BIM has proved its worth across a wide range of construction programmes. Much of the focus has been on ensuring that projects leave a legacy of accurate and detailed as built data, available through common standards like COBie. This brings major benefits for communication, planning and future maintenance. With offsite construction BIM needs to be…

The growing shortage of traditional construction skills isn’t a problem that’s going away any time soon. We simply have too many homes, schools and commercial buildings to create and too many bricklayers, plasterers and carpenters approaching retirement. A simple (or perhaps simplistic) answer is to build differently. If we use methods that rely less on…

Twelve months ago the Farmer Report urged the construction industry to ‘Modernise or Die.’ A year on, where are we? A sector as large and complex as construction doesn’t find rapid change easy. And when the change also involves government agencies, industry bodies, procurers and education providers it becomes a very large supertanker to turn…

In 2025 the construction industry will have 33% lower costs, produce 50% less emissions and deliver projects 50% faster. That is according to the 2025 Construction Strategy announced by the government. Remember, we are talking about a traditional industry where productivity has hardly moved in the last 30 years. So some scepticism may be understandable…

The Government could hardly send out a clearer signal: there will be a presumption in favour of offsite construction on publicly funded projects. The reasons behind this are easy to grasp. We have ambitious targets for building homes and expanding schools, alongside major infrastructure projects that need to be delivered. Traditional methods show no sign…

Many care homes have space to expand. They also have the demand to fill the new care places they would create. What possibly holds them back is the thought of the disruption, noise and upheaval of having a construction project onsite, and who could blame them. Being fair to existing residents – who may be…

A curious question perhaps. Surely every business cares about its customers. But view the typical construction project from a customer’s perspective and things may look a little different. As fewer than half of all projects complete on time and on budget, delays and disappointment seem to be the expectation. Take a glimpse into the future,…

Most people would accept that we should help care home residents to live as independently and actively as possible, for as long as they can. If we also accept that there will be a greater proportion of older people with more complex needs in the care system, we need to ask whether our current understanding…