Why we need more skilled FMs

With the collapse of Carillion, attention has turned to the industry’s outsourcing practices. Liza Young speaks to facilities management consultant Jo Harris about the value of skilled maintainers to businesses

The history man: Interview with Professor Alan Short

Professor Alan Short says designers must look to the past to come up with resilient buildings that can withstand climate change. Alex Smith meets the architect who has helped revive the art of natural ventilation

BDP’s Andrew Swain-Smith on the engineering renaissance

BDP’s chair of building services engineering Andrew Swain-Smith says he is feeling bullish about the practice’s growth prospects – and this was before news it had won a prestigious contract at the Palace of Westminster

Interview with Paul Flatt – why engineers must add value

Building services consultants risk obsolescence unless they use their engineering expertise to extract value for clients, warns Hurley Palmer Flatt’s CEO, Paul Flatt. He tells Alex Smith that employee training programmes are key to creating the calibre of engineer necessary for his firm to succeed in an increasingly competitive market

Industry pioneer who’s still ahead of his time – Max Fordham interview

Max Fordham FCIBSE is Britain’s most influential services engineer, and his practice continues to lead the field when it comes to innovative building services design. Alex Smith finds out what’s next for the man who has been bringing creativity and intellectual rigour to the industry for over 50 years

Smart choices – career moves

Skills shortages and major new construction projects mean Britain needs more highly qualified labour. But graduates aren’t the only ones in demand. David Blackman meets four professionals who changed career to become building services engineers

Building on the past: celebrating 40 years of CIBSE

From the miners’ strikes and oil crises of the 1970s, to the ‘boom and bust’ of the 1980s and technological advances in the 2000s, the UK’s industrial landscape has evolved radically over the past four decades. Liza Young asks former CIBSE presidents how building services has changed since the Institution began in 1976