Heat wave Ellis Fox Blog

UK infrastructure can’t take the heat

The past week saw scorching temperatures across the UK and it wasn’t just the people feeling the heat. The UK’s aging infrastructure took a severe knock with roads blistering and railway lines buckling. In case anyone was still wondering if global warming is a myth, this should have brought home the reality. Alarmingly, the UK…

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Infrastructure investment Ellis Fox Blog

UK Infrastructure Investment and the impact on construction

A recent news article in the Guardian highlighted the UK government’s intention to buy a larger stake in Sizewell C – a major nuclear power plant development. The major reason cited is to reduce China’s stake in the project as well as subsequent influence on UK infrastructure. This is similar approach that was taken when…

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Salary match Ellis Fox Blog

Matching salaries – good or bad policy?

There has been a power shift. With so many jobs available and companies struggling to retain current employees, jobseekers are finding they have more leverage when seeking out new roles. This dynamic is driving companies to rethink their policies and benefits and it is creating a new way of working – none of which are…

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Employee retention Ellis Fox Blog

How to retain your top employees

The ongoing skills shortage in construction is resulting in many construction firms having to dig deeper into their pockets to keep employees happy. Recently, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reflects exceptionally high bonuses being paid to retain employees in the construction industry. More money certainly helps and unexpected bonuses are one way…

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Hire Interims Ellis Fox Blog

3 Benefits to Hiring an Interim in Construction

At a time when all industries – not just construction – are struggling to fill job positions, many companies are looking for alternate ways to fill the most urgent gaps. When it comes to senior roles or areas of specific expertise, an interim is often the best bet. Interims can deliver a huge amount of…

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Water Neutrality Ellis Fox Blog

Sustainability spotlight on Water Neutrality in Construction

The task of initiating sustainable business practices is becoming increasingly complex. While a great deal of focus has been placed on more sustainable building methods, increasing energy efficiency, using repurposed building materials and reducing waste on site, an element of sustainability that isn’t widely talked about is water neutrality. A recent industry survey of construction…

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Construction sustainability Ellis Fox Blog

How can Construction Leaders Accelerate Sustainability Efforts?

The construction industry has often been accused of slow to accept new innovations and implement change. But with the sector being one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions by industry, the pressure is on to green building efforts and prioritise sustainability. There isn’t a singular or simple solution and managing the many facets that…

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Sustainability value Ellis Fox Blog

How green building is impacting construction value

A renewed focus on sustainability is being fueled by the need to reach net-zero targets in all industry sectors in the UK. The construction industry has traditionally been one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions, through both new build and ongoing building maintenance. But there is a secondary factor that is accelerating innovation in…

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Energy resilience Ellis Fox Blog

Energy Resilience – renewed urgency to transition to renewables

With their ambitious net zero targets, the UK government has been praised for legislating the path to a greener, more sustainable energy infrastructure. Yet the reality of achieving those goals is still a long way off. Even as an increasing number of investments in hydrogen, wind and solar projects are being made, for now the…

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Construction technology Ellis Fox Blog

How is construction advancing with technology?

Predictions that the pandemic might just be the nudge the construction industry needed to accelerate digital transformation have proven true.  A recent survey of more than 900 industry professionals conducted by NBS reports that on average 71% of firms now utilise technologies such as BIM. In larger firms 99% of employees use BIM as part…

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Construction health Ellis Fox Blog

Counting the cost of Covid – How healthy is UK construction really?

This past week saw yet another major construction and property service company Midas fall into administration. Construction has halted on all projects and it’s estimated that more than 300 people have lost their jobs. This is significant in an industry that has been experiencing steady growth the past two years despite the pandemic, and a…

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Great resignation Ellis Fox Blog

Combatting the great resignation

Globally, across all industries, companies are finding it harder to retain employees. A side effect of the pandemic has been that people’s values and priorities have shifted. For many it resulted in the realisation that the job they were working themselves to the bone for, was really not worth it. Family and friendship was more…

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