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Elevational and Sectional drawings

April 30th, 2010 1 comment

Measured Building Surveys.net – along with Floor Plans they also provide elevational drawings, sections and visualisations of properties and buildings. Lease Plans and Land Registry Plans.

Land Registry Lease Plans

Since  October 2003, all new leases granted for terms over 7 years or existing leases sold or assigned with 7 years left to run must now be registered with Land Registry. Land Registry plans for both Lease and Freehold properties are an integral part of our services for private landlords, law firms and investment companies with large property portfolios.

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Our service includes:

  • Site visit and dimensional survey
  • Ordnance Survey location map
  • Land Registry compliant
  • Plans coloured as required
  • Liaising with other property professional
  • Plans available in PDF, CAD or paper formats
  • Quick turnaround


How we work

  • Once instructed, we will visit the property to undertake a detailed survey
  • We then produce your lease plan using our digital drawing systems to ensure accuracy, efficient drawing retrieval and fast replication
  • Your Lease Plan is delivered to you either as a printed copy or electronic pdf copy  ready for immediate insertion into the appropriate lease document
  • We can also provide a pdf copy for you to print off yourself.
  • Digital versions can also emailed to you for future reference – completing the process
  • We may also be able to produce compliant plans from information you already have.
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Floor Plans – As Built Plans – Elevations and Sectional drawings

April 29th, 2010 2 comments

Measured Building Surveys.net provide all the Floor Plan services one could wish  for.  If you need a measured building survey or even several measured building surveys or a measured building surveyor,  you have come to the right place. If time is of the essence, or clients time constraints are limited on site, we can accomodate you. (Measured survey examples)

Whether your survey project is large or small, a single house plan of a few square metres up to thousands of square metres or several house plans. building plans or ‘As Built’ plans, we can meet your requirements. We have vast experience of Measured Building Surveys, floor plans and elevational drawings, everything from private homes and domestic premises, apartment blocks, and flats, to churches, embassies, supermarkets and shopping malls and have carried out measured survey programmes encompassing hundreds of properties.  A schedule can be drawn up to suit you!
Floor Plans can be for many different reasons, for more information and Measured Survey samples see our Measured Surveys page or Floor Plans and Elevational drawings pages, also see our Visuals and rendering work

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Floor plans of all types of buildings and for all purposes, including:-

Offices
Public Houses
Leisure facilities
Health Care and Hospitals
Restaurants
Churches
Domestic Houses
Apartments and Flats
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Schools
Local Authority Buildings
Military Sites
Shops and Stores
Refelective Ceiling and Roof Plans
Commercial Kitchens and Plant Rooms
and many more…..

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ARES the CADalyst Review

April 29th, 2010 Comments off

CAD Pioneer Graebert GmbH Announces ARES,
The First Native CAD Solution For All 3 Major Operating Systems & Mobile, Windows, MAC and Linux!

Based on 5 Years of Development, ARES Combines Exceptional Performance with AutoCAD Compatibility, Easy-to-Navigate UI, Full Customization and Native Availability on Windows, Mac & Linux

Read the review here The CADalyst Review 2

and for more information and prices on this exciting new CAD engine visit Mobile CAD Surveying the main dealer for Graeberts suite of software products in the UK and now supplying software programmes world wide.

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Construction decline holds back UK economy

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

Nominal growth of 0.2% is hampered by decrease of 0.7% in construction sector

A nominal growth in the UK economy of 0.2% between January and March was hampered by a shrinking construction industry.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that the economy had a 0.2% growth, which was weaker than some economists had predicted and down from the 0.4% experienced in the final quarter of 2009. However, construction decreased by 0.7%, compared with a decrease of 0.9% for the sector in the final quarter of 2009.

The ONS said that bad weather at the start of 2010 may have been to blame for the growth being smaller than predicted. Two further estimates based on more detailed information will be released for the first quarter of 2010, meaning the figure could be adjusted.

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UK’s Bribery Bill is likely to affect the construction industry

April 27th, 2010 Comments off

The UK’s Bribery Bill has received royal assent and the UK now has a Bribery Act that is arguably the toughest anti-corruption law in the world and it is likely to affect the construction industry in particular, because of the international operations of its business.

David Lawler, Partner at Forensic Risk Alliance – a leading expert in investigation fraud, bribery and corruption in the UK and around the world – warns that this bill will be taken seriously and heavy fines and prosecution of managers in business will ensue. “We believe that companies must take urgent action to get their house in order and these are some key actions to take” says Lawler:

“1. Set the right tone from the top. The CEO and top management team must understand the new environment and commit their organisation to compliance and openness.

“2. Every company must appoint a ‘bribery-czar’ with responsibility for corporate policy, rules and communications. A ‘profit at all costs’ message will result in bribes to cut corners further down the organisation.

“3. Check the high risk places. These are places where business has interactions with any government officials, on both the purchase and sales side. Look more widely to include state-owned businesses (UK banks, healthcare workers in China etc) as well as the more obvious customs officers, tax officials, visa agents.

“4. Ensure all sales agents, distributors, advisers (legal, tax etc) and business partners (which have now become every companies’ responsibility) are complying.

“5. Contracts with all agents should include compliance, making this a condition of doing business with the company.

“6. Retain the right to audit business partner’s practices to ensure that you can’t be found guilty by their actions. Turning a blind eye – even for junior managers – is no defence.

“7. Finally controls relating to approval of payments need to be best-of-breed. This may well require specialist advisers,” concludes Lawler.

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Clegg says that jobs in construction are at the heart of Lib Dem manifesto

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

The Liberal Democrat’s manifesto may have come a little later than the other two political parties but the third party’s political pledges share a similar concern for the future of construction recruitment in the UK.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has however followed up his party’s manifesto with a letter addressed to industry news publication Building. In the letter, Clegg says that “Construction is at the heart” of his party’s vision for a “new economy.”

The Lib Dem manifesto pledges that the party will secure civil engineering jobs with a £3.1 billion investment into renewable energy infrastructure. Unlike the other parties, the Lib Dems have not backed nuclear industry as a means of meeting carbon reduction targets and ensuring energy security.

Instead, their ambitious plans for renewable energy would provide the biggest boost to the engineering and construction industry. Clegg claims that nearly 100,000 jobs in construction would be created in his party’s plans for renewable infrastructure, which makes the unrivalled pledge to meet 75% of the UK’s electricity needs through off-coast generation sites. The Lib Dem’s plans to transform redundant ship yards into manufacturing facilities for offshore renewable equipment in order to meet this pledge would also prove a boon to engineering recruitment outside of construction.

A proposed High Speed Rail (HSR) network which has been backed by the other two parties has also formed part of the Lib Dem’s election pledges. However, their manifesto states that work would begin in the first year of their government, creating engineering job vacancies on a faster timescale. Their plans to cap rail fares, though not directly related to railway jobs, also have the potential to drive rail work opportunities by increasing public demand on the rail system.

Clegg’s letter also outlines plans that would affect construction recruitment beyond rail and energy. Clegg says that “renewing and improving school buildings is a priority”, indicating that maintenance jobs on public contracts would have political support from the Liberal Democrats.

Nevertheless, housing jobs would perhaps be the most significantly affected area of construction work outside of engineering. The Lib Dems have pledged to insulate “every British home over the next 10 years” and have focused their policies on the creation of maintenance jobs in the housing sector rather than new build work.

They have pledged to promote refurbishment work on the country’s estimated half-a-million empty homes by equalising VAT on new build and repair projects, as well as scaling back the homebuy scheme. The party hopes this will enable them to avoid building on green belt land.

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UK construction sector finally picks up

April 23rd, 2010 1 comment
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New PMI research shows that UK construction activity moved into growth during March for the first time since February 2008. The seasonally adjusted CIPS/Markit Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recorded a score of 53.1, rising from the previous month’s reading of 48.5. According to the report, growth of the sector principally reflected a rise in new orders.

Of the three broad UK construction subsectors examined, house-building showed the strongest rise in activity. In addition to residential construction, commercial-based activity also increased during March, with growth reported for the first time since February 2008.

However, the civil engineering sub-sector, where activity is typically driven by public spending, remained in decline during March. Moreover, the pace of contraction was “marked”.

“Incoming new orders increased during March for the first time in four months, and only the second time since February 2008. Constructors attributed the rise in new business to the increased success of tenders. However, there were reports that opportunities to tender remained low when compared to pre-recession levels,” the PMI stated.

“A further sharp decline in employment within the UK construction sector during March highlighted some fragility in the current upturn. Job cuts were largely attributed to redundancy programmes, with staffing levels showing no signs of stabilisation despite the rises in activity and new orders.”

The study went on to report that, as activity grew, input purchases increased. The rise in purchasing activity was only marginal, although was the first in twenty-five months. Subsequently, suppliers’ delivery times lengthened, as vendors had insufficient operating capacity to accommodate increased demand for purchases. There were also reported shortages of certain items.

David Noble, chief executive officer at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, said: “Though it’s great to see the UK construction sector turn the corner after two years of relentless contraction, it’s still very early days. The recession hit construction the hardest and because the industry is operating from such a low base, this upturn may be shortlived.

“Purchasing managers noted an emerging public/private sector divide as the General Election looms closer. While overall industry improvement was bolstered by private sector expenditure – especially in the housing and commercial sectors – it’s worrying to see civil engineering contracting, given that mooted public sector spending cuts are yet to kick in.”

Sarah Ledger, economist at Markit added: “March PMI data signalled growth of activity within the UK construction sector, the first such expansion in over two years. This was supported by rising new orders, as private sector demand increased.

“However, the impending election and potential cuts in public spending continued to fuel uncertainty over future business prospects. Highlighting this, employment within the sector fell further, despite the rise in business activity. Nonetheless, for Q1 as a whole, UK construction activity was broadly unchanged, suggesting that the sector will no longer drag on GDP.”

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How construction jobs fit into Labour manifesto on public spending

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off
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As the 2010 UK general election approaches, manifestos from each of the country’s political parties will outline their policies for their prospective governments. The first party to do so is Labour, whose election pledges contain many details relevant to construction jobs such as public spending on regeneration, infrastructure improvements and design standards.

Building, the industry website dealing with all news related to jobs in construction, has outlined the details of Labour’s manifesto and the pledges relevant to the construction industry outside of business law and taxation.

Construction recruitment would mainly be boosted by Labours manifesto in areas such as roadworks, housing and energy infrastructure. One of the most prominent pledges is the commitment to generating 40% of the UK’s energy by 2020 through the construction of nuclear, wind and clean coal power generation capacity; this pledge is covered more extensively elsewhere.

Housing jobs could be boosted by Labour’s pledges on creating a “new form of affordable housing”. The party says that it will work with housing associations to create affordable homes throughout the UK. As repricing of current houses on the market to lower levels would have a knock on effect on the wider market and as new houses are still needed, this is likely to mainly involve new developments of social housing.

Labour jobs and civil engineering jobs will be effected by Labour’s commitments on runway construction and the motorway system. Less extensive work opportunities will be available on UK airports, as no further runway construction will be allowed outside of Heathrow. However, the launch of a targeted motorway widening programme across the UK should help compensate for this.

One of the more significant areas of the manifesto will have a concrete impact on design jobs. UK public buildings, funded by government or local authority funds, will be held to minimum design standards according to Labour’s pledges. This will follow a similar system as last year’s pilot “Building Schools for the Future” programme, where all buildings had to be reviewed under a specially convened design review panel.

These changes to design will likely be felt more in the ongoing schools programme or in any developments under the proposed “national care system” than in NHS developments, in contrast to the last decade or so. As Building’s Joey Gardiner notes, in other areas of the manifesto, Labour has also pledged to reinvest health spending from new buildings and into frontline services.

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Bone Steel calls in receivers as 113 jobs go

April 21st, 2010 Comments off

Scottish firm goes into administration after slump in demand for structural steel

Lanarkshire firm Bone Steel entered administration today after 18 months of struggling with low demand and rising debt.

KPMG was appointed receiver following a request from the company directors. Of 118 employees, 113 have already been made redundant today. In 2008 Bone recorded turnover of £28.7m, but debt rose from £2.3m in 2007 to £3m in 2008.

Chris Bone, chief executive at the firm, said: “Demand for structural steel declined by more than 50% in the last 18 months, while challenging conditions in the construction market continued to depress margins and induce project delays out of the company’s control.

“Despite a healthy order intake earlier in the year, contract slippages, volume reductions and supplier credit restrictions combined to make trading extremely difficult. Market conditions are tough for everyone in this sector at present, and we couldn’t see a way forward for the group as it stands.”

According to KPMG, the remaining staff will help with “realising the company’s principal assets”, such as property, plant and contracts. Bone, which was founded in 1938, was one of the largest construction steel firms in the UK and had offices in the Middle East.

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Building firms fear drop in workload

April 20th, 2010 Comments off
NEARLY one in three building companies are expecting their workloads to fall this year, and more than half have seen a reduction in the amount of private sector housing work in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest state of trade survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Richard Diment, Director General of the FMB, said: “The results from our latest state of trade survey show the building industry is still in recession.

“The majority of building companies are reporting lower workloads with one in three expecting a further decline in the next three months.

“What is alarming is the abrupt slowdown in the amount of public sector work, with 51 per cent of companies reporting lower workloads compared with 31 per cent just three months ago.

“What this shows is that cuts in local authority budgets are hitting a hard-pressed building industry, and future prospects after the general election do not look good.

“Prospects for employment in the construction sector are also not good, with 55 per cent of building companies not expecting to take on any new staff over the next six months.

“This is very bad news for school leavers looking to get a job in the construction sector this summer.

“We are in serious danger of repeating the mistakes of the last recession in the early 1990s when thousands of young people were denied the opportunity to learn a trade.

“The result was that the construction sector suffered a serious skills gap when it did emerge from the recession in the mid 1990s.

“The building industry is a vital part of the British economy, responsible for nine per cent of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but unless the political parties do more to speak up for our industry, its contribution to the economy in terms of wealth and job creation will be diminished.

“As the political parties gear up for the general election, we need to hear more about what they will do to support British builders who face a very uncertain future.

“A commitment to skills and training would be a start.”

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