Construction Podcast

Sat October 24 2020

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

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34 | Up the workers! Pay Freeze, Living Wage and Employee Ownership

21st October 2020
Bishop & Taylor discuss the news that half a million UK construction workers have had a planned pay rise frozen and that Morgan Sindall Construction has committed to the Living Wage. They are also joined by Paul Clarkson, managing director of Yorkshire’s Triton Construction, who explains what it means to be employee-owned.


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33 | From HS2 to Jaffa Cakes

14th October 2020
How do you get from HS2 to Jaffa Cakes? Well, Bishop & Taylor get there via planning reform, Palestine and Britain’s biggest contractor that builds absolutely nothing.


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32 | Wind Power, Diesel, Concrete and Cargo Bikes

7th October 2020
Wind power is in the news this week, prompting Bishop & Taylor to focus on green matters. In this episode they also discuss a better way to end the red diesel rebate, cleaning up concrete and one contractor’s use of electric bicycles.


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31 | Track & Trace, Carbon Offsetting and Rewilding

30th September 2020
After a brief discussion about the NHS track & trace app that the construction industry has been encouraged to embrace, Bishop & Taylor talk to ecologist Dr Stephanie Wray of RSK Wilding about environmental mitigation, from carbon reduction to the nascent rewilding movement.


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30 | Ratings, Ratings, Ratings

23rd September 2020
It’s all about the stars! Huge scepticism is required when reading online reviews, but they can still matter. Bishop & Taylor (4.5 stars) discuss the latest Glassdoor ratings for top contractors and a new app for rating asbestos removal operatives.


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29 | Top 100, Tumbling Shares and Saving the Solent

16th September 2020
Bishop & Taylor discuss highlights of the latest Construction Index UK Top 100 construction companies, as well as share price trends, and a new scheme to get Hampshire building again.


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28 | Dogs, Chalk Streams and Hydrogen Fuel Cells

9th September 2020
Taylor credits Bishop with raising demand for dogs, while Bishop credits Taylor with raising consciousness of the threat to chalk streams. Of greater relevance, however, is the use of a hydrogen fuel cell system to provide power for a pioneering construction project in Lincolnshire.


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27 | Back in the Jug, Lessons from COVID and Truckless Truss

1st September 2020
With the new school year starting, it’s a time of fresh beginnings; should you still work from home or return to the office?  A Loughborough University study finds how well construction has adapted to the constraints of Covid-19.  Meanwhile trade secretary Liz Truss appears to have no truck with the construction industry, shutting it out of her 11 trade advisory groups. It’s Bishop & Taylor time on Re:construction.


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26 | Tideway, Acceleration and Square Holes

26th August 2020
Bishop & Taylor discuss delays to the £4bn Thames Tideway project as well as the transport secretary’s new acceleration unit and a drill attachment that cuts square holes.


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25 | Fit-out, Putin and the Versatile Brickie

19th August 2020
Bishop & Taylor turn their attention to the contents of the August issue of The Construction Index magazine, and cover remarkably wide ground…


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