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On World Humanitarian Day on last month I noted the theme for this year was calling for more humanitarian heroes. The world needed them – and still needs them – but the world needs more. It needs local heroes. Skilled local heroes, who know the area better than anyone else.
I read with interest recently a couple of articles about the challenges facing the construction sector as it bounces back to sustained growth. Bumper orders books sound great, these articles proclaim, but at the same time they warn about material and plant shortages.
Offsite manufacture sits at the heart of the UK Government’s Construction 2025 ambitions. Many sectors are turning to this approach in ever-increasing numbers to drive down construction costs by a third; speed up delivery by 50%; halve greenhouse gas emissions; and increase exports by 50% – four demanding targets of the initiative.
In his Autumn Statement this December, the Chancellor will announce details of the first ‘Road Investment Strategy’ (RIS). Controversially this first RIS will cover not only maintenance spending, but will see the budget for road construction rise from £1.5bn in 2014-15 to £3.8bn in 2020-21.
Few would argue that transport is the lifeblood of any city – a vibrant economy depends on the efficient movement of people, goods and data.
The cyclical nature of property development has made it difficult to create a stable and sustainable pipeline of graduate opportunities and skills investment. This crucial, but often overlooked sector, demands a particular mix of technical skills, pragmatism and commerciality, much of which can only really be trained “on the job“.
The Scottish independence referendum finally happens next week, with an accompanying debate that grows more convoluted by the day. Both sides of the argument have long since reached fever pitch, with the ‘Yes’ team calling foul play over British government’s refusal to allow an independent Scotland access to sterling currency and the ‘No’ team claiming that the (Scottish National Party) SNP will falter when it comes to joining the European Union as a separate state.
A revelatory moment in my thinking about procurement was when over a dinner Sir William McAlpine, of the famed construction dynasty, gave me a short extract from a John Ruskin essay.
We need more houses in the UK, especially affordable homes. One estimate of the gap between what we have and what we need is as high as 290,000 new homes. That’s a considerable challenge.
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