ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS: DESIGNING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN

Whether you’re renovating an existing kitchen or looking to build one from scratch, our kitchen specialists have the know-how to help get your kitchen project off the ground. 

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house, so getting the right design, layout, and feel for the space is essential.

Every household’s requirements will vary so it’s important to think about who and how many people are using the space, personal tastes, how it’s used, and how your kitchen flows with the rest of the house. Having an idea of this will help with decision making and bring you one step closer to your dream kitchen.

GETTING STARTED

With so many options to choose from, getting started can feel overwhelming. So we’ve highlighted some key areas to help get you started on your kitchen design journey.

BUDGET

Putting together a rough budget should be first on your checklist. This will help you stay on track and will also inform your designer on suitable product ranges to suggest. The cost of a kitchen can vary dramatically from a couple of grand to hundreds of thousands of pounds, so this helps manage expectations when choosing door fronts, worktops, appliances, etc.

Top tip: don’t be tempted to scrimp on the structural integrity of cabinets, drawer boxes, and hinges. They are the core of your kitchen and keep everything together, so opt for quality.

At Falkus Joinery we manufacture all our cabinets in our central London workshop using only the best materials on the market to help future proof your kitchen for years to come. For inspiration, why not take a look at our previous case studies.

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DESIGN

This is the fun part and the world’s your oyster. At Falkus Joinery, we want you to feel supported; therefore we allocate you with a personal designer to help guide you through each stage of the process.

During the design stage, we’ll present you with a wide range of handpicked cabinet doors, handles, appliances, and worktops to suit your taste and the rest of the house.

Sleek lines, integrated handle doors, touch screen appliances, and composite worktops are our personal favorites. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, take a look at shaker doors with classic handles, traditional cornices, range cookers, and wooden worktops.

Still in need of inspiration, why not create a Pinterest board to help narrow down your style?  

Top tip: Colour changes in different lights so we recommend that you take colour swatches and samples away with you and test them out in your home to see how it looks before making a decision.

STORAGE

The secret recipe for any functional kitchen is storage. Not only will it keep your kitchen organised it will also save time, maximise prime counter space, and reduce stress.

Top tip: before making any firm plans, consider having a clear-out. Often clients will try to maximize the amount of storage space needed for a build-up of years’ worth of clutter. So ditch those old chipped mugs (you know the ones) and make a list of essential items that need to be stored. Maximising space is easier to achieve when you know exactly what you’re working with.

UTILITY ROOMS

Another frequent topic of discussion is whether or not to have laundry appliances in your kitchen or to have a separate utility room. Again, this will be determined by space and by how the individual utilizes their home. By eliminating laundry appliances it helps free up space and is also useful for large families and traffic control.

Top tip: If you do opt for a separate utility room consider its location, as noisy appliances can be disruptive when relaxing or entertaining. If you can, find a way to shut the noise out.

INTERNAL STORAGE

Accessories such as larders, corner pull-outs, and integrated bins are a great way of minimising clutter. Items such as pan dividers or utensil dividers are also a great way to organize items and keep your new kitchen looking fresh.

APPLIANCES AND PROXIMITY

Consider practicality when mapping out where you want your appliances to go in relation to each other. When preparing meals, there needs to be an organic flow. Your kitchen should be designed in a way that makes it almost seamless for you to move about in.

For a compact kitchen, single ovens are a popular choice and a great space saver. However double ovens offer you versatility if you’re cooking for a family or entertaining. Can’t decide between the two? Consider oven towers, as they offer the perfect solution to making the most of your space without compromising on oven usage.

Top tip: Oven towers are also great because they create the illusion of a larger more elongated room.

KITCHEN ISLANDS

These are a firm favorite as they add an element of luxury and are great for bringing people together. Painting your kitchen island in contrasting colours to the rest of the kitchen can also turn your island into a statement feature.

Although having a kitchen island is desirable, you need to be realistic about the amount of space you have. Avoid over cramming, as a lack of walking space around the island could lead to congestion.  

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LIGHTING

This has a huge effect on the feel of the kitchen. Letting in as much natural light as possible is always preferable and can make a room appear larger. Short on natural light? Consider adding a skylight. If this isn’t feasible try LED under-cupboard lights or back lighting.

Experiment with the height and position of the lighting. Pay attention to the darkest areas of your kitchen and consider how they could be brightened up.

Top tip: inspect above and under wall units, inside glass cabinets, under the worktop and draws, or in a plinth.

MAKE YOUR UNITS WORK HARDER FOR YOU

Thinking creatively about how to get the most out of your units can be one of the most challenging aspects of design. Think about incorporating multipurpose items such as bench seating with built-in storage, or kitchen worktops that extend into a breakfast bar. Refer to our previous projects, Creighton Avenue and Mildmay for examples of both.  

FLOORING

This can dramatically change the look and feel of a room, for example, wood flooring adds warmth, whereas tiles offer a contemporary look. You can also choose the direction of how your flooring is laid to compliment your space. If you have a smaller kitchen, try laying the flooring lengthways to elongate the room.

There are a variety of flooring options available, so do your research to find out which suits you best. For example, solid wood flooring looks great but if you have children and pets the surface is prone to scratching, so it’s worth looking into engineered wood as a durable alternative.

MATERIALS

Durability and maintenance are key components to take into account when choosing your materials and finish. Natural materials such as timber and stone will respond differently to their environment, compared to synthetic materials such as acrylic and porcelain. To ensure longevity in your kitchen make sure you read your care manuals thoroughly to avoid causing damage by using the wrong cleaning products or forgetting to oil your wood worktops.  

The same applies to flooring. Wood flooring can last a lifetime if properly treated, however it takes work. If you’d prefer to skip the maintenance but still want a natural look there are an endless range of laminates that will work just as well.    

Your decision might also be determined by factors, such as, if you require underfloor heating. Not all materials will be compatible so consult an expert to find suitable options.

TECHNOLOGY

Technology’s increasingly becoming an essential part of everyday life and it’s changing the way we run our homes and kitchens. Appliance brands are taking notice and as a result, the industry is bursting with innovation. There are now a whole host of smart appliances designed to enhance our cooking experience. There are fridges that can track expiry dates and oven cameras that can help check the progress of your meal. There are even apps that enable you to switch your appliance on and off so you can manage your kitchen remotely.  

It doesn’t stop there. You can watch cookery videos on hobs or upload your shopping list to a car device which will then suggest the best route and nearest shops for your items. The possibilities are endless. Discover more smart devices here.  

We hope that you enjoyed this article. If you’re interested in learning about what Falkus Joinery can do for you, get in touch today and book an appointment with our design team. We look forward to hearing from you.

CHANGING YOUNG LIVES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STREET ELITE

Falkus Joinery recently formed a partnership with The Change Foundation, in a bid to combat the industries increasing skills gap. Collectively our aim is to up-skill, mentor and provide work placements to vulnerable communities and help tackle unemployment and bridge the gap.

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The construction sector is one of the UK’s leading economic drivers. However due to the boom of the digital age fewer people are opting to pursue a career in manual work. This has caused increasing strain on development and on specialist services such as joinery and metal workers. In our bid to secure the future of the industry, Falkus Joinery formed a partnership with The Change Foundation (TCF).

The Change foundation is an award winning charity that primarily focuses reducing knife crime and gang violence in Hackney. TCH aims to engage vulnerable youths through sports and employment training and helps them find local apprenticeships. Over the last couple of years the foundation has developed a nine month programme that prepares young people for work.

Innovating solutions to bridging the skills gap

Desperate to find innovative solution we are opening our doors to offer mentorship and training to their course graduates. We hope that in time we will be able to help developing core skills as well as build confidence, realise ambitions, and provide goal orientated guidance.

This week we met with the graduating class and celebrated their success at the Street Elite Summer Festival.  

Street Elite are a division of The Change Foundation and offers a unique programme that offers mentoring to help youngsters find their voice and find their feet in the employment market.

The festival was a huge success and was attended by The Berkeley Foundation, previous graduates of the scheme, as well as a host of children from local borough schools. The attendees were also treated to a surprise guest appearance from legendary heavy weight boxer Frank Bruno. Being a proud ambassador Frank inspired the crowd with his story of his determination and struggles to the top. Despite his iconic status, it was encouraging to see that Frank’s story echoed many similarities with that of the graduates. We hope that this helped enforce the message that with hard work and fierce determination all obstacles could be overcome.    

It was a humbling experience to meet the graduates and affiliates of the charity and we look forward watching the scheme develop and break down barriers for work.

For more information on the scheme you can visit our page and find out more.

TOUR DE FORCE: MONTPELIER TO MONACO

Berkeley Bike Ride

This week, clients Pantera Carpentry embarked on the Berkeley bike ride and cycled a whopping 305 miles from Montpelier-to-Monaco. Comprised of 15 cyclists and two support vans, the group’s sole aim was raising money for charity partner, Home-Start London.

Home-Start is a local community network who delivers effective support to vulnerable families with young children through challenging times. Last year Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families, in communities across the UK.

Inspired by the riders’ determination to raise money for such a worthwhile cause we too wanted to do our bit and so pledged to sponsor the rides with custom made water bottles to help keep them hydrated. 

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On day two the riders met their match and were challenged by the rough terrains and steep ascents of the legendary Mont Ventoux (Part of the Tour De France). It was an incredible feat and the team celebrated their success with some very well deserved local wine.  

Despite aches and general fatigue the team showed incredible resilience throughout the trip and despise the rain spirits remained high. The collective group have stated that this was one of the best experiences of their lives are already potting their next adventure.

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We’re incredibly proud of the impressive achievements of the group and would like to congratulate them on their success. It’s not every day that you meet a group of people who are crazy enough to take on Mont Ventoux. Collectively the team raised a staggering £140K for a great cause. For the fully story and images check out the official Berkeley Cycle website, and for more information on how you could get involved and fundraise for a great case check out this link.   

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We hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as we enjoyed writing it. Continue reading for more news and views. 

2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW FOR THE WORKSHOP

2018 has been an incredible year of change with rapid growth and huge investment in both people and machinery. This year saw the creation of two new departments (Marketing and Kitchens), as well as an influx of new clients.

The joineries growth resulted from a profitable 2016, where the owners called to reinvest the yield back into the business. Having historically relied quite heavily on repeat custom and word of mouth, it was widely felt that it was time to take a leap of faith into the digital world and expand our potential client pool.  

After a world of brand meetings and some very confusing acronyms, the joinery rebranded and launched its new website. From then on it was full steam ahead; we even took to social media and incorporated it into our growth-strategy. Initially this was met with hesitation, however, it wasn’t long until the enquiries came flooding in.

Through increased marketing sales activity, we gained momentum and were fortunate to welcome a whole host of new clients including: The Natural History Museum, University College of London, Berkeley Homes, to name a few. We were blow away with the results and are excited to continue to build and grow on this success.  

Investing in technology and machinery

Over the course of the year technology and machinery have been a huge focus for the workshop. We’ve purchased four new machines (wood welder, metal saw, drum sander and are in the process of refurbishing the spray booth) and invested in 3D Solidworks, making us BIM enabled. These developments have allowed us to improved project lead-times, eliminated potential errors, and remain at the forefront of joinery innovation.

One of the things that we are most proud of this year was the launch of the Falkus apprenticeship scheme. The scheme provides opportunities to kick-start careers in woodworking and helps safeguard the industry and its specialist skill set.  

It has been one remarkable year for the workshop; and we’ve have been able to almost double our workforce. This has created room for internal promotions and allowed us to invest more time and money into personal-development and training. This reinvestment into the business has been the key to our success and has allowed the workshop to flourish.  

We’re so proud of the team that we’ve built around us are looking forward to the year ahead. To keep you updated with further developments we’ve created this handy infographic for you.

From the team at Falkus Joinery, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Full steam ahead!

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TOP TIPS FOR WINNING NEW BUSINESS FOR SUBCONTRACTORS

Running a small or specialist business can have its pros and cons. On one hand, offering a niche service can offer you a monopoly on the market. On the other hand, not being able to win new contracts to sustain the business could land you in hot water.

Small business often find that they are restricted by resources and budget, and many find themselves stretched thin with the general day to day running of the company. This can mean that prioritising sales can quickly fall to the bottom of the to do list, especially if you’re not a natural salesperson and don’t know where to begin. However, when it really boils down, if you’re not promoting yourselves and nobody knows about your services, you could be faced with a bleak future.   

Luckily for you, help is at hand, and we’ve put together a list of tried and tested top tips, to help you get on track, win new business, and to help keep the wolves from the door.

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Identify potential clients and find out how to get on their supply chain

Although this might seem obvious, without having a clear idea of who you want to work with could lead to a lot of miss directed efforts and a less than fruitful yield.

Start by making a list of the top 20 companies you want to work for, and then do some research into their tender process. Sometimes it can be as simple as applying via their website to be added to their supply chain. If there isn’t an option on their website, try reaching out to them via social media. If all else fails, pick up the phone. It might seem taxing at the time, but it’s guaranteed to put you under the radar of the buyers and opens up opportunities to tender and win new jobs.

Do you have relevant industry accreditation?

Although these aren’t essential, being able to prove that you can meet strict industry standards and work to a high level helps prove your credibility.

Networking events

Although this might seem daunting, getting to know other business owners in the trade is a great way to build rapport and trust. It’s also great for recommendations and is far more effective than receiving a cold email.

Avoid going in with a hard-edged salesy approach, and show a genuine interest. Ask questions about their business requirements and offer solutions.

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Tap into your local resources

Take a deep dive into public sector contracts using this handy Contract Finder tool and you could find yourself coming up trumps. With a multitude of regularly updated tender directories up for grabs, it’s a great way to win new business and keep up to date with local developments.

Take advantage of your borough benefits by reading up on section 106. This government initiative between Local Authorities and developers will favour local suppliers. Register for their online portal for additional pricing opportunities.  

Do you have an online presence and is it up to scratch?

There’s no denying that we are living in a digital age, and having a digital presence is crucial to the success of any business. If like the joinery, you have previously relied on repeat business or recommendations, you might find that you are limiting your potential, and stunting the growth of the business. So get online and tap into a larger network.

Having a low-quality website that doesn’t represent the company well can have an equally as negative effect as not having a website at all. So try to look at your website or digital platforms objectively and try to think about the message that you’re trying to convey. What makes your business unique, what are your values and company ethos?

Invest in marketing

If you don’t know how to do this yourself or simply don’t have the time, get a professional in. Having someone who can set up your accounts efficiently and get the maximum results is a no-brainer, and will save you time trying to learn the ropes yourself.

By investing in marketing you can start to build your brand and audience, tell your story and create trust.

Prove the quality of your work with case studies and testimonials

A great way to create trust is by telling your potential client base about the work that you have done. Take this one step further ask your client for a short testimonial. Having these touch points will get your audience a clear idea of the quality of your work and will help them visualise what you can do for them.

We hope that you have found this guide useful, but if you have any questions or would like to discuss your joinery requirements with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

FOUR EASY STEPS TO PROTECTING YOUR TIMBER DURING WINTER

During the winter months, the cold and wet weather can have a disastrous effect on your external timber. Being a natural material it will react to its surroundings. If left exposed to the elements and untreated, you might find yourself faced with damages. If like most you are keen to avoid having to fork out on hefty repairs, now’s the time to think about weatherproofing your timber.

Moisture and mould

One of the main causes of rot is moisture and mould. Once your timber has been affected by one or both it can be tricky to reverse the damage. Therefore it is important to take preventative measures to help nip it in the bud.

Luckily for you, future proofing timber can be achieved in four easy steps and we’re going to show you how:

Step 1: prepare and clean

Before applying any paint be sure to clean your timber with a none abrasive sponge or brush. If there is any peeling or chipped paint, you should also consider lightly sanding those areas. Be sure to wipe away any dust and residue. Then using warm water and soap, wash away any dirt or mould, and wait for your timber to dry.

Step 2: inspect and repair

Once your timber has been washed and dried. Inspect the wood for any holes or surface damage and if needed fill them in where necessary.

Step 3: Choosing the right paint for you

There’s a huge variety of waterproof wood paint, and ultimately they don’t differ too much in quality. However, our personal favourite is the Ronseal 10 Year Weatherproof Wood Paint, they’ve even provided a handy application guide to help you get the best results. But do your research to ensure that you are able to find the best paint that suits your requirements.

Step 4: waterproof and seal

Once step one to three have been completed you are now ready to apply the waterproof coating. Paint liberally to ensure that you cover every nook and cranny.

We would advise that to keep your timber protected all year round that you should conduct regular seasonal inspections and be sure to repeat this process annually. Although this may seem time-consuming in the short term, in the long term it will put you in good stead and will save you a fortune in repairs.

We hope that you enjoyed reading this article, and you have any questions or would like to discuss any upcoming project, get in touch today.

WORKSHOP WISH LIST OF OUR TOP 10 JOINERY MACHINES

In the workshop, our joiners are always discussing new joinery techniques and practices to help increase efficiency and boost productivity. One topic that always seems to make its way into the conversation is the desire to continually purchase new machinery.

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It is widely felt among the team that by doing so it will help cut lead time in half and reduce the potential for error and waste.  Although we pride ourselves in our continued investment in machinery, at times it difficult to justify upgrades when restricted by budget. So even though we can’t always have the latest shiniest new toys , it’s always important to dream big, and so we’ve created a workshop wish list of the top ten machines that we’ve got our eye on. 

LeaderMac planer moulder

This heavy duty, cast iron planer, comes fully loaded with six head pre-straightening blades, offering the user versatility. With features including: chrome bed plates, driven bed rollers, full carden drive feed system, pneumatic pressures centralised lubrication system and electronic setting to front side head/top head and beam.

Used to make parallel indents for door frames and other furniture pieces. This machine is equipped with a cutter unit and two saw units to allow the machining of 45° cut. The F9 model machine automatically single both cases and single crosspieces. The locking of the pieces takes place automatically at the beginning of each cycle. The same takes place for the release of the pieces at the end of each cycle. 

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Vertical CNC Processing Center DRILLTEQ V-200

This versatile machine is a heavy hitter and can be used for drilling, trimming and grooving. There so much that comes packed in to this might machine, saving time, energy, and money. 

This compact spindle cutter is highly functional with a user friendly control system and is the ideal machine for any company as it provides an effective way to expand manufacturing options in trade and industry. With its individual customisation options, it is the perfect spindle cutter for a wide variety of applications.
 
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TN4000 PORTABLE RF WOOD WELDER

The R.F. generator produces radio waves, through a pair of triode valves. it is then modified to 27 megahertz and passed down the coaxial cable to the hand gun. The electrodes on the hand gun are placed over the glue line and when the trigger on the hand gun is activated the radio waves pass into the glue line. The Radio waves vibrate the water molecules in the glue, this vibration causes heat and the heat sets off the glue, all within seconds. 

This newly upgraded tool has some special features that have left us weak at the knees. A front cover has been added to enclose the cutter chain as part of the new EU regulations and some electrical parts have been changed to comply with the electromagnetic compatibility-requirement. This tool is ideal for making mortises and notches quickly, make it the ultimate time saver.  

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ForKa ECO

If you’re looking for a tool that’s both fast and effective look no further. This little pocket rocket can be used for convex and concave edges as well as straight edges, and processes ABS-, PVC- and solid wood strip edging. With a minimum inner radius of 25 mm is possible, and a fast warm up time. this ForKa is the perfect addition to any workshop.

Press structure is composed by fe 430 beams assembled and welded together. Fixed and movable platen structure composed by fe 430 beams assembled and welded together. All reference planes are machined by mean of cnc tool-machines to ensure a perfect parallelism during the final assembling of the press.

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JOST BIG BOY 315 X 460MM 230V LARGE SURFACE SANDER

The Big Boy orbital sander is especially suitable for the sanding of large surfaces. Its innovative extraction system together with the UseIT abrasives gives you fast, cost saving and dust free sanding and the full processing spectrum is possible, from coarse sanding to polishing. 

The standard features of Binks MX4/32 air assisted airless & pumps position them as the premier choice for high speed surge free paint delivery. The pumps have undergone new design in pump technology utilizing patented magnetic detents to dramatically enhance smooth pump operation and change over with no pulse to provide the best “surge free” paint delivery for the perfect finish.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of our top ten favorite tools. If you have any questions regarding any of our services, why not get in touch and discuss your requirements today 

FUTURE PROOFING THE WORKFORCE

With an ageing workforce and fewer people choosing to enter the joinery and carpentry profession, it’s now more vital than ever for joinery companies such as ours, to take charge and create more employment opportunities for young people, as well as nurture and develop their skill set to help future-proof the industry.

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Partnering up

Over the years we have partnered up with various institutions to help promote our apprenticeship scheme and over the course of this year we were delighted to join forces with Havering Collage, the City of Westminster Collage, and Building Crafts College Stratford, where we were able to roll out the scheme, that offers hands-on, practical work experience, and allows the students to shadow our highly skilled specialist team so that they can learn on the job.

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Joinery apprenticeship scheme

Using our in-house training system, the student is exposed to every element of the job, from being given access to our 3D Solidworks software, where they will be tasked with creating their own designs, right down to being trained on the tools and machinery in the workshop. All we ask for in return is a passion for joinery, and the enthusiasm to learn. 

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This year we welcomed 17-year-old Stanley to the workshop. Having completed work experience with us, we were so impressed with his work that we offered him a paid apprenticeship, which he is able to do alongside his collage course so that he can earn while he learns.

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Many of our apprentices are currently in the process of completing their studies, and once they pass their exams they are able to progress to positions of responsibility within the company.

If you would like to know more about the scheme or get involved, please visit our work experience and apprenticeship page for more details; or if you would prefer to discuss this with a member of the team – get in touch.

BIM FOR SUBCONTRACTORS – ARE YOU READY?

2011 the UK Government published the Construction Strategy mandating the use of Level 2, 3D Collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) on all central government construction projects by 2016, irrespective of project value.
Fast forward to the present, and we are increasingly seeing projects being built twice, one digitally and the other perfectly on site.

Through the implementation of BIM we have been able to construct buildings and infrastructure digitally, which has allowed organizations to identify and resolve issues prior to the start of construction, which has led to reduced risk and error and has attributed to increased efficiency and profit.

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But what impact will this have on subcontractors and small businesses that are faced with financial barriers?

When the mandate was first imposed for 2016, a number of architects and main contractors were already able to deliver projects in BIM, allowing them to sail through the chain of custody without a hitch. Although great for some, this, unfortunately, had a negative effect on small business and subcontractors who were unable to adapt as quickly and comply with new regulations, which has led to the loss of opportunities and work and poses the threat of liquidation.

Despite the benefits of BIM being undeniable, the sky-high fees have presented significant barriers for smaller business and specialist subcontractors as they struggle to justify the value of the software and weigh up the return of investment.

For some specialists with fewer than five employees, such as joinery, fit-out companies, plasters etc. the obstacles have overwhelmed them and created a reluctance to up skill, which to their detriment has prevented them from being able to work with as many main contractors who have now started to demand BIM as a compulsory requirement.

How will main contractors overcome the skill shortage in specialist sectors?

With the construction industry facing a skill shortage in specialist sectors, main contractors are also facing hardships as they struggle to find a highly skilled workforce that is compliant and able to take on the work.With both parties experiencing the knock-on effects of the mandate, it’s clear that there is a definite training defect within the industry that needs to be addressed.

Funding and support from main contractors

Although things may seem bleak for the small business owner, having a niche trade could, in fact, prove to be in their favour, especially if they have pre-existing or long-standing partnerships with main contractors.

In order for organizations to start a BIM project, they must first demonstrate that they are able to deliver in the environment and that all parties involved in the project are onboard with the process from the get-go. This means that main contractors are faced with two options. They either need to train their supply chain or seek out new suppliers who are BIM compatible.

Although both options present various pros and cons, the latter may present greater risks if the main contractor is unfamiliar with their work, which could lead to potential delays if the new supplier is unreliable. With the being said the main contractor might also find that the pool of specialist contractors is a sparse one to choose from.

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Who is responsible for implementing BIM?

Without having a BIM compatible supply chain, main contractors will struggle to deliver on projects, and equally, without upskilling the workforce, subcontractors will face a loss. With this in mind, it’s important to remember that BIM was implemented to promote collaboration across the supply chain.

As it stands if you’re a small business who is at risk of being left behind, now is the time to take action as neither party can thrive without the other.

Although there is still a long way to go in terms of establishing responsibility for implementing BIM, seeking the support of the main contractor can lead to benefits for both parties. By simply asking main contractors about the tools and processes they have in place to implement BIM on a relevant project, will help open doors and will lay the foundations for a better understanding of what’s expected from both sides in terms of training and responsibility, and will help the specialist contractor overcome obstacles and remain a key part of the supply chain.

SAFE HANDLING MACHINE REFRESHER TRAINING WITH THE JOINERY

When operating heavy duty machinery day to day it’s inevitable that over time you’ll become comfortable with your surroundings and equipment. Although this is a positive sign of growing in confidence, at some point or another, you might be tempted to take shortcuts, and overlook the potential dangers that the joinery machines could cause.

At Falkus Joinery, we are committed to reducing risk and protecting the welfare of our joiners. We have therefore instilled strict health and safety procedures to help prevent accidents from happening in the workplace.

Following a recent visit from the head of learning at Havering College, who were initially at the workshop to discuss the enrollment of two of their students on to our junior joinery apprenticeship scheme.

They were so impressed with our set up, that they were suddenly side tracked and felt that we could be a benefit to their tutors as well as their students. With out a moments hesitation they asked if it would be possible for a certified member of our team to deliver a safe handling machine refresher training joinery course for their tutors. We were delighted to have been asked and quickly rose to the occasion.

SAFE HANDLING MACHINE REFRESHER JOINERY COURSE 

After some careful planning, the joinery course was developed and delivered by our senior joiner Alistair Gaskell. He has been with the workshop for five years and has more than 10+ years worth of traditional joinery experience under his belt. During this time, Alistair has demonstrated an astute attention to detail, board skill set and an unrelenting passion for the trade. Making him our number one choice for the job.

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THE MACHINES

The purpose of the joinery course was to refresh and advance the tutors practical machine operational skill set as well as to educate the team of the importance of safe machine handling on the following machines.

  • Spindle moulder
  • mortice
  • drum sander
  • tenoner
  • dimension/sliding table saw
  • bandsaw
  • crosscut saw

THE RESULTS ARE IN

After a grueling day of practical joinery training, we were very impressed with the tutor’s efforts and willingness to learn, and we are pleased to announce that they all passed with flying colours. Well done team!