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Where Next For Low Carbon Concrete?

Subcontractors Outside

In the wake of COP26 and a boosted focus on low carbon construction, conventional concrete with its high embodied carbon payload remains a crucial material globally. Yet at almost 1 tonne of embodied carbon per 1mᶟ of Portland cement, suppliers are under pressure to develop mixes with a reduced impact on the environment. By and … Read more

Offsite and Modular Building: An Evolutionary Tale

Laing O'Rourkes Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction

Offsite and modular building construction is evolving at pace in an industry that’s often slow to adopt new practices. With a relatively small number of contractors set up to fully embrace it, this month we look at the experience of early adopter Laing O’Rourke and ask where next for this disruptive methodology. “Our view on … Read more

How the Low Carbon ‘Circular Twin’ Might Disrupt Traditional Projects

Louise Townsend

With COP26 nearly upon us, this first of two articles on low carbon construction features a Morgan Sindall-led initiative that aims to shake up how projects are delivered. Next week we will take a look at Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan and some of the industry issues encountered when devising it. Lowering construction’s carbon footprint … Read more

Innovations Within The Health and Safety Sector

Southhampton General Hospital

Bam Construction’s Southampton general hospital project saw two distinct innovations that could have far reaching consequences for health and safety. The recently completed job entailed the delivery of a new five-storey extension, including a large expansion of the hospital’s general intensive care unit. Bam project manager Matt Crookes explains that the first of these was … Read more

What Green Energy Means In Construction Terms

Wind Farm

Meeting the government’s 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions commitment presents an unprecedented engineering challenge. Not only is it legally binding, but the existential threat of climate change provides one of the greatest imperatives for humanity, let alone the construction sector. Sizing The Challenge However, the sheer scale of what will be required is breathtaking. Stop … Read more

What will happen to the construction sector post-budget?

What Will Happen to the Construction Sector Post-Budget?

Damon Schunmann, Strategic Consultant at Barbour ABI interviewed Chris Davies, joint MD at DRS Bond Management. As an organisation that specialises in broking contract guarantee bonds as an alternative to bank guarantees, it typically takes a deep dive into its clients’ finances before making a decision on providing a bond arrangement. Carried out across multiple … Read more

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