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NEC BIRMINGHAM   08-10 OCTOBER 2019

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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From Beige to Green – Designing a way forward

17/10/2018, 13:05 | By: Graham Brown | #Innovation
from-beige-to-green-designing-a-way-forward Can we design our way out of the mess we’re in? Fresh from his talk at UK Construction Week – Britain’s Hyper Filter and the New World’s Spine – Graham Brown, Director at Envelope Architects, shares insights into the innovative design and manufacturing techniques that could save our planet. The...

The time is now to build our future

04/10/2018, 12:06 | By: Nathan Garnett | #Image
building-an-exhibition-for-construction UK Construction Week’s Nathan Garnett looks ahead to next week’s show, highlighting the key topics for discussion, the importance of role models and why in an ever evolving industry, it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve. Building an exhibition must provide some insight on what it's like to work...

Robotics for all – low cost interventions

26/09/2018, 15:29 | By: Graham Brown | #Innovation
robotics-for-all-low-cost-interventions Ahead of his talk Robotic Buildings For All at UK Construction Week, Graham Brown, Director at Envelope Architects, explains why the topic of on-site manufacturing is ripe for conversation. We are in exciting, but nervous times and I for one am exhausted by the repetitive statements that Britain...
why-should-anyone-have-to-choose-between-heating-and-eating With energy prices rising for the second time this year, Max Halliwell, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, explores the impact this is likely to have on fuel poverty and looks at what can be done to help. As we move from a scorching summer towards the cold of winter, the price of energy is in...

Unlock opportunity, a new attitude to recruitment

12/09/2018, 16:58 | By: Matthew Tilt | #Skills
unlock-opportunity-a-new-attitude-to-recruitment Matthew Tilt, Governor of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Onley, explains how a government-led drive to reduce reoffending could not only lead to safer streets, but help meet the construction’s recruitment needs. Prisons, with their high walls and closed gates, are often the last place businesses think to...
why-thinking-in-straight-lines-is-ineffective-in-the-construction-industry IEMA CEO, Tim Balcon, explains why the construction industry must adopt “circular” ways of working if it is to become smarter, more efficient and ultimately more responsible. Straight lines make sense to humans, at least at first glance. They have a beginning, a middle and an end – like every story,...

The future of work in construction

22/08/2018, 14:47 | By: Richard Harris | #Collaboration
the-future-of-work-in-construction Richard Harris, director of B2B communications platform Okappy, explains why communication and collaboration – both within the organisation and beyond – are essential for businesses to succeed. Collaboration is the Way ForwardTransparency, collaboration and clear communication are critical for...

Help young people to help you, you know it makes sense!

15/08/2018, 13:37 | By: Christine Townley | #Skills
helping-young-people-to-regenerate-their-lives-communities Ahead of her CPD workshop at UK Construction Week – Helping young people to regenerate their lives & communities – Christine Townley, skills and diversity champion at CT Consultants, explains how helping young people help themselves could help your business flourish. We are in challenging times…...

Is construction dying?

08/08/2018, 14:51 | By: Matthew Lyons | #Innovation
is-construction-dying Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week – Is construction dead? – Matthew Lyons, Head of Design at the Orbit Group, explains why construction’s inability to deliver the homes we need has opened the door to a new breed of housebuilder. If, like myself, you travelled up to Manchester to visit a...

Political correctness has gone mad?

01/08/2018, 15:24 | By: Angela Dapper | #Diversity
political-correctness-has-gone-mad Ahead the UK Construction Week panel discussion – Political Correctness has gone mad? – Angela Dapper, Partner at Denton Corker Marshall, explains why the positive impacts of diversity can no longer be ignored, why it makes sense that the construction industry is represented by all corners of society,...

Technology, diversity and the ability to deliver

25/07/2018, 16:01 | By: Lord David Blunkett | #Diversity
technology-diversity-and-the-ability-to-deliver Ahead of his talk at UK Construction Week, Lord David Blunkett, Chair of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce, discusses both the ethical and economic benefits of a more inclusive industry, and why new solutions to old problems will require an entirely different type of workforce. There is an enormous...
why-are-women-in-construction-leaving-their-hard-won-jobs-and-what-can-be-done-about-it Ahead of her keynote discussion at UK Construction Week, Barbara Res, the woman behind Trump Tower, explains why women in the U.S. are turning their backs on construction, and what the industry can do to buck this alarming trend. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to men, women in...
3-things-they-don-t-tell-you-when-responding-to-a-bid Nick Pearce Strategic Director at brand and communications consultancy JPC, shares three must-do things when bidding for large contracts. Search online and you’ll find a wealth of advice on Bid tendering. It sounds pretty obvious and formulaic when you read it. Bid or No bid. Make a plan. Form a...

The time is right to licence the building industry

04/07/2018, 15:49 | By: Brian Berry | #Image
the-time-is-right-to-licence-the-building-industry Following the launch of the Federation of Master Builders' independent research report, ‘Licence to build: A pathway to licensing UK construction’ in the House of Lords this week, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, details the benefits of introducing a licensing scheme for the whole construction...

Heathrow expansion a vote for construction

28/06/2018, 10:00 | By: Phil Wilbraham | #Innovation
heathrow-expansion-a-vote-for-construction Phil Wilbraham, Expansion Programme Director at Heathrow Airport, explains why Britain's new runway is a once in a generation opportunity for the UK construction industry. This is an exciting time for the construction industry. Fifty years ago, the then government set up the Roskill Commission to...
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...