Lisa Tinker

Good housekeeping

Good housekeeping is the first principle of safety when it comes to a construction/refurbishment site that’s underway, but it is often one of the last items to be addressed. Good housekeeping when it comes to construction refers to the practice of keeping your project/site in a clean and tidy order with the primary objectives of […]
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Lisa Tinker

Writing a programme of works

When you’re starting out on a refurbishment project, there are a multitude of tasks property developers or builders need to execute to get the project underway. I’ve heard all sorts over the years, with property strategists talking about magical timelines often determined with nothing to back their claims of “a quick four-week refurbishment” or a […]
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Choosing a system to track your projects – Key considerations

This is a question that comes up time and time again and every property developer and construction company will inevitably have a different answer, and maybe even make use of several different packages to perform the multitude of tasks their business needs in order to function efficiently. There are countless options out there: Asana, Trello, […]
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A hidden killer

Why finding asbestos in your property after you’ve purchased it may just damage your bank balance as badly as your health Mark WainwrightIt might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re embarking upon buying a property to develop, but ensuring the building is surveyed for asbestos content should be top of […]
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Lisa Tinker

New year health-and-safety resolutions

We all love a fresh start, the opportunity to begin the new year on that perfect foundation of best practice and discipline. I’m sure, like me, most of you start the new year by making resolutions – perhaps giving up a habit you’d rather not have, or kickstarting a health and fitness regime. Whatever your […]
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Lisa Tinker

Health-and-safety basics for your business

When you start a business – whether it’s in property, construction, an estate agency or anything else in between – there are a few basics to square away in terms of health and safety. Don’t get roped into believing that old fairy tale that health and safety does not apply to you because your business […]
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Top Ten Tips For Fire Prevention On Construction And Refurbishment Sites

Construction and refurbishment sites are of high risk of fires. Fire prevention must therefore be top priority when planning, managing and coordinating construction work. Fires can and do kill, injure and cause serious suffering as well as financial loss. If you’re planning your next property development, here are ten top tips to safeguard your development […]
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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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