A Happy New Year to you, and a very warm welcome to this the first issue of the new decade. I am genuinely excited to unveil for 2020 and beyond this new fresh vibrant style for Scaffmag. I very much hope you enjoy the new design and feel of this highly anticipated publication, that is not only popular here in the UK, but also around the world.
In this issue we looked to focus on Technology within the scaffolding and construction industry and how it’s reshaping the future of our sector. Our features writer Andrew Kitley gives his thoughts on the trends that will profoundly impact construction in this new decade (see p46). Meanwhile, scaffolding software firm Avontus asks if VR and AI is the future for scaffold management (see p42).
With Brexit now a sure thing after the recent result of UK General Election, where the Conservatives achieved a historic victory. Businesses can now hopefully plot a more stable course for the future. But what challenges are yet to follow? Des Moore CEO of the TRAD Group shares his thoughts with us on the election and Brexit, and how it will affect the industry over the coming years (see p18).
Elsewhere in this issue, our man Richard Trenchard chats with Lynn Way who has recently become the new President of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC). Lynn opens up about her background within the industry and lays down her plans in leading the confederation forward as its first ever female President (see p26).
Our front cover image in this issue shows the impressive 175ft Wellington Monument restoration project in Devon. We caught up with Apex Scaffolding based in Exeter to give us the lowdown on the structure and its challenges (see p64)
Plus much more..