29 Mar
Construction Events & Conferences 2017
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Construction Events & Conferences 2017

Throughout 2017, you can expect to find a plethora of construction events and conferences happening across the country. Anyone who’s serious about construction would be foolish to miss out on attending these events to improve your business practice and products. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list of construction events below.

Do you have more events to add? Message Hitchcock & King on our Facebook page to let us know!

 

Construction conferences and events calendar 2017

 

February Events

ecoSHOWCASE, 14 February
Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester

March Events

The Health &

06 Feb
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What Does a Construction Manager Do?

A construction manager, or site manager, must coordinate and supervise a variety of operations on a construction site. They join a project at the earliest planning stages and see it right through to completion. They ensure all operations are completed on time, within budget and, above all, safely.

Construction managers are a necessity on all manner of worksites, both large and small. Whether you’re renovating a small property or constructing a large premises like a school, you’ll need a construction manager to oversee all aspects of the project. It almost goes without saying then that the roles and responsibilities of a construction manager can be vast and varied.

30 Jan
Top 5 Construction Industry Trends
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Top 5 Construction Industry Trends

Happy new year from all of us here at Hitchcock & King! We’re kicking off 2017 by having a look at some of the forecasted trends we’re likely to see in construction this year. Whether it’s advances in materials, new models for buildings or new skills to be learned, we’re sure 2017 is going to make an impact on the construction industry.

Virtual reality

You may have already begun to see the latest virtual reality trend that’s sweeping the nation, with the headset goggles primarily being used for gaming at the moment. But there are much more practical uses for the sets too,

23 Nov
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Top Tips for Construction Site Safety During Winter

Working on a construction site is a hazard no matter the season, but in winter, there are even more potential dangers to think about; even working a full day in the freezing cold is a health hazard that must be countered. To help you get to grips with site safety during winter, we’ve put together some top tips for keeping the weather’s effects to a minimum.

 

Wrap up

First and foremost, you need to protect against the constant exposure to the weather. Spending prolonged periods of time out in the cold can lead to stiff joints,

23 Nov
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How Building Information Modelling is Improving the Construction Industry

In 2011, the Government Construction Strategy published by the UK Cabinet Office stated that from 2016 onwards, all government projects would require BIM to be produced. With this strategy coming into play this year, we’re looking at how Building Information Modelling is improving the construction industry, as well as answering all the questions you may have about exactly what BIM entails.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling/Building Information Model, or BIM, is the process of creating a collaborative 3D model of a project, including information on the asset of the project and all corresponding documentation and data.

Why is it needed?

17 Nov
Top 9 Traits of a Successful Project Manager
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Top 9 Traits of a Successful Project Manager

All construction projects are temporary endeavors for construction workers, however the results of the build, and the lasting impression on the client, are much more permanent. For that reason, it is important to keep staff motivated and quality of work consistently high throughout the entirety of a project, which is where Project Managers can help.

There are several traits and qualities that make some Project Managers more successful than others, and it is these Project Managers that usually get the best results out of their staff.

To excel as a Project Manager, 9 traits you will need to possess are:

  • Communication
  • Ability to delegate
  • Vision
  • Enthusiasm
  • A team-builder
  • Empathy
  • Composure
  • Competence
  • Ability to solve problems

Read on to find out more about the traits of a successful Project Manager –

09 Nov
Behaviour-Based Safety Within Construction
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Behaviour-Based Safety Within Construction

While construction is very much a hands-on and physical job, mentality and personality are also huge traits that need to be considered within the construction industry. The trade requires people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels to co-operate and communicate, which can be tricky.

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The wrong kind of behaviour on a construction site can be dangerous and lead to accidents and potentially fatal injuries. Because of this, behavioural psychology is often used by site managers to identify and minimise any potential risks.

If you’re unsure of what behaviour-based safety is or how you can utilise it to keep your staff safe,

30 Oct
How to Keep Up-To-Date with Construction Industry Trends
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How to Keep Up-To-Date with Construction Industry Trends

Nowadays, our working environments are changing at a fast pace, and there is always some new gadget or trend that is helping to make our jobs more productive, safe or enjoyable. With change happening around us as we speak, it can seem like a never ending task to try and keep up with the latest trends. To help you stay ahead of the crowd, Hitchcock & King have put together some tips on how to keep up-to-date with construction industry trends.

Why stay up-to-date?

Keeping up with the latest market trends is crucial for having the cutting edge on your competitors,

11 Oct
How to Avoid Injury on a Construction Site
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How to Avoid Injury on a Construction Site

Construction is a physically demanding job that can be hard on the body, and without  the proper safety precautions put in place, a construction site can be rife with accidents and injuries. To help you keep your workplace as safe as possible, here we’re looking at our top 8 tips to avoid injury on a construction site.

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1. Don’t neglect health and safety practices on domestic jobs

It’s a common occurrence for the risks of small domestic tasks to be underestimated and fewer health and safety measures to be implemented than on a large-scale commercial project,

03 Oct
Most Common House Survey Issues
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Most Common House Survey Issues

If you’re purchasing a property, you are more than likely about to undertake a property survey. This is a vital first step to examining the structural integrity of your property. Property surveyors often encourage further surveys, and this is done for a very valid reason – property surveyors are by no means experts in all of the ins and outs of building and electrical works, so sometimes an expert recommendation is required.

To illustrate just how important a thorough property survey is, and why you should always follow your surveyor’s recommendations for a more in-depth report, here we’re looking at some of the most common issues that house surveys identify.