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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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