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.
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?
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.
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?
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.