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Construction facing ‘second wave’ of inflation

02 SEP 2022| Luke Haynes

The construction industry faces a “second wave” of inflation, as rising energy prices drive up wages and other costs, the boss of the world’s largest building-materials company has warned.

Five ways that small firms can beat the downturn

31 AUG 2022 | Contributor

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector must remain optimistic, despite the unprecedented headwinds they are facing. The cost-of-living crisis, Brexit, the pandemic hangover, supply-chain issues, high energy prices, the war in Ukraine and a possible recession are among a multitude of factors having a hugely detrimental impact on SMEs’ revenues.

Compliance and why the industry must remember its values

12 JUL 2022 | Contributor

Andy Williamson is commercial director at construction products firm SIG There’s something about the term ‘compliance’ that seems to reek of another age: an age when expertise was respected, when integrity was seen as a positive attribute and skilled trades were valued.

Willmott Dixon blasts Building Safety Act ‘travesty of justice'

04 JUL 2022 | By Joshua Stein 

The Building Safety Act has thrown the construction industry “under the proverbial bus”, Willmott Dixon chief executive Rick Willmott has warned.

Building Safety Act 2022: what’s changing for construction from today?

28 JUN 2022 | By Luke Haynes

A little over five years since the Grenfell disaster, which killed 72 people, the Building Safety Act 2022 comes into effect today – with the ambition of tightening up regulation within the UK’s built environment.

Navigating building liability orders

28 JUN 2022 | Contributor

The Building Safety Act 2022 received Royal Assent at the end of April. The government has described its contents as “the biggest changes to building safety regulation in a generation”. For once the hype is justified. This is the biggest change to the way the construction industry operates, and indeed for anyone involved in planning and property management or ownership, since the introduction of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations in 1994.

The Building Safety Act: a golden opportunity for construction

21 JUN 2022 | Contributor

In April, we saw the most significant piece of legislation affecting the UK construction industry in a generation become law – the Building Safety Act.

Time to check your new duties under the Building Safety Act

30 MAY 2022 | Contributor

Now that the Building Safety Act 2022 has arrived, stakeholders need to understand what changes will be affecting the construction industry, and when.