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News Archive

October 2015

Ian Brant takes over as the Chairman for the UK and Ireland TimeZone of the Chartered Institute of Building.

July 2015

Ian Brant attends the Chartered Institute of Building’s annual International Members Forum in Cambridge.

Brant Associates attend the CIOB Black tie dinner at Kings College Cambridge

May 2015

Ian Brant and five Clients complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for ‘fun’.  A gruelling day, setting off at 6 am the route includes 24 miles of walking and the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.  

April 2015

Brant Associates travelled to MK stadium with a Client to watch the Northampton Saints beat the Saracens 25-20.   Brant Associates is a season ticket holder at Franklins Gardens, home of the Northampton Saints RFC.

March 2015

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH – Including new look bespoke services for Solicitors and Contractors.  A new Twitter Widget to display out Tweets on our Home page.

E Newsletter – Default Notices, written by Director Mark Brant.

February 2015

This month we have been putting the finishing touches to our new website.  

We have received new instructions from Solicitors on a potential Dispute.

January 2015

The new Client referred to in December 2014 managed to use our report to negotiate a settlement at our valuations for each of the variations for which we had been provided with sufficient information.

December 2014

After close on a year the dispute relating to the advanced digestion sewerage treatment works was settled by negotiation. This was no mean feat given that the parties were at one stage nearly £2 million apart.

We received instructions from a new Client to whom we had been recommended. We had to review a final account, honing in on certain variations where the PQS had significantly reduced the valuation.

November 2014

This month has seen us reviewing loss and expense claims costs, liasing with Counsel on Contractual matters and considering potential settlement figures.

October 2014

We have continued our involvement with the aforementioned matters, including producing an EOT claim, valuing variations, defending contra charges and offering advice on late payments.

September 2014

In addition to the ongoing projects we have received instruction from a joinery company who required some advice in respect of the negotiation of a number of Final Accounts and a Steelwork Sub-Contractor who was having issues with interim payments.

July 2014

In addition to the ongoing projects we were instructed to assist one of the largest Main Contractors in negotiating a Final account on a prestigious development in the South West.

June 2014

In addition to the ongoing projects as detailed below we were instructed to assist a Main Contractor in defending an Adjudication relating to alleged defects on a Healthcare project.

The Business took some Clients to the CIOB black tie dinner at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge where an enjoyable evening was had by all. The highlight was an excellent presentation by George Clarke of Amazing Spaces’ fame. Ian Brant was also heavily involved in organising the event.

Ian Brant attended the Chartered Institute of Buildings Annual International Members Forum in Doha, Qatar. Ian said “This was 5 days of hard work in the form of workshops, seminars and events.  All for the benefit of the Global Construction Industry”.

May 2014

We have continued to progress matters in respect of the issues noted in April. This has included the valuation of large value difference variations and forensic delay analysis in the case of the Educational body.

April 2014

We have been involved in providing an independent valuation of a final account and then assisting our Client in enhancing this in preparation for negotiation with the Contractor.

We have received instructions from Solicitors to assist in the defence of a claim against an Educational body.

We also continue addressing the numerous issues relating to the Sewerage Treatment Works Project.

March 2014

We have been instructed by Solicitors to assist them in resolving issues of quantum and time on a large multi-purpose development in London.

February 2014

We continue getting more heavily involved in the sewerage treatment works dispute and at the same time conclude our involvement in the valuation of development costs for a large local housing development.

January 2014

We have been instructed to represent a Sub-Contractor in respect of a series of issues relating to an advanced digestion sewerage treatment plant. Once operational the system will generate electricity from the bio gas produced by the sewerage treatment works.  There are issues in respect of time and valuation on this NEC2 Sub-Contract

October 2013

This period has seen us continue with the Adjudication mentioned below, which has included dealing with jurisdictional challenges and interesting issues relating to the interpretation of the payment provisions within the Scheme.

We have provided advice to a long term client in respect of step in agreements in a warranty. Another long term client has been resurrected and returned to use our services to help them set up procedures and systems to ensure their commercial operations minimise risk, maximise value and strengthen their position in the event of a dispute arising. In addition we have assisted them with a couple of minor commercial issues.

September 2013

This period saw further instructions from a groundworks client for whom we commenced an adjudication and provided other commercial guidance. We provided advice in respect of an agreement to develop a plot for residential purposes and received instructions from a large insolvency practitioner to aid them in the recovery of retention monies.

June 2013

The works for the Mechanical Services Sub-Sub-Contractor were resolved by settlement following a successful Adjudication which involved many jurisdictional challenges and the commencement of enforcement proceedings.

We have been appointed by a large façade and drylining Sub-Contractor to settle a couple of large value disputes for them. This required producing detailed Final Account submissions for each Contract. In addition we assisted in successfully securing payment of a large outstanding retention sum.

During the period we also received instructions from a local builder, a borough council in the North West and a large piling Sub-Contractor to name a few.

March 2013

Within this period we have been appointed by a global multi £Billion business to assist them in a number of disputes relating to a project in Wales. We have also been appointed by a Mechanical Services Sub-Sub-Contractor to assist them in resolving a number of disputes and recovering retention monies.

December 2012

2012 has been an incredibly busy year. The period has seen us involved in a large Adjudication dealing with quantum and time. We have also been heavily involved in achieving a successful conclusion to a long term £multi-million dispute through negotiated settlement.

In addition to the above, Ian has been elected onto several high level committees within the CIOB, following his appointment as Chairman for the Greater Peterborough Centre. There have also been significant clarifications in the law in respect of concurrent delay and Global claims, as a result of the WCL v McKay case in the High Court.

This quarter's (Winter 2012) Newsletter contains an article stressing the importance of competent programming, with specific reference to the NEC form of Contract. It also refers to Ian's task of running the London Marathon, to raise funds for The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

To view the full article 'Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail' please visit our ‘News Articles’ page.

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

July 2012

We have been involved in many different forms of Construction over the first half of 2012. These include, First Time Sewerage Works, Overhead & Underground electricity transmission schemes, Industrial Estate Infrastructure Works, Plumbing & Heating Services, Architectural Metalwork as well as General Building

April 2012

This quarter's (Spring 2012) Newsletter provides an article on 'What effect will BIM have on Construction Disputes...??'.

To view the full article 'What effect will BIM have on Construction Disputes...??' please visit our ‘News Articles’ page

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

January 2012

It has been a very busy 2012 for Brant Associates so far:

Brant Associates are delighted to announce that we have now achieved the status of ‘Chartered Building Consultancy’ with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). With Associate Director’s Ian Brant and Mark Brant both achieving independent Chartered membership status (MCIOB) in 2010 and 2011 respectively it was the next logical step in the process of assuring our Clients that we are serious about providing a Professional, efficient and quality service which offers value for money.

Brant Associates have now also completed our move to larger and more modern offices in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Trevor Brant (Director) explains, ‘Moving our family business to Peterborough makes perfect sense. The new premises on the Hampton Business Park are modern, air conditioned Offices that we can grow into in the future. Any of our Contacts and / or Clients are welcome to drop in for a Coffee.’

In other news;

Mark Brant (Associate Director) is pleased to announce that he raised £2,500 for his chosen Charity Retinitis Pigmentosa. Those of you who read our Spring 2011 newsletter may remember that Mark and a team of likeminded fund raisers were to climb Snowdon ‘BLINDFOLDED’. On 25 June 2011 Mark and the team successfully completed their mission in a time of 5 ½ hours for the return journey.

Watch out for our Spring 2012 Newsletter...

May 2011

This quarter's (Spring 2011) Newsletter provides articles on the 'Prevention Principle', the costs of adjudication and details of Mark's charity event.

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

To view the articles on 'Prevention Principles' and the cost of adjudication please click on our ‘News Articles’.

This Year’s Charity event falls to Mark. On June 25th Mark will be Climbing Snowdon whilst Blind folded, in support of a little known Charity, Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited diseases of the retina that all lead to a progressive reduction in vision and potentially a complete loss of sight.

Mark says, ‘RP is close to my heart after my Wife Lisa was diagnosed with the condition five years ago. Lisa has already lost her peripheral vision resulting in a reduction of approximately 50% of her total sight. I aim to raise some money for the Charity and with climbing blindfolded I hope that I can also raise the awareness of the condition.’

Brant associates raise money and support a charity each year. If you would like to join us on our 2012 event, or suggest a charity to support in 2012, please do not hesitate to contact us.

February 2011

On 01 February the recently resurrected West Anglia Branch of the fbe held its launch event at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford near Stamford. The event was attended by over 70 construction professionals and was highly praised by the attendees. This event would never have happened had it not been for Ian's persistence and hard work as chairman, ably assisted by Mark and the rest of the committee.

December 2010

This quarter's (Winter 2010) Newsletter provides Trevor's simple guide to minimising costs and increasing value in your commercial dealings for the new year. It also provides details of Ian's successful resurrection of the West Anglia branch of the Fbe.

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

November 2010

November 2010 sees Brant Associates get online savvy, with micro blogging site Twitter and professional online networking site Linkedin.

Tweet, Tweet, please follow us (@BrantAssociates). We will be tweeting information, our take on topical news and industry updates, as well as offering advice relating to commercial matters.

Join us on Linkedin.

October 2010

Following a busy Summer, we are proud to release our Autumn newsletter. In this edition you can read about a very clever comparison between martial arts and Construction disputes, Ian Brant introduces himself and Ian also discusses his new role within the Forum for the Built Environment.

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

May 2010

This month sees the issue of our Spring 2010 E-newsletter. This includes an article regarding the risks associated with disputes in partnering contracts (please see the articles page for the full article)

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

February 2010

Brant Associates introduces a new service in the form of a commercial health check. We offer this mini commercial risk audit for free until 01 August 2010. Please see the article below for further details.

This month also sees the launch of our first quarterly e-newsletter (Winter 2010 edition). The intention of our newsletters is to provide informative articles about current issues we have encountered, as well as updating our clients on developments within Brant Associates.

To view a PDF copy of our e-newsletter please click here

November 2009

This month sees the launch of our inaugural Newsletter. This one off issue will be replaced with a quarterly e-newsletter. To view a PDF copy of our Newsletter please click here

The Newsletter includes articles relating to developments in our business, Charity events and our forthcoming e-newsletters. There is also a feature on an issue which is becoming more and more prevalent in today's economic climate, namely the onerous use of withholding notices.

February 2009

We are delighted to announce an addition to our team. On 23 February Ian Brant joined us following his successful career in Main Contracting. Ian brings with him experience gained through working for two large Main Contractors along with prior management skills gained from his previous career. We feel Ian will be a very strong addition to our team and will be of great benefit to Trevor and Mark in their bid to progress the business.

January 2009

Mark and Simon were delighted to be able to take a number of clients to Anfield to witness Liverpool F.C beating Chelsea 2 - 0. unfortunately Trevor missed out as his holiday clashed with the dates.

December 2008

Prior to the Christmas break, Neil Elder left our team in order to take up a position closer to home. We thank Neil for his hard work during his 2 ½ years with us and wish him every success for the future.

June 2006

There continues to be a high demand for our services in the area of Delay Analysis headed by Simon Penrose. Simon is currently engaged on a number of very demanding exercises in terms of the size and complexity of the programmes involved

Trevor and Mark were kindly invited to partake in the annual golf day of Buckles solicitors at Toft in Lincolnshire. We could obviously not turn down such an offer. It turned out to be a fantastic day in terms of the organisation of the event, the condition of the course, the weather and the company of our fellow golfers. We also ended up on the winning podium with Trevor coming second in the overall competition with his partner for the day James Bisley and Mark winning the longest drive.

May 2006

On 26th May 2006 we said a fond farewell to David Kimber, who has moved with his family to Canada. Naturally we were very sad to see David leave after 6 years with Brant Associates. We gave him a good send off and wish David and family every success in their chosen country.

April 2006

We were delighted to announce the strengthening of our senior management team with the appointment of Neil Elder FRICS as Director.