Building profiles the many new start-ups launched by former Davis Langdon partners
EC Harris tied the knot with Arcadis a year ago and since then its chief executive has used their combined strength to win work worth £40m. Philip Youell tells Iain Withers the secrets to a successful takeover and where he intends to pitch for work in the future
Can consultants afford to keep their regional offices open?
Find out the winners and losers in this year’s salary survey with our interactive tables and full analysis
It would be understandable if Rider Levett Bucknall UK’s new chair felt intimidated by her predecessor’s legacy. But,as Building reports, Ann Bentley is ready to fill the role in her own way
With the economic outlook worsening, construction activity is expected to keep slowing until the end of 2013, with prices rising slightly
The amount spent on legal disputes has jumped by a third in the UK over the past year. Why are construction firms still so keen to spend on litigation?
In the second of our sector-by-sector reports, Ian Withers looks at the strategies consultants are adopting to meet the challenges of uncertain times
Engineers, QSs and contractors can expect huge pay rises of up to £100k in the gas, oil and mineral mining sectors of the southern hemisphere and Canada. Emily Wright reports on the the multibillion-pound sectors fuelling construction as Hays International Salary Survey drills down into the data.
Lead times remain extremely low across all trades, with any bottlenecks being absorbed by the pre-construction programmes of contractors eager to win work. Brian Moone of Mace reports
The building surveyor’s work is fun and varied, and includes treasure hunts around Covent Garden
The biomass sector is gaining momentum and should prove easier for construction firms to break into than either off-shore wind or nuclear energy. Simon Rawlinson of EC Harris and John Busby of Arcadis examine this emerging market
How should the UK’s largest independent consultant respond to the ‘evil Empire’ of consolidated corporations taking over the market? Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells tells Building about the company’s plans to strike back. Tom Campbell photography
Construction output looks set to fall by 5% in 2012 as new work dries up and the UK, like the rest of Europe, slips back into recession. Peter Fordham of Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, reports
The republics of the former Yugoslavia were hit hard by the global recession in 2009, and now the EU debt crisis is threatening their recovery. Sasa Trajkovic from EC Harris reports
Aecom’s head of buildings and places, Jason Prior, maps out where the company is headed
With the RICS’ overseas membership up to 35,000, chief executive Sean Tompkins isn’t about to be blown off course by parochial critics back home
Through the careful specification of timber it is possible to reduce the whole-life carbon footprint of a school by over 15%
Awful weather and difficult finances combine to keep construction in negative territory, according to Experian Economics. But at least some firms now have more than six months’ work ahead of them
Construction activity north of the border is expected to fall 7% this year, but does the Scottish government have better plans than Westminster for digging itself out of trouble?
Building caught up with the team on the Manchester library refurb project to see if BIM was everything they hoped it would be
The head of the Cambridge office spends her working day visiting clients all over East Anglia and London
To mark this week’s BIM Live event, nine experts tell Emily Wright what they have learnt over the past 12 months
Fears over the eurozone crisis may be subsiding, but construction is still in for a miserable year, with £5.4bn less work than 2011
The Building/Hays Construction salary survey shows that infrastructure work has provided one of the few escapes in another sobering year for consultants, but the adoption of BIM technology is hitting technical experts hard. Building reports
Next month, the RICS launches a suite of guidance and standards that is set to transform the way that costs are managed through the life-cycle of a building. Stuart Earl explains how it works
The young QS on a placement at RLF took on the nickname ‘the golfer’ even before she began work
As the James Review made clear, the future of schoolbuilding lies with low-cost standard solutions, much as it did in the fifties. Darren Talbot and Stuart Francis of Davis Langdon, an Aecom company, offer an overview of this burgeoning market and consider the costs
The Green Deal aims to reduce energy consumption at no upfront cost to homeowners, but which measures meet the ‘golden rule’? Phil Birch and Richard Quartermaine of Cyril Sweett report
So what does 2012 have in store? Well, there’s the Olympics, of course, and some potentially interesting developments in nuclear power and infrastructure. But mostly it will be a year of battening down the hatches. There will be recklessly low bids for work, some firms will go under, others will seek refuge in emerging Asian markets. Hang on, this all sounds very familiar …