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Posts By: Jim Burns

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

What is the role of a principal designer?

Posted on 21/09/2018 at 10:36 AM by in Blog

Do you know what the role of principal designer entails? As we’ve spoken about previously, health and safety is and should be a big concern for anyone working in the construction industry. With so much that could go wrong, it’s important to protect ourselves and reduce the amount of risks that we subject ourselves to…. Read More

Working at height in construction

Posted on 28/08/2018 at 10:38 AM by in Blog

Are you fully aware of the dangers that come with working high above the ground? Construction has never been more safe as an industry, but there are still areas that can pose a potential threat. One of the biggest areas of risk in the industry is working at height, and the potential hazards that comes… Read More

The benefits of outsourcing utility searches

Posted on 23/08/2018 at 10:40 AM by in Helpful Information

Are you aware of the benefits that come with outsourcing? Outsourcing is the idea of using an outside party for certain services that are usually done by the company in-house. By outsourcing this service to other people, you can save time by relying on experts to help complete the task. Outsourcing is a common practise… Read More

Smaller means more agile, more passion and for REAL!

Posted on 2/08/2018 at 2:53 PM by in Blog News

I’ve said in previous blogs and articles that my career has always been in bigger businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I was at the forefront of technology, worked with some extremely bright and capable people. But, looking back, I lacked the passion and drive I have now working for a small and growing business. Strangely,… Read More

Cornerstone now on a mission with a vision & values

Posted on 2/08/2018 at 2:16 PM by in Blog News

At the back-end of last year, my boss, Duncan (the creator and owner of the business) embarked on a leadership course. Aptly named “Growth Catalyst”, the course is a leadership development program for small businesses in Merseyside with 2-250 employees. It is developed by experts in the field of leadership and management and the program… Read More

5 common misconceptions about the construction industry

Posted on 19/07/2018 at 10:42 AM by in Blog

Have you fallen for any of these myths about construction before? While the general perception of the construction industry has changed over the years, there are still a lot of common misconceptions that simply aren’t true. It’s easy enough to believe what you hear, but these myths about the industry could end up doing more… Read More

5 qualities needed to become a great construction project manager

Posted on 3/07/2018 at 10:43 AM by in Blog

Do you know the skills needed to become a great project manager? With a team of skilled workers and all of the resources already bought, exactly how important is a construction project manager? A construction project manager will oversee all operations to do with the project and will lead and manage all aspects of the… Read More

Are you wasting hours chasing utility companies?

Posted on 27/06/2018 at 9:27 AM by in Helpful Information

Reduce time and save money by outsourcing to Cornerstone Projects. Experts in providing comprehensive, accurate plans on time – every time. Utility searches We provide a cost effective service for anyone needing to locate buried utilities such as electricity cables, gas pipes, water mains, sewers etc. This may be necessary at the acquisition, feasibility, design… Read More

How to be a successful bidder on a construction project

Posted on 18/06/2018 at 10:59 AM by in Blog

In need of some helpful advice to land the bigger contracts? Struggling to land any contracts? Have you considered the fact that it may be down to the bid that you are proposing? To put it simply, construction bidding is the process of submitting a proposal to undertake a project – but you probably already… Read More

GDPR & marketing to prospects

Posted on 24/05/2018 at 10:17 AM by in Blog News

You will, no doubt, of heard of the new General Data Protection Regulations that came into effect on the 25/05/18. GDPR is a European directive with the specific intention to protect individuals against the misuse of their personal data. There has been a lot of confusion about whether this effects business to business communications and… Read More

How to build a happy and productive construction workforce

Posted on 22/05/2018 at 11:04 AM by in Blog

Are you looking after your workers? A construction project is nothing without it’s workers, so ensuring a productive (and happy) workforce is essential for getting a project finished on time. With that being said, we’ve decided to look into a few different ways you can keep your workers in positive spirits and make sure your… Read More

5 ways to keep costs under control on a construction project

Posted on 17/05/2018 at 11:08 AM by in Blog

Finding yourself going over budget on every project? Overspending on a construction project is a nightmare for everyone involved, and we’d all like to do our best to avoid it. There are some things such as delays due to weather that are out of our hands, but there are a few things we can do… Read More

Continuing success for cornerstone

Posted on 27/02/2018 at 11:31 AM by in Blog News

Cornerstone Projects registered its 2000th customer during May 2017. Now in their 13th year, they are pleased to have reached this milestone so quickly. The last 6 months has also seen the fastest growth in both new customers registering and orders placed for utility searches and additional services such as CAD drawing, Section 50’s, Capacity… Read More

Should I be searching for communication cables and fibre in my underground utility searches?

Posted on 1/11/2017 at 2:16 PM by in Blog

Fibre and cable networks are growing rapidly. This is mainly due to the demand for faster broadband and improved rural access. Cable and fibre networks now create further challenges for anyone putting together underground utility plans prior to starting any excavation. The challenge for many is two-fold… 1. Should I be including this as part… Read More

Listen, take note and you’ll find so much more…

Posted on 8/08/2017 at 12:46 PM by in Blog

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a note of every time a customer mentions something they like about our utility search service. The reason for this is that I had convinced myself that, as we offer a standardised product (a utility report should not be different regardless of who provides it), speed and… Read More