Category: Steve’s Blog

Small Giants

As leader of an SME business, I was inspired by a book I read whilst on holiday with my family this summer. The book provided insight into companies that have become recognised for their exemplary customer service, their focus on building an excellent environment for their people and the positive impact they have on their …

TBM: You say “Tunnel Boring Machine” – They say “The Brunel Method”!

On 9 July, CPC sponsored The Brunel Museum’s 250th anniversary celebration of the birth of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, a forerunner in engineering and creator of the Thames Tunnel. It was an absolute privilege to learn more about the history of the first tunnel under the Thames, which began construction in 1825 and was completed …

HS2 – A Prime Minister’s Prerogative

The UK’s largest infrastructure programme has always been contentious, not least due to its route and plethora of environmental issues, but now it is being drawn into the Conservative Party Leadership race. With two candidates left in the running to be the next Prime Minister there is more than just their views on Brexit that …

A Decade of Inspiration

On 11 April, CPC were headline sponsors for Young Rail Professionals (YRP) annual black tie dinner – this our 7th consecutive year. The event took place at The Brewery in the heart of London and is always my highlight of the year as it’s charged with so much energy, enthusiasm and expectation. This year was …

Is MIPIM still relevant after 30 years?

2019 marked the 30th Anniversary for MIPIM, a global real estate event held annually in Cannes, France – so how does the conference retain its ‘world-leading event’ status over so many years? With over 24,000 delegates attending from all over the world, MIPIM, provides the opportunity to meet the most influential players from all sectors …

Can we personalise project management?

Guest Blog: Jon Odell, Partner, CPC Project Services Delivering capital projects, whether they be new-builds, extensions or maintenance of existing assets, inherently brings complexity and risk in varying degrees throughout the project lifecycle. My own experience in the higher education sector is a prime example of this. Capital expenditure in the vast educational estate in …

Success in uncertain times

As I look back at the last 12 months, with its backdrop of Brexit’s ‘deal or no deal’ question fuelling economic uncertainty, I am delighted to report that it’s been another successful year for CPC in terms of growth and recognition. On a personal note, on 8 November 2018, I celebrated my 25th anniversary with …

Utilising London’s Marginal Land

The Housing Market in London appears to be faltering with a reduction in both the average house price and private rental incomes by 1% and 0.3% respectively based on the latest figures reported in 2018. In contrast, the number of new homes built in the same period has increased by 1% to 38,200 compared to …

Unconscious Bias

I am sure many of you have come across the term unconscious bias in recent times, but do we all know what it means, the affects it has on our people and what we can do to overcome it to improve business performance? Unconscious bias occurs when people make decisions based on implied prejudices regarding …

Does the National Infrastructure Assessment deliver for a post-Brexit Britain?

The long awaited assessment of the UK’s infrastructure needs and requirements has been published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). Its purpose, according to Chair, Sir John Armitt is to “think beyond technologies…and make the most of future innovations” and focuses on three keys areas around digital connectivity, major transport infrastructure and the UK’s energy …