The Role of Principal Designer

Lisa Tinker, Construction Consultant When discussing upcoming projects with property developers and investors, one of the first questions I ask is who have they appointed as principal designer (PD)? And common responses include “what’s that?” or “I don’t need one, it’s only a little project.” For the commercial client, without a Principal Designer, they are […]
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Systemise your business to scale up

What is systemisation? This is the process of designing standard operating procedures to ensure the consistency and efficiency of your organisation (yawn!). It doesn’t sound very sexy, does it? But don’t let the dullness of words turn you off; allow me to flick your switch and welcome you into the wonderful world of systemisation!  Without […]
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Site Organisation – The Principal Contractor

When you enter the planning stage of your construction project, you will have either appointed a principal contractor or have decided to tackle this role yourself. Either way, you will need to make sure that your projects are organised to run effectively, efficiently and compliantly. Below I’ve listed the main areas you need to address […]
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Assessing a Builder

Do they have sufficient skills, knowledge and experience? If you have just launched yourself into the incredibly exciting world of property development and are still buzzing from the rush of your first purchased property, then you have probably decided that a refurbishment, extension, conversion or just some maintenance work is necessary. Your next step will […]
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The importance of Specification

Simply put, a specification is stating a precise requirement or giving a detailed description. Stating exactly what you want from your project in a specification document is the only way you can ensure you get what you expected throughout your development journey. You’re probably thinking, ‘where do I start?’ Well, start with the end in […]
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Tradespeople build industry standard “Covid-secure” safety toolkit

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CDM Regulations 2015 – The Commercial Client

CDM 2015 applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. So, no matter how big or small your project is, or how long or short the duration of the works will last, CDM will apply to your project. The Client is the person or organisation […]
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