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This week in 1999

29 August 2014| By Meredith Papanicolaou

As the Scottish independence debate continues, we look at the opening of the Scottish parliament in 1999

TfL / Gotham building

Sketch of the week: 'Gotham city hideout'

29 August 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Warren Williams at Julian Cowie architects


Will they stay or will they go?

29 August 2014| By Joey Gardiner

What effects would a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum have on the industry?

Mark Davey

Interview: Mark Davey

28 August 2014| By Iain Withers

Defying five years of recession, cladding company Lakesmere has experienced rapid growth. MD Mark Davey reveals how the firm beat the downturn

Vectorworks BIM software was implemented during the planning of Moorlands College in Christchurch multi-use teaching and community spaces

CPD 17 2014: BIM for small practices

27 August 2014

As of 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects must implement level 2 BIM. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Vectorworks, defines levels of BIM

Procurement on trial

Procurement on trial

22 August 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Construction firms are increasingly emboldened to take the government to court over its procurement decisions, but who’s to blame?

Roger Fitzgerald sketch

Sketch of the week: South Bank

22 August 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Roger Fitzgerald for charity Article 25’s annual 10x10 event

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Interview: Gary Sullivan

21 August 2014| By Allister Hayman

Gary Sullivan, co-founder and chairman of Wilson James, explains what the army can teach construction

WWI index

This week in 1914

8 August 2014

This week, Britain commemorated the centenary of its entry into the First World War. See our article from 1914

Portland Place

Sketch of the week: Portland Place

8 August 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Félicie Krikler, associate director at Assael Architecture.

Earls Court

Earls Court: That's show business

7 August 2014| By David Blackman

Plans to redevelop 77 acres of prime real estate in Earls Court - entailing the demolition of London’s landmark exhibition centre - have become mired in political wrangling. But is there really any doubt as to how it will end?


Agenda 15: Your views

6 August 2014| By Sarah Richardson

The spotlight turns to sustainability policy and ways to promote longer-term infrastructure planning

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Agenda 15: What you said

1 August 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Building has been asking the construction industry what policies the next UK government needs to adopt - here we review your responses


This week in 1974

1 August 2014

Newly elected RIBA vice-president Sydney Champan wrote a column challenging the abandonment of plans for the Thames Estuary airport in Building, 2 August 1974

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Sketch of the week: The Harley Gallery

1 August 2014

This week’s Building sketch is by Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton Architects.


The sum of their parts: Mergers and acquisitions

31 July 2014| By David Blackman

There’s no guarantee that mergers will work out for the companies involved - we look at four of construction’s biggest deals

One Brighton

From the archive in ... 2013

24 July 2014

As One Brighton marks its fifth birthday, we take a look back to 2013 when it was profiled as a cost-effective model for sustainable living

1974 training archive

This week in 1974

18 July 2014

As the construction industry faces a skills shortage, Building’s issue published July 1974 shows the sector facing similar problems

John Roycroft sketch

Sketch of the week: Structural concept sketches

18 July 2014

This week’s sketch of the week is “structural concept sketches for a perspective office development” by John Roycroft, civil and structural engineering director at BDP.

Peter Amato

Interview: Peter Amato

17 July 2014| By Iain Withers

As the man in charge of overseeing Chinese developer Dalian Wanda’s £3bn UK development plans, Peter Amato is already becoming the man contractors and consultants most want to know. But you’ll have to learn to keep up …


Subcontracting through the skills shortage

16 July 2014

The turnaround in the sector’s fortunes has thrown up new risks for subcontractors finding new skilled tradesmen. Building hosted an audio webinar, with insurer Zurich, to discuss preventing any potential pitfalls

These houses in Berwick-upon-Tweed have been externally insulated and then finished with a basecoat, Tonachino protective coating and topcoat from Mapei’s Silancolor range

CPD 16 2014: Render-protected external wall insulation

16 July 2014

EWI systems are an effective means of improving a building’s thermal efficiency. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Mapei, examines the types of system available, as well as colours, finishes and the relevant standards

Skills gap news analysis

Training to nowhere

11 July 2014| By Joey Gardiner

Plenty of young people across the UK are signing up for construction training - the real problem, according to a report out today, is that many are taking courses that simply don’t meet the industry’s needs.

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Sketch of the week: Open City’s Accelerate into University! programme

11 July 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Srirat Jongsanguandi, from Seven Kings Sixth Form, year 12.

Birmingham Library

CPD 15 2014: Specifying sustainable paints

10 July 2014

Paint systems can have a major impact on the environmental performance of a project. Our latest CPD module, sponsored by Johnstone’s Trade, outlines the key factors that specifiers need to consider

New House Alamy

Zero Carbon Hub report: Performance gap in new homes

9 July 2014| By David Blackman

The ‘performance gap’ between the design of new homes and their as-built energy use can no longer be ignored. And according to the Zero Carbon Hub, the only answer is to fundamentally shake up the way that the industry works


Infrastructure: Flood management

8 July 2014| By Simon Rawlinson

This year’s extreme weather has highlighted the increasing risk of flooding and the difficulties faced in prioritising investment. EC Harris examines the UK’s approach to flood risk management

Archive Lego

This week in ... 1994

4 July 2014

With Tower Bridge celebrating its 120th birthday this week, we head back 20 years in the Building archives to when a Danish model-maker constructed the iconic landmark entirely out of Lego

The Department

Sketch of the week: The Department

4 July 2014

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Max Titchmarsh, director at SPARK Architects.

Recovery position

How vital is government as a construction client?

4 July 2014| By Sarah Richardson and Joey Gardiner

Public sector work has kept much of the construction industry off the critical list for the past six years but with the private sector now in increasingly robust health, how much is government really needed as a client?

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