Social value: should we care?

Apparently, as it is moving up the agenda for both central and local government. This could be good news for small to medium size contractors – and now is the time to get  prepared. 

The Government wants to change its procurement rules so that those awarding contracts can take account of the value that companies and their services add to society. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington launched a consultation on what the rules should be in March this year which ran until mid-June.

 

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Swinging the lead

Sad sign of the times when we go on site to be told "Don't mention the lead" in a case study because of the sensitivity to theft.

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Cab for construction?

An article in the Financial Times suggested that the UK construction industry was approaching its ‘Uber moment’ as a result of use of offsite production to slash programmes and cost. For those of us with long memories it’s easy to be cynical, yet could it be right?

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The truth will find you out: it’s not just Generation Z that’s demanding transparency

One of us was recently briefed by their teenager on the James Charles situation. (For those of you that don’t know, Charles is a beauty vlogger who haemorrhaged followers after a show of disloyalty to an older mentor). Said teen was one of the millions to unfollow Charles on Instagram.

Typical Generation Z, we might think. Into influencers, integrity. But we’re not so sure it’s about the demographics.

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Bricks off the old block

We love projects like this one. These 100-year-old bricks have just been laid for the second time in their lives in a great project that combines a heritage building with new-build. These projects require more capital investment, yet by restoring and reviving old buildings, how much more value do they – and we – add to communities and urban environments?

 

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The height of concern

Although one might foolishly be tempted to take some tiny crumb of comfort from the fact that the numbers of construction deaths resulting from falls from height has reduced ever-so slightly in the past few years, the latest report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height still makes for grim reading.

As result, it’s imperative that the sector redoubles its safety training efforts to ensure that all its workers can be confident of coming home in one piece at the end of the day. The onus falls on all of us – in our case, an agency that finds itself on scaffolds and ladders conducting interviews or overseeing photography – to ensure the highest standards are maintained and properly communicated to those at risk.

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