James Russell
Director at Building and Land

COVID-19

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

‘Providing certainty in uncertain times’ – this is what our clients want from us. I’m pleased to say that is what we provide. In these unusual times we continue to look after our clients with the reliability and expertise you expect from us. We are of course observing the government directives and therefore have many […]

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The Building Warranty Market

By James Russell In Warranties No comments

Well, what an interesting time to be a specialist in the “Latent Defects” and “Insurance Backed Guarantee” market. Two years ago, insurers were falling over themselves to take on these types of policies. Availability of cover was widespread, costs were low and policies easy to obtain. Then we saw a few seismic changes: The withdrawal […]

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The Curious Case of the Confusing Roofing Guarantee

By James Russell In Insurance No comments

I like a good read. My last read was a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it as you can tell from the title of this blog. What has this got to do with roofing guarantees, you ask? Well, some roofing guarantees are genuinely backed by insurers, wheras others are imposters merely pretending to […]

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

By James Russell In Uncategorized No comments

It’s been a good year for BLG and that is thanks to all the great people we work with. Most important of all are our clients. A great big thank you to you all for working with us for another year and we look forward to working with you again next year. To deliver our […]

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Basement Extensions and Conversions

By James Russell In Building Renovation No comments

Increasingly homeowners in major cities are looking to build down rather than out or up. Simple reason – cities are running out of space! Naturally this is concentrated more in the central London area, but this trend is spreading across the UK. Generally focused on affluent areas of central city locations, property owners find themselves […]

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Modular Buildings and Government Targets

By James Russell In Buildings No comments

Modular builds have rightly been given priority by government departments looking to streamline construction across the education, defence, health, justice and transport sectors. All well and good, you may say. It makes sense to use a system which enables these much needed public institutions to be built quicker and more economically, so this is to […]

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Introducing Owen Wright

By James Russell In BLG Updates No comments

Today we introduce Owen Wright, a veritable veteran of the insurance world. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector (yes he really is that old) Owen has seen the insurance world from all sides. Having worked for insurers, loss adjusters and brokers, he has a great understanding of the ins and outs of insurance. […]

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Now We are all Cricket Fans!

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Well, It has been buzzing in our offices this morning as everybody talks about THAT final bowl. New Zealand needed two runs and they got one. Phew! People in our offices range from those who can tell you the permutations of exactly what “silly mid-on” is, to those who watched it for the first time […]

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Manchester – England’s Second City?

By James Russell In News No comments

As the insurance world descends on Manchester today (lucky Manchester!) it is time for a few words on the city. Whenever I visit Manchester I am astounded by the level of construction. The skyline is incredible and changing on an almost monthly basis. As well as being home to two massive football clubs (one bigger […]

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Buildings and Regeneration – Tottenham

By James Russell In Uncategorized No comments

Just take a look at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium! This leads me nicely on to two of my favourite subjects, namely modern architecture (see my blog of October 2018) and urban regeneration (my blog all the way back in March 2017!). This fabulous stadium is reminiscent of a spaceship above the north London skyline. […]

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