All articles by James Wates

  • James Wates BW 2017
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    The Grenfell Inquiry reveals the urgent need for a culture change in construction

    2020-11-20T06:00:00Z

    Cutting corners is never in anybody’s best interest, says James Wates

  • James Wates BW 2017
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    We are reaching a tipping point for off-site work

    2020-10-21T06:16:00Z

    The strategy is in place and momentum is building. Now publication of the government’s construction playbook could help drive real change, says James Wates

  • James Wates BW 2017
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    We have risen to the challenge by working together

    2020-09-29T05:00:00Z

    At a time of national crisis the construction sector can be proud of the way it has put self-interests aside and acted collaboratively, says James Wates

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    We can boost the economy with good risk management

    2020-03-12T06:00:00Z

    James Wates outlines five key steps to improve risk management

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    Genuine opportunity for transparency

    2019-08-12T05:00:00Z

    We operate in a fragmented industry and we must raise our game. Clear reporting by companies could serve to transparently build up trust

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    Despite the Brexit gloom, there's plenty to feel confident about in construction

    2019-03-12T06:00:00Z

    Enough doom and gloom – there are many ways we are making this industry better, and many more ways we can make it better still. The key is to be confident

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    We desperately need to instil a positive culture - not box-ticking exercises

    2018-11-06T11:46:00Z

    We need to think differently about corporate governance to regain public trust – a realistic set of principles will help companies achieve this

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    Social skills

    2018-09-07T06:00:00Z

    The collapse of Carillion should lead to a renewed focus on the positive impact that construction businesses can have on society

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    Charting a course for change

    2018-06-28T06:00:00Z

    The construction industry needs reform – that much is clear. It’s time to recognise the factors we can’t control and tackle the ones we know we can

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    Get better soon

    2018-04-25T06:00:00Z

    The fallout from Carillion’s collapse and the recent gender pay gap data underline the urgent need for our industry to change 

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    Let's get it together

    2018-01-30T06:30:00Z

    To fix the industry’s problems on inefficiency and building quality, we need better collaboration between builders, engineers and architects early in the process 

  • James wates bw 2017
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    Diversity is all

    2017-10-25T05:00:00Z

    The skills shortage means it is vital to recruit more women into the industry, yet the female workforce is still only 13% – so what should we be doing to encourage more women to join?  

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    Ready for a game changer

    2017-09-05T10:46:00Z

    Construction in the UK faces some big changes and tough challenges - a CLC innovation hub can help the industry succeed

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    Export strength

    2017-07-11T11:47:00Z

    If the UK is to win work on overseas infrastructure megaprojects, we will have to get better at forming consortiums that offer the whole package. The newly-formed Infrastructure Exports: UK group may be able to help

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    How to get the best out of Brexit

    2017-05-10T06:00:00Z

    The election provides the chance to drive home key messages around areas for Brexit negotiations. If we come together, we can work for the changes we want from leaving Europe

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    Train to win

    2017-03-03T06:00:00Z

    The apprenticeship levy is coming, so we might as well make the best of it. And how we do that is by thinking smarter and working together to make the scheme succeed for us

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    Move on up

    2017-01-18T12:17:00Z

    Construction has always valued experience and ability over background and connections. But it can still do a lot more to help increase social mobility - and apprenticeships should be at the heart of our efforts

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    All together now

    2016-11-10T09:30:00Z

    The Farmer Review is the latest report to call for the fragmented built environment sector to embrace truly collaborative ways of working. The entire construction industry must come together if we are to fulfil our potential

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    We need to enthuse young people about vocational training

    2016-09-13T11:17:00Z

    If we were to do for vocational training what we did for sport over the past two decades, investing in it and enthusing young people, the skills shortage that threatens our industry would be a thing of the past

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    Why can't builders and architects work it out?

    2016-07-13T06:00:00Z

    Topping out ceremonies present builders with an irresistible opportunity to throw the architect off the top of the building but we need to collaborate