blog Logo

NEC BIRMINGHAM   09-11 OCTOBER 2018

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...

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...

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 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 and communities has the potential throughout the asset...

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...

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...
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...

Meeting the Energy Trilemma

15/05/2017, 11:17 | By: Edward Thompson | #Innovation
meeting-the-energy-trilemma With the UK struggling to find a secure, affordable and green energy supply, Edward Thompson, director at the Ground Source Heat Pump Association, explains how heat transfer and ground source energy systems can help meet the energy trilemma, and why recycling isn’t exclusive to plastic bags and old...
geared-up-and-ready-to-go-the-time-is-right-for-timber Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, explains why innovative timber construction is the only way to meet government housing targets, and why offsite's key players are lining up to take centre stage. The dust has now settled following the launch of the Housing White...