The latest expert insight and commentary on issues affecting the UK construction sector

We need to attract women early and upskill throughout their careers


Katie Pinder is the emerging talent lead at Mace In all walks of life, a truly inclusive and diverse environment can see immeasurable benefits, such as new perspectives and skillsets. Historically, the construction industry’s workforce has been dominated by men. However, a noticeable shift is occurring in the UK construction…

It’s time to get ahead of the game on performance scrutiny


Neil Hargreaves is managing director of Knauf Insulation Northern Europe Change doesn’t happen quickly in construction. Ours is an industry that tends to value the steady march of progress above riskier leaps into the future. But for those responsible for compliance within their respective organisations, 2023 will not have felt…

Asbestos: the unseen threat in the UK’s green revolution


Paul Young is underwriting manager at Markel The green revolution is with us, and is being touted as a way to be more energy efficient and save money as the cost-of-living crisis impacts the UK. However, the shift to greater energy efficiency for domestic and commercial properties has increased the…

Shining a light on the right to collateral warranties


Manus Quigg is a partner and Claire Rice is a senior associate at law firm Brodies A recent Scottish case over a building project in Edinburgh has shone a spotlight on prescription and third-party rights in the context of delivery of collateral warranties. Allenbuild was the design-and-build contractor and the…

Brownfield: land of opportunity?


David Llewellyn is head of construction and infrastructure at Pagabo With a solution to the housing crisis looking as far away as ever, contractors, developers and local authorities are increasingly working in partnership to find ways to deliver the homes needed for a growing population. Brownfield sites are often cited…