Articles by Lucy Barnard

The AI systems used to fight energy waste on construction sites
Published on: 22 May, 2024
Contractors including Kier, Balfour Beatty and Bouygues are all using AI-enabled energy management systems in site cabins to reduce power waste 
Why construction is training record numbers of mental health first aiders
Published on: 21 May, 2024
Can mental health first aiders effectively help colleagues in crisis?
Solar panels and wild flower gardens: How rental depots are becoming greener
Published on: 20 May, 2024
How rental firms are using their depots to cut carbon emissions
Wired differently: Harnessing neurodiverse talent in construction
Published on: 10 May, 2024
What skills can people with autism, dyslexia and ADHD bring to the construction sector?
Yellow Line: Is construction equipment changing colour?
Published on: 09 May, 2024
Can the ubiquitous yellow excavator survive in an age of global branding?
6 of the most high-profile jail construction projects around the world
Published on: 06 May, 2024
Prison construction around the world is booming with at least 24 countries working on plans to build new detention facilities of expand existing ones according to Penal Reform International.
How Turkey is rebuilding a year on from devastating earthquake
Published on: 19 April, 2024
What challenges face Turkey’s construction industry a year after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake?
The struggle to agree UK parliament’s £22bn refurbishment plans
Published on: 15 April, 2024
What has happened to plans to refurbish the historic Palace of Westminster?
Planejando a construção de monotrilho de US$ 5,5 bilhões
Published on: 11 April, 2024
O monocarril do Cairo, no valor de 5,5 mil milhões de dólares, pretende reduzir o congestionamento na maior cidade do Médio Oriente e ligá-la a um novo centro administrativo no deserto. 
Planeando la construcción de un monorraíl de US$5.500 millones
Published on: 11 April, 2024
El monorraíl de El Cairo, valorado en US$5.500 millones, reducirá la congestión en la ciudad más grande de Oriente Medio y la conectará con un nuevo centro administrativo en el desierto. 
10 new cities under construction around the world
Published on: 10 April, 2024
Can building new cities around the world help lift tens of millions of people out of poverty?
Job hopping, remote working, and tech: How can construction retain Gen Z?
Published on: 08 April, 2024
What does Gen Z want from the construction industry? And can the industry provide it?
Bechtel’s Catherine Hunt Ryan on the battle to recruit more female tradespeople
Published on: 05 April, 2024
Catherine Hunt Ryan, head of manufacturing and technology at infrastructure giant Bechtel explains why the company needs to recruit more female craft professionals
Baltimore bridge collapse: Can engineers prevent similar disasters?
Published on: 02 April, 2024
Deadly catastrophe leads to opportunity for engineers to do more to protect the world’s aging bridges
Masterminding the construction Cairo’s $5.5bn monorail megaproject
Published on: 28 March, 2024
The challenges of financing, building and operating the world’s longest automated monorail network
Tunnel vision: The challenges building Melbourne’s new A$12.6bn megaproject
Published on: 18 March, 2024
Jim Heron, Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel delivery director explains how the city’s new mega project has had to overcome political, financial and engineering challenges
How the European Investment Bank is under pressure to reshape infrastructure lending
Published on: 11 March, 2024
In a world where banks are facing increasing scrutiny over their lending, the European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the European Union (EU), must make some difficult choices.
Instagrid charges ahead with ambitious battery storage plans
Published on: 11 March, 2024
Andreas Sedlmayr, co-founder and joint CEO of German battery storage manufacturer Instagrid on the battle to make smaller battery storage solutions for equipment rental  
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