Richard Steer

Richard Steer

Richard Steer is chairman of the independent international construction consultants, Gleeds.

As well as being a Fellow of the RICS he is also a non-executive director of the RIBA. Under Richard’s direction, Gleeds sponsored the four-year programme of the RIBA’s “International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change” series, which included speakers such as Frank Gehry, Sydney Pollack, Lord Richard Rogers and Lord Norman Foster.

In recent years he has personally supported the work of HRH Prince of Wales and the promotion of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities.

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    Housing is more than a numbers game

    2019-10-21T05:00:00

    The main political parties should stop with the soundbites and base housing plans on solid data, not random figures

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    Wakey-wakey: we must face up to this construction skills crisis

    2019-07-15T05:00:00

    The skills shortage is already crippling construction yet the government seems comatose in the face of the impact a no-deal Brexit will have on recruitment

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    In uncertain times, we can't just stand still

    2019-05-28T05:00:00

    The latest output figures show Brexit is hitting construction hard, as projects get parked in the face of unpredictability around costs and demand

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    Brexit: a soap opera that needs an ending

    2019-04-10T05:00:00

    None of this self-serving political melodrama is going to help us build things

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    Foresight sagas: construction has an immense challenge on its hands in 2019

    2019-01-09T06:00:00

    As we enter one of the most turbulent, uncertain years in our nation’s history, who would be brave enough to predict what’s in store for construction? Well, here goes…

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    Housing statistics - it's no good in blaming the builders

    2018-11-21T07:00:00

    A good time to bury bad news?

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    We desperately need new ways to build

    2018-10-10T06:00:00

    The percentage of homes built offsite remains low due to concerns from housebuilders, but with new government thinking MMC could provide urgently needed housing

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    The government needs to find a way out of the mess it has created

    2018-08-24T07:00:00

    The construction’s contribution to the economy is seemingly being ignored. But ours is the sector that is going to be essential in the delivery process of large infrastructure projects post-Brexit

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    Brexit: Prepare for the worst

    2018-08-08T06:00:00

    Watching the minimal impact on the industry over the past two years, I’ve tried to be optimistic about Britain leaving the EU – but now the tide seems to be turning

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    All words, no action

    2018-06-08T06:00:00

    The right noises are being made following the fire at Grenfell Tower, but what really matters is what happens next

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    All on our own

    2018-04-09T06:00:00

    Those who voted for Brexit have got what they wanted: fewer migrants coming to this country to work. So now who’s going to build our houses?

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    Just for starters

    2018-02-23T06:30:00

    Construction has not had an auspicious start to 2018, and ongoing trends of government interference and uncertainty over Brexit don’t signal much sign of improvement

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    'Carillion rescue talks failed because of the pensions deficit'

    2018-01-16T12:12:00

    The problems were so structural and so ingrained that others were dissuaded from coming in to rescue the contractor, says Richard Steer

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    2018 predictions: Richard Steer

    2017-12-22T07:00:00

    Building has asked a selection of winning people and firms from 2017’s Building Awards to predict the big opportunities, threats and surprises that we might expect to see in the coming 12 months.

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    2018: be prepared

    2017-12-19T07:00:00

    Next year will be dominated by lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament, and a little thing called Brexit.

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    Faking it

    2017-10-04T06:00:00

    The party conference season has come to an end with Labour promising the moon and the Conservatives unable to escape the straitjacket of Brexit

  • Richard Steer 2014
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    The blame game

    2017-08-09T11:40:00

    The government has used the recent leaseholder scandal to blame the industry for the ‘broken’ housing market. In fact, it’s just covering up its own lack of action when it should be working with housebuilders to find ways of fixing the problem

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    Business as usual

    2017-06-14T06:00:00

    Will the new and weakened Tory government do more to promote construction? With a new set of challenges, and time ticking for the Brexit negotiations, recognising the industry’s potential is more important than ever

  • Richard Steer 2014
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    Barwell is ridiculously optimistic

    2017-04-20T06:00:00

    The housing minister’s assertions that Brexit will not affect the speed and quality of reforms outlined in the housing white paper do not match up with the reality of a depleted and overworked civil service

  • Richard Steer 2014
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    Getting their own house in order

    2017-02-21T13:28:00

    The government has been willing to listen to advice from the construction industry when considering the renovation of its home in Westminster. Would it not be wise to listen to our views on the housing shortage and Brexit as well?

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