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Mackintosh building

Image of the week: Buried treasures

21 November 2014

Forensic archaeologists begin examining the fire-damaged Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art

bim tin

Is BIM what it says on the tin?

21 November 2014| By Joey Gardiner

While Building’s BIM survey indicates that adoption of the technology is increasing, there is growing anxiety about its effect on the dynamics of project teams

NA 2111

Paying the price

21 November 2014| By Kate Youde

New research into the housebuilding industry shows that although staff are enjoying higher salaries, they’re also taking on more responsibilities, working longer hours and finding their work/life balance out of kilter.

BIM archive

From the archive in 2010

21 November 2014

The UK government indicates that it intends to adopt BIM for the procurement and management of public assets

Avery Gehry

Sketch of the week: Gehry buildings

21 November 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Bryan Avery, princpal of Avery Associates Architects

superhero

Specialists: We've got the power

14 November 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Burgeoning workloads have given specialist contractors a boost and signalled a shift in their relationship with main contractors. Some of the big players reveal what they’ll do with their new found powers …

Fizzy living

Meet the new kids on the block

14 November 2014| By Nick Johnstone

A new generation of developer clients is shouldering its way into a buoyant property market, giving contractors a lot to get up to speed with

Greengate Street

Sketch of the week: Greengate Street

14 November 2014

This week’s sketch is of Greengate Street, Stafford

Buckingham palace

This week in 1913

14 November 2014

Buckingham Palace brings to an end 60 years of building work with the refurbishment of its east front

Tipping point

Contractors: The tipping point

7 November 2014| By Joey Gardiner

After years of clients worrying about subcontractors’ health, suddenly it’s main contractors that seem to be in trouble, caught out by rising costs on fixed price jobs. Building reports on a nervous time of profit warnings and senior management departures

PDP Church Sq Courtyard

Sketch of the week: One Church Square

7 November 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by architects and urban designers Paul Davis + Partners.

Palace of westminster

This week in 1850

7 November 2014

The restructuring of the Palace of Westminster is hit by delays, cost overruns and controversy

3D Unity

Visualising the future of design

7 November 2014| By Phil Clark

Sponsored feature

The One World Trade Center in New York opened for business earlier this week. The $3.8bn (£2.4bn) building is built on the site of the twin towers of the previous World Trade Center, which were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The SOM designed  104-

Image of the week: Open for business

7 November 2014

The One World Trade Center in New York opens, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks

Malaysia

South-east Asian construction economies: Chasing tigers

6 November 2014| By Iain Withers

China and India may be the big beasts of the East but UK construction would do well to train its sights on South-east Asia where huge untapped potential lies waiting

Building Awards 2015 logo

Building Awards 2015 opens for entry

31 October 2014

Widely recognised as the sector’s most prestigious awards for excellence, the Building Awards have opened for entry for 2015

Is the north on the up

Is the north on the up?

31 October 2014| By David Blackman

George Osborne talks of a creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ but how much faith should the industry put in Westminster’s affirmations?

High speed train

Infographic: Estimates for improved journey times with ‘HS3'

31 October 2014

How much would the proposed ‘HS3’ speed up journey times between our major northern cities?

Pumpkins

Pumpkin of the week

31 October 2014

In place of sketch of the week this week, we asked for your best Halloween pumpkins…

Archive 3110

This week in 1974

31 October 2014| By James Clegg

The government was in a predicament on construction 40 years ago not too different from the one it faces now

Alan Brookes

Interview: Alan Brookes

24 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

The UK chief executive of EC Harris on parent company Arcadis’ acquisition of Hyder, and the firm’s own growth ambitions 

GEG 2014 image 4

Good Employer Guide 2014: Results analysis

24 October 2014| By David Blackman

With recruitment and retention once again critical issues for the industry, here’s how this year’s top 50 employers are luring and keeping hold of key staff

GEG 2014 image 3

Good Employer Guide 2014: A focus on staff wellbeing

24 October 2014| By Chloë McCulloch

Mental health issues can be difficult to detect in the workplace - which means they can also be easy to ignore. But as this year’s guide shows, the best employers are those that are ready and able to heed the warning signs

National Theatre

This week in 1976

24 October 2014

Ahead of the official opening of the National Theatre, Building met its architect Denys Lasdun

Chatsworth House

Sketch of the week: Chatsworth House

24 October 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Paul Holden, director at Peak Architects.

Didcot B burning

Image of the week: Inferno

24 October 2014

Firefighters battle against the flames at Didcot B power station

new houses

Reviewing the Lyons Review

23 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

The Lyons Review sets out a routemap to the construction of 200,000 homes a year, so what do private housebuilders and affordable housing landlords make of it?

Top 150 consultants 2014

Top 150 consultants 2014: Let the good times roll

17 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

There’s an upbeat mood in this year’s Top 150 consultants survey with strong growth and jobs being created. It’s now just a matter of finding the staff to keep it going

Celotex zero carbon

Much ado about zero

17 October 2014| By David Blackman

Is zero carbon a lost cause? A roundtable discussion of sustainable construction experts set up by Building investigates if mounting industry fears are justified

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