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Grand Designs Live Show, London - May 2014

Grand Design LiveBBS will be exhibiting at this year's Grand Designs Live Show at the Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Docks, London. The Show is being held over 9 days at the beginning of May and last year attracted well over 110,000 visitors.

Staff from our Building Control and Environmental departments will be on hand throughout the event to discuss your construction projects. So, if you intend to visit the Grand Designs Show this yeat then please drop by Stand B227.

We look forward to meeting clients - old and new - at next month's Show!

Updated: 2014-04-01 13:32:05   Added: 2014-04-01 13:32:04

Build It Live!

Build It LiveThe Glow Exhibition Centre at the Bluewater Shopping Centre was the venue for this year's Build It Live Show. Over 100 exhibitors, from across the self-build industry, were on-hand to offer advice about each stage of the construction process: from land purcahse, planning and warranties through to construction methods and materials and interior design.

Among the many exhibitors was Design For Me. A new and interesting concept, created by Emily Barnes, which tailors architects and designers to a client's specific project type and requirements.

BBS exhibited at the show for the first time this year and the surveying team was kept very busy throughout the weekend advising prodspective house builders on the Building Regulations and required environmental assessments.

BBS wishes to thank the organisers and all their staff for such a well-attended and interesting show.

Updated: 2014-02-26 11:55:31   Added: 2014-02-26 11:55:31

Part L 2013 - Transitional Provisions

Part L Transitional

The transitional provisions for the new approved documents will be the same as for those for the 2010 Building Regulations. In summary this means:

Where an Initial Notice has been submitted and building work commenced on the site before 6th April 2014 then the provisions of Part L will not apply, and;

Where an Initial Notice is served before 6th April 2014 then the provision of Part L will not apply, so long as work commencies on site before 6th April 2015.

Those wishing to submit an Initial Notice can do so by completing the online Application Form.

Updated: 2014-02-13 11:48:12   Added: 2014-02-13 11:48:12

BBS Building Control and Croydon Redevelopment

BBS has recently been appointed Approved Inspector to carry out Building Control services on two major projects in the centre of Croydon and another 5 miles North West in Colliers Wood.

Croydon in South London is the largest London borough by population and undergoing a major regeneration programme. Following a series of consultations with key stakeholders, including public and private sector businesses, a 5 year Economic Development Plan has been drawn up. Due to its location – Gatwick Airport is 14 minutes by train and Central London only 12 minutes - Croydon represents a significant opportunity to become a modern and important hub serving both London and the South East. Currently more than £3.5 million has been committed to proposed development projects.

The 15 storey tower block, Delta Point in Wellesey Road, was built in the mid 1980’s. Last year, this former BT office block was used as the setting for Gotham General Hospital in the latest Batman film.  Work will commence soon on converting the building into 348 residential units with an upper and lower basement car park.

Canterbury House, the 11 storey building in Sydenham Road, is also due to be converted from offices to 100 residential units.

Planning permission was granted by the London Borough of Merton back in April 2008 for the redevelopment of the island site located at 125 High Street, Colliers Wood.  The site currently comprises a 17 storey tower and 5 storey car park. The permission allows for the demolition of the existing car park. Plus the conversion of, and extension to, the existing tower block to provide: 218 residential units, 2 retail units, cafe/bar and a new public library.

Updated: 2014-01-29 16:22:10   Added: 2014-01-29 16:22:10

Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Highlights

Following the DCLG's announcements on Allowable Solutions, Housing Standards and Part L 2013, and the publication of the revised Approved Documents, BBS hosted a series of seminars. These seminars assisted our clients, architects and designers, developers, contractors and builders in understanding and applying the forthcoming changes.

BBS Seminar

Part L 2013 Update Seminar – Ellen Huelin 
Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Andrew Mitchell (Allowable Solutions) 
Part L 2013 Update Seminar - Andrew Mitchell (Zero Carbon)

The first of the seminars was held at the Mercure Hotel, Pembury, Kent and attended by over 50 practitioners from across the construction industry. The keynote speakers were Ellen Huelin, Senior Code and Energy Assessor | SAP Manager and Andrew Mitchell, Director of Environmental Services.Highlights from the seminar are now available to view. 

Should further information on the forthcoming changes to Part L, and its implications, be of interest to you then please contact John Barham on 01892 893733 or email

Updated: 2013-12-04 09:49:41   Added: 2013-12-04 09:49:41

Zero Carbon Hub - Consultation Report

During the past two months the Zero Carbon Hub has hosted a number of consultation events across England. The objective of these events was to hear the views of practitioners from within the construction industry on the government's 'Allowable Solutions' and 'Housing Standard Reviews' consultations. The responses to the questions posed at these meetings have now been published. The report can be viewed here.

Updated: 2013-11-29 13:09:26   Added: 2013-11-29 13:09:26

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