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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    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

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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

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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

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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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    What just happened?

    2016-12-16T07:00:00

    A series of head-spinning political events in 2016 has left many in the construction industry feeling discombobulated and grappling to understand how the commercial consequences will unfold

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    No bars to freedom

    2016-10-18T06:00:00

    With £1.3bn to spend on five new prisons, construction has a golden opportunity to drag the criminal justice system out of the Victorian era and use design to change lives

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    Perfect timing

    2016-08-03T06:00:00

    With a new chancellor who knows a thing or two about our industry, there has never been a better time to build

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    UK economy: Steadying the ship

    2016-06-24T06:00:00

    Whatever the outcome of the EU referendum, it’s important that those on both sides of the debate now work together to get the UK economy and construction back on course after months of uncertainty

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    BIM for the masses

    2016-05-05T06:00:00

    While big firms are embracing BIM and the benefit it brings, a large section of the industry is made up of SMEs that are struggling to see the point. It’s time to make sure everyone in the supply chain is part of the BIM process

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    We hold the key

    2016-03-02T13:00:00

    Michael Gove’s recent rhetoric about rehabilitation may open the door to designing the UK’s new generation of super-prisons as institutions of redemption, a million miles away from the high-tension, low-hope jails across the Atlantic

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    A big year

    2016-01-12T15:01:00

    Construction starts the year at the epicentre of political and economic debate, and over the next 12 months it will be constantly under the spotlight - here are the hot topics to keep an eye on

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    Footing the bill

    2015-11-10T14:34:00

    The new housing bill would cut permanently the regulation on converting office or light-industrial sites into housing, circumnavigating both local authorities and affordable housing obligations. So who would be the winners and losers?

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    Infrastructure: Grounds for optimism

    2015-10-16T06:00:00

    An Adonis at the helm is what Brunel’s builders needed

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    A lack of understanding

    2015-09-16T06:00:00

    Construction delivers around 7% of the country’s GDP. So why does this Conservative government seem so intent on running the industry that has underpinned the economic recovery into the ground?

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