In construction a contract acts as a binding agreement between the party commissioning the building project and the party responsible for carrying out the construction work. In this blog we take a look at the role of the Main Contractor in the Project Team and their influence on construction product specification. The Construction Project Team – […]

Since the EU referendum the economic outlook for the UK in general and for construction specifically has been uncertain. The recent Glenigan Breakfast Briefing, held in London on Tuesday 22nd November, provided the outlook for construction markets going into 2017. Here is my take on the event. Heightened uncertainty & sterling depreciation shocks the economy The […]

The mystery shopper as a means of conducting market research is often overlooked, but it is a cost-effective means of obtaining market feedback. When evaluating your construction product supply channel it is a great way of checking to see if what their senior management tell you is actually happening on the ground. Competitive Advantage have […]

The Engineer is a key member of the construction team and has a significant influence on product specification. In this blog we take a look at the many roles of the Engineer in construction and the influence they have on construction product specification. The Construction Project Team – the role of the engineer There are […]

A roadmap for digital construction The UK BIM Alliance launched during the recent Construction Week, replacing the BIM Task Group, it aims to provide a reference point for firms involved in the built environment to implement BIM, particularly the adoption of Level 2. As part of this launch the chair of the UK BIM Alliance presented […]

The Construction Products Association’s latest construction forecasts gives a mixed picture for construction over the next two years, due to the impacts of the uncertainty following the EU referendum. Construction activity is expected to remain flat in 2017 and 2018; however this hides variation at the sector level, with growth in infrastructure and education offsetting […]

Realising the value of a digitally enabled construction sector Construction is no longer a muddy boots and shovel industry. Recent thoughts on rebranding the construction industry take a look at some of the world leading work being done in the area of BIM and the digitisation of construction. The recent report by the CPA, The […]

Is it time for a collective effort to improve the image of construction and bolster recruitment to the sector? In recent weeks we have seen a call to collaborate and modernise the construction industry. The release of the Farmer Report, Modernise or Die has stimulated a lot of discussion amongst industry members. Indeed Construction News write […]

An architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. There are over quarter of a million professionals within the UK construction industry. Construction professionals make up just under a quarter of those employed in construction. And a quarter of construction professionals are either architects or architectural technician – approximately 62,000. […]

The project to develop a standardised format for BIM content continues, with the Construction Products Association, BRE and BIM4M2 working together. This will be managed by ‘Relevant Authorities’ – the trade associations representing manufacturers who will develop the templates for each section of the industry. The next workshop for trade associations is being hosted by […]