Category: Steve’s Blog

Liberating the Northern Powerhouse

For many decades there has been a growing need to rebalance the distribution of business and commerce from London and the south east to the major cities in the north, primarily Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield. It is widely accepted that the economic development of the North will be underpinned by a comprehensive overhaul …

Outsourcing – is this the beginning of the end?

With the recent catastrophic demise of Carillion, I wonder, is the outsourcing market out of control and in need of a major reset? The UK’s construction industry has never seen a company of this size collapse in such a short space of time –  from a profits warning in July 2017, closely followed by the …

Reflections and the New Year

As I reflect on 2017 and look forward to the year ahead, I am in no doubt that we are facing times of considerable change, both politically and economically in the UK, which will have a significant impact on our industry and business growth as a whole. Besides the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, which, from my …

Inspiring NextGen female leaders

On 4th December, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is holding its Annual Christmas Ball in London, its biggest yet, by far, demonstrating the growing commitment of both individuals and corporate business to support more diversity in the workplace and encourage women to pursue and sustain successful professional careers. Despite making up almost …

London’s Housing Vision: Is it Fit for the Future?

With the recent launch of the Mayor’s housing strategy, currently out for consultation, we are reminded of the housing crises we face in the Capital and that of other major cities across the UK. The Mayor’s vision and priorities are to provide a range of options from building new homes and neighbourhoods to tackling the …

Renaissance of the Railway

Is the UK’s railway a victim of its own success? This was the view of Chris Grayling MP and Secretary of State for Transport in his opening address at the UK Rail Summit on 13 September, where John Mogridge and I listened to an array of guest speakers discussing the revival of the rail industry …

Cognitive Dissonance

One of the benefits of a lazy summer vacation is the opportunity to finally read the books you were gifted the Christmas before. One of my more insightful reads, whilst on my sun lounger, was “Black Box Thinking” by the accomplished author and journalist Matthew Syed. The book introduced me to the concept of Cognitive …

The Untapped Power of Big Data

In May’s blog I highlighted how CPC had project managed the design and construction of the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute (BDI).  Managing Big Data is a growing theme across industry with the internet of things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning all taking analysis and productivity to levels never seen before. CPC …

Housing Targets Constrained by Land

For the second consecutive year, CPC hosted a lunch in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester, bringing together 55 guests from a variety of housing associations, registered providers, private developers and professional service firms. A year on from the EU Referendum the nature and outcome of Brexit provides no more …

London: Refocused

I thought I knew everything that was going on in my home City, London, but my colleague, Duncan Adams, and I learnt a great deal more visiting some of the major development zones in the Capital, as part of the British Council for Offices (BCO) two day Annual Conference in May. The BCO hosted their …

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