Construction Journal February–March 2018
Construction Journal February–March 2018

Hannah Ramsden

Editor (RICS)

It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming in 2017, and yet here we are again. So what’s coming over the hill in 2018?


Mark Farmer, the author of Modernise or die, kicks this issue off by arguing that surveyors need to take ownership of impending challenges to the construction industry or face irrelevance, and changes to transactional and digital data management should be at the forefront of these efforts.

Elsewhere, Justin Sullivan offers an overview of current discussions on PG2020. Aiming to transform professional group structure to fulfil RICS’ international aspirations, this initiative looks to move away from UK-centric governance to ensure varied expertise and representation from global organisations.

We also have articles from Ken Creighton, RICS Director of Professional Standards, about the progress made on standards over the past year, from Kelvin Hughes, who considers the last instalment of the Black Book, and from Joe Martin, who clarifies how to account for inflation on construction projects.

In celebration of RICS’ 150th year, we also present the story of Irene Barclay, the first female surveyor. There is still a long way to go to level the playing field, but it’s always good to be reminded of our history and how those before us can inspire future generations.

In his piece, Jason Farnell reflects on the qualities that make good leaders in an uncertain world, while Sebastian Chambers looks at skills shortages and productivity challenges facing those who want to get on in quantity surveying and project management, and Chris Green explains how to become a better negotiator. Fostering positive relations between industry and academia is another way to provide valuable learning opportunities for built environment students on site, and Joseph Rizzuto and Indira Chauhan explain more in their article.

Our resident legal expert, Shy Jackson reviews a 150-year old ruling on nuisance, highlighting its applicability to modern land and construction cases, and David Low reviews the Department of Health’s procurement framework, ProCure22, and what this means for 2018.

As always, we are keen for contributions to Construction Journal, so do please get in touch.

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