Industry reacts to Election announcement

Construction industry bodies have reacted to the news that Theresa May plans to call a general election on 8 June. Mark Farmer, author of the government-commissioned Farmer Review of the UK’s skills shortage and CEO of Cast Consultancy, said: “Whatever... View Article

Aluminium veteran shares a lifetime of experience

Wayne Maycock is a well-known figure in the industry, which he has worked in for the past 30 years. Following a life-changing accident, the UK Commercial Sales Manager at aluminium systems company Reynaers is raising money for a new prosthetic... View Article

Three things Theresa May’s industrial strategy was missing

Government’s latest attempt at an ‘industrial strategy’ looks good on paper but still lacks some fundamentals needed to turn the UK into Singapore without the sunshine. This is the view of Michele Wietscher, Director of Newview Windows and Conservatories –... View Article

The impact of public rights of way on development

Footpaths, bridleways and byways traditionally traverse golden fields and green lanes, providing short cuts and leisure walks for local residents and countryside visitors. Yet these recreational routes are public rights of way, a type of public highway recorded on mapping by... View Article

Our housing dilemma – time to start building

By Darren Evans, Managing Director, Darren Evans Assessments The scale of our housing problem is immense with a great chasm between demand and supply, escalating prices across the UK to levels way beyond what a first time buyer can ever... View Article

Public Sector Spending Remains Significant for Shaylor Group

National principal contractor Shaylor Group has announced a consistent stream of new public sector funded projects nationwide. The company, currently delivering £60m of publicly funded schemes in a forward order book of £200m, has credited the progression of the Government’s... View Article

Construction skills shortage gets worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry has got worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB’s State of Trade Survey... View Article

Elmhurst Energy welcomes publication of the Bonfield Report

Energy performance measurement specialists Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the publication of the long-awaited “Each Home Matters” report by Peter Bonfield, but has expressed disappointment at some omissions. Despite having the scope of reviewing ‘Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for... View Article

Autumn Statement comment: Policy must drive change

Statements from the Chancellor of the Exchequer aren’t always cause for celebration, but this one has left us feeling cautiously optimistic. Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, takes a view. Wrapped up as the National Productivity Investment Fund –... View Article

Discharging planning conditions on brownfield land

Our long industrial past can leave a dirty footprint. How this could impact redevelopment projects can only be revealed by high quality site assessment. Local authorities are promoting ‘brownfield first’ to meet housing need, but this comes with detailed planning... View Article