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Sunday04 December 2016

NEW ANALYSIS

Tour of a building site

Autumn Statement: Hit and miss

30 Nov 16

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?

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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

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

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?

brexit-index

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?

Manchester

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

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