Construction & engineering

Christmas Construction Reassurance

It is the season of goodwill to all men, so before we all disappear into boxes of chocolates and seas of wrapping paper, here is some good news for directors of companies big and small which may help you to digest your turkey if you are nervous about a difficult contract. Sainsbury’s wanted a new car park for a store in South West London in order to expand operations and increase footfall. Mr Pashouras tendered with a clever new idea – a modular car park, built by his company Condek. This would apparently be quicker to build, cheaper, and open for business earlier. Sainsbury’s agreed, signed, and the car park was built.

Retention could soon be a thing of the past

Retention, the dirty word of the Construction industry, could soon be a thing of the past. In a bid to make the industry ‘fairer’ the government has launched its long-awaited Supply Chain Payment Charter. Heralded as the saviour of the Sub-Contractor, the Charter plans to abolish retention pots, freeing up otherwise cordoned-off monies for the benefit of the little guy.

Modelling the sands of time

In any aspect of modern life, it is difficult to avoid the impact of time. English authors have been writing about it for centuries. With an office location in Shakespeare country, I am reminded of the Bard’s line “better three hours too soon than a minute too late”. Admittedly that quote relates to protecting honour by being in the right place at the right time, but then again, how many final account “duels” do we encounter within the construction sector?

Tollbar: Road to success

Galliford Try gave a very interesting presentation about the A45/A46 Tollbar End road alterations, highlighting the challenges faced not only on a civil engineering level (because they are not allowed to use cranes to drop in bridges due to radar interference) but also on a public awareness level.

Constructing flood resistant developments

The apocalyptic weather endured by Britain over the last few months has, inevitably, reignited the discussion about building in flood prone areas. A similar debate triggered after the 2007 floods resulted in the independent Pitt Review which concluded that much of the problem was due, among other things, to poor water management infrastructure and excessive surface water run-off. One answer may be greater take up of SuDs
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