Basement Conversions and Extensions

There has been a major shift in building over the past ten years, with people increasingly building downwards in areas where space is at a premium. London, in particular, has seen a huge increase in basements conversions and extensions. The benefits are clear. You maximise the size and value of the property and create wonderful […]

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Alpha Insurance A/S – Residential Warranties – Be Aware

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a notice on the 9 May 2018 advising that Alpha Insurance A/S (an unrated Danish based insurer) has been declared bankrupt. Anybody with, or considering, an insurance policy provided by Alpha Insurance A/S should seek to obtain alternative cover. Within the residential warranty sector the CRL Warranty has had […]

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Introducing Gill Weatherill

Any company is only as good as the people that make it work, so let’s take a moment to introduce one of our team. The first to go through the “meet the world” Q&A is Gill Weatherill, so without further ado let’s get to know her……….. Gill’s current role is Key Client Executive. Her favourite […]

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Carillion – The Aftershock

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the demise of a construction company the size of Carillion has a massive impact on the sector as a whole. The Bad The domino effect continues, with 1st quarter figures for 2018 showing a 73% jump in construction insolvencies from the 4th quarter 2017. Obviously you […]

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Collateral Warranties – Heroes or Villains?

The construction industry has a love hate relationship with the good old collateral warranty. Necessary but painful! The thing is, do collateral warranties actually help you when you discover a defect in your building? The Hero In the left corner we have the hero. The hero is a collateral warranty which sits in the hands […]

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Cladding

Cladding has been in the news a lot lately, often for the wrong reasons. The truth is that cladding is a vital component of any building on which it is specified. It protects the property from the elements and is also increasingly used as a design feature to improve the aesthetics of a property. Having […]

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Carillion in Liquidation

It has been on the cards for a long time, but the news that the liquidation has now happened still came as a surprise to me. Why, I hear you shout? Well, because I didn’t expect the Government to allow it happen. I thought the Government would step in. The old adage that an organisation […]

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Retentions – The Bane of the Construction Industry

One of my bugbears comes to the forefront today, so I’m having my say! Now let’s get one thing clear before I bash the current retention regime. I see a need for retentions. There is merit to the retention system. Having got that out of the way, now for the BASHING…… Retentions kill companies. Retentions […]

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