Useful Construction Resources - Guides

Building Safety Bill - important new proposed legislation for the construction industry

21 October, 2020

In Autumn 2020 the UK Government introduced the new draft legislation to parliament. It is expected to take a year or so to become law as a new Building Safety Act and a further 3 years for implementation across the built environment sector.

Building regulations

Building Safety

Perovskite Solar Paint Technology

15 September, 2020

Will Perovskite based solar paint gain a foothold in the construction industry?




Permitted Development Rights - A new suite of government legislation taking effect in August 2020 will have wide ranging implications for development in England.

1 August, 2020

Here are three excellent articles by Claire Fallows of Charles Russell Speechlys Solicitors which are essential reading for developers, contractors or consultants considering projects under 'permitted development' legislation.

Planning permission

Permitted Development

Seizing the day: Positive change from lockdown for the construction and infrastructure industry. A Balfour Beatty paper.

5 July, 2020

A view across the construction spectrum looking forward as to how the industry can build on the flexibility and ability to adapt as shown through the lockdown. Nine key recommendations, well worth a read.

Cost management



Social Value

The future

Why digitisation is no longer an option - a paper by Flowforma

15 June, 2020

As businesses acclimatise to a work from home culture, digital process solutions that enable workers to focus on the job at hand are becoming essential to business operations.

Home working


How disruption is reshaping the world's largest ecosystem. McKinsey & Company - The next normal in construction - June 2020.

15 June, 2020

Historically the construction industry has underperformed. A changing market environment, technological progress, and disruptive new entrants will trigger industry overhaul. Almost half of incumbent value added is at stake. Transformation will take time,

Overhead and profit



The future


The Delicate Position of the Contract Administrator - a paper by Professor Anthony Lavers for the Society of Construction Law

7 June, 2020

A thoughtful paper looking at the potential liability of a professional appointed to administer a construction of engineering contract. 1. Scope of service 2. The final certificate The wider exposure of the Contract administrator.

Final Accounts

Contract Administration

Your word is your bond. An article by Elliot Patsanza in the RICS Journal April / May 2020.

10 May, 2020

With a more detailed understanding of construction bonds, practitioners can manage risks for all parties in a project.

Performance bonds

Advance payment bonds

advance payment

Creating a digital culture. An article by Christopher Sly in RICS Journal April / May 2020.

10 May, 2020

Senioe executives need to persuade their teams to embrace digital momentum if the construction industry is to achieve a much needed digital transformation.


The future

AI could manage construction projects - An article from the RICS Modus magazine February 2019.

10 May, 2020

Artificial intelligence offers easy access to swathes of data and the ability to troubleshoot before an issue arises.

Project management

Ground rules for drone use. An article from the RICS Journal Nov / Dec 2019.

10 May, 2020

Using drones on construction sites can mean improvements at all points of the project triangle : cost, time, and quality.

Building surveying

Land surveying

Tall buildings


Defining completion of construction works and extensions of time. RICS guidance.

13 April, 2020

With the current Covid - 19 pandemic and its impact on the construction industry, once the current uncertainty is over how will the parties to contract react, will practical completion be more difficult to agree if a potential tenant or owners have pulled

Extension of time


Practical Completion


A Design Framework for Building Services - 5th Edition - BSRIA

13 April, 2020

A document to help give clarity over the roles and duties of those involved in the design phases of construction projects. In particular the allocation of design responsibilities. 􏰵􏰶􏰳􏰷 􏰸􏰹􏰺􏰻􏰼􏰳􏰽􏰾􏰿 􏰼􏱀 􏱁􏱂􏱂􏱃 􏰷􏱄 􏰽􏱇􏰻􏰲􏰶􏰼􏰷􏱈 􏱄􏱆􏰾􏰶 􏰷􏰽􏰾 􏰶􏱄􏰻􏰾􏰳 􏰲􏱀􏰿 􏰿􏰹􏰷􏰼􏰾􏰳 􏱄􏱉 􏰷􏰽􏱄􏰳􏰾 􏰼􏱀􏱆􏱄􏰻

Design and build

Contractor design portion

Design interfaces


design appointments

The pandemic could change how we work forever.

6 April, 2020

An article by Iain Parker of Alinea in Building magazine. Being forced to work from home may reveal the benefits of remote working to many companies that have previously resisted the trend.