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Contract Law Basics…
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Importance of an Information Request Schedule
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What is a Risk Assessment?
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Inflation and Rising Costs
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Mental Health Awareness Week – Loneliness
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The importance of a Lead Designer
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Tender Reviews and Risk Management
Dedicating the requirement amount of effort and investing in reviewing tenders before committing to submit is a proven strategy to identify, manage and reduce risk, potentially saving you wasted time and effort in the tendering process and even more significantly from entering into a deal that may be a bad one for you.
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Package Procurement the Right Way
Procuring the work packages can make or break a construction project. Following the steps set out in this article will help reduce the risks associated with work package procurement, give you more control and ultimately improve your business performance.
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Ensure You Insure
Insurance in building is not only prudent, but is also most likely a contract requirement and may be a legal requirement. Some deem it a “necessary evil” and others strongly believe in the protection of their business which it provides. Regardless, any builder without appropriate insurance risks the success of their business and potentially their personal assets.
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Project Update – The Interchange
@VOLOCO are pleased to have returned to the impressive Interchange project in Central Square, Cardiff. We are supporting the ISG team by providing Quantity Surveying services. They have made great progress since we were last on site 2 years ago
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My Career in Construction – Terry John
My career in construction had something of an unorthodox beginning. After the loss of my mother at an early age my father became my role model. He was employed as a foreman for a construction firm, and so the story begins. With a male dominated upbringing he might also be responsible for my love of motorbikes and adrenaline packed activities.
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International Women’s Day
Happy International Women’s Day 2022 *Some of the team aren’t shown as they are currently on leave.
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That’s Not What We Agreed
Construction is an industry known for being adversarial and disputes are extremely common. This article outlines how the risk of disputes arising can be minimised, and how they can be dealt with when it happens.
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Team Day
Great to have the whole expanded team together for the first time on Friday. Thanks @George for getting a photo
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Project update – The A303
It was great to visit the A303 site with the @Littlewoods team this week. @VOLOCO are providing Commercial Support Services on this project, working from the Littlewoods office in Newport.
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The Bid Manager
The role of the Bid Manager requires someone with a wide-ranging set of skills and broad experience although both the expectations and background of a Bid Manager can vary. Reader, writer, psychologist, strategist, presenter are all words that can be used to describe what is expected from a Bid Manager at times.
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There’s A Difference Between Us
As a construction project progresses you can say with a high level of certainty that there will be variations and there can often be differences in opinion between what the parties to a Contract believe they are worth.
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Homeworking
Rosie’s desk was borrowed last week with their son working along side Richard instead.
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Project Update – Castle Park View
Even on a grey day the view across Bristol from Castle Park View is impressive! VOLOCO Construction Consulting are pleased to be working with BOUYGUES UK, providing Quantity Surveying support services on this project
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Project Update – Llancarfan
Great to see the works moving towards completion at Llancarfan Primary School. VOLOCO Construction Consulting have been supporting ISG by providing Quantity Surveying services for the project.
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Project Update – Fusion Swansea
The sun came out for some photos during one of our last site visits on this project earlier today. VOLOCO were pleased to provide Quantity Surveying services on this project, assisting with Change Control and Package Management.
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Getting Paid
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Coffee Break
I think she’s saying it’s time for a treat!
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Whose Design Is It Anyway?
Every building contract will outline who is responsible for design. It is critical that you have a clear understanding of who is responsible for what aspects of design and ensure this is managed effectively. Failure to understand, manage and mitigate this could have expensive consequences for you and your business.
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The Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor (QS)
The role of the Contractor’s QS has often been described as part accountant and part lawyer, but with strong technical construction knowledge as well. This article sets out to try and describe what it’s like to be a Contractor’s QS, the roles and responsibilities.
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Omission of Work…
Can work be omitted from a building contract and if so, is there a cost for doing so? It’s important to understand the principles surrounding this question and this article attempts to outline the basics.
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Are We Finished Yet?
When dealing with construction projects, the answer to this seemingly simple question is not actually that simple. Are you asking if the works are complete, or if all contractual obligations have been discharged?
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Collateral Warranties
You may have seen the requirement for a Collateral Warranty, but not been sure what this means for you, the builder. The wording of any such document needs to be carefully reviewed and the failure to provide one where called for can have significant contractual and financial impact.
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Role of the Principal Designer
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What makes a good Application for Payment?

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