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The government is now consulting on UK housing standards

27-Oct-2014 | By Geoff Wilkinson

The Regs: Geoff Wilkinson explains current proposals for changes to regulations on space standards and security


It’s National Fire Door Safety Week

22-Sep-2014 | By Geoff Wilkinson

The Regs: Geoff Wilkinson looks at specification of fire doors

Qatar World Cup 2022 Al Wakrah Stadium model 1

US critic apologises after Zaha sues over Qatar deaths article

26-Aug-2014 | By

American architecture critic who wrote allegedly defamatory article issues statement voicing regret over an ‘error’

Qatar World Cup 2022 Al Wakrah Stadium model 1

Ex-construction minister 'shocked' by Hadid's Qatar stance

28-Jul-2014 | By

Former construction minister Nick Raynsford has demanded Zaha Hadid use her influence to improve site conditions in Qatar following revelations that hundreds of workers have died building World Cup projects in the Gulf state


We need to protect our historic buildings

16-Jun-2014 | By Geoff Wilkinson

The Regs: The fire at the Mac is a clarion call to protect our precious historic buildings


Concerns are growing about a disconnect between fire safety design assumptions and performance in real-life situations

12-May-2014 | By Geoff Wilkinson

The Regs: Geoff Wilkinson examines the move towards evacuation lifts in tall building fire escape strategies


Council installs 'eyesore' ramp at family home

20-Feb-2014 | By Max Thompson

A family has been left ‘horrified’ by a council’s decision to install a ten-level, £40,000 metal ramp in their front garden

Generic plans

Cameron claims victory in bonfire of the Building Regulations

27-Jan-2014 | By

Prime minister David Cameron has boasted about plans to boost housebuilding by cutting 100 overlapping and ‘confusing’ standards for new homes

Barney housing development by Mole Architects, built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3

MPs urge government not to scrap Code for Sustainable Homes

20-Nov-2013 | By

A group of MPs has urged the government to reconsider plans to scrap the Code for Sustainable Homes

What you need to know about changes to Part L

17-Oct-2013 | By Geoff Wilkinson

Last week at BRE’s Part L launch event, DCLG announced how the 6 per cent and 9 per cent uplifts in the 2013 Part L (for England) will be implemented


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


Kensington & Chelsea wins battle against mega-basements

3-Dec-2014 | By

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has won its battle to curb a boom in the building of mega-basements in the borough

New Covent Garden SOM BDP

New Covent Garden proposals scrape through planning

13-Nov-2014 | By Jim Dunton

Controversial proposals to redevelop south west London’s New Covent Garden market area with a scheme including a series of high-rise buildings have narrowly won planning permission.


Engagement with communities assists sensitive planning applications

11-Nov-2014 | By Alan Francis

Mapping evolution of a design decision during consultation is useful to demonstrate how the benefits have been thought through, says Stephen Smith

New Covent Garden SOM BDP

Boris Johnson in planning challenge to SOM/BDP Nine Elms project

5-Nov-2014 | By

London mayor and Chinese developer Dalian Wanda have criticised the New Covent Garden scheme on design grounds and for its negative impact on a neighbouring project