Clay Technology February 2019

We’re pleased to bring you the first issue of Clay Technology for 2019. It’s still early in the year and we are considering the key issues that will affect the brickmaking and construction industries as we move forward.

One of the top concerns for members, as ever, is politics. In the run up to the great mystery known as Brexit, there is still no clarity on what we can expect for the country as a whole, however, the picture is at least a little clearer when we assess on a smaller scale. As such, Kathrine Eddon
of Womble Bond Dickinson discusses the impact on the construction sector in relation to EU procurement and the means to secure contracts post-Brexit, on page 9. Plus, we explore the UK government’s ongoing battle to deliver on its commitment for quality, affordable social housing on page 17.

In technology, Sean Wilkins of the Brick Development Association compares the most competitive and effective bricklaying robots on the market to assess the likelihood of wider adoption, on page 12, and finally, we speak to the founder of ALT-254 to hear how the company’s use of virtual reality spaces is enabling clients to walk through building design,
on page 15.

Don’t forget, if you have major projects and issues you want to see covered in your next issue of Clay Technology, do get in touch.


Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

Double length Danish brick makes it into the Australian market

Economic digest: An overview of the UK construction industry and economy

Wastewater solids could make quality house bricks

Jobs open up in the UK construction sector following multi-million-pound investment