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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Infrastructure flooding EllisFox Blog

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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SW opportunity Ellis Fox Blog

Why its all happening in the South West

While many areas and sectors in the construction industry are trading cautiously and tightening their reigns because of a cutback in investments and the uncertainties of Brexit, there is one region where construction projects are growing exponentially. Between housing, infrastructure and civil works it is estimated that the South West region will create more than…

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Management soft skills Ellis Fox Blog

What soft skills can help your career progression?

The marketplace is changing. Whereas once the focus was on qualifications, skills and experience, today companies are looking for more. Knowledge isn’t much use if you can’t disseminate it to your team and get them to implement your vision. So let’s talk for a minute about soft skills and why they are a key element…

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Counter offer Ellis Fox Blog

Is a counter offer worth it?

One of your top people resigns and you feel you really can’t afford to lose them, so you do what’s logical, offer them more pay, more benefits, anything to get them to stay. In all honesty, you’re wasting your time. Here are 3 reasons why counteroffers rarely work: It’s not all about money While people…

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Smart motorways emissions Ellis Fox Blog

Smart innovation – can smart technology help lower emissions on highways?

The technology for smart highways is already being rolled out on several major motorways in the UK, particularly in and around London. To date the focus of the smart technology has primarily been on reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety for commuters. As it turns out there could be another benefit that would go…

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Ageism Ellis Fox Blog

When age matters – are construction companies shooting themselves in the foot?

While there are a lot of news headlines about gender inequality in construction not much is said about older employees in the industry. There have been reports about how much of the expertise within the industry is due to retire in the next 10 years and how big a skills gap that will leave, so…

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Climate crisis Ellis Fox Blog

How will construction respond to the climate crisis?

The British government recently announced tough new legislation is on the cards to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. This has been welcomed in principle because most people recognise that things need to change. We shouldn’t be as dependent on fossil fuels, for example, when there are opportunities to use cleaner energy sources. We…

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