Lowest cost tendering – the industry should know better

It’s a well-known saying that you pay what you get for intimating that cheapest is not always the best. Yet despite several leading industry opinions to the contrary and several reports to back them up, lowest cost tendering still seems to dominate the landscape for main contractors. While there are calls for better processes, in…

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What is holding back highways innovation?

The number of road users is increasing exponentially every year, adding to road congestion and maintenance costs. On top of that many local authorities have had their budgets cut, limiting infrastructure development. While there are calls for innovation and a different way of thinking, new technology is a hard sell to the authorities holding the…

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Can technology facilitate a more efficient & effective construction industry?

It has taken less than a decade to demonstrate the real value of using technology to improve planning, processes and procurement in construction. BIM has now become a standard in major tenders with the industry leaders now embracing BIM level 2. BIM is just the start of technological improvements that can dramatically change the construction…

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Do we have enough skills for the building of future infrastructure?

Recent budget announcements have supported the need for a greater investment in infrastructure in the UK. A 2015 report by PWC[i] cited that spending in UK infrastructure was likely to increase to £110bn by 2025.  While this is positive news for the industry, ensuring that funding is being made available for the infrastructure needed, the…

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Why your bonus structure can make or break your company

Some companies believe that good financial incentives are the key to attracting and retaining top talent. While this may be true, how these bonuses are structured is just as important. It’s not very motivating for staff to hear they’re getting lower or no bonuses due to poor financial results, only to hear later that the…

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Cybersecurity in construction

When risks are accessed in the construction industry it typically brings to mind worker safety and the question of on-time delivery by subcontractors and supply chain vendors or payment by clients. However, with technology increasingly being incorporated into construction it has opened up the industry to an entirely new type of threat. Smart technology is…

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Who will drive the innovation in construction?

Technology is driving change at a pace that many companies are finding hard to keep up with. Especially those entrenched in traditional modes of operating. There is no question that change is necessary and innovation is one way to go about it. But in corporate cultures where it’s more important to follow policy and procedure,…

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Smarter rail for a digital age

Network Rail recently announced ambitious plans to upgrade the outdated Victorian rail transport system and it can’t come soon enough. With passenger numbers on the rise there is an urgent need for the railways to operate with greater efficiency and frequency. Converting to digital railways will enable rail operators to schedule trains closer together while…

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Is there an upside to Carillion’s demise?

The collapse of Carillion has hit the construction industry hard on all fronts. There are many projects that may remain incomplete in the short term, including the construction of hospitals. Not only have employees found themselves out in the cold, but many businesses up the supply chain are feeling the knock on effect. The question…

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More major projects in the pipeline than on the ground

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the infrastructure construction sector in recent years largely due to funding issues. With the majority of funding coming from public sources, changes in budget allocations and budget cuts have put a stranglehold on many project developments. However, if the latest AMA Research report is anything to…

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Commuters and contractors affected as government cuts roadworks funding

Londoners may soon find they are in for a bumpy ride commuting on London’s highway network. This after the joint venture between Colas, VolkerHighways and AECOM (CVU) recently announced that they will be quitting their eight year contract with Transport for London (TfL) three years early. Billion Pound contract loses its shine In 2013 CVU…

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New opportunities for contractors in Highways England’s RIP

Industry reports reveal that as it reaches its budget limits (estimated to happen by December 2018) Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) will be scrapped. The programme which was launched in 2014 with the objective of managing contracts relating to road maintenance and enhancements on roads in the UK, will then be replaced with the…

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