Watts Group Limited announces place on Rise Construction Framework for Contract Administrator, Bands 1&2 /Employers Agent, Bands 1&2 Watts Group Limited is proud to announce that it has been successfully awarded a place on the Rise Construction Framework within the Contract Administrator and Employers Agent bands. Rise Construction Framework is a one stop shop for […]
Watts Group Ltd introduces fresh branding and new logo to reflect collaborative work ethos by Emma Cox, Head of Marketing and Business Development Unveiled this week is the new branding and logo from Watts Group Ltd, which cleverly represents the business in a more visually connected way. Affectionately named ‘the bagel’ the new logo brings […]
Watts Group Ltd announces charity partnership with The Sick Children’s Trust for 2022/2023 by Corrina Ralph, Managing Director Following an internal voting process, The Sick Children’s Trust have been named the Watts Group Ltd charity partner during April 2022 through to April 2023. The seven regional offices across Watts are getting ready to support The […]
Watts Group Limited to support The Monument Mile Classic in 2022. by Michael Wright, Associate Back for a fifth year, The Monument Mile Classic will again host an electric evening of track mile racing by athletes of all ages. On the evening of Friday 20th May 2022, and on the athletics track on the stunning […]
Watts Group Limited secure new combined ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification for a 3-year term by Dave Dorrington, Director Process and Quality Watts Group Limited is proud to announce that its ISO certificate renewal is now complete and it has been awarded a new combined certificate by LRQA ; this marks Watts’ impressive 15th […]
Watts Group Limited Announces Successful Tender Award of Lots BS, EA and PD in LHC Framework by Simon Walker, National Director Public Sector Watts Group Limited is proud to announce that they have been successful in the tender process to supply LHC with building surveying, employer’s agent, and principal designer services for their Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy Services […]
Watts Secure Top Place on the Crown Commercial Services Framework by Simon Walker, National Director Public Sector August saw Watts National Public Sector named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Estate Management Services (EMS) Framework. Estate Management Service (EMS) is a multi-Lot Framework Agreement available for use by UK public sector bodies and future […]
COP26 – This Dear Green Place by Michael Wright, Associate Appropriately, this ‘Dear Green Place’ is the literal translation of Glasgow from the original Gaelic, and this November, all eyes will be on the city as major decisions are made to affect a sustainable and green outcome for our future. The ‘Conference of the […]
Watts Group Limited announced as one of the Lot suppliers appointed to £120 Million Consultants Framework Watts Group Limited is proud to announce that they have been appointed as one of the suppliers for Fusion21, a social enterprise which promotes public procurement to achieve value for money and financial security as well as creating […]
Lessons not learned: How did we arrive at the need for the Hackitt Review? by Ian Laurie, Director Originally published by Henry Stewart Publications The term ‘unprecedented’ is often wrongly used in respect of catastrophic events, and while the Grenfell disaster has highlighted significant shortcomings in both our regulation and construction regimes, sadly history tells […]
‘Vorsprung durch Retrofit’ Retrofitting Traditional Buildings by Michael Wright, Associate The property industry, like all other investment markets, is expected to achieve ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ or‘progress through technology’, to quote a well-known German car manufacturer. There is the weight of private sector expectations through investors seeking greater rental values, more efficient and adaptable floor plates, […]
Watts Appointed for HS2 Condition Surveys We are delighted to confirm that our public sector business group has recently secured a large commission with the JV consortium that is SCS Railways (SKANSKA COSTAIN STRABAG) to undertake large scale condition surveys for the new HS2 Railway line. This is for the first phase of work coming […]
Solar panels and capital allowances by Trevor Rushton, Director The capital allowance treatment of assets that facilitate the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) will change on 5 April 2012. This will impact on property owners considering solar power. A business may claim capital allowances if it carries on a qualifying business activity. Where solar panels are concerned, […]
Your dilapidations liability and FRS102 by Ian Laurie, Director Corporation tax incurred by private companies, specifically tenant occupiers, can be an area of missed opportunity without the correct advice on any future dilapidations liability. In respect of commercial operating leases, the Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS102), which replaced FRS12, allows for a future dilapidations liability […]
BIM is key to future of QS profession says RICS by Trevor Rushton, Director Building Information Modelling (BIM) can help quantity surveyors to speed up the estimating process by supporting the use of the New Rules of Measurement, says new RICS research published in January. BIM’s ability to automate measurement and speed up the traditional […]
Accounting for Dilapidations: FRS102 by Trevor Rushton, Director When companies are looking at taking new accommodation, the end of the lease is often furthest from their mind. Most commercial leases however contain onerous provisions in respect of the Tenant being liable for items such as repairs and alterations. As a result, the costs of terminating […]
Planned amendments to the Permitted Development Rights (England) Order 2015. by Trevor Rushton, Director “Whilst a developer may have permission to build an additional two storeys under the new planning legislation, this does not mean that there are not private rights belonging to the surrounding properties that need to be dealt with; rights of light […]
Cold Comfort by Trevor Rushton, Director An unventilated cold roof is asking for trouble – so what should you do if you come across one? The risk of condensation occurring in flat, unventilated roof constructions is nothing new. Early attempts at insulating flat roofs brought about significant problems in terms of decay and failure, particularly […]
Seemingly bona fide companies can have a dark side–would you be content to recommend a company that consistently failed to take adequate care of its workers and exposed them (and presumably their customers) to risks that could have life changing consequences? As a professional the answer is of course no; but its not always that simple; uncovering the truth can be difficult and its not always particularly easy to locate HSE prosecution records.
Excessive deflections and transverse cracking were thought to be a key warning sign of failure in reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), but recent investigation has shown a much more serious risk of sudden failure. In May, the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) issued an alert about the collapse of a school roof last year (bit.ly/SCOSSraacfail), an alert taken up in advice from the Local Government Association.
Since late 2018 the long-term problems associated with RAAC planks, often called “rack planks” in conversation, have been better reported on. However, only recently is the wider property market becoming more knowledgeable about this now recognised problematic material. Do you know if you have this material in your portfolio?