Category: Steve’s Blog

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 …

Tackling Diversity in Rail

CPC was, once again, proud sponsors of this year’s Young Rail Professionals (YRP) Black Tie Dinner and Dance in London, where the key note speaker, Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, gave an inspiring speech detailing her career to date and the scale, statistics and challenges facing Crossrail 2.  Michèle also reflected on what …

Market Consolidation

Our market continues to go through a period of consolidation with EC Harris being the latest consultancy acquired by an overseas company – Arcadis. They join the fate of Davis Langdon and Halcrow acquired by AECOM and CH2M Hill respectively in the past year or so. These are significant changes to the consultancy landscape and …