Welcome to the September issue of BUILD Magazine.

The construction industry, in its broadest sense, is not strictly limited to erecting grand structures and the logistics that goes into doing so – in reality, there are any number of different disciplines and specialisations that can be found under this broad umbrella. Interior design, architecture, and the practice of law are just three other central components, whose input cannot be overstated.

It is our joy at BUILD Magazine to find those individuals and firms that adopt the very best practices, the strongest objectives, and the most innovative people, to fulfil projects that might not have been possible just 20 years ago.

Within recent memory, there has never been a time when international markets have diversified and grown so rapidly. In particular, the passion behind leading construction professionals from across the world is a driving factor. There are those whose entire professional lives have seen them surrounded by their chosen profession – in particular, horticulture has had a life-long influence on Nick Crosby, who now looks to transform the way that we think about garden spaces in an urbanising world.

As the construction industry, in all of its facets, gathers momentum, it requires the constant input of manufacturing and supply firms, without which the wheels might well simply stop turning. It is the job of individuals like John Seymour, from North Valley Metal, to liaise with the client, contractor or architect in providing not only automatic door entry systems, but also a well-tailored and effective customer service.

Just as the world’s economies are becoming more and more interconnected, individuals within the construction industry have the opportunity to travel the planet and discover architectural and design ideas to enhance their own work, and bring something unique to their own market; this has been the approach adopted by Petra Richards for 18 years.

Another major source of innovation for the construction industry is driven by the constantly evolving world of technology. Its potential to attract new, young blood to the construction industry has been proven through the efforts of the French 3D interior modelling start-up Snapkin. Also, the creation of new, versatile software by Houston-based NAJMTEK brings the Internet of Things to bear in a way that will extend the computing capabilities of construction companies.

We hope that you enjoy this latest issue of BUILD Magazine.