear your views on what the obstacles to growth are and how can we overcome them. To prompt your thinking, we asked four industry leaders for their views
Heathrow’s rebuilt Terminal 2 is six times bigger than the original, yet the design team reckons the layout has been so well thought through that passengers will be able to go from plane to terminal exit in just five minutes. Well, not counting the one hour hold-up at customs, of course
With the upturn in work has come predictions of a skills shortage. But the CIC’s Jack Pringle thinks the need for architects, QSs and engineers is already so critical that we should be sourcing them from outside the UK and Europe
The reforms to the NHS are likely to lead to more work for private providers - and their construction teams. Mark Robinson of Aecom highlights the main design considerations for private hospitals and breaks down the costs
As part of Building’s Agenda 15 campaign to influence the national political debate ahead of the next election, we launched one of the biggest consultations ever undertaken in the industry. This week we want you to tell us where future government spending should be prioritised. To help get you thinking, here’s the case for six of the biggest construction spending departments
For five years some clients have been taking advantage of the downturn by dumping risk on contractors and screwing them down on price. But now things are on the up, is the supply chain hitting back?
At the start of the year Building launched its Agenda 15 campaign - an attempt to pull together a manifesto for construction in advance of the next election. In reaction, the industry’s largest organisations have sent us messages of support, highlighting important issues for the political parties to address
The shortlist for the Building Awards 2014 has been announced today
European Commission’s initial report questions whether deal between EDF and government addresses genuine market failure
For young UK construction professionals looking with gloom at this country’s embattled industry, overseas work has long seemed a tempting prospect. But as work here picks up, can the UK retain and even regain its skilled staff? Mike Brown reports
The Green Deal is one year old this week but the celebrations are, to put it mildly, subdued. We look back on a year of disappointments for the energy efficiency retrofit market
Agenda 15 is Building’s campaign to influence the next government by telling politicians what construction needs to be able to thrive. To get you thinking, we’ve asked four senior figures in the sector what single policy change they would most like to see adopted by the next government
Government policy is still pushing social housing providers to develop and sell private homes in order to fund affordable ones. So what happens the next time that prices crash?
Quadrocopters, wall-making machines, multi-dimensional laser scans … These futuristic technologies may be coming soon to a building site near you
The government claims that flood protection spending is rising, but as the UK towels itself off after yet another deluge, the public is understandably sceptical. So what’s the real story?
Dulux Trade Contract Partnership’s debate saw speakers from the design and architectural world talk about how colour brings projects to life. Ike Ijeh finds out more
The return to growth of the UK construction market has prompted some envious glances from mainland Europe, so should UK firms steel themselves for an influx of continental rivals? Plus find out this year’s Top 150 European contractors and manufacturers
Top prize in the 2013 Dulux Trade Most Trusted Contractor Painter Awards goes to Kenny Halsall, supervisor painter at Bagnalls
The UK goes to the polls on 7 May 2015, but political parties will be forming their policies from now. So it is the time for the construction industry to tell the politicians what it needs to be able to thrive
Set after set of positive data means construction may finally dare to be optimistic. We look to the skies to predict what 2014 may have in store
Chief executive Andrew Wyllie says focus on “blue chip” customers is yielding results
With the immigration debate raging, Building wants to hear the views of the construction sector on the issue
King’s Cross Square represents the progress that has been made towards establishing the area as a hub of commerce and tourism, showing the impact infrastructure can have.
Leeds East primary school is the first in the UK to be constructed from an innovative pod system, which comprises a series of structurally independent steel-framed classrooms
In this time of austerity, Caruso St John’s extensively reconfigured Tate Britain is a considerable achievement considering its dependence on public funding.
Arla Foods has built something incredible: the world’s first zero-carbon dairy near Aylesbury, which was switched on for the first time this year.
Barbour ABI’s latest monthly Economic & Construction Market Review is now available to download
20 Fenchurch Street - or the Walkie Talkie, has somewhat overshadowed the Leadenhall building. A shame, as the Cheesegrater represents some of the best in sensitive design
It was perhaps more boot camp than Raging Bull, but Building’s Boxing Day charity event to raise funds for the Boxing Academy was nonetheless a gruelling test of strength, stamina and physical fitness for six of the industry’s heavyweights (and a Building super flyweight).
It may have more than its fair share of squabbles, but the construction community is a family like any other. Adam Branson gathers everybody round the table, gets the albums out, and looks back on the people and events that made 2013. Additional reporting by Peter Klein, Joey Gardiner and Sarah Richardson