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Monday06 July 2015

NEW ANALYSIS

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

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

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

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Election special: Now listen here...

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

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Election special: The parties compared

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?

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Right to buy: Betting the house

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

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BIM survey results: Levelling off?

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?

Stratford Academy, under construction

Do priority schools add up?

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

UKIP posters

UKIP: The vocal minority

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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Apprentices in construction: One step forward…

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

Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

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

Architects

Architecture: The diversity problem

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?

Prepare to be boarded

Prepare to be boarded

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?

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Why we're backing Agenda 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

Unwanted site

No man’s land: Unwanted supermarket sites

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

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A manifesto for construction

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

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Predictions for 2015: Philippe Honnorat

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

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

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