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    Changing track


    Clients, architects and contractors all view construction projects very differently. But does that perspective change when you cross over to a different part of the industry?

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    Birmingham-Manchester corridor: our trends in the North


    As work on HS2 gathers pace, one regional venture aims to capitalise on the potential to build in the Birmingham-Manchester corridor

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    The truth about spending on flood protection


    The government claims that flood protection spending is rising, but as the UK towels itself off after yet another deluge, the public is understandably sceptical. So what’s the real story?

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    Top 150 European Contractors 2014: Channel hoppers


    The return to growth of the UK construction market has prompted some envious glances from mainland Europe, so should UK firms steel themselves for an influx of continental rivals? Plus find out this year’s Top 150 European contractors and manufacturers

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    Interview: Lee Polisano


    Lee Polisano’s high-profile departure from KPF at the height of his success seemed a daring decision. But nearly five years on, and with big projects and cash coming in, he’s actually rather happy

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    Predictions for construction in 2014


    Set after set of positive data means construction may finally dare to be optimistic. We look to the skies to predict what 2014 may have in store

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    Boxing challenge: Blood, sweat and tears


    It was perhaps more boot camp than Raging Bull, but Building’s Boxing Day charity event to raise funds for the Boxing Academy was nonetheless a gruelling test of strength, stamina and physical fitness for six of the industry’s heavyweights (and a Building super flyweight).

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    Building family Christmas: Review of 2013


    It may have more than its fair share of squabbles, but the construction community is a family like any other. Adam Branson gathers everybody round the table, gets the albums out, and looks back on the people and events that made 2013. Additional reporting by Peter Klein, Joey Gardiner and ...

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    Housebuilders' salary survey 2013


    Over a few short months, the housebuilding industry has moved from stagnation to skills crisis, with firms paying staggering bonuses to hang on to staff. Here are the findings of the Building/PSD Group 2013 housebuilders’ salary survey

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    Interview: Witherford Watson Mann


    Witherford Watson Mann’s redesign of Astley Castle impressed and surprised everyone from client to the Stirling prize judging panel. But winning UK architecture’s top prize isn’t going to change how WWM works.

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    Support Building's Christmas charity appeal


    Building is hosting a ‘Boxing Day’ event in support of the Boxing Academy in Hackney, set up for young people at risk of educational exclusion

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    Top Specialists 2013


    The good news for subcontractors is that orders are definitely on the move. But more work brings risks of its own… we examine the state of play for specialists, while we reveal the busiest firms in each trade in our annual specialists league tables

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    Latvian president seeks foreign help following building collapse


    International construction experts asked to help investigate the collapse of a supermarket in Riga that has killed 54.

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    Quintain back in the black


    Developer returns to profit with debt reduced following the sale of its 40% stake in the Greenwich Peninsula project

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    The BIM connection


    It is widely assumed that the adoption of BIM by the industry should reduce project risk, but insurers still need to be convinced

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    A bit of BIM


    In a crowded workplace, architecture graduates may find that knowing a bit about Building Information Modelling can make all the difference to getting a job

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    Labour market: Spoilt for choice


    Amid evidence that the market is recovering, many industry professionals trapped in jobs for the last five years are finally on the move. But a sudden wealth of opportunities for employees has left employers facing skills shortages

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    Interview: Cyrille Ragoucy, Lafarge Tarmac


    The chief executive of Lafarge Tarmac has big plans for the newly merged materials giant. And he’s not going to let a little difference of opinion with the Competition Commission stand in his way

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    HS2: Obstacles ahead


    What does the Labour Party’s ambivalence towards HS2 mean for those looking to work on the £43bn project?

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    Uphill all the way: Pre-commencement conditions


    Housebuilders are up in arms about councils’ use of pre-commencement conditions, which they say are holding back schemes that have been granted planning permission

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