UK construction appears to be in a downward spiral of underperformance and increasingly poor health.
The accusations this month that collapsed subcontractor Vaughan Engineering had been using Carillion’s liquidation as a ‘smokescreen’ to hide its own poor payment record will not surprise many in the industry.
There is growing consensus that the UK must get better at delivering infrastructure.
The government’s publication of its much-anticipated construction sector deal has been a long time in the making.
The collapse of Carillion has raised many questions about the industry, not least the concentration of public sector contracts with a small number of large contractors.
Britain’s brickwork is often overlooked and the skills needed to craft brickwork into something of beauty often taken for granted.
Productivity and its effect on project timelines have always been important issues for businesses across the industry.
Despite what you may have read, construction firms are actually taking huge strides forward when it comes to managing cashflow – and managing working capital in general.
After almost 30 years of SEC Group campaigning against retention abuse, we are now closer than ever before to tackling this problem.
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry is now under way following the publication of Dame Hackitt’s long and thorough review of regulations.
The damning conclusions of MPs’ Carillion report come as the industry braces for a challenging period.
The joint report on Carillion from the business and works and pensions select committees was what we all expected.
The collapse of Carillion, the ‘Beast from the East’ and ongoing uncertainties over Brexit mean the construction sector has suffered a turbulent first three months of 2018.
Construction material prices have been steadily increasing since the EU referendum in June 2016.
Carillion’s collapse and the retentions scandal raise some basic questions about how our industry is valued and how we value each other.
The idea that retentions be held in deposit, as proposed by parts of the industry and Peter Aldous MP through the Aldous Bill, is a worthy idea that demands consideration.
Construction is arguably the sector of the UK economy most prone to insolvencies and bad debts.
Carillion’s demise into liquidation has not only disrupted and unsettled the UK’s construction and FM industries but has also dredged up the debate around the success of private finance initiatives.
A landmark high court judgement shows subcontractors can’t always expect to rely on their contractor’s project insurance.