Walton Locks, Warrington, progress report

Our Walton Locks project with David Wilson Homes is progressing well.  The site, comprising of 250 units ranging from 2 bed to 4 bed family houses, sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. Apartment blocks C and D are now fully complete and occupied while apartment block E is currently nearing completion.  Planning… Read more »

Government consults on minimum housing space standards

The UK Government is inviting views on a national minimum space standard as part of its’ current review of Building Standards. The consultation is being promoted as part of moves to streamline the welter of housing standards and regulations facing house builders. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the administration was inviting views… Read more »

Town centre reviews

The UK’s town centres are currently receiving much needed attention from central government regarding the major challenges currently being faced. The external advisory group to the Scottish government’s National Review of Town Centres project has this month published it’s findings, while the UK Government have advised that they will consult “soon” on proposals to relax planning regulations to allow… Read more »

The Scottish Government – ‘Creating Places’

“Creating Places”, Scotland’s new Architecture and Place policy statement, has been launched.  The commitment in the document is one of a series of pro-design pledges with the Scottish Government having promised to put design and placemaking at the heart of revised planning policy which is due to be published by the end of the year.  … Read more »

Cash boost for empty property in England

Communities Minister Don Foster has announced a £91m cash boost for towns in England with the aim being to refurbish and bring back into use use over 6,000 empty and derelict homes and commercial premises, particularly in the Midlands and North. The funding is being allocated under two programmes: £61m from the second round of… Read more »

Site visit – Lauder

Works are progressing well on our domestic extension project in Lauder, Scottish Borders.  After 3 weeks on site the drainage is complete, demolitions are finished and the new steelwork has been installed, external walls are almost complete to eaves level and works are commencing on the new roof structure.  Progress has been ably assisted by… Read more »

Legacy Building Warrants, Scotland

The Head of Building Standards in Scotland has written on the 4th June to the Chief Executives of the Local Authorities with an update on the handling of existing building warrants for housing developments. This follows a February 2013 Building Standards Division meeting where it was agreed that, although a sympathetic approach is still required in… Read more »

Building Regulations Scotland, 2013 Amendments

The 2013 Edition of the Technical Handbooks are now available online: hard copies of these documents will no longer be available. The revised handbooks support the Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 which are scheduled to come into force on 1 October 2013.  The amendments are limited in extent with the principle revisions being as follows:… Read more »