• True cost of DIY disasters

    During UK lockdown, Google searches for DIY topics increased by 35%.
  • The future of MMC

    Prefabricated homes have been long-heralded as the future of house building; but if the arguments for homes to be manufactured like cars are so compelling, why is factory-built housing not more common? 
  • Room with a view

    Design and engineering students’ first experience of a design brief encourages team working, creativity and problem solving
  • Supporting construction

    The recovery in construction activity that was reported in Construction PMI data can be accelerated if the Government takes decisive action in its March Budget, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
  • New National Construction Products Regulator Announced

    The Government has committed to establish a national regulator for construction products as part of wider reforms to address the systemic failings identified by the Hackitt Review.
  • Global Grad Show 2020

    The 2020 show saw a record 1,600 graduation projects submitted by students in 270 universities – a 30% increase on the previous year – and 100 shortlisted. Of those, funding to take the solutions to market was announced on two innovations. One of these is a reflective thermochromic paint from SpectrumLab that changes its colour based on temperature.
  • Construction sector boosted by house building

    The Project Management Institute’s survey data, compiled by HIS Markit, showed a rebound in UK construction activity during December. The sector’s recovery has been boosted by a return to projects that had been delayed at the start of the pandemic, primarily house building (which saw a sharp rise during December) alongside new business wins and improving client demand.
  • Research and Development High

    ONS data shows research and development spending in the UK construction industry jumped 11.5% annually to a new record high says Catax. Total construction sector spending on R&D rose to £417m in 2019, an increase of £43m from the £374m recorded a year earlier.
  • CLC creates a new digital network

    With a renewed focus on sector transformation and recovery, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has established a new Digital Network as a key part of the CLC Task Force Group.
  • A stitch in time

    The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) says significant time and money can be saved on building projects by adapting technical drawings to include specific instructions for Building Energy Management System (BEMS) companies.
  • Open Source Wood Challenge

    Architecture students participating in EASA 2020 (the European Architecture Student Assembly’s two-week summer workshop) were challenged to create a concept for a wooden multi-storey building using the elements and module designs available on opensourcewood.com.
  • CABE New Build Award

    Winner Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Devon and Cornwall Police for Exeter Police Station showed outstanding design, delivery and performance in use, as well as exceptional health and safety standards.
  • Steeling Beauty

    Mats W Lundberg, Sustainable Business Manager at Sandvik Materials Technology, discusses the recycling potential of steel
  • Construction products regulation

    The government has issued guidance for placing construction products on the GB market (England, Wales and Scotland) from 1 January 2021 because of the end of recognition of the CE mark following the departure from Europe.
  • The Art of Security

    The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has had extensive refurbishment and modernisation of its historic wings on Merrion Square at a cost of €30m.
  • Sealing the deal

    Andy Swift, Sales and Operations Manager UK & ROI for ISO-Chemie, says changes to building regulations will impact the energy efficiency of windows and doors.
  • Concrete Profiling

    What are the best techniques for concrete profiling? Claude Besson, Manager for France at National Flooring Equipment, explains.
  • Modular Construction

    MPA Group explores how modular construction is helping to solve the UK housing crisis.
  • Best Practice Off-site

    Kevin Bohea, Managing Director of Stormking, discusses best practice for off-site building.
  • Off-Site Pipework

    Off-site construction methods can bring huge benefits to a build, as demonstrated by the use of Polybutylene pipework in this 65-apartment conversion project in Glasgow.