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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


24 | Prefabs, Planning Reform and Carbon Offsetting

12th August 2020
Bishop & Taylor are joined by structural engineer Kevin Lyons to discuss offsite construction. Our two regulars then also mull the government’s planning white paper and wonder whether contractors will be eager to pay plant hire firms a premium for carbon offsetting.


23 | Green Home Grants, Trustmark and Genoa’s New Bridge

5th August 2020
This was the week that we learned more details of the £2bn Green Home Grants scheme, with the condition that only Trustmark accredited installers could be used; and the Genoa San Giorgio Bridge opened, less than two years after the old Morandi Brige collapsed. Bishop & Taylor reflect on it all.


22 | Brexit, Standards and HS2

29th July 2020
With a no-deal Brexit on the cards, Bishop & Taylor discuss unresolved issues for the construction industry, including the future of product standardisation; and – with protests camps fighting a rear-guard action – they agree to disagree about HS2.


21 | Face Masks, Plan for Jobs & Tower Cranes

15th July 2020
Bishop & Taylor discuss the need for face masks (both in life and on site), Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs, and (after the fatal 8th July collapse in East London) tower crane safety.