Sunday26 April 2015


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 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


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


Apprentices in construction: One step forward…

6 Mar 15

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

Birmingham’s new John Lewis store

Birmingham’s buzz

6 Mar 15

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 seminar speakers

Ecobuild seminar highlights: Look who’s talking

2 Mar 15

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

Power in the union

Power in the Union

27 Feb 15

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

50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

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

Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

26 Feb 15

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

Houses of Parliament

Ecobuild 2015 programme preview

24 Feb 15

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

Zappos HQ, Las Vegas

Get happy: Wellbeing in buildings

23 Feb 15

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

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Steve Gee: The contender

20 Feb 15

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

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Inside Westminster: The Inner Circle

20 Feb 15

We consider the role of the chief construction adviser, and identify the key Whitehall construction power brokers

240 Blackfriars interior

240 Blackfriars: Welcome to our new home

20 February 2015

The designer behind the interiors of Building’s new home explains the thinking behind designing an office for the workforce of the millenials’ generation


Architecture: The diversity problem

13 Feb 15

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?

Small housebuilders

SME housebuilders: Small talk

12 Feb 15

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?


Webinar 2 2015: The BIM Journey

10 Feb 15

Ecobuild, in association with ASSA ABLOY, present this free-to-attend live audio webinar at 11am GMT on 17 February - register here

Consultants salary survey 2015

Consultants salary survey 2015: Up, up and away

6 Feb 15

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

240 Blackfriars

Webinar 1 2015: Sustainable concrete

30 Jan 15

Hear from architects and engineers of exemplar concrete buildings 5 Pancras Square and 240 Blackfriars. Register for free here

Prepare to be boarded

Prepare to be boarded

30 January 2015

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?


BIM: World’s your oyster

29 Jan 15

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?


Why we're backing Agenda 15

23 Jan 15

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


Top European contractors: Plus ca change

23 Jan 15

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

Unwanted site

No man’s land: Unwanted supermarket sites

15 Jan 15

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

Agenda 15 logo

Agenda 15 manifesto

9 Jan 15

Building’s manifesto for construction for the next parliament is now online here - and we want you to register your support

Agenda 15

A manifesto for construction

9 Jan 15

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


Definitely maybe: Predictions for 2015

7 Jan 15

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?

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: Philippe Honnorat

5 Jan 15

WSP’s UK head of building services on what the next 12 months have in store

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Predictions for 2015: Alan Brown

2 Jan 15

Cala’s chief executive officer reveals what he’s expecting from 2015

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Predictions for 2015: James Pellatt

31 Dec 14

Great Portland Estates’ head of projects looks at 2015 from a client perspective

prediction 2015

Predictions for 2015: Jack Pringle

30 Dec 14

Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will’s principal and managing director forecasts 2015

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Predictions for 2015: Mark Reynolds

29 Dec 14

Mace’s chief executive predicts what 2015 could have in store for contractors and the wider sector


Review of 2014: Fairy tale endings

19 Dec 14

Continuing our look back at the year gone by, here’s a selection of some of the biggest positive news

trap door

Review of 2014: Grimm Tales

19 Dec 14

Our annual review of construction dwells, for a moment, on the sector’s most depressing stories

Paul Sheffield

Review of 2014: Cast changes

19 Dec 14

Who went where?


Review of 2014: Heroes

19 Dec 14

The people and stories that thrilled us in 2014

Panto villains

Review of 2014: Pantomime villains

19 Dec 14

Who and what we loved to hate this year


Review of 2014: Best lines

19 Dec 14

A collection of the best and most regrettable quotes of 2014


Review of 2014: Final bow

19 Dec 14

The people we bade farewell to in 2014


Jingle bell blocks

19 Dec 14

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

Manchester Library

Projects 2014 review: part 1

17 Dec 14

Building takes a look back at the completed projects that impressed in 2014

News analysis timer

Calling time on the coalition

12 Dec 14

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?

Class of 2014

The Class of 2014: Three months on

4 Dec 14

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


The cost of training an industry

28 Nov 14

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.

bim tin

Is BIM what it says on the tin?

21 Nov 14

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

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Paying the price

21 Nov 14

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.


Specialists: We've got the power

14 Nov 14

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 …

Fizzy living

Meet the new kids on the block

14 Nov 14

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

Tipping point

Contractors: The tipping point

7 Nov 14

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


South-east Asian construction economies: Chasing tigers

6 Nov 14

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

Pegasus Academy in Thornton Heath, north Croydon

Croydon’s capital works programme: Educating Croydon

5 Nov 14

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?

Building Awards 2015 logo

Building Awards 2015 opens for entry

31 Oct 14

Widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence, the Building Awards have opened for entry for 2015

Is the north on the up

Is the north on the up?

31 Oct 14

George Osborne talks of a creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ but how much faith should the industry put in Westminster’s affirmations?

Wanda Cultural City Tourism & Exhibition Centre

Horrific architecture: Part 2

30 Oct 14

Continuing our Halloween tribute to the most gruesome building designs around the globe, here’s the second of our three part mini-series

White Sails Hospital, Tunisia

Horrific architecture: Part 1

29 Oct 14

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

LVMH Foundation

LVMH Foundation for Creation by Frank Gehry

27 Oct 14

Frank Gehry brings his futuristic architecture to suburban Paris with a privately funded art gallery

1934 - Lawn Road Flats, London by Wells Coates. Nominated by Elizabeth Darling

Housing that defined the 20th Century

27 Oct 14

The Twentieth Century Society’s 100 Buildings 100 Years project provides a fascinating overview of the history of housing

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Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 Oct 14

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

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Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 Oct 14

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

new houses

Reviewing the Lyons Review

23 Oct 14

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?

Top 150 consultants 2014

Top 150 consultants 2014: Let the good times roll

17 Oct 14

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

Tender package

Building at Construction Rocks 2014

17 Oct 14

The great and the good of UK construction took to the stage at The Vaults in London

Top 50 engineers

Top 150 consultants 2014: Engineers

16 Oct 14

Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today

Toy house

Always read the label: Home performance labelling

16 Oct 14

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

Top 50 architects

Top 150 consultants 2014: Architects

15 Oct 14

Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 architects online today

Eco background

A sustainable future

10 Oct 14

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

Contractors' salary survey 2014

Contractors' salary survey 2014: The only way is up

2 Oct 14

Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide


The Russian dilemma

26 Sep 14

The Ukraine crisis has brought uncertainty to what should be a flourishing Russian market, but there are still good reasons for doing business there

Cost model: Extra care housing

Cost model: Extra care housing

25 Sep 14

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?

Agenda 15 draft manifesto cover

Agenda 15 draft manifesto

22 Sep 14

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


Agenda 15: The next phase

19 Sep 14

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.

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