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PBC Today May 2022

PBC Today May 2022

Welcome to the PBC Today May 2022 edition where our expert contributors from across the architecture, engineering and construction sectors explore issues ranging from how we can realise levelling up and the cost of poor housing to the NHS to the role of social value in the built environment, improving compliance and safety, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on projects and planning.
public sector procurement

Why public sector procurement holds many of the keys to levelling...

Values-based procurement has a crucial part to play in driving economic equity. LHC Group interim chief executive Elaine Elkington explains why, exploring the role of public sector procurement in delivering quality housing for all and supporting a more diverse supply chain for social landlords.
storing solar energy

Storing solar energy for electricity generation

Researchers behind an energy system that makes storing solar energy, for up to 18 years, possible, have now taken the system a step further.
rebated fuel

Ending of rebated fuel: Will the construction sector see “red” or...

Friday 1 April 2022 marked the end of rebated fuel for the UK construction industry. David Savage, a partner in the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys, discusses the new regulations and their likely impact on the sector.
modular projects

Making modular projects mainstream

Modular construction is by no means new but making modular projects mainstream brings a number of challenges, explains Mateo Zimmerman.
post pandemic office

Futureproofing the post pandemic office and commercial spaces

A case study of No. 1 Causeway, a crescent-shaped office building in Staines, Surrey, by James Ward, project director and associate director at Arup.
social value

Social value goes to the very heart of the built environment’s...

Following the publication of its new social value toolkit, UKGBC's Simon McWhirter discusses the growing focus on social value in the industry and why it must be integrated throughout any built environment project.
panelised construction

Panelised construction systems spell the future of MMC

Georgina Bignold, director at Proctor & Matthews Architects, explains how panelised construction systems are bringing new levels of design versatility to MMC housing, taking the industry to the next level
levelling up agenda

Why MMC can be the key to the levelling up agenda

The levelling up agenda is more than just a phrase, it is tangible progress. Joseph Daniels, founder of Etopia, says MMC housing can play a huge role in realising lasting change across Britain.
Section 76

What does Section 76 mean for housebuilders and developers in Northern...

Northern Ireland's equivalent to Section 106 planning agreements, Section 76, designed to secure affordable housing in developments are set to become much more frequently used from next year. Chris Bryson of Gravis Planning and Drew Nesbitt of Wilson Nesbitt examine the likely impact.
UK construction projects

How does the war in Ukraine affect UK construction projects?

The conflict in Ukraine is having significant and far-reaching economic consequences. Tom Duncan and Sadia McEvoy of law firm Ashurst examine how it will affect current and future UK construction projects.
construction net zero

Are construction net zero goals too ambitious?

As construction net zero targets loom large, Adam Savitz of Johnson Controls examines how businesses can meet the challenge.
safety in the built environment

Supporting compliance and safety in the built environment

With construction facing an increasingly complex regulatory system, the Construction Innovation Hub help firms navigate the evolving landscape.
MMC homes

How the UK construction industry can embrace MMC homes

In an era of materials and skills shortages, a global shift towards sustainability and new notions around the ideal workplace, MMC stands out as a construction method that can adapt to new demands. But how can the UK fully embrace MMC homes? This was the question discussed at a recent roundtable event chaired by Ian Atkinson of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.
reduce crime

Focussing on Secured by Design to reduce crime

Secured by Design (SBD) is the official police security initiative, owned by the UK Police Service with the specific aim to reduce crime and help people live more safely.

Taking stock: How far has UK MMC come?

Kate Saunders, a partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins, examines the shifting attitudes toward UK MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) and the barriers that remain to its widespread adoption.
building safety act

Why building control professionals need to prepare NOW for the Building...

The Building Safety Bill is working its way through Parliament with Royal Assent expected sometime in 2022. So, what does this mean for the building control profession and what should every building control surveyor be doing now to prepare? These are the questions that LABC’s chief executive, Lorna Stimpson, has a simple answer for.
Structural defects warranty

Advantage Home Construction Insurance expands into Northern Ireland

With over 40 years of industry experience, structural defects warranty specialist Advantage Home Construction Insurance (AHCI) has expanded into Northern Ireland.
enterprise readiness programme

Enterprise Readiness Programme: Developing new ideas to help build better

Innovation will be crucial if the construction industry is to address the challenges it faces and the demands of the future. The Enterprise Readiness Programme has been launched by I-Construct to help small and medium-sized business bring new ideas to the sector.
rainscreen subframe

School for success: Why rainscreen subframe systems are crucial in the...

The government’s ambitious plans for a 10-year programme of school rebuilding face a major challenge, given the poor thermal performance of old building stock. David Fraser, business unit manager, NVELOPE® of SFS, explains how to get the best from the school building envelope using rainscreen subframe systems.
floating cities

Building on water: Are floating cities the solution to rising sea...

Previously the stuff of science fiction, could floating cities offer a very real solution to the threat of rising sea levels? Nemetschek Group considers the possibility.
mandatory electrical safety checks

An end to the tenure lottery in mandatory electrical safety checks?

Electricity causes around half of the domestic fires in the UK, yet electrical safety regulations have, until recently, lagged behind those covering gas.
urban design principles

How cities are changing shape and adopting new urban design principles

The pandemic has changed the way we work, travel and interact - and cities need to change too to avoid becoming ghost towns. Dr David Cleevely, chair of the Cambridge Ahead NECE project, discusses new research that examines how the city can experiment with new urban design principles and transport.
reducing construction waste

Why reducing construction waste is key to achieving net zero

With the UK 2050 net zero target in mind, it is time to think and talk more about reducing construction waste, says Irina Leigh, production innovation architect at L&Q.
construction variations

Improving the management of construction variations

It is no secret that construction variations commonly cause delays and disputes in the industry, quickly transforming what might have been a relatively straightforward project into one with unmanageable complications. So how can variations be managed more efficiently and effectively?.
design concepts

The role of design concepts in driving positive change

Innovate UK KTN launched its Design Innovation Network just last month. Abi Hird, its founder and design specialist at Innovate UK KTN, discusses the purpose of the network, design concepts and what good design looks like in practice.

PBC Today May 2022