Stormproofing infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

What can be done to improve storm defence infrastructure?

The number of storm warnings issued during the recent storms Ciara and Dennis tallied almost 800, with over a thousand homes being flooded and many more left without electricity. Historically major flooding events happened every 15 to 20 years in the UK. However, scientists are warning that this is now more likely to occur every…

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Construction workforce Ellis Fox Blog

Let’s do more work with less workers?!

On the back of Brexit there have been many ambitious promises made. Promises for better infrastructure, promises for facilitating a transition to clean energy, promises to deliver affordable housing and public facilities such as hospitals. Not to mention the controversial go-ahead for HS2. All of these have one thing in common: A promise to build…

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HS2 train Ellis Fox Blog

HS2 Greenlight – good news for construction

For a high speed rail project HS2 has been extremely slow getting off the ground. It has been dogged by controversy, local council opposition, environmentalist opposition, and cost estimates that keep rising. Yet despite all of this PM Boris Johnson has given the project the green light, adding that construction must commence as soon as…

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Coronovirus hospital

What can the UK construction industry learn from the coronavirus outbreak?

The news of the coronavirus outbreak in China has been met with varying emotions; shock, outrage, and fear. The speed at which the disease has spread has left many people panicking.  However, the speed at which the Chinese government has moved to contain and treat the disease has been equally impressive. Mobilising every possible resource…

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Emissions laws Ellis Fox Blog

How will new emissions laws impact construction firms?

2050 may seem a long way off, after all there are still 30 years before the net zero emissions targets need to be met. However, in the built environment its common knowledge that office buildings, shopping complexes and highways are not just built to meet today’s needs, they need to fit tomorrow’s purpose too. Building…

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HS2 Environment

Will environmental concerns hold up HS2 progress?

As much as the dream of HS2 is touted as something positive, it seems the project will never be out of hot water. The latest is a report by environmentalist expressing concern about the destruction of protected natural biospheres and the sloppy attempt at current environmental assessments. At a glance this may seem unimportant, a…

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technology construction Ellis Fox

What technologies will influence construction in 2020?

For several years now there has been much talk about how technology could revolutionise the construction industry. While adoption rates have remained slow technology implementation is gaining momentum. Could 2020 be the year that things really start to change? BIM has already made inroads within the industry and become a requirement for major tenders. It’s…

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Digital transformation Ellis Fox Blog

How can digital technology improve construction output?

Despite the advances of modern technology, the construction industry is still lagging behind when it comes to digital transformation and using technology to improve output. Digital adoption has been slow, in part due to wariness of new technologies, and in part due to the investment required to roll out implementation. After all these technologies are…

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Infrastructure 2020 Ellis Fox Blog

What does 2020 hold for the infrastructure sector?

Despite lower output in 2019 and challenges of project delays, the infrastructure sector is the one that shows the greatest promise for 2020. Government has announced that major funding is to be made available for the development and improvement of infrastructure. Industry regulators such as Ofwat, too have released their strategic plan for ensuring more…

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Uncertainty - Ellis Fox Blog

The disaster of being in limbo

It’s a strange time of year, especially now in the week between Christmas and New Year. It feels like you should be on holiday even if you’re not. Business seems to slow down and it’s almost as if everyone is waiting for the New Year to start. Generally the time spent working is not the…

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Give value Ellis Fox Blog

What value do you give?

With Christmas coming up next week there is a lot of focus on gifts. While the spirit of Christmas talks about giving, let’s be honest, all we really want to know is what we’re getting. And that’s fine as long as someone else is willing to give. It’s not that different from the employer /…

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Skills transfer Ellis Fox Blog

How transferable are your skills?

It’s been a tough year for construction in the UK. It’s been one of the industries hardest hit by the uncertainties of Brexit and the resulting economic downturn. A number of construction companies have folded or cut back on jobs, which has left many people wondering how secure their positions really are. It’s no longer…

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