National Apprenticeship Week – Sarb

Sarb Atwal is a Trainee Architectural Assistant in our Birmingham office, who is also studying for a BA Architecture at Birmingham City University. Here is what he had to say about his architecture apprenticeship at Baily Garner. Continue reading…

National Apprenticeship Week – Rory

Continuing to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we interviewed Rory Gibson, an Apprentice Building Surveyor in our Eltham Head office, about his time at Baily Garner so far.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Jai

The third of our interviews with our current apprentices this week is with Jai Ghai. Jai is a Trainee Building Surveyor in our Birmingham office and is working towards a Building Surveying degree at Birmingham City University. Here’s how he summed up his apprenticeship at Baily Garner.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ben

Ben Brewster is an Apprentice Project Manager in our Eltham office and is currently studying for a degree in Quantity Surveying at London Southbank University. This is what he had to say about doing an apprenticeship at Baily Garner.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Dylan

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we’re introducing some of our current apprentices. Dylan Sharma is a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in our Birmingham office and is studying for a BSc Quantity Surveying at Birmingham City University. We asked him all about his apprenticeship at Baily Garner, and this is what he said.

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COVID-19 – an opportunity for change

In March 2020, along with the rest of the world, the UK Construction industry was disrupted in a way that none of us had experienced before by the coronavirus pandemic. At Baily Garner, like most other businesses, we had to react quickly to enable our operations to continue, whilst keeping our employees safe as we went into a nationwide lockdown.

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The end of gas?

As part of our involvement with this year’s HOMES UK conference, Partners John Milner and Ian Maun spoke at a session about the proposed future ban on gas boilers in new homes and alternative heating sources that can be considered as a replacement.

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Fire Safety, Cladding and the PI Insurance Crisis

We are in an environment where the Government are making millions of pounds available for crucial remediation and compliance work, and there is a need to build more and higher quality housing, which will ultimately be governed by the need for new skills and accreditation. Alongside this, the incremental reductions in PI cover available and the increases in premiums and excesses applied, run the very high risk of restricted capacity in the market, greater risk aversion, or indeed burying one’s head in the sand and less appetite to deliver the work, all potentially leading to the perfect storm. 

Managing Partner, Andy Tookey, hosted a round table session at the 2020 HOMES UK virtual event, to discuss the challenges, potential solutions and their implications for the construction market. Below he summarises the key points from the discussion with our panel of speakers from across the industry representing views from the insurance sector, consultants, lawyers, contractors and clients.

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BIM and existing buildings: time to rethink?

The tendency to believe that BIM is the sole preserve of new-build construction overlooks the advantages it can have for the management and refurbishment of existing buildings. Partner, Rob Ireland, wrote the following article for the RICS Built Environment Journal to discuss.

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Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Amendment

On Thursday 26th November 2020, an amendment was made to Approved Document B (Fire Safety) (ADB) such that the height threshold for provision of sprinklers is no longer triggered at 30 metres, but now at 11 metres for residential buildings, extensions, change of use or material alteration and mixed use properties under Regulation 3 (Building Works). Provisions of additional way finding shall also be required in properties above 11m in height.

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Our Office to Residential Bulletin

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, businesses are changing the way they operate with increased home working. This has caused both owners and tenants to reconsider the future of their office buildings. For our view on the incoming rise of office to residential developments read our latest bulletin


Our Fire Safety Bulletin

Fire safety on construction projects has probably never had a greater profile so our latest Fire Safety Bulletin, showing the impacts of recent legislation on the construction industry as well as what BG are doing to help drive change in terms of fire safety is an important read. in the bulletin we show projects and share information on this changing landscape.