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It’s tempting to look forward to a time beyond Covid-19 when the world gets back to normal. In reality, that will probably never happen. Eventually, Covid-19 will cease to be a crisis, either because we have effective vaccines or because we work out how to live with the virus. By then, the ways we live…

The CBI published a report that paints a picture of our industry that is, at the same time, both optimistic and frustrating. On the upside, the report by the CBI and Oxford Economics highlights the potential for sustained productivity growth. This could achieve a £30bn increase in output with no additional costs by the end…

New school buildings are often needed urgently to meet growing demand. Additionally, building programmes that can be compressed to restrict major onsite works to evenings and holidays are particularly welcome. Fast-track construction, and the need to avoid disrupted learning, sometimes lead to compromises such as fully modular or volumetric offsite construction. Complete classrooms or building…

Predicting demand for school places has never been a perfect science – but in the past it has always been based on managing demand for new places, or the need to replace dilapidated and unsuitable buildings. Covid-19 is throwing in a whole new set of challenges requiring a rapid response, to managing the balance to…

Innovations in building materials and technologies have always fuelled revolutions in architectural style. Whether it’s humble historical developments like the ability to mass produce fired bricks, or more recent innovations in structural steel and reinforced concrete, all have left their imprint on our built environment. Arguably, we stand at the dawn of a new age…

TV News footage at the start of the Covid-19 crisis showed just how challenging it is to maintain safe social distancing on traditional construction sites. We face the possibility of future waves of infection, localised lockdowns, or colleagues having to isolate after being notified by a contact tracer. These all add additional elements of timing…

Covid-19 has brought about real challenges for construction balancing the imperative to mange the safeguarding and wellbeing of operatives with the need to get sites up and running as effectively as possible, as quickly as possible. Rapid SIP structural fabric solutions can help accelerate the return to work and claw back project programmes to get…

Looking Back or Looking Forward? A building programme on a school site can be a great learning opportunity. It can also be a major distraction or even a nuisance if the project drags on for weeks or months, as many seem to do. But, given the technology now at contractors’ disposal, should that still be…