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Posts By: Jim Burns

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 With the invention and introduction of new technology and software, the use of paper feels like an old fashioned and outdated way of doing things – and that’s not even looking… Read More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

How will construction fare post COVID-19?

Posted on 1/06/2020 at 3:23 PM by in Blog

2020 has seen the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, a virus that has essentially shut the world down. This virus has quickly spread across the globe since January 2020, and has unfortunately taken a lot of lives in the process. In order to protect as many people as possible and stop… Read More

Coronavirus – We are as prepared as we can be

Posted on 13/03/2020 at 2:05 PM by in Blog News

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and are following the advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. In order to effectively manage any impact to our staff or to you as a customer, we have already put in place measures to enable staff to work remotely if required. We are therefore… Read More

Why are we cutting corners in construction?

Posted on 10/03/2020 at 10:09 AM by in Blog

Taking into account the amount of time and money it takes to complete a construction project; it is completely fair to expect a certain level of quality. You want to be able to walk into a building with the upmost confidence in the structure and foundation, with not a single potential risk in sight. This… 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

Are low margins crippling the construction market?

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

Will low profit margins spell disaster for the construction industry? 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… Read More

The importance of utility searches

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

Are you aware of how important utility searches are 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… 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