This year, Building will be celebrating its 160th birthday. To mark the occasion we will be publishing a special supplement, Building160, that will look at how the construction industry is likely to fare over the next 30 years.
But we want to know what you think will happen. For example, will we have decent homes for all, hydrogen-powered transport systems, thriving cities full of glorious buildings and sites that are safer than offices to work in? Or will the countryside be carpeted with executive housing estates, London six feet underwater and people getting around the nightmarish slums of Cheltenham and Guildford by means of donkey cart?

Whatever your vision of the future of the country, the construction industry or any of its specialisations and professions, put it into essay form and send it to us. We will reward the best contribution with a cheque for £1000 and publish it in our birthday issue this summer.

Email us your contribution by Friday, 6 June, or address it to Building Essay Competition, Building Magazine, Anchorage House, 2 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BE. The essay should be no longer than 2000 words; feel free to include photographs or other graphic material to illustrate your point. The competition is not open to Builder Group employees or their relatives. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Please include a self-addressed envelope if you want the material returned. Good luck.