Meet the refugee building Britain – and take a peek inside the Grand Egyptian Museum

A man with a high-vis jacket and hard helmet looking at the camera.
Omar Alhuraibi works as a sub-agent at Kier (photo courtesy of Omar Alhuraibi)
The December edition of the 21CC podcast is now live, featuring stories about refugees working in UK construction, the logistical challenges of the site Christmas lunch, and the epic project to build the Grand Egyptian Museum.

21CC, short for 21st Century Construction, is a monthly podcast brought to you by the Chartered Institute of Building.

  • Check out the December edition of 21CC

With the topic of asylum seekers dominating headlines, CM deputy editor Cristina Lago met with one refugee, an engineer and project manager originally from Yemen, who loves his job with contractor, Kier.

To reflect the Christmas mood, BIMplus editor Justin Stanton explores the business of construction site catering and the eye-popping amount of turkey the festive season requires.

This month’s Jargon Buster on construction technology delves what “IFC” and “Cobie” are.

And GCR’s David Rogers speaks to two people intimately involved in the epic project to build the Grand Egyptian Museum through political upheaval, a pandemic, and more.

At 90,000 sq m, it’s bigger than the Louvre, and a work of astonishing geometrical complexity, due to open next year.

All 21CC episodes are available here.

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