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Monday27 February 2017

NEW ANALYSIS

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

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Houses being built

A quiet revolution?

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

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

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

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…

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?

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

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

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?

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

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…

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

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's Brexit survey results in full

View the full results from over 2,000 readers who took part in our survey to find out the Brexit deal construction needs

Building A Better Brexit

Brexit: Make yourself heard

As Theresa May makes clear that she favours full separation from the EU and we approach the March deadline to trigger Article 50, Building launches a survey to find out what readers want from the Brexit deal, both for your business and the wider industry

House

Housebuilders' salary survey 2016: Business as usual

The Brexit vote has ushered in a time of widespread uncertainty, but activity in the housebuilding sector has so far held up well. Joey Gardiner looks at what we can learn from this year’s salary survey and and asks how long trading can remain strong

Construction site

Farmer Review: Why construction is a sick patient

Mark Farmer adopts the analogy of an ailing patient, with symptoms ranging from low productivity to a bad public image

Off site construction

Farmer Review: The 10 recommendations

Today’s ‘Modernise or die’ report aims to kick-start reform with this 10-point action plan

May

The lady is for turning

For now at least, Theresa May bestrides the political scene, dismantling David Cameron’s legacy and introducing policy changes in housing and infrastructure

Affordable housing

State of play: London

Sadiq Khan has proved himself a pragmatist - a quality he’ll need to address the capital’s major built environment challenges

Heathrow

Is Heathrow coming in to land?

The good news is the government has signalled a decision on airport expansion will finally be made this autumn. The bad news is the PM may be swayed more by political pressures than the advice of the Davies Commission to pick Heathrow

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