Building (magazine)


Building (magazine)

"Building" is one of the UK’s oldest business-to-business magazines, launched as 'The Builder' in 1843 by Joseph Aloysius Hansom – architect of Birmingham Town Hall and designer of the Hansom Cab. 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. According to ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations), the magazine's circulation for the year ending in June 2006, is 25,017. [ [http://www.abc.org.uk/cgi-bin/gen5?runprog=nav/abc&noc=y ABC Website] ] The parent publishing company is CMP Information, a division of United Business Media.

History

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". [G. B. Smith, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10891 ‘Godwin, George (1813–1888)’] , rev. Ruth Richardson and Robert Thorne, "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 5 Jan 2008] 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. [Alan Powers, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/53632 ‘Statham, Henry Heathcote (1839–1924)’] , "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006, accessed 5 Jan 2008]

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 [ODNB] They have also included the novelist Hall Caine, the engineer and antiquary G. T. Clark, and the short-lived journalist Charles Chaloner Ogle. Illustrators have included Arthur Beresford Pite and Worthington George Smith (1835-1917). [ODNB]

The current editor of Building is Denise Chevin.

Online

Building’s website features industry news, jobs and an archive of over 80,000 articles. In 2006 Building4jobs.co.uk was launched focusing on industry jobs and careers.

Notes

References

* London Metropolitan Archives: Information Leaflet No 22 (George Godwin and The Builder)

External links

* [http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/ilej/pbrowse.pl?item=title&id=ILEJ.6.&title=The+Builder Scans of the first ten volumes (1843-52)] at the Bodleian Internet Library of Early Journals
* [http://www.building.co.uk Building Website]
* [http://www.building4jobs.co.uk Building4jobs Website]


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