Retrofitting to the Next Level

Solid walled properties make up almost 30% of Britain’s housing stock and with many of these dwellings built long before limiting CO2 emissions became a concern, they are often draughty and poorly insulated. The simplest method of improving the building envelope performance of these properties is to install external...

An overview of the latest changes to Approved Documents L

For domestic new build, Approved Document L1A (ADL1A) 2013 requires an aggregate uplift of 6% over 2010 standards, and for non-domestic new build, ADL2A is looking for an aggregate 9% improvement.  Refurbishment remains largely untouched, although there are some improvements to building services on the non-domestic front in ADL2B.   These...
rural

NPPF – a failure to protect our ‘green lung’?

Paul Miner, Senior Planning Officer at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) highlights the findings of a recent report that shows planning reforms are putting rural England under siege. The government’s planning reforms are unnecessarily damaging the countryside and undermining local democracy, while failing to prioritise brownfield land and...

NPPF: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – part 2

Suzan Yildiz, Head of Planning at Olswang LLP considers the emerging case law on the proper interpretation of key housing policies in a decision making context and concludes perverse consequences can flow from over-simplification of national planning policy… In an uncertain planning world the NPPF certainly continues to surprise. 2013...
Callsafe Services

Training for safety

Callsafe Services Limited has been providing health and safety advice, assistance and training to our clients, and our clients’ projects, since 1987. Our clients have included many central and local government organisations, as well as private industry clients, designers and contractors. Association for Project Safety (APS) CDM2007 Design Risk Management Course The...

Asbestos victims to get increased compensation

The government is increasing payments from £115,000 to £123,000 for a new compensation scheme starting in April. Victims of the fatal asbestos-induced cancer mesothelioma who can’t trace a liable employer or an employers’ liability insurer will soon be able to apply for compensation packages worth an average of £123,000. The...
hs2

Stoke-on-Trent’s HS2 vision

Local government leaders in Stoke-on-Trent say that the transformational growth potential of the city’s HS2 proposals will play a major role in filling the growing economic divide between north and south. The innovative vision for a high speed rail station in the city has the potential to not only double...
environment

Embracing environmental sustainability

BM TRADA explains why over the last two decades, environmental sustainability has been a core concern for the construction industry. Within the last two decades, environmental sustainability has become one of the core concerns for the construction industry, and all those involved in the complex process of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining...

HS2 milestone reached

A major milestone for HS2 is reached as the first piece of legislation receives the go-ahead. The High Speed Rail Preparation (paving) Act received Royal Assent on 21 November 2013 following a successful passage through Parliament. The act has received overwhelming cross party support throughout its Commons and Lords stages, with...
Archaeologist

The real threat to archaeology

In July 2013 a report on local government staff resources allocated to archaeology and building conservation was issued jointly by English Heritage, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO), and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation1. The report outlined unequivocally the significant decline in the availability of the...

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