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Mental health in construction

Posted on 13/05/2024 at 9:05 AM by in Blog

Construction is not an easy line of work, and it comes with a lot of pressure and stress in the form of tight deadlines, heavy labour, and long hours away from loved ones. Taking all of these factors into consideration, it’s not surprising to learn that many in the industry struggle with their mental health,… Read More

The impact of 3D printing on the construction industry

Posted on 19/04/2024 at 5:05 PM by in Blog

For the longest time, the construction industry has been reliant on tried and tested building techniques and materials, with incremental improvements marking the pace of progress. But a new technology is emerging that has the potential to completely reshape how we approach construction, and that technology is 3D printing. At Cornerstone Projects, we understand the… Read More

5 ways to reduce waste on your construction site

Posted on 26/03/2024 at 9:46 AM by in Blog

Construction is a very important industry, but it has been known to generate a significant amount of waste. This waste can come from leftover materials, packaging, or even mistakes during the building process. While some waste is inevitable, there are some steps that construction companies could be taking to minimise their environmental impact, and potentially… Read More

A guide to sustainable building practices

Posted on 28/02/2024 at 10:18 AM by in Blog

The UK construction industry plays a significant role in shaping our environment, impacting everything from resource consumption to energy use. With environmental concerns at the forefront in today’s landscape, sustainable building practices have become increasingly crucial. With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a guide to the core principles and practical approaches of… Read More

2024 predictions for UK construction

Posted on 31/01/2024 at 12:35 PM by in Blog

The last few years have been nothing if not interesting to say the least, with the highest of highs with things like innovative building solutions, and the lowest of lows thanks to a global pandemic. With each passing year, it feels like every step forward we take is met by a fresh challenge to test… Read More

Seasonal safety: 365 days of outdoor worker protection

Posted on 27/09/2023 at 5:11 PM by in Blog

Although working outdoors can be significantly rewarding, and provide a feel of independence and freedom, safety measures must be considered. Sectors such as agriculture, construction and forestry can come face to face with hazards that other fields don’t need to prepare for. Ensuring that all workers are safe whilst pursuing tasks requires careful and structured… Read More

8 essential skills every project manager needs

Posted on 15/09/2023 at 10:36 AM by in Blog

There are few roles as vital to the success of a construction project as the project manager. As project manager, you are responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of the project, ensuring everything is completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards. In order to be successful in this role, it’s… Read More

The link between skills shortages, national infrastructure delivery, and economic growth in the UK: Urgency and collaborative solutions

Posted on 27/06/2023 at 11:41 AM by in Blog

As the Marketing Manager of Cornerstone Projects Ltd, I am deeply invested in the success of the construction industry and the efficient delivery of national infrastructure projects. However, the current skills shortage in our industry poses a significant challenge that directly impacts the timely delivery of the UK’s national infrastructure pipeline and has far-reaching implications… Read More

Meeting the demand: The importance for skilled workers in construction

Posted on 27/06/2023 at 11:30 AM by in Blog

The construction industry plays a vital role in shaping the infrastructure and economic landscape of this country. However, the urgent need for skilled workers in construction has become a pressing challenge that requires immediate attention. We here at Cornerstone Projects Ltd have explored the implications of the skills shortage in the industry and discussed collaborative… Read More

Building a house – Part 3

Posted on 7/06/2023 at 12:21 PM by in Blog

So its been a busy last few months! After appointing a local contractor to excavate the basement and construct the reinforced concrete slab and walls we finally started excavating on the 27/03/23. The basement is approx. 31m x 7m x3m deep so there was quite a lot of spoil to remove especially as there needed… Read More

Are you cutting corners on utility searches to save money?

Posted on 5/06/2023 at 1:56 PM by in Blog

When it comes to excavation or construction work, one crucial step that should always be taken and maintained is conducting thorough utility searches. Utility searches involve identifying the location of underground services such as gas, water, electric, and telecommunication lines before any digging or construction takes place. This is the first step in the process… Read More

How to survive any downturn in construction: Essential strategies for success

Posted on 5/06/2023 at 1:52 PM by in Blog

The construction industry is known for its cyclical nature, with periods of economic downturns and uncertainties that can impact businesses of all sizes. Whether it’s a recession, a slowdown in the housing market, or unforeseen challenges such as a global pandemic, surviving a downturn in construction requires careful planning, strategic decision-making, and adaptability. In this… Read More

Health & Safety in Construction: Our 2023 Survey Results

Posted on 3/05/2023 at 4:12 PM by in Blog

Between expensive fines and legislation changes, health and safety has been a hot topic in the construction industry. So, we decided to conduct a survey to find out exactly what you know (and don’t know) about the current health and safety legislation. We surveyed consultants, principal contractors, sub-contractors and construction workers – and found some… Read More

Is the current UK health and safety legislation fit for purpose?

Posted on 22/03/2023 at 2:09 PM by in Blog Helpful Information News

The UK has undergone some major health and safety legislation changes in the last few decades to protect workers in the construction sector. The Construction Design and Management Regulations in 2015 and The Control of Asbestos Regulations in 2012 are just two of these. While these new regulations aim to protect construction workers, they also… Read More

Delays in the construction industry: Our 2022 survey results and how they compare to 2016

Posted on 3/01/2023 at 12:56 PM by in Blog

From the pandemic to Brexit, the construction industry has faced countless challenges in the last six years. Whether it’s supply chain battles, budget inaccuracies or labour issues, these challenges often lead to significant delays on projects across the UK. But that’s not to say these hurdles didn’t exist before – in 2016, we asked construction… Read More

Christmas Closing Times

Posted on 2/12/2022 at 8:33 AM by in Blog Helpful Information News

Cornerstone Projects will be closed from midday on Friday 23rd December 2022 and will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 3rd 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 during… Read More

A list of the major construction projects started since 2017

Posted on 2/11/2022 at 11:31 AM by in Blog

In 2016, Cornerstone Projects conducted a survey of construction industry professionals on the prevalence and costs of delays in major construction projects. The survey highlighted that fact the delays were not only a regular occurrence but the financial knock on effects were also significant. A significant amount has changed since 2016 but has the industry… Read More

A list of factors causing delays and negatively affecting the construction industry since 2017

Posted on 2/11/2022 at 10:39 AM by in Blog

In 2016 Cornerstone Projects conducted a survey of construction industry professionals on the prevalence and costs of delays in major construction projects. The survey highlighted that the delays were not only a regular occurrence but the financial knock on effects were also significant. A significant amount has changed since 2016 but has the industry made… Read More

Building a house – Part 2

Posted on 20/10/2022 at 4:38 PM by in Blog

Planning approval was finally granted in early May 2022. It seems that the planning department have a massive backlog of work and are, of course, blaming covid….. nearly seven months to process a relatively simple planning application that was only marginally different to that previously granted seems ridiculous but apparently six months is now about… Read More

How to get promoted in UK construction

Posted on 30/06/2022 at 1:31 PM by in Blog

Construction is a great industry to get into, with opportunities for progression available for those who want to apply themselves. But simply showing up and doing the job isn’t going to help you rise through the ranks, and some extra effort is required in order to land that dream role. If you’re looking to make… Read More

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

Building a house – Part 1

Posted on 31/03/2022 at 4:26 PM by in Blog

I’ve always wanted to build my own house and have spent hours designing houses in my (infrequent these days) daydreams. The problem has always been where – my family lives in a beautiful part of the Wirral close to good schools etc and with good transport links so we have no desire to move anywhere… Read More