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flood data

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk

Flooding is considered a complex and technical area of environmental risk; however, with the flood data we have available today at our fingertips, it doesn’t have to be
Resin repairs

Resin repairs for decayed timbers

Resin repairs offer a practical, quick and cost-effective option for the repair of decayed large sectioned timbers.
framework providers

LHC frameworks: Helping you navigate the procurement minefield

Ian Brown, Client Support Manager for LHC’s north region, shares his views on why framework providers, LHC’s partnerships work.
crime prevention initiatives

Police Crime Prevention Academy: A new generation of crime prevention qualifications

September 2018 marks the launch and delivery of the first externally accredited crime prevention learning and development programme for more than 50 years
refurbishment sector

Government measures to improve fire safety bring security into the refurbishment...

New suggested standards for front doors to flats released in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for the first time bring security compliance into the refurbishment sector
3D printed bridge

A stainless steel 3D printed bridge takes shape in Amsterdam

The full span of a stainless steel 3D printed bridge to cross one of Amsterdam’s oldest and most famous canals has been completed
Timber frame homes

Scotframe’s impressive growth mirrors that of the timber frame market

Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe, discusses the company’s expansion into England as demand for timber frame homes continues to gain momentum.

Europe’s first full-scale Hyperloop test track

Tubes for the first full-scale Hyperloop test track are being put into place in Toulouse, France. The four-metre tubes are being installed by Hyperloop
fire safety

Fire safety in construction: Setting the agenda

Ryan Simmonds, Sales Director for Framing at voestalpine Metsec plc, explores the importance of only specifying framing materials that have been fire tested or assessed and the options available to the industry.
effective ventilation

Putting effective ventilation in the spotlight

Dave Cook, chair of the Property Care Association’s Residential Ventilation Group, sets out the trade body’s work in highlighting the issue of effective ventilation and its relevance to the construction and property sectors.
Low carbon technologies

Bridging the gap between intended and actual performance of low carbon...

Dr Terry Keech’s recent study into the barriers to achieving mass low carbon social housing has highlighted the knock-on effect planning policy can have on the entire supply chain. Here, he explains why
Hackitt Report

GDPR and the Hackitt Report: Earthquakes reshaping industries

The GDPR and the Hackitt Review may deal with very different areas but both call for systemic change in business processes and putting people at the heart of decision-making. Jonathan Hunter, chief operating officer of Elecosoft, looks at the similarities between the new European law and a post-Grenfell world
concrete corrosion, reinforced concrete, waterproof concrete

The use of admixtures to waterproof concrete: Part 3

In the third of a series of articles, James McDonald of Cementaid examines the factors behind concrete corrosion and how it can be avoided.
Heritage database

Using modern technology to protect and plan for heritage places

Lincoln is using a purpose-built online heritage database to help planners, developers and property owners understand the city’s historic environment while protecting its rich heritage. Kieron Manning of the City of Lincoln Council and Annabel Enriquez of the Getty Conservation Institute discuss the project’s development
whistleblowers

BBA works to provide a safe space for whistleblowers

Whistleblowers play an essential role in exposing malpractice and failings in the construction industry, yet the complex legal arrangements surrounding their protection deters some from coming forward. The British Board of Agrement is working to create a more coordinated approach to ensure serious concerns are properly addressed
Offsite manufacturing

A model of the future?

A sculpture highlighting the potential of modular construction and offsite manufacturing in tackling the UK’s housing crisis has been chosen to be included in the Royal Academy of Arts’ prestigious Summer Exhibition
retractable pitch

“Groundbreaking” retractable pitch tested at new Tottenham stadium

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Construction sector

Meaningful collaboration the key to transforming the UK construction industry

The UK’s housing market and the wider construction sector face multiple challenges. Kim Venau, CEO of BLP Insurance, discusses what needs to happen to effect meaningful change
offsite modular

Swan takes flight with offsite modular factory

Swan Housing Group has invested in its own factory to deliver much-needed homes through offsite modular construction. Housing minister James Brokenshire recently visited the site to see how this precision-engineered approach can deliver attractive, greener homes while saving money and cutting waste
Good acoustics

The value of good acoustics in housebuilding

Excessive noise is not just an irritant – it can have a real impact on our quality of life, health and wellbeing. David Garritt, a member of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), signposts professionals in the housebuilding sector to some of the ways acoustics can help mitigate the issue
BIM technology

BIM and digital transformation: Opening the door to innovation

Enterprise Ireland’s John Hunt tells PBC Today that digital transformation is the key to improving productivity and cutting waste in construction – and discusses how BIM technology is opening the door for many SMEs to compete on a larger stage
UK planning

The Raynsford Review: Making planning fit for purpose?

Could the Raynsford Review of Planning, which published its interim findings in June, give the UK’s much-maligned system an overhaul that everyone can get behind? Gary Stephens of planning consultancy Marrons Planning takes a look
offsite housing

What’s new? What matters? Is it offsite?

Dennis Seal of Buildoffsite looks at issues and opportunities facing the offsite sector, as well as the growing support for this method of construction in meeting the UK’s housing demand
structural solutions

WSP uses advanced 3D modelling to optimise the design of London’s...

Aidan Mercer looks at how Bentley’s RAM software has provided innovative structural solutions for the unique geometry of One Blackfriars Tower.
women in construction

Women in construction: Assessing progression and pay

What is the state of play for women in the construction industry and what is there hope for real progression? Louise Richardson of Niftylift takes a look
Hackitt Review

Grenfell: The British Safety Council voices its concerns in response to...

David Parr, policy and technical director at the British Safety Council, examines the final recommendations of the Hackitt Review into fire safety and building regulations

PBC Today August 2018