Blenheim House Construction

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Blenheim House Construction's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Blenheim House Construction is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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16 | BLENHEIM HOUSE CONSTRUCTION
Managing Director DavidPearce
27-29 Great Pulteney Street,
London, W1: New-build seven-
storey office development in Soho
Founded in 1997, Blenheim House Construction works on
projects in the commercial, residential and hotel sectors that
range in value from £5 million to £30 million. Over the last
22 years the company has grown steadily, and in the last financial
year it achieved a turnover of £87 million. It employs 80 staff
and has an average of 12 projects on-site at any time. Managing
Director David Pearce tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
We have developed a reputation for producing results in a friendly and professional
manner, and this is founded on the open and honest relationships we develop with our
clients and consultants. We are proactive in introducing new technologies and modern
construction techniques but remain aware of the importance of retaining traditional
craftsmanship. We have a varied and extensive portfolio of projects and enjoy a high
level of repeat business with a number of satisfied, high-profile clients. They choose
to work with us for our no-nonsense approach from pre-construction through to
handover, safe in the knowledge that any challenges will be resolvedefficiently.
What we do
The company was formed with the intention to do things differently. My aim was
to adopt a more collaborative approach with clients and their professional teams,
with the common goal of producing a quality product, for an economical price,
in the shortest-possible time with the minimum of fuss. With a hand-picked team
of like-minded individuals, I put my plan into action with great success, and 22
years on, with over 250 completed projects, we go from strength to strength. Our
staffare at the core of our business. We believe in building lasting relationships
within our business as well as externally, and a third of our staff have been with
FACTS ABOUT
BLENHEIM HOUSE
CONSTRUCTION
»Managing Director:
DavidPearce
»Established in 1997
»Based in London
»Services: Main contractor
carrying out new-build and
refurbishment projects in
the commercial, residential,
retail and leisure sectors,
under design and build and
traditional forms of contract
»No. of employees: 80
Blenheim House
Construction
17BLENHEIM HOUSE CONSTRUCTION |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
us more than ten years, with 14 staff
enjoying more than 20 years’ service.
We are proud of this achievement and
believe it reflects our healthy respect
for family life and flexibility, as well as
the reward and recognition we offer
for hard work andloyalty.
We consider ourselves among the best
in our field for commercial and mixed-
use new-build and refurbishment
projects, but we really stand apart
when it comes to projects with
complexities. We have extensive
experience with listed building works,
complex ground conditions, retained
façades, restricted city centres and
deep excavations. We bring our
wealth of experience and skilled
personnel that our clients can rely on
to everyproject.
Our site management teams take a
very hands-on approach. Technological
advances and the sharing of digital
information certainly aid the
management of information on a
project, but crucially our project
managers are active on site, overseeing
day-to-day activities and therefore
personally ensuring our clients’
aspirations and quality requirements
are met. Our project managers are
subsequently able to accurately inform
the client’s team at all times regarding
progress and ensure that any issues
that could potentially lead to delays are
avoided at the earliest opportunity.
Building regulations
Over recent years we have experienced
a number of regulatory issues, which,
while they have been designed
to improve the industry, have in
fact provided as many obstacles as
solutions. Following the events at
Grenfell Tower in 2017, we have
noticed a distinct lack of clarity in
and understanding of the regulations
relating to the use and selection of
We feel a lot
more should be
done to fully
address the
confusion in the
market regarding
the use of
external cladding
systems
New End, Hampstead: excavations and temporary
works for the two-storey basement on this luxury
residential development
21 Lime Street, London, EC1: lift
core construction on this new-build
office development
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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16 | BLENHEIM HOUSE CONSTRUCTION
Managing Director DavidPearce
27-29 Great Pulteney Street,
London, W1: New-build seven-
storey office development in Soho
Founded in 1997, Blenheim House Construction works on
projects in the commercial, residential and hotel sectors that
range in value from £5 million to £30 million. Over the last
22 years the company has grown steadily, and in the last financial
year it achieved a turnover of £87 million. It employs 80 staff
and has an average of 12 projects on-site at any time. Managing
Director David Pearce tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
We have developed a reputation for producing results in a friendly and professional
manner, and this is founded on the open and honest relationships we develop with our
clients and consultants. We are proactive in introducing new technologies and modern
construction techniques but remain aware of the importance of retaining traditional
craftsmanship. We have a varied and extensive portfolio of projects and enjoy a high
level of repeat business with a number of satisfied, high-profile clients. They choose
to work with us for our no-nonsense approach from pre-construction through to
handover, safe in the knowledge that any challenges will be resolvedefficiently.
What we do
The company was formed with the intention to do things differently. My aim was
to adopt a more collaborative approach with clients and their professional teams,
with the common goal of producing a quality product, for an economical price,
in the shortest-possible time with the minimum of fuss. With a hand-picked team
of like-minded individuals, I put my plan into action with great success, and 22
years on, with over 250 completed projects, we go from strength to strength. Our
staffare at the core of our business. We believe in building lasting relationships
within our business as well as externally, and a third of our staff have been with
FACTS ABOUT
BLENHEIM HOUSE
CONSTRUCTION
»Managing Director:
DavidPearce
»Established in 1997
»Based in London
»Services: Main contractor
carrying out new-build and
refurbishment projects in
the commercial, residential,
retail and leisure sectors,
under design and build and
traditional forms of contract
»No. of employees: 80
Blenheim House
Construction
17BLENHEIM HOUSE CONSTRUCTION |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
us more than ten years, with 14 staff
enjoying more than 20 years’ service.
We are proud of this achievement and
believe it reflects our healthy respect
for family life and flexibility, as well as
the reward and recognition we offer
for hard work andloyalty.
We consider ourselves among the best
in our field for commercial and mixed-
use new-build and refurbishment
projects, but we really stand apart
when it comes to projects with
complexities. We have extensive
experience with listed building works,
complex ground conditions, retained
façades, restricted city centres and
deep excavations. We bring our
wealth of experience and skilled
personnel that our clients can rely on
to everyproject.
Our site management teams take a
very hands-on approach. Technological
advances and the sharing of digital
information certainly aid the
management of information on a
project, but crucially our project
managers are active on site, overseeing
day-to-day activities and therefore
personally ensuring our clients’
aspirations and quality requirements
are met. Our project managers are
subsequently able to accurately inform
the client’s team at all times regarding
progress and ensure that any issues
that could potentially lead to delays are
avoided at the earliest opportunity.
Building regulations
Over recent years we have experienced
a number of regulatory issues, which,
while they have been designed
to improve the industry, have in
fact provided as many obstacles as
solutions. Following the events at
Grenfell Tower in 2017, we have
noticed a distinct lack of clarity in
and understanding of the regulations
relating to the use and selection of
We feel a lot
more should be
done to fully
address the
confusion in the
market regarding
the use of
external cladding
systems
New End, Hampstead: excavations and temporary
works for the two-storey basement on this luxury
residential development
21 Lime Street, London, EC1: lift
core construction on this new-build
office development
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cladding materials in situations where
a building exceeds 18 metres as
defined by the building regulations.
We undertook a review of all our
recently completed developments,
stretching back over 70 schemes, to
assess all the relevant wall build-ups
and ensure that they comply with the
building regulations. Reassuringly,
we concluded that only one of the
developments required minor remedial
works, which we undertook as part of
our corporate responsibility.
On some of our more recent work, we
have had to grapple with interpretation
of the regulations, resulting in some
ingenious solutions to overcome the
material compatibility issues. Issues
have included exploring a product that
is actively marketed as a material of
limited combustibility and then finding,
following final discussions, that the
manufacturer refused to supply the
material, as the particular application
was over 18 metres. It is also apparent
that fire engineers are both very busy
and sometimes reluctant to provide
advice, particularly when this relates
to a bespoke situation. One further
side issue is the evident changes in
insurance provision and the impact
on obtaining professional indemnity
insurance to cover cladding, which
has become more commercially
sensitive, while the degree of coverage
hasreduced.
We feel a lot more should be done
to fully address the confusion in the
market regarding the use of external
cladding systems. We are aware that
the building regulations have been
revised in December 2018 to cover
buildings over 18 metres tall. The
principles are clear; however, the large
range of materials that have previously
been used in cladding modern buildings
are now having to be tested to confirm
they are compliant. Although we
welcome the new regulations, they will
create a problemfor the industry until
all the testing is complete.
Self-regulation
Profit margins in the construction
industry are relatively low, and the
majority of clients, for reasons that we all
understand, need to keep overall costs
down. This means that for all projects
there is commercial pressure on both
contractors and clients to try to maintain
their margins while still achieving a
quality product. We have seen the
industry change over the last 30 years,
with much less third-party auditing.
Thirty years ago, it was commonplace to
have a site-based, independent resident
engineer and clerk of works monitoring
quality. This is no longer the case, and
there is no doubt that commercial
pressures have seen this service decline.
Currently, the vast majority of quality
assurance is left to the contractor, with
very few checks being carried out by
independentorganisations.
With the advent of independent
building control companies, the sector
has become more susceptible to
commercial pressures. Local authorities
are now in competition, and this has
definitely had an effect on the quality
of service they provide. We use both
local authority building control and a
number of independent companies
to carry out our building regulation
approval and site inspections. The level
of service we receive from this sector is
inconsistent and at times poor.
The vast majority of contractors
maintain high standards and produce
good-quality buildings. We recognise
that commercial pressures are at
odds with maintaining quality, and
there will always be the temptation to
compromise quality for financial reasons.
As has been seen in recent times, there
can be disastrous consequences when
quality is compromised, and we believe
that a return to properly funded, third-
party independent audits for all major
elements of a building is essential to
ensure quality.
With the
advent of
independent
building
control
companies,
the sector has
become more
susceptible to
commercial
pressures
Walker’s Court: a
glass panel installation
redevelopment project
in the heart of London’s
iconic Soho shopping area
19TRITON CONSTRUCTION |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Chairman Michael Parkinson
Flagship development for Big
Yellow in central Manchester
Based in the north of England, Triton Construction Ltd
are a general construction contracting company working
in all sectors. They engage in a wide range of projects,
including new builds, refurbishments, and design and build
projects. Their success has resulted in remarkable growth
over the last decade and a half, and they currently have a
workforce of roughly 80 people and a turnover of around £60
million. While on this journey, Director Michael Parkinson has
formed a number of views on the state of the sector. He tells
TheParliamentaryReview
that education and the planning
system need to improve if the construction industry is to
continue to thrive.
Despite the uncertainties of Brexit, 2019 has proved to be our best year of trading
since our establishment in 2005. This has resulted from a mixture of organic
growth and the acquisition of Remstone Construction in Liverpool earlier in the
year, which was a catalyst for growth in general across the North West. The overall
picture for the industry in the north of England remains reasonable but cautious.
Although there are signs of good potential, this is being tempered by the nagging
doubts surrounding Brexit.
The right culture, the right results
The success of the business has been based on a positive culture and ethos,
which has resulted in a high percentage of partnered and negotiated contracts
FACTS ABOUT
TRITON CONSTRUCTION
»Chairman: Michael Parkinson
»Founded in 2005
»Based in Liversedge, West
Yorkshire, and Birchwood,
Cheshire
»Services: General construction
contractor
»No. of employees: 80
»Turnover: £60 million
»www.tritonconstruction.co.uk
Triton Construction

www.bhcltd.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Blenheim House Construction. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster