Events

WATCH: Minister says construction’s decisions key to UK’s progress

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The industry’s decisions and innovation are key to the government’s aims of levelling up the country and meeting net-zero targets, the construction minister has said. Speaking at the Construction News Summit, Lee Rowley stressed how much of a priority it is for the government to make the industry greener, and…

Tier-one CEOs call on subcontractors and Whitehall to help boost diversity

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Tier-one bosses have called for both subcontractors and Whitehall to help increase diversity in the industry. Galliford Try CEO Bill Hocking told the Construction News Summit that senior leaders have been on “a crusade” for years to get more diversity into their businesses. While he claimed younger-aged employees at his…

Rise of automation could ‘widen skills gap’

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The rise of automation in the construction industry could lead to a widening skills gap, a leading consultant has warned. Arcadis UK director of workforce for the future Lara Potter said the built environment needs a new culture of upskilling to deal with the anticipated changes that automation could bring…

Mace boss calls for review of refurb tax

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Construction companies are being disincentivised from refurbishing buildings because of a high VAT tax, Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds has said. The government must step in to reform the 20 per cent VAT tax on refurbishments to encourage more sustainable practices, he said at the Construction News Summit last week.…

Tier one CEOs warn against competing on big issues

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Leaders of tier one firms have called for the spirit of cooperation that emerged among contractors in the early days of the pandemic to continue, as the industry tackles major challenges such as the climate crisis and a skills shortage. Speaking at the Construction News Summit in central London on…

WATCH: CN Summit addresses the ‘next normal’ for construction

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This video was first broadcast at CN Summit 2020. McKinsey global partner David Rockhill kicked off the event by exploring recent research on how to reshape the construction industry and how COVID-19 has accelerated this process, as well as discussing some of the economic and structural developments for the industry…

WATCH: CN Summit debate on creating better regen projects

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This video was first broadcast at CN Summit 2020. Our panel came together to debate how the industry could better put placemaking at the heart of future projects; how it could explore the future of public-private partnerships; and review what our city centres will look like by 2030. Panellists included:…

WATCH: CN Summit explores closer collaboration for suppliers, safe sites and procurement

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This video was first broadcast at CN Summit 2020. Panel members came together to discuss how the pandemic had impacted investment plans and current projects; to what extent cost will dominate procurement in the future; how they are addressing risk in the supply chain and ensuring clarity for your project…

WATCH: CN Summit previews upcoming regen projects

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This video was first broadcast at CN Summit 2020. Our panel featured Barbara Brownlee, managing director for Westminster Builds at Westminster City Council, who discussed the Ebury Bridge Estate project in London; and Nalin Seneviratne, director of city centre development at Sheffield City Council, who emphasised the importance of public private partnerships…

WATCH: CN Summit looks at how 2020 has shaped business

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This video was first broadcast at CN Summit 2020. Our panel came together to discuss: What has been the structural and operational impact of COVID-19 this year and into 2021 and beyond?; How has the pipeline of projects changed?; To what extent will technology now create a long-term shift in…