News Analysis

  • Screen shot 2018 02 14 at 15.40.17

    Analysis: the rise of the mid-rise


    Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into fire safety – prompted by the Grenfell disaster – will have consequences for every aspect of how we build homes. Many of the potential changes will favour the medium-sized building

  • Carillion enquiry 3  pa 34818220

    ‘This was a house of cards that could fall down at any moment’


    Invited by MPs this week to explain how the construction and FM giant collapsed so precipitously, the firm’s former bosses revealed something of the mess they got themselves into

  • 05coverv2

    Carillion: Questions to be answered


    Ahead of next week’s Select Committee grilling of Carillion’s directors, Joey Gardiner delves into the £5bn contractor’s accounting practices and how it got itself into such an unholy mess

  • Ep4 b5 g persimmon houses alamy

    Analysis: Housing benefits


    Help to Buy is the government’s big leg-up to help housebuilders increase output. So news of ‘obscene’ executive pay along with scandals over leaseholds and defects are not going down well

  • Carillion © pa 34531235

    Carillion: counting the cost


    Carillion’s collapse has left 30,000 subcontractors out of pocket to the tune of £1.2bn. How was the contractor allowed to get away with ths?

  • Carillion

    Carillion Analysis: The fall of a titan


    Carillion was once a colossus that bestrode the construction world. Now it’s bust. The question on everyone’s lips is, how could this happen?

  • Grenfell tower ©alamy kdke46

    Hackitt Review: 'We can't carry on as before'


    The Hackitt interim report holds out the prospect of a profound change in the way construction does business. Is industry ready for it?

  • Use this judith hackitt d0 jrb7

    Analysis: Opinion split over Hackitt's Grenfell review


    Head of review of Building Regulations and fire safety defends lack of detailed recommendations and says industry must take more responsibility

  • National construction college © alamy

    CITB: Getting training into shape


    After a turbulent year, the CITB is to reinvent itself as a co-ordinator of skills delivery rather than a direct provider. Can a smaller CITB better tackle the industry’s big skills crisis?

  • Wembley roof © alamy

    Cladding sector: Think you've got it covered?


    Several cladding firms may have fallen in recent years, but the collapse of Lakesmere this month came as a shock. If this can happen to the biggest firm in the sector – one seemingly in robust health – how worried should the others be?