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Construction Podcast

Tue March 05 2024

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A fortnightly podcast in which veteran construction industry journalists Bishop and Taylor have a natter about some of the week鈥檚 events in the UK construction industry, seeking meaning even where none may exist.


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146 | Planning reforms, National Highways probe and Nuclear safety breaches

21st February 2024
Bishop & Taylor explore the disconnect between attempts to remove red tape for house-builders while simultaneously burdening them with ever-greater levels of bureacracy. They also discuss news from a couple of regulatory authorities: the Office of Rail & Road is investigating the deteriorating performance of National Highways; and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is on EDF鈥檚 case after a series of safety failings at its power plants.


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145 | Anglia Square, Prefab woes and Measuring carbon

7th February 2024
In this episode, Bishop & Taylor hear from Bob Weston about why he had to scrap his 拢300m Anglia Square development in Norwich. They also discuss a House of Lords report that damns government鈥檚 lack of strategy for prefab housing. And they ask whether carbon measuring rules need to be dictated by government, as proposed by a coalition of industry institutions. Finally, they pay tribute to Jim Stockoll, founder of Dyno-Rod and daddy of UK franchising.


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144 | The Rudi Klein Manifesto

24th January 2024
Bishop & Taylor are re-joined by Rudi Klein, perhaps the construction industry鈥檚 most seasoned campaigner for change. He shares his opinions on the need for industry reform and encourages listeners to take the opportunity of this year鈥檚 general election to lobby their local candidates.


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143 | Milne down, Neurodivergence and Rebranding Artex

10th January 2024
Bishop & Taylor kick off 2024 mourning the demise of Stewart Milne Group. They also consider the apparent preponderence of neurodiversity within construction project management and discuss the rebranding of Artex.


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142 | Review of the Year 2023

13th December 2023
As the end of the year approaches, Bishop & Taylor look back on some of the highs and lows on which they reported in 2023.


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141 | Paying the bills, Grenfell鈥檚 standing and State aid

29th November 2023
Bishop & Taylor chew over the autumn statement and late paying clients, discuss why Grenfell Tower still stands, and question whether state aid should go to a company owned by Persimmon and Goldman Sachs.


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140 | Reshuffle, Plant Tech and Hybrid Working

15th November 2023
Bishop & Taylor discuss the latest goings on at Westminster, new applications of digital technology in construction machinery and the revelation that working from home has added a year of delays to HS2 design work.


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139 | Circularity, Piling and Companies On the Edge

1st November 2023
Bishop & Taylor discuss Mace鈥檚 proposals to move London construction from mere recycling to the more virtuous state of circularity. They also chat about likely motives for the sale of piling specialist Rock & Alluvium. They conclude with a report that reckons a fifth of UK construction companies are in significant financial distress, and worry how many will survive.


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138 | Starmer鈥檚 Promises, Infra Planning and Dodgy Ladders (again)

18th October 2023
Bishop & Taylor mull over Labour Party leader Keir Starmer鈥檚 promise to get Britain building again and the National Infrastructure Commission鈥檚 blueprint that might help him.聽 They also return to the topic of dodgy ladders, with new research form the Ladder Association.


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137 | Sunak Hits Reverse

4th October 2023
Bishop & Taylor discuss the cancellation of HS2鈥檚 northern section and the prime minister鈥檚 policy reversals on net zero targets.


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