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A weekly podcast in which veteran construction industry journalists Bishop and Taylor have a natter about some of the week’s events in the UK construction industry, seeking meaning even where none may exist.To keep up to date with the latest construction news every day, visit http://www.theconstruct… read more

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30: Ratings, Ratings, Ratings

September 23rd, 2020


It’s all about the stars! Huge scepticism is required when reading online reviews, but they can still matter. Bishop & Taylor (4.5 stars) discuss the latest Glassdoor ratings for top contractors and a new app for …

29: Top 100, Tumbling Shares and Saving the Solent

September 16th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss highlights of the latest Construction Index UK Top 100 construction companies, as well as share price trends, and a new scheme to get Hampshire building again.

28: Dogs, Chalk Streams and Hydrogen Fuel Cells

September 9th, 2020


Taylor credits Bishop with raising demand for dogs, while Bishop credits Taylor with raising consciousness of the threat to chalk streams. Of greater relevance, however, is the use of a hydrogen fuel cell system to …

27: Back in the Jug, Lessons from COVID and Truckless Truss

September 1st, 2020

With the new school year starting, it’s a time of fresh beginnings; should you still work from home or return to the office? 

A Loughborough …

26: Tideway, Acceleration and Square Holes

August 26th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss delays to the £4bn Thames Tideway project as well as the transport secretary’s new acceleration unit and a drill …

25: Fit-out, Putin and the Versatile Brickie

August 19th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor turn their attention to the contents of the August issue of The Construction Index magazine, and cover remarkably wide ground…

24: Prefabs, Planning Reform and Carbon Offsetting

August 12th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor are joined by structural engineer Kevin Lyons to discuss offsite construction. Our two regulars then also mull the government’s …

23: Green Home Grants, Trustmark and Genoa’s New Bridge

August 5th, 2020


This was the week that we learned more details of the £2bn Green Home Grants scheme, with the condition that only Trustmark accredited installers …

22: Brexit, Standards and HS2

July 29th, 2020


With a no-deal Brexit on the cards, Bishop & Taylor discuss unresolved issues for the construction industry, including the future of product …

21: Face Masks, Plan for Jobs & Tower Cranes

July 15th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss the need for face masks (both in life and on site), Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs, and (after the fatal 8th July collapse …

20: New Deal, CITB and Interserve FM

July 1st, 2020

Bishop & Taylor discuss the Prime Minister’s Rooseveltian ambitions, the suspension of democratic accountability at the Construction Industry Training Board, and the sale of Interserve Facilities Management to …

19: Job Losses, Export Finance, Plastic Problems and Magic Paint

June 17th, 2020


In this episode Bishop & Taylor discuss industry job losses, how overseas contractors exploit UK state aid, construction’s plastic packaging problem and the remarkable claims of air-purifying paint.

18: Post-Covid Recovery, Roads Ahead and Shrewsbury Pickets (Conspiracy, My Arse!)

June 3rd, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss the Roadmap to Recovery, the sudden flow of transport projects and the building workers (including TV’s Ricky Tomlinson) jailed nearly 50 years ago, whose convictions the Court of Appeal is …

17: Restoration of Parliament, When Tiredness Kills & The Joy of Steam

May 20th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor recap recent events in the UK construction industry, including this week: planned building works in parliament are under review, a company that allowed its workers to drive home tired has been in the …

16: Opportunism, Drones & Batteries

May 6th, 2020


This week Bishop & Taylor discuss the opportunities that some are finding in the health crisis, the use of drones in construction surveys and battery-powered machinery.

15: Scaffolders, Consulting Engineers and Employee Ownership

April 29th, 2020


In this edition, Bishop and Taylor discuss latest safety stats from the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation, Highways England’s smart …

14: Furlough, Supplies, Gypsum and Cladding

April 22nd, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss furloughed construction workers, moves to revive the supply chain, recycling gypsum and the stalled cladding replacement programme.

13: HS2 and Firm Foundations

April 15th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor briefly discuss the latest news on HS2 before welcoming Steve Hadley to their virtual studio – he’s the Managing Director of Central Piling and the new chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists.

12: Confusing Signals, Field Hospitals and Augmented Reality

April 8th, 2020


This week Bishop & Taylor discuss the latest mixed messages from Government on safe site operations, admire the heroic efforts of those getting field hospitals up and running, and have their interest piqued by the …

11: #ShutTheSites, Urgent Works and Memorable Junkets

April 1st, 2020


This week Bishop & Taylor discuss the continuing controversy about what sites should stay open, and the difficulties facing those that do. They …

10: The Lockdown and Working From Home

March 25th, 2020


The lockdown has started and Bishop & Taylor chat about how the UK construction industry is responding to the Prime Minister’s order for all but essential workers to stay home. They also discuss working from home …

9: That Virus, Tech Toys and the Latest Issue

March 18th, 2020


As the world goes into lockdown, Bishop & Taylor keep their distance to mull on Covid-19, Bimcams and bionic rakes, and the contents of the March …

8: Retentions Postscript, Red Diesel and Rebrands

March 12th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor add a note about their last episode’s retentions discussion before turning attention to the Budget, bringing the end of cheap …

7: Heathrow, Retentions & Flexitime

March 4th, 2020


Bishop & Taylor discuss the potential ramifications of the Court of Appeal ruling against Heathrow expansion, developments (or lack of them) in …

6: Coronavirus, New Homes Ombudsman and Industry Archives

February 26th, 2020


On 26th Feb 2020 Bishop & Taylor discuss the industrial impact of coronavirus, the creation of an ombudsman for buyers of new homes and the fate of construction industry archives.

5: Cannabis, Immigration and Smart Cities

February 19th, 2020


It's Wednesday 19th February 2020 and in this week’s Re:Construction podcast, Bishop & Taylor discuss the benefits of cannabis, the UK’s new …

4: HS2, Leadership & Clocks

February 12th, 2020


This week Bishop & Taylor discuss the latest green light for HS2, a shocking display of bad leadership and the possible end of spring back / fall forward.

3: On Beauty, Signs of a Boris Bounce & Cowboy Builders

February 5th, 2020

In this week’s Re:Construction podcast, recorded Wednesday 5th February 2020, Bishop & Taylor discuss beauty, signs of a Boris Bounce and cowboy builders. See also:

2: Climate Emergency, Smart Motorways and Chinese Hospitals

January 29th, 2020


This week Bishop & Taylor discuss construction’s attempts to help save the planet, the idiocy of smart motorways and how quickly Wuhan is building emergency hospitals.

1: Tall Building Regulations, Late Payment Legislation and Digitally Savvy Contractors

January 23rd, 2020

Re:Construction is a new podcast, launched this week by The Construction Index, featuring construction journalists David Taylor and Phil Bishop. 

In this launch episode they discuss developments in the government’s …
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