UKIB Ellis Fox Blog

Money Makers – How will the Infrastructure Bank change UK construction?

There is a great deal of responsibility resting with the UK’s Infrastructure Bank (UKIB). It has been trusted with a relatively large pot of money – £22 million to be precise – and tasked to fulfill two key mandates: Levelling up on inequality and helping the public and private sector reach net-zero targets. Of note…

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Can UK construction collaborate to achieve net-zero?

The built environment has for decades carried the label as being one of the biggest single contributors to carbon emissions. This past week saw the announcement and soft launch of The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. This is massive positive step in the right direction, indicating that industry role players are committed to…

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Resillience Ellis Fox Blog

Can construction pull it off?

While many industries have labored under the constraints of lockdown, the construction industry has been steadily increasing output and project starts. This has been encouraging, considering the industry has been plagued by its own set of challenges. The latest of which is the materials shortages being experienced in the supply chain. Repeatedly government has promised…

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How can the UK accelerate infrastructure development?

It’s no secret the country’s aging infrastructure is in dire need of improvement. In fact this has been the argument for gaining approval for some of the more ambitious rail projects such as Crossrail and HS2. The problem is that while most people will agree on what’s needed, it’s still a slow process to get…

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Projects leading the UK construction boom

Despite the challenges of the past year, there’s one silver lining. After years of decline, the UK construction industry is showing a strong turnaround and is set to lead the way in terms of economic recovery in the UK. A major contributing factor is the number of high profile infrastructure projects that are underway. Many…

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Playing your cards right in salary negotiations

For both candidates and companies salary negotiations can be tricky. Show your cards too soon and you could lose out, ending up paying more or earning less than you would have liked. Finding the winning option for both parties is not simple, but it can be made easier when you have someone in the middle…

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Will Construction Leaders step up?

The past few years have highlighted the good, the bad and the very ugly of leadership in construction. The Carillion collapse that made massive headlines at the time, highlighted that no matter the size of an organization poor leadership can make it fail. Navigating the pandemic in 2020 also put construction leaders to the test…

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Construction major projects skills Ellis Fox Blog

What can make or break major projects?

Major projects such as HS2 and Crossrail are often in the news, citing problems with funding, productivity, community objections or government approvals. But there is one element that often gets overlooked, because it’s not in the public eye.  It’s the people driving the success of the project, the many role players that have specialised expertise…

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Construction bidding – What comes first, bid or hire?

Bidding on major frameworks, whether as part of a joint venture or sole main contractor is a major undertaking. There are many considerations, not least of which is taking into account the specific skills needed to win and deliver on a project. Many companies are faced with the dilemma of when to hire. Should the…

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Construction Skills Ellis Fox Blog

Can the UK develop the skills construction needs?

In the lead up to Brexit and in the wake of sweeping immigration changes, the construction industry warned that losing access to EU and other foreign workers could place it at a disadvantage. Already in 2018, predictions were that there weren’t sufficient skills to replace those senior executives who would be up for retirement in…

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Technology and infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

UK Infrastructure – What difference can technology make?

When a major infrastructure fails to deliver on time or on budget, everyone loses. The contractors involved, the investors, and members of the public and business owners that were promised better transport or utilities. It’s no wonder that when new major infrastructure projects are announced, they’re met with broad opposition and skepticism. To date the…

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Green infrastructure Ellis Fox Blog

Green infrastructure – moving past planning a green revolution

Recently the PM Boris Johnson announced an ambitious 10 point green revolution plan. Outlining how the UK can become net zero and achieve its emissions targets by 2050. The plan includes creating at least 250 000 jobs and providing public investment to build the infrastructure needed. While welcomed by both environmental and infrastructure development parties,…

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