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How much of a change do we need to see in the productivity of the construction sector? Is five or ten per cent going to make a difference to anyone other than an accountant? Since 1971, productivity across the whole of the UK economy has more than doubled. In large part, this is because people…

Sometimes buildings have to be created in less than ideal locations. A school or healthcare facility may need to be extended when this was never envisaged in the original design. Construction sites can be tight, with minimal room for manoeuvring people, plant, scaffolding or vehicles. There may be limited space for storing materials and restricted…

Late delivery of a building project is never welcome, even though it’s something that happens so often that it’s almost become the expectation. Late delivery causes unique problems for schools. Overrunning works are highly disruptive to learners, and teaching may have to continue in unsuitable accommodation for longer than planned. That’s why many in the…

The Government’s Construction Sector Deal lays out an ambitious future for the construction sector. It rightly acknowledges the place of construction in a modern, technologically advanced society. The challenge set out in the document is to create a sector that, ‘can build new homes in weeks – and even days – rather than months; that…

One of the main advantages of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for building designers has always been the fact that strength, dimensional stability, insulation, and acoustic performance are built into the panel design. Performance is guaranteed without the need for additional treatments and coatings. As leading innovators in SIP technology, Innovaré Systems is taking those advantages…

A recent YouGov survey conducted for Shelter found that 51% of new homeowners had experienced significant quality issues. The types of issues reported included service connection, poorly fitted doors and windows, leaks and unfinished fittings. One major housebuilder spent £7m correcting defects with new homes in one year alone. The types of faults reported tend…

Complexity is the main reason that construction projects often take longer to finish or cost more than planned. It’s also what makes building performance frequently fall short of design specifications. There are too many decisions, variables and compromises made on the journey from design to delivery, with decisions not made until each stage is needed,…

The recent report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee highlighted a number of factors that are holding back the increased use of offsite manufacturing. One of the main obstacles identified was the entrenched fragmented approach used in construction projects. Designers, consultants, contractors and supply chains are too often kept at arm’s length…