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3D printed houses – is this the future for construction?

Building new homes in the UK is a priority for the Government with a pledge to build 300,000 each year by the mid-2020s and an aim to make real inroads into the affordability of housing. Currently, the majority of new homes are being built using standard construction methods, taking on average six months for each new home to be finished and costing an average of £245,000 to buy, according to Government statistics.

Women at the top – how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

how we can inspire more women managers to join the construction industry

Construction has always had a reputation for being a male-dominated industry, and as we approach the end of 2018, according to statistics, it still is, with only 44,444 women working in the sector compared to 419,018 men. Although the industry is working hard to change its macho male dominated connotation, there is still more to be done to not only encourage women to join but to create an environment that sees companies retain, develop and enhance their female workforce.

New building designs and the use of VR and BIM

New building designs and the use of VR and BIM

Technology has touched every part of industry as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and none more so than construction. Technological changes in how we design, engineer and build structures have brought something quite different to the world of construction projects especially in the form of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Resilience – why it is important to be able to adapt to change

Resilience – why it is important to be able to adapt to change

We are living in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a technological rising that will radically change the way we live, work and communicate with each other. Change has never happened so quickly, and keeping up with it is essential if you are going to survive.

Health and wellbeing at work

Health and wellbeing at work - Construction industry

Mental Health Awareness week is just behind us, and is still a big topic on everyone’s minds; not just those in construction. Those of us in this industry spend an inordinate amount of time looking at safety issues that affect construction site workers, but we are all guilty of falling short in the area of mental and general health and wellbeing on site.

 

Construction and the Apprenticeship Levy

The perception of what a modern-day apprenticeship means has changed over the last decade; previously thought of for the low academic achiever and comprised of entry-level trade based schemes. But that has all changed, and apprenticeships now form a solid foundation for highly sought after workforce skills.

Bright forecast for construction and STEM with the promise of investment in skills

Bright forecast for construction and STEM with the promise of investment in skills

Perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects) have been changing over last decade, and everyone accepts that the impact of technology will continue to transform the world for generations to come.

An ever developing process – why development and change drive the construction sector

An ever developing process – why development and change drive the construction sector

There is a very complex series of forces at work when it comes to driving change in the construction industry. It seems we are constantly being shown a new developmental process and either wringing our hands about how it will affect the industry or marvelling at the technological miracle being presented, or possibly both at the same time.

Catalyst areas

To take a bit of a simplistic overview, we can probably consider the drivers for change as a series of catalyst areas.

The more things change, the more they stay the same – Is automation the future of construction?

The more things change, the more they stay the same – Is automation the future of construction?

Have you noticed how ubiquitous the phrase ‘as important an advance as the internet’ has become? It seems that every other week now we see some innovation or other that is expected to change the face of one industry or another. In fairness though, some things really are quite a huge change in the way a particular industry will operate. However, we are the last people you will find worrying about change here at Beaumont Wood because there are few industries that move faster than the building products and interiors sector.

Building a new workforce - Women in construction

female construction worker

Sometimes, and I suppose this is true if you run a business of any kind, when you analyse the in-house data you get an interesting result. In this case, it is also frankly a little worrying in the wider context.

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