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UK Government’s New Construction Playbook

Collaborative procurement using FAC-1, TAC-1 and PPC2000 We were preoccupied with many challenges during 2020 but at the same time we saw the adoption of ACA collaborative contracts on many projects and in many jurisdictions. We saw how Central Bedfordshire Council, Engie and Savills used the TAC-1 ‘Core Group’ to agree actions in response to Covid-19, including help for vulnerable residents during lockdown. We saw the Arcadis 2020 Global [...]

May 28, 2021|


Some proposed changes to the planning system come into force on 21st April: commercial buildings (in Class E for two years) up to 1,500 sq m that have been vacant for at least 3 months can be changed into residential homes using new permitted development rights, subject only to prior approval; and public buildings, including schools, colleges, universities and hospitals, will be able to build additional facilities more easily [...]

May 28, 2021|

Architects of ‘Master Draughtsperson’? 

Was it not always the Architect’s role to certify compliance of a completed project with the Building Regulations? Have we more recently been re-designated as the ‘master draughtsperson’? Under the proposed legislation, the Building Regulator may permit/require the proposed appointment of “prescribed persons”, including designers for building projects. This would be managed by Local Authority Building Control, under an amendment to the Building Regulations in Draft Building Safety Bill [...]

May 28, 2021|

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