Legal & Business
The Aurubis copper theft, in which $198m worth of metal was stolen, is a reminder to us all of the importance of keeping construction sites protected. As metal inflation rises, criminals know they can sell things like copper for much more money, making them prime targets for crime. Not only that, but nights are getting darker, protecting criminals from being seen. Construction projects are naturally exposed and vulnerable. So, how can you keep your site protected? Alexis Potter, MD at site security specialist BauWatch, investigates.
Some would say there are three pillars in construction: quality, sustainability and compliance. Today, compliance is arguably number one. For architects and designers, the clearest evidence of this is likely the enormous regulatory overhaul reflected in the Building Safety Act 2022. However, the compliance landscape is also being reshaped in ways that might not be so visible to architects and designers. Richard Powell, Roofing Sales Manager at Ravago Building Solutions UK, probes deeper.
Here, Allan Wilen, Economic Director at Glenigan, investigates.
The Government confirming that it will legislate to require all new-build homes and offices with parking spaces to have electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints would be a game-changer in the shift to net-zero transportation. However, it could pose huge potential challenges, say Shakespeare Martineau’s Neil Gosling, Partner and Head of Residential Development, and Isaac Murdy, Trainee Solicitor in the energy team.
The continuing focus on building safety should be welcomed, but all hazards need to be identified and put under the spotlight, says Wrexham Mineral Cables’ Commercial Manager, Steve Williams.