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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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Marketing has such a vital role to play in construction

04/12/2018, 15:37 | By: Lauren Barker | #Skills
marketing-has-such-a-vital-role-to-play-in-construction It is just over 3 years ago. I sit there in my interview for a marketing role, waiting for those predictable questions… “What are your biggest weaknesses?”… “Out of all the other candidates, why should we hire you?" I know the process, contract/freelance work has been my life and...

Our extraordinary industry has something for everyone

03/12/2018, 09:28 | By: Rachel Bell | #Skills
our-extraordinary-industry-has-something-for-everyone Architect Rachel Bell is Head of Business Development at Stride Treglown, one of the top 15 architectural practices in the UK. With a strong track record working in several different sectors, her current outward-facing role is well suited to her inclusive, smiling personality. After many years’...
the-construction-industry-is-unique-because-of-the-people-that-work-in-it I have always had links to the construction industry from as long as I remember. Many family members have made very success careers in construction so it’s not a surprise that from an early age I knew the industry I wanted work in. I studied Building Services Engineering and Sustainable Energy...

Being a Wastewater Civil Engineer – It’s awesome!

19/11/2018, 10:02 | By: Sally Walters | #Skills
being-a-wastewater-civil-engineer-it-s-awesome Hi, my name is Sally Walters and I am a Chartered Civil Engineer. I have been a Civil Engineer for over 15 years, working predominantly in the Water sector, more specifically as a Wastewater Engineer! I don’t think when I started my journey in Civil Engineering that I would ever have imagined being a...
construction-industry-is-a-fantastic-vocation-that-should-be-attracting-the-best-and-brightest-of-the-next-generation Construction has an image problem. Sadly, too many young people see it as an unappealing place to work, but that doesn’t deter me. I’ll shout from the rooftops and tell anyone who will listen that our industry is a fantastic vocation that should be attracting the best and brightest of the next...

A brave new future for 21st century Birmingham

25/10/2018, 09:51 | By: Matt Suddaby | #Innovation
a-brave-new-future-for-21st-century-birmingham Matt Suddaby, Communications Consultant at Birmingham PR agency, spottydog, shares insight from UK Construction Week’s recent talk, Changing the Skyline of Birmingham, to highlight how huge investment in infrastructure, sustainability, new housing and connectivity will change the face of the...

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,...