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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 growth heading towards 4.7%, a burgeoning workload, improved margins and more 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

SOTW 1710

Sketch of the week: Rothenburg market square

17 October 2014

This week’s sketch is by Bryan Avery, principal of Avery Associates Architects.

Rocking all over the world

This week in 2004

17 October 2014

Building’s report from 10 years ago on ‘QS mania’

Tender package

Building at Construction Rocks 2014

17 October 2014| By James Clegg

The great and the good of UK construction took to the stage at The Vaults in London

Scunthorpe steelworks

Image of the week: Goodbye to the age of steel?

17 October 2014

Scunthorpe steelworks, which is set to be sold by owner Tata Steel

Top 50 engineers

Top 150 consultants 2014: Engineers

16 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 engineers online today

Toy house

Always read the label: Home performance labelling

16 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

A house is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make, yet the amount of consumer information for buyers is pitiful. Now a pilot project aims to test what better home performance labelling might look like in practice

Top 50 architects

Top 150 consultants 2014: Architects

15 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Building’s full Top 150 Consultants 2014 survey is out tomorrow, but we’re releasing the results showing the top 50 architects online today

Model by BIMTechnologies

CPD 30 2014: Ensuring data accuracy on BIM projects

15 October 2014

The latest module in our CPD series considers the importance of consistent, accurate data in the BIM process, and the key role played by manufacturers in providing it. This module is sponsored by British Gypsum

Eco background

A sustainable future

10 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Is implementing green policies a must for the future, or an unnecessary cost in an industry just back from the brink of recession? Four corners of the sector have their say

Lime tree primary

Sketch of the week: Lime Tree primary

10 October 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Philip Watson at Atkins.

London eye

This week in 1999

10 October 2014

It’s been 15 years since the Millennium Wheel was hoisted upright on London’s South Bank

Nick Clegg

Image of the week: Looking to the next level

10 October 2014

Nick Clegg explains his policy on garden cities to the Lib Dem party conference

Pat Ward

Interview: Pat Ward

9 October 2014| By Iain Withers

The new boss of Aggregate Industries is working overtime to ensure a recovering market has all the materials it needs and to improve the firm’s relationship with the supply chain

Radiant heating panels

CPD 29 2014: Radiant heating and cooling panels

7 October 2014

Radiant panels can be used as an alternative to traditional convectors to heat and cool buildings. This module, sponsored by Zehnder, examines their benefits, design considerations and most common applications

Archive stadiums

From the archives in 2010

3 October 2014

In 2010, Building profiled the prospective stadium designs of Qatar’s 2022 world cup bid

Steve Morgan

Interview: Steve Morgan

3 October 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Steve Morgan left Redrow in 2000 but returned five years ago to save the housebuilder he founded, now it’s posting record results

Boris Johnson and brick

Image of the week: ‘Behold the brick’

2 October 2014

Boris Johnson wows the Conservative party conference using piece of building material

Contractors' salary survey 2014

Contractors' salary survey 2014: The only way is up

2 October 2014| By David Blackman

Construction’s recovery was always going to bring higher wages and the upward pressure on salaries is almost countrywide

BS EN 15232 is one of a suite of standards used to calculate the energy efficiency of technical building services, such as heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting systems

CPD 27 2014: Building automation and compliance with BS EN 15232

1 October 2014

This CPD module, sponsored by Schneider Electric, shows how the British and European standard BS EN 15232 can help building designers and managers to get the most out of integrated, automated control systems

russia-beer

The Russian dilemma

26 September 2014| By Iain Withers

The Ukraine crisis has brought uncertainty to what should be a flourishing Russian market, but there are still good reasons for doing business there

Cotswolds basement

CPD 26 2014: Introduction to waterproof concrete

26 September 2014

Concrete is comprised of aggregate of different sizes, cement and water. This module, sponsored by Waterproof Concrete with Site Supervision, examines the benefits of reducing water content in concrete

Grant Shapps Archive

From the archives in 2010

26 September 2014

Building meets then shadow housing minister Grant Shapps in the run-up to the 2010 general election

SOTW 2609

Sketch of the week: City scape

26 September 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Lauren Cordeiro, a year 10 work experience student who spent a week at bptw partnership this summer

Milan expo pavillion

Image of the week: Putting the 'bee' in British …

26 September 2014

UKTI present Wolfgang Buttress and BDP’s competition-winning design for the British pavilion at next year’s Milan Expo

Phil Wilbraham

Interview: Phil Wilbraham

25 September 2014| By Vern Pitt

Phil Wilbraham, the man who oversaw two Heathrow terminals, now has to implement the airport’s new framework strategy, which means driving down construction costs

Cost model: Extra care housing

Cost model: Extra care housing

25 September 2014| By Paul Donlan, Aecom

With a rapidy ageing population demanding high standards of both housing and care, while also imposing a rising cost on public finances, could “extra care” housing be part of the solution?

A deadload roof frame is one of two options for a flat-to-pitched conversion, and is mechanically fixed directly to the flat roof deck

CPD 25 2014: Flat-to-pitched roof conversions

24 September 2014

This CPD module, sponsored by Langley Waterproofing Systems, outlines the key factors to consider when installing a pitched roof on an existing flat-roofed property

Cameron conference

Party time

19 September 2014| By David Blackman

As we approach the last party conference season before the general election, Building offers a guide to where each party stands on construction issues

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