• Peter Budd
  • Project Safety Consultant
  • Synergy Guildford

BSI publishes new specification for procuring all CDM 2015 services

In November 2017, the BSI published PAS 91:2013+A1:2017 for application across the UK. For the first time the standard (which is free to download) covers the engagement of those design organisations to be appointed by the project client as Principal Designers under the CDM Regulations 2015. For clients it sets out the essential health and… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Guildford on 13/1/2018

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  • Jenny Howard
  • Associate
  • Synergy Hemel Hempstead

An Alternative to Collateral Warranties? – The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act

On 2 February 2017 Michael Chilton from EMW Law LLP visited our Hemel Hempstead office and delivered an insightful talk on the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to our team. I am delighted to share with you a summary of this engaging and informative session on our blog. “The Contracts (Rights of Third… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Hemel Hempstead on 7/2/2017

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  • Peter Baker
  • Architect - Partner
  • Synergy Hemel Hempstead

Physical infrastructure to enable connections to superfast broadband

New Building Regulations Part R1 applies to all projects from January 1st 2017. All new buildings and major refurbishments must be provided with the physical infrastructure to allow for high-speed internet connection. That means 30 Mbps or faster. R1 only calls for the physical infrastructure, for example a duct to be run to an access… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Hemel Hempstead on 23/1/2017

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  • James Cottle
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Synergy Bath

Building Regulations Briefing 2016

There are two options available for gaining Building Regulation consent, either through the Local Authority or an Approved Inspector. Although Self Certification has been widely proposed and is expected to be introduced with the next update in 2019. An Approved Inspector quotes a bespoke fee for a project as opposed to Local Authority scale fees…. Read More

Posted in: Synergy Bath on 30/11/2016

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  • Eric Anderson
  • Senior Building Surveyor
  • Synergy Guildford

Are you RF Aware?

This summer we undertook a project to recover several flat roofs at a Surrey school, one of which supported 3 telecommunication masts. Many believe that Radio Frequency (RF) or Electromagnetic Radiation Awareness is primarily for telecommunication industry employees, however there are many other workers that should be made aware of this dangerous hazard. Responsibility It… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Guildford on 20/10/2016

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  • Paul Grinham
  • Partner
  • Synergy Guildford

CDM Regulations 2015 – The Impact on the Client

The proposed Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, herein after referred to as the CDM Regulations 2015, came into force on 6th April 2015. On this date, the CDM Regulations 2007 were revoked with immediate effect, thus requiring the client to prepare in advance, for the duty holder changes required under the new Regulations. The… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Guildford on 9/9/2015

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  • Peter Baker
  • Architect - Partner
  • Synergy Hemel Hempstead

New dwellings accessibility soon to be determined by planning condition

There are some changes coming to the building regulations in October 2015. Interestingly, connection between building regs and planning is merging as planners will determine which of three levels of ‘accessibility’ new dwellings will have to achieve in relation to disabled access. The requirement will be stated in a planning condition and the planning permission  will… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Hemel Hempstead on 30/6/2015

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  • Tony Luff
  • Partner
  • Synergy Guildford

Will it be Feast or Famine for Governments Free School Meal Pledge?

With less than five months before all infant children are to be provided with free school meals, figures obtained by the BBC suggest that one in three schools still require improvements to their catering facilities. The figures show that more than 1700 schools have no kitchens at all and many of these will have to… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Guildford on 9/4/2014

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  • Peter Baker
  • Architect - Partner
  • Synergy Hemel Hempstead

Important Planning Law Developments will be good news for many

There are very important planning law developments effecting farm / agricultural buildings, residential property developers, shop owners and state funded schools in rural areas or with agricultural land and buildings. Further changes to permitted development rights were published last week and come into force on 6th April 2014. That is things you can do to… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Hemel Hempstead on 19/3/2014

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  • Paul Hammond
  • Partner
  • Synergy Guildford

Making flint work at St. Paul’s Church, Dorking

Synergy are providing Quantity Surveying and CDM Co-ordination services to the PCC of St. Paul’s Church, Dorking, for their new church hall extension to the existing church.  The project value is £1.6m and has been procured on a traditional basis with Bills of Quantities. As a condition of town planning and listed building consent, external… Read More

Posted in: Synergy Guildford on 10/3/2014

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