If you are looking to add space to your home, a rear extension might be the easiest to accommodate from a planning and spatial point of view. Style Building shares Homebuilding & Renovating projects to inspire you. Do I Need Planning Permission for a Rear Extension? If your home is not in a conservation area or restricted by Listed Building consent, you may find your rear extension falls under Permitted Development. This means that you can extend up to 8m from the original rear wall of your property on a detached home, or up to 6m on a semi detached or terraced home. In either case, your extension must not be higher than 4m. There are further restrictions if your project is to sit within 2m of a boundary (in this case the eaves must not be higher than 3m). These measurements apply to single-storey extensions only, but some two-storey additions are allowed too.
Contractors are being told to stop turning away non-construction staff from sites if they don’t hold CSCS skills cards. The drive for blanket card-carrying on major sites has raised standards but created problems for non-construction related workers on jobs. Workers like chefs, vending machine installers and pest controllers can be refused entry to sites for not holding a CSCS card. CSCS Head of Communications Alan O’Neile said: “CSCS cards are intended for construction related occupations only. “Due to the wide range of skills required on construction projects, there are times when a worker arrives on site to perform a non-construction related activity, for example catering staff, delivering materials or cleaners. “These individuals do not require a CSCS card and CSCS has stopped issuing cards for these and many other non-construction related occupations.” But some construction sites still operate a 100% carded workforce policy. The policy is often reinforced in client’s prequalification documents or by head office insisting all workers and visitors to site should carry a CSCS card. O’Neile added: “The rigid enforcement of a 100% carded workforce results in legitimate, non-construction related, workers being refused entry to site as they do not hold a card. “This indicates a misunderstanding of the scheme and undermines the construction industry’s desire for a fully qualified (not carded) workforce. “We are not asking site managers to allow just anyone on site. If a worker is there to carry out a construction related activity then a card is required as proof of their training and qualifications. “If they are there to perform a non-construction related activity it becomes the responsibility of site managers to induct and escort these people to ensure they remain safe at all times when on [...]
Organisational Skills Let us now start with a look at the personal skills that a project manager should exhibit. He or she should be able to manage effectively. The starting point is always being able to manage oneself. If you can do this, you will be able to manage projects and programmes effectively. Managing yourself means exhibiting good time management. Good at time management shows that you are professional. If you are professional you will gain respect from your peers, your clients and your bosses. This leads to happy clients, happy bosses and your peer group responding in a positive manner. If you have respect and show that you deliver as required you become trusted. Being trusted to do the job is a great motivator. So how does that translate at a personal level? Good organisational skills, time management skills, being respected and trusted means that you develop more confidence, become less stressed and have more time to do the things that you want to concentrate on such as leisure pursuits, hobbies, family, friends and relationships. Being stressed is very common, but being organised can really help to reduce stress levels. Source: RICS Construction Project Management
Only 31% of contractors are satisfied with the way they work with architects on projects. The damning figure in a Royal Institute of British Architects report highlights how unhappy contractors are with designers. Contractors attacked architects for a lack of “commercial understanding.” And the report warned: “The larger the project contract value, the more dissatisfied clients are.” One contractor complained of “too complex design and detailing, despite trying to get the architects to understand our commercial drivers, they were not able to temper the design.” Another added: “The architect was very focused on visualisations and not build-able details as that is what they thought the client required as this was the service they had provided previously. “This architect didn’t have the required technical detailing that suited the fast-paced programme” RIBA ambassador for collaboration Dale Sinclair described the results as “disappointing but no surprise”. He said: “Architects frequently work for contractors after they have been novated to the role on design and build projects. “As part of better conveying design status, novated architects need to disclose more detail on design risks with the contractor’s perspective in mind. “What aspects of the design are robust? Where is further design development required? What aspects of the design have still to be drawn? “Explaining the rules-of-thumb underpinning our work would communicate our designs better and allow the project team to make more considered decisions about cost and risk.” Source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com
Construction costs in London have soared to become the second highest in the world after New York, and are set to rise another 5%. Demand in residential and commercial sectors in particular is keeping a strained supply chain at full stretch, according to new research by the global programme managers Turner & Townsend. The most expensive place to build in the world is New York, which has significantly higher labour costs. Despite having a workforce nearly 70% cheaper than New York’s, London’s overall cost of construction is just 4% lower. But cost consultants warn that with a real risk of further price escalation as demand levels outstrip capacity in key trades London may soon eclipse the US city. The International Construction Market Survey 2015 analysing input costs – such as labour and materials – charts the average construction cost per m2 for both commercial and residential projects in 35 markets around the world. At £2,283 per m2, London’s average construction cost is second only to New York’s – which at £2,372 per m2 is the world’s highest. Both cities are enjoying similar property booms. £70bn is forecast to be spent on construction in New York during the next three years, compared to £62bn in London. But there is a wide gap in the cost of labour, with New York’s construction workers earning an average of £53 per hour – nearly 70% more than the £32 earned by builders in London, where a ready supply of workers from other EU countries has helped to limit wage increases. Despite its high cost, New York’s labour force is highly productive, says the report, with weekend working more commonplace and contractors taking a more efficient approach to logistics. The [...]
Rooflights will flood interiors with more high-quality light than vertical windows — and might be your only choice of a new window anyway. Melanie Griffiths explains how to choose. When Are Rooflights Best? Rooflights are the perfect way to introduce natural light into areas where conventional windows cannot be installed, or would be aesthetically obtrusive. Loft conversions are an obvious example, but also lean-tos and dark corridors. However, there are also instances where you won’t have any other choice, such as barn conversions, where strict planning laws often prevent the insertion of new openings, as Matthew Slocombe of SPAB advises: “Sympathetic detailing is likely to be a condition of consent, especially if the barn is listed or in a Conservation Area. New openings should generally be kept to a minimum and should be of a simple form that respects the farm building’s character.” Paul Trace, Managing Director of Tuscan Foundry Products, elaborates: “In this situation a conservation rooflight would be required as they are especially designed with a low profile. This means the rooflight will sit flush and not detract from the character of the building. Steel conservation rooflights are ideal as they are made specifically to provide slender sections which are unobtrusive.” Steel conservation rooflights are designed to replicate original Victorian models – the period in which they were invented, for agricultural buildings – and have a glazing bar. As well as many barn conversions, they are a requirement in a lot of houses that are listed or in Conservation Areas. Which Type of Rooflight? The term ‘rooflight’ has several meanings within the window industry. Many presume the Velux-type windows — but when H&R recently asked Velux about its ‘rooflights’, the initial response was, [...]