UK Construction Events in 2020

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…

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Why Is There A Skills Shortage In UK Construction?

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…

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Why Are Large Construction Projects Always Late and Over Budget?

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….

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2019 Christmas Opening Times

Cornerstone Projects will be closed from midday on Christmas Eve (24th December 2019) and will re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. 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…

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Running A Small Business

This is the first part in a series of blogs discussing the various trials and tribulations that you may come across whilst running a small business (SME – Small to Medium-sized Enterprise). I started Cornerstone Projects in 2004 as a one-man band operating out of a spare room in my house; we have now expanded…

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Can Big Construction Companies Continue To Treat Smaller Ones With Disdain?

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…

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ISO 9001:2015 Surveillance Audit Success

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…

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Interim Utility Search Packs

Many customers have asked us why we automatically produce and issue interim packs prior to issuing completed utility search packs. Some feel that this can cause confusion as to which pack is which, others that the emails and files clog up email inboxes and storage whilst being of little added value. Read on to see…

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Are Low Margins Crippling The Construction Market?

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…

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Underground Utility Colour Codes Explained

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…

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