Interview with: Neil Dower – Managing Director

Formed in 1982 our business has grown from strength to strength. 30 years on, the company achieves a c.£40m turnover, but has kept our reputation for impeccable quality, hands on leadership and a client-focused approach in all of our projects. Typically, we work on projects from £200k to £8million in value, although we also deliver … Continue reading “Interview with: Neil Dower – Managing Director”

Is Your Building Design Sustainable?

At Conamar, our ethos reads “Defining the Past, Building for the Future” and never has it been more important than within the discussion of building sustainability. It’s true that this ethos can reference structural integrity, aesthetic design, community build projects, and even the technology we use on construction projects; however, it is in forward-thinking and … Continue reading “Is Your Building Design Sustainable?”

How can you reopen your business and workplace safely?

These last few months have entirely transformed the world, not least the workplace. As lockdown restrictions in the UK begin to relax and businesses slowly begin to return to work, the most important question becomes: how can offices and workplaces ensure a safe working environment for employees and customers? Here are some of the challenges … Continue reading “How can you reopen your business and workplace safely?”

Four Common Mistakes When Converting A Building

If you’re building is close to full occupancy and space is tight to continue to operate your business or service, then you’re probably thinking about converting an unused area of your building and dramatically changing its purpose. But before you go ahead with starting the building project and construction, make sure you don’t commit these … Continue reading “Four Common Mistakes When Converting A Building”

Tendering: Does it give you value for money?

Traditionally, when preparing to undertake a construction project the process involves employing an architect to prepare all the tender documents and drawings. You would then send these out to several contractors to receive quotes for the work, and more than likely pick the company which balances cost, time and quality most effectively. At this stage … Continue reading “Tendering: Does it give you value for money?”

Flexible workspace vs traditional office – the debate continues

In August, it emerged that flexible office giant Regus had acquired rival Basepoint Business Centres for around £100m. The deal was significant in and of itself – Regus was seeking to consolidate its dominant position in the market and at a stroke added about 1m sq ft to its portfolio – but it was also … Continue reading “Flexible workspace vs traditional office – the debate continues”

The density debate: how should London grow?

It has been well documented that there is a huge amount of residential and commercial space required to meet London’s future needs. The debate around London’s density can be largely categorised into two key questions: how do we accommodate more homes and workspaces, given the unprecedented population and employment growth? And how should we deliver … Continue reading “The density debate: how should London grow?”

Proptech and how it’s shaping the construction industry

The industry is undergoing a huge revolution. With 2017 unofficially labelled ‘The Year of Proptech’, there are three areas that have already witnessed significant progress – both in terms of existing processes and final results. With automation and integration transforming the construction industry, a wave of recent proptech initiatives is overhauling the way large-scale projects … Continue reading “Proptech and how it’s shaping the construction industry”

Driving talent to the South: a review of Knight Frank’s ‘M25 Report’

According to Knight Frank’s M25 Report, key urban regeneration and infrastructure developments continue to be a trigger for driving talent out of London and across the wider South East of England. In the report, published earlier this year, Ealing, Maidenhead, Reading, Croydon and Cambridge were just some of the zones namechecked as most likely to … Continue reading “Driving talent to the South: a review of Knight Frank’s ‘M25 Report’”