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Posted by Dean Suttling

Schedule of Works

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What is a Schedule of Works? A Schedule of Works is a contract document that lists the works required on a project. The Schedule references the requirements included in the specifications and contract drawings plus any additional ‘builders work’ or ‘fixing schedule’ type items, this is comm...
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Posted by Jon Williams

Construction Partnering

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What is Construction Partnering? Construction partnering originated in the United States during the early 1980s. It was developed in connection with procurement as a technique for reducing the cost of contract disputes through improved communications, processes and relationships across the project ...
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Posted by Dean Suttling

Construction Phase Plan

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What is a Construction Phase Plan (CPP)? If you have worked in the construction industry then you are likely to have heard reference made to the Construction Design Management Regulations or CDM. The CDM Regulations were first introduced in 1994 following a European Directive (92/57/EEC) concern...
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Posted by Dean Suttling

Provisional Sum

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Provisional Sum - When and how should you use it? Provisional sums are perceived as difficult to manage, to understand and to execute. Should you only include them in the overall price as a last resort? Whilst they are appealing as lump sum items, Provisional Sums are in effect risk items where ...
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Posted by Jon Williams

Bill of Quantities

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Your essential guide to producing a Bill of Quantities A Bill of Quantities (BoQ / BQ) is a document prepared to allow the quantification and costing of construction works and may be prepared during several stages on a project for all of the works or a sample of the works. Typically, BoQs are pr...
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Posted by Paul Heming

Defects Liability Period

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What is the Defects Liability Period and how is it relevant to Subcontracts I place? We put forward the following scenario to Jason Farnell, Adjudicator and CEDR Accredited Mediator: I'm a Property Developer who typically acts as a Main Contractor on projects and I’m interested in understanding...
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Posted by Paul Heming

Construction Management Procurement

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An Introduction to Construction Management Construction Management is a totally unique procurement route. Using this method, the developer directly employs multiple subcontractors (referred to as Trade Contractors) instead of employing a single Main Contractor. The single feature that makes Constru...
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Posted by Paul Heming

Giving Notice – Project Lifecycle 13

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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

Project Reviews – Project Lifecycle 10

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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

Cash is your best friend – Project Lifecycle 8

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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

Risks and Opportunities – Project Lifecycle 7

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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 Paul Heming

Design Delays – Project Lifecycle 5

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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

Design Management Process – Project Lifecycle 3

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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

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

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

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 Products Assoc...
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Posted by Paul Heming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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