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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How To Stay Safe On Construction Sites During Summer

Are you protecting yourself when working in this hot weather? Construction work is very physical at the best of times, but this kind of labour provides even more of a challenge during the warmer months of the year. While we may not get the best weather in the UK during the summertime, it’s always best…

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A Reminder Of The New Improvements

New improvements from the Cornerstone team. We took decision to further improve our customer experience by introducing a simple but powerful mapping interface to our enquiry system. The new interface provides the following benefits: No need to provide grid references – providing a postcode will open a location map and give a grid reference. No…

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Using Drones In Construction

Is drone technology the future of construction? Technology is constantly evolving at a rapid pace, and makes our lives better and easier for the most part. From the fingerprint scanners to voice recognition to having the entire internet at the touch of a button, we are always surrounded by the latest innovative tech as part…

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Common Causes For Delays In Construction (And Ways To Prevent Them)

How many projects have you worked on that have suffered from delays? Delays are a nightmare for anyone involved in the construction industry, from workers to project managers to the client themselves. Having to stop or put a project on hold because of various reasons is a frustrating experience, and usually results in extra costs…

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Do You Know What Else We Can Do For You?

Utility searches have been our service for nearly 15 years. In that time, we have completed over 50,000 full searches and handled well over 500,000 plans. We have been successful through the systems and processes we have built and our clients depend on us as they do not have the capacity or desire to handle…

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