I thought I knew everything that was going on in my home City, London, but my colleague, Duncan Adams, and I learnt a great deal more...
CPC was, once again, proud sponsors of this year's Young Rail Professionals (YRP) Black Tie Dinner and Dance in London, where the key note speaker, Michèle Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, gave an inspiring speech...
In March CPC attended MIPIM 2017. Held in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals it is the premier real estate event in the World...
On behalf of myself and the partners at CPC, I would like to wish all of our clients, staff, family and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017
In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement he announced a somewhat innocuous change in legislation, albeit with far reaching consequences...
All too often business and programme strategies evolve over time...
For the second consecutive year CPC has been ranked in the top 10 project management firms in the UK...
Infrastructure investment relates to roads, airports, railways, energy generation, ports and waterways, which in turn leads to social and economic benefits...
CPC attended this year's annual Chartered Institute for Housing conference held in Manchester.
CPC's Partner, Duncan Adams, represented the business at this year's BCO Conference in Amsterdam this month.
This month, for the fourth year running, we were proud to sponsor the Young Rail Professional Awards dinner, this year held at the prestigious National Railway Museum in York.
It's MIPIM month and CPC Partners Duncan Adams and Brandon Stringer took a trip to the south of France.
As we begin another new year on behalf the partners at CPC, I would like to wish all our clients, staff, family and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016.
The UK Government has launched a new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and its initial focus will be threefold: northern connectivity, London’s transport infrastructure and the UK’s energy solution to better balance supply against future demand.
Are the mega-mergers of consultancies giving an advantage to smaller firms?
This year's British Council for Offices (BCO) annual conference in Chicago highlighted three key themes around City life - Liveable Cities, Intelligent Cities and Working Smarter.
CPC was very proud, once again, to be the platinum sponsor at the 2015 Young Rail Professionals (YRP) Annual Dinner, where 490 YRP members attended the sell-out black-tie event in London.
Building Magazine launched its manifesto for construction, Agenda 15, in January with the intention of influencing the next government.
This year's George Bradshaw Address on 25 February was delivered by Mark Carne, the new Chief Executive of Network Rail.
With less than 90 days to the general election on 7 May, we are subject to a volley of news regarding the merits and shortcomings of the main parties’ policies.
CPC went from strength to strength in 2014 with staff numbers up 25% and revenues set to exceed £12m in the current financial year.
For the past 5-6 years most clients have been in the driving seat with regards to demanding a reduction in building costs and fee rates.
With Building’s Top 150 consultants published earlier this month, I am pleased to report that CPC is moving up the rankings with an overall position of 49th compared to 57th this time last year.
With spending on UK capital projects and infrastructure at an all time high and the role of the project manager becoming the career of choice for many - how do you identify and attract top talent?
CPC has completed its 3rd year as an LLP with a further successful year of growth and diversity. This year CPC will reach its 25th Anniversary since its formation back in January 1990.
CPC has strengthened its credentials in the Higher Education sector having recently secured a place on the prestigious University of Oxford Project Management Framework.
It’s inevitable: when the economy heats up, people start moving jobs and we all have to fight harder to hang onto our talent...
As CPC approaches the end of its 3rd year as an LLP we have enjoyed three years of success and growth both in terms of revenues and an increasing client base...
The last time I wrote about the economy was back in October 2012, when there were signs of green shoots post the euphoria of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games...
On 28 March CPC was lead sponsor for the Young Rail Professionals annual dinner at the Connaught Rooms in London...
My focus this month is on Network Rail (NwR) - a major contributor to the NIP...
In December 2013 the Government issued its latest version of the National Investment Plan (NIP)...
2013 proved to be another progressive and exciting year for CPC. In the past 12 months our business has seen some exciting developments...
In 2013, a further 60,000 property owners joined the £1M+ club, bringing the total across the UK to more than 393,000 of which 61% are in London...
CPC's business interests in environment and energy based projects increased significantly following the acquisition of Anser Project Managers in February of this year.
CPC's vision is to be recognised as the UK's best independent project management consultancy. In September, we made great strides towards our vision by being ranked as the 4th fastest growing consultancy in 2013, in Building's Top 200 Consultants.
One year ago I wrote how time had flown with CPC reaching the end of its first year trading as an LLP. Twelve months on I am proud to say we have enjoyed another year full of growth and success.
The summer months always provide the perfect opportunity to bring in students for placements and work experience. Having used my summers during university to gain experience and learn the required work ethic, I encourage CPC and its partners to present such opportunities to those who show willing.
Congratulations to the Banbury Flood Alleviation Scheme which has won two prestigious industry awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers South East England branch and Constructing Excellence (South East) for Environmental Engineering and Innovation.
The team involved in delivering Essex Wildlife Trust's new visitor centre at Mucking has won three awards at the RICS East of England regional event. The awards included design and innovation, tourism & leisure and project of the year.
With the introduction of a new British Standard (BS11000) focused on collaboration between key parties the aim now is how to grow the pie rather than simply spend time and effort dividing it. This is more prevalent in austere times as there is often less to go around.
Yet again there is a clear message from the Government regarding the value placed on small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
I am pleased to announce that as of 11:00 on 28 February CPC completed the acquisition of Anser Project Managers. The acquisition aligns with CPC's strategy to grow and develop its commercial property and residential capability.
Moving into 2013 I see the key theme in the market place to be that of outsourcing. Due to uncertainty in the private sector and the need to rationalise the public sector many client organisations are seeing outsourcing of project services as the most viable option.
December has seen two major announcements that will positively effect the transport infrastructure and systems in around London.
On a number of occasions I have been asked how does CPC's consultancy model work - it became apparent that functions we take for granted in-house are alien to some of our clients and other business partners.
As the memories of the inspiring spectacle that was the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin to fade, UK industry continues on its own marathon struggle to regain a sense of stability in what is an uncertain and unpredictable market place.
As per my August Blog, CPC is set to expand on the back of a successful inaugural year as an LLP. With 75% of our fees against business plan either secured or sitting in high probability prospects at the end of month 2 we are on target to achieve our 20% planned growth in revenue.
It's been 12 months since CPC formed its Limited Liability Partnership. Our auditors are in and our first set of LLP accounts, year ending 31 July, will be filed in September. I am pleased to say that we have enjoyed a good year, but will share more details in my next blog.
As 205 nations embark on the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are reminded that years of preparation is key to delivering a winning performance, from swimming and diving, to rowing and gymnastics.
In a challenging market it is vital to get the edge over competitors and secure that commission. We are continually striving for competitive advantage and USPs.
We all know that in professional service companies - the greatest assets are the people. Successful businesses unlock their people's potential by empowering them to drive the business forward and in turn providing a vehicle for them to realise their own ambitions.
The ascendancy through an organisation often means the further from delivery people become. This is true within most consultancies, resulting in your most senior consultants (partners) taking on responsibility for business administration in the ivory tower, as opposed to leading assignments and solving clients issues at the coal face.
Even in an Olympic year the property and construction sector remains under great pressure. Another victim of this climate is the QS firm Northcroft, established in 1840, but as of 4pm on 16 March 2012 is now a company owned by the Capita Group.
Our market continues to go through a period of consolidation with EC Harris being the latest consultancy acquired by an overseas company - Arcadis.
Construction of a new 600-metre Northern Line tunnel has begun at Bank Underground Station.......
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