This year’s contractors and housebuilders Top 150 list shows the sector pulling out of recession and with a spring in its step. But with big losses for some contractors pushing down profits, and margins increasing by a mere 1.2%, the danger remains they could still fall flat on their backs.
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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
Construction’s professions could effectively disappear within a decade, according to the author of a challenging report
Following a surprise result which leaves the Tories free to rule without coalition partners, what can construction expect from the next parliament?
Company chiefs and heads of industry bodies from across the sector set out their messages to the prime minister
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?
Leader of UKIP responds to Building’s manifesto aims
Leader of the Green party responds to Building’s manifesto aims
Joey Gardiner scrutinises the Tories’ plans to extend right to buy to housing associations
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?
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
WSP’s UK head of building services on what the next 12 months have in store
Cala’s chief executive officer reveals what he’s expecting from 2015