Up-to-date comment and thought leadership on key industry issues from our expert team.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Hinkley debate must be about energy

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

The political furore over the proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset threatens to overshadow the real debate about the UK’s energy future. Theresa May is coming under increased pressure to give it the green light on the basis that she has to demonstrate that Britain is “open for business” in the wake of Brexit and committed to its infrastructure goals. All of that, frankly, pales...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A time for calm heads brexit

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister promises a period of calm as we recover from the storm of the ‘Brexit’ vote. However, there isn’t much breathing space as businesses need reassurance that the economy is robust and can bounce back from the shock.   The building engineering services sector has a key role to play in ensuring the economy moves forward. Making buildings perform better is no...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Let’s vote for the right reasons

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

The EU Referendum is being ambushed by the paranoia of immigration and the anti-establishment voter, says Jim Marner. In the welter of argument and counter-argument, thousands of next week's voters have lost sight of what actually leaving the EU will involve and, therefore, many will vote for the wrong reason and in answer to the wrong question. The economy and our future economic prospects...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Mental health – the invisible health & safety crisis

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

When someone has an accident on a building site, everyone around them has a pretty good idea what to do. If someone is feeling depressed or stressed, does anyone even notice? A friend of mine committed suicide two years ago. The last time I saw him, he seemed his normal self and showed no outward signs of the internal pressure and depression that had built up inside his head. I’m not sure he felt...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

School closures shine light on hidden failings

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

So what possessed someone to leave out the header ties that should have secured external walls to the steel frame of several Edinburgh schools? This catastrophic quality failure has taken 10 years to emerge, but has now resulted in 17 schools across the city being closed on safety grounds and the education of 7,000 primary and secondary pupils disrupted – not to mention the knock-on effect on...

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