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The importance of using an architect

Posted by Sarah Croft on 15-Jan-2016 20:00:00

Don’t go it alone

Your home, it’s probably the biggest purchases & assets you’ll own in your life. It’s your little piece of the country and most of us want to transform our living space into the ideal; our dream home.  

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Topics: Design, Planning approval, Residential Development, Residential, CDM, Architecture, Interior Architecture

CDM has changed: What’s your safety role in your project?

Posted by Sarah Croft on 24-Jan-2015 02:30:00

Everyone has their part to play when it comes to health and safety, especially in construction. It’s an area that can’t be overlooked as every construction project involves potential dangers at any stage.

You may think that from a client’s perspective that you can sit back, relax and let the professionals carry out the necessary work. That’s what they’re trained and paid to do, right?

Wrong, just because you’re the client doesn’t make you obsolete from the process. Your involvement is crucial to your project. A lack of understanding and responsibility could potentially place yourself or others in serious danger and you could even face prosecution.

All industry professionals should be well aware of the Construction Design Magement Regulations or CDM Regulations 2007 (If they’re not familiar, you should be extremely concerned!).The regulations were created to manage the health, safety and welfare for all building and construction projects, which include:

  • new build,
  • demolition,
  • refurbishment,
  • extensions,
  • conversions,
  • repair and maintenance.

CDM regulations place “legal duties” on virtually everyone involved with a project. The regulations ensure that a project has been correctly planned, prepared and organised to ensure that working conditions are healthy and safe for all, no matter the size of site or the type of project.

Who currently has “legal duties”?

  1. Clients
  2. CDM Co-ordinators
  3. Designers
  4. Principal Contractors
  5. Contractors
  6. Workers and everyone

Don’t panic (not yet anyway) currently under the CDM regulations 2007 clients don’t have a substantial amount of responsibility within the realms of “duty bound” obligations. The proportion of duties lie with CDM co-ordinator and principal contractor, whom you as the client will appoint until the end of the construction phase.

However, be prepared, roles, responsibilities and duties are all about to change!

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Topics: Design, CDM, Architecture

Can I stay put during building works?

Posted by Carl Croft on 10-May-2013 14:15:00

If ear defenders, Pot Noodles and Wet Wipes aren't your thing then you ought to consider decanting to better accommodation for the duration. However if you’re prepared to accept some disruption, then you might be considering the implications of occupation during building works.

The aim of this post is to help you to make a decision on this question...

Should I stay or should I go during building works?

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Topics: Design, Residential Development, Residential, CDM

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