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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.
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.
Researchers behind an energy system that makes storing solar energy, for up to 18 years, possible, have now taken the system a step further.
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 construction is by no means new but making modular projects mainstream brings a number of challenges, explains Mateo Zimmerman.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As construction net zero targets loom large, Adam Savitz of Johnson Controls examines how businesses can meet the challenge.
With construction facing an increasingly complex regulatory system, the Construction Innovation Hub help firms navigate the evolving landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 40 years of industry experience, structural defects warranty specialist Advantage Home Construction Insurance (AHCI) has expanded into Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Electricity causes around half of the domestic fires in the UK, yet electrical safety regulations have, until recently, lagged behind those covering gas.
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.
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.
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?.
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.