Structural warranties: A vital safety net for building projects

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Structural warranties are a key element of both new build and refurbishment projects, providing invaluable protection and peace of mind.

In recent years, there has been a big increase in the number of warranty providers entering the market. While many have welcomed the corresponding growth in the number of schemes to choose from, it is important to remember that not all mortgage lenders will accept all schemes, so staying on top of the latest developments is vital when looking for a partner for your project.

The PBC Today Structural Warranty supplement provides a valuable guide to the world of structural warranties, from top to bottom and inside out. Whether it’s roof tiling standards or underpinning existing foundations; the positioning of electrical fittings in new builds or achieving satisfactory performance for external walls in refurbishments, there is a wealth of information on hand.

Kim Vernau, chief executive of BLP Insurance, examines the recommendations of the More Homes, Fewer Complaints report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment and the role of structural warranties in improving both the quantity and quality of new homes.

Elsewhere, Clare Thomas, managing director of Q Assure Build, discusses a fresh approach to structural warranties that promotes working in partnership with developers to get a “right first time” approach on site and gives homeownwers a stronger voice in dispute resolution through the Consumer Code for New Homes.

There is also legal expertise from Professional Indemnity specialist Andrew MacLeod, who explains the cover offered by structural warranties, the changing marketplace and the key considerations for building contractors and developers looking to embark on a new project.

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