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Posts By: Jim Burns

8 tips for your first day in construction

Posted on 31/05/2022 at 11:45 AM by in Blog

Starting a new job can be both exciting and stressful, especially if you’re starting a career in the construction industry. You’ve got a lot to learn and a long way to go, but it all starts with your first day on-site. The key to success is to show up with the right attitude and determination,… Read More

Minor Price Adjustments – Effective 01 June 2022

Posted on 24/05/2022 at 10:07 AM by in News

We are making some minor adjustments to our pricing. Unfortunately, like all businesses, we have seen a considerable increase in costs from our supply chains. Moreover, we have made substantial pay increases to all staff due to the recent and ongoing rises in the cost of living. As our staff are by far our most… Read More

What is a utility survey?

Posted on 29/03/2022 at 12:31 PM by in Blog

Utility surveys are essential before any work can start on a construction project, and are at the core of what we do as a business – but what exactly do they do? In this article, we take a look at what a utility survey is, and why it’s so important to get one before a… Read More

What has COVID-19 taught construction?

Posted on 31/01/2022 at 2:32 PM by in Blog

The last 2 years have been some of the hardest in recent memory, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is still having to this day… From lockdowns to social distancing to wearing masks, our “normal” way of life has been thrown aside in order to protect people and prioritise health and safety…. Read More

UK construction events (hopefully) happening in 2022

Posted on 13/01/2022 at 10:23 AM by in Blog News

Attending any of these upcoming construction events across the UK? As a part of the UK construction industry, attending events up and down country is always a great experience. Getting first looks at new and innovative tech and software is exciting, and there are plenty of networking opportunities. At the beginning of each year we… Read More

Planning a project shutdown for Christmas

Posted on 6/12/2021 at 10:27 AM by in Blog

Have you prepared your site for a quiet Christmas period? Now that December is well under way and Christmas is fast approaching, its time to start thinking less about construction and more about wrapping presents. Your mind may be on the Christmas dinner and some quality time on the sofa, but work needs to be… Read More

2021 Christmas Opening Times

Posted on 3/12/2021 at 12:52 PM by in News

Cornerstone Projects will be closed from midday on Christmas Eve (24th December 2021) and will re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 4th January 2022. Most of the utility companies are closed during this period so it makes sense for us to have some downtime during this period. You can still submit your enquiries through the website… Read More

The materials shortage in UK construction – explained

Posted on 12/11/2021 at 1:51 PM by in Blog

One of the most common complaints we’ve heard over the last year or so regards the mass materials shortage across the UK construction industry. Starting back at the beginning the COVID-19 pandemic, things have only gone from bad to worse when it comes to the shortage, and things are still looking rather bleak. With low… Read More

10 things that can go wrong with construction projects

Posted on 27/09/2021 at 2:18 PM by in Blog

Nobody likes making mistakes, and sometimes things just don’t go exactly as planned. This is especially common in construction, and there are plenty of things that can go wrong during a project. With that in mind, here are 10 different situations that could happen in the middle of your construction project and how exactly you… Read More

Top 10 underground utility search tips

Posted on 25/08/2021 at 3:53 PM by in Helpful Information

Ever had to complete an underground utility search and don’t know where to start? Check out our helpful tips to improve your process. 1. Make sure you have the correct site address, postcode and grid reference A plan showing the site boundary is also useful: a) Provide OS coordinates as well as post code. b)… Read More

How is flexible working going to change our towns & cities?

Posted on 27/05/2021 at 10:16 AM by in Blog

In March 2020, most of the world came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overnight we saw cities and town centres go from heavily crowded places to essentially ghost towns. With a lockdown announced and employee health and safety at risk, employers had to quickly find solutions to continue working despite these… Read More

The growth of smart cities

Posted on 23/04/2021 at 11:20 AM by in Blog

Here at Cornerstone Projects, we use these monthly articles to look at hot topics in the construction industry and recently we’ve been hearing a lot about the rise of smart cities. So, what is a smart city? What are the benefits? How is this going to affect the industry? Your questions and more answered below…. Read More

Is it time for construction to go paperless?

Posted on 31/03/2021 at 10:07 AM by in Blog

It’s no secret that construction has taken its time with embracing the digital age, and there are still areas that we’re slipping up on. With the invention and introduction of new technology and software, the use of paper feels like an old fashioned and outdated way of doing things – and that’s not even looking… Read More

Direct employment in construction – for or against?

Posted on 26/02/2021 at 9:57 AM by in Blog

Using subcontractors and outsourcing work on projects has been standard for construction projects for the years, but has reliance become too much in recent years? With an increase in self-employment, casual labour and off payroll working, many in the industry see this as a bad thing and are calling for more direct employment. But is… Read More

Smart contracts – the future of construction?

Posted on 11/12/2020 at 10:30 AM by in Blog

We often take a look at advances in construction technology on this blog, from drones to BIM, and today we are looking at smart contracts. Contracts have been used to conduct business since the days of ancient Rome, and continue to be used every single day. Most contracts are long, heavily detailed documents full of… Read More

Green buildings – making construction sustainable

Posted on 3/11/2020 at 5:26 PM by in Blog

The construction sector is always searching for new and better ways to improve efficiency and keep costs down. In 2020, it’s becoming more evident than ever before that we need to continue to find more environmentally friendly methods of construction, as this industry is definitely guilty of not being the “greenest industry”. With that in… Read More

The importance of apprenticeships in construction

Posted on 5/10/2020 at 10:33 AM by in Blog

With an ageing workforce, it’s time to look to the youth for the future of construction. It’s no secret that construction is mostly made up from more experienced workers, so how do we get young people interested in a job in the industry? A great way of achieving this is through apprenticeship schemes. As we… Read More

ISO 9001:2015 2020 surveillance audit success

Posted on 24/09/2020 at 9:47 AM by in News

Last week, we had our annual surveillance audit for ISO 9001. Although we gained a 3 Year accreditation in early September 2018, 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 necessary… Read More

5 key ways to minimise delays in construction projects

Posted on 15/09/2020 at 11:38 AM by in Blog

For construction projects to remain cost-effective it is absolutely essential to understand where delays may arise and how they can be avoided. Nothing will see costs shoot up faster than should a project end up taking more time than planned; additional labour and materials can quickly see budgets spiral out of control, with every extra… Read More

Is it time to allow people to work from anywhere?

Posted on 1/09/2020 at 10:20 AM by in Blog

Remote working has been a talking point for many years at this point, but only in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has it truly taken off and changed the business landscape. By this point, you are likely tired of reading about this virus – but this is not the focus of this article. With… Read More

Is construction ready to embrace BIM?

Posted on 4/08/2020 at 11:49 AM by in Blog

While perhaps a bit slow to accept change, the construction industry is always looking for bigger and better ways of achieving goals and improving processes. In order to grow, our industry needs to continue to look for more effective and efficient ways of construction, and as a result of this we’ve seen some fantastic pieces… Read More

Furlough – good or bad for business?

Posted on 20/07/2020 at 3:19 PM by in Blog

Furlough. It’s a word that not many of us had really heard until about 3 or 4 months ago, but now it’s brought up in most conversations. Being able to “furlough” members of the team has been a lifesaver for many UK businesses, but there has been much debate as to whether this is really… Read More