Colin Harding

Colin Harding

Colin Harding is a past president of the CIOB and the author of Integrated Design & Construction – Single Responsibility: A Code of Practice published by Wiley Blackwell

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    Quality management or risk dumping?

    2017-09-14T14:51:00

    Recommendations from a report into achieving quality on building sites more than three decades old are still relevant today. Is the industry failing to learn from the past?

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    It was 30 years ago today …

    2017-04-11T11:20:00

    Colin Harding wrote his first column for Building three decades ago, outlining a plan to shift the British parliament to the north of England

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    The whole hog

    2011-01-07T00:00:00

    At last we have a government adviser calling for integration to save costs. For it to work, we need unadulterated integration of the whole design and construction team

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    Pensions: Cleaning up our toxic legacy

    2012-07-20T00:00:00

    Construction accounts for £34.4bn of the UK’s final salary pension deficit. How can the government restore confidence in workplace schemes?

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    Reforming pension schemes

    2012-10-26T00:00:00

    We need an affordable and independent universal workplace scheme

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    Is an integrated EU an oxymoron?

    2016-05-05T10:00:00

    The EU is a fount of silly, restrictive and ineffective regulation

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    Get stuck in

    2007-12-07T00:00:00

    HOK Sport’s Olympic Stadium Vol-au-vent is merely the hors d’oeuvre. We’re about to tuck in to a rich feast of design excellence at reasonable cost. It’s a victory for common sense

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    The solution

    2008-02-01T00:00:00

    For the past 50 years we’ve fretted and failed to find a way to make the most of prefabrication. Now we’ve cracked it, thanks to China, the humble shipping container and a way to make the most of both of them

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    Promises, promises

    2008-04-04T00:00:00

    The Olympic project will be built by small businesses, so let’s have some genuine ‘construction commitments’ to allow them to get on with the job

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    Do you remember the last time?

    2008-06-20T00:00:00

    From the depths of the last recession came Egan, Latham and the seeds of a truly integrated industry. This time around, we must not let that message fall by the wayside, says Colin Harding

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    Throw us a lifeline, not more red tape

    2008-08-15T00:00:00

    Small construction businesses are one of the few sectors that can save the economy from sinking without trace. So why, asks Colin Harding, is HM Revenue and Customs doing its utmost to make sure they go down with the ship?

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    The end of the spend

    2008-10-03T00:00:00

    The boom in vanity projects is over. Design can no longer rule. Instead, Colin Harding asks if construction and its clients are finally ready to learn the lessons Sir John Egan taught in 1998

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    Brown’s chance for redemption

    2008-11-28T00:01:00

    As chancellor, Gordon Brown mismanaged our pensions for 10 years. Now he must back them up with the same guarantees that he extended to bank savings

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    Integrated design and construction: Divided we fall

    2010-10-29T00:00:00

    Our industry is fragmented between those who do the real work on site and those who live off its adversarial culture. Integrating the two factions is our only hope

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    Re-integrating the team

    2005-04-08T00:00:00

    The National Audit Office has called for integrated construction teams. But why is it so hard to recreate what earlier generations took for granted?

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    Turn us loose

    2005-05-11T17:35:00

    The main problem faced by the government, the economy and the construction industry is over-regulation. Tackling it should be the main task of Labour’s third term

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    We’d be great together

    2005-06-17T00:00:00

    The British Property Federation’s consultancy agreement is a good start, but what we really need is an all-inclusive contract for all parties and single project insurance

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    Tax, lies and red tape

    2005-08-26T00:00:00

    Don’t argue for the postponement of the Construction Industry Scheme – it should be scrapped so that the self-employed can get on with boosting the economy

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    Let the games end

    2005-10-21T00:00:00

    More and more decent contractors are opting out of tricky public projects. If the government wants us back to build its Olympics, it’ll just have to outlaw retentions

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    Architects of our downfall

    2005-12-02T00:00:00

    Colin Harding CABE acts for an architectural elite and against the interests of the construction industry in general. The result is an approach to building that you might call Blairist …

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