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...
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:...
6 Perspectives on Collaboration– a Be2Camp event

6 Perspectives on Collaboration– a Be2Camp event

A pan discipline event about collaboration is probably one of the best ways to interrogate the subject. What may be an issue for one discipline may have been solved by others or at least considered from a different perspective. With an audience ranging from academics, project teams, community engagement experts and social media gurus, the Be2Camp Oxon event on Tuesday 13th October discussed collaboration from six perspectives. Be2Camp events exist to bridge the gap between new web technologies and ideas and the construction industry.  Collaboration all served up with cake, Lego and a Play-doh building competition. As technology becomes more divisive and people more disparate, organisations like Streets Re-imagined founded by Fin McNab work within neighbourhoods to generate community spirit, needed for social cohesion. 71% of adults played outside when they were children compared to just 21% of children today. Effects of @FinMcNab‘s projects – reduced traffic speed and volume, increased sense of safety amongst residents #be2campoxon — Su Butcher (@SuButcher) October 13, 2015 Po Yung from Clarkson Alliance shared the people focused management techniques used in-house to create more consistent project success. The focus of the talk was how engaging teams is possible through understanding how people are fundamentally motivated. As people are the ones delivering projects, it should be a priority to improve relationships to encourage the best results for clients. ‘People is what matters’ to achieving project success – understanding emotion and thinking – very interesting talk by @poyung #be2campoxon — Finlay McNab (@FinMcNab) October 13, 2015 Jen Forakis from Hoop Architecture explored the barriers to true collaboration in architectural practices. More traditional views stifle joint...
Focus on people management for better collaboration at Be2camp Oxon event

Focus on people management for better collaboration at Be2camp Oxon event

As project managers, clients expect us to deliver under time, cost and quality constraints. Around 5 years ago, Clarkson Alliance decided to look at how we could affect those factors and encourage the successful delivery of projects, realising that process alone can’t secure certainty of outcome. More often than not, people are the most unpredictable element of a project with many external influences affecting their priorities. Our objective has been to delve into how we can work with individuals and attain engagement on the projects we collaborate on. Collaboration is the focus of the Be2Camp event in Didcot, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 13th October. Po Yung from Clarkson Alliance will be discussing how we work with project teams and engender a collaborative approach. The annual Be2Camp event explores web technologies and new ideas entering the built environment. Come along if you are interested in understanding how to manage projects from a people perspective. Other topics explored include collaborative working, how to collaborate with the public, and how psychological and behavioural aspects affect the design process. For more details and to book http://ow.ly/T86Yh...