Construction Booms but at what cost With civil, commercial & housebuilding construction continuing to expand through April and higher transport costs due to Brexit; supply and materials shortages, longer wait times and price rises have been predicted for aggregates, steel, cement and concrete according to a recent HIS Markit survey. Apparently, construction is growing at its strongest rate for 6.5 years or the fastest rise in orders since September 20
Another National Infrastructure Assessment – more jobs & contracts The first one was issued in 2018. Written by the National Infrastructure Council (NIC) once per parliament, the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) outlines a 30-year strategy with recommendations on.. you guessed it, national infrastructure. It’s been announced that the next one will be published in 2023 with work commencing this Autumn to inform the content of it, including
beable Wearable Plans EMS’ beable Wearable bracelet is being scoped for development to transition into a device to protect workers by understanding and transmitting location data and communicating dangerous / restricted areas to workers (access control) with the effect of making the site more productive and safer. Check back for more updates soon! Beable Saves Construction From COVID Luckily, technology exists so Construction sites can stay open an...
Beable Contract Win at North London Waste Authority EMS’ beable has secured an ongoing contract with North London Heat and Power Project to provide providing social distancing bracelets for around 150 contractors across 7 contractors being Galldris, Barhale, Taylor Woodrow, Wood Group, Arup, Buckingham, and DSM with purpose-built software to enable the site to continue to remain open and productive during the current COVID social distancing restrict...
UK Construction Output Highest in 7 Years Housebuilding, civil engineering, and commercial work expanded at the highest rate since 2014 in March 2021 due to rescheduled start dates of many major projects and increased spending in infrastructure. This caused the most jobs to be created in 2 years and a strong upturn in materials demand along with longer wait times on deliveries and increase in prices, but mostly from imported items which could be reflecti
EMS hosted an informative and insightful event on Connectivity in Logistics this week. The esteemed panel discussed aspects of technology and organisational change specifically pertaining to warehouses, including some interesting examples using WiFi6, 5G and 4G. Mike Flynn Mike Flynn discussed how to make people change without setting things on fire! Given Mike’s formidable experience building new systems and processes that come with them, and succes...
Infrastructure Projects Did you know that many of the 350 contracts to be awarded under The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline have yet to be published and awarded? Last June the Government published a forward view on infrastructure projects for 2020/21, including construction work (building, design & build and civil engineering contracts), repair and maintenance, architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services, and
Free COVID Tests for Construction Workers Construction companies with more than 10 workers can order free lateral flow test (30 minute results) here before 12 April for twice-weekly testing. Originally only available to companies with more than 250 employees, now available to smaller companies whose workers can’t work from home. EMS’ beable social distancing bracelet trial at a large North London site coupled with testing has kept the site open,
Crossrail COVID Outbreak A spate of COVID cases prompted the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford which is currently delivering the Elizabeth line to deploy mandatory lateral flow tests. The Bond Street Station site also cited £450 million worth of delays due to a COVID outbreak. Considering all construction companies are now eligible for free COVID tests and considering the advent of preventative social distancing tools like beab
Budget 2021 Last Wednesday the Government announced £126m for 40,000 traineeships, continued furlough scheme until September with no changes to the current terms, £12bn funding for the UK infrastructure bank for local projects and three new investment programs UK Community Renewal Fund, the Levelling Up Fund and the Community Ownership Fund to be delivered through local authorities, all parts of the £4bn Levelling Up Fund commitment announced in November.