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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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