Can technology help construction?

A number of years ago Modernise or Die was published for the construction sector. Since this point there have been some improvements and changes to the sector but like always more can be done. The sector still has large elements of manual and “how it’s all being” mentality. It’s time to move on from old-fashionedContinue reading “Can technology help construction?”

Construction sector is adaptable and resilient!

My comments below from: The construction sector’s adaptability and resilience during the pandemic period has given it a strong foundation for growth. Lee Wilkinson, director in PwC’s construction team, explains: According to the UKEO, construction is among the few sectors to fully recover to pre-crisis levels. It recognises the sector’s adaptability to operating under lockdown restrictionsContinue reading “Construction sector is adaptable and resilient!”

Is technology here to stay in construction

So technology …. That will never catch on will it!  Well we are now in a world where robotic arms lay bricks in our houses. In some cases our houses are printed for us. Our building sites are surveyed by drones and deliveries to the sites are automatically logged and photographed to prove delivery. TechnologyContinue reading “Is technology here to stay in construction”

Seek out opportunities during disruption

The light is shining at the end of the tunnel. The buzz and excitement of visiting cities, visiting the office and most importantly seeing 3D people! Gosh imagine that first handshake or hug (when allowed)! The positive feel at the moment is good BUT we must also not forget that we can’t just return toContinue reading “Seek out opportunities during disruption”

The UK Housing market

Commentary by Lee Wilkinson, External Audit Director, PwC  Published in Yorkshire Post 3 April 2021 Projecting house prices is challenging during normal times, but with the level of uncertainty currently present in the economy, it is even more complicated. While there are certainly factors that will support house prices in the coming months, there areContinue reading “The UK Housing market”

Just a few thoughts on construction

So let us take stock. After a year of pandemic, the exit from the European Union and the ever rising climate risk it’s good to take stock. Unsurprisingly the construction industry naturally has encountered challenges: shortage of materials, social distancing restrictions and amendments to contracts. There has been a year of conserving cash and re-assessingContinue reading “Just a few thoughts on construction”

Building dialogue, building homes – Why the public and private sectors need to shape a shared vision to address the UK housing shortage

That the UK has a major housing problem is universally agreed. The generally agreed target of 200,000 new homes per year that need building to address the current housing annual housing need remains just that: a target. Private and public sector development totals are falling significantly short, with current annual completions standing in the regionContinue reading “Building dialogue, building homes – Why the public and private sectors need to shape a shared vision to address the UK housing shortage”

Can we print our way out of a crisis?

The concept of a housing crisis is discussed in many contexts each day. The housing crisis or problem is nothing new, it’s just become topical to highlight it more. The housing crisis has been many years in the making caused by a lack of new houses being built. The public sector has abandoned large scaleContinue reading “Can we print our way out of a crisis?”

After the storm comes the rays of sunshine (hopefully)

On 16 March 2020 the lives of many changed. On the same date the previously bustling buildings in our towns and cities suddenly became rows of empty chairs, desks, floors and so forth. The workplaces of many are reduced to kitchen worktops and sofas. The ordering of office furniture sees a sudden surge as theContinue reading “After the storm comes the rays of sunshine (hopefully)”

The modern world of construction

I wrote the below blog in 2019 for Constructing Excellence. Having re-read I can see a lot is still topical and the modernisation of construction still has a fair way to go, although credit for the progress made by many. The firms disrupting are still doing that at different paces. Sekisui House has formed aContinue reading “The modern world of construction”