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.  ...
Test your construction knowledge at a pub quiz following Constructing Excellence Oxford’s AGM

Test your construction knowledge at a pub quiz following Constructing Excellence Oxford’s AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the Oxford branch of Constructing Excellence is being combined once again with a pub quiz.  The AGM event will be held at the Cape of Good Hope pub in Oxford on Thursday 26th November. The event, which starts at 6.30 is open to everyone in the industry, not just Constructing Excellence members.  Constructing Excellence is the national organisation charged with driving forward the change agenda in construction and also helping the industry move towards the ambitious targets set out by the Government in the Construction 2050 strategy which includes cheaper, more efficient and consistent project delivery. If you would like to put yourself forward to take part, please email Graham Clarkson, current Chair of Constructing Excellence Oxford, who can put you in touch with a team captain.   If you have a team already, please let Graham know along with the number of team members you wish to bring so he can add you to the scoreboard.  Constructing Excellence Oxford has allocated a budget behind the bar for some festive refreshments and a cash bar will be available once the limit for this food and drink is reached.    Price per ticket is £5 with tickets available shortly via the Constructing Excellence Oxford’s Event page   Image: Creative Commons AIGA/NY Pub Quiz...
Understanding the Roles of Others Aids Collaboration – a G4C event

Understanding the Roles of Others Aids Collaboration – a G4C event

Collaboration has replaced “team work” in the construction industry with an emphasis on disciplines finding improved ways to work together. A G4C event, the young professionals arm of Constructing Excellence, tackles assumptions by inviting members of each discipline to share what they do on Wednesday 28th October in Reading. From Environmental Scientists to Acoustic Consultants and Design Managers, the “What we do” event covers a plethora of roles performed by individuals in the industry. Dan Bland from Clarkson Alliance will be speaking about the role of the Cost Manager on projects at the event. Once an intern with Clarkson Alliance, Dan has a dual perspective from his role as a Graduate Project and Cost Manager. He will be sharing how cost managers can give cost certainty, reduce waste and rework in the design process, and ensure best value Dan will also explore the increased likelihood of a project achieving its business objectives when engaging a Cost Manager early in the project. Having recently worked closely with our Cost Management department on developing BIM for Cost Management, he is fully aware of the importance of a collaborative approach to help the design team achieve the clients project objectives. In addition to his involvement with BIM, Dan has also been instrumental in Clarkson Alliance’s current application for ISO 9001 for its Cost Management service which, once achieved will sit alongside the company’s existing certification for its quality assured project management services. For further details about the event and to register please visit:...