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International investment opportunities in UK infrastructure

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The UK is currently developing over £500 billion worth of major infrastructure projects that include over 720 schemes set out by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline up to 2020/21. With only half of the funding estimated to be coming from public investment, the UK must look abroad for international investment partners if these ambitious […]


JCT contract updates in three easy steps

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There are new clauses in JCT contracts that require careful consideration. Some important changes have been introduced in the latest updates to the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) suite of standard form contracts with which users must become familiar. The updates will affect most construction projects in the UK, where JCT contracts remain the most commonly […]


Grip tight and hold on: latest trends in the construction of amusement rides

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Quantitative risk assessment techniques are changing the way in which amusement rides are designed, inspected and operated.  Modern rides are becoming dependent on computer-based technology with control systems allowing rides to perform increasingly complex functions at very high speeds.  Passenger safety can depend on the correct operation of control systems and their failure could compromise […]


Health and safety doesn’t happen by accident

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Everyone loves the excitement of an adrenaline packed day at a theme park, but for some thrill seekers 2016 was a year to forget.  Injuries to passengers after the derailment of a rollercoaster carriage in June 2016 at the UK’s M&D’s Scotland theme park and fatalities on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Australia’s Dreamworld […]


A track record in public attractions

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Fladgate has a well-established practice and a long history of advising on projects in the public attractions and themed entertainment sectors, including tourist attractions, theme parks, cultural institutions, theatres, museums, art galleries, zoos and gardens. We represented the Great Exhibition of 1851, and in 1862 we were instructed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, to help set up […]


Fladgate assists Rockery Han with its construction expansion plans into UK market

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Rockery Han is a firm of landscape architects and contractors, well-known within China, with a long history in the Chinese tradition.  Rockery Han has designed, built, and repaired hundreds of classical landscape gardens in China, most notably the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park.  Fladgate have now been instructed to assist Rockery Han with its construction expansion plans […]


How not to build a hotel

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Barry Hembling, partner in the construction and engineering team at Fladgate LLP, explains the key pitfalls hoteliers should avoid when undergoing construction projects. Too many construction projects encounter problems that can easily lead to delays and cost overruns if not managed properly with some of these issues arising on projects in the hotel sector. Whilst […]


Reducing costs risks on hotel projects

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All hotel developers, regardless of the level of experience, can easily encounter similar pitfalls that cause delays and increased costs. In many cases these traps would seem to present a lesson in how not to build a hotel. So for those looking to commence such a project, let us consider the most common causes of […]


Fladgate host international arbitration in China seminar

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As part of its ongoing China-Britain initiative, Fladgate was pleased to host a seminar on international arbitration in China. Issues discussed included the legal framework for arbitration in China, the enforcement of domestic and foreign awards, arbitral proceedings and the extent of court intervention. The seminar was attended by representatives from a delegation of Chinese […]


Interpreting contractual obligations: A test that’s fit for purpose?

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A recent case involving an offshore North Sea wind farm provides guidance as to how fitness-for-purpose obligations will be interpreted. Important guidance has been obtained on the interpretation of fitness-for-purpose obligations, which will be of relevance to anyone involved in the supply or purchase of goods. Should such an obligation be assessed by an objective […]


Fladgate advises on the acquisition of The Harpur Centre

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Fladgate has advised on the acquisition of a shopping centre known as The Harpur Centre in Bedford for Harpur Centre Bedford Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of a Jersey Limited Partnership) from Zurich Assurance Plc.  Tellon Capital LLP was the acting asset manager on the transaction. James Burchell of Tellon Capital commented: “Daniel and his […]


How not to build a hotel: three common causes of cost overruns on hotel projects

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Hotel projects are often under pressure to complete as early as possible, but in the rush to open parties must take care to avoid three common causes of cost overruns.  Commencing projects with insufficient design information, perhaps by having compressed the design programme; allowing insufficient time for coordination between disciplines or having insufficient systems in […]