Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

Top Tips When Hiring a Marine Contractor

Troy Medina

If you intend to put up a marina, dock or boathouse, you require a marine contractor to conduct the construction works. Unlike inland construction, marine projects need a lot of expertise and specialised equipment to ensure that the structures can withstand forces such as waves and currents. This excerpt discusses the various considerations you should make when hiring a marine contractor. 


Sketch the structure you intend to construct and take it to a marine engineer. The engineer should survey the area and present you with blueprints of the proposed project. Preferably, ask the engineer to give you an outline of the project estimates.


With the blueprints in hand, look for marine contractors based in your area. Your choice of contractor must be experienced and qualified to conduct marine works. Ask the contractor to show you some of his or her ongoing projects. You should also request the contractor to refer you to some of his or her previous clients. Contractors who have engaged in commercial projects are likely to give high-quality work.


To gauge the professionalism of the contractor, ask the following questions. 

  • What materials will you use to construct? Marine projects require corrosion-resistant metals such as galvanised steel. Pressure-treated wood can withstand moisture and pests.
  • How will you ensure the stability of the structure? The contractor should have proper digging equipment such as water jets and dredgers. He or she should use the right marine cement mixtures.
  • How long will the works take? The contractor should divide the project into phases and give a timeline for each stage.
  • How many staff will you have on site? This can help you detect intruders or unauthorised personnel on your shoreline during construction.


Marine contractors should have marine contractors insurance to cover the client's property, employees and third-party injuries. An experienced and confident contractor will give a guarantee on the longevity of the structure. This can significantly improve your confidence in the contractor's work.

Pricing and Contract

Once you are sure about the work of a particular contractor, ask him or her to give you a quote. Negotiate to ensure that the contractor's figure is close to the engineer's estimate. Finally, ask the marine contractor to prepare an agreement detailing the scope of works and the methods of payment. The contract should also specify how you will handle disagreements. If possible, ask your lawyer to evaluate the agreement.

The primary considerations to make when hiring a marine contractor are the design, contractors expertise, workmanship, guarantees and pricing.