A worker inspects the first completed section of London’s new Crossrail tunnel, which will provide new train links across the UK capital to Heathrow airport. Tunnelling machine Phyllis completed the 6.8km section between Royal Oak in the west and central Farringdon after 18 months of work. Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project, is expected to be finished in 2019. Read more
Female workers transport construction materials as they walk past an advertisement for a luxury brand at a shopping district in Beijing.
A man talks on his mobile phone outside a construction site in central Beijing.
A man makes construction bricks from mud at one of several refugee settlements in Dadaab, Garissa County, northeastern Kenya.
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Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning on Thursday near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing.
Labourers work to erect a temporary structure for an event in Ahmadabad, India, on Thursday. Read more
Construction workers wear face masks to protect them from a heavy smoke haze, as they perform morning exercises at the start of their shift in Singapore on Thursday. The city state’s air quality deteriorated to “hazardous” levels late on Wednesday as it was enveloped in smoke from slash-and-burn land clearing in Indonesia, which has inflamed tensions between the Southeast Asian neighbours. Read more
Graffiti depicting Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Mario Draghi, European Central Bank president, on the fence around the construction site of the ECB’s new building in Frankfurt, which made headlines last month for its critical take on the handling of the eurozone crisis. The headquarters will be finished in 2014. Read more
A group of Chinese workers chat on the roof of a building at a construction site in Beijing on Monday. Read more
A worker checks the steel reinforcement bars at a construction site in Manila on Wednesday. Across the country, more than 850,000 sq m (9.1m sq ft) of office space and 14,000 residential units were reported to enter the market in 2012, according to a 2012 report by property consultants CBRE Philippines