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November 21, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

The Importance of a Mentor

Danny Frost – Managing Director, Quantity Surveying Services. As children, we all had ideas of what we wanted to become when we grew up. Remember Ray Liotta’s line in ‘Goodfellas’? ‘As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster’. Well, my childhood dream was to

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November 07, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

As Easy As A.P.C

Top tips for achieving your chartership. Manny Chahal – Senior Quantity Surveyor. Tuesday 4th December 2018 is likely to be an insignificant date for most people. For me, however, it was the day that a peculiar email notification appeared on my phone: ‘Dear Mr Chahal, it is our great pleasure

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October 24, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

Avoiding the Mañana Mentality

Laura Hannan – Associate Director. “Setting it up right from the start…”. Commercial must do’s when working with Main Contractors. The construction industry often consists of many small and medium sized businesses relying on work from the major players. Working for these large contractors on multi-million-pound projects can be a

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October 11, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

Neophobia in Construction

Why we must be receptive to change. Domini Baldwin – Associate Director. Most of us have heard of the age-old phobias: Arachnophobia, Acrophobia, Claustrophobia and Thalassophobia. Whilst the fear of spiders, heights, confined spaces and open water are relatively common, they are certainly not universal. So, I often

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September 27, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

Broken Records

Robert Baker – Associate Director. Quantity Surveyors often feel like broken records, continuously stating the importance of keeping accurate, detailed and (preferably) agreed contemporary records. The Contractor’s site management team or the Client’s project management team will invariably agree with this, and usually proceed with good intentions. Yet, time

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September 06, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

What does the future hold for Quantity Surveyors?

Amy Wakerley, Quantity Surveyor. In 1999, Cavill bluntly stated “change or die” following a survey carried out among Quantity Surveyors (herein known as QSs). The survey found that 58% of respondents thought the traditional cost-modelling role was under threat and would likely be replaced with software packages. Furthermore, 75% of

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August 06, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

The Importance of Personality in Avoiding Disputes

Danny Frost, Managing Director. Time and time again we find ourselves embroiled in quantum related disputes. Frequently these derive from disagreements within the project team and, more specifically, Quantity Surveyors holding ground on monetary matters.

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August 01, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

Business Edge Article: The Rules of the Game – Danny Frost

Base contributes to the ‘construction focus’ section in this month’s Business Edge magazine. Written by Danny Frost, the article discusses the importance of mastering the basics and reading the contract. Find it in full below…   Click HERE to read the PDF.

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June 03, 2019 by Charles Day in Blog

Learning from Our Mistakes – The Anti-Dispute Series.
Time for Change

At Base, a large proportion of our work comes from disputes of all shapes and sizes. So it might be a bit surprising that we are seeking to promote an “anti-dispute” movement. However, we strongly believe that, for the good of us all, the construction industry needs to be a

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November 18, 2016 by Charles Day in Blog

Too radical? How SME tie-ups can take skills solutions up a notch

Too radical? How SME tie-ups can take skills solutions up a notch This is a column from Associate Director, Danny Frost published by Construction News, 04.11.2016 about smaller firms using their agility and responsiveness to power collaborative training opportunities. The construction industry employs two million people in the UK and accounts

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