Welcome to the latest edition of UK Construction Excellence – celebrating the very best in British building.

And so, 2016 draws to a close. No year in recent memory has defied expectation quite so consistently as 2016. This was the year of the Brexit – once a mere formality, now a fundamental game-changer. Across the Atlantic, it was the year of the Trump – the bouffant billionaire underdog, now Leader of the Free World. In stark contrast, David Cameron resigned – taking with him his ill-fated cabinet mid-Parliament. So long, George Osborne. Today, certainties remain uncertain and the UK construction industry is no exception.

In this, the final edition of the year, UK Construction Excellence takes a retrospective look at the UK BIM journey post-mandate. Mark Bew, Chairman of the BIM Task Group, is again on-hand to offer his insights, while representatives from the UK BIM Alliance map out the rocky road ahead.

FM is this month’s spotlight, and we recap our exclusive interviews with Julie Kortens – Chairman of the British Institute of Facilities Management – and Geoff Prudence, Chair of BIM4FM. Elsewhere, Neil McIntee of VansA2Z lends a hand to discuss the evolution of the humble pick-up, while we profile the RRS Sir David Attenborough – a state-of-the-art polar research vessel.

All this and more can be found inside, along with contributions from guest commentators and breaking news from Great Britain and beyond.

Robert Atherton
Publications Editor

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