News & Comment from Clare PR

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BETTER TOGETHER

September 18 2017 | Clare PR News |

There’s a lot of talk about collaboration in the construction sector. BIM has created a mandate for professionals from multiple disciplines to work more effectively together, sharing knowledge and best practice in the best interests of their shared project. It’s been a huge cultural shift for many in the sector, perhaps because collaboration in not…

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BUILDING ON BETTER

September 18 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

Andrew Geldard, head of communications at Willmott Dixon discusses why we should never taking anything for granted. I watched in disbelief this summer as two impregnable brands were shaken to their core, with Carillion’s shock profit warning and senior management exodus followed by Bell Pottinger being expelled from the PRCA for alleged unethical practice on a…

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ARE WE OVERLOOKING THE OBVIOUS FOR COHESIVE COMMUNITIES?

August 30 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

The recent announcement by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, that planning approvals for residential schemes comprising at least 35 per cent affordable housing will be fast tracked is a very positive step in the right direction for the UK’s housing crisis http://bit.ly/2x4PY8Q. The question remains, however, is this really enough? Can we expect similar commitments…

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TONY WILSON: TRIBUTE AND LEGACY

August 14 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

If you picture London, you might immediately conjure up images of London Bridge or Buckingham Palace. Visualise Paris, and it might be the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps the Brandenburg Gate for Berlin or the Coliseum for Rome. In Manchester, we have more than our fair share of extraordinary architecture but there’s just one face that epitomises…

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FROM BLIGHTY TO BAKU – TURNS OUT IT’S NOT AS FAR AS FIRST THOUGHT

July 31 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

Before I visited Azerbaijan recently I didn’t know what to expect.  To be honest, I had to look at a map when we booked the flights! I went with every expectation of finding austere Soviet architecture and perhaps the odd glimpse of pre-soviet cultural influences but I came away inspired by the sheer scale of…

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ROYAL MAIL STAMPS – WHAT MAKES A DESIGN CLASSIC?

July 17 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

It may be more than 30 years since Prince Charles famously referred to contemporary architecture in London as a ‘monstrous carbuncle’, but the architectural community remains incensed by this sweeping generalisation. While not all modern buildings are successful, either in the context of their surroundings or as individual pieces of design, many deserve to be…

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THE MISSING HUMAN ELEMENT FINALLY CLICKS WITH AMAZON

June 22 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

From Apple watches to Zippo lighters and every letter of the alphabet in between, you can buy pretty much everything you want on Amazon. The company is the archetypal game changer, the epitome of the 21st century subversive business that keeps reinventing its business model and creating a successful formula from which others have learned,…

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TIME TO GRIEVE THEN REASSESS

June 22 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

One of the many unpalatable truths about this horrifying incident is that a refurbishment commissioned to improve the building’s condition for residents may have contributed to its vulnerability during the fire. The UK has an international reputation for the strict nature of our fire and building regulations. So much so, in fact, that projects delivered…

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Dan Kemp, Features Editor, Construction News outlines lessons to be learned from the recent Grenfell tragedy

June 22 2017 | Guest columnist, Thought provoking blogs |

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have dominated the national news agenda in the last week. The fire has shone a spotlight on the industry, seeing it discussed across the mainstream media in a way that we rarely see. While we are often quick to malign the fact that construction’s positive contribution to society can…

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RISING COSTS AREN’T ALWAYS BAD NEWS

June 1 2017 | Thought provoking blogs |

London has always been the UK’s financial and property hub, with high construction costs and inflated prices across everything from property to pints of beer. According to a recent study by professional services company, Turner & Townsend, however, it would seem that the North is now catching up with the capital. But, for once, rising…

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