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Meet the Project Team for business advice

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Some of the members of the project team. From left, Dave Pountain of BFM Staffs, Neil Rowley of Planned Office Interiors, Jonathan Cornes of Jonathan Cornes Associates, Darren Cooper of Interspace Building Services, Jonathan Pepper of Delphos Project Services and Carl Croft of Croft Architecture.

Some of the members of the project team. From left, Dave Pountain of BFM Staffs, Neil Rowley of Planned Office Interiors, Jonathan Cornes of Jonathan Cornes Associates, Darren Cooper of Interspace Building Services, Jonathan Pepper of Delphos Project Services and Carl Croft of Croft Architecture.

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A group of Staffordshire construction professionals have joined forces to provide free advice and guidance to companies considering a new development project.

Meet the Project Team, which will take place on Wednesday, July 2 at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, has been created to provide businesses, including those in the Staffordshire Moorlands, with the opportunity to consult a team of industry experts with local knowledge and expertise, on any aspect of a commercial or industrial project.

The project team consists of ten industry experts, all with focused skills and knowledge within their field, who have formed the consortium to provide a one-stop-shop for anyone considering a development project within Staffordshire.

Each member of the team also belongs to a Business for Breakfast (BforB) referral marketing group based at the college, whose members are all within the property and construction industries.

The team's project manager is chartered surveyor Jonathan Cornes, of Jonathan Cornes Associates based in Leek Road, Stoke.

Jonathan explained: "Being a member of the property and construction group has really opened up my eyes to the amount of skills and expertise that are available within Staffordshire.

"Individually we are all experts within our own field, but by joining forces we are able to provide local companies with an extensive amount of skill and expertise.

"It's fantastic to be able to work alongside a group of like-minded professionals and provide a big company service."

In addition to the project manager, the multidisciplinary team consists of an architect, low-carbon M&E consultant, mechanical services contractor, construction solicitor, electrical contractor, structural engineer, fit-out contractor, product consultant and a health & safety consultant.

Architect Carl Croft, of Stafford-based architectural practice Croft Architecture, believes that the team have every area covered to enable them to answer any questions posed.

Carl said: "The idea is that companies can sit down with the project team and consult us on any aspect of their potential project, from queries about planning permission or a health and safety issue, to questions regarding office interiors or lighting.

"Staffordshire has a huge number of skilled and experienced construction professionals and we really wanted to highlight the fact that businesses don't need to leave the area to gain access to this level of expertise.

"Attendance at the event is by appointment only, so that the business can sit down with the team and consult us specifically about their project. It's not meant to be a Dragon's Den type scenario, with businesses pitching their projects, we are here to help and it will be a relaxed and informal day."

The Meet the Project Team event is invitation only and places are limited, to register your interest and request an appointment, visit http://construction-project-team.eventbrite.co.uk

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