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Sunday30 August 2015

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Immigration 3

Crossing the line

28 Aug 15

With the Calais crisis still a hot media topic, the government is on the warpath against construction companies employing illegal workers. But is the sector doing enough to make sure it doesn’t get caught out?

Locations of contracts awarded in July

Market review: Regaining momentum

25 Aug 15

July saw construction activity levels pick up, in a reflection of the wider economy during the spring months

Geeta Nanda

Interview: Geeta Nanda

21 Aug 15

With government policies that cut rents and extend Right to Buy, housing associations are feeling the strain. But Geeta Nanda of Thames Valley Housing has an alternative approach

The Class of 2014

Class of 2014: One year later

20 Aug 15

Building catches up with the class of 2014 to find out if, having made it through their first year, life in construction is all they’d hoped it would be

Green deal

The Green Deal: 'A catastrophe from start to finish'

7 Aug 15

It’s been called the greatest flop of the last parliament. But why did the Green Deal, the government’s flagship retrofit scheme, fail so spectacularly?

Construction site

Apprenticeships levy: Taxing Times

4 Aug 15

The government’s pledge to deliver 3 million apprenticeships through a levy on large employers has left many in the industry confused as to how the policy will work

Brandon Lewis

Interview: Brandon Lewis

31 Jul 15

Building talks to housing minister Brandon Lewis about the Conservative government’s radical policy agenda

contract locations

Market review: Begin again

27 Jul 15

The Budget has given us a taste of this Conservative government’s economic policy and forecasts for the sector are also looking strong

Southfacing

SME catch-up: Whatever happened to …

24 Jul 15

Five years ago Building profiled 10 small, young firms whose fresh thinking and bright ideas stood in stark contrast to the gloomy economic environment at the time. Now, we revisit them to see how these cutting edge companies have fared while the industry has started to recover. So who has prospered, and who has struggled?

Policy bonfire

Construction policies: In the line of fire

23 Jul 15

After the Conservatives’ unexpected torching of construction policies, we look at the driving force behind this drastic industry shake-up

Top 150

Top 150 contractors: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow

17 Jul 15

This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 list shows the sector pulling out of recession and with a spring in its step. But with big losses for some contractors pushing down profits, and margins increasing by a mere 1.2%, the danger remains they could still fall flat on their backs.

Network Rail

Network fail?

16 Jul 15

Network Rail is a huge client for the UK construction industry but with the Department for Transport increasingly frustrated by engineering overruns, can chief executive Mark Carne safeguard the company’s future?

Balfour

Who’s running Balfour Beatty?

10 Jul 15

New Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn has wasted no time making his mark on the contracting giant. But so far his actions haven’t managed to stem the flow of senior figures departing the troubled firm

offshore wind

Infrastructure: Offshore wind

10 Jul 15

Reduced costs and the ability to attract finance are critical to the viability of the UK wind industry, and with the government recently withdrawing onshore subsidies, the focus on offshore has never been greater

Heathrow perimeter fence

Davies report: Will it fly?

8 Jul 15

Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has come down emphatically in favour of a third runway at Heathrow, but the politics are so fraught and planning issues so labyrinthine that a final decision still looks a long way off

victorian-terrace-__-alamy

Retrofit: Low expectations

2 Jul 15

David Blackman looks at the vanishing chances of making green retrofit a national infrastructure priority

Building-Osborne-index

Budget preview: Ace up Osborne's sleeve?

1 Jul 15

Freed from the shackles of coalition government, chancellor George Osborne will be outlining some quite different policies and priorities when he presents his emergency Budget next week

Steve Elliott

Interview: Steve Elliott

26 Jun 15

Steve Elliott took Morgan Sindall’s fit-out business to an industry-leading position. After taking a year out he’s ‘got the band back together’ at BW Interiors and is thinking big again

QS

Are QSs fit for purpose? Your views

25 Jun 15

Readers react to our recent feature on QSs failure to price projects accurately

east-end-atrium-plant-box-enclosures

Women in engineering: The only way is up

23 Jun 15

With women making up fewer than 10% of engineers in the UK, what can be done to encourage more to join the profession?

Skills illustration

Skills: Up to the job?

18 Jun 15

With funding of apprenticeships under threat and training providers not always churning out people with the right skills, how will we get the workers we need?

Walkie Talkie; 1 Fitzroy Place; Wembley stadium; and Nova Victoria

PC Harrington: The higher they climb…

18 Jun 15

When PC Harrington Contractors collapsed into administration in May, it had debts of around £28.4m and just £900 cash in the bank. We reveal the true story of the firm’s demise

QS-feature-header

Foresight saga

12 Jun 15

QSs are supposed to price a job accurately and de-risk procurement. But some clients are wondering what they’re paying them for

Turner & Townsend

Free webinar: Using BIM on the London Bridge project

11 Jun 15

Hear views from key players on how BIM is being used on one of the capital’s landmark infrastructure projects

Crossrail tunnel

Infrastructure: Keep the engine running

11 Jun 15

Lack of investment in UK infrastructure could be a serious barrier to economic growth, but is the government prepared to pay for it?

Ashmount Primary School, by Penoyre & Prasad

Free webinar: The future of school building

10 Jun 15

Hear views from architects, contractors and QSs on the Conservative government’s school building plans and the impact of tight budgets on projects

World-salary

Hays international salary survey 2015

5 Jun 15

The clamour for talent in the UK is growing and salaries are rising in response

Devolution-index

The centre cannot hold

4 Jun 15

Our Inside Westminster series continues with a look at the government’s plans to devolve powers to mayor-led cities and regions

Schools

Schools: Where are they all going to sit?

28 May 15

25% more new school places will be needed in the next five years than the previous five, yet the government is cutting overall capital funding by 16%

20cover2

It’s time to fix the housing crisis

22 May 2015

With a dire shortage of homes in the country, what has the government got to do to get housing working again?

Handshake

Wates and Shepherd deal - at a glance analysis

21 May 15

Wates eyes expansion, while Shepherd Group focuses on modular builder Portakabin

Construction professions

Professions: Now you see them, now you don’t

21 May 15

Construction’s professions could effectively disappear within a decade, according to the author of a challenging report

David Cameron and cabinet

The next five years

14 May 15

Following a surprise result which leaves the Tories free to rule without coalition partners, what can construction expect from the next parliament?

Inside Westminster

Inside Westminster: Bringing the house down

14 May 15

Costs are being estimated for the critical repair job needed to the Houses of Parliament - with some suggesting the Palace of Westminster has just 20 years before it’s unusable

Hygienic, hard-wearing surfaces

Interiors products: What’s new?

14 May 15

Here’s a preview of some of the new products on display at the May Design Series, from bathroom brassware to infrared-controlled radiators

Compact living and micro-homes

Can better design help to solve the housing crisis?

13 May 15

Andy Pearson looks at four housing design proposals that could transform the way we live

Sebastian Conran and Daniel Hopwood

How interior design is changing

12 May 15

As part of our May Design Series preview, Sebastian Conran and Daniel Hopwood offer their perspectives on how interior design is changing

MDS

May Design Series preview: Three days in May

11 May 15

The May Design Series focuses on the key trends and issues affecting interior design - and explores them in a compelling conference and seminar programme

Election 2015

Election special: Now listen here...

08 May 2015

Company chiefs and heads of industry bodies from across the sector set out their messages to the prime minister

 Parliament

Election 2015: What happens in a hung parliament?

7 May 15

With all predictions pointing to a hung parliament, what could happen after the election?

Floating voters: The next government’s priorities need to be …

7 May 15

This week two members of our panel of floating voters highlight vital areas of construction policy that will require the attention of the next government, whatever its political make-up

eric pickles

Eric Pickles' letter to the construction industry

1 May 15

Conservative party’s secretary of state responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Floating voters: Which way are you leaning?

1 May 15

This week we catch up with our panel of floating voters, first selected during the 2010 election, to ask what they think the different parties offer the industry and who they are intending to vote for this time around

Election 2015

Election special: The parties compared

01 May 2015

With less than a week to go until the election, and all parties having finally published their manifestos, how do the parties line up on the key issues for construction?

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage’s letter to the construction industry

30 Apr 15

Leader of UKIP responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Argent

Building Award Winners: Construction Client of the Year

30 Apr 15

Argent has become synonymous with high-profile city centre regeneration projects, such as London’s King’s Cross, which it pulls off with style - so not surprisingly the best in the industry are lining up to work with this client

Marks and Spencer, Cheshire Oaks (Simons Group)

Building Award Winners: The Test of Time

30 Apr 15

These projects employed bold design features that have seen the finished articles flourish, particularly when it comes to meeting their ambitious sustainability targets

Greg Fitzgerald

Building Award Winners: Chief Executive of the Year

30 Apr 15

Galliford Try’s Greg Fitzgerald has steered the firm through years of mergers and growth, culminating in last’s year’s acquisition of Miller Construction - and all while earning the respect of his peers and colleagues along the way

Tony Giddings

Building Award Winners: Personality of the Year

30 Apr 15

When it comes to unlocking the potential of complex city centres, Argent partner Tony Giddings is one of the best in the business. You just have to look at scale of change at London’s King’s Cross to appreciate the extent of his achievements as his firm is showing some of the fastest growth in the sector

New UK Housing

Inside Westminster: Housing by numbers

30 Apr 15

In this election’s battle of the building stats, a major focus has been that worryingly few houses have been built in the last five years. But is this the coalition’s fault? Could other parties do better?

FK Group

Building Award Winners: Specialist Contractor of the Year

30 Apr 15

All of the nominees for this year’s specialist contractor category have experienced impressive growth in recent years, with the winner showing true innovation in its work

One Embankment Place

Building Award Winners: Building Magazine Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

This category included a number of high-profile schemes but was ultimately won by a refurb project that has transformed a dated office building into a landmark ‘business hotel’

Vaudeville Court (Levitt Bernstein)

Building Award Winners: Small Project of the Year (up to £5m)

30 Apr 15

The overall winner of this category was a pioneering London housing project, built over an old garage court, which aims to replace anonymity with intimacy and connectivity

Newacton Nishi (Arup)

Building Award Winners: International Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

These projects from around the world demonstrate exceptional design, innovative sustainability measures and aim to inspire the cities they inhabit - as this year’s winner did in Canberra, Australia

Leadership Development Programme (Hoare Lea)

Building Award Winners: CITB Training Initiative of the Year

30 Apr 15

This year’s shortlisted training initiatives take focus on safety, customer satisfaction and leadership aspects of development, with the results of one scheme proving particularly impressive

Five Pancras Square (Kier Construction and Bennetts Associates)

Building Award Winners: Sustainable Project of the Year

30 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

Laing O'Rourke - Now It's Personal

Building Award Winners: BIM Initiative of the Year

30 Apr 15

This category acknowledges those companies that have gone the extra mile to integrate BIM into the everyday fabric of their business, with the winner ensuring that all staff get hands on with the technology

Mace

Building Award Winners: Major Contractor of the Year (over £300m)

29 Apr 15

For those who think you can never win two years running, here’s proof that you can. The competition was tough but Mace’s commitment to safety, to client engagement and to financial success, gave it the edge once again

St Bede's Independent Living

Building Award Winners: Housing Project of the Year

29 Apr 15

This year’s housing projects have been chosen for exceptional design work and for providing a boost to their local community, with one entry standing out on both these factors

Kingspan Insulated Panels

Building Award Winners: Manufacturer of the Year

29 Apr 15

All of these manufacturers have launched pioneering products that have helped to improve building performance and respond to the needs of building users, with one entry proving particularly innovative

The Berkeley Group

Building Award Winners: Housebuilder of the Year

29 Apr 15

In a year that has seen housebuilders as the centre of attention, these four were singled out not just for their strong financial results, but for their work towards the betterment of the sector

Core Five

Building Award Winners: Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff)

29 Apr 15

A broad portfolio of major projects, bumper financial results and a commitment to staff training and development have given Core Five the entrepreneurial clout to take the top prize

Faithful and Gould

Building Award Winners: Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (100 staff or over)

29 Apr 15

Any firm that can help deliver a €1bn stimulus to Greece’s economy deserves an accolade, but Faithful+Gould bags our top prize for the pure scale of its ambition - including a push into commercial property

PRP Architects

Building Award Winners: Architectural Practice of the Year

29 Apr 15

The sheer energy at play at PRP this year - developing a range of innovative typologies for housing, sharing its knowledge of housing with the rest of the industry, and pushing for design quality - makes it a worthy winner

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Building Award Winners: Engineering Consultant of the Year

29 Apr 15

WSP might well have been awarded the top prize for the sheer number and prestige of its projects over the past 12 months alone, but the energy and intelligence it puts into improving life for its staff clinched the win

FM Conway

Building Award Winners: Contractor of the Year (up to £300m)

29 Apr 15

There were three strong contenders for this category - including last year’s winner - but FM Conway’s consolidation of its reputation for delivering on time and on budget and the testimonials it gets from its clients won the day

Kate Corrigan, Turner and Townsend

Building Award Winners: Woman of the Year

29 Apr 15

Building’s Woman of the Year award is a new award designed to recognise and promote the achievements of women working in construction. Seven inspirational women were shortlisted but one of them had the edge

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett’s letter to the construction industry

28 Apr 15

Leader of the Green party responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Betting the house

Right to buy: Betting the house

24 Apr 15

Joey Gardiner scrutinises the Tories’ plans to extend right to buy to housing associations

Election 2015

Floating voters: Five years on

23 Apr 15

Building catches up with a group of senior floating voters from the construction industry to ask them what they learnt from the last election

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband’s letter to the construction industry

23 Apr 15

Leader of the Labour party responds to Building’s manifesto aims

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg’s letter to the construction industry

23 Apr 15

Leader of the Liberal Democrats responds to Building’s manifesto aims

A diverse approach

A diverse approach

21 Apr 15

Despite an impending skills shortage, the number of women and workers from ethnic minority backgrounds in construction is woefully low. Joey Gardiner asks three employers what their companies are doing to increase workforce diversity

Attitudes to BIM

BIM survey results: Levelling off?

17 April 2015

The government is backing it. Firms are paying top dollar for people that can do it. So why does the number of firms using building information modelling actually seem to be falling?

Power up for Level 3

BIM: Power up for Level 3

16 Apr 15

The strategy document for BIM Level 3 - Digital Built Britain - is big on aspiration but comes up a little short on the details

Brookfield

Brookfield Multiplex: A decade later

10 Apr 15

As main contractor on the delayed Wembley stadium and chief player in the legal battle afterwards, Multiplex became a byword for tough contracting. But 10 years on the firm is set to become a £1bn turnover contractor

The Farrell Review

The Farrell Review: Into the long grass?

2 Apr 15

One year on from the publication of Terry Farrell’s review of architecture and the built environment, it’s time to see whether the government is prepared to support good design - or whether it will favour continued procrastination

Stratford Academy, under construction

Do priority schools add up?

1 Apr 15

The picture emerging from some of the few completed priority schools is one of cut-price, smaller buildings with potentially higher long-term maintenance costs

crossrail_PA_photos

Inside Westminster: One for the road

20 Mar 15

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

UKIP posters

UKIP: The vocal minority

12 Mar 15

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

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