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Friday, February 12, 2016

Time to just say ‘no’ to cost cutters

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Three Tier One contractors have just walked away from major projects. Bouygues, Kier and Morgan Sindall have all said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to significant projects for blue chip clients having decided there was no way they could get the sums to add up to a profit. Kier had 50 people on site at the Ram Quarter regeneration scheme in Wandsworth with enabling works well underway on the £170m...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Retentions – light at the end of the tunnel

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Payment retentions are one of those necessary evils that have been a lurking shadow over construction supply chains since Victorian times. We know we will never be completely rid of them, but we are closer than ever to having them reformed so that they become a more positive force for change – and not just an underhand way for large firms to protect their profits at the expense of SMEs. There...

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Getting back on top of the technical agenda

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

In my last blog just before Christmas, I brought you up to speed with the progress we had made in my first 100 days as chief executive of the BESA.We are now about to unveil the new brand and the new strategy shaped over that period; so this seems like the right time to drill down a bit further into the detail.The start of 2016 feels like the right time for a relaunch because the industry stands...

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Architects’ fees up - and so are retentions

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

There was a painful irony in the emergence of two key statistics last week: Architects fees have risen to their highest level since 2000; while specialist contractors have lost out on £30m worth of retentions this year. Average hourly rates for architects are up by 7% compared with a year ago, according to The Fees Bureau, who research such things and reported that the surge in private housing...

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diesel scandal is new performance gap

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

For years the building engineering industry has been urged to emulate car manufacturers. ‘Why can’t you deliver the performance guarantees they do?’ we were regularly asked. ‘Why is there such a huge performance gap between how a building is designed and how it performs when cars do just what they say on the tin?’ was a common lament from clients. ‘Why’, we were asked, ‘don’t you reinvent your...

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