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The challenges of choice with Interior Finishes

A specification consultant’s life is not easy and has a reputation for being somewhat mundane or even boring, but that very much depends on what type of building is being specified, where it is located, how the team is behaving and how unique the design is. I have been lucky in that, together with my…

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Preparing a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) specification

Preparing a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) specification is a little like buying a new car in that considerations are similar such as the environment in which it will be reside, the finish, performance, maintenance regime, warranty, special features etc. are all key criteria. However, to end up with the car that meets our exacting requirements, we need to ensure the specification is correct. When it comes to intumescent coating specification, it is vital that…

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The changing world of Specifications

In a rare quiet moment recently I started to think about how the world of specifications had changed and improved over the last 30 years and quickly came to the conclusion that yes they had indeed changed but whether they have improved is less certain. One thing for sure is that our industry has once again contrived to…

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Specification Consultants required

2014 has been a remarkable year for Schumann Consult. We began the year with six members of staff and sit here 10 months later with a team of 25 and offices in the UK, Ireland, Dubai, South Africa and Australia. We have been extremely fortunate in developing relationships with, and providing specification support to, some of the biggest names in…

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Can the contractual fence be broken down?

Despite the undoubted improvements in the way we create and deliver buildings since I came into the industry in 1972 (is it really that long ago?), there are some things that remain the same, always have and always will. One of these is that any building, requires contracts, systems and management tools that link a…

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Nick Schumann talks at Architects Journal #speclive

Yesterday Nick Schumann spoke at the Architects Journal #speclive event held at the Building Centre. The #speclive event is held monthly to discuss a number of different topics, inviting guest speakers from Architectural practices, manufacturers and even specification consultants. This months theme was walls, ceilings and partitions and there were a number of very good and…

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Schumann Consult opens Dubai Office and appoints Meena Sankar

We are delighted to announce that Schumann Consult has opened an office in Dubai to deliver Specification Consultancy and Design Management services locally in the region. This move comes after recently announcing our new offices in Australia and South Africa, reinforcing our desire to serve clients locally whilst having the use of our global experts.…

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Specifications: The Do’s and Don’ts

Back in February 2013, one of our first blog pieces discussed ‘Getting The Basic’s Right‘ when it came to specifications. A year later and we still come across Architect’s making the same mistakes over and over again. Schumann Consult are in the business of providing quality specifications to Architect’s, but we realise that we can…

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Monique Matthews joins Schumann Consult South Africa

Schumann Consult announced last week that it was expanding it’s operations into Australia and South Africa. For us here in South Africa the response to this news has been fantastic. Like our other offices, we continue to gain momentum, meeting new Clients and working on some extraordinary projects.   As our workload continues to swell, the…

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Schumann Consult expands into South Africa and Australia

We are delighted to announce that Schumann Consult has expanded it’s global operations by opening offices in Australia and South Africa, creating a powerful, independent and global specification and design management consultancy. With our current offices in England and Ireland, this move allows Schumann Consult to offer clients a seamless international service with local representation, all benefiting…

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