Lift Directive explained

The new Lift Directive 2014/33/EU (95/16/EC recast) comes into force on 20 April 2016, and with no transition period, specifiers must be ready, says Nick Mellor, director of the Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) and LIFTEX 2016.

Reduced timeframe

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive at the Structural Timber Association, examines the benefits of building with timber frame and how it can offer a viable resolution to the UK housing crisis.

475,000 homes with planning permission yet to be built

New research published today reveals there are a record 475,647 homes in England which have been given planning permission but have yet to be...

UK-GBC launches building performance research project

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new research project examining the way industry currently designs, constructs and operates non-domestic buildings. Examining industry approaches,...

Saint-Gobain to invest £20m in new Celotex production facility

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland is to invest £20m in a new production facility for insulation specialist Celotex. Saint-Gobain has submitted a planning application for the...

Safe and sound

With security a key concern throughout the dark winter months, Martin Smith, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, examines a selection of products aimed at maximising the security of public buildings.

London build costs soar to second most expensive in world

Building in London costs more than any city in Europe and is the second most expensive city for new buildings in the world, according...

Contractor insolvency

Edward Lamport, solicitor in the construction team at Winckworth Sherwood, provides advice for developers concerned about the solvency of contractors in their supply chain.

Government to directly commission building of homes

In a radical new policy shift, the Government is to start directly commissioning the building of homes on publicly owned land. The first wave of up...

Making better use of daylight

Brett Martin details a recent project where its polycarbonate panels were specified to form part of the vertical glazing element for a new sailing HQ in Portsmouth.