Building (magazine)

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EditorChloë McCulloch
Former editorsSarah Richardson
Categories Construction
Circulation 15,474 (2011)
PublisherAssemble Media Group
FounderJoseph Hansom
Year founded1843
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Building is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest business-to-business magazines, launched as The Builder in 1843 [1] by Joseph Aloysius Hansom – architect of Birmingham Town Hall and designer of the Hansom Cab. [2] The journal was renamed Building in 1966 as it is still known today. Building is the only UK title to cover the entire building industry.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Business-to-business Commercial transaction between businesses

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Birmingham Town Hall concert venue in Birmingham, England

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The Builder's first two editors, Hansom and Alfred Bartholomew (1801–45), did not last long in the job. The architect George Godwin (1813–1888) was editor from 1844 to 1883, and turned The Builder "into the most important and successful professional paper of its kind with a readership well beyond the architectural and building world". [3] Godwin apparently wrote most of the content himself, relying on a staff of just five people. His successor, Henry Heathcote Statham (1839–1924), edited the journal from 1883 to 1908. [4]

Alfred Bartholomew, was an English architect, editor and author. He was editor of The Builder, and author of several works upon practical architectural questions.

George Godwin British architect

George Godwin FRS was an influential architect, journalist, and editor of The Builder magazine.

Henry Heathcote Statham was an English architect, architectural journalist and editor, and music critic.

Rival publication The British Architect and Northern Engineer, founded as The British Architect in 1874, merged with The Builder in 1919, [5] bringing contributions from architectural illustrator Thomas Raffles Davison (1853–1937).

Thomas Raffles Davison ARIBA was an English architectural illustrator and journalist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work featured in The British Architect and Northern Engineer for over 40 years from 1874, and he became editor of the publication in 1878 until it merged with The Builder in 1919.

Other contributors to The Builder over the years have included architects such as Robert Dennis Chantrell, Henry Clutton (1819–93), Josiah Conder, James Fergusson, Richard Curtis Green (1875–1960), John Woody Papworth (1820–70), Howard Morley Robertson (1888–1963) and William White. [6] They have also included the novelist Hall Caine, the engineer and antiquary G. T. Clark, and the short-lived journalist Charles Chaloner Ogle. Other illustrators have included Arthur Beresford Pite and Worthington George Smith (1835–1917). [6]

Architect person trained to plan and design buildings, and oversee their construction

An architect is a person who plans, designs and reviews the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings that have human occupancy or use as their principal purpose. Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek, i.e., chief builder.

Robert Dennis Chantrell British architect

Robert Dennis Chantrell was an English church architect, best-known today for designing Leeds Parish Church.

Henry Clutton was an English architect and designer.

Recent history and Building today

The magazine was named as the best-edited weekly business magazine by the British Society of Magazine Editors both in 1999 and in 2001. [1] It was the business magazine of the year in 2002. [1] Having acquired the magazine a year earlier from Vivendi Universal, in 2003 Aprovia UK sold Building to UBM plc as part of a £79m deal. [1]

The British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) is a professional association of print and online magazine editors in the United Kingdom. Established in 1981, as of 2016 the BSME has 148 members. Its annual awards—the BSME Awards and the BSME Rising Stars Awards—are highly regarded in the British magazine industry.

Vivendi SA is a French mass media conglomerate headquartered in Paris. The company has activities in music, television, film, video games, book publishing, telecommunications, tickets and video hosting service.

UBM plc multinational media company

UBM plc is a global business-to-business (B2B) events organiser headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has a long history as a multinational media company. Its current main focus is on B2B events, but its principal operations have included live media and business-to-business communications, marketing services and data provision, and it principally serves the technology, healthcare, trade and transport, ingredients and fashion industries. UBM was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index until it was acquired by Informa in June 2018.

According to ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations), the magazine's circulation for the year ending in June 2006, was 25,017, [7] but circulation dropped during the recession of the late 2000s to 21,271 for the year July 2009 – June 2010 (the last year the title was ABC-certified), [8] with the decline continuing in 2011 (the 11 November issue had a print circulation of 15,474). [9]

The Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK) (ABC) is a non-profit organisation owned and developed by the media industry. ABC delivers industry-agreed standards for media brand measurement of print publications, digital channels and events. The company also verifies data, processes and good practice to these and other industry-agreed standards.

Building's website features industry news, jobs and an archive of over 80,000 articles. In 2006 was launched focusing on industry jobs and careers.

In January 2018, UBM sold Building (plus Building Design, a venue directory and various events) to a management team, Assemble Media Group, led by former editor Tom Broughton. [10]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Jennifer Whitehead (21 July 2003). "United Business Media buys Building title in £79m deal". Campaign. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. Harris, Penelope, The Architectural Achievement of Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803–1882), Designer of the Hansom Cab, Birmingham Town Hall, and Churches of the Catholic Revival, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.
  3. G. B. Smith, ‘Godwin, George (1813–1888)’, rev. Ruth Richardson and Robert Thorne, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 5 Jan 2008
  4. Alan Powers, ‘Statham, Henry Heathcote (1839–1924)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006, accessed 5 Jan 2008
  5. Architectural Journals, British Association for Local History – Archived 20 July 2012 at
  6. 1 2 ODNB
  7. ABC Website Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ABC average net circulation per issue, 30 June 2010 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine , ABC. Retrieved: 3 September 2015.
  9. Audience Measurement, Building media pack, (Retrieved: 23 January 2013)
  10. Withers, Iain (7 January 2018). "End of an era as UBM sells its final title". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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