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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.

Have your say. Pitch your ideas to: info@ukconstructionweek.com

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...
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 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...

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,...