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High rise residential buildings are increasingly being designed and built in the UK, and London leads the way, with around 25 residential buildings of 20 storeys or more under construction and around another 80 with planning consent. Many more are in the pipeline.
Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.
The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity. Despite some positive announcements on devolution, the government’s fetish for ever more roads comes at the expense of both the environment and more effective and better value public transport alternatives.
Most nations now recognise the catastrophic future for mankind unless there are rapid reductions in the amount of carbon that we chuck merrily into the atmosphere. But how countries achieve this is a matter of some debate.
Infrastructure has risen up the political agenda and its role in enabling long-term prosperity has rightly been central to the UK’s economic policy.
August saw the launch of the Project Leadership Programme (PLP) by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude. Aimed at improving the skills and capability of civil servants who work on government projects, it serves an unique purpose in upskilling the civil service in project management skills. Essential? Yes.
Where in the UK has there been a 123% increase in rail passenger numbers over the past 11 years, double the national average, but only a £41 per head investment in rail, compared to £100 per head across the whole of England?.
There have been many suggestions in NCE that we should be getting the “Opportunities in Construction” message across the school children at pre-subject choice stage.
It is often said that temporary works designers need to get to grips with Eurocodes, and there are fundamental differences in the way temporary and permanent works should be designed. But this is too simplistic.
The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.
As ever, there has been plenty of rumour about what is likely to be announced in the Autumn Statement. Damaging road schemes are set to be a key part.
For those in the Scottish infrastructure sector, is the referendum decision good for business?
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