Team motivation Ellis Fox Blog

How can commercial directors keep their teams motivated?

The craziness of 2020 is far from over. As the UK enters the winter months and the risks of the virus rear their ugly head again, the workplace will become more stressful. Most companies were just starting to feel a sense of ‘normal’ again, and now they have to plan on how to deal with…

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Circular economy construction Ellis Fox Blog

Can construction learn to bend?

As the world rethinks business strategies, many are hinting that the only sustainable way of rebuilding the economy is if industry starts to embrace the circular economy. Most senior professionals are aware of the concept of the circular economy, reducing reliance on new resources and reducing waste. Yet the primary adoption of circular strategies remain…

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Opportunity economic recovery Ellis Fox Blog

Crises and opportunities on the road to recovery

While the primary focus may currently be on the opportunities for economic recovery following the pandemic, the reality is that the challenges that existed prior to March are still around. Brexit is anything but clarified and the likelihood of disruptions caused by major climate events such as heatwaves and flooding remain. Plus the industry was…

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save construction Ellis Fox Blog

5 Key construction management skills needed for recovery

As industry sectors are giving the green light to reopen, concerns about safety remain. But for many construction managers the biggest challenge is making business work, while at the same time navigating all the constraints, impacting factors and concerns. Already in May 2020 the construction sector recorded a high number of administrations – which was…

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Construction contracts Ellis Fox Blog

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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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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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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The Great Divide – The large tech implementation gap.

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of technology and BIM and how various digital solutions can help make construction safer and more efficient. But the number of companies forging ahead and actually implementing this technology seem to be in the minority. When asking industry role players why, the answer that is consistently…

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What will solve the UK’s infrastructure output headache?

Despite a recent increase in investment and awarding of tenders, infrastructure output in general is still not at the level that it could or should be according to industry experts. The Essential Infrastructure Report by Scape identified that in the 20 year period between 1997 and 2017 construction output on UK infrastructure and public construction…

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Construction Revolution

On 5 July, business and energy secretary Greg Clark, announced a £420 million construction sector deal promising to revolutionize the industry. It’s an ambitious plan that aims to deliver 1.5 million homes by 2022 as well as supporting infrastructure, and to do this in a way that is time and cost efficient, and green. But…

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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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