UK Construction

Should We Be Encouraging the Use of the F-Word in Construction?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

Civil engineering and construction doesn't need to be the preserve of men. I am a woman. A woman who has worked in design offices, in different countries, with universities, and out on construction sites: I am at a complete loss as to why construction would not suit women.

Politicians Agree on This One Issue

Chris Jones | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Politicians aren't known to agree, but they did reach a consensus on one thing last week: how poor careers advice is in the UK. That's probably not surprising to anyone who's recently come through the school system, which is why representatives of the three major political parties are calling for huge improvements.

Britain's Housing Crisis - The Brownfield Solution?

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

As the May general election looms, housing remains a key issue over which the different political parties will scrap it out until the polls close. Of course they'll all promise the earth, offering to solve the UK's housing shortage with inflated numbers of how many houses they expect to build, but in reality how many of these much needed new homes will ever get off the ground?


Evelyn Robert de Rothschild | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

It is well known that today's world there are problems in the construction of the infrastructure in cities and elsewhere on roads that are now either ...

Man's Best Friend Is Not the Dog - It's the Tree

Paul Brannen | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

As I see it, the strategy should first and foremost focus on the mitigation impact our forests can have in relation to the growing problem of climate change. Secondly, the strategy should focus on the job protection and job creation potential of our forests and the wood they produce.

Civil Engineering: All Fun and (Video) Games?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

Computer game designer, video games tester, and working in cinematics for Hollywood movies are high tech dream jobs for many. Civil engineering, on the other hand, is often associated with muddy boots, hammers, hard hats and high vis vests...

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.

UK Housing: Making the Long Journey Home

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

When the recession hit, it wiped out livelihoods and decimated entire markets. In the face of a global slump, Britain's housing sector was no exception; buyers couldn't afford to buy and builders couldn't afford to build. Over the course of several years, the pace of the property market dropped from jet stream to tumbleweed and the UK was left with an increasingly problematic housing deficit.

Energy Efficiency's Strength In Numbers

Paul King | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Paul King

Reports on how to tackle the UK's ageing, energy inefficient and hard to heat homes are, it would appear, like buses. You wait ages for one to show up...

Britain's Got a New Housing Bubble - and It's About to Explode

Nash Riggins | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Over the last twelve months, short-sighted plans like the government's coveted Help to Buy scheme have caused excessive price inflation - and if the Chancellor doesn't do something to restrain demand, that bubble is soon going to blow up in his face.

Man Dies After Mayfair Building Partially Collapses

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK

A construction worker has been killed and another injured when a building near the US embassy that was being redeveloped into flats partially collapse...

Sustainability: Should 'We' Care?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources is becoming ever-more apparent in the UK and around the world: flash floods have destroyed homes; farming and crops have been affected; transport services have caused chaos with sudden cancellations and closures.

The Modern Apprentice - A New Business Opportunity

Mark Naysmith | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Naysmith

As a professional consultancy advising and working with developers, contractors and architects we are directly impacted by skills and resource shortages within the environmental, construction and engineering sectors.

Time to End the Silence on Zero Carbon

Paul King | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Paul King

In just five years' time, every new office, hospital, school, library, supermarket - or any other building in the UK for that matter - will have to be built to ambitious new environmental standards... or at least that's the plan.

Complacency Will Be the Barrier to Building a Brighter Future for the Construction Industry

Simon Thomas | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

With the UK's construction sector growing at its fastest pace since 2003, the renewed optimism being spoken of is coming to fruition. As an SME operating in the manufacturing sector, it's fair to say that we are seeing a dramatic increase in enquiries and orders from the housing sector in particular, a growth which can be attributed in part to the Government's Help to Buy scheme.

How Do We Inspire More Girls to be Engineers and First Women of the Future?

Dawn Elson | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dawn Elson

Is it that the prospect of a career in engineering simply isn't appealing to girls? Or maybe the failing is earlier than that and the girls don't select the vital STEM subjects at GCSE or A level and then are not able to go on to read engineering at university?

Meet The Robot Construction Crew Inspired By Termites

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Tech

Inspired by the mound-making abilities of termites, a team of clever Harvard folk have created a team of self-organising robots that can build constru...

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

Why UK Workers Are Learning To #LoveConstruction Again

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

With business leaders now predicting a "slow and steady" recovering path of the UK economy, construction workers have every reason to feel more confid...

Always Ask 'Why?' (Stop Working Badly)

Becci Taylor | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
Becci Taylor

In a design workshop yesterday, I suddenly realised I wasn't trying. I wasn't contributing to the process by suggesting solutions, I wasn't listening. As soon as this struck me, I leaned forward, started thinking and got involved. Afterwards I felt very happy and left the meeting feeling lighter and much more positive about life. I also felt determined not to let that happen again!

LOOK: Beijing Professor Builds Crazy 'Mountain House'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

A wealthy Chinese professor has been ordered to demolish his eccentric mountain retreat built on top of a 26-storey residential tower block in Beijing...

Newey Slams Dissenting Teams on Exploding Tire Debate

Todd McCandless | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The British Grand Prix provided the latest drama to an already touchy subject in 2013...tyres. The exploding tire issues claimed five left-rear tires during the weekend and while Pirelli are keen to get tot he bottom of the issue, speculation as to the cause has ranged from steel belts to serrated curbs and low tire pressure.

LOOK: New York's Massive Underground Caverns

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

While above ground New York's One World Trade Centre might be grabbing all the headlines, beneath the streets of the city there is an even bigger feat...

It's Rotten Here in Jail

Allan Hogarth | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

I explained to them that I actually understand and agree that many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work are probably guilty. Guilty of insulting the president, guilty of being gay, guilty of standing up for women's rights. I explained that it's often repressive laws that puts many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work behind bars.

Women Are Full of Common Sense - We Prefer to Work With Natural Rather Than Unnatural Materials

Barbara S Jones | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara S Jones

The statistics for women 'on the tools' in construction - that means actually doing it rather than managing or supervising - is pitifully small. And even more of a shock, this hasn't changed since I trained as a carpenter and joiner over 30 years ago.