Paradise is in Birmingham – and that’s official!

Avid BLG blog readers (yes I know you are out there) will know I have written about the transformation of Birmingham city centre before. I’m watching it with interest as I have a fondness for large scale urban regeneration. Developments such as Grand Central and the revamped Bull Ring have put the city right back […]

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Delays, delays, delays……………………..and more delays

Back in May I wrote a blog commenting on the potential for supply chain delays. Sadly it has turned out to be absolutely right – and then some! While McDonalds run out of milkshakes and Nandos run out of chicken, construction is running out of steel and concrete; to name but two of the many […]

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Getting us all Together Again

We, of course, specialise in construction insurance. Our blogs reflect that and always will, but today I want to big up sport and its role in helping us all to return to some sort of normality As the country slowly emerges from covid (fingers crossed this is not another false dawn) I see sport as […]

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Building Safety Regulation

At BLG we like to be informative as well as helpful. The impending regulatory changes to be introduced will be of significant interest to our clients – and indeed anyone living in a new or refurbished property.  As our developers and contracting clients will know, there is currently a six year window for claims as […]

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Managing Supply Chain Shortages – and Insurers!

From one challenge to another, anyone in construction will tell you there is now another new big issue we all face. We have moved from battling covid (that really was a long haul, but touch wood we are now emerging) onto the next problem – supply chain shortages. Of course many companies have hit these […]

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Covid and Property Conversions

Here’s an interesting thought for you. As we all emerge squinting into the light after over a year of lockdown, take a look around at the amount of skips and scaffolding around existing buildings. There is a change occurring in construction – and that change is driven by covid.  Commercial buildings are the primary focus […]

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Covid – Light at the end of the Tunnel

Well, what a year it has been. I doubt anyone out there could have imagined the way the last fourteen months have transgressed. What started as a localised newspaper story about a market then developed into a virus that spanned the world and brought it to a standstill. I know we’ve all been through a […]

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Insurance Backed Guarantees – The 25 Year Long Myth

So, I have had a fair few calls recently from clients searching for a 25 year Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) for building works such as roofing, cladding, basements etc. They have been told there is one, there has always been one – so there must be one, right? As someone who has worked in the […]

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Mental Health and Lockdown

Usually I would take time here to discuss the construction industry. Building and looking after properties is what we are interested in the majority of the time, but today I focus on building and maintaining mental health. As we approach one year since lockdowns in their various forms commenced, additional pressures on mental health are […]

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