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UK construction events in 2020

Posted on 8/01/2020 at 10:23 AM by in Blog News

Attending any of these upcoming construction events across the UK? As we all know, the construction industry is constantly evolving and changing, with all the latest advances in technology and fresh new ways of completing projects. One of the best ways of discovering these advances and meeting with other industry professionals is through organised events… Read More

Why is there a skills shortage in UK construction?

Posted on 20/12/2019 at 11:27 AM by in Blog

A shortage in skilled workers has been a problem in the UK construction industry for quite some time now, but it’s really beginning to reach its boiling point as we head into 2020. With an ageing workforce set to retire within the next few years and a clear lack of interest from young people, the… Read More

Why are large construction projects always late and over budget?

Posted on 15/11/2019 at 11:28 AM by in Blog

One of, if not the biggest issues currently facing the construction industry is the fact that so many projects are finished late and end up going way over budget. We’ve seen countless examples of this over the years, with a lot of them coming from the giants of the industry – no project is safe…. Read More

Can big construction companies continue to treat smaller ones with disdain?

Posted on 16/10/2019 at 10:57 AM by in Blog

Large Construction firms will often have to outsource work on a project to a smaller subcontractor, to help with the overall project. With almost 350,000 SME’s in the construction sector, they have a lot to choose from. However, there seems to have been a major power imbalance between large construction firm and smaller subcontractors over… Read More

Are low margins crippling the construction market?

Posted on 31/08/2019 at 8:30 AM by in Blog

Currently the construction industry is in somewhat of a rough spot, with low profit margins on projects being one of the main contributing factors. Low margins have been a talking point amongst the industry for some time now, and it seems to have taken a turn for the worse over recent years. It is a… Read More

The importance of utility searches

Posted on 8/08/2019 at 11:10 AM by in Helpful Information

Exactly how important are utility searches for construction projects? Here at Cornerstone Projects, utility searches are what we do. You could call us experts in the subject, but we’ve realised that a lot of people still don’t quite understand why getting a utility search is so important. With that in mind, we’ve decided to break… Read More

Underground utility colour codes explained

Posted on 25/07/2019 at 11:17 AM by in Blog Underground Pipes Underground Utilities

What are underground utility colour codes? Underground utility colour codes are used to differentiate and identify underground utilities to protect it from potential damage during excavation. There are different types of utilities and in order to tell them apart, either coloured lines or flags, or sometimes both are used. These lines/flags help mark the location… Read More

How to stay safe on construction sites during summer

Posted on 26/06/2019 at 10:16 AM by in Blog

Are you protecting yourself when working in this hot weather? Construction work is very physical at the best of times, but this kind of labour provides even more of a challenge during the warmer months of the year. While we may not get the best weather in the UK during the summertime, it’s always best… Read More

Using drones in construction

Posted on 31/05/2019 at 10:16 AM by in Blog

Is drone technology the future of construction? Technology is constantly evolving at a rapid pace, and makes our lives better and easier for the most part. From the fingerprint scanners to voice recognition to having the entire internet at the touch of a button, we are always surrounded by the latest innovative tech as part… Read More

Common causes for delays in construction (and ways to prevent them)

Posted on 25/04/2019 at 10:17 AM by in Blog

How many projects have you worked on that have suffered from delays? Delays are a nightmare for anyone involved in the construction industry, from workers to project managers to the client themselves. Having to stop or put a project on hold because of various reasons is a frustrating experience, and usually results in extra costs… Read More

Do you know what else we can do for you?

Posted on 5/04/2019 at 2:17 PM by in Helpful Information

Utility searches have been our service for nearly 15 years. In that time, we have completed over 50,000 full searches and handled well over 500,000 plans. We have been successful through the systems and processes we have built and our clients depend on us as they do not have the capacity or desire to handle… Read More

Building the future of construction

Posted on 29/03/2019 at 10:19 AM by in Blog

Are we doing everything we can to secure the best for our industry? Construction has come a long way over the years, and as a whole is much better and safer industry to work in than ever before. But one of the biggest issues still facing the industry is the young people (or lack of,… Read More

ISO 9001:2015 surveillance audit success

Posted on 9/03/2019 at 2:01 PM by in Blog News

This week, we had our annual surveillance audit for ISO 9001. Although we gained a 3 Year accreditation in early September last year, this is subject to an annual assessment. The assessment is to ensure we are still using the Quality Management System that we worked hard to put in place and are making the… Read More

Implementing renewable technologies in construction

Posted on 28/02/2019 at 10:20 AM by in Blog

Should the construction industry be embracing the use of clean energy? Right now more than ever, there is a huge push for trying to go “greener”. With the construction industry playing a large part in wasted energy, we need to look for more efficient and sustainable methods. Renewable technology has come a long way in… Read More

Physical & mental health in construction

Posted on 21/02/2019 at 10:22 AM by in Blog

How much of a toll can construction work have on our wellbeing? Everyone knows that construction work can be potentially dangerous if you’re not careful, and failure to comply with health and safety standards can have disastrous consequences. But how many people consider the effect that the day-to-day jobs have on your body – both… Read More

What will be big in construction in 2019?

Posted on 30/01/2019 at 10:23 AM by in Blog

What fresh, innovative ideas will takr the industry by storm in 2019? After working in this industry for many years now, we’ve seen a noticeable change in the way that things are done. With all of the latest technology and the constant drive to find more efficient and more effective ways of doing things, this… Read More

Case Study: Sumo Survey Services

Posted on 19/12/2018 at 12:48 PM by in Case Studies

The client – SUMO – Unrivalled knowledge across the survey sector SUMO is one of the fastest growing multi-disciplinary survey practices in the UK, offering full visibility above and below the ground, with nationwide coverage. With over 30 years’ experience and some of the leading experts within the industry, they can offer unrivalled knowledge across… Read More

Case Study: BM3

Posted on 19/12/2018 at 12:48 PM by in Case Studies

The client – Birmingham/London based BM3 BM3 was established in 1989 and employs 72 people, managed by 5 Directors and 2 Associate Directors. Offices are located in Birmingham and London. BM3 prides itself on delivering high quality and innovative architecture. This is achieved by a consensual approach to regeneration, master planning and design that is… Read More

Controlling noise in construction

Posted on 13/12/2018 at 10:25 AM by in Blog

Are you subjecting yourself to permanent ear damage without realising? Working in construction naturally comes with a lot of noise, from the use of loud equipment to conversation amongst the team. But how much can a bit of noise really affect you? Overexposure to loud noises whilst working can actually have some serious consequences, causing… Read More

Harmful substances in construction

Posted on 30/11/2018 at 10:29 AM by in Blog

Are you aware of the dangers that come with breathing in toxic fumes? We’ve previously spoken about some of the more physical dangers of working in the construction industry, with the likes of electrical safety and manual handling procedures being a priority for workers. But now it is time to talk about something that is… Read More

Modular buildings: the advantages & disadvantages

Posted on 22/11/2018 at 10:30 AM by in Blog

Modular construction has taken the industry by storm, but how much do you know about the concept? In an ever-changing construction industry, we are always seeing new concepts and ideas floating around. With the drive to find better and efficient ways to do things, we are always looking for the next big idea. The concept… Read More

Electrical safety in construction

Posted on 30/10/2018 at 10:32 AM by in Blog

Are you aware of the full dangers of working around electrics? Construction sites as a whole as safer than ever, with better resources for staff training available and new health and safety regulations to adhere to. But even with these advances in safety, there is still potential for things to go wrong. Electrical work plays… Read More

Dropped kerb: how to apply for planning permission

Posted on 16/10/2018 at 10:34 AM by in Blog

Do you know how to correctly apply to put a dropped kerb in front of your property? If you’re looking to create a driveway for your property, you’d probably be surprised that the process is not as easy as you think. In order to park your vehicle on the driveway, you’ll need to have the… Read More

Manual handling in construction

Posted on 28/09/2018 at 10:39 AM by in Blog

Do you know how many risks come with physical manual labour? Manual handling in the Construction industry is something that happens on an every day basis, but there are multiple different situations that could lead to some disastrous consequences. According to The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, employers must put procedures in place to reduce… Read More