Modular construction is the term used to describe the process involved in constructing a building off-site which is faster, safer and more environmentally friendly, writes Alex Hurn, Director of Sillence Hurn Building Consultancy.
Covid-19 has transformed the way we work, and this is likely to have a long-term impact even once the pandemic is over. As a result, we can expect to see a resurge in converting office units into residential spaces, writes Alex Hurn, Director of Sillence Hurn Building Consultancy.
We were honoured to be approached by SaveTheHighStreet.org to join The High Street Industry Movement. This is a campaign to support not only businesses on the high street but also community champions, trade associations and landlords. Our role within the campaign will be to host negotiations between tenants and landlords to help ensure lasting and successful business relationships.
Sillence Hurn are pleased to be launching a fantastic new mentoring service - free of charge - to any trainee, APC or student surveyors who would like some extra advice and guidance during their learning journey.
Since the COVID-19 lockdown period began, we’ve been developing ways in which we can help others in the industry during this difficult time. Director Alex Hurn wondered if extending a helping hand to those training to become chartered MRICS surveyors would be a good way of giving something back.
Sillence Hurn are still here for you. Like many other companies, our team are now based from home. With that in mind, we thought it would be useful to detail which services are still available if you need us.
From our home to yours, we can still provide Building & Pre-Acquisition Survey support, Dilapidation Consultancy, Party Wall Consultancy, Building Project Management & Contract Administration support, Project Monitoring, Reinstatement Costs Assessment and Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM).
The current government guidance is that construction sites can remain open to ensure economic activity within the sector. Several landmark construction sites have since closed in the previous days including McAlpine closing the refurbishment of Big Ben site and Taylor Wimpey announcing a full shutdown across all sites across the country. With the Government set to announce a support package for self-employed workers later this evening, this will put further pressure on construction sites to close their doors.
At Sillence Hurn we are already experiencing developers and construction firms following suit and beginning to wind down live construction sites. This is due to a combination of moral obligations, health of workers and also concerns over lack of availability of materials and disruptions to supply chains.
To all our Clients, fellow Professionals, Colleagues and Friends,
As we are all clearly aware, we are living in very uncertain times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic. We at Sillence Hurn are closely following both Government advice and the newly issued RICS guidance and until notified otherwise remain open for business.
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