Offsite at scale: inside HS2’s prefab factories


The precast factories for HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct and the Chiltern Tunnel are responsible for some of the most ambitious prefabrication works ever attempted in the UK. Joshua Stein reports

Scheme Central 1 (C1) package of HS2 Phase 1 – Colne Valley Viaduct and Chiltern Tunnel, Hillingdon Client HS2 Main contractor Align…

Salford University science building helps students see the light


A striking atrium filled with natural light forms the centrepiece of a new science and engineering building at the University of Salford, built by Morgan Sindall. Paul Thompson reports

Project University of Salford, School of Science, Engineering and Environment Building Client University of Salford Project value £65m Main contractor Morgan…

Working at height: a subtle scaffold for the British Museum


With a client like no other, the stipulations put on WellMax Scaffolding’s team to get the job right and keep the priceless features at the British Museum safe were tough. Tim Clark reports on how the team rose to the challenge

Project British Museum refurbishment Client The British Museum Main…

Willmott Dixon’s artful transformation of Manchester’s Boddingtons Brewery site

The Jewel Box theatre with library on top

A new college building in Manchester, designed to provide facilities for students of performing arts, creative and digital media, is set to complete in June this year. Helena Russell finds out more

Scheme: City Campus Manchester Client: LTE Group Main contractor: Willmott Dixon Architects: Bond Bryan, SimpsonHaugh Project & cost…

Inside HS2: the innovations at Old Oak Common


The Leeds leg of HS2 may have been pulled but, in west London, construction is powering ahead. Paul Thompson reports on the techniques employed at the megaproject to aid delivery of two major schemes in one

Project Old Oak Common Station Box Contract value £1.67bn Client HS2 Ltd Main contractor…

A CRASH course in creating social value: on site at VolkerFitzpatrick’s ‘different’ refurb


After a homelessness organisation’s finances were hit hard by the pandemic, it turned to a construction charity for help. Firms in the industry have jumped at the chance to get involved, as Tiya Thomas-Alexander finds

Project Emmaus Village Carlton Client Emmaus Village Carlton, facilitated by CRASH Main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick Site…

Forging a new industry – inside the world’s first major commercial platform build


Innovative techniques that allow storeys to be built using the floor below as a working platform are being delivered at a former metalwork site in central London. Joshua Stein reports

Scheme: The Forge, London Bridge Client: Landsec Main contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine / Mace joint venture MEP subcontractor: NG Bailey…

Paddington’s ‘Cube’ takes shape – how the team behind the Shard is reshaping London’s skyline


In west London, a new addition to the skyline is set to transform the area around one of the capital’s most famous railway stations. Paul Thompson reports

Project: Paddington Square Client: Sellar for Great Western Developments Main contractor: Mace Contract type: Design & Build Contract value: £350m Start date: May…

Reach for the Sky: Bam Construct remakes Hollywood in Hertfordshire


It’s lights, camera, construction at a new TV and film production centre that promises to be the most environmentally friendly in the world. Paul Thompson reports

Scheme: Sky Studios Elstree Client: Legal & General Main contractor: Bam Construct Contract value: £192m Contract type: two-stage Design and Build Project start: November…

Fortifying Norwich Castle – how Morgan Sindall is preserving an East Anglian favourite


The transformation of Norwich Castle into a modern visitor attraction has required care to safeguard its 900-year-old structure, though with 3-metre-thick walls it is far from fragile. Paul Thompson reports.

Scheme Norwich Castle Keep Client Norfolk County Council Main contractor Morgan Sindall Contract value £10.5m Contract type Traditional JCT with…