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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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