Expect the Unexpected


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business during the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

With the cold weather upon us, risks for owners, occupiers and developers are increasing. Last winter saw the UK struck with extensive flooding which caused widespread disruption and damage.
This edition of our newsletter looks at some of the precautionary measures available to minimise the effects of bad weather.
We look forward to receiving your feedback and to working with you again in 2015.


David Hitchcock

Head of UK & EMEA Building Consultancy

Last winter significant areas of the UK experienced severe flooding. Climate change is likely to make this a more frequent occurrence.

Ian Joyner, our flood risk expert highlights the increasingly important role of flood risk advice for anyone involved with property.
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Don’t take Insurance for Granted 
Building insurance needs to be checked regularly. Changes in legislation, building costs or how insurers view risk can all mean current cover is inadequate.

Nicola Young, Associate Director in our Reinstatement Cost Assessment team explains what steps are needed to maintain the right level of cover.  
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Bad weather and over stretched national utility systems can threaten the day to day operation of any business. Back up systems can help but the capital cost is high if they are used rarely.

Richard Murphy, our technology expert discusses resilience planning for business critical systems.

Preventive Maintenance

It’s never the right time to spend money on building maintenance, but neglecting it can have serious consequences.

Matthew Prior from our Building Surveying team and Zahir Bocas from our Engineering Services team explain the benefits of a proactive approach to building maintenance.

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Construction is an outdoor activity. Unpredictable and even sometimes predictable weather can cause delays and have a dramatic impact on project costs. 
Matt Wilderspin, Head of Project Management explains the importance of effective risk and contingency planning. 
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The next edition will be a 2015 special focusing on the predictions for the year new ahead.

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This quarter we predict:

  • Construction slowdown
  • New entrants to the residential development market
  • Infrastructure investment lifts regional markets
  • Additional debt encourages development activity
  • Election fever

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