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NEC BIRMINGHAM   09-11 OCTOBER 2018

Construction Matters... and so do you

Through collaboration and a unified voice, UK construction can make itself heard like never before, shout about its positive impact on our society, and educate the wider population on its importance.

Forming part of a wider campaign that harnesses the power of social media and national press to champion our industry, the UK Construction Week blog – Construction Matters – aims to provide an invaluable platform for both industry stakeholders and innovative brands to address the key themes and topics facing UK construction today.

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good-bye-sci-fi-the-digital-future-of-engineering-is-well-and-truly-here Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week, Dr Andrew Harris, Director of Laing O’Rourke’s Technical Future & Engineering Excellence Group, explains how digital fabrication and automation are causing global disruption to the construction industry. Much like Zollinger’s iconic silhouette of human...
why-aren-t-more-women-working-in-the-builder-s-merchant-industry UKCW Role Model and Customer Experience Director at Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, Magda Dexter, explains how a summer job at her local builders merchants quickly became a fulfilling and prosperous career, and why the industry must do more to make the plethora of roles in construction more...
serious-about-your-working-relationships-get-comfortable-with-the-fact-that-you-re-going-to-be-uncomfortable Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week – Raising Our Game in the Science of Team Chemistry – Paul Fox, Founder of Constructive Coaching, explains why teams that hold each other to account are the most humane and rewarding to be a part of. Avoiding a sticky conversation, not intervening when a team...

Disrupting the Industry Delivery Models

30/05/2018, 13:46 | By: Kevin Wiltshire | #Collaboration
disrupting-the-industry-delivery-models Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week, Kevin Wiltshire, Senior Consultant at Renault-Nissan Consulting, explains how cross-industry expertise and a bilateral exchange of ideas can add value to construction. Every industry is unique isn’t it? Unique challenges, unique problems, unique data to show...
delivering-right-first-time-though-the-inspection-and-test-plan-process Ahead of his talk at the Quality in Construction Summit on June 7, Mike Buss, Head of Quality at Taylor Woodrow, discusses the true purpose of an Inspection & Test Plan, and explains that while an essential assurance tool, we must consider how we plan, manage and monitor the delivery process itself if...

Component ‘culture’ can kill

15/05/2018, 15:02 | By: David Frise | #Innovation
component-culture-can-kill The construction industry currently operates like a poorly structured assembly line. Now, because of the Grenfell Tower fire, it will have to start behaving like a manufacturer, says David Frise, Chief Executive at the Building Engineering Services Association. There used to be an old saying that...

The four wonders of the timber industry

26/02/2018, 12:32 | By: Andrzej Manka | #Innovation
the-4-wonders-of-the-timber-industry Andrzej Manka, Sales Manager at Timber Expo, shares his views on all things timber. Why it is a leading material in the construction industry and what he believes to be the "four wonders". When we think of innovative sectors, the timber industry probably isn’t the first that springs to mind. Many...

The role of BIM in cities

25/01/2018, 14:27 | By: Teresa Gonzalez Rico | #Innovation
the-role-of-bim-in-cities Ahead of her talk at the Ultimate BIM Summit on January 31, Teresa Gonzalez Rico, Director of Infrastructure Systems at Urban Innovation Labs, discusses the role of BIM in cities and advancements in services and systems through digitisation. The socioeconomic impact of our built environment on cities...

Carillion: Were the government distracted by Brexit?

18/01/2018, 15:37 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Blog
carillion-were-the-government-distracted-by-brexit Following the dramatic collapse of Carillion, UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett asks, did the UK’s second largest construction company slip through the cracks because the government were sidetracked by Brexit, and are private finance initiatives really devoid of risk? The demise of Carillion this...

Tearing down walls

09/01/2018, 17:16 | By: Håvard Bell | #Skills
tearing-down-walls Ahead of his talk at The Ultimate BIM Summit on 31 January, Håvard Bell, CEO at Catenda AS, explains how in the age of digitization, the construction industry should be tearing down walls, not building them. We might be in the business of building walls, but when it comes to the ways we will work...

Bridging the gap between industry and education

03/01/2018, 12:40 | By: Mirona Tomala | #Skills
bridging-the-gap-between-industry-and-education Mirona Tomala, Development Graduate at Southern Housing Group, draws on her recent experience as a post-graduate to address some of the key factors contributing to the UK's construction skills crisis. The status of the skills shortage in the industry is well and widely known; reports published,...

Building homes the continental way

12/12/2017, 12:02 | By: David Dundas | #Collaboration
building-homes-the-continental-way Lichfield City Councillor and Governor of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, David Dundas, explains how adopting a continental approach to housebuilding would allow local building contractors the opportunity to work on larger housing developments, currently in the hands of a few national...

Meeting future energy demands

23/11/2017, 15:19 | By: Dr Liam Lidstone | #Skills
meeting-future-energy-demands There is a definitive positive momentum in the electric vehicle market. Government and car manufacturer announcements this year show a pathway to a drastic increase in electric vehicle utilisation and penetration into the global car market. But how prepared are we in the UK to manage the change...

A Formula for Success: Managing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

09/11/2017, 12:37 | By: Isabel Martinson MBE | #Image
a-formula-for-success-managing-equality-diversity-inclusion Isabel Martinson MBE, Executive Chairman at the Considerate Constructors Scheme, explains how the introduction of gradual behavioural changes within the industry are begining to bear fruit; helping raise construction’s standards above and beyond statutory requirements. The construction industry has...

Solving the broken housing market…

25/10/2017, 10:00 | By: Stephen Haigh | #Innovation
solving-the-broken-housing-market Soon it will be a year since the Government released their much anticipated housing white paper. The “broken” housing market is still going strong, although from time to time we see small glimmers of hope from the Government which make us sit up and listen. My presentation at UK Construction Week...

Orbital Living - A Garden City for the Future

13/09/2017, 15:13 | By: Graham Brown | #Innovation
orbital-living-a-garden-city-for-the-future Ahead of his talk The Future of Architecture and Interior Design at UK Construction Week, Graham Brown, Director at Envelope Architects, sheds light on his vision of the family home, Orbital Living – an innovative and affordable home for the future. We were recently selected for the Sunday Times...