London mid-year report
Six months to July 2021
By Julian Roper, Regional Sales Director and Rob Warrington, Key Account Manager
We certainly see no evidence that the forthcoming regulatory changes through the introduction of the Building Safety Bill is having any impact on developers' desire to build high quality new homes in central London.
Instead, LABC Warranty has seen an increasing appetite for earlier engagement with developers working on taller and more complex projects. There is a growing awareness that our technical expertise can add value from a project's initial design stages. Conversely, this early engagement enables us to build a very comprehensive picture of what is being proposed, what the complexities are and consequently identifying risks at the design stage so we can mitigate these when quoting for work. It may be a cliche but this is a "win win" scenario.
Across London we are continuing to see a lot of activity with local authority development teams and various joint ventures to provide new homes for sale as well as social homes. Our connection with Local Authority Building Control (LABC) means we are well placed to get involved, and again, our early engagement is proving invaluable to fully assessing the risks at the pre-planning stage.