Together we can support gender equality within the construction industry

Matt Crookes - 8 Mar, 2021

This International Women’s Day, I find myself thinking about what I can do to facilitate the changes needed to support gender equality within the construction industry. As the Chair of the BAM Gender Employee Resource Group (ERG), I am disappointed that there are so few women working on our projects and I am making it my mission drive this change.

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Coming out in the workplace was a terrifying experience… Fortunately, it was met with more support than I had ever expected

Anya Curley - 2 Feb, 2021

LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated each February. It was started in 1994 by Missouri high-school teacher Rodney Wilson and has since evolved into a month-long celebration observed in Hungary, the UK, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Greenland and Berlin. This year the theme of LGBTQ+ History Month is Mind, Body and Spirit.

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How this year’s unprecedented events have led BAM's Jason Reed to further evaluate his attitudes towards diversity and inclusion

Jason Reed - 7 Aug, 2020

The COVID 19 pandemic has fostered a greater community spirit across the UK with people stepping up to support those in isolation and boost the spirits of their neighbours.

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Changing perceptions of gender and bias on International Women’s Day

Adam Harding - 6 Mar, 2020

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of women across the world and promotes equality and an end to gender bias. This year’s campaign #EachforEqual encourages everyone to consider how their own actions, thoughts and behaviours can help to create a more gender equal world.

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Re-constructing attitudes

Jason Reed - 1 Jul, 2019

When I joined the world of work back in 1986, homophobic attitudes were widespread, and all that went with it: cruel jokes, hurtful banter, gossip and speculation about individuals’ sexual orientation.

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Hospitals can extract far greater benefits under the existing capital framework

Jonathan Ainley - 9 May, 2019

Hospitals are failing to capitalise on the potential of the framework for delivering their capital projects.

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We want a better balance in construction

Adam Harding - 8 Mar, 2019

As BAM celebrates International Women’s Day, BAM’s Diversity Steering Group member, Adam Harding, a member of BAM’s Diversity Steering Group, encourages women to think about a career in construction.

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What trends will begin to impact on the built environment this year?

Stephanie Whittaker - 21 Jan, 2019

Stephanie Whittaker, who leads ENCORD’s foresighting work group on behalf of Royal BAM Group, shares her thoughts …

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Will consumer data scandals and new legislation impact data use in construction?

Stephanie Whittaker - 24 Jul, 2018

The Cambridge Analytica scandal and the EU’s GDPR legislation have increased the public’s awareness of data and the downside to the data sharing economy. But what impacts will these developments have on the emerging trend in the construction industry for collecting data to improve building performance and operational efficiency?

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A Pride challenge to all my colleagues in BAM Construct UK

2 Jul, 2018

As BAM participates for the first time in Pride, Barbara Cahalane says there’s more to do to create a culture where everyone in BAM can be open about their sexuality.

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Promote opportunities in construction to all

Charlotte Owen - 30 Apr, 2018

As a woman working in construction I am often asked how I find the job, and how I deal with working within a predominantly male environment. People want to know if it’s different and if it’s hard to work with a largely male workforce. My response is always the same, it’s a varied and interesting job and the only difficulties you have are not related to people being male, but are because some people can be narrow minded, male or female.

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Universities around the UK are facing many challenges

9 Apr, 2018

David Cotton, Business Development Director, discusses how they can address these issues and what BAM is doing to help them.

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Today’s modular housing may not be as new as you think

Stephanie Whittaker - 15 Mar, 2018

In 1908, Sears Roebuck in the USA launched their “catalog homes”, selling over 100,000 of these kit homes before they were withdrawn from sale in 1942. It may seem odd to reference Sears Roebuck in a blog on modular housing but there are many similarities between their homes and today’s modern pre-fabricated products.

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What’s next for digital in 2018 and how will it impact the construction industry?

Andrew Pryke - 15 Jan, 2018

The past twelve months have been interesting for digital technologies. As we enter 2018 what is next for tech and how will it impact the construction industry?

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Should we see data as a commodity like oil?

Andrew Pryke - 25 Oct, 2017

In 2016, Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich stated that “data is the new oil” because of its growing value, but is this merely hype or the new reality?

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‘BAM FM gave me the break I needed after leaving the Armed Forces’

Stuart Venables - 19 Sep, 2017

Stuart Venables, Premises Manager at BAM FM, tells us how BAM FM gave him the break he needed when he left the Armed Forces.

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A view from the top

Charlotte Owen - 6 Sep, 2017

Charlotte Owen, Senior Site Manager, reflects on the special moments that can come along as a project progresses

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Creating buildings with brains

Andrew Pryke - 5 Jul, 2017

Artificial Intelligence may have its detractors but its use within the built environment could transform the way we operate and maintain buildings.

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An office building opens. Nothing unusual about that except…

Michael Donegan - 6 Apr, 2017

On Wednesday 22 March I attended a health and safety meeting at our refurbishment of the Southbank. These buildings - adjacent to the Royal Festival Hall - contain the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery plus back-of house areas.

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Are students aware of their options?

Anna Jennings - 9 Mar, 2017

On 1 May 2017, the Government will introduce the apprenticeship levy, an employer led strategy to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and create new apprenticeship qualifications. In addition to this, the Government also has set a target to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. It’s therefore imperative that students are aware of what is on offer to them.

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