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Thursday18 September 2014

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Hansom: Plaudits and brickbats

12 Sep 14

There’s a lot to celebrate this week - both at the Holcim Awards in Moscow and at HLM’s 50th. Elsewhere, though, the industry is in the dock and a hideous building gets planning approval in Brum

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Hansom: Prepare for landing

5 Sep 14

Modelling gets physical (again), the CBI could go either way on airports, Atkins finds a new purpose for aviation technology, Fred Flintstone does a runner - and Isambard Kingdom Brunel quits smoking

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Hansom: Plastic bricks and mortar

29 Aug 14

Monaco plans to become home to the most expensive apartment in the world, we mark a posthumous birthday for an early pioneer of suspension bridges, and a Lego visitor centre is made out of… you guessed it

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Hansom: Fantasia

22 Aug 14

Create your own unique buildings using Lego bricks, see your dreams of a replica Eiffel Tower come true, watch as a dead monarch’s head comes back to life, be amazed as Battersea’s crumbling towers are resurrected …

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Hansom: Heads and tales

8 Aug 14

Land Securities’ New Ludgate office development brings up tales of headless maidens, bear-baiting and rhinoceroses, while a PV expert suggests that solar panels across the UK are facing the wrong way

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Hansom: Verse and worse

30 Jul 14

Poetry (of a kind) wins the day for WSP, placemaking finds its place (on the coffee table), Ken doll’s private bits get a once over, Germany beats Argentina (again) and Didcot A power station is blown up out of all proportion

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Hansom: All change

25 Jul 14

With Gove gone, architects sniff better days ahead, the revolving door of planning ministers takes another turn, a former Kier boss makes a speedy, if unadventurous, comeback, and JCB digs 18 more holes

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Hansom: Time gentlemen, please

18 Jul 14

There’s a wry confession at the Education Funding Agency, directors at a charity’s VIP reception sneak into a pop concert, and workers on the Nottingham Tramlink project face a strict drink and drugs test

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Hansom: That’s entertainment

11 Jul 14

There’s hilarity at the GCS, a ripping idea for how to use waste paper, Crossrail gets its own TV series, and there’s an update on the industry’s charitable activities. Plus, happy anniversary to a modular building firm

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Hansom: Quite a performance

4 Jul 14

Roll up, roll up … And enter a magical world where cranes dance on building sites, construction professionals ride dragons across the waves, civil engineers are funny, and death metal bands are completely silent

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Hansom: Whatever floats your boat

27 Jun 14

This week, the construction industry has fun on the water and climbs every mountain - well, three of them - while Berkeley celebrates trickle-down happiness and the chancellor makes a shocking confession

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Hansom: Winning ways

20 Jun 14

This week, the World Cup gets a clean-up (not before time, perhaps), the UK America’s Cup team is inspired by Formula 1, WYG shareholders receive something approaching good news, and some numbers get crunched

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Hansom: The Departure Lounge

13 Jun 14

This week, a charity prepares to set off for some mountain climbing, brave construction folk drop in on Pegasus Bridge, the head of Foster + Partners takes his leave (twice), and the Queen departs from normal English

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Hansom: Seen and herd

6 Jun 14

This week, cows cross the line at Cambridgeshire’s guided busway project, tourists are told where to go by a former transport minister, and we celebrate longevity and charitable giving in equal measure

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Hansom: Noteworthy

30 May 14

There’s trouble on the line in France and trouble over wine in Lancashire. Still, it’s good to see that if you keep your head down and build bridges, you can get your face on a Scottish £5 note

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Hansom: Fessing up

23 May 2014

Unlikely confessions this week, with Sepp Blatter admitting Qatar was a mistake, Prince Charles’ 1984 “carbuncle” speech repositioned as a construction positive, and PwC reports going down the pan

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Hansom: Movie night

16 May 14

This week we get the popcorn and prepare for interesting views from the Shangri-La hotel, a novel rail scheme from China, the departure of what was once the world’s biggest airport and some political intrigue

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Hansom: Creative minds

9 May 14

This week, the pressure intensifies in a competition to design a garden city, construction firms’ website addresses are reinvented and a love poem to a, erm, chemical water treatment manufacturer is penned

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Hansom: A walk on the wildside

2 May 14

Something fishy is going on in Gibraltar and an otter takes against HS2, but birds and ready mix concrete find themselves oddly at ease with each other - plus, the future has hoverbuses but no tea breaks

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Hansom: Stepping in

25 Apr 14

This week, the Treasury has its say on sustainability policy, Willmott Dixon goes to the rescue of those affected by flood damage and a business park gets assistance from a feathered friend

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Hansom: The place to be

17 Apr 14

BAM’s building sites take their place in high society, Dubai regains its appetite for the grandiose, Glasgow shelves plans for a five-tower demolition extravaganza - oh, and there’s surfing on Snowdonia

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