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What do you have?

At a time of uncertainty, it is easy to focus on the negatives. If you have been furloughed you may be debating what your next move should be. Will you be rehired by your previous employer? Will you have to seek out a new position? Are companies even hiring now? And how do you compete…

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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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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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Construction change Ellis Fox Blog

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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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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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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Circular economy infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

Building infrastructure that lasts

Once upon a time things were built to last, and they did impressively well. There are many structures in the UK that are hundreds of years old and still standing strong. Today, however, one of the biggest infrastructure headaches is maintenance. Due to incredibly high volumes of traffic and adverse weather conditions, the UK’s road…

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London model for infrastructure

What is needed to develop London’s infrastructure?

Despite the lack of space London continues to add on average 120 000 people to its population each year. This may be putting pressure on the city’s housing capacity, but the more urgent need is to develop a more effective infrastructure. While there are many projects in the pipeline such as Crossrail and Highways England’s smart…

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Will UK infrastructure sink or swim?

The past week has seen several flood warnings issued in various parts of England as autumn rains are producing much heavier downpours than usual. Some areas experienced a week’s worth of rain in just a few hours and there has already been extensive damage to both homes and infrastructure. To make matters worse, there is…

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UK telecoms infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

What will it take to deliver faster telecoms in the UK?

Technology is amazing, enabling people to connect anytime, anywhere. Well, almost anywhere depending on if there is a reliable internet infrastructure. The UK government has made some ambitious promises regarding upgrading the current fibre and cell phone infrastructure so that more people have access to faster broadbands, yet delivering on these promises is going to…

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