First Site podcast

Welcome to First Site, the podcast brought to you by Construction News in partnership with Speedy Hire.

Speedy Hire are proud to partner with CN on 'First Site'. As the UK's leading provider of equipment hire and on-site solutions, Speedy Hire are passionate about providing listeners with insight on key industry topics such as new innovation in Net Zero, Carbon saving solutions and safety, all key components of their ambitious industry leading sustainability plan ‘the Decade to Deliver’.

Listen in and learn more about these industry-shaping topics.

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Episode 6 – Meeting the green skills challenge in construction, with Derek Horrocks, Keith Bottomley and Amelia Woodley
Wednesday Jan 17, 2024

Construction News editor Colin Marrs delves into the skills challenge posed by the decarbonisation agenda with Derek Horrocks, chair of the National Home Decarbonisation Group, Keith Bottomley, chair of London’s Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce and Speedy Hire’s ESG director Amelia Woodley.

Episode 5 – Review of 2023 and looking ahead to 2024, with the CN team and Kelly Boorman
Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

In a special end-of-year episode of First Site, deputy editor Ben Vogel is joined by CN news editor Will Ing and reporter Charlotte Banks to look back at the big topics of 2023. Kelly Boorman, national head of construction at RSM UK, then shares her thoughts on the year ahead.

Episode 4 – The financial state of the specialist sector, with Iain McIlwee, Roni Savage and Rob Driscoll
Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

Deputy editor Ben Vogel is joined by Rob Driscoll, director of legal and business at the Electrical Contractors' Association, Iain McIlwee, chief executive of Finishes & Interiors Sector and Roni Savage, managing director at Jomas Associates.

Episode 3 - Decarbonisation of plant, with Amelia Woodley and Matt Seaman
Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

This episode of First Site looks explores how the plant hire sector is helping the construction industry adapt to the decarbonisation and net zero agenda. Joining CN deputy editor Ben Vogel are Speedy Hire’s ESG director Amelia Woodley and the firm’s business development director for HS2, Matt Seaman.

Episode 2 - Construction’s financial climate, with Max Jones and Leighton More
Wednesday Sept 20, 2023

Coinciding with our latest annual CN100 index of top-performing UK contractors, the latest episode of First Site focuses on financial and economic issues facing small, medium and large firms. Construction News deputy editor Ben Vogel is joined by Max Jones, a director in Lloyds Bank’s infrastructure and construction team, and Leighton More, chief financial officer at Sir Robert McAlpine

Episode 1 - Decarbonising steel and concrete, with Ian Riley and Dr. Michael Sansom
Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

On the first episode of the First Site podcast by Construction News, we dive into one of the biggest challenges facing the sector – decarbonising steel and concrete. Together, these materials account for 14% of global carbon emissions, providing a huge challenge - but also a great opportunity - for the construction industry. Joining editor of Construction News Colin Marrs for this inaugural episode are Ian Riley, chief executive of the World Cement Association, and Dr. Michael Sansom, sustainability manager at the British Constructional Steel Work Association.

Trailer - First Site Podcast by Construction News
Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

Introducing the brand new podcast by Construction News, in partnership with Speedy Hire. Each month on First Site we’ll bring you in-depth discussions with industry experts on the hot topics in construction. Join editor of Construction News, Colin Marrs, and his editorial team as they explore the challenges, opportunities, and very best in case studies, standard setting, and innovation. Subscribe now to have each episode delivered straight to your device every month.