• Tristan Hathaway
  • Building Surveyor
  • Synergy London

Landlords -are you ready for MEES?

The government has identified that the built environment is a major contributor to Green House Gas Emissions, which poses a threat to the UK in meeting its carbon reduction targets for 2020. It has been estimated that 18% of commercial properties in the UK hold the lowest EPC ratings of F or G. The Minimum… Read More

Posted in: Synergy London on 19/3/2018

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

Finalist at the Hertfordshire Building and Construction Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Education project at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire is a finalist at the Hertfordshire Building and Construction Awards 2018. The coveted awards on 8th February 2018 celebrate the best of building, engineering and construction in Hertfordshire. The shortlisted project is the first phase of St Clement… Read More

Posted in: Synergy London on 22/1/2018

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  • Jenny Howard
  • Associate - Business Development and Marketing
  • Synergy London

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 London on 7/2/2017

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

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 London on 23/1/2017

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

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 London on 30/6/2015

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

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 London on 19/3/2014

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

Update to Building Regulations and transitional arrangements

Act now to submit project building regulations applications under transitional arrangements. The Building Regulations relating to conservation of fuel and power are changing on the 6th April 2014 with an update to ‘Approved Document L’. If you apply for building regulations consent before then and start the work before April 2015, then the current 2010… Read More

Posted in: Synergy London on 14/1/2014

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  • Peter Baker
  • Partner
  • Synergy London

An update on recent and proposed reforms to planning legislation

The government is consulting over relaxations to permitted development to allow shops and existing agricultural buildings up to 150sq.m to change to residential, which could equate to a five bedroom house or three small flats. This window of opportunity could start as soon as next year. There is some easing of red tape e.g. demolition… Read More

Posted in: Synergy London on 12/11/2013

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  • Michael Pinker
  • Associate Partner
  • Synergy London

The American School in London

Interested in a challenge? In St. John’s Wood, just a cricket ball’s throw from Lord’s and within screaming distance of that famous zebra crossing opposite Abbey Road Studios, sits the American School in London; on a tight site closely surrounded by residences, with a hospital just across the road…oh, and a Network Rail tunnel directly… Read More

Posted in: Synergy London on 18/9/2013

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