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Transitional arrangements in regulations: when does work actually start on site?

The point when projects are deemed started is important: it determines the building regulations for your project. When is a site 'started'?

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10 basement conversion costs you may need to consider

In this article we look at 10 basement conversion costs you may need to consider.

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Have your say on the future of England’s planning system

MHCLG has launched a new inquiry to investigate Government proposals to reform the planning system.

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Developers invited to consult on raising accessibility standards in new homes

The Government has opened a consultation on raising the minimum standards for accessibility in new homes.

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What is the Building a Safer Future Charter?

What is the Building a Safer Future Charter and should you sign up to it? We describe the new charter and it's possible future role.

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New group to advise government on local area design codes

The government has established a new steering group with the task of “driving up design standards”.

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Acceptable floor levels in modern methods of construction (MMC)

We currently require structural timber or steel to be located at least 150mm above external ground floor level, but noting manufacturers’ preferred ap…

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A practical guide to Structural Lintels and Bearings

Creating openings in walls mean that lintels are a potential weak spot. Defects caused by failing lintels can be complicated and difficult to rectify.…

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8 handy hints for installing horizontal damp proof course

Getting your damp proof course (DPC) right first time is critical in preventing rising damp in your property.

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Build walls to last - Guide to laying bricks and blocks

Over recent years there has been a lot of talk about the growth of alternative construction methods. Even so, the tried-and-trusted method of bricks a…

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How to apply for the next round of Help to Buy

The government has published details on what house builders and developers need to do access the next round (2021-2023) of Help to Buy equity funds.

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Tech Update: Mock Tudor Cladding

This article considers the issues when using mock Tudor cladding on external walls.

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