The Industry

Smoke Vent Failure Points To Bigger Problems

Posted on September 08, 2018

There has been widespread criticism of the smoke ventilation system at Grenfell Tower, but its apparent failure is not quite as clear-cut as many might think. Grenfell Tower residents and firefighters reported finding it almost impossible to...

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Hackitt Was Right To Focus On Culture Not Cladding

Posted on May 31, 2018

The media storm that greeted Dame Judith Hackitt's report on the role of the building regulations in the Grenfell Tower fire missed a very important point. The mainstream broadcasters and publishers were mystified by the fact that her...

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Playing Fair Is Not Just A Moral Issue

Posted on May 10, 2018

The recent national uproar over the 'gender pay gap' and the disastrous consequences for thousands of companies after the collapse of Carillion has thrust the whole issue of fair payment into the limelight. It is great news that employment is at...

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Testing Times For Fire Safety Systems

Posted on March 13, 2018

Facilities and building managers are under growing pressure to review their fire safety strategies in the wake of the Grenfell fire. The ongoing review into the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year is subjecting the design and maintenance of fire...

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Carillion Collapse Is Urgent Alarm Call

Posted on January 30, 2018

The financial fall-out from the collapse of construction giant Carillion will have an impact on the sector's supply chains for many years to come. The damage already being caused to hundreds of small businesses and thousands of their employees...

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Post-Grenfell Review Heading In The Right Direction

Posted on December 28, 2017

The industry should welcome the Hackitt Review's call for culture change and performance-based regulations. The construction industry will be challenged to deliver what it promises if the changes proposed by the review of the Building...

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It's Time To Shout About Apprenticeships

Posted on October 09, 2017

The new university term has started with student numbers higher than last year. Despite all the bad publicity about course fees and soaring student debt, the vast majority of young people entering further education are still choosing to follow a...

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Culture Change Must Follow Grenfell Tragedy

Posted on August 01, 2017

The terrible tragedy of the Grenfell Tower block fire has put the role our industry plays in keeping people safe in buildings into sharp focus. There is now a criminal investigation underway to establish whether refurbishment work on the tower...

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Hammond's Budget Was Not All Bad

Posted on April 04, 2017

Most of the national headlines around the Spring Budget focused on the instantly discredited hike in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. Of course, we all know that ended in a humiliating U turn and red faces all...

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Cash Flow Is King

Posted on October 19, 2016

The current topsy turvy state of the economy makes forecasting our industry's future increasingly difficult. Who would have believed that just 100 days after the vote to leave the EU, the FTSE 100 shares index would burst through the iconic...

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Back To Business

Posted on August 04, 2016

The fallout from the ‘Brexit’ vote has led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the business community. Whether we rejoiced or cried at the outcome, the present state of uncertainty is not good news for anyone. However, we are...

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Sticking Our Necks Out

Posted on May 27, 2016

Building services specialists often take a back seat and allow themselves to be led by the architect or main contractor, but that can't go on if we are to meet the country's building performance targets. We often hear that engineers, generally,...

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In, Out - Shake It All About

Posted on April 27, 2016

So, how worried should we be about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU after the referendum on June 23rd? Looking around the industry it appears that people are fairly relaxed about the whole thing. There are pros and cons, of course, but...

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