The construction skills gap continues to intensify. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB says, in response to their latest State of Trade Survey 2017 ‘of the 15 key trades and occupations we monitor, 40% show skills shortages at their highest point since we started to feel the effects of the skills crisis in 2013.’ The […]

According to the report from IHS Markit and CIPS UK Construction PMI, last month saw residential building outperform commercial construction and civil engineering activity, despite the most recent increase occurring at the slowest pace in three months. A new study from Glenigan reveals the number of affordable housing units in the planning pipeline leapt by […]

We are currently surveying construction professionals, asking them questions about their journal readership, blog readership, social media activity, use of product directories and CPD requirements. This is to inform the fifth edition of the Construction Media Index report, due to be released September 2017. Findings are currently being analysed to provide insight into how best […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

One way for the construction industry to learn and adapt is to learn from other sectors. Toyota, following WWII, pioneered a method known as lean production. This has been adapted for the building sector and is known as lean construction. Surely lean construction is a perfect fit for BIM? Another method pioneered following WWII is […]

A recent poll from Reuters suggests that planning regulations should be relaxed to help ease the home ownership crisis. The Reuters poll revealed that experts believe nationally prices are expected to rise 2.1 per cent this year and 2.0 per cent in 2018 and 2019. Experts polled by Reuters said loosening planning regulations is the […]

This blog provides a brief introduction to some of the key decision makers and influencers in the construction team. Looking at what challenges are of importance to them. Providing guidance on what drives product specification, by looking at how each individual specifier is influenced by key factors such as value, design quality, sustainability. Further information […]

Every since Mark Farmers report Modernise or Die, the industry has been keen to show the digital innovations being adopted in the construction process. Much of this innovation is being lead by the adoption of BIM. One of the new technologies being slowly adopted is Augmented Reality. A recent article in BIM+ argues that Augmented […]

How can construction draw in new talent? A survey of over 350 contractors, conducted by ECIC, has revealed that there is high pressure for the sector to meet demands with the current skills shortage continuing. According to the survey, 78% of contractors admitted they were impacted by the skills shortage, with 56% planning to increase […]

Many interior designers work with organisations with large property portfolios, creating standardised designs for hotels, restaurants, retailers amongst others. So one person or practice can be responsible for a high volume of product. For the construction product manufacturer marketing interior products, the interior designer is an important decision maker and should be considered when developing […]