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How to stay positive despite a gloomy future outlook

The construction industry has been battling bad news for more than two years. And just when things were starting to look up for the sector, with the go-ahead of HS2 and improved output in February and the beginning of March, corona struck. If people were asking what more could go wrong, that was the answer….

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Construction contracts post covid-19

While in general the UK construction industry is haunted by its reputation for project delays and poor productivity levels, even the most proficient main contractor will not have been able to avoid the impacts of covid-19.  While the government supported and even encouraged construction sites to remain open, making that happen as the pandemic grew…

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Making Remote Management Work

By now most people have grown more comfortable with working from home and companies have adapted their systems to accommodate and facilitate remote working. But large organisations still require management. And management requires the ability to interface with their teams. So how can this be achieved effectively when you and your team are all working…

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Should UK Construction be hiring now?

As many main contractors start reopening sites and returning to work, it’s accepted that it will be a while before momentum is gained. There are still many obstacles to overcome and new safety requirements as well as backlogs in the supply chain are going to slow the speed at which work can progress. While there…

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Is infrastructure the best current UK construction opportunity?

The construction industry has been divided since the start of lockdown as to whether sites should remain open or closed. Some main contractors such as Balfour Beatty and Kier continued to operate sites, while others such as Mace rolled out a nationwide shutdown. Now, many of the construction firms that decided to close are making…

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Shifting priorities in UK Construction

Once again UK Construction leaders are facing difficult decisions while various role players debate what factors should be the top priority. Economic activity, relief funding, project progress and staff safety are all are important, does it really have to be a choice between one or another? On the positive side for the industry, the construction…

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What choice do you have?

By now most people are thoroughly sick of watching the news and even browsing social media where every second story is about covid-19. It’s frustrating because nobody asked for this to happen. And yet it is affecting everyone. Perhaps you’ve spent years working hard, building up your career and were finally ready to take that…

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Technology as a lifeline

We may not be used to working from home or having to battle with the kids for a corner of the house to cordon off as a quiet office. But one thing that we do have going for us is that technology is enabling us to stay in touch with the outside world. In fact,…

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The great corona construction debate

There is no doubt that weathering the global covid-19 pandemic is placing a strain on everyone, both personally and professionally. There is the fear for personal safety and health, and the wellbeing of friends and loved ones. Then there’s a constant worry about the ability to earn an income and actually be able to pay…

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Clean construction Ellis Fox Blog

Is the construction industry ready for the clean energy transition?

The go ahead for HS2 was the good news that many in the construction industry have been waiting for. This has further been bolstered by announcements of major investment capital being made available for extensive infrastructure development. Good news indeed and not a moment too soon. But will the industry be able to adapt with…

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Getting off the back foot

You have to admit, as much as we all wanted 2020 to be the year of positive change, it has gotten off to a rather chaotic start. Even with the intention to implement positive change in the industry, it’s a little difficult to gain any momentum when you’re constantly on the back foot. Financially 2019…

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When traditions no longer serve us

As Britons we’re very proud of our traditions and our heritage. Rugby, cricket, polo, the country club, and various societies that we are part of remind us of traditions that make us proud. Even in business there is a certain order, a way of doing things that has been passed down from one generation to…

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