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The Regs: How to get a highly glazed extension to comply with Building Regulations

Posted by wilkinsoncc on June 15, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Regs: How to get a highly glazed extension to comply with Building Regulations


If you have ever wondered how an architect got that glass box extension past building control, then Geoff Wilkinson has the answer



There has been a huge trend in demand for extensions that join internal living spaces to the garden by way of large areas of glazing and ever larger opening ...

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Chloes Wedding

Posted by wilkinsoncc on May 31, 2018 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to our longest serving employee Chloe Still on her marriage to Dave Prentice on 24th May 2018.

The Wedding took place in the fantastic venue at the Lost Village of Dode and even featured both a Owl and a Magician.

We wish them both the very best for thier future together



Dont get your fingers burnt on a kitchen project

Posted by wilkinsoncc on May 29, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Regs: Don’t get your fingers burnt on a kitchen project

Geoff Wilkinson looks at the potential pitfalls of kitchen, utility and bathroom schemes

Work to a kitchen, utility room or bathroom can seem like the simplest of projects an architect can deal with, but they can be a minefield if you aren’t sure when you need Building Regulation approval.

A very simple refresh with new units and fittings does not generally require approval, however moving...

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Combustible Cladding Policy

Posted by wilkinsoncc on May 21, 2018 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Hackitt report was published last week and like many we were shocked at its conclusions, and importantly its lack of them in relation to cladding.

Given the clear case for action on combustible cladding and the ease with which an amendment could be made by issuing a corrigenda amendment to Approved Document B, we cannot understand why Dame Hackitt did not make this move a top priority.


As it stand there are no changes to the guidance in the Approved Docum...

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Hackitt Report

Posted by wilkinsoncc on May 8, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The much awaited Hackitt Report into the future of Building Control is due to be published soon.


In this blog we look at the changes to the system that we would like to see in the recommendations.


  1. Approved Inspectors have no powers of enforcement unlike Local Authorities. This needs to be reviewed and either powers given to Approved Inspectors or a new National Enforcement Body set up to ensure a level playing field. In addition powers should be introd...
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20 Questions that need answers in light of Grenfell Fire

Posted by wilkinsoncc on June 26, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

20 Questions that should be answered quickly in the light of the Grenfell Disaster

(originally posted on twitter on 16th June 2017 by our MD Geoff Wilkinson @geoffwilkinson)


1: Can we see the Architects plans & specifications?

2: Were these approved?

3: Were the fire service consulted?

4: Can we see a copy of the consultation respons?

5: How many site inspections were made?

6: Can we see records of those inspections?

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What should landlords do in response to Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Posted by wilkinsoncc on June 25, 2017 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Advice on what to do to reassure residents

Here is the current guidance for landlords in light of emerging findings from Grenfell Tower


  • Check that the fire risk assessment has been carried out within the previous 12 months and that the recommendations within the action plan of the assessment have been completed;
  • Check that there have been no material changes (to the building, the fire safety measures or the oc...
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From the flames of the Great Fire

Posted by wilkinsoncc on September 5, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This week sees the 350th Anniversary of the 1666 Great Fire that devastated London and led to the introduction of the first proper system of Building Regulations in the UK


Laws had previously existed to reduce the risk of fire, prohibiting building with wood or roofing with thatch, but these laws had largely been ignored. Despite a number of previous fires timber-frame remained the most commo...

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Sponsored Water Pump

Posted by wilkinsoncc on August 2, 2016 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to provide an update on the Elephant Pump we sponsor in Africa in partnership with Aquaid Water Coolers

Our pump is now live and located in Zimbabwe in Manicaland – a province in the north eastern highlands of Zimbabwe.

 

An Elephant Pump is illustarted below and can easily provide safe drinking water for upwards of 300 people, so the impact on the community where the well is built is profound and far reaching.

 

These i...

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