Women in construction

Why are there so few women in the construction industry?

According to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), women make up only around 13% of construction sector workers which, in today’s age of supposed equality, is a shockingly low figure. Jobs roles for women in this field seem to be limited to areas such as Human Resources, finance and administration… the stereotypical pen pusher and

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Reducing carbon footprint fr large buildings

5 ways to reduce the carbon footprint of a large building

Green credentials have never been more important for businesses. Showing that you’re doing your bit for the environment gives people reassurance that you are not just thinking about profits – whatever the cost to the planet. What is a building’s carbon footprint? In simple terms, a building’s carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 it

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on-site safety

How on-site safety can affect commercial performance

A workforce which feels safe and valued will no doubt work hard for the company. By investing in the safety of employees, a company will reap the rewards of a workforce who feel safe as they do their jobs whether on a construction site, in an office and everywhere in between. Why is safety so

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Legionnaire’s disease

Legionella – too important to ignore

The health and well-being of employees is paramount if a business is to be successful. A fully maintained water storage, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are an important part of this. If any system is not performing as it should be or not cleaned or checked it can be a breeding ground for bacteria,

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Building maintenance

Why “a stitch in time saves 9” is more true than ever for buildings…

Buildings are important. They are homes, offices, shops and meeting places and all are equally important whatever their age. Maintaining them and their internal workings including heating, ventilation, security and fire systems, is also important if you are to avoid long term and expensive problems in the future. By having professionals regularly checking your building’s systems

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Engineering required to build trans-Pennine rail tunnel would be a ‘national first’ says report

More details of a proposed trans-Pennine rail and road tunnel designed to link Manchester with Sheffield, and to transport passengers underneath some of the country’s most revered landscapes has been published. Highways England recently published its latest report on the proposed tunnel, which, if it goes ahead, would be the first major cross-Pennines link to be

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Engineering brilliance at the heart of Brighton’s latest tourist attraction

This month saw the long-awaited opening of the British Airways i360 tower in Brighton and Hove. Situated on the resort’s seafront, the concrete spire, up and down which a glass viewing pod travels, has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most slender tower in the world. The tower is over 160 metres above ground

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Renewable-energy-contracting-services

Will the closure of DECC lead to sustainability being integrated more closely into construction policies?

At first impressions, the decision of Theresa May to close the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), was seen by many as a setback in efforts to tackle climate change. But industry insiders believe the move may lead to sustainability being integrated more closely into industrial strategy and construction policies. Mrs May announced earlier this

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Shortlist for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize announced

The shortlist for the prestigious 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building was announced this month. The six shortlisted buildings will now go head-to-head for architecture’s highest accolade, to be awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in the autumn. The 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist is made up of a

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What’s behind China’s trend for copycat construction?

As a building services specialist, here at Sotham Engineering we have watched with interest the massive expansion in China’s megacities over the past few decades and the growing number of buildings that inhabit them. One particular trend that fascinates us is the tendency for developers working in China to build replicas of western landmarks. The most

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