'Jigsaw' Crossrail station at Custom House

Image of the week: Slotting into place

27 March 2015

Laing O’Rourke completes ‘jigsaw’ Crossrail station at Custom House

Haydn Mursell

Interview: Haydn Mursell

27 March 2015| By Joey Gardiner

Haydn Mursell, Kier’s third chief executive in five years, is keen to maintain the firm’s traditional financial disciplines, while using his background in corporate mergers and acquisitions to push for future growth. Will he manage it?

The Mariinsky Theatre

Sketch of the week: Heritage building near Mariinsky Theatre

27 March 2015

This week’s sketch shows proposals for a mixed-use aparthotel and residential scheme close to The Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Can Labour build a better Britain

This week in 1992

27 March 2015

Labour leader Neil Kinnock spoke directly to Building following the publication of his party’s Building a Better Britain construction manifesto

Armstrong’s CoolZone phase change materials were installed at Belvoir High School in Nottingham

CPD 8 2015: Ceiling Solutions for Education

23 March 2015

This module will examine how suspended ceilings can help meet both the acoustic and thermal-performance demands of schools under the PSBP. It is sponsored by Armstrong Ceilings


Inside Westminster: One for the road

20 March 2015| By Mark Leftly

Continuing our series looking at construction from inside the corridors of power in the run-up to the election, Mark Leftly asks if the coalition’s track record on infrastructure is anything to celebrate

Mipim flight

Sketch of the week: Easyjet flight to Mipim

20 March 2015

This week’s sketch depicts the cabin of a bustling flight to this year’s Mipim

Archive budget

This week in 2010

20 March 2015

George Osborne presents his first Budget as chancellor of the newly formed coalition government


Image of the week: George’s last stand?

19 March 2015

Our image of the week shows the chancellor preparing for his final Budget of this parliament

Nick Taylor

Interview: Nick Taylor

19 March 2015| By David Blackman

Nick Taylor closed the Russian office of his company, Waterman Group, one month before Putin annexed the Crimea. He explains why pulling back from developing markets and focusing on the UK is right for the engineer

Frank Porthous

Sketch of the week: Woburn Coffee House

13 March 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Frank Porthouse, director at Project Design Studio

This week in 2009

13 March 2015

Yacht parties aren’t what they used to be…


Image of the week: The breakthrough

13 March 2015

The Crossrail boring machine breaks into the eastern end of Liverpool Street station

Peter Rogers

Interview: Peter Rogers

13 March 2015| By Joey Gardiner

Despite a career spent working on London’s skyline, Peter Rogers has never lost his hunger for a challenge. Which is just as well, as he’s taking on the Pinnacle, possibly the capital’s most troubled project

UKIP posters

UKIP: The vocal minority

12 March 2015| By David Blackman

Control immigration and large areas of British countryside will not need to be destroyed by housebuilding, says UKIP. Nationalist populism at its most simplistic, perhaps, but the party’s anti-development stance is bearing down on politics at a local level

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This week in 2010

6 March 2015

It’s worth noting that concern surrounding the lack of new entrants to the industry hasn’t sprung up out of nowhere

Rabih Hage

Sketch of the week: ‘Quiet architecture’

6 March 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Rabih Hage, founder of Rabih Hage Architects


Apprentices in construction: One step forward…

6 March 2015| By David Blackman

For construction to exploit the economic recovery, it will need about 30,000 new skilled workers each year - that’s about double the number of apprentices the industry is training up

Birmingham’s new John Lewis store

Birmingham’s buzz

6 March 2015| By Tim Clark

Not so long ago, the greatest thing about Birmingham was finding a road out of it. But in little more than a decade it has transformed itself into a thriving urban centre that businesses and people are flocking to be part of

Ecobuild crowd

Image of the week: Ecobuild 2015

5 March 2015

Visitors including Spud, the Dulux dog, crowd London’s ExCeL conference centre for Ecobuild this week

Torch skyscraper in Dubai

Image of the week: Torch building fire

27 February 2015

Hundreds evacuated from Torch skyscraper in Dubai after fire broke out across higher storeys

Kingston Gala sketch

Sketch of the week: Kingston Gala

27 February 2015

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

Winging it

This week in 2010

27 February 2015

Building meets former British ski jumper turned construction worker ‘Eddie the Eagle’

50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

26 February 2015| By Joey Gardiner

New research is casting further doubt on long-held claims that a new-build property is necessarily cheaper to run than a refurbished Victorian home

The external landing and its drainage

CPD 7 2015: Level thresholds and water ingress

23 February 2015

This module examines the key regulations concerning the accessibility of building entrances and highlights ways to avoid the main risks. It is sponsored by LABC Warranty

Steve Gee 5

Steve Gee: The contender

20 February 2015| By Sarah Richardson

Not content with being the boss of QS John Rowan, Steve Gee is standing as Liberal Democrat candidate for his local constituency of Epsom and Ewell. Building is joining him on the campaign trail

Westminster illustration

Inside Westminster: The Inner Circle

20 February 2015| By Mark Leftly

We consider the role of the chief construction adviser, and identify the key Whitehall construction power brokers

BPR Architects used Vectorworks BIM software for the design of the Forum North building

CPD 6 2015: Essential BIM technology

20 February 2015

With less than a year to go until the deadline for all government projects to use level 2 BIM, this module explains some of the key concepts that underpin the collaboration technology. It is sponsored by Vectorworks

Rural-urban hybrid

Sketch of the week: Rural-urban hybrid

20 February 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Sam Jacob, director of architect studio Sam Jacob Studios

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