Thought Leadership

  • ESG strategies: CEO, Gareth Simm, shares his views

    ESG strategies: CEO, Gareth Simm, shares his views

    With the pandemic having redefined the role of the office leading to a shift in remote working, will this lead to future offices being designed with efficiency, sustainability, and well-being in mind? Will more companies begin to realise that there are greater financial benefits to being green when measured over a building’s lifecycle? What sort…

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  • Creating a successful culture: seven decades of lessons

    Creating a successful culture: seven decades of lessons

    As the CEO of a family-owned and operated engineering and services business, ensuring that we have a good company culture – in terms of purpose, values and behaviours – is one of my key priorities. But what does a ‘successful culture’ look like? What does it mean? I believe that the clearest sign of a…

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  • 2020 Vision: PM in a pandemic

    2020 Vision: PM in a pandemic

    Back in March 2019, when we began working on the River Street Tower student accommodation scheme in Manchester, HE Simm’s remit was to deliver the full M&E package. Little did we know at that point what challenges lay ahead! Our client Downing Construction develops and manages bespoke accommodation in cities across the UK. River Street…

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  • Passport to Work Transforms On-site Safety

    Passport to Work Transforms On-site Safety

    Passport to Work, an innovative scheme to increase the health and safety competence of operatives, has almost halved the accident incident rate at HE Simm over the past two years. Back in 2012, our health and safety consultancy partner audited our supply chain, identifying areas for improvement for on-site health and safety. In particular, although…

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  • Never Has There Been A More Urgent Need To Tackle The Eight Wastes Of Construction

    Never Has There Been A More Urgent Need To Tackle The Eight Wastes Of Construction

    Downtime is the nemesis of project completion in the construction industry and the cause can often be found in one of the “eight wastes of construction”. The construction industry is responsible for improving the quality of lives with breath-taking accomplishments however in counter-balance, a huge generator of inefficiency and waste.

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  • Early MEP Engagement

    Early MEP Engagement

    Traditionally, MEP contractor procurement centres around a fixed-price lump-sum bid. It is often based on MEP designs undertaken by third parties. This is typically achieved through a single or two-stage tender process or a cost plan to negotiated contract - the latter not being as common.

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