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June 03, 2020 by Charles Day in All Categories, Blog

Training in this Brave New World

03 June, 2020

Danny Frost, Managing Director. As it does not look like we will return to our offices anytime soon, and with the announcement that the furlough scheme has been extended until October 2020, we need to consider what impact six months out of the office environment will have on our trainees

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April 23, 2020 by Charles Day in All Categories, Blog

Covid-19: Considering our Next Steps

23 April, 2020

Laura Hannan, Associate Director. I received a text from my bank this week informing me that the travel insurance adjoined to my bank account would not cover me for Covid-19 related issues for trips booked on or after 23rd March 2020. With the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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March 31, 2020 by Charles Day in All Categories, Blog

Covid-19: What Should Contractors Be Doing?

31 March, 2020

Danny Frost – Managing Director, Quantity Surveying Services. The guidelines and restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have already seen the construction industry face a number of complications. Progress and productivity have been affected by labour attendance, travel restrictions and material deliveries, which have experienced delays

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January 23, 2020 by Charles Day in All Categories, Blog

Adjudication in Ireland – What Next?

23 January, 2020

John Delaney – Director, Forensic Expert Witness, Base Quantum Ireland Ltd. Parties’ submissions in Irish Adjudications are often a minefield of legal cases originating in foreign jurisdictions.

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November 21, 2019 by Charles Day in All Categories, Blog

The Importance of a Mentor

21 November, 2019

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 All Categories, Blog

As Easy As A.P.C

07 November, 2019

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 All Categories, Blog

Avoiding the Mañana Mentality

24 October, 2019

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 All Categories, Blog

Neophobia in Construction

11 October, 2019

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 All Categories, Blog

Broken Records

27 September, 2019

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 All Categories, Blog

What does the future hold for Quantity Surveyors?

06 September, 2019

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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