What’s the construction industry’s view on Brexit?

Posted on: September 1, 2016

It’s a topic that’s divided the nation in a debate rivalling the atmosphere of two home teams playing against each other, but whatever your views are on Brexit you can’t say it hasn’t had the country talking.

While individuals have been extremely open with their thoughts, the construction industry’s opinion on the matter has been rather confused with some claiming it disaster and others believing a huge benefit. A few months on, we finally have some statistics to see what it might mean and what businesses themselves make of the situation. We take a look at the reports so far.

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How 3D Printing Could Change the Construction Industry

Posted on: August 31, 2016

Back in 1984, the first 3D printer was born, at which time it was referred to as rapid printing technologies. Patented by Charles (Chuck) Hull, who invented the first printer in 1983, this was originally conceived as a fast, cost-effective way to create prototypes for product development in the construction industry.

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How Daily Reports Can Protect Against Future Litigation

Posted on: July 28, 2016

There is no denying that the construction site is a busy place and as a result, daily reporting may seem excessive, unnecessary and may get in the way of the day to day running of the site for many of us. Tedious and repetitive are words that have come up time and time again in reference to reports and it may seem a very pointless task as many days on the construction site can be the same. Daily reports will never be a site manager’s favourite thing to do however they are very important documents which can ultimately protect the firm in litigation cases and in industry where there has been many disputes (often not resolved for months and sometimes even years) the importance of daily reports cannot be stressed enough.

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Digital Advances Benefit the Construction Industry

Posted on: June 22, 2016

If you are lucky enough to have a number of projects on at once then great, but do you have the workforce and the resources to be able to manage multiple projects? The likelihood is probably not. If you are a project manager working for a busy construction firm, you might find yourself stretched thin with regards to time and whilst other industries may be able to offer flexible working such as working from home, this isn’t an option when it comes to the construction industry. Until now…

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Constructing the World’s Longest and Deepest Tunnel

Posted on: June 1, 2016

We’re huge fans of impressive achievements in construction, and there are few more ‘wow’ moments than when someone achieves a world record for what they’ve engineered. Switzerland, home to the world’s favourite knife gadget, watches, chocolate, and cheese is also pretty well known for its incredible landscape (including famously picturesque views of The Alps). Now it’s earned its stripes for another reason – the world’s longest and deepest traffic tunnel.

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Photo Documentation on the Construction Site

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Whilst written documentation will always be a part of the daily routine on a construction site, a visual record of progress can both showcase the progress made on a project as well as help to identify any health and safety concerns and elements of quality control on the site. As well as this, photographing the progress has been known to increase productivity of workers and eliminate site waste. Problems on a construction site can often go on too long before they are identified and site managers should be following the fail fast, learn fast mantra’.

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Employee Safety on the Construction Site

Posted on: March 2, 2016

One of the most hazardous and accident prone workplaces is the construction site with 3% of all construction workers in the UK sustaining a work-related injury in 2014/2015. Made up of mainly slips trips and fall (23%), lifting and handling (22%), falls from heights (19%) and being struck by an object (11%), these accidents resulted in 0.5 million days lost which could have been prevented if workers were aware of how to identify potential dangers on construction sites.

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Multiquip see success at the UK Concrete Show 2016

Posted on: February 29, 2016

As one of the UK’s largest suppliers of construction equipment, we’ve built our success on several things – from the quality of the products we sell to the in-depth knowledge of every member of the team. One of the most important things, however, is our belief that every single customer’s needs are unique and, therefore, every single conversation with us needs to be too. In our eyes, there’s no better way to understand the current issues, needs and wants of the industry than finding ways to speak with those who work within it and engage. The Multiquip team, then, were thrilled to make a trip down the road to Birmingham for the 2016 UK Concrete Show – the biggest of its kind in Europe.

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Join us at The UK Concrete Show 2016

Posted on: February 15, 2016

The Multiquip team are thrilled to announce we’ll be exhibiting at Europe’s number one specialist concrete event this Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th February. The UK Concrete Show, now in its sixth year, is one of the most exciting calendar dates in the construction industry’s diary and a perfect opportunity for us to showcase some of our brand new products. The event is, quite simply, the place to be for anything and everything to do with concrete with live demonstrations, masterclasses and, of course, our lovely team!

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Tips for using and managing sub-contractors

Posted on: February 10, 2016

With the construction industry set to grow by 23% from 2014 to 2018 and contributing £12 billion to the UK economy by the end of 2016, if you were ever in need of sub-contractors, this is probably the time. Of course you might have a great construction team and apprentices galore but would you turn down a major contract due to lack of resource? If the answer is no then sub-contractors are the answer.

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