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...and how did architect get around the regs?

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The Boyarsky Murphy house in Hammersmith is truly elegant and worthy of the coverage you give it (AJ 28.2.02).

But (yawn, yawn) what about the Building Regulations? It seems that every other month the AJ holds up as excellent a residential project that pretty well flaunts what any local authority would require for passing. Is this not a three-storey dwelling (did they really buy the live/work line), and therefore in need of a protected escape for the top bedroom? And what about that handrail without protection and open-tread stair?

If the architects have successfully negotiated around the most fundamental principles of the Approved Documents, then they should write an article to help the rest of us do the same.

If they completed the project without a building control submission or did the old trick of removing doors and walls after the project was signed off, then the AJ is just printing more eyecandy and shouldn't be taken seriously as a professional journal.

John Onken,3s Architects Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

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