Tuesday25 October 2016



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



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


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


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

Corbyn and May

Party conferences preview

The political backdrop to the approaching party conference season looks nothing like it did this time last year. The Brexit vote, which swept Theresa May to power and plunged Jeremy Corbyn into another leadership contest, has many policy implications. So what do the two main parties have to say about construction?


State of play: Industry voices Brexit concerns

So how’s it looking for construction more than two months after the nation voted for Brexit? Building’s survey of 500 construction professionals suggests that commercial, residential and infrastructure will be the worst hit sectors … but that it’s not all bad news

Mark Fisher's movie park for Wanda, designed around the theme of the ancient Chinese chime instrument

What you need to know to work with Wanda

Client profile: The £70bn Chinese developer behind One Nine Elms explains what it is looking for

University sector

Universities: Losing the higher ground?

The university sector has provided a solid pipeline of work for construction over recent years, even in the doldrums of recession. But could demand around higher education fall following the UK vote to leave the EU?

Crane silhouettes

Contractors' interims: Grave new world

After the shock Brexit referendum result, contractors have found themselves wondering how to adapt to survive in the renewed climate of economic uncertainty

32 cover

Sir Robert McAlpine: The hollow crown?

Family firm Sir Robert McAlpine is once again without a boss. So, what happened, and can things be different for the next person to take the job?


The North goes south

The idea of establishing a northern powerhouse has lost a powerful supporter with the departure of chancellor George Osborne. Is there the will and momentum now in Whitehall to keep the project going?

Top 150 contractors 2016

Top 150 contractors: The rough & tumble

This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 shows the sector pulling out of recession, but economic danger remains

Theresa May

How Theresa May can avoid a construction recession

In these days of lightning fast political changes, and possibly dire economic prospects, prime minister Theresa May has to hit the ground running if she is to prevent construction slipping into another recession


This pensions crisis can only get worse

Consultants that offered generous final salary schemes decades ago are now suffering the consequences of shouldering huge pensions deficits


Brexit: The vote that shook Britain

It’s hit construction hard - on the stock exchange, in boardrooms and on sites across the UK, people are starting to rethink an industry that is no longer part of the EU. But what exactly will change and how quickly?

construction useful

What a Brexit means for construction

At a glance - the likely impact on labour, materials and investment

construction manager cover

The construction manager: Last chance to see?

Since its heyday in the 1990s, the construction manager has declined in numbers, due to the loss of its natural habitat of rising inflation and wealthy clients. Building assesses whether time has run out for the once-common role or whether it’s about to bounce back


Brexit: No time to hedge our bets

As polling cards are readied for the UK’s EU referendum, the construction sector prepares for the possibility of a vote to Leave. Building speaks to professionals about the possible profound effects on labour and material costs, foreign investment, and growth and trade

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