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Scotland building collapse verdict

Edinburgh school wall collapse report highlights ‘lack of scrutiny’ From the BBC. Image caption The problems first became apparent when engineers examined the wall that collapsed at Oxgangs Primary during stormy weather A report into safety failures that forced 17 Edinburgh schools to close has highlighted a lack of proper […]

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Why employ a Clerk of Works? – Heli-bar

How many time have we seen this? Chases not cut to correct depth. Resin not applied to the chase before fixing the Helibar. Helibar not embedded in resin.       Another instance on a different site. Again chases not cut to correct depth. Bars cut too short. Resin not […]

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Why employ a Clerk of Works – Brickwork

Something I came across recently. We were appointed well into the construction phase. This was at ground floor level and the building was by then at 3rd floor. The pier continued in this fashion for its full height. It had actually been set out like this from DPC – the […]

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Why employ a Clerk of Works?

Ground floor slab being extended to form retaining wall. There were no proprietary spacers available so the sub-contractor decided to improvise with paving bricks and lengths of scaffold tube. This was not 5 minutes work and must have been seen by the main contractor’s site team while it was being […]

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FCM’s Steve Farrell elected Secretary to the London Chapter of the ICWCI

Steve Farrell elected on 13th June 2016 as Secretary of the London Chapter of the ICWCI (Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate). Mark Read, London Chapter Chairman and Steve Farrell. The ICWCI is the professional body that supports quality construction through inspection. As a membership organization we provide […]

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School Closures and Risk to Children’s Safety

School Closures and Risk to Children’s Safety! Was a lack of supervision the cause of these issues? At least 9,000 pupils in Edinburgh have nowhere to go at the end of their Easter break after the emergency closure of 17 PFI-built schools due to safety concerns. Lack of construction supervision […]

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Built Environment Event Winner

CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to TIM BROWN from ELLIS WILLIAMS ARCHITECTS! You have been drawn at random from the collection of cards we gathered at The Built Environment Event on Tuesday 8th of March at City Hall, Westminster. ABOUT TIM: Specialising in the Further and Higher Education sectors, Tim is involved in […]

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ISO 9001 Quality Control Accreditation

We are proud to announce that as of April 2013 FCM have received ISO 9001 accreditation for our quality control systems