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Posted by Paul Heming on 17th December 2018

The JCT and Relevant Events

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The construction industry is full of jargon and it can be difficult to understand all the acronyms and terms used. It’s even more difficult when it comes to construction contracts. We’ve written this article to provide clarity on the term “Relevant Events” and what it means in Joint Contract...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th December 2018

Value Engineering Comms Systems

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With telecoms, data and security, the ability to value engineer (VE) elements of the work can be quite challenging due to the fact that the specification is all end-user driven. The volume of works depends solely on the equipment the user will have, so the number of connections and cables to these i...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 7th December 2018

Value Engineering Ventilation

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Ventilation and Air conditioning are critical to delivering comfortable built environments. The quality of insulation materials are constantly increasing and buildings are better sealed than ever. Building Regulations typically require heat recovery with ventilation, and with ever improving produ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 30th November 2018

Value Engineering – Gas vs Electricity

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M & E can be difficult to amend from a VE perspective as, in many cases, the scheme specified has been designed to comply with certain Planning Requirements such as BREEAM. The systems specified help the building to achieve a certain BREEAM score and therefore, it’s not simple to VE the packag...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 23rd November 2018

Value Engineering Underfloor Heating

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As a package of works, Underfloor Heating (UFH) itself can actually be quite challenging to Value Engineer. Generally speaking, the systems that are specified are specified as such because they achieve a certain output required by the specification. UFH systems are pretty much specified on this b...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 20th November 2018

JCT Contracting

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What is a JCT Contract? The Joints Contract Tribunal, often referred to as the JCT, is an independent organisation that publishes standard forms of Building Contracts for use in England and Wales. The JCT suite of Contracts is a standard set of Contract documents, designed to be fair and reasonable...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th November 2018

Dealing with Errors, Divergencies and Discrepancies in Variations

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The scenario We put forward the following scenario to Jason Farnell, Adjudicator and CEDR Accredited Mediator. "I'm working on an amended JCT D & B Subcontract where we're contracted to clad the entire building envelope from Ground to Roof. An area of our scope had an inconsistency - part ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th November 2018

London Development Specification – 2. Entry Level

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This first part to our London Development Specification series looks at Entry-Level specification. As mentioned in our introduction we won't be assigning these to price points as location plays a far too significant role in pricing. What we will look at is seeing what the general offering is for ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 13th November 2018

London Development Specification – 1. An Introduction

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We have recently received a significant amount of enquiries regarding the specification levels of new projects in London. What to offer, why, what is the competition doing. We wanted to be able to give some clarity on what is happening in the marketplace so that developers can understand what the...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th November 2018

NEC Contracts and Cash Flow Management

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"I'm a Main Contractor Tendering for a project where the Contract will be an NEC Option A Contract. We want to understand what the potential impacts of this Contract Type are in terms of Cash Flow and, the best management practices generally." That’s the scenario that we put forward to Jason ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd November 2018

Design and Build Contracts – Increase your profit

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A Design and Build Contract is a contract where the Main Contractor offers to design and build a project for a price that includes both the design and construction. What I found striking throughout my career is the lack of contractual knowledge of even some of the most highly-skilled construction...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th October 2018

Can I claim for loss of profit in variations?

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The scenario: I’m working on an unamended JCT 2016 Building Contract with a £3m lump sum Contract Sum. The Employer is looking to amend an element of the works and has issued an instruction to omit a relatively large portion (approximately 10% in financial terms) of our scope of works. These ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 19th October 2018

The client is late issuing their Notice to Commence works on site – what should I do?

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Ever wondered the best way to respond when your client is late issuing their Notice to Commence works on site? We’ve put together a real-life scenario where this happened and asked Jason Farnell, Adjudicator and CEDR Accredited Mediator, to provide actionable guidance on how you can best manage...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 12th October 2018

What happens when you’re late issuing a Payment Notice?

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We've all felt that pang of dread when you realise you're late to issue a payment notice on time, and it's on a questionable subcontractor valuation that you need to issue a Pay Less notice. What are your options when that happens? Well, we put the following scenario to the experts at Commercial ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 21st September 2018

Project Lifecycle – 13. Giving Notice

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On almost every project, whether you’re a Main or Subcontractor, you’ll have experienced a delay to your works due to a lack of access on site. The Contract states you’ll be granted unrestricted access in an area but that isn’t the case - you’re sharing the area, or the conditions in the a...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 13th September 2018

Construction relationships are similar to your marriage

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The relationships that we have in life are essentially the same. Whether it is a relationship with your client, your employee, your spouse, your higher power, your environment, your siblings, your child, your friend and yourself, the ways in which we can succeed in these relationships are all the sa...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 12th September 2018

Project Lifecycle – 12. Notices to Commence

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A Notice to Commence (NTC) is a formal communication from the Client to the Contractor stating the date the Contractor can begin work. The reason NTC’s are so important is they confirm the date when the contract performance starts and therefore, they're used to calculate the completion date and...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 31st August 2018

The ‘cost’ of switching

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Paslode are the market leader for nail guns in the UK. We're in a fictional world where we set-up a competitor company and create a new type of gun that works from solar energy. You don’t need to worry about finding a source of electricity to use the gun. You don’t have to change the battery...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 24th August 2018

The business of solving problems, not making things better

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A few years ago, Gyproc Tools released two new products under a new brand called BladeRunner. One was the BladeRunner Cutter and the other was the BladeRunner Rasp. The Cutter was designed to cut plasterboard, the Rasp was designed to shave its edges. One of the products was a big commercial hit, th...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 21st August 2018

Project Lifecycle – 11. PCSA Agreements

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Pre-Construction Services Agreements (PCSAs) are used to appoint design and build Subcontractors to carry out services before entering into contract and tend to be used as part of a strategy to remove risk. PCSAs are generally advantageous as the early involvement of ‘Specialists’ can lead to...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 15th August 2018

Project Lifecycle – 10. Project Reviews

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For whatever reason, there is a whole list of names given for Project Review meetings in Construction. Depending on where you’ve worked, you’ve likely heard them referred to as ‘Project Reviews’, ‘Cost to Completes’, ‘MPR’s’, ‘CVR’s – the list goes on. What shouldn’t cha...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 15th August 2018

Identifying the decision maker and the difference between owners and employees

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Seth Godin, a marketing author, tells a story of iced tea on a hot day. He’s at a festival on the weekend and it’s 30°c. He goes to a kiosk to buy an iced tea. The teenager serving at the kiosk says, “we don’t have any iced tea’. Seth asks, “Do you have any tea bags?” She answers ...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 9th August 2018

The Online Marketing Series for Contractors – Who is your Client?

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A marketing strategy starts with questions. You need to ask yourself certain questions in order to understand who you seek to serve, the problems that this person has and how your business will solve their problems. This may sound like marketing fluff, but it really isn’t. This exercise deliver...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 8th August 2018

Project Lifecycle – 9. Procurement & Subcontract Tendering

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We’ve discussed cash-flow and its importance to running a project. Good cash-flow gives you flexibility and control during Sub-Contract procurement. How often have you been offered a discount in trade for reduced payment terms by a Subcontractor? If your project is cash positive and you could a...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd August 2018

Project Lifecycle – 8. Cash is your best friend!

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Cash is your best mate… In all lines of business ‘Cash is King’, but in construction, it’s more critical than most. There are so many reasons why cash in your bank rather than in your clients is important – whether it’s to buy equipment, employ and pay subcontractors, or simply to imp...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 2nd August 2018

The Online Marketing Series for Contractors – There is no Online Marketing

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Before we get into the weeds, we need to start with the distinction between strategy and tactics. In 2001, Starbucks launched their first loyalty card. This wasn’t ground breaking; many businesses had launched loyalty cards before. But, it represented a clear marketing driver of revenue. Now, u...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th July 2018

Project Lifecycle – 7. Risks and Opportunities

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In any industry, for a project to be a success, a defined project strategy is critical - Construction is no different. So, what’s the strategy on your project? How are you interacting with your client? Are there Value Engineering opportunities and key risks you need to focus on? Are there speci...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 18th July 2018

The Online Marketing Series for Contractors

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Over the coming weeks, we’re going to deliver actionable recommendations, steps and tactics you can use to create a marketing system. We call this the Construction Marketing Playbook and it’s created with contractors in mind, big or small, which will help you take advantage of the key marketing ...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 12th July 2018

Stealth CDP

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The design element of a contract represents one of the best opportunities for a contractor to increase margins on a project. It also represents one of the riskiest areas where you can lose margin. Ever been hit by a Stealth CDP (Contractor’s Design Portion)? If you have, there’s a good chance yo...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 11th July 2018

Project Lifecycle – 6. Design Delay Claims

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Last week we discussed the various tools to use to make sure you can claim for time lost during the design period. I’m a firm believer that when you suffer delays in construction, the priority is to get an Extension of Time and following that, to recover the money associated. The question is - ...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 3rd July 2018

Get your Retention

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When I was 18, before heading off to University, I spent the summer working for my Dad’s roofing business. My job was mostly admin and paperwork, but I was also tasked with collecting old retentions. My Dad came from ‘the tools’. He was a Lead Worker turned surveyor. He was great at identif...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 27th June 2018

Project Lifecycle – 5. Design Delays

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I’ve already mentioned that where Construction Contracts include design, my experience is that the success or failure of the programme, typically hinges on the success of the design period. If like me, you’ve worked on contracts where your company had major design responsibility, design delay...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 20th June 2018

Project lifecycle – 4. Understanding the contract

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Understanding the contract is of absolute importance to the success of your project. Do you know how many days you have to give notice of a variation? What do you do when there is a delay event – are there particular rules on this? Projects are not simple. Knowing how to act in difficult situat...
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Posted by Liam Curley on 13th June 2018

The Project Call Strategy

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How I generated £268k in sales from a standing start This article is about a sales technique that I call ‘The Project Call Strategy’. In just three months, and with no network of existing clients or contacts, this technique generated £286k for my small subcontracting business. For most scena...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 13th June 2018

Project Lifecycle – 3. Design Management Process

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Where Construction Contracts include design, my experience is that the success or failure of the project typically hinges on the success of the design period. At tender stage, understanding, and successfully negotiating a favourable Design Management Process will help you to plan and deliver the ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 6th June 2018

Project Lifecycle – 2. Programme Negotations

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Contract negotiation almost always involves compromise to achieve a document that is acceptable to all parties. Projects may succeed or fail as a direct result of the terms and conditions in the contract and the quality of the programme is no different. Successfully negotiating a favourable progr...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 1st June 2018

Variations – The Elephant in the Room

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I’ve got breaking news for you, and you heard it here first: A lot of people in the construction industry don’t like Quantity Surveyors. In fact, you could probably split the industry into three groups. A third of the industry don’t like what we do; a third of the industry don’t know what we...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 31st May 2018

Project Lifecycle – 1. Order of Precedence

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What is Order of Precedence in Contracts? Construction Contracts are often very large and include lots of different Numbered Documents like the drawings, scope of works etc. To give these documents meaning and to rank their importance, many contracts include an ‘Order of Precedence’ Clause whic...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 11th May 2018

Maximising your Tender Handover

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One of the most important meetings in a project is the tender handover meeting from estimating to QS. I’ve been in hundreds of these meetings and they’re a hot spot for waffle! So much is discussed that is completely unimportant and irrelevant, particularly at this stage of the project. Some pr...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 1st May 2018

Undervalued CPD – improving your Construction Knowledge via Specialist Subcontractors

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In my experience, when I think about the best QS’ that I’ve come into contact with, they all share one thing in common. Not only do they have the pre-requisite contractual knowledge to do the job, but they also have a really sound practical understanding of construction. By best I mean the QS wh...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 13th April 2018

Eggs in one basket – weighing up the risk of multi-letting packages to one subcontractor

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I was letting a ventilation package to a subcontractor and there was a big AHU (air handling unit) partially connected to the package. With the AHU, my initial thoughts were to buy the unit and have the ventilation subcontractor install it. Although this was my planned method to proceed, at tender, ...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 4th April 2018

Bringing your construction team into the procurement process

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It’s difficult not to feel isolated as a QS. Everyone working around you on a project tends to work within a team, whereas the QS tends to work as the sole lead on the commercial aspects of the project. Where you fit into the dynamics of the project is integral, but to make sure you’re really ef...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 26th March 2018

Understanding where materials are sourced

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A few years ago, I was trying to source a carpet that had been specified by the architect. I knew a little about carpets and competitive rates, and the specified product was double the rate of similar products I’d seen in the past. I approached my flooring contractor to ask if there was an alterna...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 23rd March 2018

Making the most of equal approved

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When you’re handed a job as a QS, you want to find the potential financial gains that you can make based on what you’ve allowed versus the scope, and if there is an equal approved opportunity. Getting a good understanding of this upfront is one of the most effective and simplest ways of internal...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 21st March 2018

Squeezing every penny – Is it really worth it?

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Knowing when to stop squeezing your supply chain is an important intuition that you develop with time. Most people involved in procurement see their main objective as buying at the lowest price possible. But is the lowest price the lowest cost? As a QS, I have felt that other people within the bu...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 14th March 2018

Spec and Drawings – Minimising your risk and reducing cost

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Procurement is one of the most time-consuming tasks for a QS and when I've tendered packages in the past, I normally chose the spec and drawings approach. But, from my experiences as a subcontractor from the other side of the table, I’ve also seen it used as an opportunity for the main contractor ...
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Posted by Christopher Barber on 22nd February 2018

C-Link Upgrade!

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We’ve just undergone some product upgrades at C-Link. We're really happy with the changes and think they'll have a big impact in helping our connect professionals with specialist contractors, and improve the procurement process all round. Supply Chains With C-Link, Pros can now host their en...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 3rd December 2017

Payment Provisions: JCT Design & Build

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As is usual in JCT contracts there are two methods for determining payments, termed ‘stage’ and ‘periodic’ payments; both of which provide for monthly payments, the difference being in the method of determining what is to be paid.  The Contract Particulars giving the option for which paymen...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st December 2017

Contractor Insurance Types

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The complexities of insurance can be intimidating for many in the construction industry and it's easy to see why. As legal documents, it's necessary for insurance contracts to be packed full of dense legal terminology – leading many to dismiss it as simply another regulatory hurdle to be overcome...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st December 2017

Payment Provisions – JCT Subcontracts

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The sub-contract is drafted with the intention that valuations regime under the sub-contract should be linked to the Main Contract application dates, commencing with the Interim Valuation Date immediately following the commencement of a sub-contractor’s work on site. The due date for payment is 12...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th November 2017

Costs increase with tender prices static – feeling the squeeze?

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With many manufacturers reporting further rises in raw material prices in the third quarter of 2017 and only a small proportion of Main Contractors increasing tender prices to compensate, many are anticipating a squeeze on construction margins in the coming months.   The Construction Prod...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd November 2017

Sectional Contracts – Reading between the lines!

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management In the recent judgement in Vinci Construction UK Limited and Beumer Group UK Limited it was argued, under a contract which had been divided into sections, that the delay damages were ‘uncertain, inoperable and unenforceable’ and that therefore t...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st November 2017

Five trends shaping the future UK housing market

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Changing demographics and evolution in technology are having a significant impact on the future of UK housing. Many are hoping that the nation’s housing crisis will be alleviated thanks to technological innovation. But five trends are on the rise and can’t be ignored. Combined, these five trends...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 31st October 2017

When a Health and Safety Inspector Calls

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been tasked with keeping people safe and healthy while at work since 1975. They are the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain. T...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 31st October 2017

Sectional Sub-Contracts – Reading between the lines!

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management In the recent judgement in Vinci Construction UK Limited and Beumer Group UK Limited it was argued, under a contract which had been divided into sections, that the delay damages were ‘uncertain, inoperable and unenforceable’ and that therefore t...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 3rd October 2017

Design and Build – ‘He who decides, designs!’

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management In an un-amended JCT design and build contract, the Contractor’s obligation in respect of design is to ‘complete the design’, meaning that the Client will have prepared initial designs for the project which need to be finalised by the Contract...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd October 2017

UK Property Shortage – Practical Solutions

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The UK’s property shortage: what practical solutions are being taken to tackle it? “The housing market in this country is broken, and the cause is very simple: for too long, we haven’t built enough homes.” With this powerful statement starts Fixing our broken housing market, the Housing Wh...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 29th September 2017

Design and Build – You’re the specialist!

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management In an un-amended JCT design and build sub-contract, the specialist Contractor’s obligation in respect of design is to ‘complete the design’ for the sub-contract works, including the selection of the specification of materials if not described ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 15th September 2017

Choosing The Best Cladding For Your Residential Build Project

If you’re managing a residential build project and you’re looking for exterior cladding contractors, there are many factors to consider. Not only do main construction contractors need to assess the reputation and experience of the cladding specialists, but they also need to consider what type of...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 4th September 2017

Working With Piling Contractors For Your Project

If you require piling contractors for your next project, there is a lot that will need to be taken into consideration. Not only do you need to find the best contractors for the job, but you also must work together to determine the best approach. With that in mind, read on to discover how to successf...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 29th August 2017

Demolition Health And Safety Requirements

When working with demolition contractors, health and safety always takes paramount importance. Of course, this is the case when it comes to all types of construction, but there are specific requirements for demolition. The law states that structural alteration, dismantling, and demolition must be ca...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 22nd August 2017

Building Contractors London – Components Of A Good Procurement Strategy

Building contractors London wide need to have an expert procurement strategy in place if they are to run every project efficiently and keep their costs down. The process of developing a procurement strategy can be broken into three steps: gathering and analysing project data, determining the preferr...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 20th August 2017

Deeds of Variation (DoV)

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management Those who can do, and those who can’t … compromise? Perhaps it is a feature of the London developer-led construction & property market, but it does seem to me to be prevalent - I am of course referring to the practice of entering into Deeds...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 20th August 2017

The construction industry of the future

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Over the last decade, the world has seen a surge in new technologies that has transformed many industries. Company owners and employers of all labour sectors were encouraged to adapt their knowledge to these fast-moving changes that are deeply impacting our lives. Even though innovation has been sl...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 20th August 2017

Managing Work at Height Effectively

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The Work at Height Regulations place duties on employers to ensure that work at height is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a manner that is, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe. To achieve this, it will involve ensuring that those involved in work at height are co...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th August 2017

Construction E-procurement!

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Paul Heming, founder of procurement platform C-Link discusses the benefits of E-procurement. The term 'E-procurement' refers to tendering processes carried out online and through information and networking systems, and may include; E-tendering, E-auctioning, E-invoicing, E-payment and so on. The...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd August 2017

Margin delivery strategy – Project Control

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management With ‘best in class’ margins for general contractors being measured in single digit percentages, the need to secure the tendered margin is paramount for continued trading let alone growth.  And let’s be careful here… margin is not profit ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd August 2017

Redefining jurisdiction – don’t procrastinate

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CREDIT: Jason Farnell, Commercial Risk Management The recent High Court appeal judgement handed down by the Hon. Mr Justice Coulson in Mailbox (Birmingham) Ltd and Galliford Try Building Limited ([2017] EWHC1405) serves as a reminder about the structure and purpose of certain contract clauses; a wa...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd August 2017

Fork Lift Refresher Training

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Fork Lift operators, even those who are trained and experienced, need to be routinely monitored in the workplace and, where necessary, retested or refresher trained to make sure they continue to operate lift trucks safely. The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) believes that regular refresher tra...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 5th July 2017

Principal Designer Roles with respect to Temporary Works.

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The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) are the primary regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair, decorati...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st July 2017

Extensions of Time – Nobody told me!

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At the beginning of a contract, when relationships are being formed and the excitement of a brand new project is enthusiastically being embraced by everyone involved, human nature will usually preclude any action that might otherwise disturb the bonhomie.  This might be understandable, but it is ce...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 13th June 2017

Fire Safety Training

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All employees should undergo some form of basic Fire Safety training when they join a company, complemented by refresher courses on a regular basis. By doing this, staff will be prepared in the event of a fire, ensuring their own safety and the safety of other people on the premises. It is vitally ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 5th June 2017

Planning and Programming!

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“I didn’t realise the time…..” A frequent response from my teenage sons when we are late setting off for rugby training…. Nothing that a second grilling for lateness from the Head Coach can’t deal with! Sadly performing to time is perhaps the single biggest universal failing in the con...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st June 2017

C-Link Partner Harris Calnan Scoops RIBA Award!

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A sublime project, constructed by builder Harris Calnan for photographer Juergen Teller, has recently been crowned RIBA London’s Building of the Year. The brief was to utilise over 500m² of space to create a bright, flexible and welcoming set of areas; with a natural flow and sociability in add...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 4th May 2017

Cash is still king!

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Cash is still king – applying, agreeing and collecting. Whatever the size and profitability of a business, getting paid is essential and everyone in that business should treat cash collection as the single most important priority. The reasons why businesses do not collect in the cash that is du...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 3rd May 2017

Training and Development

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Training and Development of Your Employees Employers have a general duty to provide information, instruction and training to all their employees (see Section 2(2)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974).  This requirement is subject to the ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ provis...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th April 2017

£70m Rochdale Riverside Redevelopment

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An exciting new scheme is just around the corner in Rochdale. The development known as Rochdale Riverside is a joint venture between Genr8 Developments and Kajima who are working closely in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council. The exciting redevelopment had its planning application approved o...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 3rd April 2017

Compliance when working with Asbestos

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Recent prosecutions by the HSE have shown that there are still companies who are not following appropriate procedures to ensure that asbestos is located and managed, or remediated, correctly during building refurbishments. In December 2014 two Northamptonshire firms pleaded guilty to a total of fou...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 28th March 2017

Best Procurement Practices!

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The effectiveness of a contractual relationship will usually be dictated by how well the initial procurement process has been done and whether the contract fully reflects the intentions of the contracting parties. Relationships and behaviour are strong influences for achieving successful outcomes....
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd March 2017

Retention… your money!

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It is quite extraordinary to think that despite the apparently universal disdain for it, the antiquated and out-moded practice of deduction of retention is still prevalent and endorsed by industry standard forms of contract.  In other words part of the value of the output of almost every company in...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 27th February 2017

HS2: Full Speed Ahead

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High Speed 2 (HS2), Britain’s single biggest infrastructure project of this millennium, cleared its final hurdle last week construction works will now begin in Spring. The project received Royal Assent on 23 February and this Act of Parliament means the nine-year programme of works will start o...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th February 2017

Changes to JCT Design and Build

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JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 – What is new and how does it affect you? Plus ca change, plus ca la meme chose!  What has changed, nothing much!  The apportionment of risk between the Employer and the Contractor remains unchanged in the unamended, standard document and as always the imposi...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th February 2017

Environmental Management Systems

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Environmental issues have come to the forefront in recent years with greater awareness amongst legislators, insurers, financiers, shareholders, customers, employees and neighbours. Concern for the environment has forced the international community to look at ways of reducing the impact on the enviro...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th January 2017

£400m City Skyscraper

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Yet another skyscraper has this week been approved for development in the City of London with Brookfield Developments and Make joining forces to deliver '1 Leadenhall Street', a 36-storey tower adjacent to Richie Rogers, Cheesegrater. Comprising 538,000 sq ft of high specification office space, ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 23rd January 2017

Infinity Project Liverpool

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Plans for a £250m project to extend Liverpool’s business district further north have been submitted for approval. Dubbed the ‘triple towers’ project, the scheme - by developer Elliot Group - includes three towers ranging in height from 27 to 39 storeys. The development will formally be referr...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 19th January 2017

Manual Handling Update

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The HSE has revised guidance and produced a new toolkit to help organisations manage and mitigate against the risks associated with manual handling activities. Manual handling injuries are part of a wider group of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) which covers injury, damage or disorder of the ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th January 2017

Record Keeping – Who needs to? You do!

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In the competitive construction and property market only the best managed and administered companies will perform at the top end of the range of achievable margins: record keeping is a huge part of this. An industry-wide shortcoming is the maintenance of adequate records, despite the widespread a...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 17th January 2017

Quantity Surveyors expecting difficult 2017

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2016 closed with positive news for Construction in the UK as we enjoyed our largest growth in new orders according to an industry survey by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). The survey concluded that improving order intake and a rebound in business conditions generally had...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th December 2016

Payment terms – A Call to Action

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Good cash flow management is critical to the success of companies in every industry. In construction, where payment is typically received long after costs are incurred however, it is vital. Poor payment practices by larger construction firms can cause real damage to those further down the supply ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th December 2016

HSE New Strategy – Helping Britain Work Well

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Great Britain’s health and safety record is the envy of much of the world and 4see believe we should all be proud of this. Central to this effort is the focus we all place on protecting people by managing risk in a proportionate and effective way, supporting innovation and increasing productivity....
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Posted by Paul Heming on 5th December 2016

Procurement problems ahead for Contractors

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UK construction companies are reporting difficulties in procurement as a result of the steepest rise in prices during the last decade. In what comes as the latest sign that the pound’s sharp fall since the referendum in June is raising import costs for UK businesses, the Chartered Institute of ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 29th November 2016

Google’s Groundscaper

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Google has confirmed plans to build a massive new UK headquarters in London which is seen by political commentators as a huge vote of confidence in post-Brexit Britain. Google already has another two buildings under development at King’s Cross but this new 650,000 square foot complex will ma...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 23rd November 2016

London’s second tallest skyscraper

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The tower known as ‘1 Undershaft’ will add to the City of London’s swelling sky-line and become the Square Mile’s tallest skyscraper if approved. Rising 73 storeys, the development is proposed to include London’s highest viewing gallery and restaurant as well as educational space, for whic...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 18th November 2016

Twickenham Redevelopment

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In late 2015, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) drew up redevelopment plans to invest in excess of £50 million towards the revamp of the East Stand at Twickenham. The plans are part of a genuine attempt to enhance the corporate hospitality offering at Twicken­ham with Premier League grounds such as A...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th November 2016

Regeneration in Liverpool

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An innovative construction scheme is set to breathe new life into an area of Liverpool long overdue for regeneration that will help to reinvigorate the region and potentially boost its economic standing within the city. Sigma, which is a private rented sector Construction specialist, has secured ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd November 2016

Bidding on Civil Engineering project in Worcestershire begins!

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The bidding and Procurement process has begun for the final phase of a Civil Engineering Project on the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road and Specialist Contractors with relevant expertise are being encouraged to tender for the project, which is valued at £70 million. Worcestershire City Counci...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 26th October 2016

£60million project kicks off in Coventry

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C-Link is pleased to announce that work on a £60 million construction project that intends to develop student accommodation and shopping facilities in Bishop Gate in Coventry has begun. The work will be completed on the site of the former Royal Mail building, with mechanical diggers having recentl...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 21st October 2016

Construction at the University of Hull!

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University Partnerships Programme (UPP), a PFI scheme between the various Universities and Jarvis plc to build and maintain student accommodation, has announced that it is set to deliver a new construction scheme for the University of Hull that is valued at £130 million. The organisation i...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 28th September 2016

House Building Contractors…

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...Confront “Flawed” Completion Stats The recent housing completion figures released by the government have stirred up controversy amongst house building contractors, many of whom have taken umbrage as they believe the figures to be a “flawed” representation of what the sector is actually...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 23rd September 2016

Midlands Construction Amongst The Most Stable in the UK

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Despite recent reports that construction in the Midlands, specifically the East Midlands, has been struggling in recent months, recent research has demonstrated that Specialist Contractors in the area are actually at the least risk of insolvency in the UK. An insolvency trade body named R3 surveyed ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 19th September 2016

Construction Industry Shows Signs of Recovery

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There was a lot made about the potential contraction of the Construction industry in recent months, with a number of surveys and statistics showing that the industry has been struggling somewhat in the wake of the EU referendum. However, in line with the latest Economic figures from the Government, ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th September 2016

Scottish Construction Calls for Tech Revolution

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Stephen Good, who is the Chief Executive of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), which is a support group that encourages those in Construction to collaborate with academics with the aim of creating new technology that will benefit the industry as a whole, has stated that Scotland req...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 7th September 2016

East Midlands Skills Shortage Causing Issues

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As an industry it is becoming more and more evident to all in Construction that we are struggling to attract talented young professionals. There are numerous reports that go into detail on how the industry needs to step up its game in terms of attracting A-Level students and many claim that Construc...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 5th September 2016

New Tech – Bendable Concrete Could Become a Reality

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Construction has always thrived on the introduction of new technologies that Specialist Contractors can use to provide innovative solutions. We are delighted to read about a brand new form of concrete that is currently being developed that has the capacity to bend. Scientists from Nanyang Technologi...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 5th September 2016

Construction Workforce Increasing

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There has been a lot made of the skills gap in Construction in recent months, particularly in regards to how the industry needs to do more to attract A-Level students and other youngsters towards the industry by highlighting how their talents can be applied to various aspects of Construction. Whi...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 19th August 2016

Crossrail 2 Briefing Day To Be Held in London

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Transport for London has announced that it is planning a special briefing day in mid-September that will allow the Construction industry to find out more details regarding Crossrail 2 and potential contracts related to the development. Crossrail 2 will serve both London and the wider South East area...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 16th August 2016

Gilbert-Ash Sees Turnover Increase

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Will all of the industry speculation that still surrounds the prospect of a Brexit it is refreshing to see that there are a number of companies that seem to be running counter to the assertions from some Professionals that Construction is set to enter into recession.Belfast-based Gilbert-Ash is one ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 14th August 2016

Slow Investment Leads to Faltering Construction Growth

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Despite a number of positive signs that Construction is set to rebound from the issues caused by Brexit, in the short-term it appears that hesitance on the part of investors is leading to faltering growth in the sector. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) conducted a survey for the t...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 12th August 2016

Saint-Gobain Outlines Positive Brexit Outlook

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One of the biggest issues that surrounds the success of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum, at least when it comes to Construction, is the effect that the decision may have on domestic companies and their relationships with those in Europe. Some believe that Britain’s exit from the EU could r...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 3rd August 2016

Post-Brexit Construction Boom Predicted

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By now we have all heard about the rather notable slump that Construction has undergone as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit referendum, with statistics showing that the industry experienced a downturn during June 2016. Most alarmingly, the period running up to the referendum saw th...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd August 2016

PLanBEE Furthers Its Ambitions

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A skills and careers program in the North East has joined forces with Gateshead College with the aim of developing its program further and offering more opportunities for youngsters who are looking to enter the Construction sector. PlanBEE, which was launched by Ryder Architecture in 2013, with t...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 28th July 2016

University Construction Increases

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Recently reported figures suggest British universities are investing in construction more than ever before. With universities aiming to make use of new technologies and interesting architecture to lure top students to their institutions, investment is up over 43% during the last few months. The High...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 24th July 2016

Gatwick Bosses Confirm £200 Million in Construction Investment for The Airport

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Since Gatwick Airport came under new ownership in 2009, there has been an increasing commitment to improving its infrastructure and investing in construction. Bosses at the airport are apparently committed to investing £2.5 billion into various projects up until 2021, with £1.2 billion having alre...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 2nd July 2016

Morrisoe Doubles Profit

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Morrisoe, which is one of the leading Construction groups in the UK, specialising in groundworks and reinforced concrete frame construction, has delivered more positive news to the industry with the announcement that it has almost doubled profits based on the improving performance of the commercial ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 1st July 2016

London Enjoys High Levels of Construction Orders

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Construction appears to be on the upswing in London and other areas of the UK, if recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics are accurate. London continues to dominate the sector, having seen an increase in new orders to the tune of 30% year on year, which is a remarkable growth co...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 12th June 2016

Construction Industry Questions

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Latest Office of National Statistics Figures The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recently released figures suggesting the Construction industry has seen a downturn during the first quarter of 2016, with their research apparently demonstrating a 1.1% drop in the amount of work completed, with th...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 11th June 2016

Housebuilding Sector Possibly Affected by EU Uncertainty

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We have already spoken at length about how the possibility of a Brexit appears to be affecting the Construction industry, with uncertainty relating to the UK’s position in the European Union (EU) possibly leading to the growth of the industry being tempered during the first and second quarters of ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 10th June 2016

Construction Industry Growth Tempered By EU Uncertainty

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We spoke last week about how a Brexit could affect the Construction industry, with one of the primary issues raised being the level of uncertainty that surrounds Britain’s European Union (EU) status and how it is causing issues for the industry in the present day, as well as potentially leading to...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th June 2016

C-Link is the Key to reducing Procurement Periods in 2016

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In our previous blogs we have touched on the major issues surrounding construction procurement activities including, but not limited to, tight programmes and the fact that many Professionals lose precious time scouring the market for the most appropriate Specialists for their project. With order boo...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th June 2016

How a Brexit may Affect the Construction Industry?

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The hot-button political issue at the moment is Britain’s status as a member of the European Union. The possibility of a Brexit is very real and it is important that all of us, including construction professionals, consider what might happen if Britain does leave the EU. Current industry opinio...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th June 2016

Short Programmes and the effect on Professionals and Specialists

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Achieving efficiency in the procurement process has long been a problem in the construction industry with many Professionals finding it difficult to source the right Specialist for their project within the timeframe allocated. As we know all too well, a lack of time is inherent to most construction ...
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Posted by Paul Heming on 9th March 2016

Are you ready for the future?

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Construction 2025 Report  The UK Government published its Construction 2025 Report in order to outline the steps that will be taken to deliver continued growth in the industry, such as reforming the existing planning system and funding for key infrastructure projects. The Government worked al...
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