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Martin Blower

Stories

  • piling at battersea

    Geotechnical careers: Seize the momentSubscription

    2 February, 2015

    Government is helping more people take geotechnical engineering MScs, but employers must do their bit to attract these engineers, says Martin Blower.

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    Contractors could ignore sustainability during the recession – but not any longerSubscription

    9 December, 2014

    Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.

  • Shaking hands

    Better – by associationSubscription

    11 November, 2014

    The Federation of Piling Specialists, as its name suggests, represents foundation contractors – those directly involved in piling and geotechnical works on construction sites – it not only promotes best practice, but also ensures that through regular audits its members operate to the highest level of professionalism and quality.

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    Talking Point with Martin BlowerSubscription

    Ground Engineering October 2014

    The Federation of Piling Specialists is teaming up with Engineers Without Borders-UK.

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    It’s a dirty job, and somebody’s got to do it. But who?Subscription

    26 September, 2014

    I read with interest recently a couple of articles about the challenges facing the construction sector as it bounces back to sustained growth. Bumper orders books sound great, these articles proclaim, but at the same time they warn about material and plant shortages.

  • Martin Blower

    Are we ready for interest rate rises?Subscription

    2 July, 2014

    With Mark Carney and the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee dropping more than a few hints of a sooner rather than later rise in interests rates I wonder how many speciaist construction firms are prepared for its impact?

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    Payment charter… why the delay?Subscription

    19 June, 2014

    We should be pleased with the principles set out by the recently launched supply chain payment charter, but with only nine signatories and a target date for implementation of 2018, it is nowhere near as hard hitting as our sector of the industry had hoped for.