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Party Walls – An Architectural View

Thursday, 23rd March 2017 | by: Peter Barry

The purpose of this post is not to explain the Act but rather to examine how the Act can influence the design of some aspects of the work. To illustrate the point let’s consider a single storey rear extension to a mid-terraced property where the properties to either side have not yet been extended.There are 3 options available in respect of ... Read more >>

Roof Design – Function, Form and Cost

Thursday, 2nd February 2017 | by: Peter Barry

If we were to simplify buildings down to their very core elements it could be said that they contain only 3 different parts; walls, floors and roofs. Again, I stress this is a very simplified outlook but a lot of the time it's these three elements that are often overlooked in design schemes as they are deemed ‘too boring’ to think about. I ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

A Guide to Building Regulations

Thursday, 8th September 2016 | by: Peter Barry

We are often asked ‘What are Building Regulations, why do I need them, does my project need Building Regulations approval?’ In most cases the answer is "yes", in almost all residential development work, even if you believe it to be minor works you will need some form of Building Regulations approval.What Are Building ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

Planning Permission v Permitted Development

Sunday, 7th August 2016 | by: Peter Barry

Clients tend to ask us the question ‘Should I go through planning permission or should I go through permitted development?’ To answer the question it is important to really understand the difference between the two approaches, starting with an understanding of each. What is Planning Permission? Planning permission or planning consent is the ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture

Land Registry Compliant Lease Plans

Tuesday, 19th July 2016 | by: Peter Barry

All new leases with terms of 7 or more years or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining must be registered with Land Registry and to do that a lease plan is required.A Lease Plan is an appropriately scaled metric drawing depicting the land or part of a building over which the lessee has exclusive or shared access.For a Lease Plan ... Read more >>

Categories: Architecture, Surveying

We have recently completed a number of pre-purchase surveys for clients intending to buy houses of non-traditional construction. Properties of non-traditional construction can often be a source of concern for buyers and mortgage lenders alike, as some suffer defects not found in the general housing stock, and might require expensive repairs.As ... Read more >>

What Constitutes a Land Registry Compliant Lease Plan?

Sunday, 23rd March 2014 | by: Justin Burns

All new leases with terms of 7 or more years or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining must be registered with Land Registry and to do that a lease plan is required.A Lease Plan is an appropriately scaled metric drawing depicting the land or part of a building over which the lessee has exclusive or shared access.For a Lease Plan ... Read more >>

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