The spaces in between

As London’s King’s Cross Square opens at last, Ike Ijeh considers the chequered history of the capital’s spaces - and their likely future


Northern Line

Next stop for Battersea

A century-and-a-half after the first London underground railway opened, Building looks at how the tube’s extension to Battersea could help regenerate the area


Post-Olympic projects outside London

Two weeks ago Building looked at London’s post-Olympic construction projects and now it’s the turn of the rest of the country. Here we highlight some of the major regional projects coming up over the next few years and the construction trends they herald


The aviation sector: Turbulence ahead

The UK aviation industry is clamouring for an airport hub but opposition makes any location a potential headache for the government. Ike Ijeh navigates a route through the row


Crossrail: Pulling out all the stops

Crossrail - the biggest engineering project in Europe - also claims to be a driver for multimillion-pound regeneration in the capital. Ike Ijeh takes a look at three key stations along the route and asks how much Londoners will really benefit

Kings X

King's Cross Western Concourse: Space Travel

John McAslan’s 8,500m2 Western Concourse at King’s Cross is transport architecture on an epic scale, returning the station to the grandeur of the golden age of trave. Just a shame about the glazing …

Exhibition Road

Exhibition Road: Walkin' & wheels

Dixon Jones’ £28m reworking of South Kensington’s great museum quarter, Exhibition Road, resolves the long stand-off between pedestrians and cars by allowing them to share the same space. Ike Ijeh is knocked over by the simplicity of the design. Photographs by Tim Crocker


Neil Harvey

The Midlands engine - full steam ahead

15 Mar 17

To make this strategy work we need strong regional leadership and a focus on productivity and skills


Industrial revolution

2 Feb 17

The government’s industrial strategy offers a welcome prompt to improve productivity and foster innovation, says Mark Farmer, but real change will need to be driven by client demand

Jason Millett

Construction has never been so crucial

17 Jan 17

As the government finalises its industrial strategy, Mace has some suggestions for boosting construction output

Phil Harris

Time to expand the use of PF2

13 Jan 17

Will the success of some key education projects lead to a wider use of PF2 to fund a growing need for social infrastructure

Steve Denniss

Delivering a healthy digital railway

10 Jan 17

The European Train Control System will go a long way to improve the efficiency of our railways, but it is only part of the solution

Mike McNicholas

London's infrastructure priorities

20 Dec 16

We need infrastructure that understands and responds to the needs of individuals

John Hicks

We need a pipeline of infrastructure projects

6 Dec 16

The Autumn Statement’s emphasis on improving the productivity gap is welcome but the government need to provide more details

Simon Rawlinson

Will the Autumn Statement take a strategic approach to infrastructure?

22 Nov 16

Politicians on both side of the pond are hailing infrastructure investment as the key to boosting the economy and improving the lot of disaffected voters, but for that to happen we need to be better at selecting projects that deliver the greatest benefit

david hill

How to avoid 'chaos' with shared space schemes

8 Nov 16

Projects aiming to declutter our streets have come in for a bashing but with careful planning they improve the experience of all road users