Women in Construction: insights from the Inspire Summit

Women in Construction: insights from the Inspire Summit

Clarkson Alliance’s Kate Donovan attended the Inspire Summit: Women in Construction event earlier this month. Here are some of her insights from the day. Only 10-12% of the Construction Industry is female. This was a key statistics at the first Inspire Summit in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Even by the best estimation, this is not a high proportion. The construction industry faces a skills shortage over the next few years, and there is a significant, untapped resource within 50% of the UK population: the women. One of the challenges faced by the industry is overcoming the wide-spread public perception of ‘pink’ or female orientated and ‘blue’, male orientated careers. Construction is widely considered to falls heavily in the ‘blue’ job bracket, one that is ‘full of muddy boots and hard hats’. The Inspire Summit 2017 set out to breakdown this stereotype and discuss the impact women can bring to an industry struggling with diversity. So, what can be done? A big driving force coming out of conferences such as Inspire look at the rising impact of soft skills – such as those linked to emotional intelligence and empathy – those that women often possess in abundance. The industry is waking up to the benefits of these skills and how they can help the sector build stronger team-building in projects. According to the McKinsey Diversity Database 2015, a diverse workforce is more likely to perform better financially, so the rise in gender equality in the construction industry is more than just a box ticking exercise. Inspire is at the forefront of this wave of development, pushing the construction world into a...
Construction work begins at Littlehampton Leisure Centre

Construction work begins at Littlehampton Leisure Centre

Following the successful completion of the enabling works in August, construction officially began on the site of the new Littlehampton Leisure Centre with the ground breaking ceremony on 7 September 2017. The first phase of work will see the foundations laid. The centre set to be completed by April 2019, and will include an eight lane, 25-metre swimming pool, learner pool with a moveable floor, gym, dance studio, spinning studio, and a café. It will be erected on the site of the current sports dome and overflow car park. Here are a selection of photographs from the project so far; you can find further information on our project page.  ...