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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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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...

Measuring Experience

14/08/2017, 11:06 | By: Josh Artus | #Innovation
measuring-experience   Josh Artus, co-Founder of The Centric Lab, explains how biological and cognitive insights on human experience can help engineer more effective buildings for end users. Moving from an industry based on aligning inputs to one that focuses on the outputs is not necessarily the way things have...

Innovation in construction driven forward by technology

07/08/2017, 11:51 | By: Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin OBE | #Innovation
innovation-in-construction-driven-forward-by-technology Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive of Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), on the importance of embracing innovation, why technological evolution should be regarded as the new status quo, and how big data presents a wealth of opportunities to revolutionise our industry. Over the...

Don’t shy away from the F-word

01/08/2017, 10:11 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Skills
don-t-shy-away-from-the-f-word UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett explains what the F-Gas Regulations mean for specifiers, owners and users in the HVAC industry and why it’s important to act now. You’ve probably heard of F-Gases and know a bit about them, but are you aware of the significant impact they have on the HVAC...
building-multi-purpose-homes-what-does-the-future-look-like With safety, sustainability and aesthetics at the forefront of any modern build, architects and builders are adapting to meet the needs and desires of homeowners, as they strive to design homes which serve a range of diverse purposes simultaneously. But where exactly is the industry heading? Tiles...

Can your building be hacked?

17/07/2017, 09:38 | By: Chris Grundy | #Innovation
can-your-building-be-hacked “Design, install, forget”. That was the traditional approach to the built environment. Ahead of his talk at Smart Buildings 2017, Chris Grundy, Director at Cundall, explains why smart buildings require a new approach, with a greater emphasis on system integrity as the result of evolving cyber...
comfort-convenience-and-sustainability-how-our-housing-needs-are-changing As housing prices continue to spiral out of reach for many would-be homeowners, and Britain’s housing supply deficit surpasses 1.2 million properties, the housing crisis faced by the construction industry is one that commands serious attention. Though many might blame the current crisis on a lack of...

A tragic reminder that safety is paramount

03/07/2017, 09:45 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Skills
a-tragic-reminder-that-safety-is-paramount In light of recent tragic events, UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett explains why the industry must act swiftly to decipher the latest guidance and advice, why we must deliver facts and not speculation, and why there can be nothing more important than the safety of a building's occupants, no matter...