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Kensington and Chelsea Council

Met Police accused of ‘blocking’ Grenfell FoI requests

Metropolitan Police have reportedly asked to vet any release of information relating to Kensington and Chelsea Council action on fire safety advice The Metropolitan Police is reportedly vetting Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) that would outline action taken to mitigate fire risks at Grenfell Tower. These...
accessible housing

Addressing the accessible housing deficit

There has been considerable focus on the importance of accessible housing in the last few weeks – and with good reason, says Christina McGill of Habinteg
home structural warranty

Review of competition in the new home structural warranty sector

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is conducting a review of the new home structural warranty market and in particular undertakings given by the National House-Building Council (NHBC). Here, Geoff Wilkinson looks at the progress to date pending the final announcements expected in October 2017
Sustainable Drainage Systems

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS): A reminder of why they are important

Mitigating flood risk is becoming ever-more important in the UK, but so is water conservation. Will Rogers of AECOM and the Environmental Industries Commission says Sustainable Drainage Systems can contribute to both these aims
Accessible toilets

Inclusive design: Accessible toilets today

Jean Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Accessible Environments, explores the subject of toilet design and supply and some of the issues for today’s society
corporate manslaughter

The Grenfell Tower tragedy: Have the council and the tenant management organisation committed the...

Following the Grenfell fire, the Metropolitan Police have stated there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect corporate manslaughter may have been committed. Caroline Dunne, a Consultant Solicitor specialising in regulatory offences, examines the law in this area
Iridis apps

Improved process for dementia care design with the new Iridis apps

Working with the University of Stirling, Space Architects has helped to create the first-of-its-kind Iridis apps to improve the design of homes for people living with dementia. Director Stephen Brooks explains their development
Buildings of the Future

Buildings of the Future: it’s time to reconsider the short-term

The availability of measurement models that accurately reflect return-on-investment (ROI) is often the largest hurdle in the design, construction and maintenance of Buildings of the Future
Regeneration project

Regeneration project transforms ‘troubled’ estate

A former council estate in Plymouth is part-way through a major regeneration which is giving its new and returning residents a feeling of security and sense of pride about their new community
acoustics industry

Making some noise about the acoustics industry

Earlier this year, Anne Budd was elected to the board of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC). She talks to PBC Today about her priorities in her new role
specification market

SFS intec shares specification market expertise in NBS specifier report

SFS intec was the only product manufacturer invited to contribute to a key report offering expert guidance to the UK specification market
powder-coated fasteners

Powder-coated fasteners that deliver on aesthetics and performance

The White Rose Shopping Centre’s prestigious £13.7m extension has used SFS intec’s powder-coated fasteners to help deliver a striking finish
Crime prevention programme

Secured by Design: A crime prevention programme for a safer built environment

Secured by Design aims to create a safer society by incorporating a proven crime prevention programme into the built environment
wearables

BSRIA launches white paper on wearables in HVAC

BSRIA has launched its White Paper titled, ‘Trends towards wearables and wellbeing in buildings – a threat or opportunity for the HVAC industry?’