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Thursday23 March 2017

LATEST FEATURE

Construction site

Budget 2017: Wake-up call

15 Mar 17

The chancellor has now ditched his planned increase to the self-employeds’ NI contributions, but what would the impact have been on 40% of construction’s workforce?

MORE CONSTRUCTION ISSUES

Philip Hammond

Budget preview: Inside the box

2 Mar 17

Philip Hammond is not known for showmanship or drama - perhaps that’s for the best, given the wider political and economic upheaval. But the last-ever spring Budget is even more of a mystery than usual

Pollution

Fighting for air: Pollution from on-site machinery

23 Feb 17

Sadiq Khan is on a crusade to improve London’s air quality and now has construction firmly in his sights. Joey Gardiner reports on the high levels of pollution coming from building sites, the danger they pose to workers, and the pressure being put on the industry to clean up its act

Houses being built

A quiet revolution?

16 Feb 17

For some, last week’s housing white paper wasn’t worth the white paper it was printed on, but for others it presents a radical shift in policy away from home ownership and towards a much wider range of housing needs

Megaphone

Brexit: What we really really want

10 Feb 17

When Building launched its Building A Better Brexit campaign at the start of the year, we promised a reader survey to find out what the industry wanted the government to take into its negotiations with the EU

Cars in flood

Hell or high water

3 Feb 17

The North-west may have been spared flooding so far this winter, but the occurence and severity of the region’s floods is steadily increasing

New homes being built at a garden village

It takes a village

11 Jan 17

The government’s recent commitment to back 14 new garden villages sounds like a lovely idea, providing 48,000 much-needed homes in stand-alone communities

Hinkley

2017: The mists of time to come…

3 Jan 17

It’s been a long time since the industry - and the country - has faced a year of such uncertainty. Joey Gardiner tries to make sense of it all

New York

How is New York dealing with Trump?

9 Dec 16

New Yorkers are still in shock at the idea of a Trump presidency, but some of those working in construction concede that having in the White House a New York property mogul with a $1tn infrastructure spend on his mind may not be all bad news

Tour of a building site

Autumn Statement: Hit and miss

30 Nov 16

Last week’s Autumn Statement trumpeted an extra £1.4bn for 40,000 affordable homes, but is the government set to miss its own target?

Donald Trump

Waiting on the White House

23 Nov 16

Could having a property developer as US president be good for UK construction, or will Trump’s protectionist approach spark trade wars and global recession?

Philip Hammond

Autumn Statement: Mister Money Bags?

8 Nov 16

At the Conservative party conference, the new chancellor Philip Hammond indicated that it might be time to abandon his predecessor’s budget surplus plan and invest in housing and infrastructure

Construction workers

Waiting for a EU turn

2 Nov 16

The new government professes grand ambitions to boost housebuilding and infrastructure. But how can it square this with its commitment to clamp down on foreign workers?

Child reaching for plane

So near and yet so far…

28 Oct 16

Setting up the National Infrastructure Commission was seen as a sign of the government’s commitment to getting rail, power and other major schemes built

Lifebelt

Farmer Review: Not waving but drowning

17 Oct 16

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

Building A Better Brexit

Manifesto: Working for a better Brexit deal

17 Mar 17

Our Building a Better Brexit campaign asked over 2,000 construction professionals what could make leaving the EU work for them

BIM

BIM: It’s good to talk

16 Mar 17

The lack of a consistent approach to BIM software product data means that exchanges can be inaccurate and cause problems

Welcome to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Building a wall

9 Mar 17

The UK region most hard-hit by the economic crash and the most reliant on EU trade, Northern Ireland is preparing for another body blow as Brexit negotiations threaten to put a barrier between it and its neighbour, the Republic of Ireland

Apprentice Alamy

How will T-levels affect construction training?

7 Mar 17

Industry gives a mixed reaction to the government’s latest technical training initiative

Apprentices

The apprentice

3 Mar 17

The government’s new apprenticeship levy kicks in next month but big questions remain over how it will work

A crane

Strategic advances?

9 Feb 17

The government’s modern industrial strategy has been welcomed by business groups but are there opportunities for construction to benefit?

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