Milton Keynes gallery

Sketch of the week: Milton Keynes gallery

17 April 2014

Smith and Wallwork provides this week’s doodle – a concept sketch for Milton Keynes gallery

wire frame

NBS survey: The BIM that will bring us together

17 April 2014| By Joey Gardiner

NBS’ annual BIM survey suggests that uptake of the collaborative technology has risen sharply over the past year. But is it really becoming the industry norm?

Workers of the World unite

Workers of the World unite

17 April 2014| By Iain Withers

Bosses of employee-owned companies claim greater engagement and increased profitability. So why isn’t everyone doing it?

BIM: The inside story two years on

BIM: The inside story three years on

16 April 2014| By Thomas Lane

Manchester council’s FM team were initially reluctant to use BIM in the operation of the city’s newly refurbished Central Library. But then they were shown how much time it could save, even on changing a lamp… Thomas Lane catches up with the team in part three of a series that follows a BIM project from start to finish

New London Architecture’s view of the City of London in 2025

Cost model: Tall buildings

15 April 2014| By Brian Smith, Mital Dholakia and Richard Heseltine

With nearly 250 towers set to be built in London alone - the vast majority of them residential - Brian Smith, Mital Dholakia and Richard Heseltine of Aecom highlight the main design and cost considerations in reaching for the skies

Prefab 1964

This week in … 1964

11 April 2014

In April 1964 Beatles were flying high in the US singles chart and April 1964 we looked at a prefabricated hexagonal house

Holder 1

Sketch of the week: M&S Cheshire Oaks

11 April 2014

Illustrator John Holder sketched M&S Cheshire Oaks, a Simons Group project, at various stages of its development

Trouble at the top

Trouble at the top

10 April 2014| By Chloë McCulloch

Bad managers can have a big impact on staff morale and productivity levels, and they could even pose a serious threat to the industry’s upturn. So why are there so many of them?

Cleaning services

Sustainability: Facilities efficiency

9 April 2014| By Phil Birch

As construction becomes ever more energy efficient, attention is turning to facilities management to deliver greater carbon and cost savings. Phil Birch of Sweett Group examines how the purchasing and management of cleaning and catering operations can reduce a building’s environmental impact


Fair payment charter: Cheque’s in the post

8 April 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Few issues are more contentious in construction than payment practices. So will a new fair payment charter that asks contractors to commit to shorter payment times actually work - or merely add to the pile of previous failed attempts to reform the industry?

1914 article index

This week in ... 1914

4 April 2014

We look back 100 years to 1914 when The Builder magazine was … Looking back 50 years to 1864

Roma satdium sketch

Sketch of the week: Roma football stadium

4 April 2014

Thanks to Dan Meis of architect Woods Bagot for his sketch of the week

Panoramic images show the Shishiori area of  Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, (from top) on 15 March 2011, four days after the disaster; on 30 August 2012; and on 14 February 2014.

Rebuilding after Japan's tsunami

4 April 2014| By Michael Fitzpatrick

Three years on from its devastating earthquake and tsunami, Japan is, for the first time, signalling that it needs help rebuilding homes and communities. For UK construction firms willing to dig in, this could mean new opportunities

Putting the wind up construction

Putting the wind up construction

3 April 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Ofgem’s announcement last week that the six big energy firms face a competition inquiry has spooked the market and alarmed construction firms relying on new energy generation capacity. But are things really as bleak as they seem?

The squeeze is on

Tax changes for temporary site workers

28 March 2014| By Joey Gardiner

In a radical move that seems bound to increase labour costs, the government is clamping down on temporary site workers claiming to be self-employed. And as if that wasn’t bad enough news for construction companies using this kind of labour, they’ve only got two weeks to prepare for the change

Locomotive shed sketch by Simon Smith

Sketch of the week: A locomotive shed

28 March 2014

Thanks to Simon Smith of Smith and Wallwork for sending in his sketch of the week

The Builder March 1939 archive index

This week in ... 1939

28 March 2014

Over 70 years ago The Builder drew attention to that rare breed: a woman architect. Oh how times have changed …

Cromford Mill in Derbyshire

Building 17: Refurbishing Cromford Mill

26 March 2014| By Ike Ijeh

The historic but neglected Victorian factory buildings at Cromford Mill in Derbyshire were overdue a refurb. But decontaminating the timber from chemicals used in industrial dyeing proved a test of modern ingenuity

Santa Costanza, Rome

Sketch of the week: Roman columns

21 March 2014

Thanks to Bryan Avery of Avery Associates Architects for sending in his sketch of the week

The Builder 1864 Smithfield article

This week in ... 1864

21 March 2014| By Deborah Duke

Controversy surrounding the development of Smithfield market? Not just in 2014, but also exactly 150 years ago in the pages of The Builder

Infrastructure: highways maintenance

Infrastructure: highways maintenance

21 March 2014| By Brian Fitzpatrick, Barbra Carlisle

Damage to UK roads due to flooding has put a spotlight on the condition of our highways, at a time when the maintenance backlog is already estimated to be at least £10bn. Barbra Carlisle and Brian Fitzpatrick of EC Harris examine the key issues

Agenda 15 Green Priorities

Agenda 15: Green priorities

20 March 2014| By Joey Gardiner

In the latest in our series on Building’s Agenda 15 campaign ahead of the next election, and fresh from the Ecobuild sustainability event, we report on what the industry wants the government to do about green regulation

Peter Rees interview March 2014

Interview: Peter Rees

20 March 2014| By Iain Withers

Peter Rees’ 29 years as head of planning in the Square Mile have been nothing if not controversial. In his first interview since announcing his departure, he talks about transforming the City, his legacy and why his critics are wrong about him


BIM debate: A premium process?

19 March 2014

Building Information Modelling is intended to reduce risk and increase accountability. So will it mean paying less on your insurance? Experts debated the question at a seminar hosted by Building and Zurich Insurance

Neil Martin, Lend Lease

Interview: Neil Martin

14 March 2014| By Vern Pitt

It’s been all change in Lend Lease’s European business, with recent years marked by management instability and falling profits. Can the managing director of its construction arm Neil Martin succeed where others have failed and turn the business around?

Amalfi sketch

Sketch of the week: Amalfi

14 March 2014

Thanks to David Grech for sending in his sketch of the week

George Osborne

Budget 2014: Over to you, George

14 March 2014| By Will Hurst

Ahead of next week’s Budget, Building looks at the measures the construction industry can expect to emerge from Osborne’s red box

Archive 16 March 1979

This week in ... 1979

14 March 2014| By Chloë McCulloch

Read this fascinating article from Building magazine’s archive on how urban design can be used to cut the numbers of children killed on our roads

Dragon Boat 2014

Join the 2014 Dragon Boat Challenge

7 March 2014

Support the construction industry Charity and enter this year’s race taking place on 26 June

Archive cover March 1985

This week in 1985

7 March 2014

On Building’s cover 29 years ago this week we featured One Drummond Gate, Pimlico, London

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