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Sarah Richardson

Fitzgerald: Cometh the hour …

13 Apr 17 | By Sarah Richardson

Turning Bovis’ fortunes around will be no small task for Greg Fitzgerald but you wouldn’t bet against him

Kevin Cammack

Greg Fitzgerald as Bovis CEO is a masterstroke

6 Apr 17 | By Kevin Cammack

Attracting Greg Fitzgerald out of retirement could be just what the struggling housebuilder needed to do to turn its fortunes around

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Architects & design

Jack Pringle

Brexit: Small world

29 Mar 17 | By Jack Pringle

London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

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Félicie Krikler

How to avoid divisive regeneration schemes

28 Mar 17 | By Félicie Krikler

Too often developers and architects are accused of alienating people by imposing insensitive designs on their communities

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Legal

Tony Bingham

Still beating the drum

21 Apr 17 | By Tony Bingham

In his first column, in April 1987, our legal columnist, criticised the CITB levy. As a new training charge looms, he assesses the 30 years since: ‘disputomania’, adjudication, and what happens next

Simon Lewis

Wheels within wheels

20 Apr 17 | By Simon Lewis

Framework agreements with complex linked subcontracts can lead to cases centred on how the contracts work, rather than the substance of the dispute itself

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Infrastructure

Steve Cooper

Why is infrastructure being underfunded?

27 Mar 17 | By Steve Cooper

Europe and the US are falling behind on infrastructure spending, which is a mistake no country can afford to make

Sarah Richardson

Nuclear chill

24 Mar 17 | By Sarah Richardson

Concrete is about to be poured at Hinkley, but future nuclear projects are beset with problems

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Contractors

Debbie Hobbs

What's the social value of an office building?

24 Apr 17 | By Debbie Hobbs

A recent study has tried to quantify the social impact an office development can have on a local area, the theory being if you can measure it you can maximise it

Susannah Donaldson

What are you doing about gender pay gap reporting?

6 Apr 17 | By Susannah Donaldson

New rules on publishing gender pay gap data have come into force, and many in construction appear to be ahead of the curve in planning their strategies

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BIM

Dominic Thasarathar

Preparing for tomorrow's smarter built environment

10 Apr 17 | By Dominic Thasarathar

Digital technology is disrupting the built environment and firms need to be aware of this to keep a competitive edge

Mark Bew

A year after the BIM mandate

4 Apr 17 | By Mark Bew

A year ago today BIM level 2 was mandated for all public projects, what’s changed since and what’s next for our digital futures?

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Education & healthcare

Sarah Richardson

Free schools don't come cheap

7 Apr 17 | By Sarah Richardson

The question of whether the government is spending too much on free schools development is far from clear cut

Michael Thirkettle

Getting skills down to a T

14 Mar 17 | By Michael Thirkettle

The introduction of T-levels is being sold as a lifeline for industries like construction, but Brexit threatens to derail any benefits

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QS

Susannah Donaldson

What are you doing about gender pay gap reporting?

6 Apr 17 | By Susannah Donaldson

New rules on publishing gender pay gap data have come into force, and many in construction appear to be ahead of the curve in planning their strategies

Mike-Williams

Price rises from suppliers should be challenged

15 Mar 17 | By Mike Williams

Material costs are on the up but housing associations can secure better deals from the supply chain if they know how

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Analysis

Cars in flood

Hell or high water

3 Feb 17 | By David Blackman

The North-west may have been spared flooding so far this winter, but the occurence and severity of the region’s floods is steadily increasing

New homes being built at a garden village

It takes a village

11 Jan 17 | By David Blackman

The government’s recent commitment to back 14 new garden villages sounds like a lovely idea, providing 48,000 much-needed homes in stand-alone communities


Hansom HT

Hansom: A touch of class

21 Apr 17

This week, a sheikh is inspired by Shepherd’s Bush and Westfield (who could not be?), Joanna Lumley is perhaps too close to her champagne-quaffing alter-ego, and Pink Floyd’s guitarist gets a luxury home in Hove

sustainability: design

Ben Kite

Sustainable building on the green belt

20 Mar 17 | By Ben Kite

A small mention in the housing white paper offered a tantalising opportunity to rejuvenate the natural environment in the green belt

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sustainability: international

Nick Cullen

German plans for electric cars could actually increase CO2 emissions

13 Mar 17 | By Nick Cullen

The desire to make all cars “zero emission’ by 2030 ignores how reliant the country will be on coal-fired power stations

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sustainability: green energy

Barny Evans

Should energy use be increased if it boosts productivity?

28 Mar 17 | By Barny Evans

When thinking about the function of a particular building it is important to remember sometimes increasing energy use may be beneficial

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