AR and wearable tech to improve construction site safety Augmented reality is being used by Skanska in their training. By using 1:1 scale virtual reality for onsite training they are able to simulate dangerous scenarios that would not be possible at a real physical training grounds. In California, start-up Lightform has developed a new type of […]

Writing for PBC Today Buildoffsite argues that, to fix our broken housing market, we need to challenge our use of traditional construction methods and materials. Buildoffsite say “The only viable way to get substantially increased capacity out of a supply chain that is under real strain is to challenge traditional methods of construction and also […]

Traditionally, product innovation in the construction sector has been driven by changes in regulations, requiring manufacturers to add new performance characteristics to their products. Today we are at a critical point requiring significant changes in behaviour, driven by reducing skills availability, increasing costs, greater focus on building outcomes and digital technology as an enabler. Competitive […]

BIM adoption and the standardisation of product data Results of a survey, by Construction Manager and BIM+ have revealed that a high proportion of public sector clients are failing to adopt BIM on their projects and that 1 in 4 said they did not ask for BIM adoption on their projects. They surveyed clients, contractors […]

In response to the recently launched Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard by the government, The CPA has produced new procurement guidance tool. Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, said “The CPA tool will signpost procurers to the established set of international and European standards, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS’s) and certifications schemes […]

A year has passed since the government BIM level 2 mandate came into force and the UK is seeing world leading development being done in the area of BIM. Yet since the level 2 Mandate, Brexit fears have exacerbated the skills gap faced by the industry, as well as impacted on the costs of materials. […]

Accord, a West Midlands housing association, which has been producing timber-framed factory-built homes through its LoCaL Homes arm since 2011 is now looking for partners to roll out the concept. The Dutch approach to volume custom-build is coming to the UK. Allowing plot owners to choose from a pool of six architect-led ‘home manufacturer’ teams, […]

Arcadis recently warned that Brexit could see British construction miss out on 215,000 workers, calculating that the recruitment need is equivalent to employing one new worker every 77 seconds! This is also backed by research from RICS, which reveals that large construction projects could be at risk if the UK leaves the EU single market, as […]

Government published its Industrial Strategy as a Green Paper – The objective of the modern industrial strategy is to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. The paper focuses upon growth through science, technology and innovation rather than through established, traditional industries; and poses several questions […]

Government has grabbed the headlines with its whitepaper “Fixing our broken housing market”. The paper sets out plans to reform the residential sector and boost the supply of homes in England. These include measures to deal with the high cost of renting and more relaxed planning rules. HBF comments: “the White Paper recognises that it […]