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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Happy New Year

Well, it’s that time again. What a strange year this has been, doubtless one we will never forget and a year that will one day be the subject of school history lessons (when they reopen!). Construction has soldiered on and has been fortunate to be one of the industries thus far least affected. By its […]

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Despite Covid, the Future is Bright (honestly!)

So, as we approach the festive period we find ourselves still at the mercy of this awful covid pandemic. As a country we have got used to using phrases such as “social distancing” and “lockdown”,  two phrases among many that were very alien to us this time last year. As a nation you don’t have […]

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Amazing Buildings!

Okay then everyone, let’s look at something positive today – not covid, as we have all had enough of that! As you know, I have a fascination for modern architecture and consider myself very lucky to work in the construction sector as I get to see amazing buildings being built. One of my favourites is […]

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Corona Virus and Construction

Well, I thought about doing a blog on something other than Covid as the world grows weary of it dominating every area of our lives! Nevertheless after canvassing opinion here I am talking about Covid again, as it is a subject we just cannot ignore. As a company we continue to be very busy with […]

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CRL Warranty Replacements

As we look back at the problems that many CRL Warranty policyholders faced following the collapse of the scheme, I thought it worth looking at the way insurers in the sector reacted to it. The CRL Warranty was very competitive indeed. I know here, that we lost business to that scheme as it was very […]

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