The way we plan and develop the urban infrastructure needs a radical rethink. As society gets bigger and busier, it is painfully obvious that traditional thinking is outmoded and not suitable for the 21st century. Andrew Gill, specification product manager at Brett Landscaping explains how we can further develop the concept of ‘shared spaces’ as a solution to a raft of issues
Asbestos continues to cause untold damage in the construction industry. Ian Rippin, commercial director of the National Laboratory Service (NLS), explains what it is, what it does and how to test for its presence
THE DIPLOMA in Construction and the Built Environment, which has been taught in schools and colleges since September 2008, is the perfect qualification to help the UK’s construction industry prepare for the future and to keep it at the cutting edge, says Nick Gooderson, Head of Education and Research at ConstructionSkills.
Richard Swan, head of technical at Dyno Rod, looks at how the latest developments in trenchless technology are making it possible to carry out drain and sewer repairs quickly, efficiently and at lower cost by accessing pipework remotely through manholes or small excavations.
With the increase in housing developments on Brownfield sites gaining pace over the past 20 years, alongside the rising cost of excavated material disposal, the viability of piled foundations is becoming a key consideration for many housebuilders, contractors and architects, particularly when working on low- rise housing. Ted Chandler, project champion at the NHBC Foundation explains
Mabey Hire Services is a specialist manufacturer, supplier and contractor, providing a comprehensive range of modular and proprietary temporary works equipment for excavation support including sheeting and light piling bracing systems and trench box solutions as well as systems for formwork, falsework, refurbishment and temporary bridging.
With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.
As part of an ongoing revamp, the Joint Contracts Tribunal has rolled out an updated suite of standard form construction contracts for Design & Build. John Cleaveley, partner and head of construction at Weightmans LLP, takes a look at the changes
As pressure mounts to achieve the government’s housebuilding objectives, the effective regeneration of brownfield land is becoming increasingly important. Builder & Engineer takes a look at the challenges of regenerating contaminated land
Building Information Modelling – or BIM as it is more commonly known – has become something of a buzz word for the construction sector since the Government launched its Construction 2025 strategy in 2011. Claire Cameron investigates why firms should be embracing the technology