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Introduction to Procurement

Written on May 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm , by bradleymason

There are three main procurement methods that are commonly used in the construction industry within the United Kingdom; Traditional, Design and build and Management. The needs and objectives of the Client are important to consider

There are three main procurement methods that are commonly used in the construction industry within the United Kingdom; Traditional, Design and build and Management. The needs and objectives of the Client are important to consider when selecting the method of procurement and being clear of what these are will help to choose the most appropriate procurement option. Introduction to Procurement

 

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Jake Hopper – Update April 2017

Written on April 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm , by bradleymason

Races

After a tough time at Donnington Park back in March with Thundersport GB Jake and the team headed to Darley Moor for the first round of racing there. Jake had a great day on …

Races

After a tough time at Donnington Park back in March with Thundersport GB Jake and the team headed to Darley Moor for the first round of racing there. Jake had a great day on the Saturday which started out wet, something that puts many riders on the back foot. Not Jake though! He was putting in faster and faster times as the day went on. The sun finally made an appearance on the Sunday and Jake was feeling very positive. He qualified 7th on the grid which due to the split of different classes was a great result.

After a poor start Jake made it back up into the top 10 and 1st in his group, sadly though, he was then black flagged. This meant he was called off the race track, this flag can be given for all sorts of things but in this case it was because of an oil leak and his bike was deemed dnagerous to other riders. This happened just 2 laps from the end so it was quite a blow; Jake was on track for his first win on his 125 bike.

Next!

After a lot of work on the bike it is back up and running and ready for the next round where Jake is aiming for the win his missed this time around!

As always we wish him the best of luck and are very proud to be sponsoring this talented young man.

 

 

 

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Riding High in the under 11’s League Table

Written on March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm , by bradleymason

The Stamford Bridge under 11’s girls have been having some great wins this year in the York FA Girls Under 11’s Cup. We are riding high in the league table having only lost one, drawn …

The Stamford Bridge under 11’s girls have been having some great wins this year in the York FA Girls Under 11’s Cup. We are riding high in the league table having only lost one, drawn 2 and won the rest. There are two games left in this season and then a couple of all day tournaments for the summer ready for next season. Maddie (who is a striker) scored a hatrick on Saturday against Brayton with a 4 – 2 win and scored 2 goals the previous Saturday which saw us a 2 – 1 win to York RI. Fantastic job girls!!

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Comic Relief Walk

Written on March 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm , by bradleymason

Well done to all who completed the 22 mile walk along the Thames Path in aid of comic relief, which included Julian just peaking out the back. Think the last 2 miles were probably the …

Well done to all who completed the 22 mile walk along the Thames Path in aid of comic relief, which included Julian just peaking out the back. Think the last 2 miles were probably the hardest – here is a reminder of how everyone felt at the beginning !! Great effort for a worthy cause.

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Double win for Naana at Indoor Athletics Championships

Written on March 21, 2017 at 5:02 pm , by bradleymason

Naana Adusei showed stunning form at the British Masters Athletics Indoor Championships at Lee Valley in London last weekend, with Bronze in the 80 meters and Silver in the 200 meters. And all this with …

Naana Adusei showed stunning form at the British Masters Athletics Indoor Championships at Lee Valley in London last weekend, with Bronze in the 80 meters and Silver in the 200 meters. And all this with a hamstring injury received prior to the race. She is now in training for the National Outdoor Masters Championships in June before heading for Denmark in July for the European Championships. Fantastic achievement Naana!!

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations

Written on March 15, 2017 at 11:03 am , by bradleymason

Originating from the Energy Act 2011, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations come into force from 1 April 2018 for all new lease and lease renewals and from 1 April 2023 for all existing leases.  …

Originating from the Energy Act 2011, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations come into force from 1 April 2018 for all new lease and lease renewals and from 1 April 2023 for all existing leases.  The new standards will make it unlawful to rent a property that does not have a EPC rating of ‘A’ through to ‘E’.

Landlords will have to implement energy efficiency improvements, unless their building is classed as being exempt on the PRS Exemptions Register, which goes live in April 2017.  Financial penalties up to a maximum of £150,000 could be enforced on Landlords who do not comply with the new standards.

The MEES regulations will impact dilapidations matters, mid-term and at lease end.  Landlords will have to enter buildings mid-term to undertake works, which will cause access issues and the Jervis V Harris clause will not carry the same power it does for disrepair works.  The argument of supersession will be strengthened at lease end as wholesale replacement of obsolete building elements and plant will need to be undertaken by the Landlord.

Whilst the MEES regulations does not fundamentally change standard dilapidations procedures, energy enhancement works both mid-term and at term end will surely increase in prevalence and the impact of such improvements must be considered.

Please click here for more information on MEES Regulations.

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Office Markets – Leeds and Manchester

Written on March 3, 2017 at 10:08 am , by bradleymason

The building cycle is made up of a combination of factors from the business cycle, credit cycle and the development cycle of the property market. The four main property cycles which occurred between 1962 and …

The building cycle is made up of a combination of factors from the business cycle, credit cycle and the development cycle of the property market. The four main property cycles which occurred between 1962 and 2000 were all linked to movements in the economy and were the result of the combination of strong demand growth shortages of supply and credit expansion.

When exploring the property cycles of more developed economies, a link can be seen to the business cycle and GDP. GDP fluctuates over time at the level of economic activity, if GDP is high, this is reflected in companies making profits and potentially expanding the business along with employing additional staff.

This links to property markets, as when companies grow, they may relocate to bigger or better premises to suit their needs, this is known as ‘derived demand’. The cyclical activity of the property market is also linked back to the economy, when new developments are complete this money feeds back into the economy.  When GDP peaks, it creates a boom at the top of the cycle, similarly when it dips it can create a slump.

The RICS define a property cycle as ‘a logical sequence of recurrent events reflected in factors such as fluctuating prices, vacancies, rentals and demand in the property market’. To find out more about property cycles and how they link to the office markets of Leeds and Manchester, please click here to read our full office markets report.

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Sponsoring a Serious Team of Fundraisers

Written on February 10, 2017 at 9:50 am , by bradleymason

Bradley Mason Commercial surveyor sponsoring kilimanjaro team

As a company we like to get involved in our local community in various ways. We support and sponsor a young motorbike racer called Jake Hopper, we also get involved in sponsoring a local

Bradley Mason Commercial surveyor sponsoring kilimanjaro team

As a company we like to get involved in our local community in various ways. We support and sponsor a young motorbike racer called Jake Hopper, we also get involved in sponsoring a local youth football team but on top of these things we are also happy to support single causes too. In this instance we were approached to sponsor a team of intrepid chaps who planned to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise money to regenerate the Holy Trinity Church in Hull.

The Goal

The Holy Trinity Church in Hull is hopefully about to become completey transformed. As a Grade 1 listed building it is certainly something that should be preserved but the plans a foot actually aim to turn it into something more than just a stunning building. It will become a venue for performances, banqueting, exhibitions and more. It will also be a place for support, help and shelter for those in need in the area. There is no doubt this was and is a great plan so we naturally jumped at the chance to support the cause.

The Team

The team itself was made up of 8 local businessmen and 1 rugby player (Iain Morrison) who has played for Hull and even Scotland! Each member of the team has a passionate connection with the local area and felt this challenge was a great way to make something happen for the people of Hull.

The Challenge

The climb itself was over 15,000 feet up the Lemosho route to the sumit of Kilimanjaro. Even with a support team and months of training it was something that pushed these men to thier limits and beyond. It was dangerous, even with all possible precautions taken and it was very hard; but the result will be a substancial amount of money towards an amazing goal that will bring pleasure and help 1000s of people for years to come.

Well Done

A massive well done to the team from everyone at Bradley Mason, and well done Iain for training the team.  We were very proud to sponsor you and to be involved even if we were not quite there at the top with you all!

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Alterations – How we can help

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:38 pm , by bradleymason

 

Most Tenants hope to make alterations to the layout of a premises to suit their business needs. Alterations could be either immediately at lease commencement (e.g fitting out works or installing partitions) or during …

 

Most Tenants hope to make alterations to the layout of a premises to suit their business needs. Alterations could be either immediately at lease commencement (e.g fitting out works or installing partitions) or during the term to suit a change in business needs.

A Landlord, usually wants to restrict the ability to alter without consent for a number of reasons;

  1. To maintain the rental and capital value of a property by preserving character, reputation, appearance and physical integrity of the premises.
  2. To ensure that at the end of the lease the Tenant gives back the premises in a configuration determined at the start of the lease.
  3. Short term letting, the unsecure nature of the short term lease has larger long term risks for the Landlord should the Tenant make alterations and leave.

Scenarios

A Warehouse – A LL may allow alterations without consent for any alterations that do not affect the structure of the property. Internal non-structural alterations tend not to affect the rental or capital interest of the property.

A Retail unit – A LL may require Landlord consent in order to maintain the general appearance and the quality of the development and therefore its rental and capital value.

Offices – Office spaces tend to be open plan and more adaptable for a wide range of Tenants. Landlords tend to require control over the erection of partitions but tend to permit alterations, as long as they are reinstated at the end of term.

When the Landlord accepts alterations, a clause within the lease will set out that Landlord’s Consent is required. (Licence for alterations/Licence for works). The Landlords consent will impose certain conditions to protect both parties interests.

A Licence for alterations pack can vary, depending on the type of property. Typically a pack would include, construction drawings, specifications and specific design details among other supporting information that maybe required such as signage locations and fixing methods for items such as racking in a warehouse scenario.

For a Tenant wishing to make any alterations, we are able to prepare, assist and review information in conjunction with a Solicitor to ensure Landlords consent is approved and your fit out plans can go ahead.

For a Landlord wanting to protect their investment, we are able to review a Tenants proposed Licence for alterations against our wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure the future of your asset remains in your control.

If you wish to discuss alterations please get in touch!

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Expect the unexpected

Written on January 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm , by bradleymason

We recently carried out a survey in Hull and discovered that the light industrial unit we were surveying appeared to be of a typical steel portal frame with infill masonry block and profiled steel cladding,

We recently carried out a survey in Hull and discovered that the light industrial unit we were surveying appeared to be of a typical steel portal frame with infill masonry block and profiled steel cladding, which is all pretty straight forward and as expected, until we came across some impact damaged sections.

 The impact damages actually gave us an insight into the components used in the block mixture.  The blocks contained strands of sawdust.

 Whilst using sawdust in a concrete mixture is a non-standard method of manufacturing masonry blocks, there are many acknowledgments of this type of additive being studied and potentially being used in the construction industry. 

Following background research of the use of sawdust in concrete mixtures, it is clear to see a correlation between the material discovered onsite and to the material described as wood-crete in numerous texts. Wood Crete is basically made up of wood waste and was developed to provide an alternative material to help solve problems with the delivery of low-cost housing.

 Many researchers believed that wood-crete would have better insulation properties, resistance to water absorption, fire performance, and strength properties. All these advantages had a compromise, the blocks strength when comparing that to the strength of a normal concrete mix was weaker.  The blocks we discovered onsite were used as the material for an in-fill block wall so we did not have any immediate structural concerns when considering this strength compromise!!   

For those readers who are interested in finding out more, we suggest you take a look at  a journal titled ‘Development of Wood-Crete from Hardwood and Softwood Sawdust’ authored by Eboziegbe Patrick Aigbomian and Mizi Fan –  Department of Civil Engineering, Brunel University, London, UB8 3PH, UK.

Owen Black

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