Entries by Grace

Balance for Better – International Womens Day

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East There is a clear move towards embracing inclusion and demolishing stereotypes in the industry. We need people from different personal and professional backgrounds, bringing new and innovative ideas. With the skills shortage at a high, we’re in no position to be looking at […]

Bringing knowledge into the 21st century

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East A survey carried out by the UK’s Construction Knowledge Task Group (CKTG) has found that a third of construction practitioners just don’t have easy access to the knowledge they need. The information is there, they just don’t know how or where to access it. Our industry […]

Why is prompt payment still an issue?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Prompt payment, or the lack of it, is such a big issue in our industry and the collapse of Carillion last year certainly brought it back into the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons. Not only does it cause economic and social damage, […]

Exosuits give industry workers a taste of superhero strength

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East We live in a world where gadgets and technology make our lives easier daily and with wearable technology comes the added promise of increased worker safety and productivity. Wearable technology is defined as any accessory or piece of clothing incorporating electronic and computer […]

Architecture and Wellbeing

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Monday of this week (January 21) has been dubbed ‘the most depressing day of the year’. Blue Monday falls on the third Monday of January and is the perfect opportunity to raise the issue of mental wellbeing in the industry. Construction workers are […]

The Environmental Impact of Concrete

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Concrete is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. But, while it may have shaped most of our built environment, it also has a huge carbon footprint. According to […]

What can we expect for 2019?

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East Happy New Year to you all – I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break and are raring to get started. I cannot believe it’s 2019 and another new year is ahead of us, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the […]

A look back over 2018

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East It’s that time of year again when everywhere you look there are reviews of the last 12 months and predictions of what we can expect from the year ahead. If I had to summarise what 2018 was like for our industry, I would […]

Industry precautions when working in bad weather

If you thought last winter was cold, I’ve got bad news for you. This winter is expected to be the coldest for ten years. According to weather forecasters Exacta Weather, temperatures are expected to fall well below average with things getting even worse in the New Year with widespread snowfall, icy storms and high winds. […]