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Planning

RCKa Cottage

Playing the planning system

When an application to replace a cottage was rejected, RCKa found that an anomaly in permitted development rules provided the key to giving its clients the home they wanted

Carlton Tavern

Council backs plan to make developer rebuild demolished pub

Westminster City Council has agreed to back an enforcement order which calls for a property firm to rebuild an exact replica of a pub it demolished without permission

Carlton Tavern

Developer could have to rebuild London pub brick by brick

Westminster City Council looks set to force the developer behind the demolition of an historic London pub to rebuild an exact replica on the site

Carlton Tavern

Developer demolishes historic London pub

Westminster City Council is seeking legal advice after a developer demolished a 1920s public house which was due to be recommended for listing

Projection of Ian Simpson Architects scheme for Library Walk Link

SimpsonHaugh’s Library Walk wins night-time closure battle

Controversial plans to close Manchester’s Library Walk between 10pm and 6am have been approved by the Planning Inspectorate

BIM

BIM

Survey results: use of BIM falls

The proportion of construction firms using BIM has dropped by six percentage points over the past 12 months, according to this year’s NBS National BIM Survey

Legalease

So long CDM co-ordinator, hello principal designer

22-Apr-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: The new CDM regulations came into force this month, with the principal designer taking on significant responsibilities, writes Mark Klimt

Legalease

Proper planning and strong leadership will avoid playground spat

11-Mar-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: School commissions carry a heightened risk, not least because the client body is likely to be disparate and divided in its views, writes Mark Klimt

Legalease

It pays to be open from the onset

11-Feb-2015 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: Architects need to be able to demonstrate they have no conflicts of interest whatever the procurement route, writes Mark Klimt

Legalease

It is hard to resist the obligation to 'supervise' building works

11-Dec-2014 | By Mark Klimt

Legalese: Your failure to inspect items properly might cost you dearly in the case of a claim, writes Mark Klimt

Munkenbeck Marshall St Baths

British Pavilion backer faces court claim for unpaid fees on Soho job

31-Oct-2014 | By Jim Dunton

Munkenbeck+Partners Architects is suing a company co-founded by one of the sponsors of this year’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for a share of almost £1 million in unpaid fees

Practice

Objectives

How to design a new practice

To succeed with your start-up you need to apply the same rigour and diligence you would bring to any other design project right from the outset, says Simon Foxell

CPD

CPD: Zinc Building Envelopes

This CPD is sponsored by VMZINC. It aims to help specifiers gain knowledge about the use of zinc products in the construction process. This CPD explores the science behind the products and the benefits of using zinc.

Sustainability in practice

It is critical is to measure the carbon footprint of early design options

12-May-2014 | By Kristian Steele

Embodied Carbon Week will help boost the industry’s expertise in emissions reduction, says Kristian Steele

Sustainability in practice

There are aspects that set my teeth on edge: the language of the consultation document is unbelievably crass

12-May-2014 | By Rory Bergin

Defra should not treat biodiversity like pieces on a chessboard, to be moved about at will, says Rory Bergin

Sustainability in practice

The Code for Sustainable Homes tends to focus on point-scoring, rather than fostering appropriate solutions

12-May-2014 | By Julia Park

The Code for Sustainable Homes is an unworkable muddle and we won’t mourn its passing, says Julia Park