Entries by Amy Holmes

Promoting the Principles of Active Design

      Sweden, like its neighbour Norway, is poised for a sea change in the way it provides community sport and leisure facilities. As a member of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) and a renowned innovator in the design of community sports facilities, our practice was invited to speak at […]

Gender Pay Gap Report: Construction Must Try Harder

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East   Last week, the 4 April deadline passed, and all eligible companies should have reported their gender pay gap. The results, perhaps unsurprisingly, show that the construction sector has the biggest gender pay gap of any UK industry, at 25%. We have known of […]

06/04/2018 – Fairness, Inclusion & Respect

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Inclusion is about making everyone feel that they are a key part of the organisation. Ensuring people feel included within teams is especially important within the industry, where future successes depend on working well together. The UK has a set legal framework with […]

30/03/2018 – Technologies in Construction

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East In recent years, technology and modern tools have helped speed up and improve the construction process, but the need for manual labour has always remained constant, but is this all about to change? Picture this; parts of a building self-assembling, robots performing the […]

23/03/2018 – Housing Infrastructure Plan

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Last week (13 March 2018) the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Spring Statement since it was agreed that major tax or spending changes would be made once a year in the Autumn Budget. At the heart of the government’s plan for building an […]

#PressForProgress

On Thursday 8th March 2018, we celebrated International Women’s Day. Social Media was a hive of activity promoting positive messages for gender equality across the world. Within our industry it is clear to see there is a higher ratio of male to female and it emphasises the need for days like International Women’s Day to […]

16/03/2018 – Open Doors Week

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East As you read this, final preparations are being put to Open Doors events across the country. The event, which takes place next week (Monday 19 March – Saturday 24 March), allows people to discover how buildings and structures are constructed and find out […]

09/03/2018 – National Apprenticeship Week

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East As I write this, businesses up and down the country are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) – a week for raising awareness and celebrating Apprenticeships and how rewarding they can be. Apprenticeships give young people hands-on experience and the opportunity to […]

02/03/2018 – GDPR Update

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on 25 May 2018 and reform our domestic law on how UK businesses collect and process personal data. The new regulation is set to change the industry, impacting everything from design models to […]

23/02/2018 – Press for Progress, Women in Construction

  By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and ensure women are better represented in the industry. Construction News is campaigning for women to seek and be given the chance to obtain leadership roles in this industry, with the […]