Category Archives: Constuction Industry

What sort of work is covered by Building regulations?


Building regulations often gets overshadowed by planning approval and as result a lot of people are not fully aware of the requirements and their duties when it comes to building projects.

The responsibility of complying with the regulations usually lies with the person carrying out the work.  But as a building owner its worth bearing in mind that you may be served with the enforcement notice for anything that doesn’t come up to scratch.

In general the type of projects that require approval are new buildings, extensions, alterations, some changes of use and replacement services or fittings like bathrooms, hot water tanks, drains, windows or heating systems.

The scope of building regulations is very wide reaching and it’s often the small jobs that are less well understood.

The projects need to comply with the appropriate technical requirements detailed in the building regulations and they must not make other building elements less compliant as a result.

When changing the use of a building it might not comply with the regulations that apply to its new use, so parts of the building will need to be amended to meet building regulations.

Before starting work you can check what is covered in Regulation 3 of the building regulations, or if you are in any doubt just ask the architect.

Spam on Linked In – Social media, not soap box media


I’ve recently started to increase my use of LinkedIn and for once I’m actively reading and following the discussions in groups that I am a member of.

In general I think it’s going well and I am enjoying the experience, I think it’s a bit early to tell what the affect might be from a networking point of view but I am learning, sharing and helping.

With some groups I found myself wading through a lot of broadcasting posts and struggling to find a lot of discussions.  This got me wondering why there was a lack of discussions and a surplus of self promotion, spam or posts of questionable content, call it what you like, not to mention the number of posts in the wrong sections, like jobs and promotions.

Apart from the annoyance of scrolling past the posts I wasn’t interested in I also wondered why people took the time to broadcast and waste time posting in the wrong place.  How can this be effective?

It obviously got other people thinking too, because I found Duncan Baker posting about Spam On LinkedIn, in the Shropshire Business group, so I decided to post my own question in an Architecture and Interiors group, about the lack of real discussions on LinkedIn.

I felt that the potential for some groups was being missed as they present a great opportunity for people to share information, learn, network and generally benefit from diverse and active discussions.

I was pleased with the responses on Twitter and LinkedIn to my question, which ended up talking about shop or supplier’s drawings on building projects, as well as the discussions that resulted from Duncan’s post, which moved more towards how to choose topics for social media discussions and blog posts.

For people like me who are relatively new to LinkedIn groups, the Shropshire Group gave us some good tips on how to deal with inappropriate posts, by using the flag button, which a lot of people seem to do, messaging the group moderator and generally managing your group feeds.

On reflection I was encouraged by the number of people experiencing and dealing with the same issues and it just shows how important it is to connect with the right people for you and your business.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Feel free to join in and add to the discussions.

Free Architect consultations – Shrewsbury May 18th


If you are thinking about a building project, want some help with planning, design or construction we are running another afternoon of free architecture clinics in Shrewsbury on 18th of May.

It’s a great opportunity for home and business owners to discuss any issues they might have relating to design construction and property.

Bookings for 20-30 minute sessions can be made directly with Rachel Donaghey on 01952 224047 or email rachel.donaghey@lblaw.co.uk

I have posted recent questions from the live sessions on this blog and for Hub Magazine and created an event for Ask The Architect on Tour on Facebook

Live design surgeries – March


I will be holding free Ask The Architect clinics at the Shrewsbury offices of Lanyon Bowdler in the afternoon of Friday 9th March.  Anyone can make a booking to discuss anything from small domestic projects to large commercial works.

More details and how to book here: Ask the Architect Clinic Offers Free Advice

These clinics are in addition to the usual twitter & email service held every Friday afternoon.

Ask The Architect – Shrewsbury


Following the success of Ask The Architect in Shrewsbury last month, we are running another afternoon of free consultations on Friday the 2nd of December.

Once again the kind people at Lanyon Bowdler will be providing the venue for the day and bookings can be made directly with them or me. Please see the other posts on this website & you can always follow us on twitter.

British Gas part 2


I’ve been quite busy since my last post but I am happy to say that British Gas want to use my idea and thanks to the hard work and efforts of John Kirby and the RIBA  things are moving on. 

I hope to be able to report more in the coming weeks and would like to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me so far.

British Gas – The idea


In July I had an idea for British Gas.  I have now decided to describe the idea on my blog, in the hope that something positive comes from it.

As I have said before the aim of this is to promote architecture and design in the UK.  If those who take part benefit from the exercise too then that’s all well and good.

This all started when I was watching television and the British Gas ‘our world’ advert came on the screen.  If you want to see some pictures of the advert look at Helen Butterworth’s blog.  As I was watching the animation I found myself thinking that there wasn’t much of a representation of modern architecture in it and in a little while I had the following idea.

A national competition supported by British Gas and the RIBA to design your ideal home based on the theme of the advert.  The winners could be featured in an advert or two and the other entires could be showed on a website.  There could be a number of categories based on age to widen its appeal and keep it fair for entrants.

I have contacted both British Gas and the RIBA and sent them a few details of my idea and with a bit of luck it might come to something.

I would love to hear what you think…