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Housing

Andrew Jones

Local authorities now have a central role in housing delivery

20 Feb 17 | By Andrew Jones

Giving councils more CPO powers will help, but the housing white paper did not outline the resources they will need to deliver more homes

Chloe McCulloch

The results are in

10 Feb 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

Our exclusive survey shows the industry would prefer a ‘soft Brexit’ with as little disruption to the status quo as possible

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Architects & design

Phil-Bernstein

Big data and virtual reality in architecture

20 Feb 17 | By Phil Bernstein

By combining big data and VR, architects can significantly improve design

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Why have EU workers' pensions become a tax target?

13 Feb 17 | By Claire Palmer

HMRC must lift its block on French and Italians in the UK transferring their pension pots tax free, or risk losing the benefits their professional expertise brings to construction

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Legal

Jeffery Brown

Had enough of experts?

17 Feb 17 | By Jeffrey Brown

Expert reports are not ‘expected or required’ in the new edition of the pre-action protocol for construction disputes. But construction claims have less chance of settling without them

Ted Lowery

Case in focus: Issuing payment notices

17 Feb 17 | By Ted Lowery

Was a contractor’s interim payment notice valid and, if so, had the employer issued an effective payless notice?

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Infrastructure

Jason Millett

Construction has never been so crucial

17 Jan 17 | By Jason Millett

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 | By Phil Harris

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

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Contractors

Steve Faulkner

The benefits of Integrated Project Insurance

31 Jan 17 | By Steve Faulkner

Early contractor involvement and a ‘no blame/no claim’ ethos are just some ways this procurement method could improve the industry

James Wates

Move on up

18 Jan 17 | By James Wates

Construction has always valued experience and ability over background and connections. But it can still do a lot more to help increase social mobility - and apprenticeships should be at the heart of our efforts

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BIM

Steve Faulkner

The benefits of Integrated Project Insurance

31 Jan 17 | By Steve Faulkner

Early contractor involvement and a ‘no blame/no claim’ ethos are just some ways this procurement method could improve the industry

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QS

Ben Bolgar

Breaking the housebuilding mould

6 Feb 17 | By Ben Bolgar

Competition for land and volume housebuilding has helped create architectural sameness

Iain Parker

Why it’s better to think in the long term

3 Feb 17 | By Iain Parker

A snap decision to chose the cheapest option doesn’t provide good value for long

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Analysis

Houses being built

A quiet revolution?

16 Feb 17 | By Joey Gardiner

For some, last week’s housing white paper wasn’t worth the white paper it was printed on, but for others it presents a radical shift in policy away from home ownership and towards a much wider range of housing needs

Megaphone

Brexit: What we really really want

10 Feb 17 | By Chloë McCulloch

When Building launched its Building A Better Brexit campaign at the start of the year, we promised a reader survey to find out what the industry wanted the government to take into its negotiations with the EU


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Hansom: On the cards

17 Feb 17

This week there’s news in spades - diamond geezers in dingy digs, the government and an art gallery join the late club, and One Blackfriars is full of heart. Plus, will an architecture competition answer your prayers?

sustainability: building performance

Nicola Gillen

Five steps to detoxifying your office

17 Jan 17 | By Nicola Gillen

Toxic workplaces risk employee wellbeing, so here’s how to rethink your work environment

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sustainability: design

Nicola Gillen

Five steps to detoxifying your office

17 Jan 17 | By Nicola Gillen

Toxic workplaces risk employee wellbeing, so here’s how to rethink your work environment

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Sustainability: UK policy & regulation

Conor Leyden

How to build homes safely in flood prone areas

20 Jan 17 | By Conor Leyden

New homes can be built safely in flood prone areas but we need to have a grown-up conversation about development

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sustainability: international

Nick Cullen

Will Trump ever be a cheerleader for sustainable development?

20 Jan 17 | By Nick Cullen

The new US president isn’t known for his commitment to tackling climate change, yet if he can see the economic benefit for his country he might become a convert

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sustainability: refurbishment

Helen Gough

What’s in store for the commercial sector in 2017?

4 Jan 17 | By Helen Gough

The current climate of uncertainty may lead to some unexpected opportunities within the UK offices market

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sustainability: water and waste

Conor Leyden

How to build homes safely in flood prone areas

20 Jan 17 | By Conor Leyden

New homes can be built safely in flood prone areas but we need to have a grown-up conversation about development

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